Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders Episode 2- EMERALD SPLASH

I will be absolutely frank with all of you.

The hype train for Part 3’s opening was essentially in orbit by the time it aired. Unfortunately, previous hype and expectations set by Bloody Stream made it near impossible it for this opening to have any sort of chance. Not saying that the opening was bad in any case, but I think BS had itself a stylish and groovy tune that set it apart from other openings. This however sounds very common and regular in terms of “Jojo” standards. You know, with Jotaro’s dad being a parody of a jazz musician, I would have expected something jazzy but I guess not.

Not to say my expectations were completely killed, it’s still a balling opening but the only weakness I see that could fix this would be it’s chorus. The visuals and quite literally everything other than the chorus was amazing. Since this is a 2 cour series from what I’m hearing, I think it’s safe to say we’ll get another version of this or a completely new song at the halfway point.

Oh well, I’ll get used to the song and hype over it eventually but let’s get to it

JJBA Stardust Crusaders- Falling

Another regular day for Jotaro, the normal highschool boy. He’s swathed by his female classmates that try to cling to him and he then proceeds to yell. Everything’s fine and dandy and then a man with a paintbrush swipes a painting of Jotaro on the knee and Jotaro himself gets the  cut and falls down a set of stairs. Jotaro saves himself and is greeted by the assailant (unknown to him) Kakyoin Noriaki, a transfer student.

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DIO ponders over the fact that Jonathan’s body has basically granted him his next goal, to destroy his family line. Two figures stand by his side during this. Elsewhere, Joseph laments that he is in Japan while Avdol seems more relaxed.

JJBA Stardust Crusaders- Kakyoin and Hierophant Green JJBA Stardust Crusaders- Kakyoin

Jotaro sits at the nurse’s office and before she gets to treat him, she goes berserk and stabs a student in the eye. Kakyoin shows himself again and reintroduces himself and his Stand, Hierophant Green. Since it’s possessing the nurse, Jotaro is unable to go for it directly. He sees light inside her mouth and kisses her. When he pulls his head back, his Stand follows and is able to partially pull out Hierophant Green.

JJBA Stardust Crusaders- Jotaro

Before any pummeling can take place, Kakyoin unleashes his Stand’s offensive capabilities. Green fluids start to come out of HG’s hands and a tough material is created. By reversing his palms, Kakyoin fires off his signature, Emerald Splash. Jotaro and Stand is knocked back and crashes into the wall.

JJBA Stardust Crusaders- ORAORAORA

Jotaro however gets back up and delivers a few lines concerning that even a dickish punk like him knows how disgusting evil is. Declaring Kakyoin’s actions of assault and preying on weak as evil, Jotaro brushes off another volley of Emerald Splashes and his Stand is able to grab HG’s throat. After a violent thrash, Jotaro prepares to punch the everloving shit out of HG. With a final punch that shakes the entire school, Jotaro hoists Kakyoins unconscious, bloody body and heads back home to report this to Joseph.

JJBA Stardust Crusaders- Kujo Household

Holly is clingy once again but Jotaro still manages to not be completely heartless when it comes to noticing small ailments that his mother apparently has had. Joseph then identifies a strange flesh bud on Kakyoin’s forehead.

You know me folks, I’m trying to pull a spoiler-less coverage here even though I already know (and probably most viewers knw) that Jotaro’s Stand is Star Platinum (or Platina). Regarding the opening though, I’ve listened to it about 20 times now and I basically have fallen for its charms. That being said, I’ve noticed a lot of things in the opening. Note the 6th star that joins the 5 when the crew nears DIO’s mansion. Hol Horse walking backwards from our crew and the different locations to have fights in. The tarot cards rising where DIO and Jotaro glare at eachother looks awfully similar to the one in the 1st opening. More awesome shots of Jonathan and Joseph and Jotaro kneeling with his family line crashing down on him. The visuals are without a doubt, amazing. Another thing I’ve noticed in the actual episode is the part with DIO, those two shadows being Enya Geil and Vanilla Ice.

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Other than those small observations, I pretty much loved the episode. It took a slower pace and I thought we’d get to the famous “Let’s Go!” panel from here. To make such a minor fight against Kakyoin into such a hyped moment really does set the tone high for the rest of the series. They didn’t give us the ending yet so even more hype for next week!

Ah oh god that Part 5 commercial.

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