Opening Songs
OP 1 - Stand Proud (Jin Hashimoto)

Ending Songs
ED 1 - Walk Like An Egyptian (The Bangles)

Genre: Action

Episodes: 24


Yeah. I could just end the review right there, because that pretty much summarizes the entirity of "Jojo"'s 3rd arc, "Stardust Crusaders". A wise man once said, if you aren't born into "Jojo", then you'll never like it. While that's not 100% true, I can say for certain that if you aren't a fan of wacky endeavors like that of part 1 and 2 of the series ("Phantom Blood" and "Battle Tendency"), then there's a good chance that "Stardust Crusaders" isn't your cup of tea. Why so? Because honestly, as it stands, "Stardust Crusaders", while still pretty intense and amazing on its own right, is weaker than "Battle Tendency". Its better than "Phantom Blood", that's for sure, but it lacks the charm that "Battle Tendency" brings to the table. Provided, "Stardust Crusaders" is still unique in its own way, but that might not be for everyone. End of the line, "Jojo" fans, you can stay right here and not move an inch, because "Stardust Crusaders" is still full of wacky fun and violence for you to enjoy. Everyone else...that's questionable.


The opening song is "Stand Proud" by Jin Hashimoto. Let's be real here, every single "Jojo" opening is meant to be, and HAS been, manly as f**k. "Stand Proud" succeeds in giving off that manly feeling, and really well at that. It may not be as FABULOUS as "Bloody Stream", but its still fairly catchy and does the job well as a "Jojo" opening. The ending theme, "Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles, is a lot less catchier than "Roundabout". Its still VERY oldschool, but in my opinion, its just not the same level of jazziness.

Rating: 8.0/10

As the entire arc isn't quite over yet, its still too early to give it that "Recommended" status. I had a feeling that "Stardust Crusaders" would surpass the first two arcs of "Jojo", because many fans have labeled "Stardust Crusaders" to be one of the current best "Jojo" arcs, and for a newcomer like me, I expected it to be REALLY awesome. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we could never really see the end for "Stardust Crusaders" as 24 episodes isn't nearly enough to finish up the entire arc. Now, on to the specifics. First off, "Jotaro" as a main characters falls WAY behind Joseph, but luckily for us, he's in this one as well, as an old man now (doesn't stop him from being awesome). He's just...not very expressive with his emotions and tries too hard to meet that "badass" character stereotype. While I do agree that he IS badass, he's just not very f**king interesting, or funny, OR entertaining. He's just...that kind of guy. The story is fairly straightforward without too many twists or turns (except for one part, which ended up being more comical than anything else). The supporting character cast however, is pretty fantastic. I spent more time marveling over Jotaro's team than Jotaro himself. The action? Well, it goes without saying that the action is marvelous, let's just leave it at that (its probably more creative than any of the previous "Jojo" fights).

Let's go, man squad!

Jotaro Kujo is a very troubled teenager. Besides being insanely buff for his age, he admits that he's being possessed, and confined himself in a police cell so that he might not hurt others. The police officers call his mother to go pick him up, but even that isn't enough to pull Jotaro out of his cell. He demonstrates by shooting himself with a gun, only for the bullet to be stopped by an unseen-able force. Jotaro's mom, Holly, had no choice but to seek help from her father...Jotaro's grandfather...Joseph Joestar. Joseph flew all the way from New York to Japan, all to see Jotaro's unforeseen circumstances. It seems like Jotaro has awoken to his "Stand" ability, a spirit like being that resembles Jotaro himself. Despite being explained to him, Jotaro still refuses to leave his cell, so Joseph called upon his new "Stand" using friend, Avdul. Avdul and Jotaro fight it out with their stands, and Jotaro finally understand the gravity of the situation and what his "Stand" awakening means for him.  Joseph explains that DIO's awakening in Egypt using Jonathan Joestar's body is causing "Stand"s to awaken in all those carrying the Joestar blood...including Jotaro's mother. Instead of aiding her, Holly's "Stand" eats away at her body and daily health...she does not have long to live. The only way to save her? Defeat DIO and stop the awakening of her "Stand"!

Since "Stardust Crusaders" isn't quite done yet, its still too early to call it quits. "Stardust Crusaders" is definitely a lot more action packed than previous parts, but in a different way. "Stand" battles may not be as manly, but they sure are a lot more interesting and innovative, that's for sure.