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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Set 2 Blu-ray Review

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Season 2 of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” is as repetitious as it gets.

In the 24 episode second season of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” (AKA “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders”), the Joestar family faces great peril. The season begins with Jotaro believing he is possessed by an evil spirit only to realize he has a power ability known as the Stand which is basically an entity that can appear from one’s psyche and be wielded as a weapon (it’s complicated). To make a long story short, Jotaro is visited by his mom (Holly), his grandfather (Joseph) and a mysterious man named Avdol who understands The Stand. Joseph tells Jotaro that the evil DIO has been released to the world and that has possessed Jonathan Joestar (Joseph’s grandpa). It is said that DIO is in Egypt so Jotaro and company travel there to track him down. Unfortunately, their journey is fraught with danger as they travel from city to city encountering Stand wielding assassins (like Enya), possessed people, injuries, and DIO controlled people. Throughout their journey, the Joestars do meet a few allies such as Anne, Noriaki and Polnareff.

Much like the first season, season 2 of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” is a clunky mess. Instead of having a clear season story arc, we essentially get a prologue to the inevitable DIO showdown. In other words, viewers have to wade through 24 drug out episodes and there’s still no real conclusion. Talk about frustrating.

The episodes themselves don’t fare much better. While the road story aspect does at least liven the show up a bit, it still devolves into a Stand fight of the week format complete with weird powers and disguises. The Joestars and co. have to constantly save each other from death ad nauseum. It would have been nice to see some variety in the storytelling instead of bearing witness to endless attacks.

Also like season one, I continue to be amused by the music character name references here. Every episode has something whether it be Rubber Soul, J. Geil, Devo, Captain Tennille, Enya, Steely Dan etc. Unfortunately, that is only a small part of the show overall.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? An impressive and colorful hi-def transfer.

Audio Tracks: English and Japanese 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? The English track is so-so while the Original Japanese track is the clear option to go with.

Extras: * 6 art cards * A MASSIVE booklet featuring an episode guide, director’s notes, sketches, and credits * Shonen Jump coupon * Clean openings and endings * Art gallery * Trailers for other Viz titles * Separate interviews with English voice actors Matthew Mercer, Richard Epcar, Chris Tergliafera, Kyle Herbert, Patrick Seitz and Ben Diskin.

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August 16, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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