JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean Episodes 1

Ocean of stone is the fifth season of JoJo’s bizarre adventure and covers the sixth part of the original manga story written by Hirohiko Araki (thanks to the first season containing parts 1 and 2) For those who are not familiar, JoJo is a strange series not only because, like the title points out, it can get pretty weird but also that it’s broken down into parts, each set in new locations, new time periods and with a new central protagonist as well as a mostly new cast. Since part three, all of the stories have featured “Stands,” personifications of the character’s powers that exist as a separate entity visible only to other users of the booth. So far throughout the series there have been some booths that have lived up to the nickname “Weird” which is part of the series title with extremely imaginative powers and even more imaginative ways for our main characters. get out.

Ocean of stone takes place in 2011 at Green Dolphin Street Prison in Florida and our main protagonist is Jolyne Cujoh, daughter of part 3 protagonist Jotaro Kujo. She ends up in jail due to a hit-and-run with the car driven by her boyfriend, but it is quickly established that locking her up was in fact the plan of a mastermind located in the prison who wanted to lure Jotaro to him to that he could use his Stand abilities to steal his memories and uncover “key information,” to be as vague as possible. Jotaro intentionally slips a piece of an arrow creating a stand that has been part of the series and Jolyne is stabbed by it, giving him stand powers, but the arrow piece disappears and several other inmates are left with powers. of stand. Then the man who searches for the Kujo / Cujoh family also creates Stand users and before you know it we’re in familiar territory as Jolyne soon gathers allies and spends an episode or two fighting a new one. Stand user and overcome their often strange abilities.

Jolyne starts out quite shy and scared, but it doesn’t take long for her to gain self-confidence and soon she adjusts to the harsh nature of prison life and the even tougher world of Stand fights. He’s a very fun character who is easy to root for, quite tomboy but in a good way. Most of those twelve episodes take place in the female wing of the prison, which means almost all of the cast are female, which is a refreshing change from the previous five parts and quite edgy for something written. originally in 2000-2003, especially since it is a story of shonen, a subgenre filled to the brim with powerful male roles with female sidekicks or helpless love interests.

Thanks to the advance of the manga series, these adaptations have not suffered at all from the perils of filling, each manga chapter is adapted with care and attention without exceeding their welcome, and I am happy to report Ocean of stone also receives the same care. The series also maintains David Production’s first-class animation, especially during some fight sequences that often vary between suitably weird and disagreeably gory. A battle against a Stand user who can create a Dome of Total Void was handled particularly well, as was the rather odd final sequence which I won’t spoil here.

I said “allies” and “Stand user” because, as usual with JoJo’s bizarre adventure, Author Hirohiko Araki named the characters and Stands directly after the groups, which is fine with the softer copyright laws in Japan, but for us here in the West this is problematic, so if you watch subtitles you will hear a character called “Foo Fighters” but the subtitles with read “FF”, or the main villain’s stand is called “White Snake” but the subtitles read “Pale Snake “. Even Jolyne’s booth is called “Stone Free” but the subtitles read “Stone Ocean”. I think the strangest case is a character named “Weather Report” which is replaced by “Weather Forecast”; not only is a character named Weather Report weird, but I would have thought you’d be able to get away with a character named after a regular news article without drawing attention to the band of the same name, but here.

The opening theme is “Stone Ocean” by Ichigo while the ending theme continues the western song streak from the anime of the period in which the part takes place (apart from the first two parts which respectively took place in Victorian London and the late 1930s) by having Duffy’s “Distant Dreamer” closing the episodes. Both Japanese and English audio are available for all episodes, and from what I hear, the English dub isn’t bad at all, although for something as overkill and weird as this, I find the Japanese voice cast does a better job of yelling “What?” In various funny ways, personally …

The first twelve episodes of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean Continue the sequence of well-paced manga adaptations of the anime with excellent animation and a lack of concern for presenting some of the most … well, bizarre or gory scenes from the original story. Jolyne is a fun character to follow, who hardens quickly due to her time behind bars and quickly fights back with her newfound powers and is surrounded by an equally interesting cast. Yes JojoThe weird mix of action, humor and “How the hell are they gonna get the powers out of this strange Stand?” Cliffhangers have appealed in the past or sound great now, so you can’t go wrong with Ocean of stone.

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