Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure episodes 25-26 review
Before we get to the oldest trope in the book (literally), we have some business to deal with related to Kars. In the first of the two episodes, Kars becomes “invincible,” very much like the “invincible” Tubba Blubba from the original (and best) Paper Mario. So Jojo jumps off a cliff, where a plane is waiting for him. Jojo then flies that plane near a volcano, so he can lure Kars in. One must wonder: if Kars is “invincible,” then “what difference, at this point, does it make” if he is attacked by lava as opposed to Hamon or ultraviolet rays?
In any case, by the second episode, Kars looks like he gets killed by the lava, but he comes back out of the lava and then goes on to cut von Stroheim in half. But Jojo manages to figure out Kars’ weakness. By blasting him with his Hamon overdrive, he’s able to launch Kars into space. And since the rule – very much like one in Macbeth – is that he can’t be killed by anything on Earth, he can be killed if he’s not actually on Earth! So he’s blasted into space and then freezes to death.
But everyone thinks Jojo is dead, so they go to his funeral. Never mind that they obviously never found his body. This is all setup for Jojo’s Tom Sawyer moment, when he walks into his own funeral. Given how predictable this was, I have to dock this episode a full star. So instead of being a great episode, it was merely a good one. If you’re going to try this ages-old trope, you have to set it up much better than this.
Then we fast-forward again into the future to the 80s. I’m glad it’s the 80s and not today, because that makes it more interesting in my opinion. Speedwagon and Erina pass, Joseph gets married to Suzie Q, Smokey becomes mayor, von Stroheim gets killed, and now Joseph heads off to Japan as an old man in 1987. Jojo moves on to a new arc.
Overall, I felt this arc was good, but a tad overrated. It wasn’t nearly as good as advertised. Sure, it had its moments, but nothing to blow me away or hook me the way Hunter x Hunter did. But I’ll trudge on, seeing if the next arc of Jojo is any better than this one. One thing’s for sure: no ending theme will ever top “Roundabout” by Yes.
Episode 25 rating (out of four stars): ***
Episode 26 rating (out of four stars): **1/2
Overall second arc rating (out of four stars): **1/2