Jojo SC 44: It’s Not Me, It’s You, Dio

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 44 review

Jojo SC 44

Jojo is overrated; Dio is overrated. But now that we’ve gotten those facts out of the way, let’s talk about this episode.

Basically Avdol and Iggy sacrifice themselves so Polnareff can survive. It’s supposed to be this grand exit for them, but keep in mind that Avdol already died once. I don’t believe for a second that he’s gone. Maybe Iggy, since the creator of Jojo hates dogs and might have a mental illness that causes him to hate animals. But I fully expect to see Avdol again.

As for the rest of the episode, we get more “Oras” which have become extremely annoying, especially in the opening “theme song.” But now Dio has entered the fray, and finally we will have a chance to find out what this guy’s all about. Why is he the most popular villain in anime, when his screen time is nearly nonexistent? It’s time to put up or shut up.

Character of the episode: Polnareff

Episode rating (out of four stars): **

HxH 102: Stratego

Hunter x Hunter episode 102 review

HxH 102

Gon makes friends with the gecko/lizard/chameleon/Komodo dragon character named Melereon. Since Gon is amazing, he can make friends with anyone in less than 30 seconds. The two of them hit it off, and suddenly they’re allies, as Melereon wishes to kill the King.

Meanwhile, said King is off playing games. He can win any game easily, but then he comes up to one called Gungi. I want to let you know, that Gungi actually doesn’t exist. When I watched this the first time, I thought it was a real game, only to be disappointed when I found out it was fake. It’s kind of like the board game Stratego, only more complex and three-dimensional. And we’ve got someone who can play it! Who is this mysterious girl? Would you believe me if I told you that she saves the entire arc?

Character of the episode: Gon

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***

Jojo SC 43: Stop killing the animals

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 43 review

Jojo SC 43

Let’s forget about the fact that this was, by Jojo‘s standards, a terrible episode. Pretty much the entire episode consisted of Polnareff complaining about what a bad situation he was in. There was little to no intelligence required of this episode, just Polnareff talking about Avdol being “dead” and how he had only three choices, the third of which was to end up getting killed.

Let’s instead focus on the fact that this show literally showed a guy beating the living daylights out of a dog for about 5 minutes straight. How does that improve the show in any way? If you want Iggy to die, fine, but don’t show actual animal abuse. That’s just wrong. Jojo has once again crossed the line into being offensive, and this time I’m not backing down. This show doesn’t know anything about good taste. Other shows manage to get by without showing a person kicking a dog a hundred times. Jojo should be able to as well.

When we pick up next episode, we come off two disappointing episodes in a row and the show back off the rails.

Character of the episode: Polnareff

Episode rating (out of four stars): *