Produced by: Yomiko Advertising, David Production, Warner Bros, The Klock Worx
Genres: Action, Adventure, Shounen, Supernatural
Number of Episodes: 48
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 moons
You know it’s only a matter of time before I write a review of this!! The amount of hype surrounding this series is just too much, memes about it everywhere and the fanbase is just full of energy as well! So here’s what I think of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3. (I will be constantly comparing and referring to my past review, if you haven’t seen it, click here.)
The story sort of picks up from where it was left off previously, in a sense that an old villain is reborn and will wreck havoc to Jojo’s family once again. While this is pretty cliche, it was expected especially considering the villain faced off in the previous parts are all immortals. So, this felt like a natural plot progression and it didn’t feel forced at all to me.
The story in its entirety is very similar to the previous entries where the Jojo household and friend is threatened and Jojo comes to the rescue and proceed to beat the shit out of the villain. However, this time around, the adventure aspect of the story is greatly emphasized as – due to the plot – our protagonist are forced to travel half way across the world using basic transportation like cars and boats.
The action, however, is quite lacking as compared to previous installments. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t that there aren’t any fights, it’s that each fight scene that happened failed to have any meaningful impact. In previous Jojo’s, all the fight scene that occurred left some impact either in a form of new motivation for the protagonist or learning new skills. Each encounter felt meaningful. In Jojo part 3, there are almost one fight or conflict in every episode but it didn’t leave any impact. It is just like Toadstool telling Mario, “your princess is in another castle”, and you proceed to repeat the entire process again and again. So for me, it felt like a ‘grind’ to watch through every single episode while expecting some meaningful or worthwhile plot progression.
The new side characters aren’t any better off either. I can’t really quite put a finger on it, but I just can’t bring myself to be emotionally invested in any of the characters for some reason. Maybe it’s because my favorite character from Jojo part 2 is still directly present in this installment and I can’t be bothered to pay attention to the newer characters.
Now to put things objectively, the characters present seem to have very little growth individually throughout the series, but their bonds with one another in their rag tag team grows with every subsequent episode. I think one of the main reason that the characters felt bland and flat is due to the uninteresting villains in this Jojo. In previous installments, the villain is as interesting as the main characters and it makes the interaction between both parties interesting and allows for character growth. However, in this installment, majority of the villains are often very pathetic, cruel, and just plain typical. This makes for a boring clash between the protagonist and villains, it’s like watching Batman fight thugs after thugs and no Joker to be seen.
The standard for this anime is upheld when compared to previous installments. Its battle sequence is smooth and crisp. The music is appropriate at every moment, no matter action sequence or emotional scenes. However, both aspects are just that, average, when compared to the best of action scenes or the best of soundtracks. It also didn’t really break much boundaries when compared to previous Jojo’s. The good thing is that the art style, animation technique, and soundtrack has not changed too much and prevents its fanbase from being alienated.
There is something to be noted here, the censorship in this anime is quite intense and there are multiple scenes where basically, a quarter to half of the screen is covered due to the violent and gore nature of the scene. This may be a little annoying to some viewers but I didn’t find this too annoying.