Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure"

Avdol, Kakyoin, Jotaro, Joseph....Bam!
"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" is a 26 episode anime from 2012.  It's based on a manga by Hirohiko Araki. This season the sequel just began, "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders."  All the old episodes and the simulcast of "Crusaders" were recently made available on Crunchyroll.  I finished the old episodes quickly and am really enjoying the simulcast.  I like how the story starts off in the 1800s and the current story is set in the present day.  The show follows the adventures of the Joestar family, Jonathan in arc 1, Joseph in arc 2, and Jotaro in arc 3.  All of them are fated to battle the evil that is Dio, a really rotten guy who becomes even more rotten and totally evil when he puts on an ancient stone mask that turns him into a vampire.  The Joestars have special powers that allow them to battle Dio and other supernatural baddies just like Dio who could turn everyone in the world into a vampire.  The art style is old school, but still looks fresh, especially this season which seems to have a lot of money available for the production.  The drawings are well detailed and shadowed.  As the show progresses, there is more humor and self-awareness of how ridiculously fabulous all the characters are.  Each man is enormous and incredibly muscled and incredibly masculine but at the same time "fabulous" in its uber-masculinity with constant trash talk and occasional look-at-me pose that borders on a "feminine" vanity.  My favorite character is Joeseph, who is a little more fun than his grandfather Jonathan and grandson Jotaro.  Each week it's a treat to watch "Stardust Crusaders."

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Group shot at the end of the OP
"Haikyu!!" is a volleyball anime that started this Spring 2014 season that I'm really enjoying.  It's kinda like "Yowapeda" with great chemistry between all the team members.  Hinata is the enthusiastic, high-jumping, but short, first year member who is just happy to be on a team.  Kageyama is a self-centered first year settter who is learning to be a team player.  Will they be the awesome combo the Karasuno Volleyball Club needs to win?  Will there be a whiff of bromance every now and then?  Hmm.
Kageyama and Hinata
I really like the art style too with the characters looking not-too-moe but moe at the right times.  Note these shots of Sugawara-senpai.
Cute senpai
Regular senpai
There is quite a bit of comedy in the series, but still a decent amount of actual sports action.  I just finished episode 5 and they're about to start a match.  I wonder if it will be a 3 episode long match?  I'll find out in the next few weeks.