English Dub Season Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean Season 1 Part Two

Based on Hirohiko Araki’s ongoing manga series, Season 5, but technically the 2nd half of Part 6 picks up things from Part 1 as the conspiratorial forces frame Jolyne Cujo for a reckless crime she doesn’t. did not commit and that brought her into the infamous green. Dolphin Street Jail. Much like her father Jotaro from Stardust Crusaders, Jolyne is brash, brave, and she rails against her unjust sentence and quickly discovers the grim circumstances that led to her incarceration. A gift from her absent father grants Jolyne the power of Stone Ocean, a supernatural ability known as Stand. Jolyne uses Stone Ocean to fight her way through the prison, recruiting new allies in her investigation such as Ermes and FF. These fearless women fight to uncover the sinister and menacing Pale-Snake, an enemy responsible for the increasingly dangerous prisoners who are after Jolyne’s life. . Thanks to Jolyne, the Joestar line faces the legacy of its only true enemy. Jolyne and her friend race to stop a disastrous plot and end a culminating evil…

Many of these positives from Part 1 are thankfully carried over to Part 2. The English dub remains superb with Kira Buckland voicing Joylene, Tiana Camacho as Ermes Costello, and Matthew Mercer as Jotaro. The music hasn’t changed much either as it is a continuation of the story with music composer Yugo Kanno returning from previous seasons. However, the opening theme “Stone Ocean” was performed by Ichigo of Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets of “Highschool of the Dead” fame, while the ending theme is “Distant Dreamer” by Duffy.

It’s been almost a year since the first 12 episodes aired and now finally Stone Ocean is back with another 12 episodes. (13-24) But what does this batch of episodes have in store for us? Grandeur and trippy images are what seem to loom within the walls of Green Dolphin Street Jail. We begin with a battle taking the franchise back to its horror roots, combined with a short but wonderful story of revenge centered on Ermes. We then enter a series of back-to-back brawls where Araki’s unique creativity proves most experimental. Along the way, character interactions end up being just as “weird” as the title suggests, but they still manage to raise the stakes on a narrative scale when necessary.

During this second wave of episodes, we witness great thematic moments. Some of them will only be strengthened when certain stories are revealed and they may have paid off later. And in a subtle way, the show begins to get philosophical as it asks questions about existence, identity, the definition of a soul, and even fate. Combined with these themes, we even get episodes that give the other supporting characters their kicking moments to shine and create a sense of mystery around each scene while exuding a constant sense of urgency. Towards the end of these episodes, Jolyne faces issues that test her mentally more than physically, which greatly contributes to her personal growth as a character.

For me, that’s one of the main highlights that makes such a wonderful, horror-fueled, action-packed acid journey of a show like Jojo special. The fights have also been great and we’re also seeing some more interesting support abilities. Fortunately, the goness was uncensored, so it helped bring out the cruelty and emotion in every death and battle. The only ones who might be lost are people who haven’t followed the previous seasons to connect the narrative dots as it mostly rewards those who have followed the series from the beginning.

All in all, it was another stunning adaptation of its source material, although it left more to be desired. Netflix can call the shots on this Jojo storyline, but the way they release episodes for this anime and others they own has only caused trouble for themselves just to keep their viewers/fans waiting. Because normally when a Jojo series reaches halfway through, it changes the status quo, because the intro and end credits music would also change. And since part 2 only covers episodes 13 to 24 of a 38-episode series, part 2 is estimated to cover 51 chapters out of a 158-chapter manga, while the first half only covers 50 chapters. And thanks to leaked information from a recently announced Japanese Blu-Ray release date, it’s confirmed that we still have a flurry of episodes left before its proper conclusion somewhere down the line when Netflix releases it at a later date.