It’s been a while, but we’re back! There’s been a lot of good anime to watch over the last year, which we’ll recap in another post. For now, though, there’s a series that I just had to talk about!
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (Part 1)
2021, Season 5, 12x24mins
Based on the manga by Hirohiko Araki
Produced by David Production
Set in Florida in 2011, the story follows Jolyne Kuujou as she is framed for a crime she didn’t commit and sentenced to 15 years in the high-security Green Dolphin Street Prison. Hellbent on escaping, she is contacted by her once-absent father, Jotaro, and awakens to a mysterious power. Not only that – she discovers that others inside have powers and missions of their own. Despite her dislike for her father, Jolyne finds herself pulled into a plot whose origins can be traced through the ages; now, it’s her turn to carry on the JoJo name.
Basically Plot: Jolyne Kuujou is sentenced to a maximum security prison for a crime she didn’t commit. While trying to escape, she discovers a world of powers and a dangerous plot involving her father, Jotaro.
JoJo is one of those cult classic anime series, famous for its exuberant characters and dialogue. However, I found the first series almost too ridiculous and very tough to get into.
Thankfully, and perhaps most importantly, you can definitely enjoy the latest season of this epic story without having seen any of those previously. It feels very much like its own story as part of this JoJo bloodline, and is a very good series in its own right.
As with other JoJo seasons, the world of Stone Ocean is a feast for the eyes. From extravagant outfits to the use of lavish colours, JoJo has to be up there as the most indulgent animated series ever made. However, the biggest difference I could see here compared to my experience with season 1 is that there is a focused storyline that pulls you through the series, while still allowing room for some JoJo nonsense.
This feels like a very modern story that develops really well through the episodes. The show starts with the simple goal of escaping prison before growing into the rest of the JoJo story, bringing together a plethora of exciting characters.
It’s likely there will be a Stone Ocean Part Two in 2022 (rumours suggest late February or early March for the global Netflix release), and it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep interest now all the characters and storylines have seemingly been revealed. Can the story get any bigger? It remains to be seen, but in terms of a piece of entertainment, Stone Ocean is a hugely watchable show that can serve as a gateway into the wide world of JoJo!
JoJo Stone Ocean Anime Ranking: 7/10
Stone Ocean is a really entertaining modern action adventure with plenty to get into. What it has in character it loses in terms of tangible drama, but if you’re looking for some light entertainment, you can’t go wrong with this series!
If you liked JoJo Stone Ocean, you’ll love:
Bungou Stray Dogs
In terms of appearance, there’s little that can keep up with JoJo’s lavish characters and worlds. If, however, you enjoyed the super-powered action adventure side to this story, you’ll find similar in this fantastic fantasy. Following a detective agency in a crime-ridden port city, it’s full of interesting characters, intriguing backstories and plenty of exciting abilities to enjoy.