Opening theme: ”JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~” by JO☆STARS Ending theme: ”Akuyaku◇Concerto ~Hol Horse and Boingo~” by Hidenobu Kiuchi and Motoko Kumai Characters Spoiler Jotaro Kujo Voiced by: Matthew Mercer Stand: Star Platinum Ability: Strength and Precision Stats: Destructive Power - A / Speed - A / Range - C / Durability - A / Precision - A / Developmental Potential - A Namesake: The Star (tarot card) Joseph’s grandson, Jotaro isn’t one for displaying his emotions and is a man of few words, but deep down has a gentle heart and will protect anybody close to him, especially if he has to beat the crap out of someone. Recently, he gained a mysterious power known as a Stand; Star Platinum is one of the most powerful Stands around, possessing incredible precision, speed, and strength. With his Stand, Star Platinum, he’s now on a journey across Egypt to take down DIO and save his mother. Joseph Joestar Voiced by: Richard Epcar Stand: Hermit Purple Ability: Divination and Hamon Stats: Destructive Power - D / Speed - C / Range - D / Durability - A / Precision - D / Developmental Potential - E Namesake: The Hermit (tarot card) Joseph Joestar once saved the world nearly 50 years ago, but since then retired from his Hamon training and became a real estate tycoon in America. However, after gaining his Stand, he sprung back into action once discovering that the evil DIO, who had taken his grandfather’s life, had reemerged from his hundred-year slumber. Alongside his grandson Jotaro, his friend Avdol, high schooler Kakyoin, Frenchman Polnareff, and a hotheaded dog named Iggy, Joseph is now in a race against time to defeat DIO and remove the curse afflicting his daughter Holly. Joseph’s Stand allows him to use spirit photography to help guide the Crusaders on their journey, as well as enhance his own Hamon abilities. Muhammad Avdol Voiced by: Chris Tergliafera Stand: Magician’s Red Ability: Fire Manipulation Stats: Destructive Power - B / Speed - B / Range - C / Durability - B / Precision - C / Developmental Potential - D Namesakes: Paula Abdul (Singer) / The Magician (Tarot card) Joseph’s Egyptian friend, Avdol is the voice of reason and a rather serious individual. He possesses a strong sense of loyalty and duty, determined to eliminate DIO and his minions, while helping the Joestars any way possible using his worldly knowledge. Unlike Joseph and Jotaro, Avdol was born with his Stand, Magician’s Red and thus has essentially mastered its abilities, the power to command fire. After an encounter with Hol Horse and Centerfold in India, Avdol was left with two wounds that seemingly killed him. However, in reality his allies faked his death to allow him time to recuperate without being targeted by DIO, and he reunited with the group just before they entered Egypt. Jean Pierre Polnareff Voiced by: Doug Erholtz Stand: Silver Chariot Abilities: Speed and sword combat Stats: Destructive Power - C / Speed - A / Range - C / Durability - B / Precision - B / Developmental Potential - C Namesakes: Jean-Paul Belmondo (actor) / Michel Polnareff (musician) / The Chariot (tarot card) Polnareff is a chivalrous Frenchman who met the Crusaders in Hong Kong. He was initially a minion of DIO but, like Kakyoin, was rescued from the brainwashing that had been placed on him. He had joined the group to avenge his sister, who was killed by the evil Stand user Centerfold. But after defeating his target, he continues onward with them across Egypt to end DIO’s evil reign and ensure no one else has to suffer. His Stand, Silver Chariot, is able to attack its enemies with high-speed swordplay. Iggy Voiced by: Derek Stephen Prince Stand: The Fool Abilities: Sand Manifestation Stats: Destructive Power - B / Speed - C / Range - D / Durability - C / Precision - D / Developmental Potential - C Namesakes: Iggy Pop (singer) / The Fool (tarot card) Found by Avdol on the streets of New York City, Iggy is an antisocial Boston Terrier with a bad attitude. He has a high opinion of himself, believing himself to be smarter than humans and as such is rather rude to them, only choosing to obey if provided with his favorite treat, coffee flavored gum. His Stand, The Fool, is indeed a menacing one, able to control sand to either throw at enemies with great force or form into solid complex shapes, defaulting to a quadruped creature with wheels for back legs and a tribal mask for a face. However, as Iggy is so independent and has no real stake in defeating DIO, he may not be so willing to use this powerful Stand to assist the Crusaders. Daniel J. D’Arby Voiced by: Cam Clarke Stand: Osiris Abilities: Soul Steal Stats: Destructive Power - E / Speed - D / Range - D / Durability - C / Precision - D / Developmental Potential - D Namesakes: Terence Trent D’Arby (American singer) / Osiris (Egyptian god of prosperity and the afterlife) Daniel J. D’Arby considers himself to be the world’s greatest gambler, though this is in large part due to his habit of trickery and cheating. In his mind, anyone who is stupid enough to be cheated deserves it and has no right to complain. With his ability, he can steal the souls of anyone who loses to him in a game, trapping them within poker chips, with the only way to free them is if D’Arby willingly releases the souls. If D’Arby dies, so will the souls he has captured. He was ultimately defeated by Jotaro, who bluffed so hard that D’Arby went mad, and subconsciously freed all the souls he had collected over the years. Hol Horse Voiced by: Imari Williams Stand: Emperor Abilities: Point-Blank Summon and Homing Bullets Stats: Destructive Power - B / Speed - B / Range - B / Durability - C / Precision - E / Developmental Potential - E Namesakes: Hall & Oates (Pop Duo) / The Emperor (tarot card) Hol Horse, on the surface, appears to be a confident and smooth-talking womanizer. Deep down, however, that confidence is a facade, as Hol Horse is aware of how weak his own Stand is. For this reason, he is one of the few Stand users under DIO’s command who willingly teams up with other Stand users. Hol Horse encountered the Crusaders a few times while they made their way to Egypt, first in India alongside the mirror Stand user Centerfold, and again in Pakistan where he was nearly killed by Centerfold’s mother Enyaba. After Enyaba’s defeat, Hol Horse retreated, vowing to fight the Crusaders again. However, it’s been a while since he was last seen, and with the heroes closing in on DIO’s lair, now may be Hol Horse’s last chance to kill them. Mondatta (Japanese name: Boingo) Voiced by: Jessica Gee Stand: Tohth Abilities: Prediction Stats: Destructive Power - E / Speed - E / Range - E / Durability - A / Precision - E / Developmental Potential - E Namesakes: Oingo Boingo (band) / Zenyatta Mondatta (The Police album) / Tohth (Egyptian god of wisdom) The younger of the “Oingo Boingo Brothers”, Mondatta is incredibly introverted, afraid to do anything, even talk, without his older brother around. Much like Khnum, Tohth has no direct combat power, but within the pages of its book-like appearance, it does hold a dangerous ability: the power to predict the future. Presented as a crudely drawn comic book, Tohth can show its user what will occur within the next few minutes, usually in a way that’s most beneficial towards the goals of Zenyatta and Mondatta. Tohth’s predictions are 100% accurate, but the catch is that the person who reads its predictions must follow them accurately, or else there will be disastrous consequences. Due to following a prediction which said the brothers would beat up a random man, the man came back with a group of thugs to get revenge, which landed both brothers in the hospital. DIO Voiced by: Patrick Seitz Stand: The World Abilities: Vampirism (DIO) / ??? (The World) Namesakes: DIO (Band) / The World (tarot card) In the early 1880’s, a lower-class orphan by the name of Dio Brando was taken in by the upper-class Joestar family. With resentment for those of higher social status than him, Dio spent the next 7 years planning to take out the heir to the Joestar family, Jonathan Joestar, and claim its fortune. However, caught at a critical time in his plan, Dio used an ancient artifact the Joestars owned to become a vampire and began a new plot for world domination. Jonathan, along his friends, fought back against Dio, ending in a confrontation on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic which cost Jonathan’s life and sent Dio to a supposed watery grave. However, nearly a hundred years later, he was recovered by an unsuspecting group of treasure hunters, and given life anew in the modern age! Having gained possession of a mysterious Stand ability, the being now known simply as “DIO” wraps his insidious grasp around the world through agents also possessing Stands, in the resurrection of his plot to end the Joestar bloodline and dominate humanity! While DIO has access to a Hermit Purple like Stand which allows him to monitor the progress of the Crusaders, this Stand in fact belongs to Jonathan’s body. DIO’s own Stand, which Kakyoin determined (by process of elimination of the tarot cards) is named “The World”, has an unknown power which is more mysterious and far more terrifying. Episode 36 (62) “Hol Horse and Mondatta, Part 1" Chapters adapted: 210, 217-219 Previously on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Spoiler D'Arby prepared his and Jotaro's game of poker by splitting up Polnareff and Joseph's souls into six poker chips each to bet with, as well as giving Jotaro a set of six to represent his own soul. Jotaro showed off how precise Star Platinum's eyesight is by predicting the deal of the cards, and caught D'Arby as he was about to cheat by second dealing, which led Jotaro to pick a boy near the café to deal for them. Jotaro lost three chips in his first hand against D'Arby, and in the second hand D'Arby was dealt four kings, but Jotaro appeared to have not once looked at his cards. D'Arby began to worry, as he knew the boy and everyone else in the café were in his employ, and the boy was sure he had dealt Jotaro a bum hand, but Jotaro raised all of his soul and Avdol's soul on his bet, while using Star Platinum to get himself a cigarette and a drink. D'Arby was surprised and caught off-guard at the speed Jotaro got these items, and believed he was bluffing; seeing his bet and raising it, he bet the rest of Jotaro's soul and all of Joseph and Polnareff's souls. Jotaro saw his bet with Kakyoin's soul and then raised with the soul of his mother Holy. D'Arby, unsure if Jotaro had managed to use Star Platinum to change out all of his cards to a better hand, dared for a showdown for all their cards, but Jotaro demanded D'Arby matched his bets, and proposed that he put the secret to DIO's Stand at stake. For unexplained reasons, he mentally folded as he went catatonic. Avdol commented that D'Arby knows DIO's Stand, from the terrified reaction of the gambler. As his mental capacity collapsed, D'Arby still wanted to go on, but couldn't, out of the fear that Jotaro may have indeed pulled a fast one, or that DIO would go after him and kill him in retaliation. In the end, all of the souls he won in bets were released, allowing Joseph and Polnareff to recover as Avdol looked at Jotaro's cards, and realized that he had been dealt a bad hand. Jotaro admitted he never once looked at his cards to keep his cool, but lamented that they would not be able to interrogate D'Arby for information on DIO. The boy accomplice ran away from the scene, screaming in terror after witnessing his boss being reduced to a loon after the game. Now: With the number of Egyptian God Stand users quickly dwindling and the Crusaders closing in on his lair, DIO gives Hol Horse one final chance to accomplish his mission. To this end, he forms an unlikely alliance with Mondatta, who has just been released from the hospital. JOJO'S JUKEBOX This week’s Jukebox song is “Man in a Suitcase”, by The Police from their album "Zenyatta Mondatta". Notes: A portion of this episode was previously adapted in episode 6 of the Stardust Crusaders OVA. The manga chapters which this episode covers can be found in Stardust Crusaders volumes 7 and 8 in hardcover from Viz Media; Volume 7 is currently available, while volume 8 will be released August 7th. They can also be found in volumes 10 and 11 of the older paperback releases. The first season of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, covering the first 26 episodes, is now available on Bluray from Viz Media and on DVD from Warner Home Video. Please, no spoilers about upcoming events and future arcs. Seriously.