Opening theme: ”JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~” by JO☆STARS Ending theme: “Last Train Home” by The Pat Metheny Group 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, his being a powerful one with incredible precision 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 has now reunited with the group just as they near the Egyptian border. Noriaki Kakyoin Voiced by: Kyle Hebert Stand: Hierophant Green Abilities: Coiled body, marionette control, and Emerald Splash Stats: Destructive Power - C / Speed - B / Range - A / Durability - B / Precision - C / Developmental Potential - D Namesakes: Kakyoin (neighborhood in Sendai, Japan) / The Hierophant (tarot card) Kakyoin originally worked for DIO, having been brainwashed by the vampire while on a family trip to Egypt, but was saved by Jotaro. Being a righteous individual determined to rid the world of evil and to repay his debt to Jotaro, Kakyoin joined the quest to defeat DIO. Kakyoin possesses a stand that can unravel itself like rope and fire emerald-like projectiles. However, his status may be in question following a severe injury to his eyes... 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 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. N’Doul Voiced by: Greg Chun Stand: Geb Abilities: Water Amorphism Stats: Destructive Power - C / Speed - B / Range - A / Durability - B / Precision - D / Developmental Potential - D Namesakes: Youssou N’Dour (singer) / Geb (Egyptian god of earth) N’Doul is the first of DIO’s top assassins, with Stands suggesting Egyptian gods rather than tarot cards, to encounter the Crusaders upon their arrival to Egypt. While N’Doul is blind, his Stand, Geb is able to detect people using sound waves, which relays back an “image” to N’Doul. It is frighteningly accurate and has extreme range, allowing its user to be far away from the target without its power diminishing. 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 26 (52) “Iggy the Fool and Geb’s N’Doul, Part 2" Chapters adapted: 186-189 Previously on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Spoiler After arriving in Egypt, the Crusaders were met with some members of the Speedwagon Foundation, who brought with them a new ally for the team: a Boston Terrier named Iggy, possessing the Stand known as “The Fool”. Despite his appearance and his Stand’s name, Iggy quickly demonstrated that he is not to be taken lightly, showing his Stand’s ability to command sand in such a way that would prove nigh impossible for Star Platinum to face if he had been an enemy. The Speedwagon members also informed the group of a report from one of their field agents, of a meeting between DIO and nine previously-unknown Stand users, as well as Holly only having about two weeks left before she perishes. After the Crusaders said goodbye to the Speedwagon members and took Iggy, they continued their journey by jeep across the desert. However, they soon found that the Speedwagon Foundation helicopter had crashed, with the pilot found with a mouth full of water (and a fish). The other member was nearby, dehydrated and only saying the word “water”. Joseph tried to give the man a nearby canteen, but it turned out the word was actually a warning, as a burst of water came out and ripped the man’s head off, stuffing it into the canteen. This water Stand, Geb, then attacked Kakyoin’ slashing his eyes and incapacitating him. As the Crusaders retreated for their vehicle, about a mile away was the Stand’s user, a blind man named N’Doul, monitored them via their sound waves. He noticed Iggy had jumped out of the vehicle and nearly attacked him, but quickly realized the Crusaders had no control over the dog and decided not to. Instead, his attention turned to attacking their vehicle. Now: When they become the only two able to fight, Jotaro must figure out a way to get Iggy to help in locating N’Doul and stopping him before Geb can destroy the group. JOJO'S JUKEBOX This week’s Jukebox song is “Immigrés/Bitim Rew”, by Youssou N’dour. Notes: The manga chapters which this episode covers can be found in Stardust Crusaders volume 6, presently available in hardcover from Viz Media. Alternatively, they can also be found in volume 8 of the older paperback releases. This episode also corresponds with episode 9 of the 90’s OVA adaptation. 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.