Opening theme: ”JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~” by JO☆STARS
Ending theme: “Last Train Home” by The Pat Metheny Group
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 unless his life is on the line.
SFX by: Yasamasa Koyama
Stats: Destructive Power - B / Speed - B / Range - D / Durability - C / Precision - E / Developmental Potential - C
Namesakes: Pet Shop Boys (pop duo) / Horus (Egyptian god of the sky)
While this bird is technically DIO’s pet, Pet Shop is every bit as ruthless as his master. He acts as the mansion’s guard, killing anything and everything which steps foot near the front door, as well as anybody taking photos of the mansion itself. On top of his natural abilities as a falconidae, Pet Shop’s Stand Horus can generate ice from thin air, large enough to crush cars or fast enough to act as missiles. With his loyalty and terrifying abilities, Pet Shop is the perfect roadblock to prevent access to DIO’s lair.
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 39 (65)
“The Guardian of Hell: Pet Shop, Part 2"
Chapters adapted: 225-227
Previously on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure:
The group arrived at a beggar's association, where Avdol managed to get help from an informant to search for DIO's hideout. Meanwhile, Iggy, who had gone off on his own again, came across the building himself, where a falcon named Pet Shop, wielder of the Stand Horus, killed the informant with a large block of ice before he could report back to the others. As he quickly realized he would be targeted next for knowing the location of DIO's hideout, Iggy tried not to get himself involved, but when a young boy came looking for his dogs, who were also killed by Pet Shop, he reluctantly decided to come to the boy's rescue, helping him to escape. Forced to go on the run from Pet Shop and his ice attacks, Iggy escaped into the sewers, using The Fool to counterattack Pet Shop's Horus. However, Pet Shop remained undeterred and brought out Horus' true form, using ice to stop his wounds bleeding and preventing Iggy from escaping.
Iggy continues his life-or-death battle with Pet Shop, while the Crusaders are surprised by a familiar face as their journey enters its 11th hour.
This week’s Jukebox song is “Real Wild Child (Wild One)”, by Iggy Pop.
- The manga chapters which this episode covers can be found in Stardust Crusaders volume 8, available in hardcover on August 7th from Viz Media. They can also currently be found in volume 12 of the older paperback releases.
- Part of the events of this episode were previously adapted in episode 11 of the Stardust Crusaders OVA.
- The first 24 episodes of Stardust Crusaders will be released on Bluray and DVD on July 3rd. Currently, the first season of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is available on Bluray from Viz Media and on DVD from Warner Home Video.
- Please, no spoilers about upcoming events and future arcs. Seriously.