Some guys named Jojo have bizarre adventures
It’s funny. If you’d asked me beforehand which Jojo parts are my favorite, I would’ve said that part 2 was the best, and part 1 was the weakest. But after rewatching both, they’re actually… on the same level? Part 1 was better than I remembered, while part 2 was not quite as good.
The strength of part 1 lies in the rivalry between Jonathan and Dio. There’s a reason why Dio is one of the most popular Jojo characters. He’s just great. Even if the first episode went a little too far for my tastes in terms of Dio making Jonathan’s life hell, it does a great job building him up as a menacing villain.
Meanwhile, part 2 is carried largely by Joseph, who is easily the best Jojo. Who else would start taunting an ancient superbeing just to see how he’ll react? It has other good characters as well, but it’s Joseph who steals the show.
Even before stands were introduced, the fights were already written around the characters’ strange and unique abilities, and due to their shorter length, parts 1 and 2 form a much tighter story. Only a few of those fights feel like filler. At the same time, they don’t quite reach the same heights that later parts did at their best. The final showdowns against Dio and Kars are both a little underwhelming, and sometimes there’s just a little too much time wasted by characters commenting on what’s happening. That said, Jojo is still a good anime and a commendable effort in adapting a difficult-to-adapt manga.