With its 26th episode this week, may we bid a fond farewell to this first series of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. And a bizarre adventure it has certainly been – JoJo’s has been brilliant in how it has utterly refused to be restrained by any ties to reality, while still maintaining its own internal logic – all of the nonsense that the show pulls is a special kind of “JoJo” nonsense that somehow manages to make itself seem sensical. It’s the kind of systematic chaos in which, looking back on things that came seemingly out of nowhere, it slowly becomes clearer that “Oh, of course JoJo’s would do that!” This exaggerated reality is one of the highest high points of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, because in a world were there is nothing that can’t happen, the only limit on the fun is the creator’s own imagination.
It’s that raw, unabashed embrace of the ridiculous that makes JoJo’s such a joy to watch. It makes the show completely unpredictable and brings such a lush variety of themes, settings, and characters bursting into the narrative that it never gets old. There’s always something new waiting right around the bend, whether it’s Nazi Cyborgs, Piranhas on a Plane, Immortal Beings Named After Famous Rock Stars, Vampire Dubstep Squirrels (this seems a good time to mention Battle Tendency’s OUTSTANDING soundtrack), Magical Blood-Sucking Hair, you name it. It’s easy to laugh at the show for being so outlandish, but it’s never a mocking laugh; rather, it’s an entertained one. And for each laugh you have at the JoJo’s, JoJo’s has a laugh right back at you, as it pulls the rug out from under your feet yet again. Whenever you think you’ve seen it all, JoJo’s doubles down on crazy and shows you something you never imagined was possible. It can pull pretty much any trick in the book, no matter how stupid or unbelievable it may seem, and it can make you believe. From the blood-pumping opening theme to the roaring bass of the Roundabout, JoJo’s straps you in for the ride of your life with each and every episode. It’s a show with the bodacity to make you laugh and the poignancy to make you cry; it’s fabulous enough to make you stare and grotesque enough to make you wince; it’s got the triumph to raise you up in cheer and the suspense to steal your breath away; it is, in a word, exhilarating. Bombastic. Fantastic.
It’s been a pleasure, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. May the day we meet again come soon.