Sixth story arc of JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken series.
The story of Joutaro Kuujou's daughter, Jolyne Kuujou. She is framed for a murder and ends up in the Green Dolphin Street Prison. She is given an amulet inherited from her father, which cuts her hand and unlocks her Stand ability, Stone Free, which allows her to unravel her body into living string. The string can form a humanoid Stand within 2 meters of her body, and can extend further as string. In the prison, she soon becomes uneasy allies with fellow convicts and Stand users Hermes (Kiss) and Guess (Goo Goo Dolls).
Featuring one of the most ridiculously tense and violent games of catch-ball ever, Stone Ocean is even better than part 5 of the JoJo saga. If Golden Wind was the zenith of the JoJo franchise, then Stone Ocean is the apex. Ok, they both mean the same thing but you get the idea.
Starring the daughter of the stoic, bland, yet incredibly powerful Jotaro, the story has jumped a few years to 2011, Florida, USA. Jolyne is in a 'pinch' as the Japanese love to say. She's on her way to a sprawling prison complex
off of Florida, she's been framed, she's starting to hear voices in her head and a string just appeared out her finger for no apparent reason. Shit just got real.
The JoJo saga has featured a vast array of unique characters and abilities, but at its core it’s about a very simple thing. The violent clash of two bloodlines: Joestar versus Dio and his minions. Stone Ocean is no different, albeit lacking Dio himself it still carries his influence still plaguing the unlucky Joestar bloodline. Its free of the overt humour of Part 4 and after part 5's unbelievably powerful abilities, Araki himself was in a pinch, where does he go next?
So what better way to get out of it by allowing more females into his saga and using a claustrophobic locale brimming with lots of potential. A maximum security prison complex halved between females on one side and males on the other. Jolyne is thrust into a violent world with no allies, forced to learn the rules of prison society, like how to bribe people just to make a phone call.
The abilities are still named after famous artists and bands, but they're so much more offbeat and WTF-based than usual. You have to love it. The imagination on display in the JoJo saga constantly hits you in surprising ways, and you're usually left in awe at Hirohiko Araki's imagination, pitting two veteran stand-users against a newly born baby for example. You will be beaming or pumping your fist into the air at how Araki can sustain so much tension and danger to the characters, pushing them to the very limits and then pulling them out of the fire, and it never feels like a copout, he always makes their efforts to get out of danger believable and earned.
Jolyne is a good character, she's feminine yet brash like all JoJos are, she's intelligent and has a very handy ability that she uses to its full potential, regularly getting out of tight corners and giving violent beatdowns to punks who push her too far.
Stone Ocean is another great addition to the JoJo saga, a brilliant shonen that has enough horror traits to almost veer it into seinen territory. The battles are ingenious and often brutal, packed with body mutilation and as usual for an Araki manga; featuring climaxes that are the result of characters acting intelligently and not because of contrived power-ups, as seems to be the rage in the post-millennium decade.
In terms of rating the last battle of this volume to other volumes, it definitely ranks as one of the best, a vast improvement over Part 5's battle in Italy. There are crazy powers causing utter mayhem on a global scale and insane counterattacks that come from nowhere but are always consistently logical in the context of the manga.
I love the author; he always comes up with crazy solutions to crazy problems. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is as enduring and consistently entertaining as the JoJo blood line.
In what can be considered the grand finale of Jojo, Stone Ocean has a lot to live up to. But does it deliver?
Stone Ocean starts 10 years after Golden Wind. It follows Jotaro’s daughter, Jolyne, as she’s wrongfully imprisoned in a jail whose warden, the mysterious Father Pucci, my have ties to DIO.
Stone Ocean is one of the more dramatic Parts. It is much more story focused than other Parts, who used their stories as excuses to go on a voyage to encounter fight after fight. Stone Ocean’s plot is one that truly concludes Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure up until this point,
and it delivers. In particular, the ending is one that deserves praise and offers a beautiful end to one of the most legendary manga series of all time…until Part 7 that is! Stone Ocean is a fantastic and dramatic ride that packs an emotional punch that hits harder than the physical ones thrown in fights.
I may be a tad biased because Stone Ocean is the only Part whose colored scans are fully translated in English. It has some truly beautiful artwork and the colors make it all the more better. Character designs take a minor hit however. Jotaro looks nothing like the bulked up beast he used to be, DIO is just ugggggh, and a character named Anasui is nearly a copy and paste design of Diavolo from Part 5. Others like Jolyne, Foo Fighters, Weather Report, and Father Pucci have excellent designs.
The supporting cast is fun. Jolyne’s best friend Hermes is funny and badass, Foo Fighters is adorable and hilarious, Weather Report is very mysterious and his Stand power is crazy. However, Jotaro and Anasui are the weakest links. Jotaro is ruined in Part 6, a shell of his former Part 4 prime self and Anasui is literally a “muh waifu” edgelord.
The Jojo of this Part is the only female Jojo to date, Jolyne. She’s a very interesting and dynamic character who goes through serious change throughout the Part and is really fleshed out as her own individual. The main villain, Father Pucci, is my second favorite Jojo antagonist. He’s threatening and all-powerful, but he is not maniacal like his master DIO. Pucci is one of the most human Jojo villains and his backstory really justifies his actions and points of view.
Stone Ocean is a compelling and entertaining Part. The characters make it all the more great and you really care for each and every one. Jolyne’s adventure is one of the most mature and well-written character arcs in Jojo and the fights are awesome. It also has some of the most insane and devastating Stands and is easily the most “bizarre” Part.
Stone Ocean is great. It’s a very mature turn for Jojo and foreshadows Jojo’s shift from shounen to seinen in Part 7 and is a great story period. The ending is one that commands discussion and interpretation and is one of the best I’ve ever read. Filled with compelling drama and blood boiling fights, Stone Ocean hits the reader with surprise after surprise and isn't afraid to take extreme and bold risks.
JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 6: Stone Ocean Review
(This review is not spoiler heavy nor is it spoiler free)
Story (7/10) Good
More Specifically (7.50/10) Good
The story for Part 6 Stone Ocean was good but it definitely is probably the weakest story I've seen in any JoJo's Part before it. Now the reason I say this is not because of it's plot which at the beginning at A LOT of promise and I was hype for it. But because of the execution. I personally care far more about execution of the story you have versus what the story actually is. I don't care how much
hype or suspense you built up in the synopsis or those first few chapters because when it's all said and done and you look back on how it went through and concluded I couldn't give this any higher than a 7.50. Which isn't bad 7 MEANS good to me. But coming from JoJo's that is quite low for me. What I think really killed it for me the absolute most was the ending and if you know how it ends then I don't need to say anymore. As far as I see majority of the people liked it because it gave them the "feels" but for me I can't cosign it as very good conclusion or an overall story.
Art (8/10) Very Good
More Specifically (8.75/10) Very Good+
The art in Part 6 was very good and out of all the categories I would say it's the best thing Part 6 had to offer was it's art style. It was definitely better than part 5. Character designs it was too better than the previous part but I would consider it only a tad better for characters like Part 6 Jotaro, Enrico Pucci, Jolyne and Sports Maxx. The only design I didn't like was Annasui for the same reason why I couldn't get behind majority if not all of the designs for the Part 5 cast it's too flamboyant for me, I know this is JoJo's but at the end of the day I don't like it and characters like Jotaro prove that Araki doesn't have to make then look like drag queens especially when we see Annasui in his purple outfit now that's better. Anyway the fight choreography I had a quite few issues with back in Part 5 but Part 6 not so much. Part 5 it happen in almost every fight but in Part 6 I only really remember it happens about twice and see at that Part 6 is longer than Part 5 I do see that as an improvement because no one likes being confused. Lastly the art style on the character's faces did change through out the series but none of them where bad art style choices to me and it really wasn't even that noticeable when the change occurs which is a good thing because I saw it in Part 4 and Part 5 to a noticeable degree and I had to live with it.
Characters (7/10) Good
More Specifically (7.75/10) Good+
The characters in Part 6 Stone Ocean I thought didn't live up to what I usually expect from JoJo's. Coming into this Jolyne being the daughter of Jotaro I felt had great potential, her start was fun and extremely unique in comparison to any Joestar protagonist before her. She had some character development with her father and she stayed at a consistent pace of fun/chipper during regular downtime events and brave/fearless during serious/battle moments. I didn't have that big of an issue with Jolyne Kujo as I do this she is more entertaining than Gorno, Jotaro and to some degree Josuke. I would say she's a mix of Joseph and Jotaro entertaining like Joseph and fearless like her father and she knows when to stop her comedic relief and act serious and vice-verse where as Joseph as comedic relief all the time and Jotaro was serious all time (which isn't a bad thing but it helps Joylne as a character standpoint being more dynamic when comparing her to those two). Now as far as majority of the other characters in Part 6 this can't be said. Emporio was an ok character and I felt he was basically the Speedwagon, Robert E. O of this part where majority of the time his role was to commentate on what's going on during fight scenes which isn't a bad role it's just besides that I felt he didn't serve much of a purpose until the very very end of the manga I didn't care for him too much for majority of the manga. Annasui's character made no sense to me as he's first introduce as a character that apparently doesn't give a shit about anything according to Emporio and all of a sudden falls for you know who and it just felt out of no where and forced. Weather Report I felt was another dull character and aside of his backstory which we got close to the end of the manga he had nothing going from him as a character I'm suppose to stay interested in either. Costello Hermes was a decent character and although her backstory wasn't as entertaining as Weather Report and is a bid to similar to that of Polnareff in Part 3, she still ends of being entertaining and keeping up with Jolyne's wild/entertaining side the alligator scene just shows that Hermes and Jolyne were like to peas in a pod and it was always entertaining to read with little downtime we actually got in this part. Foo Fighters I felt was a random character, unique and debatable if I liked her or "it" as a character, I felt it died a bit too early and that hindered my final impressions on the character because I wanted to see more. Enrico Pucci is a very good villain as when every time he's shown suspense occurred within me he's a character with a semi-god complex and those types are always cool to me. His two backstories were also entertaining to read and gave us a better look at a side of a previous villain that we barely see. And other backstory he had the intertwines with Weather Report was also a very good but fucked up backstory. I never the Enrico Pucci by the end of Part 6 would leave this much of an impact on the entire series because when you think about it he left the biggest impact BY FAR. All of the side villains other than Sports Maxx and MAYBE Versace aren't really worth mentioning which is a bad thing. So with all that being said the only characters from Part 6 I can give my personally approval to is Jolyne, Hermes and Pucci which isn't closer to a bad thing than a good thing seeing as that's only 3 characters. (Jotaro doesn't count since he's a returning character and I maybe i would give some extra points if I saw a father/daughter ORA beat down but that never happened).
Enjoyment (6/10) Fine
More Specifically (6.75/10) Fine+
My enjoyment for Part 6 Stone Ocean was a roller coaster as when it first started I was really hyped as far as what I heard, people's rating of it, and the adventure of following the offspring of Jotaro. But once the cast is introduced and the constant flow of uninteresting enemies came flowing in I quickly last interested and if it wasn't focused on moving the main plot forward or showing off a backstory it kind of felt like a shore to read which is a bad thing. My enjoyment went up around the end but then that ending left me extremely unsatisfied because I'm a guy that loves a good pay off conclusion and Part 6's conclusion I would consider controversial to the entire JoJo universe for obvious reasons I have no clue how anime watchers will reaction to such an ending when it ever gets animated. I've heard some people say they liked it and some like me say "wtf kind of ending was that".
Overall (7/10) Good
More Specifically (7.75/10) Good+
Part 6 was good but it in my opinion doesn't live up to the hype everyone gives it. This is probably my least liked part of JoJo's yet as now I would ranking them Part 4, Part 3, Part 2, Part 5, Part 1 and this one Part 6. I always wondered why Part 7 took place in an alternate universe and I thought that was a mangaka decision which was not on any affect of the part that happened previously to it. But I was wrong that ending felt like something you would expect from a DC or Marvel comic where the universe as to take place in a different one because of how messy it ended up getting in the previous parts before it and that's not a good thing in my books. Hopefully Part 7 lives up to the hype that everyone I see that has read it holds it to which majority of people consider "The best JoJo's Part Araki has ever created" now it just feels like moving from X-men 3 to Days of Future Past... we'll see when I read it in a couple of weeks..
I started Part VI in the same day i finished part V. To cut long story short, this part is a little bit better than part V, but they are both 'fabulous' and just great. Characters... there are some i really like (Annasui, Jolyne, Weather), and some i dislike (Hermes) or even hate (F.F.). Main antagonist has a reason to 'be evil', and... he is evil, unlike Diavolo, who wasn't truely bad. Well, he wanted to kill his own doughter, but Father Pucci, main antagonist of Stone Ocean wants to rule the world~ instead. In brief.
Story is interesting and it's base is ridiculous and bizarre-
so it's just as it should be. Priest wants to go to Heaven thanks to baby thanks to bone thanks to summoning ghosts or... something (minor spoilers).
As always, first half is less interesting and fun than second. We have some boring and some quite nice fights, but real fun starts from Special Ward fights (maybe in ~40% of the story) and from that points, it gets only better and better. Until the very last fight with- spoiler- main antagonist, Pucci. And that fight was just MARVELOUS. And the ending was... well, Araki gone mad, he created bizarre and twisted ending. Well, it is done how it should be done.
Again, fights are based on phisics, anatomy and other scientific stuff. There are way more 'world-range' stands, for example- Bohemian Rapsody, under world and heavy weather. I don't mind it- Underworld and Heavy Weather arcs were brilliant.
Just like before- i have been reading 1 or 2 volumes per day, but the last i've read 4 volumes, just like when i was reading Part IV.
Art is, as always, great. Characters- the same. Enjoyment? Great. Story? Typical simple JoJo plot, but i liked it.
And, if you compare aprt 4,5 to 6, you can see that 4 and 5 could be named fillers or side-stories. Stone Ocean is the final of some threads, and it's the begining to new ones. Again, there is DIO somewhere in the background, his role is key, but he appeares only in flashbacks. Jotaro returns for the 4th time, but this time- he also has key role.
It's JoJo in its finest, nothing changed- still awasome manga. You will regret that you had finished it.
And now, i'm going to read part VII, which is, so far (volume 4), even better than Parts before.