In Florida, 2011, Jolyne Kuujou sits in a jail cell like her father Joutarou once did; yet this situation is not of her own choice. Framed for a crime she didn’t commit, and manipulated into serving a longer sentence, Jolyne is ready to resign to a dire fate as a prisoner of Green Dolphin Street Jail. Though all hope seems lost, a gift from Joutarou ends up awakening her latent abilities, manifesting into her Stand, Stone Free. Now armed with the power to change her fate, Jolyne sets out to find an escape from the stone ocean that holds her.
However, she soon discovers that her incarceration is merely a small part of a grand plot: one that not only takes aim at her family, but has additional far-reaching consequences. What's more, the mastermind is lurking within the very same prison, and is under the protection of a lineup of menacing Stand users. Finding unlikely allies to help her cause, Jolyne sets course to stop their plot, clear her name, and take back her life.
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..
For those already familiar with the series (or at least Stardust Crusaders) then the last name "Cujoh" may sound familiar to you. Which is because Jolyne Cujoh is Jotaro Kujo's daughter and has inherited every bit of badassery and cunning there is from the Joestar bloodline.
Part 6 mainly takes place in a prison which has amazingly low restrictions and gives the residents a certain amount of free will. Life in the prison is easy if you have money, a fact that Jolyne learns from Hermes, a woman who is also going to Green Dolphin Street prison.
Stone Ocean is no exception when it
comes to action (you can imagine the number of brawls that go on in a prison). The fight scenes are as over the top as ever. Araki comes up with a huge amount of ridiculous stands in ridiculous situations with ridiculous conclusions.
The story itself is interesting and complex effectively winding together different character's lives and stories. You'll laugh and you'll definitely cry. Sure, Araki's writing isn't perfect, but it gets the job done well.
Araki's style changes significantly throughout the entire series. Unlike Part 4's gradual, yet notable style change, Part 6 stays consistent throughout and is similar to Part 5's. The characters are still muscular which includes the stands. And, as always, Araki enjoys his gore so there's plenty of blood shed. What stood out to me the most, though, is that Araki draws a lot of...strange looking characters in Stone Ocean. I'm not talking about the stands (which have always been strange), but the people there almost look like aliens sometimes.
Jolyne is the first and only Jojo to date which may throw some people off for different reasons. Jolyne is a complex character who can show femininity but can beat the crap out of anyone who gets in her way. Araki decided to give readers a bit of her background as well as making it clear how she felt about her father, other characters, and how other characters saw her throughout the course of the manga. Though her character, as well as other characters, felt unexplored in certain areas she still feels decently established.
The important characters are all given backgrounds when needed which helps the reader empathize with their situation. In fact, the backgrounds of some characters are largely important to the main plot of the story (as I mentioned before Araki winds together these characters effectively). However, Araki's writing is flawed and he often writes retcons (watch for Annasui's introduction). These did not interfere with the enjoyment of the story as a whole though.
I really enjoyed Stone Ocean. I wrote about the lack of strong female leads in comparison to the male leads in the series and someone had suggested I read this part since the main character was female. She did not disappoint me at all. I fell in love with the majority of the characters quickly (which led to some major heart breaking later on) and the weight of the background stories/main story still sits heavily in me today.
Overall: 8/10! I absolutely recommend anyone who enjoyed other parts of JJBA to read it as well as anyone into action and an amazing main character!