Oct 8, 2014
sushiitaco (All reviews)
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.

Story: 8
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.

Art: 9
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.

Character: 8
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.

Enjoyment: 9
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!