Saturday, July 18, 2015

25 Days of Jojo’s - #8: Jolyne Kujo

(Fair warning: there will be spoilers abound in this series of posts, as I find there are major moments that define some of these characters late in their respective story arcs. So in the event that you have not yet read/watched a particular part of the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure storyline, you may wish to skip over certain entries.)

#8 - Jolyne Kujo: The tough, punky daughter of Jotaro Kujo, Jolyne finds herself being jailed for a crime she is not guilty of at the start of Stone Ocean. That’s not to say that Jolyne has had a perfectly clean track record, however – she participated in car thefts and other illegal activities during her teenage years, behavior that certainly was not aided by her father being absent for the majority of her formative years. She’s a girl that can hold her own, even in the highly dangerous environment of the Green Dolphin Street Prison.

Also occurring early on in Stone Ocean is Jolyne’s unexpected visit from her father, who brings her a shard of one of the series’ infamous arrows in order to awaken the abilities of her Stand, Stone Free. Things quickly go awry from there, however, as Jotaro’s memories and his own Stand, Star Platinum, are sealed away by the mysterious and sinister Whitesnake. Left with only her wits and a Stand with which she is almost wholly unfamiliar, Jolyne must find a way to retrieve her father’s discs and pass them off to the Speedwagon Foundation so that Jotaro can be returned to normal.

Jolyne’s encounters with her fellow prisoners is something of a crash course, finding many of them to be selfish, sadistic, or bribed by Father Pucci to hinder her progress. However, Jolyne eventually finds allies in fellow inmates Ermes Costello, Foo Fighters, Weather Report, Narciso Anasui, and a youth named Emporio Alnino. Ever-resourceful and quick to come up with plans on the fly, Jolyne and her friends gradually unravel the mysteries surrounding the Green Dolphin Street Prison, pinpointing Father Pucci as chief villain, and eventually escaping the prison grounds to pursue him, intent on stopping his nefarious plans.

Jolyne and friends take everything that Pucci throws at them, including Dio’s despicable Stand-using offspring trapping them in a memory of a plane crash, and the anarchy that ensues when storybook characters the world over bleed into reality. Jolyne is even able to reconcile her troubles with her ex-boyfriend Romeo, the man who struck the deal to pin her for crimes she did not commit, before cornering Pucci at the Kennedy Space Center. With Jotaro returning to aid her in the climactic battle, and warping her body into a mobius strip to negate any wounds Pucci might attempt to inflict upon her, it would seem that Jolyne has a distinct advantage over the villain – that is, until Pucci unleashes the full power of his fully-upgraded Stand, Made in Heaven.

With time speeding up and her body rapidly agining to the point of decay, Jolyne plays her final card, entrusting young Emporio to carry on and find hope without her and the others. When Pucci resets the universe and believes he has achieved victory over the Joestar bloodline, he stumbles across the hidden room in the Green Dolphin Street Prison where Emporio, Jolyne, Weather Report, and the others would secretly convene. Once inside, Pucci finds Emporio, who kills him, aided by Weather Report’s Stand, and causing the universe to reset once again. Whether she was fully confident in Emporio’s ability to save the day or she had simply exhausted every other option, Jolyne’s decision to see him to safety and entrust Emporio with Weather Report’s Stand disc ultimately led to the villain’s accomplishments being unraveled, and a brand new universe where the Joestar bloodline remains intact. Jolyne’s new self even makes a cameo at the end of Stone Ocean, referring to herself as Irene, and inadvertently evoking tears of joy and/or terror from Emporio.

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