First-time poster, TL/DR at bottom as it’s a long post.
About 6 years back, I was on my way to my parents one night (who live in another state), and I stop at a bridal store in my state to order my bridesmaid’s dress. I’m wearing a pair of old jeans, and I didn’t pack any others because my intent was to take my mother out shopping the next morning, and I was going to pick up a few pairs of jeans then. Specifically I was going to go that chain store with another name for blue in the title, as they were having a sale on their jeans for $20.
I’m getting dressed after my fitting, and because I’m an unbalanced idiot, I step on the right pants leg while trying pull the jeans up, and make what was a small rip into a big one. A huge “from the top of the back right pocket to back of knee” rip. Yeah, not embarrassing at all. Thank goodness I was wearing decent underwear.
But wait…chain store has a location few doors down (this is one of those outside plaza kind of places), and I still have 15 minutes before they close.
back to my poster making roots. a little info on dead ringer:
the universe they live in (as in the events, little traits (frank’s eyes) and how and why everything happened) I personally completely made up-so this is a world of my own! it loosely follows the canon lore. it doesn’t exist in the same world as a lot of other awesome artists on here, it’s its own separate thang. i do hope you’ll enjoy watching this story unravel.
I woke up today at 2:30 in the afternoon, immediately thinking “GOD I love JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure but I feel strangely frustrated about it right now” so y’all are getting a wall of text about it.
I will forever be disappointed in the way Araki wrote Jotaro before part 6.
I did like Jotaro during parts 3-4 (mainly because a) he’s attractive, b) he’s voiced by Daisuke Ono, and c) his assholeish/badass moments were so tropey and over-the-top that it was amusing) but I never truly LIKED him as a character until part 6, when we saw how his stoicism and overpowered stand completely backfired on him and made him weak and more realistic.
Most of his character before part 6 consists of random quirks that made him a tiny bit more interesting than just a typical “jerk with good intentions” archetype: he likes the ocean, he fusses a lot over his clothes, he’s a bit softer towards children, etc. But he barely got any depth in terms of his character or just how he felt about the shit that was happening to him, because Araki either doesn’t write out his thoughts (and when he does, he’s just thinking about how to get out of the situation he’s currently in, like “when DIO resumes time I’ll beat the shit out of him!!”) or just skips over the parts where Jotaro might’ve had some genuine feelings about something other than getting angry, profusely sweating, or going “yare yare daze.”
Jotaro could’ve been so much better as a character if only Araki paid less attention to him being badass and more attention to how he felt on the inside. Seriously, part 3 is about him as a 17-year-old boy going through all this heavy shit like his mom being on the verge of death and half of his squad dying, yet his reaction to any of this was just a zoom in to his face and him going “tch.” You could argue that this was his thing, that he’s supposed to be inexpressive, and that little reactions like this were how he showed he cared, but listen: clearly this didn’t work out because half the fanbase thinks he’s a stale piece of bread because of how stoic he is.
There’s just so many things that Araki left open that would’ve given him some much-needed characterization:
Was he ever concerned that any member of their party could die at any time?
Since he and Kakyoin were both Japanese high schoolers, how close was their friendship?
Did he ever see Kakyoin’s corpse after the SPW foundation recovered it?
When he went back to school, did people ever ask him where Kakyoin went?
How does he feel about owning the same stand that killed Kakyoin and almost killed Joseph?
How does his relationship with Holly improve after part 3? Did he ever apologize to her?
What was his relationship with his dad and do they ever see each other again?
How close did he and Polnareff get after the Egypt stuff, since they were the only crusaders left other than Joseph who was becoming old and fading?
How did he feel when Polnareff was “killed” by Diavolo?
Did he ever learn that Polnareff was alive the whole time but is now trapped inside a turtle as a spirit for the rest of eternity?
How did he meet his wife and why did he marry her?
What was he feeling when Jolyne was born?
TL;DR Jotaro is the poster boy of JJBA so he should have and could have been the best JoJo in my eyes, but he wasn’t, and for a teenager who can’t write for shit I have unreasonably high and unrealistic expectations for a manga about dudes fighting each other with punchghosts that was literally written as it was being published weekly.
Me to myself after writing this and feeling like an absolute fool: