For the longest time, I didn’t know Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure was an anime. When I saw people talking about it, I legit thought they were talking about that old Playhouse Disney show about that little clown.
On the Disney website I tried writing a message to Zack from Zack and Cody and I wanted to say “You are the cutest thing I ever saw” but I didn’t know how to spell cutest and I really tried and I was too embarrassed to ask someone in my family so I just sat in the computer chair really frustrated because I couldn’t express my love to Zack
“You went after her man. Andi with the good hair 💁”
Oh my god. I seriously love this show.
The reason why I’m so stoked about it is because it is written in a way that doesn’t dumb things down, like other children’s tv programming nowadays.
And this isn’t meant to come across as a “my generation had better shit than your generation” thing, because let’s be real, when was the last time a Disney Channel show involved serious topics? That’s So Raven and The Proud Family had episodes dedicated to racism and discrimination, Raven and Miranda from Lizzie McGuire had eating disorders..
They even celebrated different cultures in ways that weren’t so fucking stereotypical, like they did with Jessie, with Ravi’s “In my country, India..” in every episode. Jake long grew up in New York and was an Asian American kid, who kept both cultures. If a kid moved to a different country at a young age, their accent would eventually adapt to their environment, as well as the way they act. But I know it’s just for the [terrible] comedy.
This show is really making an effort to tell a concise story, and the little references to Buffy, Nickelback, the “disc heads” and “Amber Alert” jokes show that they wanna make this enjoyable for all ages.
Another thing I really loved was the little discussions they had with kids in between commercials. They really wanted to have a discussion with them, and didn’t treat them like they were a bunch of idiots. It was adorable and really cool to hear their reactions to the teen pregnancy thing, how they would’ve reacted to the other things on the show, etc.
There’s nothing more disrespectful than treating your kid audience like they aren’t capable of understanding more mature topics, and I’m SO glad that the creator of one of my favorite childhood shows, along with the writers and the crew, made the decisions that they made. I respect that a lot. This is the kinda show that, if I had a younger sibling, would love for them to watch.
All in all, I had a really great time watching this. It felt similar to watching old Disney Channel shows that were on when I was a kid, which was especially needed for me at this particular time.
Let’s get more shows like this that actually teach kids something, yeah?