Joseph Joestar: The Art of Spirit & Sacrifice

Joseph Joestar: The Art of Spirit & Sacrifice

October 31, 2019 100 By William Hollis


There was a quote out there along the lines
of “The best achievements are born of the greatest sacrifice” … Such a beautiful
quote… But you know if you just do a lot of illegal
stuff it just removes the need of sacrifice completely. Immersion, right, sorry. Sacrifice and the courage to make the decisions
that others would never is a known Joseph Joestar trait. His confidence has always been a dominant
attribute for what people know him for, but that’s what usually puts his other notable
attributes to the side. The biggest thing I had going for Joseph was
his development overtime. From the beginning to the end of Battle Tendency,
it’s two different Josephs, but when it’s compared to beginning of Part 2 Joseph to
Part 3 or end of Part 3 Joseph, you wouldn’t even be able to tell it’s the same person. While some say that he’s possibly missing
the flare from his youth, he’s matured, and personally I believe he’s still got
it. Joseph was originally a kid who lived in a
world where the only people that truly matter are family. Some say that it’s selfish life but is it
really when everyone carries different weight. While he was like that at an even younger
age than he primarily was in Battle Tendency, he grew past that mindset unintentionally. We learned about that in the fight between
him and Straizo. The fight was an introduction to the fate
of having an obligation towards justice, but it was also a wake-up call in general for
Joseph. His life was bound to the fate of being someone
of fights for the world, and protecting the young lady was the first step of it all. With how that fight had gone, you notice that
he hadn’t shown any sign of his character cracking until another life was in danger
or he was truly angry. Originally, it was Joseph unleashing his wrath
on Straizo for potentially killing Speedwagon and that was signified by tears of anger and
accomplishment. And a side note to what that is, tears after
defeating someone who you originally thought was close enough family, it’s interesting. A nice call back to Jonathan. But on Joseph, he had kept composure well
against Straizo and that’s where a lot of his power had come from. That’s usually where majority of Joseph’s
wins come from, a kept composure and a well enough mentality to think out how to get the
win, but then there’s times to where his composure shows cracks in it. Those specific cracks being from forms of
wrath and anger. It’s great to draw from that, but to continuously
draw from your anger and wrath wouldn’t do you well enough when there’s higher stakes
at hand. Imagine all of the times to where Joseph had
pushed his luck or thought he was ahead of the game. There’s the first interaction between him
and Wamuu, him against Kars after Lisa Lisa lost her first and only fight in Part 2, and
what we mentioned earlier with the fight against Straizo. You could possibly count the fight between
him and ACDC, but that was such a questionable fight in general for me. These fights where Joseph’s emotions got
the best of him, and it didn’t help contribute, but the problems are usually solved through
other means. It’s a lesson Joseph knows well and would
probably do well with passing it down. That’s for keeping your spirit at it’s
strongest, but what about the other side of it? Joseph’s sacrifice throughout his life span
would continuously grow stronger for what it was in whichever respective part it’s
going on in. In Part 2, Joseph sacrifices the life he knew
well to be the one of the few hamon warriors fated to stop the Pillar Men. At the end of it, he was going to legitimately
sacrifice his life to stop Ultimate Kars. All that built up in that part for it to end
on that note was going to be insane, but even with it being faked, it could’ve pulled
off well and made sense for what happened. But you know, we didn’t lose him. Also, before I go on into Part 3, I know I’m
going to get a comment or two on Caesar’s sacrifice here. So, what makes sense and what’s great to
mention is that it was a sign to Joseph that some must die for a better cause, but in terms
of contribution I wouldn’t be sure to tell you what happened. Joseph got a sign and bandana, but Wamuu had
looked perfectly fine for the most part, so the damage of it all went in vain. It was just more so the action of it, and
it did more for Joseph there than Caesar really. Especially since he’s only had about two
notable moments for his character for the short lifespan that we knew him for. Now for his sacrifice and spirit in Part 3. With growing the connections with all the
characters, we see in Stardust Crusaders, I would say it’s difficult to hate anyone
in the group, but I would say it’s especially hard to dislike the characters that bring
the most energy to the group. Those being Polnareff and Joseph. Even with Kakyoin being the most reliable
and primary source of knowledge and guidance, Joseph was an amazing leader for the group. It wasn’t just because the ability to keep
the direction intact or something along the lines of keeping everyone in line. The Stardust Crusaders is a group of individuals
sharing the same goal, and while Joseph was a leader, he wasn’t trying to be too much
like one, just more so the being the person that you want to go to. The group itself was place where the members
have energy to bounce off one another to give us the best interactions and enjoyment of
the part. Joseph just being the man who’s behind it
all and being the one who organized it all. With a comparison to his original self, you
notice that the idea of giving Joseph a group would sound out of the ordinary for who he
was, especially since he does his best work solo. But he’s matured and grew to a point where
doing stuff singlehandedly isn’t as easy as it used to be, but he’s still got it
from time to time! “Toyu!” “He’s in boys, He did it, He said it!” Such a lively character and a necessary part
of the group, and… Well now, there’s the sacrifice area of
it. I’m going to be honest with you, in terms
of sad moments in the anime, this was probably top 3 for me. I think Okuyasu’s connection with his brother
probably beats it all for me. The death of Joseph in Stardust Crusaders
was extremely painful and for what he said when fading away, it sounded like it was the
real deal. And with him giving Jotaro the lesson on anger
management, it was something I felt solidified his end. His character had come full circle, and it
felt like the end of it. It also didn’t help that we just lost Kakyoin
after coming off of the loss of both Avdol and Iggy, so this just had me sitting down
watching the part hoping that they just don’t go ahead and completely end Joseph or Polnareff. But, when it did happen, it was fine. Joseph said it the best. He did what he had to do. Though the thing with sacrifice, with enough
of it, you’re bound to get some sort of benefit in the future. For Joseph, he got another chance at life. And while the journey was over, his journey
wasn’t. Joseph and now the maturing Jotaro had continued
their personal journeys of tying up any loose ends and attempting to save whatever world
we have left. That’s where we go on into Diamond is Unbreakable. In Part 4, Joseph doesn’t have as much of
a strong role for the whole Part itself, but he had a massive role for Josuke in specific. With his absence and age, Josuke had not that
much of a reason to listen to Joseph on anything really. It also didn’t help that Joseph was reasonably
senile. Joseph knew that Josuke didn’t have as much
of a reason to listen so he had let his actions do the talking. Josuke was able to trust Joseph a lot more
for his ability of taking care of Shizuka and also thinking outside of the box to do
what he did to save Shizuka too. When Joseph done that thing with the blood
in the water, Josuke saw a lot in him. Josuke originally couldn’t see past Joseph’s
old self, but after that situation he was able to see smart man that knows dire situations
the best. Joseph Joestar was originally a headstrong
kid with no real sense of direction that only followed his own directions and he lived for
no one besides his love ones. By compare that with his older self and that
last time that we see him, and he completely contrasts what he was originally about. It’s a reasonably strong development and
one of the many reasons why I will always like Old Joseph over Young Joseph. But whether he’s young or old, sensible
or senile, one thing will never change. George Joestar never had a legitimate part
or OVA and probably never will. We live in a society. Thank you all for watching, you know the same
old, media in the description and all of that. Rest in Peace Mr.
Ishizuka, phenomenal voice actor and would always play his part with power. The reason why I even made this video honestly,
especially since I had this video planned for the further away future. Hopefully, I’ll see you all
in the next one. Until then, peace out and God speed.