Can I just take a minute to gush about how much I love Hamon?
Sure, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has long since earned fame for its Stands. But having watched and enjoyed Phantom Blood, I still feel like Hamon’s the cooler power of the two -- and that’s saying something, because I agree that Stands are rad. The “power of the sun” not only lets its users fight with supercharged energy and beat down vampires (and zombie grunts), but also gives them a chance to interact with items in the environment in all sorts of zany ways. Lots of creative applications, to be sure -- as Battle Tendency proves later on -- and it’s the sheer unpredictability that makes it a treat to see in action.
I also love how Hamon’s weakness is an obvious one. It’s made possible through the proper breathing techniques, so if you can’t breathe, you can’t use it. I mean, yeah, pretty much every living being is crippled if they can’t breathe, but the applications of it in JoJo add a layer of tension to battles. When mere chains or a dip underwater become a credible life-or-death situation, you know you’ve done well in storytelling.
Also, this doesn’t have much to do with anything yet, buuuuuuuuuuuuuut…cripes, JoJo does NOT shy away from the body horror. Thank god for the censorship, because sometimes it’s seriously hard to watch without cringing so hard my eyes clamp shut.
Anyway, on to Phantom Blood. Again. WITH SPOILERS. Again.
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