Here’s an important question right off the bat: what is the difference between the Stands in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and the Personas from Persona 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1?
They’re extremely similar, so I don’t blame anyone for getting confused by the two. Men and women tap into a mix of psychological and spiritual power to summon crazy-looking warriors to fight on their behalf. Only a chosen few can manifest them; the rest are lucky to even see them. Unreal powers are slung around as easily as a softball in a pickup game of catch. They’ve been the centerpieces of multiple fighting games. They’ve experienced no shortage of popularity over the years, if not a surge in fan interest. Honestly, I’d say that at this point, the fact that there’s no dedicated JoJo X Persona game is an affront to every deity imaginable. Magician’s Red vs. Take-Mikazuchi? Come on, that’s easy money.
It should go without saying, but I’m a fan of both franchises -- and it just so happens that I’ve been grinding my way through as much JoJo as possible over the past few months. As a result, I’ve finally done what thousands (if not millions) of fans have done already, and completed Part 3 -- Stardust Crusaders. And now I can tackle the question for myself. Not the question of “is this any good”, oh no. (Though I’ll be doing that anyway at some point.) No, I think it’s time for me to split hairs on an ultimately inconsequential issue.
I have a theory -- a shaky theory, but a theory nonetheless. The Personas are what you really are deep down. The Stands are what you want to be…but fail to be regardless.