The long-awaited next chapter of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is here, and many fans of the anime have flown through the first 12 episodes of Part 6 in a matter of days. Because of its debut on Netflix, Stone Ocean dropped its entire first part at one time — and viewers are wondering if that’s the best release model for JoJo’s. With all the positive feedback it’s getting, there’s little doubt Stone Ocean will receive a Part 2. Are fans right that it would benefit from weekly episodes?
Fans have good things to say about ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ Part 6
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 6 debuted on Dec. 1, kicking off the month by introducing the sixth JoJo. And fans are loving the anime’s take on Jolyne Cujoh’s story. Although it left many viewers wanting more, critics and audiences are praising Stone Ocean. Some have gone so far as to call it the best chapter yet.
But even if viewers are enjoying Stone Ocean, the series isn’t without its flaws. One that several people have pointed out has nothing to do with the show itself and everything to do with its move to Netflix.
Would ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ benefit from a weekly release model?
While JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 6 is getting great reviews, there is one thing fans are skeptical about: Stone Ocean‘s release model. Sticking to how it usually does things, Netflix dropped all episodes in Part 1 at once. And even though that gives viewers the opportunity to power through it in one go, some believe it diminishes the fan experience.
It’s not the first time Netflix has received such criticism. While the streamer essentially invented the binge model, its series don’t give fans as much room to speculate about specific episodes. There’s certainly no Game of Thrones- or WandaVision-level hype when popular shows debut.
And according to Reddit, that’s what many JoJo‘s Bizarre Adventure fans feel is missing from Part 6. One summarized why having weekly episodes is so enjoyable — from the attention to small details to the fan discussions and memes that tend to crop up:
“Putting the episodes in a binge release will cause the fans and viewers to shift the focus on the major events instead of taking notice of the minor details or events. Plus this new watch order experience will be off-putting, like a culture shock, for some fans who are already conditioned and experienced by its weekly release.”
“Watching weekly is just far better for sustaining hype,” another Redditor added. “If you release something in a batch, people will watch it and then move on in like two days or something.”
It’s true that leaving questions from week to week gets people talking, and it often attracts newcomers who come across the commentary. Is there any chance JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure will return to the weekly release model it embraced before Part 6?
Netflix will likely stick to its release model for Part 6
Although fans would prefer a weekly release model when JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean Part 2 comes out, it’s probably not likely to happen. Despite other platforms seeing success with weekly releases, Netflix has steadfastly clung to its binge model. It’s one of the main things that sets the streamer apart from the many competitors that have emerged over the years.
With that in mind, JoJo‘s will probably maintain Netflix’s release model as long as the platform holds exclusive streaming rights to it. Fortunately, the series is broken up into several parts — so fans will be able to do some speculating, even if it isn’t from week to week.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean Part 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.