- For a similarly named character, see Holy Joestar-Kira
Holy Kujo (空条 ホリィ, Kūjō Horī), née Joestar (ジョースター, Jōsutā), is a secondary ally featured in the third part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Stardust Crusaders. She is the daughter of Joseph Joestar and Suzi Q, wife of Sadao Kujo, and mother of Jotaro Kujo.
Due to the connection between Jonathan Joestar's body and his descendants, Holy gains a Stand when DIO gains his. However, she becomes ill from the power of her own Stand, setting Jotaro and Joseph on course for Egypt to kill DIO.
Holy Kujo is a forty-five-year-old woman of British and Italian descent with light, shoulder-length hair. As is the case with any other Joestar, she possesses a star-shaped birthmark on the left side of the nape of her neck.
Holy wears multiple outfits in Stardust Crusaders. In her first appearance, she wears a long dress, a pearl necklace, and earrings. When she meets with Joseph, she wears a coat over a collared shirt and a skirt in addition to the necklace and earrings. At home, she wears a long-sleeve shirt, a long skirt, an apron, slippers, and circular earrings. When she faints the next morning, she wears a cardigan, a shirt, a long skirt, and circular earrings. While being taken care of by the Speedwagon Foundation, she wears a nightgown, being bedridden. These outfits differ across the manga, anime, and OVA.
In the first episode of the Stardust Crusaders anime, her circular earrings were designed to be inherited from Lisa Lisa. Her previous outfit in the same episode also has her wearing a beaded necklace, similar to what Suzi Q wears in the anime when she is older.
Holy is the cheerful, doting mother of her son Jotaro Kujo, hardly ever seen without a smile. Despite her son's common insults and general annoyance at her, she's able to see through him and perceive the true kindness within him, of which she is deeply proud. She loves her family with all her heart and will even lie about her own well-being to keep them from worrying about her. In general, she is a caring person, showing concern for a wounded Kakyoin, taking time to care for his wounds. Kakyoin feels inspired by her, describing her as ‘someone who just puts you at ease by being near her’.
Having lived in Japan for twenty years, she has adapted to living there, speaking Japanese very well, as noted by a Japanese policeman.
- Main article: Holy's Stand
While DIO was alive, she developed a Stand, but was incapable of using it, both due to her gentle nature and not having the need to battle or fight. Her Stand gave her high, fever-like symptoms while deteriorating her health until she dies in approximately 50 days. Her "ability" was the reason why her father, Joseph, and her son, Jotaro, went to kill DIO and caused the events of Stardust Crusaders to unfold.
She is first mentioned when a Japanese man bumps into Joseph with his suitcase while Joseph is at the airport. He notices the man is Japanese and knees him in the stomach. He then claims that he hates the Japanese because his beloved daughter fell in love with a Japanese man and left home to the other end of the world, rarely coming home to visit for the next twenty years.
Stardust Crusaders (1988-1989)
Holy is introduced as the loving mother of Jotaro Kujo. When he locks himself in jail, claiming to be possessed by an evil spirit, Holy calls her father, Joseph Joestar, to see him. Joseph tells Jotaro and Holy that DIO had acquired the body of Jonathan Joestar, and with it had somehow developed a Stand ability, but yet he fails to convince him even with proof. However, Holy does not care much about it and continues to live as if everything was normal.
Because of this, all of Jonathan's descendants had also developed a Stand, the "evil spirit" Jotaro mentioned. Holy eventually develops one too, but doesn't have the strength to support it and falls ill after hiding her condition for a time to not worry her family. Holy's ailing condition becomes the catalyst for Jotaro and company's quest to Egypt, as the defeat of DIO would stop Holy's Stand of showing itself. As the Joestar Group travels from Tokyo to Cairo, Holy's sickness worsens. At one point, she receives the visit of her mother, Suzi Q.
At the end of the adventure, she is back on her feet and once more the loving person she was.
Chapters / Episodes
Holy appears as a character the player can talk with during the first scenario, at Jotaro's house. Besides that, she appears only in cutscenes.
Holy Kujo appears as part of the Joestar Group's individual Story Mode campaigns, in cut-scenes adapting the plot of Stardust Crusaders as she falls ill.
There is a mistranslated line in Jotaro's Story Mode where she refers to Joseph as Jotaro's uncle, when in fact Joseph is Jotaro's grandfather. This was corrected in the HD version as "I'd better tell his grandfather about this."
With the addition of Super Story Mode, Holy is part of the plot, as the motivation for the Joestar Group to track down and destroy DIO when she falls ill. She is saved by the end and celebrates her family's return.
- At the beginning of Chapter 120, Holy is seen singing to herself: "Come on, baby, do the locomotion", likely from Gerry Goffin and Carole King's song "The Loco-Motion", made famous in the 1980s when it was covered by Kylie Minogue.
- Similarly, in the 2014 anime adaptation, she hums Seiko Matsuda's 1980s pop song "Aoi Sangoshou" ("Blue Coral Reef" in English), fitting well into the timeline as a Japanese song popular around the time Stardust Crusaders takes place in and also making a reference to Holy's Japanese name being Seiko.