|“||Jotaro's mother... Holly can make people feel at ease, you feel like everything's fine when you're around her.||”|
Holly Kujo née Joestar (空条[ジョースター] ホリィ Kūjō (Jōsutā) Horyi), is a recurring character appearing in Stardust Crusaders. The only daughter of Joseph Joestar and mother of Jotaro Kujo, is afflicted by DIO's return and it is for her that Jotaro departs to Egypt fighting DIO.
Holly Kujo is a fair-headed woman in her forties who has shoulder-long hair she keeps in a chignon. As a member of the Joestar family, Holly, like her father and son, has a small star-shaped birthmark at the back of her left shoulder, near her neck.
Holly's sweet charm is known by all. She believes in her son Jotaro deeply, proud of the compassion that he has despite his hard shell and somehow isn't disturbed in the least by his insults. Her passivity in front of Jotaro's insults can be explained as her knowing that he does care about her beneath his rough exterior. As a woman who loves her family, she will deliberately lie about her illness so as to lessen their worry. She is caring even to strangers, as shown when she tends to Kakyoin's wounds. She is cheerful, carefree and always shown with a smile. Kakyoin himself describes her as the type of person he would fall for because she can make anyone feel at ease and soothe their heart.
Holly comes as rather childish, notably tickling her father Joseph in public even as an adult and refusing to answer if she isn't called by the Japanese name she gave herself.
As a foreigner living in Japan, Holly has acclimated herself well to her new country. One man has noted that she speaks Japanese very well and she also has given herself a Japanese name, Seiko (聖子), which is derived from her name and means "holy child".
She is first mentioned at the end of Battle Tendency when a Japanese man bumps into Joseph with his suitcase, asking he is alright but also blaming Joseph for not looking where he was going. While Joseph is about to dismiss this, 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.
In the anime, she was also shown as a little girl alongside her parents as they overlook Erina on her deathbed.
Holly is introduced as the loving mother of Jotaro Kujo. When he locks himself in jail, claiming to be possessed by an evil spirit, Holly 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. Because of this, all of Jonathan's descendants had also developed a Stand, the "evil spirit" Jotaro mentioned. Holly eventually develops one too, but doesn't have the strength to support it and falls ill. 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. At the end of the adventure, she is back on her feet and once more the loving person she was.
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.
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Chapters in order of appearance
Episodes in order of appearance
Holly appears as a character the player can talk with during the first scenario, at Jotaro's house. Besides that, she appears only in cutscenes.
During the game, Holly only appears in cutscenes that are similar to the events of the manga. She is shown when she gets sick and at the end of the game.
In a possible translation error during the game's cutscenes (in Jotaro's story mode), she refers to her father Joseph as an uncle, when in fact Joseph is her father, and Jotaro's grandfather. This was corrected in the HD version as "I'd better tell his grandfather about this."
- At the beginning of Chapter 120, Holly 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 adaption, she hums Seiko Matsuda's 1980s pop song "Ao no Sangosho" ("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.