|“||Jotaro's mother... Holy can make people feel at ease, you feel like everything's fine when you're around her.||”|
—Noriaki Kakyoin about Holy Kujo
Holy Kujo née Joestar (空条[ジョースター] ホリィ Kūjō (Jōsutā) Horyi), is a minor character appearing in Stardust Crusaders. Daughter of Joseph Joestar and mother of Jotaro Kujo, she is afflicted by DIO's return and it is for her that Jotaro departs to Egypt fighting DIO.
Holy 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, Holy, like her father and son, has a small star-shaped birthmark at the back of her left shoulder, near her neck.
Holy's sweet charm is known by all. She believes in her son deeply, proud of the compassion that he has despite his hard shell and somehow isn't disturbed in the least by his insults. 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.
Holy comes as rather childish, notably tickling her father Joseph in public and refusing to answer if she isn't called by the Japanese name she gave herself, Seiko, which also means "holy".
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.
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. 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. 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
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.
During the game, Holy 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."
- Her Japanese name is Seiko (聖子), meaning "holy child". This is derived from her English name "Holy".
- Holy's Stand is one of two in the series to inadvertently cause harm to its user, the other being Ticket to Ride. It is the first unnamed Stand to make an appearance, and has no obvious abilities besides causing harm to its user.
- 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 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.