>Kid isn't an anime shonen hero. He's a kid. He's impulsive, bratty, & bad at using his stone
Notice how him being, impulsive, bratty & bad at using his stone are actual character defects he can grow through, as opposed "I am unsure how to make decisions", which is shit. Just being unsure of yourself is mary sue levels of character flaw.
>He's not overshadowed by Jo because they wanna shit on Kid. It's so she grows as a character while Kid has to grow in little ways to support Jo's growth & drive the plot.
Jo doesn't drive the plot though, she constantly gets dragged along by it. Kid forces her to start looking for stones, Jan convinces her to be a retard at the party, Jan convinces her to act retarded in other places.
>It's not that Jo needs to make her own decisions, it's that she's listening to the wrong influences when she's unsure of what to do. Jan's teachings only pushed her away from her family & friends. She should have taken her mom's advice & funny enough supported Kid at times when he knew they had to actually do something.
I understand this, I agree that's how it's written, and that is what is depicted. My problem is that's fucking stupid and a slog to watch with a boring conclusion. Yes Jan is obviously a bad influence, she's so blatantly a bad influence with no redeeming qualities until obvious good role model Flo knocks sense into her. Which is boring. Would have been a nice breakthrough for Jo's character if she learned to make decisions on her own, with both Flo and Jan being depicted as BOTH being bad examples to follow. As it stands it just becomes "Flo was right." which is boring and barely progresses the character.
>I fully get your criticisms though so I won't knock you for not loving the show.
I like the show I just hate Jo's entire character arc, her complete lack of character flaws other than "I'm not sure". Whenever she takes a backseat it's fine, when the plot relies on her it gets silly.