JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Let's pause for a second and realize how many amazing things got their first debut in 1987. I'll wait. Back yet? Okay!
I'd like to pretend that I got my start as a JoJo fan long ago and I am super wise and knowledgable about all its parts and characters and so on. However I only picked up volume one earlier this year. So I won't even begin to pretend I am #1 most hardcore JoJo fan of all time. Having recently read it, however, makes me look forward to it even more as it is still fresh in my memory.
That said, taking JoJo from pages to the screen is no small task. The manga is extremely stylish and extremely heavy hitting, holding no punches whatsoever. When the first shots of the characters came out I was actually kind of disappointed. Keep reading after the jump to see if the first episode did anything to quell my concerns.
What an opening! While I know what is going to happen in JoJo, that hasn't even begun to mar the anime's enjoyability. The show wasted no time in setting up JoJo and Dio's relationship. Dio's voice actor really helps to portray how much of an unmitigated ass he is. Everyone else so far has been pretty good but Dio's performance has been easily the best.
I still do not like the character designs. I just don't. They look weird. George Joestar is kind of okay. Erina isn't offensive. The background characters are whatever. But JoJo and Dio just lack that oomph that they had in the manga. Yes, JoJo's awkward dopiness carries over decently and Dio does look like a megaton jerk, but there is still something missing.
Then the animation kicks in and wow. It looks good when it moves. The little fights that I've seen so far - if you even dare to call them fights in the grand scope of what the series offers - have been really enjoyable. The use of the onomatopoeia throughout the episode really added to the sense of style that the manga has.
I dare not call JoJo's Bizarre Adventure grotesque. Realistic is more like it. When something happens, Araki does not hold punches. It happens in its gory detail. When these things do happen it is for a reason in and of itself, not just to be graphic. What this meant for the anime, however, is the cutting or modifying of a discernible degree of content.
Or at least I thought so. What they've been doing is being very subtle about it. Good use of shadows or implying things have conveyed all necessary information. There's actually been more blood shown than I was expecting. Which can't be avoided because of key story points that I dare not spoil.
Dario Brando wasn't around for long but he sure left an image. Is he ever dirty. In the few minutes he was there it quickly showed the impact he had on Dio via being a really awful father. The quick scene at the bar was nice to show that Dio really isn't as powerful and great as he thinks he is and yet that really fuels his scheming.
It gets really, really hard to watch the stuff Dio does. The finger in the eye, kissing Erina and poor, poor Danny. I actually had to pause the video a few times and I knew what was coming. Seeing all this happiness being taken away from JoJo is really rough. Even when it is his own fault, Dio never skips a beat and twists those screws.
Also, the way that stone mask pops around sends shivers down my spine. I dare say it is even creepier now that it is moving and reacting to things, likely foreshadowing what is yet to come. The preview for next week makes it seem they are going to waste no time and yet aren't really skipping stuff either. This should be well paced and I am extremely excited to keep on watching.
From other sites around the web