Alright, we’re finally here! Part 4 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has begun! I was so excited for this, you have no idea. I mean, you might have an idea, but I was ridiculously excited. So much so that I checked Crunchyroll’s JoJo page obsessively around noon on April 1st to see if it was up. (It aired at 12:30pm for me on the east coast. Good to know for the future!)
Anyway, I’ll be writing the reviews for this part a little differently than I was for part 3. I’ve read the manga this time, so I won’t be as surprised when things happen. That being said, I’m going to try my best not to spoil anything for future episodes, but nobody’s perfect so here’s a quick disclaimer: If you haven’t read the manga, be cautious. I’m going to try to not spoil anything that happens in the future, but if something slips out and I don’t notice, I’m sorry. I don’t think it’ll happen, though, but you never know.
Much like Sailor Moon Crystal, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is airing again starting the first week of April (as you may already know.) Since Crystal had a trailer for its third, upcoming season put out recently, I was eagerly awaiting JoJo’s to be released, to up the hype, and to also quell fears.
If I had to really put my finger down on what looked off in the PV, it was his nose. The edit defined it a lot more, and made it feel closer to the style of part 3’s anime. Now, Araki began developing a new style when he was working on part 4’s manga; at the very beginning, Josuke was drawn more like Jotaro was in part 3 (aka pretty huge), but as the manga went on, he was drawn a bit more slender, much to the style of a 15-16 year old. That being said, his nose was never flat/almost-non existent, which is why the anime PV seemed a little weird.
Now, the trailers for Diamond is Unbreakable are interesting in a different way than the PV was. For one thing, there are three of them, but they’re all very, very similar. They’re each told in the perspective of a main character in the part: Josuke Higashikata, Koichi Hirose, and Jotaro Kujo. The Josuke trailer is the ‘real’ trailer, in that it’s the longest, and the one with the most unique frames. The other two trailers take most of their material from Josuke’s but add a few frames to change the perspective. I think that David Production did something very interesting here, which I like.
To keep things simple, I’ll mainly be talking about Josuke’s trailer. The link at the bottom of this post goes to a combined trailer someone made on Youtube that shows everything, but Josuke’s is the meat of it.
I have excellent news (that you’ve probably already heard). JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s fourth part, Diamond is Unbreakable WILL be getting an anime adaptation! The official Japanese Warner Bros. Animation Youtube channel posted a video flat out stating that, well, the anime is happening. When? They didn’t say, but I’m going to guess late 2016 at the earliest.
Remember how I said a while ago that I was going to talk about the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure OVA? Well, it’s about time I did!
As some of you may not be aware, the 2014/2015 anime about the third arc of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, known as Stardust Crusaders, was not the first animated adaptation of the series. Back in 1993, an OVA (or Original Video Animation) was released, encompassing Jotaro’s journey to Egypt.
Of course, if this OVA were exactly like the series I recently reviewed I wouldn’t have to talk about it for long. It’s different; honestly, it’s different and a little confusing. Let’s start at the beginning:
A company named A.P.P.P. (Another Push Pin Planning) acquired the rights to animate Stardust Crusaders a little before 1993. This wasn’t too long after the manga had been completed; its final chapter was published in 1992.
Now, if you’re old enough to have watched older Japanese animation (from the late eighties to early nineties,) you’ll probably already assume that this OVA looks a bit different from the recent adaptation, not only in style, but technique. A prime example would be CG; the recent Stardust Crusaders anime used it fairly liberally, whereas, well, the old one really wouldn’t. Thing is, the old OVA chose to follow drastically different character designs, which I found extremely interesting. We’ll go over that in specifics in later posts, though.