Recap: Here we begin with a very brief flashback of Hazamada in his hospital room, telling Josuke that Stand users are attracted to other Stand users. This is an important statement, hence why it was mentioned at the beginning of this episode…
JoJo – Diamond is Unbreakable Episode 4 Review Recap: Recap: When we last left our hero Mr. Josuke Higashikata, he was on his way to save Koichi from Keicho. This is still the case when this episode begins. Josuke enters the Nijimura doorway, looking for a way to save his friend in time. Keicho begins to pull … Read more…
First things first, we have a proper OP now! Well, we had one since episode 2 but I didn’t review that, so I’m going to talk about it a bit here.
The song is good, though not nearly as catchy as Battle Tendency’s ‘Bloody Stream,’ or Stardust Crusaders’ ‘STAND PROUD.’ It’s something I’m sure will grow on me in time, but I can tell immediately that it doesn’t grab me like the other OP songs did. Still, it’s upbeat, which fits this part of Diamond is Unbreakable. The second part, not so much, but I’m sure David Production will choose a fitting song then.
The animation for the OP is also good, though it lacks the well-known CG from the previous OPs. I did some research and found out that there was an animation group that did the CG before called Kamikaze Douga. For whatever reason, they didn’t work on this OP, and it shows. Does this mean that the OP is bad? Not at all. In fact, David Production’s charm is abundant, with teasers of future characters and events scattered about. There just isn’t any CG. I miss it, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter too much.
Anyway, episode 3 is entitled The Nijimura Brothers – Part 1.
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.