Right, so I usually don’t watch an anime adaptation this close to finishing the manga, but JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure felt like something that would better suit the small screen. In some ways I was correct, in others less so.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, which covers the first two storylines from the manga of the same name. Whilst this has the benefit of setting up the Joestar dynasty and gives a lot of backstory, the first JoJo was always the most boring to read and, at times, it was actually quite boring to watch. It doesn’t help that the first JoJo is a complete Mary Sue and that Dio is pure evil for no real reason.
Then entertainment really begins with the second half of the anime where we pick up with JoJo’s grandson… JoJo. Not only does this have a better JoJo voice actor (which the second JoJo being voiced by the same guy who does Gintoki in Gintama), but better villains, more entertaining powers and character with actual flaws.
Speaking of flaws, it’s time to address the two major flaws of this anime. The first is the narration or, to be more specific, the over narration. In the manga this made more sense due to the format, but in the anime it really interrupted the flow and made a lot of the dialogue feel really stilted.
Then there is over masculinity within the series, which makes this a bit of a throwback to anime series from the 1980s and 1990s. Everyone is obscenely muscular and there is an awful lot of weird posing that goes on when there could be some fighting going on or at least some development of the plot.
The thing is, I did not go into this first iteration of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure expecting something truly amazing. Mainly because I really started enjoying the manga with the introduction of Stand powers. This probably means that I will enjoy watching Stardust Crusaders a whole lot more… whenever I get around to that.