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(✿◠‿◠) Anime!!! – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

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Progress: 37/100Title: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable
Episodes Aired: 39
Year(s): 2016

It’s only been a few months since I watched the last season of JoJo’s Bizarre AdventureSince then, I read the next part of the manga and found it increasingly hard to wait that long before finishing off the anime series. Honestly, I don’t know why I leave these gaps between series when I am keen to carry on watching. I think this is something I need to remedy going forward…

ANYWAY. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable is an adaptation of the fourth part of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series; also it is the final anime series that has been produced… for now. I assume that more will be produced eventually, but for now it ends with Diamond Is Unbreakable.

As with the previous parts of the series Diamond Is Unbreakable has a new member of the JoJo family as the central character – this time it is the illegitimate son of the JoJo from Part 2, which makes him the uncle of the JoJo from Part 3. This 4th JoJo is well meaning and outgoing, which makes him a complete contrast to his predecessor.

If you know third part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure then you can pretty much guess what this particular part is going to be about. The mythology of the stands (alter-ego spirits with special powers that are used to fight) continues as follow a new group of powered up individuals as they battle against stand-owners with evil intentions.

The JoJo series has always contained interesting villains. Yoshikage Kira – the villain of this seasons’ second half – might be the most threatening and best realised of all of them so far. Sure, the previous seasons had Dio (an incredibly powerful and vengeful vampire), but he always felt a bit pantomimish at times. Then there is Kira, a serial killer who just wants a peaceful life as he gives in to his uncontrollable urge to kill and dismember women. He’s a scary villain because he actually feels like a real person (albeit with supernatural powers) and I wish there had been a way to have him more involved in the first half of the season…

Still that’s a small glitch in what is an enjoyable supernatural fight series with a good heart and sense of humour. I hope there is a Part 5 soon as I am eager to see where the JoJo anime goes next.

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(✿◠‿◠) Anime!!! – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

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Progress: 32/100Title: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season
Episodes Aired: 24
Year(s): 2015

When it originally aired, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders was broadcast in two halves. In-keeping with the weirdness of the MyAnimeList ranking system, only the second half of the Stardust Crusaders season actually features in their Top 100. Obviously I watched all 48 episodes, as this would otherwise have not made any sense, so that’s something to keep in mind.

As I mentioned when I watched the first season of JoJo’s Bizarre AdventureI had high expectations for the Stardust Crusaders arc because of how much I enjoyed it in the original manga. I was not disappointed.

Two of my big issues with the first anime season (the over-narration and the over-masculinity) were nowhere to be seen here and, thanks in part to the increased number of episodes, due care and attention could be paid to each of the enemies that they fight.

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. What is this series even about? Well, think of it as a show where the then-current male members of the Joestar family (in this case a grandfather and his grandson) fight against an incredible evil using supernatural powers. In the first season, these powers took the form of life energy known as ‘Hamon’. For Stardust Crusaders these are called ‘Stands’, which is like some sort of manifestation of a person’s psychic energy whose individual powers range from stopping time to super strength.

In many ways, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders is a traditional monster-of-the-week kind of anime. It’s just that, in the case of this show, the monsters are actually incredibly varied and are each based either on a tarot card or a major Egyptian God. The links between the monster and card/god they represent is usually tenuous, but it’s fine because the powers are usually cool, weird or both.

So here I am with one more season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure to go with to complete the anime list. I guess I’ll need to get back to reading the manga… which means I actually need to finish Middlemarch… that book is taking me a while.

(✿◠‿◠) Anime!!! – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

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Progress: 26/100Title: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Episodes Aired: 26
Year(s): 2012-2014

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.

Graphic Content – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

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34/501Title: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Creator: Hirohiko Araki
Year: 1987-now
Country: Japan

What a fantastic name for a manga series. I have been holding off starting the anime adaptation until I got a chance to sit down and actually read it first. From the images of the recent Diamond is Unbreakable seasons I was not entirely sure of what to expect when the manga started in the 1880s. Now it makes more sense.

It takes a lot for a manga to be able to last for 30+ years and still find commercial success. The genius with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure being that the titular JoJo has changed a number of times in the manga’s run. All are descendants of the original 1880’s Jonathan Joestar and we move between them (and eventually different timelines) between the story arcs.

Doing this was a real gamble; especially since the first JoJo dies rather unexpectedly at the end of Phantom Blood. Full credit to Hirohiko Araki though – by going down the family line it helps to keep the story fresh whilst still keeping it in the same world. A world of vampiric masks, column-bound demigods and powerful auras based off of tarot cards.

It’s all good fun, but there are times where JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is let down by the artwork. Especially early on. In the later chapters there is a substantial improvement where it kept the slightly over the top burly look of the male characters, but everything felt more detailed. I guess the budget went up or something.

Getting back to the name – it feels a little bit loaded and, honestly, it takes a good while until things start to feel truly bizarre. For me that moment where the bizarre truly hit me was in the third JoJo incarnation where they were battling a pissed off orangutan on an imaginary boat. Nope, it wasn’t the robot Nazi or the killing people with soap bubbles that did it – it was that weird orangutan.

As of writing this I am coming to the end of the third section, which means I haven’t even gotten to the Diamond is Unbreakable section that I mentioned at the top. I will, however, be continuing with the JoJo family for as long as there are still manga for me to read.