This initial set of episodes covers the “Phantom Blood” arc of the Jojo manga of which this anime is based. The music is particularly good as well as the animation, which uses very appealing textures in place of solid blocks of color. Also of note are the manga style lettering to indicate sound effects in some scenes, as well as in the opening titles. The modern animation coupled with great style choices make this a wonder to look at. It seems to capture the spirit of the classic Japanese manga, bringing it to a new generation of viewers, admirably.
Now on to the plot. Joseph Joestar, a perfect english gentleman, takes in and raises a boy named Dio, as a favor to the boys lowlife father. Dio goes on to live with his new brother, Jonathan Joestar, or “Jojo”. Dio proceeds to be a complete fucking asshole in every way imaginable, while managing to conceal it from Mr. Joestar. The boys compete and grow up together, and this is so far the more interesting and engaging part of the plot, in comparison to the battle sequneces. Jojo is extremely over-zealous and hammy, but I cant help but wish it wasn’t part of the battle genre. Either way, it does quite well within those bounds, especially in how deliciously evil Dio continues to be.
My least favorite episodes are 8 and 9, which fall into the pits of plot holes. In episode 8, Dio fails to kill Jojo while holding his carotid artillery in his hand. In the ninth episode, Jojo is unable to breathe, yet is somehow able to talk to his wife Elena FOR THE WHOLE EPISODE. Yet he cannot breathe. Bullshit. I love Jojo, and I really enjoy its comedic and hammy levels of drama, but I simply can’t ignore bullshit when I see it.
I really like this show and most everything about it. It occasionally drops in quality, but is overall very enjoyable. Hilarious to watch.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is available to watch on Crunchyroll, as well as the second season Stardust Crusaders. The 1987 manga by Hirohiko Araki is available digitally and in print from Viz Media.