Posted by psgels on 12 April 2013 with categories: Anime Reviews, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

There are a lot of ways to adapt something. Shounen battle series tend to very quickly fall into a very dull variation of that: really slow pacing that goes on forever with long boring drawn out battles that all look like each other. David Production looked at them, and just said “we can do better!”

They grabbed one of the most popular shounen series that hadn’t been fully adapted yet and gave it a kickass treatment that just screams epicness that fits the story perfectly. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure on its own is already a completely crazy story, but this anime actually throws in everything it has to amplify this insanity. The voice actors all yell out their lines with an incredible amount of passion and energy, the animation is full of weird and over the top poses and trippy colour effects, the soundtrack is completely epic with many different tracks (including even dubstep), the pacing is incredibly fast, yet nothing feels rushed. All dedicated to make the adrenaline rush as high as possible.

The plot of this series is basically a bunch of incredibly muscly guys punching zombies to death. That could have been so dull so fast, but beyond the incredibly over the top execution, the actual contents of the action scenes are really creative and fun to watch. This show knows how to keep itself fresh: every character is varied and unique (and really likable by the way, the best being Joseph and Stroheim), every villain has different powers and methods of fighting, and this show loves to use all sorts of props and powers to remain interesting. This series in particular loves to give huge powers to very tiny and weak things, to prevent things from being just one superpower after the other. It keeps fights with random goons really as short as possible, so that it can focus on the characters who actually matter.

Of course, this series is not for everyone. It is for those looking for over the top action, and in terms of shounen action it pretty much offers the best you can get. Having said that though: it is pretty simplistic at times. Some characters are quite one-sided and only work because the presentation is so good. Don’t expect the most complex character-development here, but instead huge heaps of energy and manliness.
One-Sentence Review: An excellent adaptation, full of incredibly over the top shounen action with a very creative plot and really likable, albeit simple, characters.
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17 Responses

  1. nil says:

    No love for Dio’s Bizarre Adventure (Part 1)?

  2. gedata says:

    Solid review, I don’t like the number 89 since I’m not a fan of prime numbers, but still, good stuff.

  3. Nayrael says:

    I like how the Mangaka solved the “Manga must be long, but how can I make it not get stretched?” issue by splitting it into parts, every dealing with a new main character and story. A good way to keep going while being able to finish your story(ies) and geting a fresh start again.

  4. gedata says:

    So sad now that fall has upped and left us completely, pretty cool season it was. Now that this is done, Hunter x Hunter will have to step up and be the best Shonen in town (I read the manga, so I know it will be)

  5. arcanes says:

    Awesome series and by far the best Shounen I’ve seen in years.
    slightly disappointing that it didn’t get above 90 score but I can also understand it because as good as a Shounen can be it’s not for everyone.
    Now we only need the(pending)announcement of part 3 and hopefully the rest of the series so we can eagerly wait in anticipation for the things to come.

  6. Hogart says:

    This was a lot of fun. I think David captured the manga’s unabashedly campy and over-the-top tone quite well compared to the older adaptations. Any show that has a sympathetic screaming nazi and ambiguously gay immortals named after 80’s rock bands deserves a noteworthy adaptation.

  7. Silverbeard says:

    Thank you, psgels, for being the only animu blogger to cover and do justice to JoJo anime, just like David Productions have done it just adapting it in this spectacular way!

    To the next 6 seasons!

  8. boa_sting says:

    For an animation of this quality, there was quite a lack of animation throughout, even for most key moments.

    It’s not just the color palette, but the strong geometric patterns filling space, use of heavy shadows, drawn-in manga-style sound effects, soundtrack, plot twists, bizarre powers, combat tactics, and relentless voice acting all somehow fill the gaps and transform many key frames into something much more vibrant, energetic.

  9. martin says:

    lol score of 89. looks like psgels noted Nunu’s guess last post.

    love this show. looking forward to next season.

  10. starry says:

    Well this got a higher rating then I expected but glad you enjoyed it so much.

    (ironically I just finished Baccano last night too)

  11. ServantOfPriss says:

    People need to appreciate the sexy of JoJo more.

  12. AdyShearer says:

    Speaking of over the top, people should check out Sakigake Otokojuku.
    Back to the topic in hand, Jojo was… well… bizarre, but it also was excellent. If only DBZ was this fun.

  13. BECOOL says:

    you should’ve given it 90 at least why so cheap(0.1 wont make a difference)

  14. jojofan says:

    The Original Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure that was animated a few years ago, “Project Arms” (more so season 1 then 2), “Kaiji” (Season 1 and 2), “Ninja Scroll Series and Movie”, “Flame of Recca”.

    Whats stops this updated version of Jojo from getting a 100, it lacks the amount of passion found in the manga and original animated series of the same name, and slightly more fan service is found in this one too, I give it a 80 out of 100. Good but not as good as its predecessor.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Oct 7. 2015 04:45 PM)
    If sakurako-san disappoints I am ignoring everything modern that is based on a light novel from now on. I’ve been hit by these adaptations far too often.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Oct 7. 2015 02:43 PM)
    ….Dear God…I have no words in which to describe hidan no aria AA, no words. The original I could take the piss out of. But this is a new low standard set for the light novel medium.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.

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