Posted 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.
Suggestions:
Baccano
Shin Mazinger Z
Full Metal Alchemist – Brotherhood

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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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 03:27 PM)
    Ghibi’s up would certainly be a different beast altogether.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 03:08 PM)
    @Ken no, the ghibli one.
  • Kenjeran
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 01:55 PM)
    @Juno: Up? That Disney-Pixar one?
  • Noel
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 01:39 PM)
    Hi there. I’m currently interning for a small company in London, and they tasked me with creating a video tribute to Howl’s Moving Castle. I came up with this, and I thought you might like it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS-zTTQzgjI Noel
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:23 PM)
    The only time they ever get along seems to be during non-canon alternate universes made for fanservice, official or not.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:21 PM)
    Erm, no. They didn’t “get along” so much as Sayaka at least sympathized nicely with her. At least, until the end, when she basically swore never to sympathize with her again. XDDD
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:20 PM)
    Another interesting point is that the character relations are pretty fluid, too. Characters can act differently toward each other in different timelines/potential futures. Rebellion actually solidifies Homura’s consistent feelings toward Mami and also that Sayaka just cannot seem to be on good terms with Homura… but even then, for a while, they got along pretty well until the end. XD
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:17 PM)
    Madoka’s characterization seems pretty non-linear and only show up when necessary, so it’s definitely easy to see that they’re “dependent on the plot,” but there’s a ton of stuff there to piece the characters together into something coherent and solid.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:55 AM)
    Madoka’s characters act pretty confusingly? I never got that. I always felt there actions were pretty logical in the first viewing.
    Though a second viewing of anything can help. Mostly because you know the main story so you can focus on the little details.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:27 AM)
    If anyone wants me to ask any specific questions, let me know. Funny enough, people are saying the same thing I’ve been saying for a long time–that multiple viewings help us understand the characters better. Because a lot of characters DO act pretty confusing at first, but upon a second viewing, after we know more about them, those actions make complete sense. Meaning that Madoka’s characterization is not linear.

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