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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Set 1 Blu-ray Review

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“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” is a weird mess.

In set 1 of the anime series “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” (which is comprised of 26 episodes), the story begins in Victorian England where we see a scumbag thief (Dario) stealing from a carriage but accidentally saving a father (George) and his wimpy son (JoJo). George states that he owes Dario for his heroic actions. The story then jumps ahead 12 years later where we see Dario dying and leaving behind an evil son named Dio. Dio decides to move in with George and JoJo with the intent of stealing George’s fortune and making JoJo’s life miserable. After that comes a whirlwind of stories involving JoJo’s love interest Erina, more time jumps, Dio trying to kill George, a mysterious stone mask which George possesses, vampires, Dio creating an army, battles, Jack The Ripper, powers, JoJo’s allies, and zombies. Yes, the story gets weird as you can tell. After ep. 9, the show becomes something else entirely as it jumps forward in time 50 years later to New York. This time the story revolves around Erina and her grandson JoJo, stone masks, other familiar characters, battles, 4 villainous Pillar Men, globe trotting adventures, JoJo training to improve his powers, more power mumbo jumbo, poison, vampires, a Super Aja stone, and new characters like Lisa Lisa and Caesar.

If you couldn’t tell from the above synopsis, this show is bonkers. The dialogue is goofy, the story is all over the place and, as the title suggests, bizarre, the dialogue is frequently lousy, the series has far too much power and battle mumbo jumbo, and the whole series feels sloppy and chaotic. As messy as the anime series is, however, I have to commend it for being wild and unpredictable. Even though it doesn’t particularly work, you never know where the show is going or what will happen next. In this day and age, that’s a rare thing. It also feels vastly different from the average anime series to say the least.

Perhaps the most entertaining aspect of the entire series is the rock and roll references. Not only do episodes end with “Roundabout” by Yes, but there are characters named Robert E.O. Speedwagon, Tonpetty, Will A. Zeppeli, Doobie, Dire and Straizo, Donovan, Santana, Kars, Esidisi, Messina and Loggins, Suzi Q, and, of course, Dio. To be honest, I had too much fun spotting all the music nods. It was much more interesting than what was happening on screen.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? I have no complaints with the crisp and colorful transfer. I just wish the animation was of better quality. What is up with the funky character models?

Audio Tracks: English and Japanese Audio Tracks. How do they sound? When it comes to British accents, the English track can be embarrassing. The rest of the voice work is passable. The original language Japanese track is clearly the one to go with here.

Extras: * 9 art cards. * A big booklet that contains key animation sketches, credits, comments on each episode by director Tsuda * Art gallery. * Clean openings and clean endings. * Trailers for “Bleach,” Death Note,” “Naruto The Movie- Boruto,” “and “Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash In The Land of Snow.”

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October 15, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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