The year is 1999. Morioh, a normally quiet and peaceful town, has recently become a hotbed of strange activity. Joutarou Kuujou, now a marine biologist, heads to the mysterious town to meet Jousuke Higashikata. While the two may seem like strangers at first, Jousuke is actually the illegitimate child of Joutarou's grandfather, Joseph Joestar. When they meet, Joutarou realizes that he may have more in common with Jousuke than just a blood relation.
Along with the mild-mannered Kouichi Hirose and the boisterous Okuyasu Nijimura, the group dedicates themselves to investigating recent disappearances and other suspicious occurrences within Morioh. Aided by the power of Stands, the four men will encounter danger at every street corner, as it is up to them to unravel the town's secrets, before another occurs.
#1: "Crazy Noisy Bizarre Town" by THE DU (eps 2-7, 11-13) #2: "Crazy Noisy Bizarre Town ~EDM Arrange Ver.~" by THE DU (eps 8-9) #3: "chase" by Batta (eps 15-16, 18-19, 21-24, 26) #4: "Great Days" by Karen Aoki, Daisuke Hasegawa (27-31, 33-??)
This review only applies for the first 26 episodes of this season of the series and it does not fully constitute for the overall experience of this season itself, as there were more episodes to come at the time the review was written as it just hit its 10th episode mark. It's written as to serve as a preview for people to decide whether or not to pick up this season of it, but note that I have read and finished the source material, so I already know what is to come for the series content wise and David Production (We don't talk about Duwang Queen; it wasn't even drawn by DP, thanks Korea) has adapted this series for 4 seasons now and the odds of them suddenly majorly screwing up aren't that high. The review also tries to present the series for people that have never watched any of the JoJo series or have had dropped it at one point, rather than assume that you'd be interested in this series only because you have had watched the previous 3 parts. Or just to people that may simply just want to start watching JoJo through Diamond is Unbreakable.
• Foreword for those interested in Diamond is Unbreakable with no knowledge of the JoJo universe.
Ok, as a note to people that maybe are reading this that have no knowledge of the other seasons or parts of JoJo and are interesting in picking it up, I can say that each JoJo part can work independently of the others and can be consumed in any order you want, although the most optimal way is watching them in order as to not be spoiled. You see, JoJo is organized in parts, with each part following the story of a different protagonist from the Joestar family, in a completely different setting, location and time and each capable of working indepedently of each other, with the story arc starting and concluding in each respective part. So if you're not interested in lets say in the premise of Part 1, which is: a man called Dio Brando seeks to rise from poverty and get a better position in life by trying to inherit the Joestar's family wealth after succesfully being adopted by them. In the process Dio comes in contact with a stone mask tied to supernatural powers, this setting a chain of events that etched in stone the entire JoJoverse.
Perhaps the premise of Part 4 may sound more to your liking: Through an ancient artifact, people have been granted special abilities called stands, with each stand having varying capabilities most often very different and unique from each other. This story follows Josuke Higashikata, a descendant of the Joestar family, trying to uncover different stand users as to make sure his town will stay safe from the constant danger created by an influx of stand users created by the artifact, and stop whoever is responsible of this from creating more users.
The reason I've presented the premise of two different parts was to give an example of how different the premises of both parts can be and how they follow different settings with different characters, although, again, each part has some major spoiler for its former parts. If you're not interested in the former parts for one reason of the other, or you'd rather watch this part first after learning about it, only then start with this.
You will most likely enjoy any JoJo if you're looking for a series with over the top action where they can be either downright silly, (intentionally) really hype or really unsettling. You will most likely dislike any JoJo if you're not gonna be willing to treat its story or its universe as somewhat senseless to some extent and aren't willing to enjoy its ridiculousness when it serves it.
• Differences between previous parts.
Now from this point on this might help people that have had dropped the former parts, because I'm gonna compare Part 4 to its predecessors. There's two key differences between Part 4 and all the previous JoJo parts. The first one is a style shift, with JoJo dropping its initial GAR look and going for a more smooth looking style. While there's still some manly man in the style of JoJo, now the masculine features put into the characters have dropped a bunch. The second key difference is the fact that the characters are now in a stationary setting, rather than having them travel from point A to point B. This is what I mean by this:
Part 1: Protagonist trains his powers to seek out a villain around the country and stop them, with most enemies being allies of that villain trying to stop him.
Part 2: Protagonist trains his powers to seek out a villain within the continent and stop them, with most enemies being either allies of the villain or seeking to understand the villain's powers.
Part 3: Protagonist gets powers because stands are now a thing and seeks out a villain across the globe while the villain's allies are sent after him.
While I'm severely dissapointed that this part isn't named Diamond Is On Mars, I have to admit that it was a pretty good decision since the characters presented in Diamond is Unbreakable don't have an one track mind and they can have motivations outside the premise of the story itself. The worst problem that Part 3 had, Stardust Crusaders, is that any characters it has had introduced are confided under one goal and have only one motivation, while the story is not trying to do anything out of the ordinary, and only banks on the novelty of the stand concept at that point. You knew exactly why a stand user did whatever they did as soon as you've seen them, that being the villain existing. It was so bad in Stardust Crusaders that you could literally skip after the first few episodes to the last few episodes while probably understanding most of that story arc due to how many insignificant events it had. Which was probably a result of JoJo trying to find its footing because during the first two parts it drew large influences from Hokuto no Ken, and why the first two parts are far more story focused than Part 3.
However, I'm here to say that the same problem I've mentioned about Stardust Crusaders isn't here. While the series still retained the structure of stand user of the week that Stardust Crusaders had, the fights have different implications and presentations, because of the particular setting of Diamond is Unbreakable. You see instead of being limited to "i'm working for villain-sama" this is a town full of people living normal lives whilst 1/75 people has special abilities. In a realistic scenario, people would find different uses for their powers, some would use them for the betterment of the community, some would use them for personal gain and satisfaction, some would use them to wreak havoc and most importantly, due to the sheer number of them, they would most likely be living independent of the villain. This gives the writer of the series the opportunity to develop the personality and motivations of the character far more uniquely and realistically.
In comparison to the other parts of JoJo, those before Stardust Crusaders, Part 4 has very little to do with fantastical elements with the series having now almost nothing to do with the powers presented in Part 1 and Part 2, while Stardust Crusaders still retains them for obvious reasons. That is to say that if you disliked the powers in Part 1 and Part 2, Part 4 is when they are pretty much fully dropped.
One difference that is worth noting that Part 4 is very stationary compared to pretty much any other JoJo Part written. Due to the nature of things happening in an enclosed space with seemingly random encounters, it will feel far less adventurous than the other parts, since the protagonist won't go on a journey with a goal to get something or stop some villain from achieving a goal that would have some fairly large repercussions. Part 4 is captivating in a more mysterious and bizarre way where anyone can be someone dangerous unbeknowst to each other that they may be a threat to your family, friends or people you just pass by everyday, while everywhere else in the JoJoverse the confrontations are obvious.
And another very significant difference is the drop of the frequency of sound effects presented in the series that may displease some because of the missing lingering menacing, but this is due to the fact that there's a stand of who's powers are represented that exact way in this part. They seem to tone them back up at one point.
• Essentially what you should expect from the series.
So what you need to know about Diamond Is Unbreakable is the following. It is a series where characters are presented in situations either silly, ridiculous, creepy or all the aforementioned at the same time in confrontation with each other. It will be mostly comprised of action scenes but there will be some episodes where the stands won't be doing any fighting. The plot of the series is mostly a device to form these situations and it is not thoroughly complex but no way worse than its predecessor, Stardust Crusaders, as its initial scenario will keep suffering some changes and it will explore the motivations of a multitude of people which usually will still be there living in the town rather than be there just once.
The action of the series is generally over the top and bizarre, just like you'd expect from the title, with some (censored) gore and pretty unusual situations. Although the series if presented out of context could look quite ridiculous, in the context of the world, it can easily be taken seriously as far as the action goes and the fights are always well thought-out and very well planned strategically, featuring powers that prove more worthwhile the more witty and creative you are. Although sometimes the strategies do fall apart due to sheer occasional ridiculousness of the characters. For those looking for the type of action I've described, it's very unlikely that you will not enjoy JoJo a lot for this reason alone as I can hardly think of anything that can match it in this department.
The artstyle of Diamond is Unbreakable is a result of dropping its former GAR look for a more realistic and more fitting for its setting look where the people in the series look now more normal than before and their features aren't pronounced in a way that looks them that make them look that super manly men. The design of the world is mostly comprised of a mix of some light or darker shades of yellow, green and purple textures, blended in a way that makes the town inconspicuous, quiet, but still represembling a somewhat lively community living around. Most of the designs of the world and characters are well done and blend really well with everything that goes around creating a modest town where some bizarre things happen.
While the characters are well represented and nicely fleshed out usually in this part, you shouldn't expect them to be essential to the story, despite being more involved than in the former part. You still need to keep in mind that the style will depict them in over the top ways to take them seriously as this is part of the style of the series and merely an artistic way of depicting them as to exaggerate some traits. The character motivations will vary from seeking personal gain, to trying to protect their community, to fuck it.
You are likely to enjoy Diamond is Unbreakable if you're already a JoJo fan or seeking a series with some very entertaining action and some over the top downright bizarre scenarios which focuses the interaction between different people with different motivations with superpowers. But only as long as you can accept that JoJo's purpose is to build upon these scenarios even at the expense of the story, with the premise itself having to adapt more to the scenarios and ideas for characters presented in the story, rather than the character and scenarios presented be tailored specifically for the premise given. Diamond is Unbreakable is a very entertaining action series that you might enjoy if you've liked what you've heard about the series. If most of what you heard turned you off, you shouldn't expect enjoying Diamond is Unbreakable.read more
The JoJo franchise has always attracted a certain type of crowd - those who are appreciative of fashionable character designs, over the top action, great visuals and absurdist comedy. Diamond is Unbreakable takes that formula, adds a Slice of Life mystery to the equation, throws it all in a blender and turns the dial on high speed. It took people some time to adjust to this new flavor, but the result was arguably the best JoJo has ever been.
Unlike previous seasons this story takes place in a single location - the town of Morioh where stand users are popping up for unknown reasons and an outbreak of murders have become rampant. This town is an incredibly fun environment where seemingly every corner of the street has a unique story to tell and each character has a quirk that defines them in a lovable (or not so) way. If not the best character cast, it is certainly the most robust headlined by three generations of Joestar decedents and one of the greatest antagonist to ever be animated in the infamous Kira Yoshikage.
As per usual in this franchise, art is a strong point. This anime makes up for not having a ton of fluid animation scenes by creating a beautiful aesthetic that is appealing to the eye. The colors leap out of the screen almost telling the story itself, and the attractive character designs make them all very easy to identify.
This is JoJo at its finest, told in way never seen before in the franchise, and in a manner that is easier for more people to enjoy than just it's former target audience. read more
Firstly a disclaimer:
This review covers first twenty one episodes and will contain little to no spoilers.
Hello you pitiful excuses for sentient beings. It's time to update this review for ep 21. Yeah I know I updated it on 20 but 21 had a bit,small smidgen,more to talk about. If you already read this review and for some reason came to read it again cause your life is crumbling I'd recommend you skip it cause there won't be anything for you here but spoilers. Without further ado let's get into this.
Let's discuss the art and sound first shall we? Art has improved since Stardust Crusaders,it's even better than past installments. Artists seem to use changing of overall color of the scene to symbolize feelings of a character. For example a character is angered so the scene is portrayed with strong,hot colors like red and orange. There are no immediately noticeable dips in quality and you can see a lot of effort was put in every frame when fight scenes come up. Characters seem to look a bit more smoother and less muscular than past incarnations of JoJo taking out a bit of that over the top factor out. However this is compensated for by backgrounds usually looking like some weird, I daresay bizarre, dream versions of real life. There's a pretty noticeable dip in quality in episode 21, I heard it was outsourced to another studio, where there was lots of derp frames. This is something that I will remember and, if it were to repeat, that will impact the thus far perfect record of this anime's strong art style and animation.
Sound effects are top notch as always tho the first opening is much tamer than the past ones. Second one is a bit too generic, for a JoJo opening at least, but certainly intrigues with it's visual parts. The art style and perfect use of sound effects are enough to boil your blood. Yeah and 10 for both tho I'd rather you just draw conclusions yourself without me numbering my opinions for you
Story is what I'd like to touch on next. Keep in mind I haven't read the manga so I do not know where the plot is going. What did happen in the plot is that there was this artifact Bow and Arrow that awakens Stands . It grants people with Stand potential Stand powers when fired into them however if they do not have any potential it outright kills them. Josuke Higashikata,fourth JoJo and protagonist of this anime, is visited by Jotaro Kujo,third JoJo and protagonist of Stardust Crusaders. Jotaro explains the situation with Stands and Bow and Arrow as well as telling Josuke he's a son of Joseph Joestar,second JoJo the protagonist of Battle Tendencies. From there on most episodes boil down to Josuke,Jotaro and a few other supporting characters that later join them fighting evil Stand users. Plot so far has been ,as I said, fighting Stands and hunting Bow and Arrow however that plot has been wrapped up couple of episodes ago and there was a foreshadowing about this gentleman looking blond guy who,as all gentlemany guys, is a murderous psychopath. He reveals himself in one of the latest episodes and leaves quite an impression.I'm giving story a 6 but if it turns into something more intriguing I'm ready to increase that score, seeing how a major villain is introduced it should be good.
Characters are diverse and have their quirks. Jotaro seems to have much more misanthropic way of acting thus far which I prefer over his ,,too cool for y'all,, behavior in Stardust Crusaders. Josuke seems much more interesting than him and supporting cast and villains cover a wide spectrum of personalities. However they are not that overly complex and despite me liking them their behavior and looks can be a bit stereotypical. Might as well give a 7.
Enjoyment is guaranteed if you aren't somebody who can't go five minutes without nihilistic thoughts. The colors,the sound, the way they make every hit matter in a fight make this anime exciting. Battle Tendencies is still my favourite JoJo anime but I'd say this one is just behind it because of the mash of art and sound and yes I know I'm repeating that the whole time but it is impossible not to when today's anime always goes for dark and edgy look rather than something energetic like JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. I would give it a 10 but there are times when twists are a bit too predictable or I simply wasn't enjoying the anime to the point it'd warrant a tenner so here's an 8.
8/10 is ,I'd say, a fair score for this anime considering it does lack an intriguing story at the moment and isn't finished yet but if only thing you want is something to watch and relax after a stressful week this is a 10/10.read more
J♥J☮: Unbreakable Diamond - Why its 'good', but not great
*This is just a review for the first 13 episodes. Review may or may not be succumb to change.
I’ll cut myself some slack and just say this: Battle Tendency is the dogma; the defining arc that has set the ultima standard, encompassing this series at its finest. Therefore, the quality of each arc should be compared to what has chronologically follows Battle Tendency. Unbreakable Diamond do not meet those standards – rather it is adequate at how it achieves the fundamentals that makes a JoJo… well… JoJo.
I do miss that sense of adventure with the previous arcs. Even with Stardust’s episodic progression, there was a feeling that our heroes are actually moving closer to the climax every one out of roughly forty steps at a time. Which does make the last few episodes for both Stardust and Tendency all the more satisfying. Sadly, there is no buildup of more epic proportions when it comes to Unbreakable; here is a small town: the main focus is about the stand users and shit they deal with from the other – commonly malicious stand users, shown at an episodic fashion. Not saying there is anything wrong with episodic shows (I get emotional from watching Haibane Renmei and Cowboy Beebop), but I distinctly remember going all ‘hell yeah I’m hyped af!’ every time a new Battle Tendency episode was aired on Crunchy Roll. And then I continued to watch Stardust and Unbreakable, and I was like ‘hey, a new episode… that’s cool I suppose.’
Battle Tendency also had the most strategy involved. Seriously, Sun Tzu should give Joseph a gold medal for pulling tactics out of his anus that are absolute genius; his grandma should be proud for teaching him history. Whereas the other JoJo arcs do you use a good level of stratagem and had that Sun Tzu feel to an extent, it wasn’t as integral because the writers would rather put more effort to make the stand powers look cool, rather than having a limited set of powers and how the characters could maximize their powers through brains over a dozen episodes.
Okay, I think that’s enough talk about Joseph and how he is my bae... And that Battle Tendency is also bae.
Yet with all the flak I given to this arc, it’s far from bad! It’s just not great – yeah you could say that Mr. Araki is trying to spice things up for a more spectral feel, but when you compare Unbreakable with the other arcs, it felt more like they reduced the potential greatness this series should have become. Unbreakable is JoJo at a fundamental level is vanilla: you have all the ingredients there, but without mod support it isn’t nearly as in-depth. I at least appreciate that is a cool action show and the characters still have that JoJo feel, being bizarrely comedic and still having a decent amount of depth for them to be extra likable.
FINALE: 6.5/10 – It’s still good though! read more