Naples, 2001. Giorno Giovanna is a small-time crook with one big dream—to become a "Gang-Star." No ordinary thief, Giorno has a connection to the remarkable Joestar bloodline, and possesses a Stand named Gold Experience. His dream starts to become reality when he meets Bruno Buccellati, a mobster from the gang Passione and a fellow Stand user himself. Realizing that they share similar ideals, and both disagree with the gang's harmful affairs, Giorno reveals his goal to Bruno: with Bruno's help, he will reform Passione by overthrowing the boss.
As Giorno becomes a member of Passione, and is inducted into Bruno's squad, he discovers that it is no simple gang; its numbers are teeming with Stand users. Now confronted by other squads of differing loyalties and unpredictable caliber, their goal to change the gang from the inside out will be a tough one. Taking on these adversaries, Giorno attempts to rise through the ranks and inch closer to the boss, a man who is shrouded in mystery.
Jojo 1&2: Liquefied nazis
Jojo 3: Bros fight the sun
Jojo 4: Don't trigger my fire truck allergy
Jojo 5: My stando power is being an asshole
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Super Mario Bros. Edition is the greatest thing that has happened to anime since the 4th part. In this 5th Jojo -- called Vento whatever in Italian or Golden whatever in English -- we see something that is not expected of anime these days: content that doesn't suck ass.
Vento Aureo is told to be the most controversial part of the Jojo franchise thus far. One either loves it or hates it. I am in the lover team because the
story is so simple, yet masterfully crafted. It only focuses around few things, values small details and shows how it is better to be master of one than master of none. Do much with little is a thing I like to repeat and Jojo 5 is a perfect example of how much can be done with the given little.
The cast is perhaps the most colorful seen in Jojo so far. I am personally against all sort of moral compasses and obligatory justice for all bs because the only thing those do is limit the story and characterization, and while Jojo introduces some concepts relevant to these such as the Robin Hood ideology, I am not finding these to be any sort of reflections of moral codes like they so often appear in all sorts of narratives, but simply part of characteristics in this case. Jojo's cast doesn't simply support 'anything' just because "it is the right thing to do", but because prioritizing loyalto to personal philosophies is put above all else. It's damn manly thing to do and that's why I am finding the cast to be so fun to follow. The banter seen in forms of dialog and interactions is also pretty bro, not as bro as in the 3rd part, but it's still damn brotherly.
The art has surprised me once again. It's impressive how different yet familiar David Production manages to make new Jojo series look like. The colors, animation style and unique ideas as well as the character design all are there to make Jojo's 5th season its very own thing and I am finding it very hard to not praise every part of it in today's industry.
The music is outstanding. The opening song is acquired taste, really. At first I was like "it's not exactly Walk Like an Egyptian, is it" but now I am like FIKHTIN GOLDOOO every time I do anything. Like earlier today I watched some nignog cut the line and all I wanted to do was scream FIGHTING GOLDOO, but not to the nigginoggy but to the woman whom let him cut her. Nignog means "an idiot" if someone doesn't know.
When it comes to enjoyment, this is the reason why I still have hope for the animated medium.
Part 5 anime made something impossible. Not only it lived up to the hype, but it came like a rocket and broke a roof called "expectations". As for now, 7 episodes in, i can most definitely say that this is the best anime adaptation i've ever seen.
David Production- they just know what they're doing. Up until this point all they were lacking was the budget. And with money from monhun and tsubasa, they could finally deliver anime that not only does the honor to the manga, but also brings it to the whole new level.
Everything in the anime, as for now, is just perfect.
Sound design, the art (call if blasphemy, but sometimes it looks even better than Araki's work), animation, voice acting, even pacing. You can literally feel the heart and passion(e) that David put in this one- there are dozens of scenes that would be either skipped, or ignored by other studios. Just from the seventh- the legendary and mythical, the dance scene. It was what? 6 panels in the manga? One page. They made a music clip out of it! All the colors, the moves. the song in this scene... just wow. And just couple of minutes later- 2 of Six Bullets are high fiving one another, for 10 seconds. Any other studio would just drop it, or make it 5-6 frames. But not david- because they want to deliver the most enterteining and fun experience you can imagine.
Every now and then David would throw in some "anime original"- extension of the situations we already know from the manga. First 5 minutes of ep1 are the "filler" that introduce you to this world better, show Giorno's personality etc. Then you have Abbachio meeting Bruno- that didn't have to be in there, but David wanted to deepen the characters even more.
Part 5 anime is doing something more than "panel by panel" adaptation. What i love in almost every piece of media- doesn't matter if it's a game, film or anime- is the dedication in the production staff. I can only care as much, as they did.
And David cares. Not only about the money, but also about their fans, and the franchise they are working on. Purely glorious.
The saddest part of this anime is that after each episode, i have to wait another week. I have never been this excited about JoJo, as am i now. And i didn't even like part 5 manga this much! 10/10 boyz.
So here's a spoiler-free temporary review on the first 8 episodes because why not ?
As a manga reader, I already know the whole story of the part and while it may not be the most original one, I still find if very enjoyable. The whole gang setting is what makes it stand out the most, with a more serious atmosphere and a clear goal which for the first time, is different from the usual "gotta kill the bad guy because he's mean and dangerous". I mean, it's still similar but this time our main character doesn't only want to kick his ass, but
he's also planning on taking his place.
So this part is heavily filled with fights and... more fights, keeping the "stand of the week format" in a Stardust Crusaders way but it's just done so much better. The plot and its stakes, the better characterisation and the way more interesting and creative stands are some of the strongest points of the story.
Another really important quality is its symbolism but I'll probably write about that once the anime ends (can't talk about it without spoiling).
I have to say, the Gucci Gang is probably my favorite cast of Jojo's. From the backstories of the characters (really well fleshed out in the anime), their quirks and personalities, their stands, their style and most of all : their interactions with one another, they are just a pleasure to watch.
It's really interesting to see them without Giorno around, making us understand how deep their bonds are as an already established team, but it's also equally great having Giorno, the new kid, turning into a real member of the squad with the other members gradually gaining respect and trust for him.
It's decided. Part 5 already has the best OSTs of the series. The musics used in tense moments, the glorious theme of Giorno, the marvelous soundtracks matching with every situation and every character, the perfect use of the orchestra and the choral.
And should I mention the opening ? It's already my favorite one, surpassing even Bloody Stream. I know the opinions are really different when it comes to the ops but damn, you can't tell me it's bad.
The ending on another hand is not really my cup of tea (no pun intended) but it has great meme potential, so I'm grateful for it.
I'm really enjoying the artstyle of the part : a mix of part 3's grittiness and part 4's slender bodies, exactly what I wished for.
As usual the use of colors and transitions is outstanding, but now we even got a more fluid animation with a really good and creative direction.
Bonus for the work with the lightings because it's ridiculously awesome, especially in the more tense scenes (like the Black Sabbath fight).
We still got frames and moments where the characters are a bit duwang-looking but it's not really as noticeable as in Part 4 and it's a low price to pay in exchange for the other great qualities.
What can I add ? How can any other fan's enjoyment be less than a 10/10 after that dance scene ?
Although, it may drop to an 8 depending on how the adaptation will go on.
The overall production and the scenes added in the anime are making me enjoy Golden Wind way more that I did while reading the manga.
Now my biggest worry is how they will handle the ending and the main villain but hey, I'm gonna trust DP with that.
17th century fop’s could only dream of achieving the flamboyance of the modern day Jojo character. The ostentatious wardrobes, combined with the innovative powers of the various characters, unequivocally demonstrates that the show is quite bizarre. Ubiquitous action sequences is the name of the game, and to hell with the detractors affirming the plot is razor thin. In fact, Jojo runs the gamut of neglecting pivotal facets of storytelling (i.e. a well-developed plot, meaningful character growth and an overarching message) to present testosterone-filled mayhem and comically inane dialogue. Certainly, if Jojo were compared to say your typical Shonen anime (Dragon ball,
Naruto, or Bleach), then the superiority in quality and amusement would certainly reside in the Jojo camp. Yet, this achievement represents very little, as the bar was never set high by its contemporaries in the first place.
That all being said, this will not be your typical review, as it will only pertain to the two aspects the show focused on to provide an engaging experience.
1) Testosterone-Filled Mayhem
The action sequences feel devoid of necessary tension, that is to say, the tension never feels life-threatening, even though the show pretends otherwise. Literally an entire episode was spent attempting to keep a flame lit to pass a loyalty test. Sure. A Stand maintained a watchful eye to derail any possible deception, which served as the central conflict, but it felt tame, to say the least. The yacht hijacking to gain Intel on the Polpo fortune was much anticipated, as was the downfall of the perpetrators involved. New abilities are being introduced at a break-neck pace, but the mayhem has felt rather mundane, generating a paucity in excitement.
2) Comically Inane Dialogue
Nothing thus far has resonated or produced genuine laughter. The comedic gags feel half-baked, and none of the characters exhibit a personality that would invoke hilarity. While the other seasons had their list of drawbacks, there was always a comedic undertone that shined through, yielding reasonable amounts of joviality. Golden Wind has yet to find its stride, as the jokes thus far (like the bullet Stands eating salami) have felt exceptionally child-like in nature. For a show that exudes manliness, this is a tremendous failing.
Jojo’s 5th iteration fails to meet its own “bizarre” expectations. This, of course, says nothing about the tedious, formulaic plot with recycled themes from other works of the same ilk. The present goal of Giorno to assume the role of the mafia boss is uninspired, with little-to-no novelty. And while the list of Stands continues to grow, their implementation leaves much to be desired. It feels as though the writers are more concerned with character quantity, rather than the quality. It’s excess at its worst, reminding the viewer that too much of a good thing, is a bad thing. The title of show may suggest a “bizarre” adventure, but it feels more humdrum to this point.