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 are 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.
A masterpiece that can not be put into words
As a long time JJBA fan (read the manga way before season 1 aired), I had my hopes of a faithful adaptation, but I understood it is very hard, considering JJBA is very hard. Nonetheless, DavidPro did an amazing job!
Set in Italy in 2001, we meet Giorno. Your average thug at first sight, he does not mind ripping people off. If its money, it is hardly a problem. He does not associate with gangsters tho, because he does not do contract killings and is especially anti drugs, seeing that Italy and its kids
are ravaged by addiction. So this young man, who just happens to be son of Dio Brando himself, goes on a path leading to the death of the most prolific gang in Italy and its boss. He joins the gang itself in an attempt to overthrow the boss and clear the streets of Italy, with the help of Bruno, Narancia, Mista, Trish, Abbachio and Fugo, his own team, led by Bruno himself. His travels take him all over Italy, showing beautiful scenery, having amazing Stand fights, objectively, the best Stand fights in the entire JJBA franchise. DP added its own touch to the story which makes this a 10/10.
I would say DP doesn't disappoint, but that's taking it easy. The art is absolutely AMAZING! 1:1 adaptation to manga, this is the truest we've ever seen to Araki's art. The animation is fluid and has weight to it. YOU FEEL THOSE PUNCHES. Color changes mid scene, flashes, special effects, it is ART.
DP back at it again with its sound effects, amazing opening sang by Coda (Bloody Storm, JJBA Battle Tendency) and an ending by Jodeci (Freekn' you). The sound effects make Stands stand out more than ever before in the series, I myself was caught off guard by sheer perfection of sound effects they used compared to other parts which were good on their own.
Character 10/10 If DP didn't add subtle touches, I would put it a 9/10, but they made Giorno into an actual character (in the manga he was lacking expression most of the time, being too stoic). Giorno feels very much real and I have no doubt that the rest of the crew is going to shine. This is the only time I can say that anime studio did not make a mistake by changing some things from the manga.
This is JoJo. The title alone says it all. Over the top fights, amazing music, cool characters and designs, it has it all. It is absolutely amazing and eye catching, every frame along the way. I enjoy this part way more than the others, and the others were nothing short of a perfect score.
This is a passion work of DavidPro. Other parts were an adaptation, this is a passion work. Vento Aureo is what happens when perfect music, meets perfect setting, meets perfect characters, meets perfect studio.
Earlier I wrote a review on DiU describing it as lacking a lot of qualities that made the first 3 parts a treat to watch. This amplifies all the negative aspects of the 4th season by 2 fold. Frankly as someone whose baffled over the hatred towards shows like Goblin Slayer this season that actually has proper tonal consistency and good looking character designs it really pisses me off how the upvote/downvote brigade can leave comments in the review section like "If you don't like Jojo you should be sent to Auschwitz" or spam like ゴゴゴゴゴゴゴゴゴゴゴゴゴゴ (the likes of which no
longer exist and have been deleted) and this coming from someone who has a frank dislike for the plot of Goblin Slayer. As a manga reader I don't think the plot of any future episodes is going to blow me out of the water.
Opening up with a man licking another mans cheek after having stolen the midget from season 4's passport, the Buccelleti squad consisting of 5 broadly metrosexual manwomen creatures fight against drug dealing elements within the gang in order to stop the trafficking of drugs across Italy and save the children with the power of sexy poses and magical shadows called Stands once cleverly named after Tarot Cards that accurately portrayed the personality of the User now blatantly ripped off of popular 80s bands.
Very Sucky. Theres a proper way of drawing characters where the individuals in question fit the plot. When you have characters like Giorno or Narancia with donut hair with leather clothing and exposed chests, weird stuff like that it kills any semblance of seriousness during the fight scenes. You wouldn't even know that the characters were mafiosos in the tradition of such characters as Keith Gandor and Ladd Russo from Baccano or even Italian since none of them wear Italian clothing because most of the suits look like they were designed by a group of shitty modern artists from California who from a stroke of genius (or retardation, most likely that) decided to become mens fashion designers. The noses look like angular variations of easter Island head noses and in characters like Trish the ears are overly huge for the size of their heads. No charm or beauty.
Mediocre compaired to the other seasons. At least DiU had good openings that had a certain punch to them.
Not much to say here.
This show is basically Baccano if everyone wore two piece leather suits, all of the women were ugly and the music played and everyone predictably posed everytime as the villain realised he was screwed. Kinda schlocky. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Now from my name you may think that I am in fact a fanboy I am but I hated part 5 up until but now seeing the anime I can tell you that I was very wrong. The art is superb as always. DP did nothing short of a miracle when it comes to sound design and music. and the story yet simple is amazing at portraying the Italian mafia and the dangers of being in one. the characters are well thought out and the main crew is fun and unforgettable and my enjoyment of the anime has been amazing I seriously can't wait a
week for one Jojo episode. Overall this gets a 10/10 from me chief.
EDIT: review previously removed because apparently there is a "minimum episodes" before you can write a review (I am new to this website and apparently 7 episodes is not enough for this anime). However, my stance still holds
I might be the minorities here, but this is actually the first Jojo I've actually watched. To be honest I wasn't a great fan of this series when I first heard of it, nor do I understand the massive fanbase behind an anime that has an out-dated 90s art style. However after watching the first 3 episode it got me hooked in. This is my first anime review
and I will make it spoiler free.
The story is complicated and yet simple. Why does that mean? It has a very simple goal but with a lot of plot twist. The story is unique in a way that it attract my attention and yet not being overly complicated. The plot twists are very interesting and the settings are relatively easy to understand. Even having not watched any other jojo before I can follow the story pretty well, which honestly I'm surprised given it is already the fifth adaptation of the manga.
The characters are exceptional. Every characters are unique in their own way and there are no "filler" characters. Even with just 7 episodes in I can already see a lot of character developments. I also appreciate the efford to tell the "backstories" of some of the important characters which not only they are interesting to watch but they are also important to understand the characters.
The art, to be honest, in unique, but not my favorite. The art style is really have a strong 90s tone which might not be appealing to everyone. However, don't let that be the reason to turn this series down.
The opening is the best of the season, personally speaking. Really enjoyed it. The ending is alright, but the opening is so much better.
Overall, my first Jojo experience is surprisingly pleasant. I think this series has a very unique place in anime that I cannot find any other similar anime. I am very looking forward to this series
I like stories with a goal. Simple it might be, but knowing where we're headed already gives a story a fair deal of structure. In our particular case, he, Giorno Giovanna, has a dream that he knows is just. He wants to become a Gang-Star. For that, he teamed up with Buccellati a member of the mafia gang Passione to move up the ranks. Fairly simple goal, which however comes along a path that promises to be full of mischief and ridiculous danger.
My favourite thing about Jojo is the characters hands down. So unique, so fantastic chemistry, so smart in battle (most of
the time), it's a pure joy following their bizarre adventures. Since we're just a few episodes into the story, I won't give a ten for the characters yet.
Colourful, expressive and incredibly authentic, just as you know of Jojo. All the shots from Naples make you feel as though you were actually walking through the narrow streets and alleys. Only downside was the slightly off-looking sea surface and the somewhat laggy animations of the dancing sequence in ep. 7. Good single-frame animation sometimes goes at the cost of fluidity, and while I know that not every anime can be like Evergarden in that regard, I do think it is worth pointing out.
Fucking Jojo sound, amazing as always, one of the most solid franchises when it comes to OSTs and OP/EDs. A little minus for the awkward Engrish in the OP and the fact that we haven't seen how the OST fully unfolds through the entire season yet.
When I eagerly await the next episode, I know that I'm enjoying the hell out of a series. Quirky and unique Stand abilities also contribute to that. Araki seems to have a never-ending well of ideas when it comes to Stands.
Jojo, even after over hundred episodes still manages to feel fresh and thrilling. Each detail seems to brim with creativity, dialogues are witty, the narrator blends in well without holding back plot progression, fights always demand the actors to use their damn brains, and as always, it doesn't shy away from anything. Such an unconventionally bizarre franchise. I love it.