“Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure” Gets New Anime Preview and Big-Name Tribute

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hirohiko Araki’s long-running manga “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure”, which spans eight generations of the Joestar family and their quirky tales. While not exactly well-known in the west, the series has amassed a cult following – in part due to the Playstation One and Dreamcast fighting game that saw a polished HD re-release on the PSN and XBox Live Arcade earlier this month, along with a translated edition of the pop-culture-crammed manga’s third part by Viz. However, the series has been consistently popular in Japan, where it has enjoyed cross media success, so it’s no surprise that many publishers seem keen to kick off Jojo’s prestigious year with a slew of new releases!

One of the hottest series set to debut this Autumn anime season is the adaption of “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood”, featuring Jonathan Joestar’s fight against his adopted brother Dio Brando, who gains vampiric powers from an ancient stone mask. Warner Brothers Anime released a new trailer before the anime’s October 3rd debut which you can check out below:

The anime is set to be an all-star production, animated by David Production (Accel World, Bleach) and written by Yasuko Kobayashi (Trigun: Badlands Rumble, Shakugan no Shana) with music by Hayato Matsuo (Final Fantasy XII, Shenmue) along with an ending theme by U.K band Yes!

Speaking of all-stars, the recent issue of Ultra Jump included a tribute to the bizarre world of Jojo by some of the biggest names in manga, including “Naruto” author Masashi Kishimoto , “Bleach”‘s Tite Kubo, “Cardcaptor”‘s Clamp and even the legendary Akira Toriyama of “Dragonball” fame! The original post on Akiba Hell seems to have been lost in the bowels of the internet, but luckily the full tribute gallery is still available over at Japanator.








It’s clear that 2012 will be a big year for Jojo – one that could potentially boost its popularity even higher in Japan and capture new fans in the west.

Sources: Warner Brother’s Anime Youtube, Japanator, Akiba Hell

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