Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a worldwide cultural phenomenon, but except for the Stardust Crusaders OVAs released in 1993, there hasn’t been an anime adaptation until DavidPro swooped down in 2014 and shocked us all with anime adaptations of Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency. Since then, they’ve been putting out some of the highest quality work imaginable. Diamond is Unbreakable, or Part 4, wrapped up in December of last year, giving us the finale as an early Christmas present. Since then, we’ve been waiting with baited breath for the announcement of Part 5, Vento Aureo.
You know what, folks? I’ll be entirely honest and upfront with you. Vento Aureo is probably my least favorite part of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. It just didn’t click with me the same way Diamond is Unbreakable or Stardust Crusaders did. But besides all that, I’m still excited for the inevitable anime announcement. But why is that, exactly? Why am I excited for Part 5, and why should YOU be excited for Part 5? Let me tell you.
1. It means we’re getting a new opening and ending.
Let’s be real, the opening and ending themes for Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure are absolutely incredible. Each opening is packed to bursting with references that fly by so fast that you can hardly comprehend what you’re seeing. Aside from being smart and well-planned, they’re also visually exciting. There’s nothing quite like a Jojo OP, especially considering the first four used CG models as opposed to traditional animation. And on top of all that, the songs are catchy as all get-out.
In my experience, a new Jojo OP works on a step-by-step procedure
Episode 1: “Aw man, they changed the OP. This new one isn’t as good…”
Episode 2: “Well, it’s pretty good. Yeah I guess I could dig it.”
Episode 3: “This is the greatest OP I’ve ever heard ever ever ever ever.”
This isn’t even mentioning the quality work that goes into the EDs. Once you watch Jojo, Roundabout, Walk Like an Egyptian, Last Train Home, and I Want You aren’t just songs anymore. They’re Jojo songs. You can’t hear the opening chords of Roundabout without seeing the “TO BE CONTINUED”. Walk Like an Egyptian just makes you think of the Crusaders, and Last Train Home makes you… uh… Y-… N-… Huh. Got… Got something in my eye. A-… Anyway, I Want You just brings to mind a tour through Morioh and its crazy noisy bizarre citizens.
So what kind of OP would Vento Aureo have? Will it return to the CG models? Will it try something new? Will the last OP continue the tradition and be a superband of every previous Jojo OP singer? By my calculations, the JO☆UNITED group will have at least nine bands performing the final OP. And what song will the ED use? It could be anything released around the late 90’s/early 00’s era. Fingers crossed for Smash Mouth’s All Star. I mean, come on. Giorno wants to be a Gangstar? All Star? Get it?
2. Vento Aureo has some of the best out of context content in the series
Hoo boy, Vento Aureo is weird, you guys.
I cannot wait to see all this stuff animated.
As I said earlier, Vento Aureo is not my favorite Jojo part by a long shot, but it’s still notable for being a huge sidestep from Araki’s normal work. Stardust Crusaders and Diamond is Unbreakable were action series, punctuated by smart thinking and tense situations. By Vento Aureo, Hirohiko Araki wanted to step away from Shonen Jump, and the series could be seen as Jojo’s first foray into the world of horror. Jojo has never shied away from body horror, but Vento Aureo is full of Stands that inflict brutal damage, torture, murder, and all manner of foulness.
While they’re still nicer than their enemies, the main characters of Vento Aureo are mobsters, and they don’t hold back and offer their opponents mercy. Likewise, their enemies consist primarily of Stand-wielding assassins and gangsters, so you know the blood’s going to fly. And on top of everything else, Giorno’s Stand can be used for healing, so Araki had no reason to hold back on brutalizing even the heroes, because they could always be fixed right up. You know that Vento Aureo’s anime is going to include all this violence, because…
3. Find someone as faithful to you as DavidPro is to adapting Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
I can’t think of another animation company that cares about getting a perfect adaptation as DavidPro. The only complaint fans could float against the Part 1 and 2 animes is that they were cut down, so DavidPro turned Stardust Crusaders into two seasons so they could include pretty much every single event, beat by beat. Then, of course, they followed it right up with Diamond is Unbreakable, going so meticulous that they included the missing glove on the towel rack after Josuke ate it to catch Aqua Necklace.
Yeah, if you haven’t read or watched JJBA yet, that’s a thing that happens.
The point is that when most studios adapt a long-running weekly series, they tend to skimp on the details and budget. (Lookin’ at you, Toei. Treat One Piece with a little respect, eh?) Not DavidPro, though. DavidPro cares. DavidPro buys JJBA flowers and cooks them dinner every night. Treats them to a mildly erotic back massage three times a week.
Not only is the adaptation totally faithful and almost 100% accurate to the source, they go the extra mile and give the anime the visual flair it needs. The shifting color palettes, the fluid animation, the truly amazing background music and sound effects. When you think of vaguely Mayan vampire gods fighting against Nazis in the 1930s, would you think dubstep? Of course not. But DavidPro did. And that’s why they get to make the Jojo anime.
Now, there is a downside to their faithfulness, but it’s not DavidPro’s fault. Anyone who’s watched JJBA knows that most of the brutal stuff gets covered in a black shadow on the broadcast version. They couldn’t even show Jotaro smoking when Stardust Crusaders was airing! So how are they going to handle a gorefest like Vento Aureo? Will half the show just be solid black shadows? Will they adjust the timeslot so they can afford to show more violence? It’s anyone’s guess, really.
And hey, speaking of anyone’s guess…
MASSIVE VENTO AUREO SPOILERS. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE MAIN VILLAIN’S POWERS ARE, SKIP THESE NEXT PARAGRAPHS.
4. Maybe we’ll finally get to figure out how King Crimson actually works
Okay so I’ve put in the research. I’ve read the chapters. I’ve joined in discussions. And I still.
I’ve heard so many things, it cuts out chunks of time, but the effects still happen? Diavolo is immune to the effects of the removed time? But only when he wants to be? It works like that episode of Futurama, where they kept jumping forward in time? It’s like removing panels from a comic page? I don’t get it. I don’t think Araki gets it either. It wouldn’t be the first time the guy changed someone’s Stand powers on a whim. Remember when Kakyoin could possess people?
So maybe Araki had an idea for King Crimson, but partway through, decided to tweak it a little. Or maybe it can be blamed on the poor quality of the fan translations we all had to rely on for years. Or maybe King Crimson just plain doesn’t make sense. Hopefully seeing it in motion will give us some definitive answers here.
Anyway, this is getting away from the real reason everyone should be excited about Part 5 getting animated.
SPOILERS ARE OVER NOW IT’S OKAY
5. It brings us one step closer to getting Part 7
GUYS I’M REALLY EXCITED AT THE IDEA OF A STEEL BALL RUN ANIME. HORSE RACES, COWBOYS, ASSASSINS, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, POLITICAL INTRIGUE, CONSPIRACY, RELIGION, GUYS BEIN’ DUDES. I could go on but seriously Steel Ball Run is my second favorite JJBA part, just underneath Diamond is Unbreakable. I know it’s a long ways away. Parts 5 and 6 still need to be adapted, and that’s at least 2-3 years on that. But getting Vento Aureo confirmed means I’m just two steps away from seeing Johnny and Gyro on my TV screen.
Hey, if you like hearing me talk about Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, maybe you’d like to hear me talk about other things? I do a podcast with my friend called The Gorge Podcast: With Ben and Sara, where we talk about video games a lot. You could check it out, the link’s right HERE.
Or you can follow us on Twitter @TheGorgePodcast where I talk about comic books sometimes and my cohost also posts sometimes.
Anyway thanks, byyyyyyeeeeeeeee!
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