|Posted by Anna H. on July 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? In case there were any confusions from yesterday's Song Saturday, I changed the main color of the links to turquoise. I wanted the links to be brighter than the text and more visible. Therefore, I will apologize if there were any confusions yesterday.
You may recall from last Sunday, I mentioned that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood will be premiering on Adult Swim's Toonami block this October. Judging by only watching Season 1: Episode 1 on my own last week, it really doesn't seem like too bad of a show. If anything, I am somewhat surprised that Jason DeMarco, who is running the Toonami block, took such a risk.
Jojo's Bizarre is not the stereotypical Shonen Jump Action Anime, that would be aired on either Cartoon Network, or Adult Swim. This is a series that I would've expected to have been aired on Chiller TV, Syfy, IFC, or another cable or satellite channel. So far, my only complaint about the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise would be, that the characters look dated for a 2012 Anime.
The Manga for the franchise debuted in 1987, which would explain why the characters look very dated and slightly generic-looking. However, they do look slightly modern in the Anime compared to their appearances in the Manga.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Complete Manga Set Vol. 1 (Parts 1-5)
Last weekend, I YouTubed vlogs, which gave synopses about the franchise. This was before watching Phantom Blood Episode 1 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. While I was watching Lore In A Minute's animated summary for a better understanding of the characters, it made me laugh.
Lore In A Minute: "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Phantom Blood" Animated Summary (2016)
So, you are probably wondering what genre(s) is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood? Even though I have only watched Phantom Blood Episode 1, JoJo's Bizarre is considered a Horror, Thriller, and Supernatural Action Adventure Anime.
This series is obviously meant for the male audience, since its target demographic is between Shonen (boys) and Seinen (men).
I don't know as much about JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, but I will say that only reading summaries about the franchise, both the Anime and Manga are really complex. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has 8 parts to it in regards to the Manga. This is not including the novel, OVA's, or Anime.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Season 1 only explains the first 2 parts of the series, which include both Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency. We still have yet to be given the exact date in October for the Toonami premiere. All we know is that JoJo's Bizarre Adveture is premiering in 2 more months.
Speaking of the first 2 portions of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Season 1 begins with the Phantom Blood Arc, which is set in England 1868. Dario Brando, who is a thief, tries raiding an overturned carriage.
To give a better explanation about Phantom Blood Episode 1 (since the link for today's Cartoon Sunday is English Subtitled), Dario then changes his mind after learning a father (George Joestar) and son (Jonathan Joestar) are still alive.
Rather than raiding the overtuned carriage, he rescues them. About 12 years later, Jonathan sets out to become a "gentleman" after becoming of age. This includes fighting for a "woman's honor" (Erina Pendleton).
At the same time, Dario is on his deathbed and forces his son (Dio) to move in with Jonathan and his family, in order to fulfill George Joestar's life debt. Dio obeys his father prepared with his own hidden agendas.
In other words, Dio Brando moves into The Joestar Family and social climbs his way to the top, in order to become the next heir to The Joestars.
Dio goes as far as sadistically upstaging Jonathan in performing his "gentlemanly" duties. To bruise Jonathan's ego, Dio becomes a more skillful boxer than him. To make matters worse, Dio slanders Jonathan by spreading lies about him to all of Jonathan's friends.
Adding more insult to injury, Dio stoops as low as poaching Jonathan's childhood love by forcing Erina to kiss him; He steals Erina's first kiss from Jonathan, making her feel extremely violated (as if she had been raped). When Jonathan learns of the news, he flies into a fit of rage.
After being punched, Dio's blood is spilled on an ancient Stone Mask. It starts to react. Suddenly, George has to interrupt the brawl between Jonathan and Dio. Just when we all thought the situation could NOT get any worse, it does.
Watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure feels more like a Japanese animated soap opera. It honestly will NOT surprise me, if a J-Drama will soon be in the works. Not only do I sympathize, but also empathize with Jonathan.
Coping with slander really hits close to home for me, considering that I have spent this entire last year on Adult Swim having to endure a glorified scumbag smear my name and reputation across the board. Meanwhile, everyone including moderators condone it because of the abominable double standards.
Today's blog has been quite a lenthy review. Hopefully, I have NOT spoiled too much for you all. There is still more that I have NOT mentioned for Phantom Blood Episode 1. I tried locating a decent English Dub of this particular episode on YouTube but had no such luck.
Luckily for me, I have watched Episode 1 on another online streaming site dubbed and the characters have British accents. It is probably much better for you to watch JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood in Japanese, before it premieres on Adult Swim in October.
With that being said, here is Phantom Blood Season 1: Episode 1 for today's Cartoon Sunday.
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