TV Show Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

By Ivana Thuzar Martinez, Correspondent

Rating: 5/5

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a Japanese animated television show based on the manga of the same name. It follows the life of the Joestar family and the wild adventures that they experience while trying to defeat an unknown or long forgotten evil.

Part 1 of the anime takes place in the 1860’s in the English Country near London, as Jonathan Joestar fights an almost demonic being looking to become immortal. Part 2 of the anime takes the characters around the world in the late 1930’s at the start of the Second World War.A descendant of Jonathan, Joseph Joestar, must fight the Pillar Men – 3 Ancient beings looking to establish their dominance over humanity.

David Production, the studio behind the adaptation, certainly spared no expense when it came to the animation and visual design for the series. The series is filled with smooth animations utilizing 3D visual effects to create a more dynamic world and beautiful, picturesque scenes pulled straight from the manga. The well-chosen color palettes help set the tone of the scene and work to represent the bizarreness of the situations the characters encounter.

When evaluating the main characters of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, one important topic to be discussed is growth and change that the characters experience throughout the story.  Many of the main characters grow and learn from their hardships, becoming better people as a result.

Both Jonathan and Joseph experience losses of people close to them and impending doom for others. These hardships act as the driving force for the characters, guiding them and pushing them to become stronger men and better fighters. For parts 1 and 2, both characters certainly experience their own telling of the classic heroes’ journey.

When it comes to a memorable original soundtrack, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is an anime that certainly stands out. The themes of the 2 main characters works to show their personalities, emotions, and struggles throughout the season. Jonathan Joestar’s orchestral theme exemplifies the time in which he lives and his character arc. It is a song filled with uncertainty and optimism, two themes which are constant throughout all of part 1. Meanwhile Joseph Joestar’s EDM theme shows off his youthfulness and courageous attitude.

Regardless of whether you are new to anime or a certified weeb, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is certainly an anime to watch. Aside from the wacky plot and over the top acting, the story is certainly entertaining and worth at least one watch through. Of course, most importantly is that spicy meme potential, which seasons 1 and 2 are certainly not lacking in.