JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Alt title: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken

OVA (6 eps)
1993 - 1994
3.811 out of 5 from 3,315 votes
Rank #2,326

Dio is a name that has haunted the Joestar family line for more than 100 years. In his pursuit of power, the vampiric martial artist has put Holly Joestar into a coma, and it is now up to her father Joseph and her son Jotaro to find Dio and restore her. Aided by their friends Polnaref and Abdul, the four warriors each command a powerful Stand -- a projection of their fighting will -- in tune with the cards of the Tarot. But Dio himself is said to possess a powerful and mysterious Stand known only as “The World”. Can Jotaro match Dio’s power with his “Star Platinum” and save his mother?

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Watching this after the David Pro show is really something. This OVA assumes you're a reader of the manga, and does nothing to explain the plot. Although this is the first video adaptation of JJBA, I wouldn't recommend it to those unfamiliar to Stardust Crusaders for this reason. The voice acting is quite good, but there are a few effects that are quite unrealistic and downright hilarious, which brings the sound rating down quite a bit. There are also long pauses without sound that create awkwardness. One thing JoJo's is known for is its eccentric characters, and the OVA sadly flattens them down to nothing, with no development and little personality. It does okay with the little time it has, but not okay enough. The character designs are quite charming and I'm a fan of the art style, but there's nothing much to say about the characters and animation besides that. It's not exactly stellar, but you can tell that it had care put into it, and was a fair first try at bringing Araki's bizarre manga to the screen. If you've watched the 2014 anime and/or read the manga, this is definitely worth it, simply for the comedic and cultural value it carries. It has its fun moments, and a few cute scenes that I wish were put into the later anime. The art style is, again, quite nice. Perphaps this iteration of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is not the most refined or lucid, but it certaily is entertaining. The animation score gets upped from a 7 to a 10 due to DIO's generous bosom. TL;DR: recommend this if you're a fan of JoJo's in any of its other forms, though not for newcomers.

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