Sono chi no Sadame, it’s another Phantom Blood recap! You all know this is not the first anime on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, but it’s actually not even the first Phantom Blood adaptation! Although Battle Tendency is. There was a film based on Phantom Blood that was released February 17, 2007 to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Why have you never heard of this movie? Well, after a week the film was taken down not because of offensive content (well, offensive to parents at least), but because…well we don’t know. One reason is because it’s too short. There is a Re-Edited version of Phantom Blood that shortens the length by about half. If it’s your first time watching JoJo I don’t recommend it, but if you have, it’s rather interesting to see. It’s way too fast paced obviously, and there’s no dub (although it probably is possible to make a fan edit). I’ll link it at the bottom of the article, but point is, it’s possible to do Phantom Blood in a little over an hour and a half. Others say it just sucked, but so does a lot of other things. My favorite reason, and the most popular one, is that there was way less Speedwagon. Now, I don’t think this is a problem with the later episodes where he’s just kinda there, but in Episodes 2 & 3 he’s very prominent and very cool. After the Phantom Blood anime however, I think investigation for this film stopped. It’s like if the 1990 Captain America movie went missing and people tried to find it until the 2011 movie was released. At that point the superior version is out there and trying to find a shittier version just isn’t worth it. With the exception of trailers, footage has been found of this film. A student got a hold of some footage from his professor for a Sound Design project and put it on the Internet. You can see the footage right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOUDdJRvn2Q
Last time we saw JoJo swimming with Blueford. Today we see him and Blueford ON LAND! As they continue fighting, Speedwagon and Zeppeli remember that Tarukus is still there. Eventually JoJo gets the upperhand. Once he realizes that Blueford can feel pain again, he stops dodging him and decides to have a nice chat instead. Blueford is about to leave this world, so he blesses his sword Luck and renames it Pluck for no reason. It is Jonathan’s now.
Tarukus show no mercy however and lunges at them. So in order to run away JoJo and Zeppeli do a fusion dance, touch the ground below them, pick up a magnetize a bunch of dead leaves into a magic carpet that they ride from below. Poco then spanks his ass at Tarukus. 856,000 people saw that on November 27th at 12:39 AM and it was gorgeous.
Speedwagon asks Zeppeli how he picked up all this mumbo jumbo, which triggers a flashback. He met an amazing medic who knew about Hamon. Zeppeli wanted Hamon to fight the stone mask with, so he went off to Tibet. There he found Tonpetty. He taught him the ways of Hamon.
Tarukus caught up to them and they had to hide out in an abandoned tower. Tarukus kidnaps JoJo and locks the door. Whilst JoJo is being tortured, Speedwagon and Zeppeli need to come up with a plan to get to JoJo. JoJo cannot use Hamon, but fortunately Poco finds a way in: A hole. I could probably fit in that hole given how skinny I am. Then again I’m too tall. Then we get another flashback and find out Poco is related to Erina of all people, and she’s pissed!
Seeing herself in Poco, she bitch-slaps the boy to teach him that pain is meaningless in the long run, and being a pussy is much worse. Poco decides to go into the hole and ultimately saves them, but at what cost? We’ll find out, next time on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure!
This is where I stopped watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Not because I lost interest, but because of two things: 1. I’m lazy. and 2. Because it was announced to air on Toonami less than a week after One-Punch Man premiered back in July. So from this point on, I’m semi-blind. I say semi because I know what happens to this JoJo. So after last week’s lack-luster episode we got one that, while it goes at the same pace, gives us more to think about.
Final Rating: 7 Magic Dead Leave Carpet Rides out of 10.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure can be seen dubbed online on the official [adult swim] website: http://www.adultswim.com/videos/jojos-bizarre-adventure/
If you want you can also stream JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure at any of the links here.
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/tv/show/JoJo_s_Bizarre_Adventure?id=VRa62MHJ_2Q&hl=en
Phantom Blood Edited: http://www.crunchyroll.com/jojos-bizarre-adventure/episode-1-part-1-phantom-blood-653409