JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood (film)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood is a 2007 animated film produced by Studio A.P.P.P., who previously handled animation of the earlier OVA series based on the third arc, Stardust Crusaders. It is the first adaptation of the first arc of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series, Phantom Blood.
The film was produced to commemorate the 25th anniversary of creator Hirohiko Araki's career as a manga artist and was given a limited theatrical release in Japan starting on February 17, 2007. Since then, the movie has never seen a public re-release and is currently considered to be lost media.
Why It's Useless, Useless, Useless
- The reason why it was made was so that Studio A.P.P.P. could commemorate the 25th anniversary of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki's career as a manga artist and tried to make the first part as a film adaptation rather than releasing it as an episodic series (either 22 or 30 minutes) like how they did with their own take on Stardust Crusaders. But, this resulted to be probably "50%" faithful to the manga's source material and results on plot holes.
- Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando do not act like their manga/anime literations whatsoever.
- The pacing feels rushed.
- The decision for being 100 minutes was just an excuse for budget constraints or rushed to do so, which is an impact for what the manga that is based on.
- The power of Hamon is never explained clearly by Will A. Zeppeli, due to time constraints.
- The movie features new scenes that weren't in the manga and just feel like filler.
- It never fits with the quality found from the manga, but never matches the style that David Production's 2012 adaptation of it had done.
- It has little to no identity of what the film is made for.
- Some of the major supporting characters from the Phantom Blood manga do not appear, possibly due to budget/time constraints.
- Will A. Zeppeli, himself doesn't speak like an actual Italian and instead a grouchy japanese one.
- Many plot points from the original manga are missing, probably due to the movie's 100-minute runtime:
- Dio's inner monologues and motives for bullying Jonathan are omitted along with his abusive relationship with his father, Dario.
- Robert E.O. Speedwagon and his gang do not appear at all and was supposed to be important to the apothecary subplot for the condition of Jonathan's father, George and destroying the mask Dio wore to become a vampire,
- Some of Zeppeli's followers, with Poco and her older sister, do not appear.
- Tarkus and Bluford do not get any more screen-time or much about them.
- The infant Elizabeth, who was later revealed to be Lisa Lisa in the second arc, Battle Tendency, is absent - which creates a major plot-hole as she's the mother of Joseph Joestar, the main character from said Battle Tendency.
- Jonathan does not light his gloves on fire to counter Dio's freezing technique, and instead overcomes it by "powering up" and almost defeating Dio, making it utter nonsensical.
- Jonathan, and Zeppeli are the only people hunting down Dio.
- The ship Jonathan and Erina Pentleton board sails through the Pacific Ocean instead of the Atlantic Ocean. This is an error as Erina is still rescued near the Canary Islands.
- The voice acting is good, featuring several notable Japanese voice actors such as Katsuyuki Konishi (Kamina in Gurren Lagann and Diavolo in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind), Nana Mizuki (Hinata Hyuga in Naruto), Hikaru Midorikawa (Garou in One-Punch Man and Best Jeanist in My Hero Academia) and Rikiya Koyama (Mamoru Takamura in Hajime no Ippo and Captain Yamato in Naruto: Shippuden).
- The end credits song, "VOODOO KINGDOM" by SOUL'd OUT, is awesome.
- Decent action scenes lifted straight from the manga.
- The animation is good and well-handled.
- David Production's 2012 adaptation avoided the problems that the movie experienced and making it more faithful.
- "I have abandoned my humanity, JoJo!"
- "Shivering Heart! Burning Heat!"
Hirohiko Araki was reportedly (or rumored to be) disappointed by the film's sheer disrespect towards its source material that he refused to let Studio A.P.P.P. release it on home video. As a result, the Phantom Blood movie was the last JoJo-related project and the most recent anime from Studio A.P.P.P. before it lost the licensing rights due to a major controversy involving a scene from the Stardust Crusaders OVA where Dio Brando is seen reading books of the Qur'an by Egyptian-Islamic fundamentalists.