JJBA Part 4 Ep 1 Review – What a Beautiful Duwang
I’ve been waiting in great anticipation for this adaptation for an incredibly long time now… My review of this is a few days late, but I’ve been dying to talk about it. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the most important series in the world for me, and depending on my mood I’d go as far as to say it’s my favorite series some days. Parts 1-3 are good yet have problems, 3 in particular being rife with a monster of the week formula and an awful protagonist, but Part 4 is where it comes into its own and truly becomes a legend in my eyes.
For anyone who’s unfamiliar with the general plot of Part 4, we find outselves focused on a little Japanese city called Morioh where a young man, our protagonist lives. Things are quiet here and Higashikata Josuke leads the life of an ordinary (if extremely fabulous and popular with the ladies) Japanese Highschool student. Instead of running to school with toast in their mouths though everyone in Morioh just poses dramatically and has crazy insane logic defying battles while hunting an evil serial killer who is basically David Bowie.
This series is going to get insane… Part 3 had some far out there parts to it but Part 4 is where we get really into the acid trip that is the mind of Hirohiko Araki. Just a warning for everyone to prepare themselves because… hehe.
As a Jojo anime, David Productions has the high standards of art direction to live up to since what they’re adapting is such a master piece in visual presentation. I can fully confirm that this TRULY felt like the Morioh from the comics and the backgrounds and color design were absolutely wonderful. The actual animation of it was just fine, though I hate how we’re going to have deal with the censorship covering up all of the silly gore until the eventual blu rays… ugh.
The story opens up with Part 3 protagonist Jotaro Kujo heading to Morioh in order to find Josuke for unknown reasons and we shortly get introduced to Josuke’s soon-to-be friend. I wanted to bring up how much I love the presentation of these little cutaways, they have this really great youth-ful hip hop flair to them that was just a really nice touch to me. It gives the whole anime a much different feel from the incredibly 80’s Stardust Crusaders and focuses it deeply on the 90s which Part 4 embodied.
The episode then introduces Josuke with a rather comical scene involving turtles which like 90% of Jojo looks hilarious out of context. This scene is largely used to great effect to show the viewer what kind of guy Josuke is when it comes down to it. He doesn’t like turtles but he respects life as a whole and is generally a cool dude so when this delinquint piece of trash kills the turtle Josuke uses Crazy Diamond to heal it and first imply its powers. The interesting thing about Josuke is that he’s a nice guy to a fault. The only things that will ever set him off is hurting someone in front of him or insulting his hair.
He’s such a nice guy that upon learning he’s the bastard child of some wealthy real estate tycoon and hearing Joseph’s wife was mad at him for having an affair with Josuke’s mom, Josuke appologizes to Jotaro for unintentionally causing their family to fight. Damn. His first reaction to stuff like that is to straight up appologize for existing. I could go on and on about how much I love Josuke as a protagonist but we’ll get there as I continue doing reviews.
Lastly, I just wanted to point out how silly the presentation was on the first villain. The over the top narration and visuals made me laugh unintentionally hard.
God I can’t wait to see what the opening and ending themes are.