04/01/16 | by Chris Green
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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, a manga series by Hirohiko Araki that has been a huge success overseas since the 80’s, has finally gained traction in the United States thanks to the new anime series that began airing in 2012. Parts one through three of the anime have been released as of 2015, and today after months of waiting fans can watch the first episode of part four, Diamond is Unbreakable.
Diamond is Unbreakable takes place in the fictional Japanese town of Morioh during 1999, roughly ten years after the events the previous part of the series, Stardust Crusaders. The first scene depicts a pleasant scene of a woman (only her hand is visible) preparing breakfast while an upbeat tune plays from an unseen radio. As the woman lays out the meal and rests her hand on the table, the music begins to distort as the shot zooms out to reveal that the hand is severed from the wrist down. As blood trickles off the table and drips to the floor, the scene goes dark, with the title appearing onscreen. Readers of the manga will instantly recognize this nod to a future character, and the anime-only fans are left with a teaser for things to come.
This episode introduces us to three of our main characters: Jotaro Kujo, the short-tempered protagonist of part three, Josuke Higashikata, the protagonist of part four and the illegitimate son of Jotaro’s grandfather (and the protagonist of part two of the anime and manga) Joseph Joestar, and Koichi Hirose, a young boy in Josuke’s class who gets caught up in the events of the story thanks to proximity.
One of the abilities unique to the series is known as a Stand, a ghostly manifestation of the user’s will. Jotaro, himself a Stand user, recognizes Josuke’s abilities after a run-in with some thuggish students. After the three central characters become acquainted, Jotaro explains his motives for coming to Morioh: Not only did he arrive to inform Josuke of his parentage, but he also came to investigate the town and its paranormal activity which Jotaro believes is connected to Stands.
The animation for the series is a noticeable move away from the past seasons, but the vibrant colors and pronounced lines really fit the feel of part four. Everything is well drawn, from the backdrops to the background characters; nothing about the anime feels half-hearted or lazily done. And the effects used when Stands are summoned really set the mood of Diamond is Unbreakable: fun and action-packed.
Jotaro Kujo! Meets Josuke Higashikata is a great starting point for the season. If this is an indicator of how the rest of the season will go, it’s safe to say we’re in for an exciting ride
Story - 7.5
Characters - 7.5
Animation - 8
Diamond is Unbreakable kicks off with a strong first episode.