JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable – Season 1

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable – Season 1

img_4695.jpgIn 1999 an artefact only known as the Arrow is manifesting latent Stand abilities. And it is currently travelling throughout the suburban town of Morioh, Japan. High schooler Josuke Higashikata (illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar) and his friends are determined to seek out the culprits of a series of homicides affecting the town.

This is Diamond is Unbreakable — the fourth entry in the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure dynasty. It’s a notable departure from the JoJos preceding it in that, within the characters’ world, we’ve finally reached a more modern era – namely the year before the turn of the 21st century. Stardust Crusaders was modern enough, but the series trekked through Egypt hunting down a vampire and there really wasn’t much of modern-day suburbia involved. With the start of this new arc, we’re already given the impression that the series’ setting will focus primarily on the small town of Morioh and all the oddities surrounding it.

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Unlike the stoic Jotaro, Josuke comes off as amiable from the get-go with the exception of losing his shit whenever someone speaks ill of his hair (I get that). He is meant to encapsulate the modern ‘90s child. He’s living in a bustling region, pacified by the times and eager to cause drama when something he’s passionate about is badmouthed and he’s into his video games. He’s perfectly suited to be the next JoJo set against the quaint backdrop of Morioh – expressed in a way that only Araki could get away with. The artwork is constantly worked with vibrant colours, unique screen tones, and that classical comicbook-style that has sound effects crawling their way across the screen. We also see the return of Stardust Crusaders‘ jazz-centric musical score, but this time it’s mixed with a more bass-heavy modern beat with just a hint of hip-hop. In true JoJo style, it’s typically bizarre – but it works.

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The characters and stands never fail to grab my attention because of the sheer variation that they have. It always makes for a new and fresh story line despite using the same core cast. It’s also great that Jotaro is involved in this series as well as it being a big surprise that his grandfather, the one and only Joseph Joestar, is still alive after all these years!

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The animation has come on in leaps and bounds since Phantom Blood. We still have the brilliant colour pallets tinting and changing certain scenes and the unique art style really emphasis the super-charged air of masculinity that all the characters seem to have. Even when characters strike a pose mid-fight, surrounded by a spectrum of colour, you still feel the same atmosphere. I have noticed an increase since the first arc, but it’s all done in such a stylised way that it doesn’t feel gory and unnecessary.I can’t understand how the animators manage to pull this off time and time again, but it’s impressive and has almost become expected.

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It’s fast become a signature trait for the JoJo series where characters engage in bloody battles with sadistic foes, but the colour selections and tints have a real impact on how the viewer perceived the scene. It’s an interesting play on the senses. These classic elements have always remained since the beginning, but are kept fresh because of their tendency to evolve alongside the characters and adapt to whatever age they’re featuring it. It makes me smile when I see them. It’s what makes JoJo quintessentially… well, JoJo.

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JoJo has been around since the late 80s and has been the pinnacle of Japanese story telling since. You become invested into the wacky and fun characters, the seemingly realistic world, and the crazy noisy bizarre fights. There is never a dull moment in JoJo. The best part is the fact that you get to see the evolution of Jojo, and the development of Araki’s writing and his art style. For this reason, Diamond is Unbreakable is yet another satisfactory instalment in the JoJo adventure. It’s different enough to appear fresh and new but maintains the much-loved elements of the JoJo universe that has the fans always coming back for more.