Every year, I usually find myself left to my own devices for a week or so with even less outside contact than usual. And every year, I wisely use that time to become a better person. That’s also a complete lie, as I normally spend that week in my underwear with a bucket of KFC Zinger Wings and binge my way through an anime series. Or several. Buckets and series.
Last year, I decided to finally give Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure a go. I started right from the beginning of the anime series, working my way through the Phantom Blood, Battle Tendency and Stardust Crusader arcs. By the time I saw the light again, it was blinding. But sweet Christmas, what a marathon! I became a fan then and there, and I’m currently working my way through the latest series. A series which happens to be getting a live action treatment in Japan. Here’s the first brief trailer for it:
What you were expecting the actual trailer? IT WAS ME, DIO! Here’s the proper teaser, for reals this time:
If you’re unfamiliar with the series/Geoff, then here’s what you need to know. The film trailer above happens to be based on the Diamond is Unbreakable arc of Jojo, which stars Josuke Higashikata. In the world of Jojo, people happen to be able to control a supernatural power known as Stands, manifestations of the soul which act as Guardians for their users.
Stand powers vary massively, with the likes of some of these spirits being able to stop time for memetic reasons (USELESS!USELESS!USELESS!), some can destroy matter entirely or others can restore anything that was broken to a perfect state. Stand powers also manifest in unusual forms, which usually happen to also reflect the personality of the user. It’s weird, but awesome.
And judging by that trailer above, the first Jojo movie is going to retain the look and feel of its characters and their stands, to an absurd degree. Because that’s how dedicated Japanese movies are to the source material. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter 1, comes out later this year in Japan. Oh, and it also happens to be helmed by Takashi Miike, who you might recognise as the director of films such as Ichi The Killer.