After George Joestar confuses the thief robbing him after a carriage accident as his savior, he promises that man he will do anything for him. Years later the man sends his son, Dio Brando, to be raised by George Joestar, along with George's own son Jonathan.
Before we get into this, I'd just like to say that I love JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. When it comes to stupid awesome action there's no series better, and I love how the story spans multiple generations. That being said, this first episode is very faithful to the original source material. Which...isn't necessarily a good thing.
It isn't like Dio is some kind of fiendish mastermind. Actually, his plan, and his actions, betray exactly how immature he actually is. While his "assault" of Erina is distasteful, once you look at it from a distance, the whole thing comes across as something that would make Emperor Pilaf say "Dude, have your balls not dropped or something?"
And it works! Having her first kiss stolen actually makes Erina avoid Jonathan. She did nothing wrong! Why is she feeling guilty!? It's all too obvious that this was written back in the mid eighties.
However, I will say that after this episode is when things actually start getting interesting. I wouldn't be surprised if this episode drove people away, it's generally distasteful, and focuses far too much on the bullying. Those that aren't repulsed by the bullying will be repulsed by how shallow and melodramatic the characters are.
On the technical side, to borrow a phrase, the art is very pretty, and the animation is top notch. There's a lot of focus on style over substance with some presentation choices. Which suits this franchise well, as a good majority of the series is all about style.
Some of the more ridiculous aspects of the original manga are toned down. Such as Dio and Jonathan actually looking like twelve year olds. Buff twelve year olds, but not to the point of the original manga. Unfortunately the same can't entirely be said for the background characters. Most of them are toned down as far as musculature, but their faces still look like they belong to much older characters.
In a sense, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure tries to adopt the mentality of "everyone is a horrible person" that so many seinen series I hate do. However, because it was originally a shonen series, it can't go quite all the way. Thanks to that, and the overall, wonderful ludicrousness of the entire series I can say that I do think that latter episodes will be much better than what we got in this first outing. From what I've seen in this first episode I can tell that we're moving through the plot at a fairly brisk pace. So it won't take too long before we get to the good stuff.
|"We can't actually do anything to the girl, since this is a shonen, so let's molest the doll to show we totally would!"|
While I do love JoJo's Bizarre Adventure I can't honestly give this first episode a great grade. Thus, it is with heavy heart, that I award it...
I wanted to give it a three out of five, but there was too much I didn't enjoy that I couldn't really give it that high a grade. I imagine this will be the lowest grade I give this entire series.