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Re: Anime Discussion Thread (2019 Edition)
So I just finished Phantom Blood, which is the first nine episodes of Jojo and makes up the first arc. I am sticking around as I hear the series gets better and better but I have to be honest in saying I didn't really enjoy this first arc... like at all.
I think the biggest issue with this series is structure and pace. They turned a forty something long chapter run into nine episodes which is a weird choice anyway, but they also do it in a way that I couldn't imagine being done much worse.
They waste a good half, maybe longer, of the nine episodes on establishing the conflict between Dio and JoJo. This is not inherently a bad thing — emotionally invest the audience for some dramatic payoff with a big blow out battle at the end, like a pro wrestling story. However, they make Dio irredeemably evil so we have no way of connecting or investing in him and JoJo is literally a cardboard cut out of a generic shonen protagonist who somehow gained sentience, so we have no way to invest in him either. So like... what is the point of using up so much precious screentime on this again, sorry?
Around that midpoint, with absolutely zero transitionary period to help the audience, the show just turns into something else entirely and someone apparently slipped and left the fast forward button pressed down by accident. The last four or so episodes are rushed to the point of being completely incomprehensible, characters enter just to die in practically the next scene if they end up serving any purpose at all and my God the action is just so horrible.
Fights always involve people shouting what is happening great detail at one another while the animators set about capturing that with as minimal actual animation as they physically can. This is then bogged down even further by everyone having about one thousand separate asspull trump cards as they negate and counter each other in seemingly endless loops. I get this is just a shonen thing, but it feels especially egregious here.
I feel like if they always wanted to make this nine episodes long, there should have been two — at the most — episodes on establishing the conflict between Dio and JoJo and the rest of the show should have been focused on telling the whole sunlight powered gentlemen fighting vampires and zombies thing in a way that is actually coherent.
I mean can anyone explain to me why this is so utterly terrible? With the way in which JoJo is talked about I couldn't believe just how poor this was. If I had just watched this show in isolation without any understanding as to what JoJo is or the reverence people have for it I probably wouldn't have even made it to nine episodes, let alone make the decision to push all the way through to the end.
I also talking about wrestling on my Twitter if you want to follow me or whatever...
Last edited by Pizzamorg; 04-27-2019 at 10:52 AM.