JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure FINALLY Heads to Toonami this October
This franchise had some very, very strange history in the states.
For many years, the OVA was considered a cult classic in the here, and the rest of North America.
Aspects of the franchise, which takes certain concepts from historical (Victorian era England and other eras) and modern concepts (the 4th part is deals with the mid 1990’s), have made it one of the biggest hits in Japan for decades. Many aspects of its “Stands” were apart of “Vogue” culture (which continues to this day, popularized by Madonna somewhat). One of the major differences with JoJo has been its non power-creep focus unlike Naruto (which started out like JoJo, but moved toward DBZ like later on) and Bleach (which will end its Manga soon, and animated series will restart within the new year).
The more Bizarre part was the how the new series was shown in the states the first time. As many clamored for Toonami to air the series earlier, Warner Brothers’s Japanese and US home video divisions, commissioned a dub, which Viz got the rights to. Thats just felt so…off, because usually Warner Brothers have the money to commission the dub outright and owned the rights. I dont not much details of that DVD deal, but i have a sinking feeling, that it was the music rights Warner Brothers Music Owns, which JoJo uses in the early part of the series, that caused all of the strange moves Viz/Warner Brothers did. Plus, it was in DVD, which make it even more strange.
Despite all of this, this is a wonderful comeback for Toonami, after Crunchyroll’s stealing of Kabernri from Wit Studio, The 4th season of the series, which for many fans, is considered to be the most important not only in the franchise but the whole medium, has so far passed with flying colors, and given David Production some huge props. It even got a meme started that both Japanese and American fans and mainstream has picked up on. Despite the long wait for the 4th season, which will be around 2018, it will come at a time when Toonami brings back both Samurai Jack and FLCL. And who knows what else Toonami will add as well.
Here are more details from Toonami News (Toonami Faithful):
Toonami announced at their live Pre-Flight panel at San Diego Comic Con this evening that the much requested Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure the Animation will be airing on Toonami this October.
According to Jason DeMarco, they will be starting with the first story arc The Phantom Blood rather than skipping ahead.
— SPACE KNIGHT DEMARCO (@Clarknova1) July 22, 2016
In The Phantom Blood we are introduced to Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando whose rivalry begins a battle that will last generations.
There will be more soon, stay tuned.