It’s time to strike a fabulous pose
Well, people. It seems like 2018 is going to be a great year to be a fan of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Part of it has to do with the manga’s fifth arc getting an anime adaptation in the form of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind.
The thing that sets it apart from other long series is that each saga is set in a different time period, along with focusing on a different cast of characters. While they’re all connected, each story gives off a different feeling, which is one of JoJo’s strong points. That, and it features ridiculous poses, along with the heroes finding clever ways to use their abilities to stop their foes.
Golden Wind focuses on Giorno Giovanna and his goal to become a gangster boss. From what my friends told, he’s trying to be the Robin Hood of mob bosses. It also covers Hirohiko Araki’s transition from a Fist of the North Star-inspired style to one that’s influenced by fashion. If anything, the original creator’s art evolution is an interesting one.
Even though the anime premieres in October, people will get the chance to watch the first episode at Anime Expo 2018 on July 7. If you live in Japan, then you can catch it on July 5.
With the staff having some people from the previous JoJo installments, I’m curious to see how it’ll stand out from the others since each arc featured a different animation style. Hopefully, it does well during its run since it’ll increase the chances of the other arcs getting adapted. Also, I look forward to jamming out to the Western song they pick for the ending. Seeing that we received “Roundabout” by Yes, “Walk like an Egyptian” by The Bangles, “Last Train Home” by Pat Methany Group, and “I Want You” by Savage Garden, I have a feeling they’ll pick another catchy tune.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind’s Staff
- Original Creator: Hirohiko Araki
- Overall Director: Naokatsu Tsuda (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Director, Inu X Boku Secret Service’s Director)
- Director: Yasuhiro Kimura (Three Leaves, Three Colors’ Director, Heaven’s Lost Property the Movie: The Angeloid of Clockwork’s 2nd Key Animation), Hideya Takahashi (Pokémon Origins episode 3 and Anonymous Noise’s Director)
- Series Composition: Yasuko Kobayashi (JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure’s Series Composition, Amazon Riders’ Writer)
- Character Design: Takahiro Kishida (Madoka Magica’s Character Design, Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi Muyo in Love’s Key Animation)
- Animation Director: Shunichi Ishimoto (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure episode 13’s Assistant Animation Director, Ben-To’s In-Between Animation)
- Stand Design: Takahito Katayama (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 24 and Madoka Magica episode 7’s Key Animation)
- Prop Design: Yukitoshi Hotani (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable’s Prop Design, Macross Frontier: The False Songstress’ Key Animation)
- Action Director: Takahito Katayama
- Art Setting: Reeki Taki (JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure: Stardust Crusaders ending theme 1 and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable ending theme 1’s Ending Animation Background Line Art), Junko Nagasawa (Zoids/ZERO and Your Name.’s Background Art), Kaoru Aoki (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable and Persona 3 the Movie #4: Winter of Rebirth’s Art Setting)
- Color Design: Yuko Sato (Karas’ Finish Animation, Corpse Party: Tortured SoulsOVA’s Color Setting)
- Art Director: Shunichiro Yoshihara (Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable’s Art Director), Megumi Kato
- Director of Photography: Kazuhiro Yamada (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable and Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike’s Director of Photography)
- Editor: Kiyoshi Hirose (JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable and Mob Psycho 100’s Editor)
- Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable and Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works 2014’s Sound Director)
- Music: Yugo Kanno (Nioh and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable’s Music)
- Animation Production: David Production (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On’s Animation Production)