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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Season One (2012 - 2013/Warner Bros. DVD Set)

Picture: C Sound: B Extras: D Episodes: C+

Based on one of Japan's best selling comics, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is about the Joestar family and there never ending battle against evil, vampires and the supernatural. Across the generations, the sea, times the Joestar secretly protects humanity against the forces of evil. Now comes its successful TV series adaptation (still ongoing) following limited series in 1993, 1994 and 2000.

Phantom Blood - Young Jonathan Joestar evil adopted brother Dio wants the Joestar fortune, but upon discovering an ancient Aztec stone mask discovers it gives supernatural powers and turns into a vampire. JoJo learns 'Hamon' martial arts to defeat Dio's vampire/zombie army. JoJo manages to defeat Dio but only after he sacrifices himself.

Battle Tendency - Two generation later, Joseph Joestar inherits the Joestar family legacy of secretly fighting against the evil forces out to destroy humanity. Joseph discovers the origins of stone masks and the 'Pillar Men'. And must defeat 'Kars' who aspires to become a god. This was a blast from the past manga turned anime. Thank goodness they kept the original Japanese voices.

It is all about buff and beefy macho men with supernatural and impossible martial arts. In the spirit of Fist of the North Star and other post apocalyptic war stories, it would of done Tetsou Hara proud. The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a little weak for the format, but should look much better in a Blu-ray edition, while the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has very active Pro Logic-type surrounds and would really kick in a lossless version. There are sadly no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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