On 24th October 2015, Warner Bros. Japan released a teaser trailer regarding the continuation of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures anime series. The teaser can be viewed in the link below along with a transcript of the words depicted in the trailer. Further details about cast members and airing dates have not yet been released yet.
Part 4 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (abbreviated as Jojo) revolves around the adventures of Josuke Higashikata and his companions as they investigate into local serial murder case. The story is set in the S City of M Prefecture in Japan in a fictional community known as Morioh Town with Jotaro Kujo (Stardust Crusaders) and Joseph Joestar (Battle Tendancy, Stardust Crusaders) returning as supporting characters. This arc also serves as a platform to elaborate more on the origins of stands and how they had begun to develop within the Joestar’s bloodline.
Readers of the Jojo manga will also notice that the art style has started to change and evolve throughout each arc, with the art styles switching towards the style of semi-realism. It would be interesting to observe if the studio animating the series would change the art style to fit the manga as well further down the road.
For readers who are not familiar with Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures, it originated as a manga written by Hirohiko Araki back in 1986 before getting two anime adaptations in 2000 and 2012. Throughout the entire series, there are allusions to western culture via the names and stands of the antagonists. The term bizarre that is being used to descrube it would be a major understatement when you have characters posing throughout the entire series in an unnatural, flamboyant and exuberant manner.
That being said, the Jojo series has made many subtle cameos in the form of trademark poses, sound effects or dialogues in many anime series and games through the years. Prominent examples would include Sol Badguy from Guilty Gear franchise, Sakuya Izyoi from the Touhou franchise and the TD opening of Milky Holmes where in some scenes, the characters are draw in the art style of Jojo’s characters.
Considering many games and anime paying homage to these series, viewers who are new to Jojo should be encouraged to pick this series up to see its impact on today’s current games and anime. Perhaps you may even find one in the game or anime that you are currently watching!