JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood (film)

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Their stories will become legend once the mysteries of the Stone Mask are revealed.
—Tagline

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ファントム ブラッド JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Fantomu Buraddo) is an animated film produced by Studio A.P.P.P., which was given a limited theatrical release in Japan starting on February 17, 2007. It adapts the first part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Phantom Blood.

Phantom Blood was produced to commemorate the 20th anniversary of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, as well as the 25th anniversary of Hirohiko Araki's career as a manga artist. A PS2 game based on the Phantom Blood manga was also released a couple of months prior to the film, with a few characters sharing the same voice actors.

Before the 2007 Quran controversy surrounding the studio's previous adaptation of Stardust Crusaders, a DVD release was supposedly planned according to Junichi Hayama[1] but since then nothing further has happened and the movie remains as a piece of lost media.

Summary

Note: Due to lack of information, the events written here may not be in accurate order.
A powerful shockwave caused by Zeppeli having his future read by Tonpetty

The story opens in the Tibetan mountains with monks chanting inside a temple. On the edge of a cliff near the temple, a young Zeppeli asks Tonpetty to read his destiny by holding his hand. As soon as their hands connect, a giant burst of yellow light appears and encompasses the mountains, causing the skies to clear and turn blue. Tonpetty then sternly reveals to Zeppeli his fate, which is that if he continues down the path he has chosen, he will be met with a gruesome death.

In England, Dario Brando walks at night accompanied by a young woman in the pouring rain. As the two continue down a muddy road, Dario spots the wreckage of a carriage that had crashed. Dario smerks and decides to loot the carriage for valuables, only to find a strange Stone Mask. Dario then goes to rob the corpse of a well-dressed gentleman, only him to wake up. The man mistakes Dario for having saved his life and asks him if his wife and son are still alive. Upon learning that his son was the only one to survive the crash, he closes his eyes again in relief.

George noticing Dio's arrival to the mansion

Years later, in 1880, Dio Brando is seen standing in front of the grave of his late father, Dario Brando, spitting on it before leaving. Dio then travels by carriage to the house of George Joestar, the gentleman whose life his father saved. To repay the debt to his father, George offered to adopt Dio and accept him into his home. As the carriage draws closer, George's son Jonathan can be seen playing with his dog, Danny. Once the carriage stops, Dio bursts out and locks eyes with Jonathan as the two stare back at each other. The two promptly introduce themselves, however, Dio bursts into a fit of rage as Jonathan tries to help him carry his bags. Dio then proceeds to walk away, right before kicking Danny in the face much to Jonathan's dismay.

Dio aggressively refusing Jonathan's handshake

In the entrance of the mansion, Dio is lovingly welcomed into the family by his adopted father, George, alongside his servants. In the reading room, Jonathan meets with Dio again and tries to make amends with him by shaking his hand. Just as he reaches his arm out, Dio grabs it and angrily tells Jonathan never to look down upon him, before elbowing him in the stomach. Somewhere outside the mansion, Jonathan goes to talk to his friends, however, they suspiciously ignore him and walk away. Jonathan confronts them, but is pushed away.

A photo of Jonathan's mother, smashed by Dio

Returning home, he finds that his room as been ransacked and that the pocket watch he kept in his drawer is missing. He also finds the photo of his late mother, Mary Joestar, smashed on the floor. A sudden knock on the door reveals Dio, who is smugly holding the pocket watch in his hand, saying that he'll be borrowing it. Jonathan then follows Dio outside, angry at him for going into his drawer without permission. Dio responds by dropping the pocket watch on the floor and crushing it with his foot. That following the night, Jonathan was pricked by a needle that Dio had hid under the pillow in his bed. Inside the mansion, Dio spots the Stone Mask and takes it off the wall. George approaches Dio and tells him that the mask was excavated from Mexico.

Erina and Jonathan

As Jonathan sits outside with Danny thinking about all the terrible things Dio has done to him, Erina suddenly appears to cheer him up and the two romantically carve their names into the tree.

This section requires expansion.

2004 Tokyo International Pilot

A test pilot doubling as an announcement trailer for the film was shown at the 2004 Tokyo International Anime Fair. The animation and character designs are entirely unique to the trailer and were not used in the final product. Some scenes and characters, including Robert Speedwagon, were present but did not make it into the actual film.

Much like the film, the pilot had been considered lost media until September 14, 2019, when a Youtube User named MangoMation uploaded it to his channel with the description: "I found this pilot on an old DVD-RW, with the help of Notelu, who restored and upscaled the pilot: Notelu's Channel. A comparison of the raw file and the restored version of this pilot can be found here: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Pilot", which links to a restoration comparison.

Phantom Blood PS2 Event

Hayama, Jun Itoda, Araki, Kazuhiro Ozawa & Hikaru Midorikawa

This event was held on September 13, 2006 to promote the upcoming Phantom Blood PS2 game that was set to release on October 26, 2006.

Hirohiko Araki, Junichi Hayama, Hikaru Midorikawa, Jun Itoda, and Kazuhiro Ozawa attended this event, where it was revealed that the movie was currently being worked on. Hikaru Midorikawa, the voice actor of Dio Brando in the PS2 game, reprised his role in the movie. The comedy duo named Speedwagon, comprised of Jun Itoda and Kazuhiro Ozawa, voiced Wang Chan and Dario Brando respectively.

Those who were present at this event were given a sneak peek of a 47 second trailer as to what the movie was expected to look like. This exact trailer came on a bonus disc for those who pre-ordered the PS2 Phantom Blood game.

Two unused/rare posters were displayed in the hallways of this event, which weren't used for the final movie except in promotional material.

16 Minute Workprint

On May 19, 2012, a Youtube User by the name Erik Zamora uploaded a 16 minute version of movie footage which was a production workprint, this workprint was missing some scenes and had storyboards layered into cuts to serve as a basis for how a scene would play out into animation. Students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, would've been tasked to use the footage for a sound design project where they could have added their own sound effects, Erik mentioned in the description of his video that while the SFX were not originally from the workprint the music playing in scenes was. The University project didn't last long however, as Marco d'Ambrosio dropped out from the class meaning it did not progress any further.

Cast

JonathanAv Movie.pngProtagonist
ErinaAv Movie.pngNeutral
Voice Actor(s):
Nana Mizuki
DioBrandoAv Movie.pngAntagonist
Will A. ZeppeliAv Movie.pngDeuteragonist
TonpettyAv Movie.pngAlly
Voice Actor(s):
Yoshisada Sakaguchi
DarioAv Movie.pngNeutral
Voice Actor(s):
Kazuhiro Ozawa
George1Av Movie.pngNeutral
Voice Actor(s):
Tsutomu Isobe
WangChanAv Movie.pngVillain
Voice Actor(s):
Jun Itoda
BrufordAv Movie.pngVillain
Voice Actor(s):
Toru Nara
TarkusAv Movie.pngVillain
Voice Actor(s):
Yoshinori Sonobe
DariosWomanAvMovie.pngNeutral
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Friend
Voice Actor(s):
Nobuhisa Nakamoto
VagrantAv Movie.pngVillain
Voice Actor(s):
Kenta Miyake
PoliceOfficerAvMovie.pngNeutral
Voice Actor(s):
Shinnosuke Tachibanna & Hitoshi Bifu

Film to Manga Differences

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  • Lots of the story, power element explanations, famous lines, and characters are omitted from the movie.
  • Due to Speedwagon being removed, Will Anthonio Zeppeli's roles in the story are majorly increased.
  • Unlike the manga, the movie starts out with a young Will A. Zeppeli on a mountainside with Tonpetty.
  • Will A. Zeppeli, asks Tonpetty to show him his future which causes a huge explosion of Ripple waves.
  • The Aztec ritual is in the movie, to what extent is unknown asides from production materials.[6][7]
  • Dario Brando & the Woman from the Bar walk a bit in the rain before discovering the horse carriage.
  • The horse cabin driver that died from a spike protrusion only has his head shown, and not his body.
  • Dario finds a ring within the carriage and keeps it.[8]
  • Dario waves his hand in front of a partially unconscious George Joestar I thinking he's dead, which George then grabs his wrist.
  • A lighting strikes creates a bright flash which shows the Stone Mask.
  • Dario's entire backstory of Dio & his wife is never shown in the movie. It's unknown whether George's story of him is told as the inspector is present in the Movie.[9][10]
  • The scene changes to a Young Dio Brando standing in front of Dario's grave.
  • George witnesses Dio's arrival from the upstairs window in the Joestar Mansion
  • Jonathan attempts to help with Dio's luggage but gets shouted at by him.
  • Danny doesn't walk up to Dio, instead Dio runs up to Danny and kicks him.
  • Dio takes his own luggage upstairs.
  • Jonathan attempts to formally introduce himself to Dio but is grabbed on the wrist and then elbowed in the stomach
  • Jonathan leaves the mansion after Dio's arrival to talk to his friend's, only for them to not trust Jonathan anymore.
  • Jonathan & Dio's boxing match is never shown.
  • An original scene is added of Jonathan returning to his living quarters after it being ransacked.
    • A smashed photograph of his mother can be seen on the floor.
  • An original scene is added of Dio outside, stomping on the pocket watch he stole.
  • An original scene is added of Jonathan trying to sleep on his pillow, but gets pricked by a needle that was placed under it by Dio.
    • Afterwards, Jonathan gets out of his bed and sadly stares at the moon.
  • Dio's inner monologues and his tormenting of Jonathan are never depicted.
  • Jonathan's desire of wanting to be a true gentleman is never talked about.
  • Dio takes the Stone Mask off the wall to look at, he is approached by George who explains the mask to him.
  • Erina's overall character is toned down and made to look more 'cuter'.
  • Jonathan finds out what Dio did to Erina in a forest rather than in a town, she can be seen running away.[11]
  • Jonathan's line when beating Dio up at the Joestar Mansion has been changed to "You! Why did you do this!"[12]
  • Danny doesn't burst out of the incinerator.[13]
  • Jonathan & Dio's rugby match never happened.
  • One of the drunken Vagrant's is removed.
  • When Dio finds the singular Vagrant, he questions himself "is he homeless?"
  • Will A. Zeppeli visits Wang Chan's shop and investigates him, to which he is then told about Dio at the Joestar Mansion.[14]
    • After this theatrical trailer, Will A. Zeppeli can be seen in the bottom left of the screen running towards the light the emitted by the Stone Mask at the Joestar Mansion.
  • The Police Officers that're waiting for Dio at the Joestar Mansion are shown with more historically accurate British Police outfits.
  • Dio's infamous line of "I reject my humanity JoJo!" is changed to "I will transcend humanity!"
  • When Jonathan initiates his first fight with a vampiric Dio on the roof of the Mansion, he uses a warhammer to attack him instead of a spear.
  • Wang Chan apparently waits and hide for Dio in an abandoned mine next to the Joestar Mansion. Which can be seen on promotional art.[15]
  • Jack the Ripper is in the movie, though he may be a minor extra zombie.[16]
  • Will A. Zeppeli visits an injured Jonathan at the hospital.
  • There is a flashback scene of an even younger Will A. Zeppeli and his Father.
    • His father might be shown donning the Stone Mask along with the ship crewmates getting killed.[17]
  • Ripple is demonstrated by Will A. Zeppeli, but throughout the movie it as seen as a "power-up".
  • Bruford and Tarkus appear in the movie. They are immediately killed.
  • Bruford giving Jonathan Luck and Pluck never happen.
    • Instead, Will A. Zeppeli picks up a "sword"—presumably Bruford's-- to use it in his fight with Dio.
  • The scene where Will A. Zeppeli, Jonathan & Dio clash under the moon takes place after Jonathan defeats the Dark Knights and is in proximity of Dio's castle.
  • The famous line spoken from Dio about "how many pieces of bread have you eaten in your life?" is omitted.
  • The specifics behind the freezing technique and why it counters Ripple are not explained.
  • Tonpetty appears by himself, this means Will A. Zeppeli gets to see him again whilst he's alive. Unlike the manga.
  • Dio uses his vampiric powers to create Windknight's Lot.
  • When Will A. Zeppeli fights zombies at Windknight's Lot, he takes off his hat to throw at the zombies.
  • Will A. Zeppeli doesn't die to Tarkus instead he dies by Dio's freezing technique, from him creating an ice spike/pillar out of the ground and not flash frozen like Dire was in the manga.
  • The Rose on Will A. Zeppeli's jacket (seen in promotion material) was used in his fight against Dio, similar to how Dire spat a rose into Dio's eye like in the manga.
  • The scene where Jonathan is given Will A. Zeppeli's life energy happens within the Windknight's Lot Castle.
  • Will A. Zeppeli doesn't age, nor does his hair turn grey when he gives Jonathan his Life Energy.
  • Jonathan does not light his gloves on fire to counter Dio's freezing technique. He instead overcomes it by "powering up" during their clash.
  • The ship Jonathan and Erina board sails through the Pacific Ocean instead of the Atlantic Ocean. This is an error as Erina is still rescued near the Canary Islands.
  • The baby Elizabeth is omitted from the movie. Instead, Erina enters the coffin without Jonathan saying anything. In the manga, she chooses to die with Jonathan but is persuaded after he asks her to save the baby.

Soundtrack

Theme Song

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Grown Kidz/Voodoo Kingdom
VOODOO KINGDOM
SOUL'd OUT

Credits

Staff
Original Work (原作)
荒木 飛呂彦
Director (ディレクター)
羽山 淳一
Animation Director (作画監督)
Masahiro Kurio
栗尾 昌宏
Naoki Hisatsune
久恒 直樹
Kouhei Hashimoto
橋本 航平
武本 大介
Shinobu Nishiyama
西山 忍
Masoa Ebihara
海老原 雅夫
Yasuhiro Saiki
才木 康寛
Chief Animation Director (総作画監督)
羽山 淳一
Art Director (美術監督)
Satoru Kuwabara
桑原 悟
Sound Director (音響監督)
Yasanori Honda
本田 保則
Sound Effects (音響効果)
Tom Myers
Tom Myers
Skywalker Sound A Division of Lucas Digital Ltd.
Photography Director (撮影監督)
Hideo Okazaki
岡崎 英夫
Postrecording Direction (アフレコ演出)
Shigenari Nishi
西 重成
Producer (制作)
A.P.P.P.
Script (脚本)
Mitsuhiro Yamada
山田 光洋
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
羽山 淳一
Yamanaka Eiji
山中 英治
Character Design (キャラクターデザイン)
羽山 淳一
Color Design (色彩設計)
Mieko Seki
関美 恵子
Music (音楽)
Marco d'Ambrosio

Gallery

Promotional Material

Concept Art & Model Sheets

Screenshots
2004 Tokyo International Pilot
Phantom Blood PS2 Event

Trailers & 16 Minute Workprint

Trivia

Comedy Duo "Speedwagon"

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