Diamond is Unbreakable - Episode 1

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Jotaro Kujo! Meets Josuke Higashikata (空条承太郎! 東方仗助に会う Kūjō Jōtarō! Higashikata Jōsuke ni Au)[2] is the first episode of Diamond is Unbreakable and the seventy-fifth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 266 through Chapter 269 of the manga.

In the year 1999, Jotaro travels to the quiet Japanese town of Morioh to find Joseph's bastard son Josuke Higashikata and warn him about an incoming threat.

Summary

Jotaro Kujo meets Josuke Higashikata

It is a typical, peaceful morning in the town of Morioh. While listening to Morioh Town Radio, an unseen killer is cooking breakfast with a woman's severed hand. 12 years after the fight with DIO, Jotaro is seen looking for someone with the last name Higashikata. He bumps into a student named Koichi Hirose then sees a freshman named Josuke Higashikata being bullied by some seniors although he appears to take it in stride without breaking composure. Josuke's kind, tolerant attitude persists until the senior disrespects his hairstyle, and Jotaro is surprised to witness Josuke using a Stand to strike and badly injure the delinquent's face only for it to be restored, if deformed, and scares the bullies away.

Anjuro Katagiri appears in Joseph's spirit photos

Jotaro confronts Josuke and reveals that he is the bastard son of Joseph Joestar, and says that he is entitled to a share of Joseph's inheritance. However, Josuke only wants to reassure his estranged father that he and his mother are fine. A short fight ensues when Jotaro inadvertently insults Josuke's hairstyle. Josuke reveals his Stand Crazy Diamond which is powerful enough to force Jotaro to use his time stop to defeat him. Jotaro resumes his conversation and begins speaking about Anjuro Katagiri, a criminal possessing a Stand for unknown reasons who has recently escaped, and Jotaro is looking for him. Josuke and Koichi then go to school.

Ryohei and Tomoko Higashikata

Meanwhile, Josuke's mother and grandfather Tomoko Higashikata and Ryohei Higashikata talk about Josuke and at the same time, an unknown man does something to a passerby. At the end of the day, Josuke and Koichi observe a hostage situation committed by the same man the unknown person met earlier. The robber insults Josuke's hair, antagonizing him. Josuke then attacks the robber by using his Stand to punch through both him and his hostage, grabbing the knife as he does. He leaves the knife inside of the robber when he heals both, and a liquid-based Stand emerges from the robber's body before sliding into the sewer. Meanwhile, at the Higashikata estate, Anjuro dons the guise of a milkman and vows to murder Josuke and his family for interfering in his plans.

Appearances

Characters
Kai Harada
(1st appearance) (Voice only)
Koichi Hirose
(1st appearance)
Josuke Higashikata
(1st appearance)
Tomoko Higashikata
(1st appearance)
Ryohei Higashikata
(1st appearance)
Anjuro Katagiri
(1st appearance)
Delinquents
(1st appearance)
Josuke's Groupies
(1st appearance)
Lady Murakami
(1st appearance)
Tomoko's Catcaller
(1st appearance)
Robber
(1st appearance)
Supermarket Clerk
(1st appearance)
Okuyasu Nijimura
(1st appearance) (Silhouetted cameo)
Keicho Nijimura
(1st appearance) (Silhouetted cameo)
Toshikazu Hazamada
(1st appearance) (Silhouetted cameo)
Yukako Yamagishi
(1st appearance) (Silhouetted cameo)
Rohan Kishibe
(1st appearance) (Silhouetted cameo)
Stands
Crazy Diamond
(1st appearance)
Aqua Necklace
(1st appearance)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Episode Director (演出)
Yuta Takamura
Animation Director (作画監督)
Chief Animation Director (総作画監督)
Action Animation Director (アクションディレクター)
Mechanical Animation Director (メカ作画監督)
Takashi Tanazawa
Key Animation (原画)
Takashi Tanazawa
Kazuhiko Shibuya
Natsue Chibayama
Haru Watanabe
Makoto Yaguchi
Ryuji Tsuzuku
Aiko Sonobe
Masami Aida
Hiroaki Imaki
Tetsuro Taira
Mihoko Ookawa
Marie Ino
Manabu Shioda
Ryo Yamauchi
Yoko Uchida
Yu Matsuo
Background Line Art Cooperation:
Reki Taki
茅野羅舎
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Kashiwa Anezaki
Yuri Yamamura
Takeshi Kanto
Mai Hazama
Shuuhei Fukuda
Kasumi Takeuchi
Nana Yamazaki
White Line
Jin-hee Park
Soo-kyung Park
Hyun-ae Kwan
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Screen Setting (画面設計)
Satoru Nakaya
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)

Music

DU Episode 1: Jotaro Kujo! Meets Josuke Higashikata
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:23
Morioh Town Radio
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Morioh-cho RADIO
00:24
00:45
You Are My Woman/Alex Reed
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Breakfast is served
00:45
01:02
Mystery
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Forced foreshadowing
01:51
01:57
Diamond is Unbreakable ~ Stand Activated ~
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Jotaro Kujo arrives in Morio
01:59
03:21
Stardust Man Appears
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Koichi Hirose meets Jotaro Kujo
03:46
05:42
Malice
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
A peculiar first-year appears
05:45
07:04
Diamond is Unbreakable -Main Theme-
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
"Hey senior, what did you say about my hair?!"
07:08
09:22
Diamond is Unbreakable ~ Stand Activated ~
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Jotaro Kujo meets Josuke Higashikata
09:54
10:18
Peaceful Street Corner
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Josuke's groupies
10:20
10:49
Diamond is Unbreakable ~ Stand Activated ~
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Jotaro angers Josuke
10:51
11:08
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Jotaro explains Stands to Josuke
11:16
11:32
Diamond is Unbreakable ~ Stand Activated ~
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Josuke's Stand appears
11:34
12:20
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Jotaro must stop time
12:33
13:15
Shadow Lurking in Town
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
A dangerous Stand User is in town
13:16
13:49
Peaceful Street Corner
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Josuke & Koichi are late
13:50
14:25
The Fate Which Still Remains
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
The strange power of Josuke's Stand
14:57
16:24
Doze Meeting
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Tomoko and Ryohei Higashikata
16:39
18:00
Wicked Thoughts
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Katagiri Anjuro presentation
19:21
19:45
Tension
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Hostage situation
19:48
21:18
Diamond is Unbreakable ~ Stand Activated ~
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
The hostage taker insults Josuke's hair
21:24
21:59
Wicked Thoughts
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Aqua Necklace appears
22:08
22:33
Mystery
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Something is lurking in this town
22:50
23:37
Mystery
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Anjuro Katagiri threatens the Higashikata
23:38
23:42
Diamond is Unbreakable -Main Theme-
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • A new scene is included, showing an unseen murderer using a woman's severed hand to make themselves breakfast.
  • Jotaro is depicted traveling to Morioh in a taxi.
  • A few extra scenes detailing Angelo's past are added.
    • However, Jotaro describing the molestation, kidnapping, and murder of three young boys is omitted. This scene is instead included in the next episode.
  • A scene involving Ryohei helping an elderly woman is added.
  • When Tomoko is complaining about Josuke's temper, Ryohei doesn't say he gets it from her.
  • The meeting of Angelo, the Robber, and the Robber's girlfriend is depicted.
  • Silhouettes of the Nijimura Brothers, Yukako Yamagishi, Toshikazu Hazamada and Rohan Kishibe can all be spotted among the crowd of bystanders witnessing the robbery of Sun-Mart.

Commentary

I was in charge of the storyboard for this first episode.

Part 4 and Part 3 are very different in nature, and the question came down to how we could "change the flavor" of the show. Because of this, I needed a whole month to finish the storyboard (bitter smile). We also had to rethink how to manage the colors in general.

The opening scene directly presents what the audience may guess will be Kira. This scene was made to be as natural as possible, just a simple preview of the oncoming storm. Since episode 1 only revolves around the cast, there aren’t a lot of major events, and nothing has been resolved. However, thanks to the strength of the original manga, nothing stagnates and everything flows naturally toward episode 2. In terms of directing, I tried to give off the rhythmic feeling of a Music PV through rapid shot sequences. I think that overall, we’ve started off strong, don’t you think?

Morioh Radio’s jingle was discovered by Yasuko Kobayashi, the writer. She was looking for “this little something that would be pervasive to the whole town”, and she found it. It really gets stuck in your head, it’s crazy (laughs)! I hope this was a good surprise for you too during the broadcast.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Trivia

  • This is the first anime episode to feature an ending preview without a character narration or clips of the next episode, instead the preview was uploaded to the official website.
    • In addition, this is also the first episode to feature a radically different design and look to the ending preview.
  • As the cab driver passes a radio tower, he mentions that he always gets a good signal once he gets past it. This could possibly be a foreshadowing reference to Super Fly.
  • The added scene foreshadowing the Killer as the main antagonist of Part 4 was included at the request of Araki himself.[3]

References

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