JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood

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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.

The film was made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and the 25th anniversary of Hirohiko Araki's career as a manga artist. It was produced alongside the PS2 game and features a few recurring voice actors.

Despite premiering in theaters, for unknown reasons, the film never received a home video release and is currently considered lost media.

Summary

Note: Due to lack of details, the events written here may not be in accurate order.

Prologue

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.[2] In England, Dario Brando walks at night accompanied by a young woman in the pouring rain. The woman expresses concern that his son must worried by his drinking habits,[2] and 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.

Dio the Invader

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 loses his temper 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.

A photo of Jonathan's mother, smashed by Dio

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. 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 a memento of his late mother, Mary Joestar, smashed on the floor by Dio.[2] 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 night, Jonathan is pricked by a needle that Dio had hid under the pillow in his bed.[2][3] 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. The mask is said to have originally belonged to an Aztec tribe that worshipped the sun.[4]

Erina and Jonathan

As Jonathan sits outside with Danny thinking about all the terrible things Dio has done to him, Erina appears to cheer him up. The two then romantically carve their names into the tree. However, after Jonathan leaves, Erina is suddenly ambushed by Dio, who teases Erina and asks if she’s done it with Jonathan yet before forcibly kissing her.[2] The camera circles around during the kiss, and Erina's cute demeanor suddenly shifts to pride.[5][6] A tearful Erina begins to wash her mouth out with muddy water as Dio looks on in disgust. Some time later, Jonathan meets up with Erina again. However, ashamed of what had happened, Erina bids him a final farewell before running off never to be seen again.[7] Upon learning of Dio's heinous act, Jonathan rushes back to the mansion in a blind fit of rage and demands an explanation from Dio for what he did to Erina.[6] But before Jonathan can strike, Dio elbows him directly in the face, knocking him down. Returning to his feet, Jonathan and Dio both enter combat stances. Dio, believes he has the upperhand, but is surprised when Jonathan is able to overwhelm him. Several days later, it's discovered that Danny had burned alive in the incinerator. Jonathan's father delivers the devastating news to him, and they both sorrowfully stand alongside other servants at Danny's burial. Jonathan feels ashamed for suspecting Dio.[2]

The Immortal Monster

Seven years pass, with Jonathan and Dio's relationship remaining unchanged as they mature into young adults.[3][4] During this time, Jonathan's father is also revealed to have fallen ill and become bedridden. On the day of their university graduation, Jonathan learns of Dio's scheme to seize the Joestar family fortune by killing their father and becomes enraged.[4] Determined to protect his father, Jonathan sets out to find the oriental man who sold Dio the poison and prove his guilt once and for all. In Jonathan's absence, Dio is shown grinning as he pries open his drawer, revealing the Stone Mask which was the subject of Jonathan's archaeological study.[4] While wondering the streets at night, Dio encounters a drunk vagrant who appears homeless and decides to use him to test the Stone Mask.[2][8] As Dio stabs the man in the neck and places the mask on him,[2] protruding spikes appear and dramatically pierce his skull as a flashing green light is emanated.[2] Dio then walks away, thinking that there's no way he could've survived the spikes piercing his brain.[2] However, Dio is caught off guard as the man suddenly rises from the dead with inhuman strength. The man attacks Dio but misses, shattering all the bones in his own hand. Despite his injuries, the man manages to grab Dio by the throat and begins draining his blood. As the man drains Dio's blood, his appearance becomes more youthful. Before Dio is killed, the sun rises and turns the vampire into dust, allowing him to survive knowledge of the mask's true power.

"I'll transcend my humanity, JoJo!"

When Dio returns to the mansion, he's met by Jonathan and George, as well as several police officers who have come for his arrest. However, Dio seems unfazed.[4] When Dio is questioned by Jonathan about his actions, he finally reveals his true nature and pulls out the Stone Mask, declaring his intent to "transcend humanity."[4][9] Dio attempts to stab Jonathan, but George steps in and is stabbed instead.[4] In a last-ditch effort, Dio uses George's blood to activate the Stone Mask, causing a bright green light to emanate from it. However, the police officers open fire on Dio, causing his lifeless corpse to come crashing through the window into the pouring rain. As George lies bloody on the ground, Jonathan goes to comfort him. George tells his son that he continued to trust Dio's father, even after learning he was a thief.[2] With his hand on Jonathan's tearful face, George tells him that dying in his son's arms isn't so bad before passing away.[2]

Without time to grieve, Dio is revived as a vampire and uses his new vampiric powers to reek bloody havoc in the mansion,[4] gruesomely crushing the skulls of one of the police officers and rendering their bodies asunder.[6][10] Dio's mutters "WRYYY" under his breathe with his voice taking on a much soother yet threatening demeanor compared to before his transformation.[2][11] Overwhelmed with the guilt of causing his father's dead and Dio's use of the Stone Mask, Jonathan musters the strength to confront Dio.[4]

Ripple Overdrive

Baron Zeppeli comes bearing news that Dio is still alive

After his dual against Dio, Jonathan rests easy believing that the monster had been defeated once and for all. However, a stranger of the name Baron Zeppeli comes bearing news that Dio was still alive, and also of his pursuit of the Stone Mask.[4] Zeppeli teaches Jonathan the Ripple, a technique designed to put an end the Stone Mask's curse.[4] This technique involves generating ripples within the body through a special breathing technique, producing energy similar to that of the sun.[4] Jonathan undergoes arduous training to defeat Dio and ultimately masters he masters it. This section requires expansion.

Fire and Ice, Jonathan and Dio

This section requires expansion.

Epilogue

At the end of the film, there's a post-credits scene where Erina is rescued by a group of sailors as the ship's lone survivor.[12] This section requires expansion.

Cast

JonathanAv Movie.pngProtagonist
ErinaAv Movie.pngNeutral
DioBrandoAv Movie.pngAntagonist
Will A. ZeppeliAv Movie.pngDeuteragonist
TonpettyAv Movie.pngAlly
DarioAv Movie.pngNeutral
George1Av Movie.pngNeutral
WangChanAv Movie.pngVillain
BrufordAv Movie.pngVillain
TarkusAv Movie.pngVillain
DariosWomanAvMovie.pngNeutral
NoPicAv.pngNeutral
Friend
VagrantAv Movie.pngVillain
InspectorAv Movie.pngNeutral
PoliceOfficerAvMovie.pngNeutral

Production

The Phantom Blood film was first teased in 2004 at the Tokyo International Anime Fair, with a test pilot being shown. The animation style and designs used in the pilot differ from the final product, and includes some scenes and characters, such as the appearance of Robert E. O. Speedwagon, who is notably missing from the actual film. The pilot was thought to be lost until September 14, 2019, when it was posted on YouTube after being discovered on an old DVD-RW.[13] Junichi Hayama, who worked on the OVA series, was also made the character designer and animation director for the film. When the original director for the film left midway through production, Hayama was forced to take over as the main director.[1] The film was initially planned to be 70 minutes long, but was later extended to 90 minutes.[1]

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

On September 13, 2006, an event was held to promote the upcoming Phantom Blood PS2 game, which was set to release on October 26, 2006.[14] During the event, it was revealed that Dio Brando's voice actor in the PS2 game, Hikaru Midorikawa, would be reprising his role in the movie, and that the comedy duo "Speedwagon" would be voicing Wang Chan and Dario Brando respectively.[15] Those present at the event were given a sneak peek of a 47-second trailer of the film, which was later included as a bonus for those who pre-ordered the game.[16] Two unused/rare posters were also displayed in the hallways of this event, which weren't used for the final movie except in promotional material.

The film premiered in Japanese theaters on February 17, 2007, and was set for a DVD release.[1] However, due to unknown circumstances, the film never received a home video release and is currently considered lost media. In 2023, Junichi Hayama claimed that, for reasons he cannot disclose, Shueisha had seized all the assets related to the film and prevented him from further working on it.[1][17] On May 19, 2012, an unfinished 16-minute workprint version of film was uploaded to YouTube.[18] The workprint was put together from random clips and is missing voiceovers. A few scenes are also absent and some shots use storyboards in lieu of animation. According to the user who uploaded it, the footage was given to them as part of a sound design project at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. During the project, students were tasked with adding their own sound effects to the footage. However, the project didn't last long, as Marco d'Ambrosio dropped out from the class, so it didn't progress any further. Aside from trailer and promotional material, this remains as the only existing footage of the film.

Film to Manga Differences

[19][20][21][22]

  • 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.[23][24]
  • 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.[25]
  • 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.[26][27]
  • 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.[28]
  • Jonathan's line when beating Dio up at the Joestar Mansion has been changed to "You! Why did you do this!"[29]
  • Danny doesn't burst out of the incinerator.[30]
  • 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.[7]
    • 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 in promotional art.
  • Jack the Ripper is in the movie, though he may be a minor extra zombie.[31]
  • 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.[32]
  • 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 gray 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

GROWN KIDZ VOODOO KINGDOM.jpg
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

Videos

Trivia

Joseph's pose used for Jonathan in the poster for the film

References

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  27. File:PBMovieInvestigator-MS.png
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  32. File:PBMovieZeppeliFather-MS.png

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