JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 1

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This article is about the first episode of the TV anime. For the first episode of the OVA adaptation, see Episode 1 (OVA).
I may not know that girl, but I have my own reason to fight! (知らない子だが、僕には戦う理由があるッ!)

Dio the Invader (侵略者ディオ, Shinryakusha Dio)[2] is the first episode of season one of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation. It is also the first episode of Phantom Blood. It covers most of Chapter 1 through Chapter 5 of the manga.

After a carriage accident, George Joestar mistakes the thief Dario Brando for his savior and promises him a favor. Twelve years later, Dario accepts George's offer and has his malicious son Dio adopted by George once he dies. When Dio arrives at the Joestar Mansion, he proceeds to torment George's own son, Jonathan.


George Joestar mistakes Dario Brando as his savior

In the year 1868, a carriage carrying a couple and their baby son has fallen down a cliff because of the ongoing downpour. A thief named Dario Brando and his companion see the crash and decide to steal whatever valuables there are from the corpses, first leaving an ugly looking Stone Mask. The gentleman George Joestar and his baby son have survived the crash, but his wife had died. Thinking Dario had come to save him, George offers Dario the right to ask him a favor for his "help". Dario accepts the offer.

Twelve years later, George is looking out from his balcony at his son, Jonathan Joestar (AKA JoJo), who had grown into a young boy over the course of the years. Meanwhile in the slums, a bedridden Dario orders his son, Dio Brando, for alcohol and tells him to fetch some beer. Somewhere in the slums, Dio plays a game of chess with a rough looking man. Dio wins and asks the man for the money they had bet, but just after he drops the money the man pushes Dio's face into his food. Dio can only struggle as he grabs the money on the table.

In another area, two kids are bullying a small girl named Erina Pendleton by taking her doll. Jonathan intervenes and helps the girl. While he gets beaten up by the bullies, he's able to get the doll back. Erina attempts to thank Jonathan, but he refuses, claiming that he did not help her for her gratitude, but rather because he is training to become a true gentleman, one who would help those in need. He runs off, but inadvertently leaves his handkerchief on which Erina can read his name.

Dario, on his death bed, tells Dio of the favor George owes him. He hands Dio a letter and tells him to go to the Joestar Mansion so that he may be raised in better conditions. Not long afterwords, Dario dies and is buried. Dio briefly stands in front of his grave and as a "goodbye", spits on it. He then promises himself to exploit the Joestars to further himself.

Young Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando finally meet

Soon after, Dio arrives at the Joestar Mansion and meets Jonathan. Jonathan's dog, Danny, comes running towards them but, without a thought, Dio knees Danny in the jaw, which gets on Jonathan's nerves. Dio then thinks to himself that he now must destroy Jonathan mentally in order to gain the Joestar's wealth. Dio proceeds to bully Jonathan and assert his domination over him.

Since then, Dio continuously tries to completely destroy Jonathan's social life. At home, he has gained George's favor, as he not only has better marks than Jonathan, but he shows much better table manners than him. During a local boxing match, Jonathan has to fight Dio, who demonstrates his superior fighting skill and manages to sneakily stick his thumb in Jonathan's eye. Jonathan is defeated, and Dio uses the popularity his victory gives him to tell everyone that Jonathan will rat them out.

Since then, nobody in the area includes Jonathan in their activities due to him being a "tattle-tale." However, he meets up with Erina again. The two quickly become friends and eventually start going out. At one point, Jonathan carves his and her name into a tree. Dio finds out about Jonathan's relationship thus, as Erina is walking home one day, Dio appears and forcibly kisses her, knowing full well that he had stolen Erina's first kiss from Jonathan. Later on, Jonathan finds out about this from Dio's peers and runs to the mansion to confront him.

Consumed by his own rage, Jonathan finally punches Dio

At first, Jonathan cannot beat Dio, but his rage allows him to overpower finally and Jonathan gets the upper hand. As Jonathan punches Dio repeatedly, some of Dio's blood sprays onto the Stone Mask causing it to grow tentacles and fall to the floor. Dio attempts to pull out a knife, but George appears and tells them to stop and sends them both to their rooms.

The next day, one of the butlers ignites an incinerator in which there is a large box, soon after the butler is shocked by what appears to be banging sounds coming from inside the incinerator. Jonathan, who had not been able to talk to Erina at all that day, comes home to find his dog buried: Danny was the one inside the box and had burned to death. Jonathan instantly thinks of Dio, but there's no proof. Later that night, Dio is seen standing under a streetlight thinking to himself. He realizes he had underestimated Jonathan and decides to change his tactics.


Dario Brando
(1st appearance) (Death)
Woman from Bar
(1st appearance) (Flashback)
Mary Joestar
(1st appearance) (Flashback) (Corpse only)
Carriage Driver
(1st appearance) (Flashback) (Corpse only)
George Joestar I
(1st appearance)
Jonathan Joestar
(1st appearance)
(1st appearance) (Death)
Joestar Mansion Butler
(1st appearance)
Dio Brando
(1st appearance)
Erina Pendleton
(1st appearance)
(1st appearance)
Dio's Mother
(1st mentioned) (Death)
Ring Announcer
(1st appearance)


Script (脚本)
小林 靖子
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
津田 尚克
Episode Director (演出)
Kouta Okuno
奥野 耕太
Animation Director (作画監督)
Kenji Yokoyama
Tomoaki Kado
Yoko Takanori
Shingo Ishikawa
横山 謙次
かど ともあき
高乗 陽子
石川 晋吾
Key Animation (原画)
Yuki Terano
Hiromi Sakamoto
Yūtarō Nakamori
Yasuhiro Ito
Kōki Sugawara
Katsuya Shigehara
Kenji Yokoyama
Takayuki Nakao
Hiroki Iwamura
Kumiko Takayanagi
Yukiyo Komito
Aya Nishimura
Yasufumi Soejima
Kiyotoshi Aoi
Takashi Igari
Fumiaki Kouta
Miyuki Nakamura
寺野 勇樹
中森 勇太郎
伊藤 康裕
菅原 浩喜
重原 克也
横山 謙次
中尾 高之
岩村 洋輝
高柳 久美子
小美戸 幸代
西村 彩
ソエジマ ヤスフミ
青井 清年
いがり たかし
光田 史亮
中村 深雪
White Line
Cha Myoung Jun
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Megumi Itoi
Takanobu Katada
Yuu Kaneshiro
Yuichiro Yamada
Mitsuko Takegami
Natsumi Ishizaki
Keiko Watanabe
Shunichi Ishimoto
Ayumi Kurokawa
Yoshikazu Fujiwara
Sachiko Mori
糸井 恵
片田 敬信
金城 優
山田 雄一郎
武上 みち子
石崎 夏海
渡辺 恵子
石本 峻一
黒川 あゆみ
藤原 巧和
森 幸子
White Line
Kang Sul A
Kwan Hyun Ae
Sim Myung Ju
Lee Hee Eun
Kang Sul A
Kwan Hyun Ae
Sim Myung Ju
Lee Hee Eun

Wafuu Animation
Sunshine Corp.
FAI Studio
Big Owl
In-between Animation (動画)
In-between Animation Check
david production
Masato Ujibe
Shuhei Fukuda
福田 周平

White Line
Ku Ja Chun
Kin Jong Kyu
Kim Yun Hui
Park Jin Hee
Park Hee Joung
Byun Jin Sun
Sin Jin Eun
Yang Hyo Jung
Lee Hye Kyoung
Jung A Young
Cha Hyun Ju
Chae Youn Kyung
Ku Ja Chun
Kin Jong Kyu
Kim Yun Hui
Park Jin Hee
Park Hee Joung
Byun Jin Sun
Sin Jin Eun
Yang Hyo Jung
Lee Hye Kyoung
Jung A Young
Cha Hyun Ju
Chae Youn Kyung
david production
Shuhei Fukuda
Sae Akama
Takahiro Okawa
福田 周平
赤間 紗枝
大川 貴大

Sunshine Corp.
Akiko Morinaka
森中 亮子
David Production
Yasufumi Soejima
Masato Hira
ソエジマ ヤスフミ
平 将人
3D Modeling (3Dモデリング)
Takehito Kobayashi
小林 武人
Momomo Works
Motonobu Kawashima
Naoyuki Seki
川島 基展
関 直幸
Betop Japan (Betop Japan株式会社)
Liu Jiaming
Wong Wai
劉 佳銘
王 偉
Digital Works (デジタルワークス)
David Production
亀井 隆広
Puavaranukroh Taweeporn


JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Episode 1: Dio the Invader
Start End Title OST Description

Stone Mask ~Prologue~
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dario meets George Joestar
Destinies Brought Together
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Showcase of Jonathan's and Dio's lives
Gaps of the Heart
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan is angered by Dio kicking Danny
Joestar Family
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dio moves into the Joestar Mansion
Silent Horizon
Phantom Blood (Future)
Dio grabs Jonathan's hand
Two Boys
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
George lectures Jonathan
Intertwined Destinies
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan loses to Dio in a boxing match
Heart of Darkness
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dio plots to steal Jonathan's happiness
With Humanity, Affection, and Nobility
Phantom Blood (Future)
Jonathan's friends ignore him
A Moment's Happiness
Phantom Blood (Future)
Erina returns Jonathan's handkerchief
Love, Lively
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan's dates with Erina
From the Dark Abyss
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dio kisses Erina
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan beats up Dio
Full-Body Courage
Phantom Blood (Future)
George stops Jonathan and Dio
Parting Regrets
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan at Danny's grave
Hidden Feelings
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dio resolved to control his emotions
Intertwined Destinies
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Next Episode Title

Manga/Anime Differences

  • The Aztec Ritual at the beginning wasn't shown in the anime but is alluded to in the ending credits.
  • George mentions that he would have rewarded Dario with money if he had not lost his wallet. This wasn't in the anime.
  • While on his deathbed, Dario mentions that he used the money he received from George to open up a bar, but due to his poor luck it was eventually shut down. This was omitted in the anime.
  • Jonathan and Dio nearly fight in the anime after Danny is kicked, only to be interrupted by George. This is not in the manga, where it cuts to inside the mansion.
  • In the anime, one of the bullies states that he doesn't have a grudge against rich people, but doesn't like people like the Joestars. In the manga, he says he hates all rich people.
  • There is a scene after Jonathan is dismissed from the table due to bad table manners, where he is crying in his bed. A picture of his mother is shown above his bed. Jonathan then eats the chocolate found at his bedside. This is cut from the anime.
  • There was a manga-only scene before the boxing match between Dio and Jonathan that involved Dio gambling all of his allowance on the fight.
  • Dio tells the crowd of people not to tell Jonathan his fighting techniques, but in the manga, he tells them not to tell Jonathan how to make his homemade firework.
  • A short scene where Jonathan's watch is "borrowed" by Dio before meeting up with his friends and Jonathan being told this by Dio is not in the anime.
  • The scene where Dio discusses with George about the Stone Mask, the writing inside, and how George got it is not shown in the anime.
  • Originally, Jonathan was smoking a pipe in the tree, while in the anime he is just sitting.
  • Jonathan briefly fights the group of boys who accuse him of being a snitch. In the anime, they simply run away.
  • Jonathan's dates with Erina and them relaxing in a lake and discussing frogs are condensed in the anime to only being shown.
  • The entire flashback of how Jonathan met Danny and how Danny saved Jonathan's life when he was 5 wasn't shown in the anime.
  • Jonathan is not hit in the head by a thrown stone before being told why Erina's avoiding him in the anime.
  • In the manga, the butler opens the incinerator and Danny jumps out of it on fire. In the anime, it was only revealed that Danny was the one in the incinerator when Jonathan came home that evening.
  • The anime cuts out a few short scenes where Jonathan scares away a crow before seeing Erina walking past and Jonathan hitting the tree in anger, when Jonathan is walking home and talking about how depressed he is, and when he gets home and the butler apologizes, instead cutting to Jonathan at Danny's grave.
  • The anime mentions Jonathan crying at Danny's death but does not show him directly in bed, only showing him in the sheets.
  • Dio thinking about how he must be calm and how he underestimated Jonathan is shown as nighttime in the anime, but daytime in the manga.
  • Several scenes after the carriage incident are not in the manga.

In other languages

Language Title Translation
Japan Japanese 侵略者ディオ Dio the Invader
China Chinese 侵略者迪奧 Dio the Invader
United States of America English Dio the Invader
Spain Spanish Dio, el invasor Dio, the invader
Brazil Portuguese Dio, o Invasor Dio, the invader
France French Dio l’envahisseur Dio the invader
Germany German Dio der Eindringling Dio the Intruder
Israel Hebrew דיו הפולש Dio the invader
Flag of the Arab League Arabic ديو الغازي Dio the invader
Italy Italian Dio l'invasore Dio the invader
Czech Republic Czech Vetřelec Dio Dio the Invader
Denmark Danish Dio, Angriberen Dio, the Invader
Poland Polish Dio Najeźdźca Dio the Invader


Link to this sectionCommentary
Since the whole production began with this episode, a lot of work has been put in it. No doubt it was the one that took the longest to do because of its neverending storyboard. Initially, 400 scenes were planned, but they didn't fit in the given time. We reluctantly had to cut a lot of scenes. The one where Jonathan eats his chocolate bar and the one where Dio stole the watch are simply absent. Regarding the animation, our team wasn't familiar with the selected aesthetic; sometimes the lines are too thin or aren't dynamic enough. However, I think we did well for the boxing fight scene. It may be not obvious with the booklet, but one of JoJo's particularities are the wide angle poses. A too proper or prosaic style would have considerably lessened their charm. Thus we have reached for a restitution of the original material's vigor.



  • The arrows featured during the internal monologue scenes are an homage to one of Araki's other works, namely Cool Shock B.T. In the manga, they appear whenever B.T. (the main character) is scheming.
  • Kazuyuki Okitsu and Yoji Ueda reveal that the producers were very particular about a specific line in episode 1: the "Wow Dio! He does without blinking something we never could! What a guy!" (さすが ディオ! おれたひにできない事を平然とやってのけるッそこにシビれる! あこがれるゥ!, Sasuga dio! Ore ta hinidekinai koto o heizen to yattenokeru sokonishibireru! Akogareru ~u!) that is shouted by one of Dio's cronies and asked that it be done a specific way. They called it the line they worked the hardest on.[3]



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