The first-ever episode of Is That a JoJo Podcast? is here and we talk about all things Phantom Blood with Part One, Episode One, “Dio The Invader”.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure was adapted to television in the United States by David Productions in 2012. Mangaka, Hirohiko Araki created JoJo as a combination of Fist of the North Star by Buroson and drawn in Tetsuo Hara and Dracula by Bram Stroker. As viewers, it is also easy to see a lot of inspiration and parallels to Castlevania (the video game series). Phantom Blood is a prime example of 80’s shonen in terms of the excessive gore and intense martial arts fighting present within this first episode and throughout the rest of the series.
When we talk about Dio Brando (Mckenna and Cidnya’s favorite character), we make mention of how dramatic his eyebrows are, and that naturally leads us to talk about Dio AMV’s, specifically, this one set to Marina and The Diamond’s ‘Oh, No!’ (It’s a very good Dio Brando AMV that captures a lot of his personality, however, be warned that if you do watch it, heavy spoilers for Part One and Three.) Further dissecting Dio, his full name is inspired by the heavy metal band Dio and Marlon Brando (a famous American actor during the 50s). Mckenna references a TikTok that you can watch here. There are viewer Trigger Warnings for animal violence and misogyny both perpetuated by Dio Brando. Later on in the episode, we deep dive into some of Araki’s writing quirks around his villains and make mention of how the misogyny in “Dio The Invader” is akin to Metal Gear Solid 5’s misogynistic writing of Quiet by Hideo Kojima.
The infamous menacing meme is mentioned in relation to how iconic Araki’s letter has been int he modern meme space and in general for anime.
As the episode wraps up, Michael references how the show The Good Son is a good modern show that hits a lot of thematic plot points. The ending credits song for every episode of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Part One, Phantom Blood is Roundabout by Yes which you can listen to here!
We conclude by talking about how we feel upon the start of our rewatch of JoJo, the lasting impact of Araki’s story, and how excited we are to see Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando progress throughout the rest of the series.