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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Super Techno Arts
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 70
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Vol. #6

By Chris Beveridge     November 24, 2005
Release Date: October 25, 2005


JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Vol. #6
© Super Techno Arts


What They Say
Adventure 12 - Dio's "The World" - Kakyoin - Duel in the Barrier
Dio pursues Joseph through the streets of Cairo, leaving an incredible swath of death and destruction in his wake. Another of the companions comes to Joseph's aid, only to be crushed by the power of Dio's Stand, "The World." As the shattered hero lies alone and dying, he realizes in the last moments of life the true nature of Dio's Stand...but can he warn the others before it's too late?
Adventure 13 - Dio's "The World" - Farewell, My Friends

The century-old blood feud finally comes to a close in the final battle between Jotaro and Dio. "The World" seems invincible as Jotaro is struck time and again with murderous blows. If Jotaro cannot discover the secret of Dio's Stand and find some way to counter it, the Joestar line will come to an abrupt and bloody end.

The Review!
The saga with Dio comes to a close as the pitched battle between the remaining Stand users gets underway.

Audio:
When it came to the audio on this disc, it's definitely been a labor of love. With four options, either Japanese or English and then either 5.1 or stereo, you get a good selection right from there. Having it all mixed by the folks at Skywalker Sound is an even more neat aspect to it all. We listened to the Japanese 5.1 mix and enjoyed it rather much, though there's very little actually going to the rear speakers. When compared against the stereo mix, there's definitely a greater clarity and warmth to the mix though, so it's definitely a good mix. Throughout that track, we had no issues with distortions or dropouts.

Video:
Originally released back in 1993, the transfer for this series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The two episodes here look great overall with their more traditional animation style. Aliasing issues that were evident in the first volume continue to be gone here, resulting in a smooth and very attractive transfer. Colors are nice and rich and fully saturated without bleeding, cross coloration appears to be very minimal to almost non-existent while the blacks look nice and solid without any macroblocking.

Packaging:
Returning to the very dark nature, the final cover features the main three characters that are left fighting Dio along the top with their faces shadowed in black and red while Dio gets a full length creepy shot along the bottom. This looks really good with the character designs and the red accents. The back cover provides a number of screenshots from the show and a brief summary of each of the two episodes, listing them by name and number. The spine also provides the volume numbering, the only place you'll find it. The discs production and technical information is all nice and clear, though considering the effort that went into the 5.1 remix it's surprising that such a selling point continues to not be listed here. There's no insert for this release, but rather two tarot cards representative of the series.

Menu:
The menus are a nice mix of either still shots or some form of animation playing as well as some light instrumental fare. The language submenu is particularly nicely done, if you select Japanese, it moves subtitles and other items over to the same category, but you can also change things individually. There's no transitional animations leaving areas, but going into some of them there are. And these tend to be a bit longer than I care for and I don't care for transitional animations in general. The only one that's really bad is going into the extras, which takes several seconds to run before it even starts dropping in the selections you'll want to access.

Extras:
Similar to previous volumes, there's a good selection of extras to be had here. Episode twelve is done in storyboard mode the same as previous episodes and we get another round of the image gallery shots. A new extra included here is the Joestar family tree which takes pencil roughs of various characters in the family line and does a scroll down video tree of it. It's interesting to see how it all plays out and certainly inspires you to read the manga to see more of these characters. A brief text scrawl extra is included that talks about the upcoming Jojo's theatrical feature but the main extra here is the final installment in the production interview series with the creator and director.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In a way, watching this series has been rather painful and problematic. The opening volumes of the show weren't high on my list of things I had been enjoying for a number of reasons but as it finished out the second OVA series and shifted into the first, everything seemed to just be done much better. So much of the second OVA series just felt like it was being drawn out more than it should be and done with such odd pacing and setup that it felt flat and uninteresting. Yet when it goes back to the traditional animation methods and the older script it ends up becoming much more fascinating and enjoyable, particularly since they really focused on getting to the core of things with Dio.

With the previous volume bringing us directly to Dio and showcasing some of the nasty fights with him as well as several deaths, the fallout has been devastating as Joestar and Kakyoin flee as fast as they can through the city in their red pickup truck so they can get away from Dio. The connection that Joestar and Dio share with their bloodline allows them to sense each other and Joestar certainly doesn't want to bring any innocents into the fight and the city is just filled with people milling about that do end up getting killed along the way. Dio's care for anything but himself simply isn't there as anyone and everything is a tool for his goal of conquest and victory. While they flee, Jotaro is trying to get himself back into working shape after suffering handily at Dio's hand. Naturally, both things eventually come together.

The majority of these two episodes is essentially one very large fight sequence throughout the Egyptian city. The fights progress pretty naturally as Dio makes his way through the trio and ends up fighting against Jotaro for the bulk of it as expected. They're very well done and choreographed with the last episode obviously receiving more of a budget for its animation overall as it was much smoother and fully animated. Having it take place in Egypt like this brings an interesting new sense to the sequences visuals since we're not seeing many familiar things such as the Japanese city skylines but rather the more earthy tones and open spaces.

With this being the third part of the long running manga series, the franchise has certainly made its style and intent clear over the years so it's little surprise that as this brings this arc to a close that it's extremely bloody and violent with little regard to the lives of the characters running throughout it. It plays out in such a way that you really can't be sure after the previous volume exactly who will live and who will die. This makes the fight scenes all the more fun since they get so rough with each other and don't hold back. Dio's still a bit of a wuss with his outfit with the heart shaped bands around him but with what he does in this volume he finally comes across as a nasty villain but still makes the usual kinds of mistakes with his powers of The World.

In Summary:
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure hasn't had a lot going for it with its release here. Between the two episode count, the long delays between volumes and the mixed animation styles of the two series, it's certainly not had an easy time finding an audience. Amusingly, it may be now that the manga is coming out here that it'll get more exposure. The first arc of the show didn't win us over much but as the fourth volume hit we ended up really getting into it even more, almost to the point where I'm actually thinking of picking up the manga now. Super Techno Arts put a lot of work and effort into the releases but so much went awry from the initial release plans and with the series basically taking three years to be released it's easy to see why it barely made a blip on anyone's radar. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is a mixed bag overall but it's definitely an interesting and intriguing show that merits a viewing, particularly if you like the big action and violence shows.

Features
Japanese 5.1 Language,Japanese 2.0 Language,English 5.1 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Storyboarded Episode,Production Report
Image Gallery,Jojo Family Tree,Theatrical Feature Information

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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