Trailer | JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure North American Blu-ray, Set 1

The first twenty-six episodes (i.e., “first set”) of the 2012- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Japanese: JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken) anime earns a North American Blu-ray release July 25, 2017 through Viz Media, currently sold only at Right Stuf. For those unfamiliar with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (to which the fans’ next line is “read the manga”), it’s a series based on Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken manga, running since December 1986 – initially in Shonen Jump – and currently on the JoJolion (eighth) story arc in Ultra Jump.

Phantom Blood focuses on Jonathan Joestar as he deals with rival/archenemy Dio Brando and the vampiric nature of the Stone Mask, while Battle Tendency focuses on grandson Joseph Joestar and the suprahuman threat of the Pillar Men. The current JoJo’s anime recently finished its adaptation of the Diamond is Unbreakable (fourth) story arc, where the feature JoJo’s is best known for now – the psychic extensions of one’s person called Stands – have not been introduced to the series. Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency features the Ripple – energy identical to the sun’s rays – as the first two story arcs are dark horror stories with martial arts and comedy elements.

The popularity of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure in North America increased in recent years due to David Production’s work on the 2012- anime, as well as JoJo’s Toonami airing and a shit-ton of memes. A DVD set originally came out through Warner Home Video on September 22 (originally July 28), 2015. Said release was criticized for its barebones nature. While the 2017 Blu-ray is a limited release, the packaging is in line with the JoJonium look currently adopted by Viz Media co-parent Shueisha.

Nothing Gloryosky types can adequately convey what JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is. It started out a Victorian interpolation of Fist of the North Star. Here’s what it became by the middle of the third story arc, Stardust Crusaders. By JoJolion, the focus is on an amnesiac with two sets of irises, four testicles and two tongues. There’s a reason this series has its bizarre reputation.