New details have emerged regarding the production of Studio APPP’s long-lost animated JoJo film JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood.
New details regarding the mysterious 2007 film Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood have surfaced.
According to a report in the J-List’s Blog, Phantom Blood was the anime’s primary adaptation of the first series of Hirohiko Araki’s popular shonen manga. The film, however, disappeared from the media’s attention shortly following its release in theaters. It was in 2012 that David Production launched its animation sequence for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, which went on to become wildly successful and eventually overshadowed by Phantom Blood, leaving it little more than an interesting theory to fans of the JoJo community.
In the years following its release the only proof to support the film’s existence came from promotional materials and ideas being circulated online. It wasn’t until 2012 that a student at the Academy of Art University in California uploaded a 16-minute print to a project that included Phantom Blood scenes as well as storyboards and other components of the film’s soundtrack. In the year 2019, YouTuber Mangomation discovered the “test test” teaser trailer for the film on an old DVD that which he purchased from an auction and posted it on the internet.
Studio APPP created Phantom Blood. The company also worked to create an OVA miniseries that was inspired by Stardust Crusaders, the third part of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure manga. The miniseries’ episodes had been introduced in 1993 and were generally well-liked by viewers. in 2004, Studio APPP reportedly revealed the previously mentioned “test Pilot” teaser trailer for Phantom Blood at the Tokyo International World Fair, however, it was not until 2007 that the film made its debut in theaters with Junichi Hayama on the helm as director.
JoJo’s Bizzare Adventures: Phantom Blood Received Mixed Reviews
Phantom Blood was carried out badly on the field and the surviving online posts suggest that the audience received a mixed reception of the film. Many viewers complained that certain aspects in the first arc of the manga were either omitted or completely ignored. Additionally, the beloved protagonist Robert E.O. Speedwagon isn’t in the film, despite being a major character throughout the story. Hirohiko Araki has said he found the film to be unusual yet enjoyable, but the reason for this statement is unclear, therefore its authenticity is uncertain.
As of now, Phantom Blood has never been released either on DVD or in digital format. The primary reason for this is likely due to the “major distribution difficulties” faced by Studio APPP confronted after the film’s release in theaters. As Phantom Blood stays undiscovered, David Production’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure adaptation is available through Netflix as well as Crunchyroll.