Bizarre History of Jojo’s Lost Phantom Blood Movie Revealed

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New details have emerged regarding the production of Studio APPP’s elusive JoJo animated film, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood.


New details about the elusive 2007 film Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood has surfaced.


As described in a J-List blog report, phantom blood was the first anime adaptation of the first arc of Hirohiko Araki’s popular shonen manga. Despite this, the film disappeared from the public eye shortly after its theatrical release. In 2012, David Production released their anime series adaptation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, which was wildly successful and eventually eclipsed Ghost Blood, leaving it little more than an object of curious speculation for the Jojo fandom.

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For several years after its theatrical release, the only evidence of Ghost’s Blood existence came from promotional materials and concept art floating around online. It wasn’t until 2012 that a student at the Academy of Art University in California uploaded a 16-minute working copy for a project containing phantom blood scenes, storyboards and portions of the film’s soundtrack. In 2019, YouTuber Mangomation discovered a “test pilot” teaser for the film in an old DVD he got at an auction and uploaded it.

Studio APPP product Ghost Blood. The production company also worked on an OVA miniseries inspired by Stardust Crusadersthe third part of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure manga. Episodes of this miniseries were released from 1993 and were generally well received by audiences. In 2004, Studio APPP reportedly revealed the aforementioned “test pilot” teaser for phantom blood at the Tokyo International World’s Fair, but it wasn’t until 2007 that the film made its theatrical debut, with Junichi Hayama at the helm as director.

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JoJo’s Bizzare Adventures: Phantom Blood received mixed reviews

phantom blood performed poorly at the box office, and surviving online posts suggest audiences had a mixed reception to the film. Some fans have complained that certain plot points from the manga’s first arc were either skimmed over or omitted altogether. In addition to this, the popular character Robert EO Speedwagon is absent from the story, despite being a major character throughout the saga. Hirohiko Araki reportedly stated that he found the film unusual but enjoyable, but the origin of this statement is unclear, so its veracity is uncertain.

Nowadays, phantom blood was never released on DVD or digitally. The main reason for this is likely due to the “major distribution challenges” that Studio APPP faced after the film’s theatrical release. Whereas phantom blood rest lost, David Production’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure the adaptation is available on Netflix and Crunchyroll.

Source: J-List Blog

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