JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood (partially found anime film; 2007)


JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood
The film's theatrical poster.
The film's theatrical poster.
Status Partially Found

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood was a 90 minute animated feature film released in February 2007 that was based off the first part of Hirohiko Araki's long running manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. It was produced by Studio APPP, with Junichi Hayama serving as director, sound design by Tom Myers of Skywalker Sound, and an end theme/promo song titled "Voodoo Kingdom" by Japanese hip-hop band SOUL'd OUT. The film itself was made in celebration of both the 25th anniversary of Araki's career as a manga artist and the 20th anniversary of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.[1]

Phantom Blood was only ever publicly shown in Japanese cinemas before being promptly and indefinitely shelved. The reason behind this has never been officially revealed, though it is largely assumed to have been the result of Studio APPP neglecting to give a number of characters enough screen time, including Speedwagon, one of Araki's favorites, as well as the film generally not doing the story justice, which ultimately led to negative reception from both fans and the creator.

Notably, the shell of the film's now-defunct official website can still be accessed via The Wayback Machine, although most of the site's content appears to be inaccessible.[2] The website can still be accessed today with the same link, but be warned as it is now a NSFW Japanese site and does not feature the same contents someone would think.

Availability

While the film remains unreleased, several dozen screenshots exist as well as roughly 18 minutes of footage in the form of two trailers and a 16 minute collection of various scenes without dialogue. The collection surfaced online in 2012 after allegedly being given out to an Academy of Art University student by their professor (who apparently had connections to those who worked on the film) as part of a sound design project.

Videos

~16 minutes of footage without dialogue.
A trailer for the film.

Gallery

References

  1. JoJo's Bizarre Encyclopedia article on the film. Last retrieved 09 Mar 2015.
  2. Archive of the film's official website (only partially accessible), via The Wayback Machine; 08 Jan 2007. Last retrieved 09 Mar 2015.

External Links

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

19 months ago
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That's a pretty fucked up reason to shelve a movie.
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Anonymous user #2

18 months ago
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The second clip isn't actually the dub belonging to the movie. It's reused voice samples from the 2012 anime adaptation of Phantom Blood.
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DemonDaze

15 months ago
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The most intriguing part about this case of lost media is: a. How recent it is, and b. How bizarre (pun not intended) it is. I mean, this was a theatrical release, meaning it must have been heavily promoted and hyped up in Japan, which seems to be the case since the series is popular there and a website was made for the movie. Sure, 2007 was nine years ago, but camcorders and the like existed back then, and so did movie pirating sites like The Pirate Bay. It just baffles my mind as to how fast and how at all this movie could just disappear like it did.
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MKmaniac36

11 months ago
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The website jojo-movie . Com has since been replaced with an nsfw Japanese website
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Anonymous user #4

7 months ago
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A honorable death.
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Anonymous user #3

11 months ago
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<-- To Be Continued N

(Jojo jokes lel)
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Beautiful Duwang

7 months ago
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I got the official movie guide booklet that had some screenshots of the film. Here are the scans: mega:#F!S0tC0boa!g8qt4X9QjoLM5wIqxw3jQA
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Beautiful Duwang

1 months ago
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Whoops! I made a mistake with the link: https://mega...LM5wIqxw3jQA

That should fix it.
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Anonymous user #5

4 months ago
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There's a rumor that someone who saw the movie in the theater said that it ended on a cliffhanger showing Joseph's introduction in Battle Tendency, hinting at a planned but scrapped sequel covering the second JoJo arc. This can't be confirmed, however.
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Game4brains

3 months ago
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There is actually proof that APPP were planning on making a Battle Tendency film; a few storyboard illustrations from this project covering several key points in the manga surfaced online at some point in the years following the Phantom Blood movie's theatrical run. Given how only these sketches are the only material related to the Battle Tendency movie that have surfaced, it can be assumed that the film's development didn't get very far before APPP lost the adaptation rights to the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise.
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AyaJoestar

2 months ago
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The Anime News Network page has some more information on it including cast, theme song and staff. http://www.a....php?id=5563

There was also a game that was apparently based on the movie. http://www.i...news099.html http://jojo....d_(PS2_Game)

Here's some more information and pictures from the movie from the JoJo's wiki. http://jojo....lood_(Movie)

Also here's a smaller trailer with the fight scene between Dio and Jonathan on the Joestar manor. https://www.....be&t=23

This used to play before the movie as an add to the game.

http://www.b...st/ps2_jojo/
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Anonymous user #6

1 months ago
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the game was good
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