JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood (partially found anime film; 2007)
|The film's theatrical poster.|
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.
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. 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.
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.
- SOUL'd OUT's "Voodoo Kingdom" (used as Phantom Blood’s ending theme), via YouTube; 21 Mar 2014. Last retrieved 09 Mar 2015.
- An older trailer with less footage, via YouTube; 20 Oct 2012. Last retrieved 09 Mar 2015.
- JoJo's Bizarre Encyclopedia article on the film. Last retrieved 09 Mar 2015.
- Archive of the film's official website (only partially accessible), via The Wayback Machine; 08 Jan 2007. Last retrieved 09 Mar 2015.