The best anime of 2016 has been confirmed for release in April – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable. That’s a little sooner than I thought it would be, but far enough away for me to want to go into hibernation. It’s a fairly chunky trailer too, so digest it.
This subtitled video comes courtesy of Steelball Jack. Besides a teaser trailer a little while back confirming Part 4’s anime adaptation, this is the first we’ve seen of the anime properly. And boy does it look good.
Diamond is Unbreakable was originally serialized in Shonen Jump from 1992-1995, and was set in 1999. It looks like the anime will capture the surreal and vibrant setting of Morioh perfectly.
The trailer music is great, seeming to fit that Japanese turn of the millennium vibe. The music is by Yugo Kanno, whose anime credits include Psycho-Pass and Psycho-Pass 2, as well as both parts of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Stardust Crusaders arc. The music here is reminiscent of Stardust Crusaders, adding layers of rock and hip hop to make it a little bit more similar to the likes of Hideki Naganuma’s work or the music in the Yakuza series.
Here are the credits we know so far:
Director: Naokatsu Tsuda
Series Director: Toshiyuki Kato
Chief Director: Yuuta Takamura
Series Composition: Yasuko Kobayashi
Character Design: Terumi Nishii
Stand Design & Action Animation Director: Kenta Mimuro
Sub-Character Design: Shun’ichi Ishimoto
Prop Design: Yukitoshi Hōtani
Art Setting: Kaoru Aoki, Junko Nagasawa
Color Design: Yuko Sato
Art Director: Shunichiro Yoshihara
Director of Photography: Kazuhiro Yamada
Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose
Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
Music: Yuugo Kanno
Animation Production: David Production
Jōsuke Higashikata: Yuuki Ono (Wataru Hatano in All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven)
Kōichi Hirose: Yuuki Kaji (was played by Romi Park in the games)
Okuyasu Nijimura: Wataru Takaki (also returning from the games)
Rohan Kishibe: Takahiro Sakurai (was played by Hiroshi Kamiya in the games)
Jōtarō Kūjō: Daisuke Ono