"Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders" Anime Character Designs Previewed

Anime adaptation of popular series continues in spring 2014

After last month's confirmation that the TV anime adaptation of Hirohiko Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part III: Stardust Crusaders manga will begin broadcasting in Japan in spring 2014, the latest Shonen Jump has previewed the flamboyant heroes horror/superhero/travelogue/epic that sees the delinquent inheritor of the Jojo legacy chase his family's enemy from a Japanese jail cell to Egypt.

 

 

The voice cast for Stardust Crusaders, which is often considered the most popular story arc of the series, will be announced at Jump Festa 2014 in Makuhari Messe on December 22. The cast from the previous anime arcs; Kazuyuki Okitsu (Jonathan Joestar), Tomokazu Sugita (Joseph Joestar), Yoji Ueda (Robert E.O. Speedwagon), and the 1st OP song singer Hiroaki "Tommy" Tominaga ("JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~") will also join the stage event.

 

 

Stardust Crusaders, the only of the series' eight parts to be released in English, was previously adapted into two OVA series in 1993 and 2000. The horror/travelogue introduces super powered alter egos called stands, which became a pillar of the franchise going forward as it follows brilliant delinquent Jotaro Kujo's search for the vampire Dio Brando.

 

The anime production staff

Director: Naokatsu Tsuda

Series Director: Kenichi Suzuki

Series Composition: Yasuko Kobayashi

Character design: Masahiko Komino

Animation Production: David Production

 


The characters featured in those OVAs have been recast for the upcoming All-Star Battle fighting game. Not confirmed for the anime, this includes:

 

Jotaro Kujo - Daisuke Ono (previously Juurouta Kosugi)
Noriaki Kakyoin - Kōji Yusa (previously Hirotaka Suzuoki ) 
Jean Pierre Polnareff  - Hiroaki Hirata (previously Katsuji Mori)
Mohammed Avdol - Masashi Ebara (Previously Kiyoshi Kobayashi )
Hol Horse -  Hōchū Ōtsuka (previously Norio Wakamoto)
DIO - Takehito Koyasu (previously Nobuo Tanaka)

 

Tomokazu Sugita, who voices young Joseph Joestar in the anime, voiced the older Part 3 aged version of the character for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle DLC.

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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