Ok so, the director of the Jojo anime, Naokatsu Tsuda, did a Q&A at anime boston and he had a lot of very cool things to talk about! I also got to ask him a question, get a photo with him, and shake his hand so that was pretty exciting.
It was interesting to hear that Araki had approached them when they started part 4 to ask them to add in the foreshadowing scenes with Kira, because when he was writing it he didn’t know who the main villain would be, and if he had known, this is how he would have wanted it to have been.
He said the color schemes for the characters were based off the medicos palettes because those are Araki approved, and that they wanted to add in those color changes because 1) no other anime does that and 2) he felt like everyone reading it had different visions of the colors and wanted to include that feeling it in.
His favorite openings were the first one and Great Days, and he talked about how usually directors don’t get a say in the openings but he got to choose the style of music and the feel for the openings. He also mentioned he couldn’t legally say which songs he wished he could have used for the endings but he had a lot.
Usually, animes come out before games, so the VA’s from the anime carry over to the game, however since All Star Battle was out before the anime, what they did was they allowed those VA’s re-audition for their rolls, however since game voices are recorded alone, and anime is recorded together in a group, they cast VA’s based on how well the teams meshed together, which was why some VA’s were chosen differently for the anime. They wanted to have a team that sounded good all together.
He also said the first opening included all the Jojos because he wanted to promise the fans that he would animate them all. He really wants to do all the parts, and said it really helps if we show the companies like Warner that we have an interested in them by doing things like writing in! So please let them know you want more Jojo!! He asked us all to please send comments in!
Anyway, my own question was which part he would be most excited to animate and he said part 8. And then facetiously asked how we all knew part 8 if it wasn’t officially translated which we all nervously laughed at. I mentioned I owned ultra jumps and that iggy keychain that came with one of them and he said he had that too.