An Abridged Series using footage from the JoJo's Bizarre AdventureOVAs, covering Part 3 of the series. Created by AntfishFTW and featuring a voice cast from a few other TAS's. The series has 10 episodes (the 5th acting as a Season Finale); with Episodes 9 and 10 having 2 and 3 parts respectively. Found here.A new series using footage from the 2012 anime, covering Parts 1 & 2 of the series, is currently in production, and three episodes have been released.
Another one shows up in Episode 4. When Polnareff gets a knife lodged in his back courtesy of J. Geil, he screams out "ZE IRONY!!", which might not make much sense until you remember he's based off of The Spy.
Ambiguously Gay - Dio. Sure, he hits on Power Girl in the Stand Idol segment, but it sounds a lot like posturing.
Anachronism Stew: Moreso in the "In 12 BC" video where mentions are made of the Internet, Google, and Youtube. In ancient Aztec territory. Mocked as well when Chief Steroidicus complains about how hard it is to get a signal in their time.
Flashback (as well as Flash Forward) scenes in the original series are mainly shown as manga screenshots, since the OVA was the only available animated source at the time.
Plus, the second half of the series comes from footage of the '90s OVA series, while the first half was made from the more recent series which was made to fill in the missing portions of the story. Lampshaded at the end when Jotaro's mother Holly wakes up from her coma, and she looks completely different.
Big Damn Heroes: Polnareff jumping at Dio from behind before he can decapitate Jotaro, and earlier "Avdol returning and saving Polnareff from justice".
Butt Monkey: Polnareff. Even more so than the source material.
Call Back: The first time the gang meet Polnareff, Joseph gets a rapier through his artificial hand and screams "Ooh, my sexy hand!!". Around the final 3-part episode, Jotaro nails Dio's Stand with a deft punch, damaging its fists and as a consequence, cutting up Dio's hand. And he says the very same thing.
And in the same video, just before he goes to cut Jotaro's head off, Dio remarks that he's been "looking for a place to store (his) bottle-caps." One earlier side video, "In 12 BC, Stone Mask was Beginning", after having sacrificed a virgin to become a vampire, when asked what they should do with her head, Aztec Chief Steroidicus tells them to give it to him, as he's been looking for a place to store his bottle-caps...
Avdol's "I have found the only way to defeat X is to BURN IT." where X is whatever they happen to be facing at the time. Lampshaded by Joseph when he asks if Avdol is trying to get that printed on a T-shirt.
Double-subverted during episode 8, when he's interrupted by Polnareff, denies that he was going to say it because "That's just retarded."...and then proceeds to open Dio's casket by burning it. (It's hard to hear, but he actually screams PSYCHE! right before unleashing Magician's Red. He was just messing with Polnareff.)
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Averted for laughs with Polnareff, who doesn't want to run away from getting revenge on J. Geil and Hol Horse for Abdul's recent death.
Cloud Cuckoolander - Jotaro. His pen pal is Duck Dodgers, and he writes to him like it's a letter to Penthouse. Let's leave it at that. Given that Joseph isn't much better, it probably runs in the family.
And while none of the characters (Except Kakyoin) are paragons of sanity, Holly might just be the worst of them.
Cluster F-Bomb - Joseph drops quite a few when he flashes back to his final fight with Cars.
Antfish is clearly a fan of the whole of JoJo, because he'll slip in little jokes about the other parts of the series. Other than the blatant ones such as the flashback to the Cars fight and the reference to Dio burning Danny (Jonathan Joestar's dog in Part 1), there's also little asides like Jotaro telling Polnareff not to get trapped in a turtle.
Joseph: You're like the son I will probably never, ever have...Josuke.note In the manga, Joseph and Jotaro would later go on to meet Joseph's illegitimate son, Josuke Higashikata.
Also, there's a another incredibly stealthy one from the "World Inside the Mirror" spinoff, "WHEELY HIGH." Brick Joke because Giorno and his gang soon meet Polnareff, confined to a wheelchair, who had also seen the Mirror World before.
And even later in Episode 10:
Polnareff: I guess I'll just.....Stay here....Getting used to not moving my legs.....
Jotaro making a "Your Girlfriend" joke on Dio is karmic, since he tried to steal Jonathan's fiance Erina.
And he references the memetic steamroller scene:
Maybe he ran out of steam and just rolled out of there.
At one point, Dio refers to Vanilla Ice as his favourite henchman. Cue a quick cut to a very sad looking Enrico Pucci.
"It's funny because there are bitches in the way that need to move."
Also, from episode 7:
Bartender: [...] Do you know where my foot will be if you don't order a drink?
Joseph:(sigh) We'll have four iced teas—
Bartender: It will be up your ass. Just saying.
Double Meaning: When Polnareff laments about Abdul being dead "Just like the Iron Giant", Kakyoin points out that he survived. "He" could refer to both Abdul and the Iron Giant, since both seemingly died only to come back.
Jotaro accuses Hierophant Green of this after hearing that it likes to "hide underneath hair bangs."
Jotaro: So it's emo?
Kakyoin: Wha- no, it's not emo!
Jotaro: You said it likes to hide in hair bangs. Pretty sure that's an emo thing.
Kakyoin: That doesn't mean it's emo!
Jotaro: Dude, it is crying from its wrist. That is hard emo, bro.
Made even funnier by the fact that Linkin Park's Crawling is playing in the background as he says it.
Mr. Fanservice: Lampshaded when Kakyoin is referred to as "the only reason women watch this show."
Even the Guys Want Him: Dio's status as this gets parodied when N'Doul is gushing at length about how wonderful Dio is, and by the time he gets to "His trapezius muscles tore through his shirt," Jotaro interjects with "Okay, I'm getting a little uncomfortable..." and N'Doul immediately tells him to shut up because "Dio Brando's a sexy man!"
Parodied when Jotaro walks past Kakyoin in a series of freeze-frames, with a "CLAMP Warning" meter at the bottom of the screen that skyrockets just as he passes him. And then plummets back to zero when Jotaro walks past him and turns his attention to Enya.
Also shows up in the "Or is there?" video:
Abbacchio: So don't ever say there's no such thing as a world inside a mirror! Got it?
Giorno: *beat* You smell nice.
Abbacchio: *stunned silence*
I Have Many Names - The Rock introduces himself as such when auditioning for Stand Idol.
In Name Only: Abridged? The final episode is in three parts, and is nearly as long as the final episode of the OVA. Though shortening it would be difficult without cutting out material important to the plot, as the final battle rages across the entire city. And onto a river. And it's still hilarious.
In addition, large parts of the series are played exactly the same as they are in the base series, with some jokes added. Compare to other abridged series where if you hadn't seen the original the story would be unrecognizable. JJBA is just that crazy to begin with.
Insane Troll Logic - Joseph's interpretation of Kakyoin attacking the clock tower, which leads him to believe that Dio's stand can breathe fire.
Also counts as a case of Fridge Brilliance as to his conclusion. Why would Joseph be so scared of fighting a fire-using enemy? Because Esidisi nearly killed him using that kind of power, not to mention the miscellaneous fiery explosions, the volcano thing with Kars, Kars melting his leg with the Ripple, almost burning up in re-entry — fire has never been Joseph's best friend (though it's still possible the reference was unintentional).
Kitchen Sink Included: As in the original, Diostops time and throws dozens of knives at a frozen Jotaro until there are too many for him to block or avoid. Before starting time up again, he adds, "And for comedic effect..." and a kitchen sink gets photoshopped into the scene.
Large Ham - Dio was already one to begin with, but the Abridged Series cranked it up to 11.
Also pulled two off earlier in Episode 4, during the infamous "beat your bum" line.
Polnareff: What's that? You say I can beat your bum? OHOHOHOHO! note The actual dub dialogue was "What's that? I can beat your bum? Oh, you're into THAT stuff!" and was more or less accurate to the manga. (Subtitle: ACTUAL DUB DIALOGUE)
Then when Polnareff and Kakyoin see J. Geil's Hanged Man in the chrome of their vehicle's steering wheel, the bizarre case of Lip Lock from the dub is referenced here by Kakyoin stating:
Kakyoin: POLNAREFF! He's in the CHROME of the STEERING WHEEL! (Subtitle: ACTUAL DUB INFLECTION)
Rant Inducing Slight: Doppio grows steadily more impatient and temperamental when more and more people keep dialling his number while he's expecting an important call from Diavolo. He finally blows his top upon getting yet another call from Roman Bellic thinking he was calling Niko for a bowling invitation. And then he accidentally blows his top when Diavolo finally does call him.
Killswitch Engage's cover of Ronnie James Dio's (who was the Big Bad's namesake) "Holy Diver". Dio's original version is later used at the end of episode 8, when Dio makes his first non-shadowed appearance.
Dark Reprise: The above use of Holy Diver could be considered this.
The anime uses a shortened version of its actual opening theme.
I raped her, then I killed her, then I dressed her up as Liza Minelli, then I raped her again. I know, I'm f***ed up like that.
Rouge Angles of Satin: Ironically, whilst Dio mocks one comment for spelling Polnareff's name as "Boneraff", Antfish frequently typoes his name as "Polneraff."
Rule 63 - A genderflipped picture of Dio and Jotaro is shown in episode 7, complete with Les Yay. Very Squickish. Said genderflipped Dio made an appearance on the comment special.
Short Runner - Seeing as how the original OVA (and therefore, the abridged series) only covered a portion of the series with two OVAs (One made in 1993 with only 6 episodes, ad the later OVA with 7 episodes for a total of only 13 episodes), it really can't be helped.
Thankfully, this trope is subverted as after the new anime series, the abridged series is starting up again, adapting parts 1 and 2 (the original adapted part 3).
Take Over the World: Dio ends up having a desire to Take Over the World around the end of the final episode, speaking of a world of fear, ruled by him, Dio. Enter the realization that he, Dio, can't move.
Too Much Information: In episode 3. After the plane crash in the beginning and their entry onto the ship-stand Strength, one of the pilots gets close to Forever the orangutan and teases him about what he's reading. Kakyoin goes into very dark and grisly detail about what the orangutan could do to a normal human being.
Visual Pun: In the comment special, in the aforementioned answer to a comment saying he sounds like Tim Curry, Dio, after asking other Tim Curry-voiced actors (including Dr. Frank N. Furter), then asks a pan full of curry. Personally, he doesn't hear it.
Buried Alive: Dio's father, courtesy of Dio himself. Though to his credit, Dario's antidote kicked in a little too late.
Call Back: A meta one: Jonathan's line about the Joestar Sex Drive is a reference to the previous Abridged series where at one point, Joseph feared that DIO was after his "unlimited sex drive."
Call Forward: Jonathan mentions that when he asks Zeppeli about the specifics behind the Ripple power, Zeppeli usually tells him not to worry "as it probably won't be relevant in the next 100 years." A hundred years later, now everyone has Stands instead.
William A. Zeppeli isn't fond of the name "Caesar", as he'd rather die than know anyone named after a salad.
Catch Phrase: George's short lived "Before your [insert action here], let me ask you, how do you like your steak?"
Contest Winner Cameo: Sort of. The shot of a fangirl pinching Jonathan's butt was one of many drawings submitted to Antfish by fans for the episode. The honorable mentions received their own video a few weeks later.
Dio: What's a three letter word for... "total dick"?
Dio: Hey, that works.
Curbstomp Battle: In episode 2. Dio throws a punch. Jonathan takes it like a man; i.e. his faces moves an inch and then he forces Dio's hand back by turning his head. Jonathan shoves Dio flying off the balcony.
Description Cut: When Jonathan is explaining the result of his boxing match with Dio, he said it's a fair fight. It's not.
Of course, the real joke in that scene is that it looked like it will be basically a remastered version of the Dio's First Kiss, but then showing us an abridged (in the real sense of the word) version of what happened in the original source material.
Laser-Guided Karma: As he lays dying in Jonathan's arms at the beginning of Episode 3, George berates Jonathan for believing in Heaven and Hell, saying that he only believes in karma and reincarnation. So having spent his entire life murdering cattle, George gets reincarnated as a newborn calf in The Stinger.
George: Oh, the deliciously cruel irony...
Earlier in episode 2, Dio makes a joke about Jonathan potentially "dying during his research, just like David Carradine." Later, when Dio is being attacked and almost killed by a vampire while testing the Stone Mask, a ghostly image of none other than Carradine appears saying "Payback's a biiiiiiitch!" since Dio is very nearly dying during his own research.
It goes even further—in real life, Carradine appeared to, and is widely believed to have died via autoerotic asphyxiation (officially denied by his estate, to be clear), i.e. his research. Dio is having his blood drained in a manner that resembles strangulation and is apparently getting off on it (since after the vampire is killed by the sun, Dio replies "Way to blue ball a guy!").
Men Can't Keep House: Apparently George isn't too varied in his cooking (and nor are the servants it seems) since all he and Jonathan (and now Dio) have for dinner is steak.
George: I am a single father, Jonathan! Barbeque and grilled cheese are the extent of my cooking abilities!!
Mood Whiplash: The comment special is pretty funny up until Zeppeli relates his backstory to Speedwagon and one commentor, wherein it suddenly becomes very dramatic.
Murder by Cremation: Just like in the source, Danny is burned alive. But it wasn't enough for Dio:
Dio: So Jonathan, how do you like the dinner I made for you? Sorry if it is a little... burned.''
Jonathan:... (slowly takes his eyes off from the paw-shaped meat and towards Dio)
Dio: (fast whisper) Don't fuck with me.
Prison Rape: Used twice, first when Jonathan confronts Dio about the poison:
Jonathan: I'll get this medicine analyzed, and then they will send you to jail, where you will get analyzed! *WORDPLAY*
And then when Dio is arrested:
George: Dio, I must say I'm incredibly disappointed in you. Before you're taken away, let me ask you: how do you like your steak?
Dio: (nervously) Uh...medium-rare?
George: Well, too bad! Because all you're getting is porked! Ha ha, zinged ya!
Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: George lapses into this when Jonathan says his steak was merely "okay." Being fair to Jonathan though, steak appears to be all they eat..
George: I think. You should leave. The table.
Real Men Eat Meat: Justified in that steak is all George knows how to cook and it's all he, Jonathan, and Dio have for dinner. Oh, and how did George get that steak? Killing a cow in front of her children so they'd grow up vengeance fuelled taste just as good, if so much better that the taste would "dance on his pallet." Also Dio prefers his steak "bloody and full of knives. Just like (his) women."
So Last Season: Whenever Jonathan asks Zeppeli the specifics about the Ripple power, Zeppeli merely says not to worry about it "as it probably won't be relevant in the next 100 years."
Something Else Also Rises: When George rants about how he killed a cow in front of her children to get the family's steak dinner, notice the camera is focusing on Dio and how a VERY audible springing sound can be heard at this statement.