... So, as I'm lurking through Youtube for seeing the latest news about this series, what do I find ? That a couple of french abridgers are making their own take of an abridged version of Phantom Blood. Here's the link to their channel.
The series is called Jojo's bizarre adventure : la série abrgée
, which means... Well, Jojo's bizarre adventure : the abridged series
So after having watched it, I can safely say, while I feared a simple rehash of Antfish's series, that they're actually not doing a simple translation, or completely ripping off Antfish. They're putting their own spins on the characters, they're producing their own jokes, and on a whole this is actually quite complimentary ; although, of course, as they're riffing the same material than Antfish, a few similarities are bound to occur. A big difference however : Antfish's Jonathan is a kindhearted and smart gentleman ; frenchguys' Jonathan is a complete doofus ( he STILL doesn't get the hint when he finds a letter from Dario Brando that says "Dio killed me").
The voice acting is different in many ways. No "Dio = Tim Curry" or "Speedwagon = Pops" here, they have their own vocal identities, although Dio is still suave as hell and Speedwagon kind of a drag. But on the other hand, it also feels less memorable ; you're more focused on the jokes than on their voices and it sometimes feels that any character could have said this line or this one. To stay on the negative sides, the technical quality is sometimes off in the first episodes (bad microphones and software, mainly), but the quality increases once we reach the third one.
They're also working faster than Antfish (being at the very least two helps a lot, and they also get some help from other french abridgers), as the latest episode (out 2 weeks before this post) ends with Tarkus' defeat, despite the fact they started a few months after Antfish. We'll see if they can keep this schedule. Speaking of the latest episode (the fourth one), it is GLORIOUS. Not only do they put hilarious lines, they're also completely embracing the similarities between early Jojo and Fist of the North Star : Zepelli, before going to Tibet, tried to train with Toki
... Who straightforwardly told him to "go fuck himself". And the final battle with Tarkus is just one FONS reference after another. While still being absolutely AWESOME.
tl;dr : a fun thing to watch if you speak french and a good alternative to Antfish's series, just like it's possible to like both Abridged On Titan
and Attack on Titan Abridged
edited 10th Mar '14 3:00:14 PM by purplefishman