So, according to some people, at least, Phantom Blood is...bad? Nahh, I cannot abide such a thought; even if it couldn’t maintain the incredible absurd loopiness of the first two episodes, the conflict of Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando had some good stuff going on. Hopefully everyone can agree, though, that the OP is badass.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Hiroaki “Tommy” Tominaga
“JoJo (Sono Chi no Sadame)”

Actually, being JJBA’s first OP does not quite cut it as a truly complete description. A better way to put it would be Hot-Blooded: The Song. Yes, that’s right, it’s so hot-blooded that it puts the song actually titled “Hot Blooded” to shame.

That army of trumpets is gonna KICK YOUR ASS if you step out of line. The drums sound like they’re suffocating every last gasp of air in the room. Tommy alternates between lowly growling and soul-searing belts, doing it all with a ferocity that could make the devil flinch. They burn through the searing guitar solo BEFORE THE SECOND VERSE because waiting is a fool’s game.

The entire procession is bad-ass. Yet just like all the best that hot-blooded has to offer, such as Kamina its patron saint, it’s also hilarious in its ridiculous extremes. Why the hell is there a whole chorus whose only job is to sprinkle low-pitched shouts of “JOJO” all over the place?!! I don’t know!!! I don’t care!!! I’m shouting JOJO all along with them, and I! Can’t! Sssttopppp!!!!

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has had its share of good and great opening themes. But “JoJo (Sono Chi no Sadame)” is still unquestionably my favorite, as far as I’m concerned.

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RedStripe Loved Trax—originally from days of Tumblr past—is a series about the music Justin adores, with special emphasis on songs from (or introduced by) video games and anime.

That remains true when he totally forgets to include the description up until 6/18/2018 7:42 pm Eastern.