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"JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~" (ジョジョ ~その血の運命(さだめ), lit. "JoJo ~Destiny of That Blood~") is the first opening of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation. Associated with the first arc of the series, Phantom Blood, the song is the debut solo release of Hiroaki "TOMMY" Tominaga.

The song is written by Shoko FujibayashiW, composed by Kohei TanakaW, and arranged by Kow OtaniW. Both Fujibayashi and Tanaka are noted for their contributions to theme songs, having previously worked together on "We Are!" for One Piece.[2] Tominaga's vocals and the accompanying brass band were said to give the whole song an "anime song groove" that harkens back to much older and love-theme songs. The lyrics resonated well with the story of Phantom Blood, and Jun Yamamoto for BillboardW said he "could almost feel the passion and ambition that Jonathan Joestar had in his fight against Dio Brando".[3]

"JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~" did moderately well in the charts, peaking at 14 on the OriconW's Weekly Album Charts.[4] On Billboard's Japan Hot 100W, it debuted at 52[5] and peaked at 19;[6] on the Japan Hot Animation chart, it debuted and peaked at 5;[7][8] and on the Japan Hot Singles Sales it debuted and peaked at 10,[9] and left the charts after the week of February 25, 2013, after a 12-week run.[10] When the subsequent theme song, "Bloody Stream," by Coda entered the charts, "JoJo (Sono Chi no Sadame)" was seen on the Oricon to jump from a ranking of 65 to 41 in one week[11]

Opening Animation

The opening serves as an abbreviated version of the part, showing the major highlights of Phantom Blood.

It begins with a quick montage of manga scenes featuring the first six JoJo protagonists shown in reverse order (Jolyne, Giorno, Josuke, Jotaro, Joseph, and finally Jonathan) each animated panel showing at least two of their most memorable moments. When Jonathan appears he emerges from his panel, color filling his body, before smacking the camera, causing the title to appear. 

From there the camera moves through a tunnel towards a door, which slams open into a stylized version of the Joestar Mansion. A young Jonathan is seen, framed like a portrait, Dio then jumps out of a painting, like he did when arriving at the Mansion, and the two stare each other down. The scene shifts over to a rotating Statue of the Goddess of Love. A sudden spin of the statue turns it into an arm holding the Stone Mask and another spin turns it into, what is presumably, Jonathan's arm holding a knife, carving his and Erina's name into a tree. Erina is shown blushing and attempts to move in for a kiss from Jonathan, but is surprised and horrified when Dio kisses her instead. The scene then changes to Dio's perspective, as an enraged Jonathan appears and punches the camera, causing its gaze to shift onto the Stone Mask as blood splatters on it. The Stone Mask's eyes glow and the camera rotates behind it, as tendrils emerge from the mask and pull the camera in.

The scene changes to when the police attempt to shoot Dio after he has put on the Stone Mask. Dio flies back after being shot and the window shatters. One of the broken pieces of glass shows the reflection of Jonathan holding his dying father. A moment later, Jonathan's arm points toward the sun. Dio, after gaining his new vampire abilities, is seen walking up the wall of the burning Joestar mansion. The room spins and Dio appears up close holding the Stone Mask. He stabs a knife into the camera and another montage of scenes from the manga, featuring him as a child to an adult, commences.

After a quick worried glance from Erina, a scene starts up with Jonathan staring at the darkness at the top of some stairs. Swinging his arm, the Ripple shoots through his body. Jonathan then proceeds to walk up the stairs. He gradually picks up speed and starts running until his eyes are close up with his pupils filled with the flames of rage. At the top of the stairs, Dio sits on a throne, holding the Stone Mask in front of his face. A quick zoom into a reverse montage of scenes from the manga starts up, including one featuring Zeppeli at his last moments with Jonathan, which starts with the confrontation before their fight and ends with Dio and Jonathan meeting as children. Jonathan is then seen charging his Ripple overdrive and punches Dio. Dio attempts to block it. The camera rotates and zooms out from the battle up a long flight of spiral stairs. A moment later, the Stone Mask is seen falling into the ocean and slowly sinks to the bottom.

Lyrics

Japanese Kanji Japanese Rōmaji English Translation
(ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!) (JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!) (JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!)
空ッ!こぼれ落ちた 二つの星が Sora! Koboreochita futatsu no hoshi ga Twin Stars! Streaking through the heavens
光と闇の水面 吸い込まれてゆく Hikari to yami no minamo suikomareteyuku Stir the surface of light and darkness
引き合うように 重なる波紋 Hikiau yō ni kasanaru hamon Their ripples echo together
誇りの道を行く者に 太陽の導きを Hokori no michi wo yuku mono ni taiyō no michibiki wo The sun leads those who seek the path of glory
野望の果てを目指す者に 生贄を Yabō no hate wo mezasu mono ni ikenie wo Demanding a sacrifice from all who pursue their ambition
(ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!) (JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!) (JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!)
震えるほど心 燃え尽きるほど熱く Furueru hodo kokoro moetsukiru hodo atsuku Throbbing hearts burn as if aflame
その手から放て鼓動 体漲る勇気で Sono te kara hanate kodō karada minagiru yūki de The pulse which beats forth from their palms, The courage which runs through their veins
迷い無き覚悟に「喝采」をッ! Mayoi naki kakugo ni 'Kassai' wo! Bravely embracing their fate!
~その血の運命(さだめ)~ ジョジョ ~Sono chi no sadame~ JooooooooooooooJo ~The fate of that blood~ JooooooooooooooJo
賽ッ!は投げられた 進むしかない Sai! Wa nagerareta susumu shikanai The die is cast! He can do nothing but advance
奇妙な螺旋の中 転がり続ける Kimyō na rasen no naka korogaritsuzukeru The eternally-wandering adventurer
永遠を彷徨う 冒険者 Eien wo samayō bōkensha tumbles through a bizarre spiral
恐怖を認め立つ者に 黄金の魂を Kyōfu wo mitome tatsu mono ni ōgon no tamashī wo A golden soul for the man who conquers his fears
そして出会った二人のために 戦いを Soshite deatta futari no tame ni tatakai wo Fighting for the two who met, Fight
(ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!) (JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!) (JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!)
幕が開いたような 終わりなき物語 Maku ga aita you na owarinaki monogatari The curtain rises on an endless tale
命がぶつかる火花 青春の日々を照らせよ Inochi ga butsukaru hibana seishun no hibi wo terase yo Let the sparks as lives clash cast light on the days of your youth
君という未来に「幸運」をッ! Kimi to iu mirai ni 'Kōun' wo! May fortune shine on the future you bring!
~その血の運命(さだめ)~ ジョジョ ~Sono chi no sadame~ JoooooooooooJo ~The fate of that blood~ JoooooooooooJo
二度とほどけない 絡み合った運命(さだめ) Nidoto hodokenai karamiatta sadame Two fates knot into one inseparably
全てはここから始まっていたのさ Subete wa koko kara hajimatteita no sa It all began at that moment
震えるほど心 燃え尽きるほど熱く Furueru hodo kokoro moetsukiru hodo atsuku Throbbing hearts burn as if aflame
その手から放て鼓動 体漲る勇気で Sono te kara hanate kodō karada minagiru yūki de The pulse which beats forth from their palms
迷い無き覚悟に「喝采」をッ! Mayoi naki kakugo ni 'Kassai' wo! Bravely embracing their fate!
幕が開いたような 終わりなき物語 Maku ga aita you na owarinaki monogatari The curtain rises on an endless tale
命がぶつかる火花 青春の日々を照らせよ Inochi ga butsukaru hibana seishun no hibi wo terase yo Lets the sparks as lives clash cast light on the days of your youth
君という未来に「幸運」をッ! Kimi to iu mirai ni 'Kōun' wo! May fortune shine on the future you bring!
~その血の運命(さだめ)~ ジョジョ ~Sono chi no sadame~ JoooooooooooooooooooooooooJo ~The fate of that blood~ JoooooooooooooooooooooooooJo
(ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!) (JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!) (JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!)

Opening Sequences

Full Song

Tracklist

  1. JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~ (ジョジョ~その血の運命~)
    Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi / Composition: Kohei Tanaka / Arrangement: Kow Otani
  2. JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~ ~ORIGINAL KARAOKE~

Credits

M-01 - TV Anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" Opening Theme

  • Composer: Kohei Tanaka
  • Arranger: Kow Otani
  • Lyricist: Shoko Fujibayashi

[Musicians]

  • Dr: Noriyasu "Kasuke" Kawamura
  • Bass: Chiharu Mikuzuki
  • Gt: Hiroshi Imaizumi
  • Tp: Luis Valle, Yuma Takemura (竹村悠馬)
  • Tb: Kanade Shishiuchi
  • A.sax: Masato Honma
  • T.sax: Ryouchi Daigou
  • B.sax: Naoya Takemura
  • All Synth & Program: Kow Otani

Trivia

  • The sinking Stone Mask into the ocean foreshadows what ultimately happens to Jonathan and Dio: sunken to the bottom of the ocean and not to be heard of until the events of Stardust Crusaders.
  • In the US airing of Phantom Blood on Toonami, the opening was edited down to 30 seconds to fit American television guidelines for several more commercials than Japanese television broadcasts.

References

  1. http://jojo-animation.com/fb_bt/visual/#!/cd1
  2. 「ジョジョの奇妙な冒険」OPテーマがデイリー上位に初登場! 新OP情報も!
  3. 富永TOMMY弘明「ジョジョ~その血の運命~」
  4. ジョジョ〜その血の運命〜 富永TOMMY弘明のプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE
  5. Billboard Japan Hot 100│Charts│Billboard JAPAN
  6. Billboard Japan Hot 100│Charts│Billboard JAPAN
  7. Billboard Japan Hot Animation│Charts│Billboard JAPAN
  8. Billboard Japan Hot Animation│Charts│Billboard JAPAN
  9. Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales│Charts│Billboard JAPAN
  10. Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales│Charts│Billboard JAPAN
  11. 「ジョジョ」第2部OPテーマがオリコン初登場4位! イエスのEDテーマもセールスが20倍に!
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