This fifth Japanese Blu-ray disc contains episodes thirteen to fifteen, the second set of episodes which belong to the Battle Tendency arc.
As usual, spoilers for these episodes may follow.
By the end of volume four, Joseph Joestar had become tangled in a mess much greater in scope than he'd expected when he first travelled to Mexico. His brush with German soldiers and the mysterious Santana has now lead him all the way to Rome, where three more 'pillar men' are said to be sleeping.
I mentioned Joseph's appeal as a protagonist in my comments on the previous disc. If there was one thing missing, it was that he had nobody to react to his cocky attitude and take him down a peg or two; JoJo often ended up talking to himself. Well, this volume takes care of that problem with the introduction of the fabulous Caesar Zeppeli.
|Self-confident and dazzling; what's not to love?|
|Everything I like about the series in one picture|
|Things rarely seem to go Caesar's way|
|The three pillar men|
The subtitles remain excellent as usual, though I noticed a strange error where a character was described as 'Deutsch' in the Japanese dialogue. This was incorrectly translated as 'Dutch' when it should have been 'German'. While it's a common mistake amongst native English speakers, it's needlessly confusing and should really have been caught in proofreading. This kind of error can be misleading.
special edition Blu-ray or DVD. The standard Blu-ray and standard DVD will appear when the first press versions have sold out.
The first press DVD comes with a bonus slip case featuring Stroheim this time. Meanwhile, the first press edition Blu-ray comes with the usual English subtitles and proof of purchase voucher. The additional bonus item for buyers of the first press Blu-ray edition of volume 5 is a mouse pad; it's exactly the same size as the rest of the packaging and shows the three pillar men together with a fancy hologram effect to make it stand out.
On-disc extras are limited to a handful of commercials for the home video release which originally ran on television when the series first aired. The extras for this volume aren't the most exciting, but the content is what I paid for and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure volume 5 delivers a thoroughly satisfying dose of fighting, thrills and camaraderie. Highly recommended.