I always found the “institution” and the idea behind a community quite interesting.
At its core, a community is a group of people with a common interest or goal. Whether it’s the goal of building a settlement and living together, or a small gathering that occurs from time to time, the community is all about being with other members of your community and accomplishing goals together. The thing that makes these individuals who they are will attract similar individuals.
And individuals who are drawn to one another because of their identity is what JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable is all about.
Taking place in the quiet suburban town of Morioh, the fourth part of the JoJo saga is probably the most bizarre—yes, there will be puns—of the parts so far. Not necessarily because of the events that occur (those are quite bizarre themselves, of course), but because of the structure of the story and its setting.
While previous installments in the show were a physical journey through many locales (Stardust Crusaders was pretty much the “Road Trip” arc of the show), Diamond is Unbreakable is very comfortable with the thought of sticking to one setting, the small town of Morioh; bringing as much life as it can to Morioh’s strange community. It’s a community that is filled with people who disagree with each other, fight with each other, and yet they will stand united and protect their small town.
So, of course the foil to that community would be someone who has no interest in such an institute—Yoshikage Kira.
One of the reasons I find Kira so fascinating, is that even though I know he is a murderer, and most likely a sociopath, I can’t help but understand his longing for a simple, quiet life. I mean, sure he kills women and then feeds himself with their dead hands, but my point is that I understand his willingness to stay in the shadows and keep on living peacefully. But, like Josuke and the rest of the “Duwang Gang,” Kira isn’t afraid to fight in order to protect his way of life, at least when there is no other choice. One’s peace disturbs the other’s. Chase, the second opening, illustrates that pretty well.
What brings it all together is the setting of a small town, where a killer is on the loose and could be anyone. He mingles into the community, yet without being a part of it. This plays so well into the tensions and fears that can come from a small town like Morioh.
Those themes are also amplified by the art style. David Production deserves praise for their use of strange colors, such as the sky, the color choices for clothing, and the mood they set with the surreal palates. Honestly, just watching the first minute of the arc’s premiere is enough to understand what kind of tone the studio was going for. For all of the fun and happiness that is Morioh, there is a dark underbelly to this town, which gets more and more terrifying.
But the thing about Diamond is Unbreakable that impacted me the most, was the underlying message that a strong enough community, one that accepts all of its residents and is willing to stand for injustice and to fight for what’s right, can do anything. As much as that may sound corny or even clichéd, I can’t help but appreciate and respect the sincerity in that message. It’s something we all should take to heart in order to grow as people. We all have hearts of gold after all, and should shine on like crazy diamonds.