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The 2004 Pilot Animation: A Miraculous Find

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Phantom Blood Blog is now up on Anchor and Spotify!

This week, we're diving into the 2004 Pilot Animation. But first, our current leads - still no word from SakuraCon. Another follow-up has been sent. However, I did hear from Viz Media, who claimed they didn't have anyone they could refer me to, and referred me to an article from CBR, which raised a red flag. I have since sent a follow-up to them. Lastly, I managed to get in contact with the Association of Moving Image Archivists (accidentally referred to them as the Association of Moving Picture Archivists in the episode - whoops!), who told me to submit my inquiry to their listserv, which is best described as an email-based newsletter/forum service. I did so, and got in contact with a fellow named James who sent me contact information for Junichi Yamamoto rather than Junichi Hayama. I've followed up with James as well. The 2004 Pilot is an interesting piece of Phantom Blood's history. It was shown only once at the 2004 Tokyo International Anime Fair, and never seen again... until we managed to nab it off of eBay around late 2019/early 2020. Before it was found, it was only known through old photographs taken by attendees, which can be seen below:

The mere fact that the disc that contained it exists anymore is nothing short of a miracle.

This week, we're diving into the story behind the 2004 Pilot Animation, and why it is so special. Remember: If you have any leads or anything to contribute, drop onto the Contact page and reach out! SOURCES/CITATIONS:

CBR's Article: "Jojo's Lost Phantom Blood Film's Bizarre History Revealed" The 2004 Pilot Animation, via MangoMation's YouTube channel RedMango's Twitter VIZ Media Association of Moving Image Archivists All known Phantom Blood-related viewer testimonies can be found under Viewer Testimonies under the Archive tab here on

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