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An animated adaptation of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind,” the fifth arc of the long-running manga series, will hit the small screen in October.

Written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki, the original comic book series boasts more than 100 million copies in print.

The “Golden Wind” installment is set in Italy two years after the events described in the fourth arc, centering around gangster-wannabe Giorno Giovana and his friends who possess supernatural powers called a “Stand.”

Naokatsu Tsuda, who directed the previous four installments of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,” serves as general director for the fifth. The latest series is co-directed by Yasuhiro Kimura and Hideya Takahashi.

Yasuko Kobayashi is reprising her role as main screenwriter for the fifth time, with Takahiro Kishida joining the TV production for the first time as character designer.

David Production Inc. continues to produce the anime series.

To set the mood for the October premiere, the first episode of “Golden Wind” was unveiled in three countries in July.

It received its world premiere on July 5 at a special screening in Tokyo, followed by the Japan Expo in Paris when it made its international premiere on the evening of the same day. The episode made its U.S. debut on July 7 at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles.

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