Creator / Hirohiko Araki

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Hirohiko Araki (born Toshiyuki Araki), is the legendary mangaka behind JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, one of the longest-running manga series ever, running continuously from 1987 to date. He is well-known for his distinctive (read: FABULOUS!) art style, incredibly clever fights, use of strange character poses, and the fact he never ages. He's also almost perfectly symmetrical.

Other works by Hirohiko Araki:
  • Buso Poker (1980)
  • Autoto Man (1982)
  • Virginia ni Yohroshiku (1982)
  • Magic Boy BT (魔少年ビーティー mashōnen bītī 1982–1983)
  • Baoh (1984–1985)
  • Gorgeous Irene (1985–1986)
    • The Story of the Girl's Mansion (1985)
    • The Girl That Came to the Slums (1986)
  • The Lives of Eccentrics (2004)

JoJo spinoffs
  • Under Execution, Under Jailbreak (1999)
  • Dolce and His Master (1999)
  • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe. Episode 16: At a Confessional (1999)
  • Dead Man's Questions (1999)
  • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe - Mutsukabezaka (2006)
  • Front cover of Cell (scientific journal) (September 7, 2007): Imagine that chemicals were stands. Apparently, the scientist who discovered that SCRAPPER blocks RIM1alpha was a big JJBA fan.
  • Rohan at the Louvre (2010)
  • Rohan da Gucci (2011)
  • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe. Episode 5: Village of Millionaires (2012)
  • Jolyne, Fly High with Gucci (2013)
  • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe. Episode 6: Poaching Coast (2013)
  • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe. Episode 4: Mochizuki Family Moon Viewing (2014)
  • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe. Episode 7: Monday, Rainy Weather (2015)

Tropes common in Araki's works beyond JJBA:

  • Ascended Fanboy:
    • Went from referencing Yes and Savage Garden in his work to them licensing their songs as the end themes for JJBA episodes.
    • His love for fashion designers. In 2011 Spur Magazine, a women’s fashion magazine, hire him and Gucci to celebrate their 30th and 90th anniversaries respectively with a one-shot story.
  • Anyone Can Die: To the point where he commonly crosses into We Have Reserves territory.
  • Art Evolution: One of the most prominent examples, Araki has had no less than four distinct art styles during his career. His first drawings featured cartoony characters like Tezuka's own characters, then he was heavily inspired by Fist of the North Star's art style then switched to a distinctive somewhat cartoony, somewhat realistic art style before going to a realistic art style since Steel Ball Run.
  • Asskicking Pose: The man regularly puts fashion poses into a battle manga, in a borderline gratuitous manner.
  • Author Appeal: Araki has a huge number of things he's fond of and includes in his writings.
    • Western music, especially Alternative Rock. Hirohiko Araki is known for making numerous references to western Rock Bands such as Queen, AC/DC, Prince, PinkFloyd and many other bands. His characters will more often than not bear names meant to sound like one of his beloved rock band, for instance, the fellow named Esidisi.
    • Hirohiko Araki is also a huge fashion buff, and regularly reads fashion magazines, pulling from this inspiration for the Impossibly Cool Clothes of his characters and the memetic Asskicking Poses.
    • Italia, especially from The Renaissance Era. Araki draws inspiration from classic artists such as Michelangelo but also lauds Italian fashion, Italian cuisine, Italians themselves... Many characters of Jojos Bizarre Adventure are Italians and most are undeniably badass or sympathetic.
    • Horror Movies. Araki is very fond of B-rated horror movies because of the Narm Charm. This translates into many references to Horror Movies monsters.
    • Clint Eastwood. Jotaro Kujo is actually inspired from him.
  • Body Horror: He's somewhat of a Nightmare Fetishist, especially where JoJo's is concerned:
    Araki: "Also, it's not related, but I actually enjoy drawing skin getting peeled."
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Araki's author's notes are sometimes about very random subjects.
  • Costume Porn: Even for historical figures!
  • Forgetful Jones: Araki has a notoriously bad memory, explaining partially the Plot holes and Retcons in his works. However, he also mentions that he like to play his bad memory up to get away with many things.
  • Gonk: He's also drawn short fat people.
  • Humans Are Special: He's described Jojo's Bizarre Adventure as "an ode to humanity".
  • Kick the Dog: Almost literally, evil is frequently shown as something that likes to kill dogs or other animals. Though Araki himself doesn't kick the dog.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: See the page image? That's him acknowledging the Memetic Hand Gesture posturing that made JoJo so famous.
  • Older Than They Look: He was born in 1960. There's a reason why fans think that Araki's immortal. According to Araki himself, he gets his youthful looks from washing his face every morning with Tokyo's tap water.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe. He considers Gorgeous Irene to be this as he wrote it before he was married and had a more mature view of women.
  • Reference Overdosed: His love of American and British rock music makes JoJo packed with references to bands, albums, and song names, to the point that translation attempts are blocked by trademark issues. His favorite bands can be identified by the prevalence to their works in the story, including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Queen, Prince, and Yes (whose song "Roundabout" was chosen for the anime edition's first ending theme).
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Araki winning a contest for best-dressed people of Japan definitely cements his status as one.
  • We Have Reserves: This seems to be an integral part of his writing style. No shonen mangaka has killed off as many characters as him.
  • What Do You Mean, It's For Kids?: During the time Araki was drawing manga marketed at young children, he had a tendency of including elements people and sometimes his editors would deem not fit for children. Besides the extreme violence of his work, Araki wanted a Villain Protagonist for Magic Boy BT (which he wanted to name Devil Boy BT but the editors didn't want to include "Devil" into a title of one of their manga), and at one point tried to include erotica with Stands in Stardust Crusaders.
  • The Wonka: Araki is the owner of Lucky Land Communications, the company that actually owns the rights to JoJo, and the series' quirkiness, one of the main reasons for its success, can be traced back to him alone.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Araki believes that our lives are directed by Fate, explaining his own career to fateful meetings with an encouraging friend and a friendly editor who pushed him to pursue his hobby.
  • You Don't Look Like You: A consequence of his evolving art style. Thanks to that, his current drawings of his old characters like Jonathan Joestar and Gorgeous Irene look almost nothing like how he used to draw them in their original mangas.
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