Manga / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

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Volume 28 of 116! DIO (top left) confronted by Jotaro (bottom right).

"This story depicts the mysterious Stone Mask from Mexico, and its effect on the destinies of two youngsters and their Bizarre Adventures!"
The prologue of chapter 1. Of 902 and counting.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken) is the story of the Joestar family and its endless conflicts with the supernatural. The series spans well over 100 years (and volumes).

In the late 1800s, rich kid Jonathan Joestar (a.k.a. JoJo) is introduced to a newly orphaned youth named Dio Brando. Jonathan's wealthy father George takes the boy in and raises him as his own to return the favor for Dio's late father, who accidentally saved George & Jonathan after a buggy crash that killed George's wife & Jonathan's mother, Mary. However, Dio is secretly scheming to take Jonathan's place as the favored son and heir to the Joestar family fortune. He torments Jonathan throughout their childhood in an attempt to break him. When Jonathan's resolve seems insurmountable, Dio takes a new approach: building up a bond between them over many years while poisoning George. Things become complicated when Jonathan learns of these plans and confronts Dio, only for Dio to become a vampire using an ancient stone mask that Jonathan had been researching. After a fiery battle, Jonathan is informed by a man named William A. Zeppeli that Dio is still alive and plans to take over the world. He sets out on an adventure to train in the ways of the Ripple and destroy his undying foe for good.

That's just the first part of the currently eight parts long immense saga of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

The series eventually evolved into a multi-generational epic, following the adventures of Jonathan's descendants from the 19th century to the present day. Each part of the saga chronicles the adventures of another descendant of the Joestar bloodline, which spreads all over the world and gets pretty darn confusing. They all have three things in common: A star shaped birthmark, a destiny to fight evil, and the nickname JoJo. The story is split into eight parts, the first six of which form their own saga focusing on the impact of the Stone Mask on the Joestar family's lives. The series undergoes a Continuity Reboot of sorts with the storylines that occur afterward, set in an Alternate Universe that features many of the elements from these first six storylines.

The series is (currently) broken down to these eight parts:

  1. Phantom Blood (Ran from Jan. 1, 1987 to Oct. 26, 1987; originally titled Jonathan Joestar: His Youth)note 
    • In 1880's Britain, Jonathan Joestar, the son of an English nobleman, finds his life turned upside-down when scheming street urchin Dio Brando becomes his adoptive brother. When Dio turns himself into a vampire using a mysterious stone mask of Aztec origin, Jonathan must learn the ways of the Ripple, a mystical martial art, in order to stop Dio before he can take over the world.
      This arc was adapted into a beat-'em-up PS2 game and a film, both titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood, as well as the first half of the 2012 anime.
  2. Battle Tendency (Ran from Nov. 2, 1987 to Mar. 27, 1989; originally titled Joseph Joestar: His Proud Lineage)note 
    • Set in 1938, Joseph Joestar is the rough-and-tumble but extremely clever grandson of Jonathan, and lives in New York City. When word gets out that Jonathan's best friend and Joseph's adoptive great uncle, Robert E. O. Speedwagon, has been murdered, Joseph sets out to avenge him. However, after defeating Speedwagon's alleged murderer, he learns that Speedwagon is actually being held captive by the Waffen-SS in a research facility in Mexico, led by Commander Rudolf von Stroheim. While rescuing Speedwagon, Joseph learns of Stroheim's latest discovery: a race of ancient, superhuman beings known as the Pillar Men, the original creators of the Aztec stone masks. After a heated fight with a Pillar Man in the research facility, Joseph heads to Italy in order to train for his fateful encounter with three more powerful Pillar Men with the help of Caesar Zeppeli (grandson of Jonathan's teacher William Zeppeli) and their mysterious mentor, Lisa Lisa.
      This arc was adapted into the second half of the 2012 anime, mentioned below.
  3. Stardust Crusaders (Ran from Apr. 3, 1989 to Apr. 27, 1992; originally titled Jotaro Kujo: Heritage for the Future)note 
    • Set in 1989, an aging Joseph comes to visit his Japanese grandson Jotaro Kujo after the reappearance of Dio Brando, now known only as "DIO", causes the Joestar line to develop mysterious powers known as "STANDS". Upon discovering that Jotaro's mother and Joseph's daughter, Holly, is slowly dying due to the awakening of her STAND, Jotaro, Joseph, and several other STAND users must travel around the world to track down DIO and put an end to him and his dark power, all while fighting various STAND-using assassins hired by DIO.
      This arc has been adapted to a three-part CD drama, an SNES RPG, two OVAs published from 1993-1994 and 2000-2002 (all titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure), and an arcade Fighting Game by Capcom titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future. In 2014, it received a 48-episode anime adaptation like Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency.
  4. Diamond is Unbreakable (Ran from May 4, 1992 to Dec. 4, 1995; occasionally referred to as Diamond is not Crash/Crush after a mistranslation from the part's earliest scanslations; originally titled Josuke Higashikata)note 
    • Set in 1999, Jotaro travels to the Japanese town of Morioh to track down Joseph's illegitimate teenage son, Josuke Higashikata, in order to sort out the latter's placement in Joseph's will. At the same time, a mysterious bow & arrow that can grant STANDS to its targets makes its rounds around town, creating more and more enemies for the two and their friends. Upon discovering the earthbound ghost of a murder victim, the group must track down a mysterious STAND-using serial killer named Yoshikage Kira terrorizing the town.
      An anime adaptation was confirmed on October 24, 2015, and the first episode aired on April 1, 2016; it is scheduled to run for 39 episodes. An OVA of its spin-off, Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe, will be a bonus for those who buy the entire DVD set for Part 4.
  5. Vento Aureo (Italian for "Golden Wind"; ran from Dec. 11, 1995 to Apr. 5, 1999; originally titled Giorno Giovanna: Golden Heritage)note 
    • Set in 2001 Italy, Giorno Giovanna is the son of DIO, sired after his resurrection. Giorno seeks to take over the mafia and make it beneficial to the community rather than detrimental, but first has to deal with current boss Diavolo's intention to make it so no one knows his true identity, not even his teenage daughter who Giorno and his fellow Stand-using mobsters are ordered to protect by Diavolo himself. What follows is a roadtrip with a subgroup of Diavolo's mob, first to protect said daughter and later to find Diavolo himself.
      This arc was adapted into a beat-'em-up PS2 game titled Le Bizzarre Avventure di GioGio: Vento Aureo.
  6. Stone Ocean (Ran from Jan. 1, 2000 to Apr. 21, 2003; originally titled Jolyne Cujoh: Stone Ocean)note 
    • Set in 2011, while living in Florida, Jotaro's daughter, Jolyne Cujohnote , is framed for murder by a crazed disciple of DIO and sent to prison. While there, Jotaro is able to unlock her STAND but is rendered catatonic when prison chaplain Enrico Pucci, another one of DIO's disciples, manages to use his own STAND to steal Jotaro's memories in order to further DIO's agenda. Jolyne must team up with several STAND-using inmates in order to rescue her father and stop Pucci from remaking the world in DIO's image.
  7. Steel Ball Run (Ran from Feb. 2, 2004 to Apr. 19, 2011; from this part onwards, the manga switched from being serialized on a weekly basis in Weekly Shonen Jump to being serialized on a monthly basis in Ultra Jump)note 
    • Set in 1890, the titular race is the first North American transcontinental horse race on record, with a first prize of $50 million. Johnny Joestar, a paraplegic and former prodigy jockey, enters the race to learn the secret of competitor Gyro Zeppeli's mysterious weaponized steel balls after they briefly restore his ability to stand up. What Johnny doesn't realize is that he will be plunged into multiple conspiracies involving the king of Naples, the mummified corpse of a mysterious "saint", and the President of the United States.
      This arc has been adapted to an internet-based radio drama titled Steel Ball Run.
  8. JoJolion (Began on May 19, 2011)note 
    • Set in 2012, strange structures called "Wall Eyes" appear in the town of Morioh, Japan following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Near these Wall Eyes, a young woman named Yasuho Hirose discovers an amnesiac young STAND-User who, after some confusion as to whether he is one "Yoshikage Kira", she decides to name "Josuke" along with arranging him to stay with her neighbors, the Higashikata family. Together, the newly named Josuke Higashikata and Yasuho attempt to help Josuke restore his memories, which the Higashikatas need to help lift a curse which has plagued their family for generations and has connections to Johnny Joestar.

Created in 1987 by the mangaka Hirohiko Araki, the series is famous for its original and unique art style, intricate plot, and creative battles. It also features a huge number of allusions to Western rock music, including characters named DIO, Speedwagon, and Zeppeli, just to name a few. Although JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has not been able to receive recognition like other imported manga and anime (primarily due to the egregious legal issues caused by the wide number of musical references), it is still very well-received by fans all over. With the insane kind of plots that involve sapient plankton, turtles that are bigger on the inside, and Rock, Paper, Scissors death matches, is it any wonder?

Western audiences are likely more familiar with the memes the series has produced because of the series' general theme (read: badassery), as well as the Capcom fighting game Heritage For The Future and OVA adaptations of Stardust Crusaders.

To commemorate the manga's 25th anniversary in 2012, an HD port of the above fighting game was released, an anime adaptation written by Yasuko Kobayashi and covering Part 1 and Part 2 debuted, and a fighting game called JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle was released as well. The anime was followed up in 2014 with an adaptation of Part 3, and All Star Battle was released outside of Japan in the same year. The animated adaptations of Part 1, 2, and 3, can legally be viewed on Crunchyroll. At Anime Expo 2015, it was confirmed that the 2012 anime, covering Part 1 and Part 2, will be getting an English dub. In late October 2015, it was confirmed that there would be an adaptation of Part 4. In 2015, All-Star Battle received a sequel titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, which features tag-team battles in interactive 3D environments, as well as an original storyline.

There is also the series of spinoffs of one-shots chronicling the adventures of the eccentric Author Avatar manga-artist Rohan Kishibe, Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan, which sometimes gets serialized either on the Weekly Shonen Jump or Jump SQ. The chapters/one-shots (the first one published back in 1997) are going to be finally compiled into its first tankoubon (trade paperback). Also important to remark that Kishibe has also starred similar special one-shots such as Rohan at The Louvre (in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre) and Kishibe Rohan Goes to Gucci as an special collaboration between Araki, Gucci and Spur Magazine in 2011.

There is a Character Sheet for each of the parts, so post character tropes there.

Because of the sheer number of trope present in the manga, the trope examples list has been split into sub-pages:


Alternative Title(s): Jojos Bizarre Adventure

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