Manga / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

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Volume 28 of 115!

"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 897 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 is introduced to a newly orphaned youth named Dio Brando. Jonathan's wealthy father takes the boy in and raises him as his own. 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 Jonathan's father. Things become complicated when Jonathan learns of these plans and confronts Dio, only for Dio to become a vampire using an ancient stone mask. 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. 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 (originally 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 (originally 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. While rescuing Speedwagon Joseph learns of the "Pillar Men", a race of supreme beings and the original creators of the stone masks of the Aztecs. Joseph heads to Italy in order to train for his fateful encounter 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 (originally 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 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.
      This arc has been adapted to a three-part CD drama, an SNES RPG, two OVAs, 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 new anime adaptation like Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency.
  4. Diamond Is Unbreakable (occasionally referred to as Diamond Is Not Crash/Crush; originally Josuke Higashikata)note 
    • Set in 1999, Jotaro travels to the Japanese town of Morioh to track down Joseph's illegitimate son, Josuke Higashikata. At the same time, a mysterious 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. 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"; originally 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 (originally 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 steal his soul. 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 Runnote 
    • 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, not realizing 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. JoJolionnote 
    • 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, it is still very well-received by fans all over. And 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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