Manga / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
aka: Jojos Bizarre Adventure
"This story depicts the mysterious Stone Mask from Mexico, and its effect on the destinies of two youngsters and their Bizarre Adventures!"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
(Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken
) is a long-running Manga
series created by Hirohiko Araki
The series tells the story of the Joestar family and their endless conflicts with the supernatural. The series spans well over 100 years (and volumes). Each part of the saga chronicles the adventures of a member 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:
- Phantom Blood (Ran from Jan. 1, 1987 to Oct. 26, 1987; originally titled Jonathan Joestar: His Youth)note
- Battle Tendency (Ran from Nov. 2, 1987 to Mar. 27, 1989; originally titled Joseph Joestar: His Proud Lineage)note
- Stardust Crusaders (Ran from Apr. 3, 1989 to Apr. 27, 1992; originally titled Jotaro Kujo: Heritage for the Future)note
- Diamond is Unbreakable (Ran from May 4, 1992 to Dec. 4, 1995; occasionally referred to as Diamond is not Crash/Crush and originally titled Josuke Higashikata)note
- Vento Aureo (Ran from Dec. 11, 1995 to Apr. 5, 1999; originally titled Giorno Giovanna: Golden Heritage)note
- Stone Ocean (Ran from Jan. 1, 2000 to Apr. 21, 2003; originally titled Jolyne Cujoh: Stone Ocean)note
- 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
- JoJolion (Began on May 19, 2011)note
Created in 1987 by the mangaka Hirohiko Araki
, the series is famous for its original and unique art style, intricate plot, creative battles, and immense flamboyancy. It also features a huge number of allusions to Western rock music, including characters named 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
, though the most recent anime has been giving it a greater amount of exposure among mainstream anime fans.
To commemorate the manga's 25th anniversary in 2012, an HD port of the above fighting game was released (it eventually got delisted when Bandai Namco obtained the JoJo
license from Capcom), an anime adaptation produced by David Production, 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 adaptation by David Productions can legally be viewed on Crunchyroll
. At Anime Expo 2015, it was confirmed that the 2012 anime, covering Part 1 and Part 2, would be getting an English dub. In late October 2015, it was confirmed that there would be an adaptation of Part 4, which began airing on April 1, 2016. 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. In 2016, an English dub of Part 3 was announced (with the test dub's cast returning),and the anime finally saw its long-awaited debut on American airwaves via [adult swim]
block starting that October.
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. An OVA of this spinoff series will be made available to anyone who purchases the entire Blu-Ray set of the Diamond is Unbreakable
There is a Character Sheet for each of the parts
, so post character tropes there.