Trivia: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

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  • Approval of God: "Weird Al" Yankovic saw the episode post-defeat of Dio and resurrection of Joseph Joestar with his name mentioned and posted it in his Instagram.
  • Bad Export for You/Screwed by the Lawyers: This is the main reason why it has taken forever for both the manga and anime to be released in the United States. Licensors would have to negotiate with the musicians and record companies to see if they can use their names, and while several characters do retain their original names, many had to be renamed because the costs of negotiating with the musicians and record companies to avoid lawsuits with them would simply be too much and can drive the licensors to bankruptcynote . The only reason why it's Warner Bros. releasing the series in the US is because they're a big company so they can handle all of the expenses with the series, most notably the series' use of licensed music, such as Roundabout from Yes.
  • Colbert Bump:
    • While the franchise has been relatively obscure in America for some time (but really big in Japan) outside of Memetic Mutation, the new 2012 anime, as well as its immensely positive reception from many anime reviewers on the Internet, has caused its popularity to skyrocket stateside. Its popularity in English-speaking territories further improved when both the 2012 anime and the Stardust Crusaders sequel were added to Crunchyroll. This is the reason the PS3 game was allowed for a U.S release (albeit with some of the names changed to avoid copyright as U.S laws are stricter here).
    • The 2012 anime became one of these for the band Yes, due to usage of their most popular song, "Roundabout", as the anime's ending theme song.
    • And there has to be at least a few people who were attracted to the series by this masterpiece of an Abridged Series.
    • Many fans first became familiar with the series due to the Capcom fighting game which came about during a time when the manga wasn't released in the west yet.
    • Popular Let's Players like Joel and Woolie frequently reference the show, to the point where fans have started watching/reading just to see what the heck they're talking about.
    • If you're into both classic rock and anime, you may be curious just to find out if there's anyone named after your favorite band/song.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
  • Dawson Casting:
    • For some reason (at least in Japanese), and until the TV series came out, most of the characters were voiced by older voice actors, despite voicing characters who are supposed to be teenagers or young adults. This is more exaggerated in the Part 3's OVAs when almost everybody are voiced by people who doesn't even try to sound like young men (excluding Joseph, for obvious reasons).
    • Young Jonathan and Young Dio in Part 1 are both voiced by the same actors who voice their adult selves. They also don't make an effort to sound like adolescents.
    • Inverted with both Erina Pendleton and Suzi Q, in the TV series' Parts 2 & 3: Both VAs (Ayako Kawasumi and Sachiko Kojima, respectively) are normally typecasted for voicing younger girls or young adults, but they still voice their older versions in Parts 2 and 3, rather than casting much older VAs for the job.
    • The same goes for both Speedwagon and Straizo's voice actors, since they are voiced by the same ones who voiced their younger counterparts in Part 1.
    • Initially played straight with Joseph, then later averted. In Part 2, he is voiced by Tomokazu Sugita, who also voiced his older self at the end of said Part. He voiced both young (Part 2) and old (Part 3) Joseph in All Star Battle. Once the anime got into Part 3, Sugita was darrin'd by Unshou Ishizuka, who is an older voice actor that's around Part 3 Joseph's age. Does that mean Ishizuka is now the official voice of Joseph, staying true to this trope by even voicing the character's younger self? Nope. He'll likely keep his role as old Joseph, but Sugita was later recasted as young Joseph for J-Stars Victory VS and Eyes of Heaven.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Part 8 JoJolion has gained the nickname "Four Ball Run" due to the protagonist's...unique anatomical arrangement. The main character himself is also often referred to as Gappy or Jo2uke to avoid confusion with the protagonist of Part 4 in English-speaking fandom.
    • Yoshikage Kira (at least in his original look) is usually just referred to as David Bowie due to his uncanny resemblance to him.
    • "Holy Wubstorm" (after Wamuu's special attack Holy Sandstorm) for the Pillar Men's dubstep-flavored Leitmotif in the anime.
    • Lucy Steel's temporary Stand is known as "Love Train"; however it appears in chapters called "Ticket to Ride" and was later confirmed to be named as such in JOJOVELLER.
    • Pocoloco's Stand is sometimes called Buckethead due to the shape of its head.
    • Fans on Tumblr have taken to calling Kakyoin's prominent wavy strand of hair his "noodle".
    • The Pillar Men have been called the Aztec Gods of Fitness.
    • The World is often jokingly called Holy Diver.
    • Mikitaka is sometimes referred to as 'Space Legolas' due to his long hair and pointed ears.
    • Part 2's version of Joseph Joestar is sometimes referred to as Bugs Bunny due to his tricky nature, ridiculous antics, and incredible luck.
    • Likewise, Jotaro's sometimes jokingly compared to Charlie Brown, due to his "Yare yare daze..." being translated into English as "Good grief..."
    • Joey Jo-Jo for Jonathan's Fan-DUWANG'd name.
  • Fan Translation: The Stardust Crusaders RPG for the Super Famicom has one by the Aeon Genesis group. Several exist for the manga itself, as well.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Anyone who's played Persona 3 or watched Persona 4: The Animation will recognize Lotus Juice, the guy behind much of the soundtrack of Part 2 of the 2012 anime.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: A film adaptation of Phantom Blood came out in theaters in 2007. It hasn't seen any sort of home release. However, an incomplete cut (that is, there is no voice acting, and occasionally full animation is replaced by storyboard stills) of the first 16 minutes has appeared on the internet.
  • No Export for You: The manga aside from Stardust Crusaders for America, one SNES RPG, and two beat 'em up games for the PS2. Though oddly averted with the Capcom fighting game which was released for PS1 and later Dreamcast during a time when the manga was hardly known.
    • Now averted, since not only the Animation (2012, and "Stardust Crusaders") is being streamed on Crunchyroll since July 2014 (with very few edits or name changes), but Viz will also publish Phantom Blood (September 2014) and Battle Tendency (March 2015), both based on the current "Jojonium" Japanese release of the series, with future parts possibly following if sales hold up.
    • And now JJBA: The Animation (Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency, specifically) is getting dubbed (albeit being released only on DVD for now). Plus, Jonathan and Joseph appear in J-Stars Victory VS, which got a stateside release. Things are looking up.
  • Playing Against Type: Subverted, Jonathan Joestar is actually the kind of character Johnny Yong Bosch would voice (as he had voiced a Hotblooded shonen protagonist named Ichigo Kurosaki before). The fact that Johnny Yong Bosch pulled a British Accent (and a realistic one) actually surprised a lot of fans. note 
  • Relationship Voice Actor: In the dub, Caesar and Young Joseph are Kirito and Death Gun.
  • Sailor Earth: Pick a song name. Ideally, an older rock song. Come up with a power based on the lyrics, or failing that, just make one up. You now have a brand new Stand.
  • Science Marches On: In Part 6, Rykiel's so-called sky rods were eventually revealed to be normal insects flying at such high speeds that cameras would capture them as longish "rods" (hence the name) with multiple wings. Not that Araki would let a minor detail like this affect the nature of Sky High's minions...
  • Star-Making Role: Jonathan Joestar for Kazuyuki Okitsu.
  • Troubled Production: Apparently, one of the reasons for the poor-quality of the Phantom Blood movie and why it's never been released on DVD was because one of the producers was killed in an accident and his family pulled the plug on funding, leaving an incomplete, rushed mess of a film.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Araki originally planned for Part 3 to be a modern retelling of the Dracula story, but most of the Shonen Jump editors found the idea too confusing.
    • There were plans to release the Vento Aureo PS2 game overseas, but all of the copyright-problematic Stand names combined with Araki's unwillingness to change any of said names nixed those plans.
    • Fugo was originally planned to be The Mole for The Boss in Part 5 with Giorno killing him as a result but Araki found the idea too heartbreaking.
    • Apparently in Part 3, Avdol was going to stay dead and Hol Horse would join up with the heroes and replace him. However due to Avdol's surprising popularity, his death was changed and Hol Horse remained a villain.

  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. It is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Everything in this series is just mindblowingly bizarre. From the cyborg Nazi guy whose looks inspired Guile, to the timestopping vampire who is also The Casanova, to the vampires who eat other vampires, to the Psychic Powers which can have the most ridiculously specific abilities, to the ridiculous hairstyles and the fabulous clothing.
    • And there's a 16-year-old who has a 30-year-old nephew because his father was in his fifties when he was conceived. That's before we even get into where Giorno Giovanna fits into the Joestar family: Giorno is Dio's son, conceived after Dio stole Jonathan's body, which makes Jonathan Giorno's biological father. This makes Giorno Joseph's uncle. Note that Joseph is in his eighties by the time Part 5 starts and Giorno is fifteen. No series can top this one when it comes to sheer WTFness.
    • By sheer nature of his never having been human, no villain can top Kars for WTFness. (Except perhaps an out-of-it Pucci in one particular chapter.) Of course, this also applies to just about any other series as well. The stuff he could do, simply unreal!
  • But the most bizarre thing is the mangaka himself — he hasn't aged a day in over 20 years (either that, or he's aging backwards). Recent photographs show him looking younger than he did when he started on Phantom Blood...back in 1986.
  • The TV anime is currently one of the most requested shows for Toonami on [adult swim].
  • Tying in somewhat to the first bit of trivia, was the very first scene depicted. The story actually started before Jonathan's time, back at least two millennia in some South American civilization, which eventually died out for one reason or another, had used the Stone Mask to gain immortality as a vampire. And the first character shown was a maiden to be sacrificed. This lost tribe is later revealed as the Pillar Men, though it was specifically Kars who created the Masks.
  • The phrase "Lucky Land" appears frequently on signs throughout the series, a reference to Lucky Land Communications, the company Araki formed to formally hold copyrights for the series.

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