Trivia / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

  • Actor Allusion:
    • In the part 1 anime, Masashi Sugawara (George) plays a noble soul who lies about having given a thief something valuable of his, so he might use it to turn his life around, similar to what happened to Jean Valjean. They even have a similar-looking Badass Moustache!
    • In the Stardust Crusaders anime Jean Pierre Polnareff and Sherri Polnareff (brother and sister) are voiced by Fuminori Komatsu and Yuka Komatsu. While not related in real life they both share the same last name. Similarly De-aged Polnareff is voiced by Ayumi Fujimura. Fujimura and Komatsu did voice a pair of sisters in another anime.
    • Kappei Yamaguchi's role as Shigechi goes a little bit meta if you take into account he's the official dub voice of Bugs Bunny in Japan and his stand(s) Harvest are shaped like bugs.
  • 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.
    • Even considering the many licensing issues, many fans were unsatisfied with Warner Bros. official release of the anime, which was DVD only, had zero special features (unless one counts the english dub), and disappointing cover art. Because of this, said fans were happy when Viz Media managed to get the license to the series and are hoping for a more substantial rerelease.
  • Big Name Fan: Be it voice actors, YouTube personalities, or other mangakas, there are many people of notoriety who are fans.
    • Most notably is Japanese voice actor and singer Shouko Nakagawa who has been a lifelong fan of the franchise. She dreams of marrying Jotaro one day and even got to interview Hirohiko Araki back in 2009. In 2016, she even covered the first opening theme.
    • Just as noteworthy is American voice actor Kira Buckland who like Nakagawa has been a lifelong fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Jolyne is her favorite character in the series as she has frequently cosplayed her and has voiced her in some fanworks. Kira Buckland also hosted a panel on JJBA at Anime Expo 2016.
    • Yuusei Matsui the mangaka behind Assassination Classroom cites Araki and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure as one of his biggest influences for his work. Made better when he got to host a cooking show with Araki and meet his idol personally.
    • Antfish the creator of the Stardust Crusaders and Phantom Blood abridged series' obviously.
    • Geoff Thew of the YouTube channel Mother's Basement and former writer for Hardcore Gamer has been a huge fan since the 2012 anime. Among the anime reviewing community he's noted as one of the biggest fans of the franchise and in particular is a huge advocate for Diamond is Unbreakable.
    • ZUN, the creator Touhou, is an admitted fanboy of JJBA, and as such there are several references within his games. Most notable is Sakuya Izayoi, who references DIO in both her powers and weapons of choice, as well as her association with vampires. Additionally the kanji for Touhou (東方) are the same as the ones used in Josuke's family name.
  • Casting Gag:
  • 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).
    • 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. The trend continued with "Stardust Crusaders" and its ending themes, "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles and "Last Train Home" by the Pat Metheny Band; then in "Diamond is Unbreakable" with "I Want You" by Savage Garden.
    • 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 Best Friends Zaibatsu 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.
    • Viz's original paperback releases of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders attempted this, using its influence on Shaman King and YuGiOh to pull in readers. Unfortunately, the initial early 2000's run tanked, and the arc wasn't re-released until about a decade later, when the popularity of the anime caused a resurgence in interest.
  • 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 reprised his role as young Joseph for J-Stars Victory VS and Eyes of Heaven. This falls in line with the Time-Shifted Actor trope. This changing of voice actors is retained in the English dub, with Ben Diskin voicing young Joseph and Richard Epcar voicing old Joseph.
  • Defictionalization: Ever wanted to own Noriaki- er, Tenmei Kakyoin's sunglasses and handkerchief, school uniform, and/or the soul doll D'Arby made of him? You can! Granted, the uniform is more of a track suit, but it's still pretty neat.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Fans love to call their memes and in-jokes Jojokes.
    • 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. Interestingly enough, the earliest recorded usages of the nickname "Gappy" predate knowledge of Josuke's name, which he didn't officially receive until a few chapters into part 8.
    • 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. Alternatively, Aztec Vampire Stripper Gods.
    • 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..."
    • After he started studying marine biology, Part 4-6 Jotaro's nickname became Ocean Man.
    • Joey Jo-Jo for Jonathan's Fan-DUWANG'd name.
    • "Oldseph" for Old Joseph.
    • Stands are often referred to as "punch ghosts" for reasons that should be fairly obvious.
    • The companions are occasionally referred to as "Brojos" for their close relationship to their part's Joestar, in particular whichever given character in a part had the closest friendship with the associated Jo Jo (ie Speedwagon, Gyro).
    • If only for the notoriously memetic translation, the main and supporting characters of Part 4 are sometimes referred to as the "Duwang Gang."
    • Enrico Pucci is sometimes called "Gay Priest" by fans due to his seemingly sexual relationship with Dio.
    • Leone Abbacchio is given the affectionate name of "Pisscop" because of his former occupation and his Establishing Character Moment where he tricks Giorno into drinking his urine.
    • Bruno Buccellati is also often called "Zipperman" after the translated name of his Stand, Sticky Fingers.
    • Since she was never given a canon first name, fans sometimes refer to Jotaro's ex-wife (and Jolyne's mom) either as Dolly (since Jolyne is named after a Dolly Parton song), or Marina (after her husband's fascination with the ocean).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Name's the Same: From Part 7 on, you'll notice a lot of characters are named either partially or directly after characters from the previous six parts. Potentially justified if it's confirmed that they take place in the new universe created after Made in Heaven's reboot at the end of Stone Ocean.
    • Jonathan Joestar of Part 1 and Jonathan "Johnny" Joestar of Part 7.
    • Diego Brando in-universe is commonly nicknamed "Dio", like someone we know.
    • Josuke Higashikata of Part 4 and Josuke Higashikata of Part 8, the only difference between the names being a single different kanji used to spell it. Besides, the latter isn't even exactly Josuke Higashikata; the name was pegged for him by Yasuho, and then Norisuke took him into the Higashikata family home. Oh, and it gets better: in this universe there was a guy, for whom Ojiro mistakes this Josuke, called Yoshikage Kira.
  • 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.
    • Aaaand the Diamond is Unbreakable anime is going to be simulcast on both viz.com and Crunchyroll. Yup. You heard that right. A PROPER LOCALIZATION OF PART FOUR. Not only that, but the adaptations of the other three parts are being released on VIZ's site alongside it, with each part being released subtitled at first, and getting dubs later on (Yes, all four parts are getting the dub treatment,although whether they'll reuse the Warner dub for PB and BT has not been decided yet). On top of this, Part 3 is getting a Jojonium release. We're done here, people!
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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 only one of the Shonen Jump editors thought it was a good idea, the rest saying the series was already too focused on foreign settings/characters.
      • Joseph's constant complaints about having to fly to Japan to visit his family and having to do things the Japanese way while there are likely a reference to this.
    • 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. Some fans suspect that Cioccolata, with his flesh-devouring mold stand and appearance as one of the final enemies in Part 5 before the Boss is faced (as well as receiving the longest No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Giorno), were conceived to replace Araki's planned ideas for Fugo.
    • 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, as well as Araki realizing that Hol Horse was already very similar to Polnareff, his death was changed and Hol Horse remained a villain.
    • The new universe that Part 7 and beyond take place in partially runs on this, with Expies of prior characters often doing things that Araki would have liked to do with the original parts. For example, Part 7's Buddy Picture nature forms from Araki wishing he could have done more with the Joestar-Zeppeli relationships.
    • Had the original early 2000's manga translation of "Stardust Crusaders" sold better in the United States, Viz was considering possibly skipping to "Stone Ocean" and translating that afterwards (since fans would already be familiar with Jotaro, and DIO shows up in flashback).
    • The 2012 anime could've ended up airing on Toonami as early as 2014, as fans were heavily requesting the show for the block around the time when the anime was adapting Part 3. However, Warner Bros., who own the DVD rights to the series, weren't interested in letting Toonami air the show without paying a ludicrous sum of money. It wasn't until Viz Media were able to secure the rights to the show (at least in terms of Blu-Ray releases and merchandising) that Toonami was able to license the show and air it.
      • In addition, many fans speculated at the time that, had Toonami licensed the show, they would've skipped the Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency parts in favor of starting with Stardust Crusaders. When the show eventually premiered, Toonami instead opted to start at the beginning with Phantom Blood.
    • Araki initially wanted to name Viviano Westwood's Stand "Earth, Wind, and Fire" but instead went with the name "Planet Waves" since "Earth Wind and Fire" was already the name of Mikitaka's ambiguous power in Part 4.
    • Araki said that he initially wanted to make Lisa Lisa's design more realistic (presumably for the 50-year-old woman she was), but his editor prevented it for some reason.
    • Part 3 was originally intended to be the last part, as Araki had intended for the franchise to end with a trilogy. However, it ended up being much more popular than he expected, and as a result, he continued onwards.

  • The TV anime was one of the most requested shows for Toonami on [adult swim], and eventually premiered in October of 2016.
  • 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.
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers Album 'The Getaway' was released on the same day the episode of the Diamond Is Unbreakable anime aired that had Josuke's climatic fight with Akira Otoishi and Red Hot Chili Pepper.
  • It is popularly believed among the fandom that "JoJo" is a reference to the The Beatles song Get Back. However according to Hirohiko Araki himself, JoJo is not a reference but the name instead came from the Japanese family restaurant chain Jonathan's. During the planning process for the series Araki had several meetings in the restaurant and was looking for an Alliterative Name for the protagonist and decided to go with Jonathan Joestar naming him after the restaurant.

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