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Taken for his 2018 art exhibition. A reminder that this man is 58.
Hirohiko Araki (荒木 飛呂彦; born June 7, 1960), is the legendary mangaka behind JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, one of the longest-running manga series ever, running continuously from 1987 to date. He is well-known for his distinctive (read: FABULOUS) art style, incredibly clever fights, use of strange character poses, unique sound effects, and his love of English and American rock and pop music. He is also a perfectly symmetrical immortal vampire. Or perhaps a fairy.
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Other works by Hirohiko Araki:

  • Buso Poker (1980)
  • Autoto Man (1982)
  • Virginia ni Yohroshiku (1982)
  • Magic Boy BT (魔少年ビーティー Mashōnen Bī Tī 1982–1983)
  • Baoh (1984–1985)
  • Gorgeous Irene (1985–1986)
    • The Story of the Girl's Mansion (1985)
    • The Girl That Came to the Slums (1986)
  • The Lives of Eccentrics (2004); an Anthology Comic about several historical figures such as Ty Cobb, Nikola Tesla, and Typhoid Mary

JoJo spinoffs

  • Under Execution, Under Jailbreak (1999)
  • Dolce and His Master (1999)
  • Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Episode 16: At a Confessional (1999)
  • Dead Man's Questions (1999)
  • Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan ~Episode 2: Mutsukabezaka~ (2006)
  • Front cover of Cell (scientific journal) (September 7, 2007): Imagine that chemicals were stands. Apparently, the scientist who discovered that SCRAPPER blocks RIM1alpha was a big JJBA fan.
  • Rohan at the Louvre (2010)
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  • Rohan da Gucci (2011)
  • Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan ~Episode 5: Millionaire Village~ (2012)
  • Jolyne, Fly High with Gucci (2013)
  • Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan ~Episode 6: Poaching Coast~ (2013)
  • Mochizuki Family Moon Viewing: Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Episode 4 (2014)
  • Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan ~Episode 7 Monday, Rainy Weather~ (2015)
  • Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Episode 9 D.N.A (2017)
  • Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Episode 10 The Run (2018)

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Tropes common in Araki's works beyond JJBA:

  • Ascended Fanboy:
    • Went from referencing Yes and Savage Garden in his work to them licensing their songs as the end themes for JJBA episodes.
    • His love for fashion designers. In 2011 Spur Magazine, a women’s fashion magazine, hire him and Gucci to celebrate their 30th and 90th anniversaries respectively with a one-shot story.
  • Anyone Can Die: To the point where he commonly crosses into We Have Reserves territory.
  • Art Evolution: One of the most prominent examples, Araki has had no less than four distinct art styles during his career. His first drawings featured cartoony characters like Tezuka's own characters, then he was heavily inspired by Fist of the North Star's art style then switched to a distinctive somewhat cartoony, somewhat realistic art style before going to a realistic art style since Steel Ball Run.
  • Asskicking Pose: The man regularly puts fashion poses into a battle manga, in a borderline gratuitous manner.
  • Author Appeal: Araki has a huge number of things he's fond of and includes in his writings.
    • Western music, especially Progressive Rock. Hirohiko Araki is known for making numerous references to western Rock Bands such as Queen, AC/DC, Prince, Pink Floyd and many other bands. His characters will more often than not bear names meant to sound like one of his beloved rock band, for instance, the fellow named Esidisi.
    • Hirohiko Araki is also a huge fashion buff, and regularly reads fashion magazines, pulling from this inspiration for the Impossibly Cool Clothes of his characters and the memetic Ass-Kicking Poses.
    • Italy, especially from The Renaissance Era. Araki draws inspiration from classic artists such as Michelangelo but also lauds Italian fashion, Italian cuisine, Italians themselves... Many characters of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure are Italians and most are undeniably badass or sympathetic.
    • This extends to his love for the Spaghetti Western Genre, particularly the Dollars Trilogy directed by Sergio Leone. Steel Ball Run is arguably Arakai's long awaited love-letter to the Spaghetti Western, albeit with superpowers and much more fabulous clothing.
    • Clint Eastwood, "The Man With No Name" Anti-Hero of the Dollars Trilogy, is the direct stylistic inspiration for Jotaro Kujo.
    • Horror movies. Araki is very fond of B-rated horror movies because of the Narm Charm. This translates into many references to Horror Movies monsters. Naturally, he also loves the Italian Splatterpunk Horror films of Dario Argento, who also shares Araki's propensity to injure eyes to shock the audience.
  • Body Horror: He's somewhat of a Nightmare Fetishist, especially where JoJo's is concerned:
    Araki: Also, it's not related, but I actually enjoy drawing skin getting peeled.
    • Overall, Araki always had no compunction overtly depicting violence and horror in his works, even as early as Baoh, in which the eponymous character could make people melt with a touch.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Araki's author's notes are sometimes about very random subjects, like the ants and lizards in his studio, or a tearjerking appraisal of a faithful little phone light which keeps glowing to signal there's a message.
  • Costume Porn: Even for historical figures!
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: His fetish comes in two forms:
    • Araki is a huge fan of Italian culture, particularly anything from the Renaissance era, and always incorporates a nod to his favorite country in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
    • He is also a huge fan of western pop-culture in general, obviously the music, but also movies.
  • Forgetful Jones: Araki has a notoriously bad memory, explaining partially the plot holes and retcons in his works. However, he also mentions that he like to play his bad memory up to get away with many things.
  • Gonk: He's drawn short fat people.
  • Humans Are Special: He's described Jojo's Bizarre Adventure as "an ode to humanity".
  • Kick the Dog: Almost literally, evil is frequently shown as something that likes to kill dogs or other animals. Though Araki himself doesn't kick the dog.
  • No Social Skills: Araki was self-admittedly very awkward as a child and beyond, sometimes to the point he suffered through a bit of Loners Are Freaks treatment (each time there was a murder in Tokyo, his grandmother would pray he wasn't the culprit). His wife also mentions that he was terribly shy, to the point that when one of her friends showed up, Araki opened the door, halfway, shouted in fear and shut the door because he didn't know her. He seems to have progressed a lot in this area too she says.
  • Older Than They Look: He was born in 1960. There's a reason why fans think that Araki's immortal. According to Araki himself, he gets his youthful looks from washing his face every morning with Tokyo's tap water.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe. He considers Gorgeous Irene to be this as he wrote it before he was married and had a more mature view of women.
  • Reference Overdosed: His love of Western Rock music (although it's pretty much the Anglo-Saxon variety only) rock music makes JoJo packed with references to bands, albums, and song names, to the point that translation attempts are blocked by trademark issues. His favorite bands can be identified by the prevalence to their works in the story, including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Queen, Prince, and Yes (whose song "Roundabout" was chosen for the anime edition's first ending theme).
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Araki winning a contest for best-dressed people of Japan definitely cements his status as one.
  • Signature Style: Araki is known for his works, who pretty much all feature handsome and hammy men in tacky clothes and making poses living through bizarre events.
  • Unsound Effect: Araki's works (particularly JJBA) utilize a lot of unique onomatopoeia. What is the sound of a frog being punched but only used as a conduit for life energy obtained from breathing and emulating the very power of the sun? MEMETAA
  • We Have Reserves: This seems to be an integral part of his writing style. No shonen mangaka has killed off as many characters as him.
  • The Wonka: Araki is the owner of Lucky Land Communications, the company that actually owns the rights to JoJo, and the series' quirkiness, one of the main reasons for its success, can be traced back to him alone.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Araki believes that our lives are directed by fate, crediting his own career to fateful meetings with an encouraging friend and a friendly editor who pushed him to pursue his hobby.
  • You Don't Look Like You: A consequence of his evolving art style. Thanks to that, his current drawings of his old characters like Jonathan Joestar and Gorgeous Irene look almost nothing like how he used to draw them in their original mangas.
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