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This is a story of breaking a curse. [...] This mysterious boy buried in the ground, who in the world is he?
Yasuho Hirose
JoJolion (ジョジョリオン) is the eighth part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series and, as of this writing, the current part. It is preceded by Steel Ball Run.
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Shortly after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan's Tohoku region in March 2011, the town of Morioh is beginning to recover, but the landscape is now marred by massive faults that local children have started calling "Wall Eyes". One day, university student Yasuho Hirose discovers a young man with no memories buried in the ground near a Wall Eye, and resolves to help him find out who he is. After an apparent false lead regarding a ship's doctor named Yoshikage Kira who they instead discover has died, Yasuho nicknames the man Josuke and pulls strings to get him temporarily adopted by the influential Higashikata family.

The newly dubbed Josuke Higashikata then begins the arduous task of trying to piece together who exactly he used to be. However, this investigation into his previous identity begins to uncover even more mysteries that link the destinies of the Higashikata family, who have been cursed with a mysterious illness for generations; Dr. Holy Joestar, the only known living descendant of 19th century American jockey Johnny Joestar; her son, the late Kira; and an associate of Kira's, Josefumi Kujo. The answer to all these mysteries may be a fruit that seems to have the miraculous ability to cure any ailment, but it is also fiercely sought after by a race of humanoid beings who can turn their bodies to stone.

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JoJolion is set within the same continuity as Steel Ball Run, so investigations into mysteries and curses are interspersed with unique Stand battles, from within the Higashikata family and throughout the not-so-sleepy town of Morioh. At least there's no serial killer around this time.


Four testicles, four eyes, two tongues, and two sets of tropes:

  • Action Girl: The oldest daughter of the Higashikata family, Hato, whose Stand Walking Heart allows her to weaponize her Combat Stilettos by extending the heels and use them as a piercing weapon. She first uses it after she is betrayed and nearly killed by her would-be boyfriend Tamaki Damo, who she assumed loved her back. When it became apparent that was not the case, Hato uses Walking Heart to kick Damo's face in, all while shedding Berserker Tears.
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  • Adult Fear: The Higashikata family is cursed by an incurable disease that turns all first-born children into stone, leading to a family tradition of having the boys become Wholesome Crossdressers to avert the evil eye (as first-born women don't get afflicted until much later in life), and caused the mothers to pull Heroic Sacrifices just so their children could live unaffected by the disease. Even Jobin, who has been acting behind his family's back in the Rock Humans' smuggling operation, acts out of fear that his son will not be as lucky as he was when the opportunity arose to exchange the disease onto his childhood tormentor, and that the Rokakaka plant will be the solution to their family's woes.
  • After-Action Patch-Up: Tsurugi covers an injured Yasuho in band-aids, to the point where Josuke doesn't recognize her.
  • Amicable Exes: Averted with Norisuke IV and his wife, Kaato. After Kaato was imprisoned for murdering a child for 15 years, Norisuke IV tried to make his family forget about her to avoid the shame of being associated with a criminal. After Kaato is released, she throws her wedding ring away, and when she shows up in the family house, Norisuke IV wastes no time trying to get her to leave.
  • Asshole Victim: The child Kaato murdered and was imprisoned for 15 years ago, was a school bully who constantly picked on Jobin and took advantage of the boy's short-term memory to get away with his actions. When the bully tried to murder Jobin for refusing to set fire to the house of a girl who tattled on the bully, Jobin unwittingly knocks the bully out with his Stand. Kaato decided to switch the family curse onto the bully and buried him alive underneath the shrine on their family land, but eventually she was caught and imprisoned because her DNA was found on the body. Hardly makes the bully sympathetic, though.
  • Attempted Rape: A series of misunderstandings and Yasuho being under the effect of Paper Moon King leads to Joshu unwittingly attempting to rape Yasuho in the toilet. Joshu gets a toilet tank lid to the skull for his trouble.
  • Badass Family: All members of the Higashikata family, including the women and extended relatives, are Stand users who don't hesitate to use their abilities when the going gets tough.
  • Berserker Tears: Hato sheds these after she is betrayed and nearly killed by her "boyfriend", Damo, who revealed himself to be Evil All Along. Unlike the usual example, she displayed Tranquil Fury while she used her Stand-enhanced heels to inflict mortal injuries on Damo in retaliation for his betrayal.
  • Big Brother Instinct: A gender-inverted example with Hato; when she finally realizes that Damo does not love her and intends to kill her entire family, she uses her Stand-enhanced heels to kick his face in. When her mother, Kaato, comes back after a 15-year imprisonment for child murder, she immediately gets on guard and prevents her younger sister Daiya from interfering when Joshu starts attacking Kaato.
  • Boss Rush: Josefumi ends up facing one when he was trying to save Kira, having to fight/run from every enemy introduced by then sans Aishou who he has already faced to steal the Rokakaka branches.
  • Box-and-Stick Trap: Norisuke IV and his grandson Tsurugi try to catch a dog with this. It never even comes close.
  • Brainless Beauty: Hato is as beautiful as she is dumb. But once she sees her boyfriend Damo as the bastard he is after he attacks her family, she (with Josuke's help) doesn't hesitate in attacking in kind. And when she was younger, she went behind her father's back and discovered the truth that her mother's "disappearance" was being arrested for murdering a child.
  • Children Are Innocent: Invoked by Norisuke IV, who wanted his children to avoid the shame of being associated with a criminal after their mother, Kaato, was imprisoned for murdering a child 15 years ago, by suppressing all knowledge of her and lying to them by saying she either died or left. Joshu and Daiya played it straight by knowing absolutely nothing of her prior to the imprisonment, thanks to them being very young at the time, though unlike Daiya, who responds with amazement when Kaato reappears and reveals herself as her mother, Joshu reacted with hostility and tried attacking her with Nut King Call. Meanwhile, Hato went behind her father's back while still young and discovered the sinister truth for herself, while Jobin still remembered Kaato and had fond memories of her.
  • Clueless Mystery: Josuke's Quest for Identity plot doesn't give the reader any clue what his second identity could have been, in fact it was introduced as it was revealed. This is aside from meta hints (like his status as a Jojo).
  • Combat Stilettos: Thanks to her Stand, Walking Heart, Hato can extend the length of her heels and impale foes with them like spears, as Damo learned the hard way.
  • Cool Old Guy: For an attractive guy in his 50's, Norisuke IV has some of the most memorable lines in Jojolion.
    Norisuke IV: (to Josuke) Your Stand is like your asshole - you can't go around showing it off to other people!
  • Denser and Wackier: Than Part 7. The series is even weirder than Part 6, and several story elements are so out there weird that it seems like Araki is purposely making this Part as aggressively weird as possible.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: A flashback to Jobin's childhood revealed that the incident of Speed King manifesting was the result of a school bully try to kill a girl for tattling on him to the police, by having Jobin set her house on fire.
  • Divorce Assets Conflict: Norisuke and Kaato divorced 15 years ago after the latter was imprisoned for murdering a child, and upon the end of her prison sentence, Kaato is determined to take what she considers rightfully hers but Norisuke won't give her one yen.
  • Dumb Blonde: Blonde supermodel Hato is as beautiful as she is dumb; she ruined a family trip to Hawaii because she forgot her passport, and her excuse is because Pearl Harbor (真珠湾) is written in kanji in Japanese rather than in katakana like other foreign terms in Japanese, and so is Kamehameha (カメハメ波). She does, however, acknowledge that her (ex-)boyfriend Damo was evil when he tried murdering her and her family, and was smart enough to research the sinister truth of her mother's disappearance 15 years ago behind her father's back.
  • Earthquakes Cause Fissures: Because Araki never settles for any normal version of a trope, it's Inverted: in "JoJolion" big earth walls known as Wall Eyes appeared in Morioh right after the deadly 2011 earthquake.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Hato's reaction to Damo betraying and attempting to kill her with Vitamin C is heartbreaking.
  • Everything Is Online: Taken to the absolute extreme with Paisley Park. The Stand can independently scan for any information online and break any encryption necessary to solve the problem. So far, it has operated as a GPS, hacked electronic devices, accessed medical and dental records, created video loops, deleted files from cellphones, and even copied the functions of specialized electronic devices (e.g. became a portable X-ray machine).
  • Explosive Decompression: The ability of Ozon Baby.
  • Family Theme Naming: The Higashikatas in JoJolion have four different levels of this.
    • First, the firstborn men eventually change their name to Norisuke, after the first Norisuke from Steel Ball Run.
    • Secondly, the men in the family (except for Norisuke I and Tsurugi, as far as we know) have their names (birth names in the case of the Norisukes) start with Jo (to be more specific, the 常 kanji): There's Joshu and Jobin, Norisuke II was born as Johei, Norisuke III was born as Joshou, and Norisuke IV was born as Josuke (常 being a different kanji from the 仗 used by the part 4 protagonist and the 定 used by the part 8 protagonist).
    • Thirdly, the women use Playing Card Motifs, Hato (Hearts), Daiya (Diamonds), Mitsuba (Japanese for "three leaves", which describes Clovers, the French name for the Clubs suit), and Tsurugi (Japanese for "sword", the equivalent suit to Spades in Latin [Spanish/Italian] cards and the esoteric tarot). Though it turns out that Tsurugi is a boy. And then there's the family's matriarch Kaato (card).
    • Fourthly, all of the Higashikatas' Stands so far have "King" in their names: King Nothing (Norisuke IV), California King Bed (Daiya), Nut King Call (Joshu), Walking Heart (Hato), Paper Moon King (Tsurugi), Speed King (Jobin) and Awaking III Leaves (Mitsuba).
    • Finally, several of the Rock Humans that Josuke faces are named after real life mountain ranges. Yagiyama and Dainenjiyama are both actual mountain ranges in Sendai, while Dolomite refers to the Dolomites of the Italian Alps. They are likely fake names that the Rock Humans made to blend in with modern society.
  • First Girl Wins: Yasuho is the first girl Josuke meets and she is the one he falls in love with. Another girl named Karera Sakunami is presented as the love interest of his previous identity Josefumi Kujo, but Josuke is too different now to get along with her.
    • Daiya shamelessly exploits this trope when she takes away Josuke's memories of Yasuho early on, and technically becomes the first girl Josuke gets acquainted with in order to seduce him. Fortunately, Josuke manages to get his memories back, thanks to a complicated Memory Gambit.
  • Floating in a Bubble: Soft & Wet's bubbles have used this as an offensive and defensive strategy.
  • Flower Motifs:
    • Yasuho's skirt is adorned with roses (which Araki regrets designing due to how impractical it looks), her last name is "Hirose", and her hair is rose-colored.
    • Like her Part 3 counterpart, Holy Joestar-Kira also wears roses, except they're fashion accessories rather than her Stand that was trying to kill her.
    • The cover of the August 2012 issue of Ultra Jump has Yasuho surrounded by roses and Josuke surrounded by orchids. "Orchid" is Greek for "testicle".
  • Forgetful Jones: Jobin was this as a child, thanks to his family disease severely affecting his memory, requiring him to carry around a to-do list wherever he went. His school bullies constantly picked on him for this, and one of said bullies, after he is tattled on to the police by a little girl, comments how "lucky" Jobin is to be able to forget everything so easily, while the bully had to deal with a tarnished public reputation thanks to the girl.
  • Fusion Dance: It's revealed that Josuke is the fusion of this timeline's Yoshikage Kira, who takes the place of Jotaro Kujo in the Joestar family tree, and Josefumi Kujo, who also seems to be a Joestar. Josefumi made a deal with the Rokakaka to save Kira's life after he was mortally wounded by the Rock Humans, and they were then buried together by a cave-in which occurred near the Lone Pine on the Higashikata estate. These grounds fused them together, with Kira being Josuke's mental half and Josefumi being the physical half, and the power of the two men's Stands Killer Queen and the original Soft & Wet fusing to become Josuke's Soft & Wet. The kicker is that Josuke had no memory of his previous lives.
  • Healing Herb: The spiky Rokakaka fruits that appear with the Rock Humans are basically this, able to heal any ailment. However, the healing is a form of Equivalent Exchange; for whatever part of the body it heals, another part is destroyed and turned to stone. One of the first times this effect is seen is when Yasuho and Tsurugi spy Aishou Dainenjiyama selling a fruit to an elderly man missing a leg. The leg immediately grows back, only for the man's eyes to turn to stone and crumble away. Said man begins to ravage his wife and says that the two of them will just begin eating more and more fruit, restoring whatever part of the body they lost only to lose another, until they can live with the result.
  • Healthcare Motivation: Yoshikage Kira's motive for stealing a Rokakaka is because it can cure his ill mother from an incurable and rare disease. Norisuke IV also took Josuke in in the hopes that his memories as Kira can be recovered to help lift the family's mysterious curse.
    • When Josuke finally gets to visit Holy, he decides to continue on Josefumi and Kira's tracks and get a Rokakaka to save Holy.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Hato fell for Damo not knowing of his truly evil character, and even after discovering the truth, it took a long time for it to sink in until she and her entire family was put in danger of being killed.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Kaato claims she "did the right thing" in regards to murdering a child. Flashbacks to Jobin's childhood reveal the kid she murdered was a bully in the boy scouts who Joban wounded purely in self-defense. Kaato passed the family curse to the boy by having Jobin take him into the shrine, sacrificing him instead of herself. When the boy's body was discovered, she was the one charged with murder and not Jobin because it was her DNA on the boy's body.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: JoJolion juggles between at least four critical mysteries at its most confuse.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Kaato transferred Jobin's curse to a bully in his scout group by burying him underneath a shrine on her family's land, so she can continue looking after her son rather than sacrificing herself like her husband's mother did for him.
  • Let's Wait a While: Inverted, hilariously so. Hato Higashikata considers that her relationship with Tamaki Damo is recent because they've only had sex twice so far. Not counting the fives times they bathed together.
  • Missing Mom: Kaato wasn't involved in her children's lives for 15 years because during that time, she was imprisoned for murdering a child. When she came back home, most of her family save for Daiya and Jobin reacted with hostility towards her.
  • Mix-and-Match Man: Josuke is the result of the mix between two men Yoshikage Kira and Josefumi Kujo who were buried near the Wall Eyes and the soil caused an exchange between the two bodies.
  • Momma's Boy: Unlike Part 4 Kira, whose father enabled his atrocious behavior to monstrous extremes, this Kira is deeply attached to his mother, Holy Joestar-Kira. To the point where he was willing to take extreme risks in getting the Rokakaka fruit so her disease will be cured. Josuke's extreme emotional breakdown upon seeing Holy's worsening mental condition is due to half of him belonging to Part 8 Kira.
  • Motifs: Stones and statues.
    • The main title comes from the story of Pygmalion, which is a Greek story about a sculptor who falls in love with one of his own statues so much it literally comes to life. Whether or not this is intended to be symbolic or not is unknown.
    • A major element of the setting are the Wall Eyes, mysterious fault lines that have torn up the landscape around Morioh as a result of the tidal wave.
    • The main villains of this part are the nefarious Rock Humans, human-like rock-based lifeforms that constantly rub up against humanity due to biological differences, with several pieces of information implying that hostility is an eventuality in relationships between normal humans and Rock Humans.
    • Josuke is a flesh golem of sorts animated by mixing together the remains of two men.
    • One of the major plot points is a mysterious disease afflicting the Higashikatas, with said affects literally turning their victims to stone.
  • My New Gift Is Lame: Inverted. Jobin Higashikata comes back from a trip overseas and gives everyone utterly lame souvenirs like a fake Oscar, a T-shirt, and an ashtray, and they love them. Meanwhile, Josuke's gifts are actually good— a luxurious wristwatch and a prized live stag beetle.
  • Naked First Impression: Josuke in Jojolion is introduced in the story naked save for a sailor hat.
  • Older Than They Look: The parents of the Higashikata children looks extremely attractive for people who are in their 50's.
    • Poor Tom has the physique of an infant, but the face of a middle-aged man and sits on a hospital's board of trustees.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Hato is usually portrayed as a dumb airhead, but when she sees her mother, Kaato, again after the latter was gone for 15 years, she immediately takes Kaato's presence more seriously than the other members of her family except for her father, Norisuke IV. Justified; she had learned, and was old enough to remember that Kaato was in jail for 15 years for murdering a child.
    • In a flashback, the fact that Jobin wasn't experiencing any more memory lapses or acting sickly thanks to the hereditary family illness, caused Norisuke IV to suspect that his wife Kaato had somehow already cured Jobin of the illness, but both were alive and well, meaning someone else unknown to him has died in Jobin's place.
  • Parental Neglect: Yasuho's mother spends more time on drinking and sleeping with other men than raising her daughter, causing a lot of tension between them.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Inverted, Norisuke IV is the one disturbed that his daughter has sex with her boyfriend.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Josefumi imagines Holly holding him this way.
  • Proud Beauty: Hato evidences a degree of narcissism, self-identifying as beautiful.
    • Mitsuba used Jobin's money for multiple plastic surgeries. A lot of good it does her, as she temporarily miscarries because of the procedure and permanently loses her nose. Jobin doesn't seem to mind, and is even turned on by her latest procedure.
  • Quest for Identity: The main plot of JoJolion is Josuke's ongoing attempt to find out who he is.
    • With Josuke learning his identity, but no end in sight yet, the plot effectively switched to Josuke and crew, the reader, and perhaps even Hirohiko Araki himself searching for the identity of the main villain.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Yasuho has pink hair, and is one of Josuke's strongest allies.
  • Running Theme: Rocks and stones. The main antagonists are mysterious Rock Humans, the Higashikata Family is afflicted by the Rock Curse/Disease, the preferred method of Equivalent Exchange of the Rokakaka fruit is turning body parts into rocks, and Johnny Joestar got crushed by a boulder.
  • Stepford Smiler: Josefumi Kujo secretly considers that he died ten years ago on the beach where he nearly drowned, and having no meaningful bonds to this world, looks up to his death.
  • Taken for Granite: It's almost a Running Theme in JoJolion:
    • The Higashikata family suffers from either a disease or a curse where the firstborn child of each generation slowly turns into a rock and dies. The boys of the family are made to crossdress to thwart the evil eye, as the first-born girls don't show symptoms until they're adults, but this is simply a superstition. Historically, the second-born son of the family would be its next patriarch, or they would adopt someone to marry into the family. Then, another tradition began, of sacrificing one family member for the sake of another by using the mysterious properties of a shrine below a lone pine tree on the family estate. It would have been another child, but then Tomoko Higashikata, wife of Norisuke III and mother to Josuke (later Norisuke IV) took her petrified son into the shrine and switched places with him. A generation later, Norisuke IV's wife Kaato realized her time would be next, until her son Jobin brought her the body of a boy his newly awoken Stand Speed King had mortally wounded with an embolism.
    • The Rock Humans enter the equation, being an entire separate species of people with a preponderance of Stand users amongst their population who have the inate ability to transform their bodies into stone and then enter a hibernative state. Their bodies also turn to stone when they're killed. There are also Rock Animals with similar abilities and are often Rock Humans' pets or minions.
    • The prized Rokakaka is potent enough to regrow a whole leg, but in exchange a random body part transforms into rock. The fact that the new Rokakaka variety that fused Yoshikage Kira's spirit with Josefumi Kujo's body before the earthquake has no obvious rock-based Equivalent Exchange drives the secondary conflict with the remaining Rock Humans who have Jobin in their employ.
  • Technically Living Zombie: Blue Hawaii's ability functions this way by causing people who comes into contact with the blood of either Dolimite or someone he infected to take on the traits of a zombie. Additionally, the infected individual can still die after incurring too much physical trauma.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Yasuho, under the effect of Tsurugi's Stand which renders her unable to distinguish between people confuses Joshu with Josuke. The mentions that her crotch is soaked ever since she's called him, which was because she spilled a can of grape juice over her skirt but Joshu is only too happy to interpret it the wrong way.
  • Tranquil Fury: Hato unleashes a vicious Stand attack on Damo for betraying her and attempting to kill her family, all while maintaining a completely calm (yet teary) face.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening:
    • Tsurugi claims early in the manga that Hato is a Stand user. The first time readers see it manifest in person is after her boyfriend, Damo, betrays and attempts to murder both her and her entire family.
    • Jobin's Stand, Speed King, manifested in early childhood for the first time during an attempt by a school bully to kill him by dousing him with gasoline and setting him on fire, by rupturing the blood vessels in the bully's head and neck.
  • Unperson: Norisuke IV had been actively suppressing all knowledge of his wife, Kaato, after she was imprisoned for murdering a child 15 years ago, to avoid the shame of being associated with a criminal. It didn't work with Jobin, who was old enough to remember her, or Hato, who went behind her father's back to find the truth for herself... but it did work with Joshu and Daiya, who don't remember her at all due to being very young when she was arrested. When Kaato comes back after being released, only Daiya reacts with amazement that she had a mother at all while Jobin still has a good relationship with Kaato. The others want her gone and out of the house.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Josuke, splits Damo's head with a punch from Soft & Wet, right on the sidewalk. The general pedestrian reaction was mild confusion. Justified since Damo was a Rock Human, and the people probably thought that Josuke had only broken a statue.
  • Water Torture: Yotsuyu uses waterboarding on Yasuho in order to force her to bring out her Stand.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Hato starts dating the very Gonk-looking Damo, much to the hilarious bemusement of her father and siblings. It's too bad he's an evil Rock Human...
  • Woman Scorned: As soon as Damo reveals his evil nature to Hato and tries murdering both her and her entire family, she became extremely pissed, to the point of manifesting her Stand, Walking Heart, and attack him viciously with her Stand-enhanced heels.


Alternative Title(s): Jo Jolion

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