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Stone Ocean (ストーンオーシャン) is the sixth part of the long-running JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series. It is the Grand Finale of the original continuity, published in Shonen Jump between 2000 and 2003 (with its first chapter being published on the series' 13th anniversary). It's preceded by Vento Aureo and followed by Steel Ball Run, the first entry in the series following a Continuity Reboot.

Set in 2011, Jolyne Cujoh, daughter of Jotaro Kujo, is framed for murder by a crazed disciple of DIO and sent to Florida's Green Dolphin Street Prison. Before she is completely incarcerated, Jotaro manages to awaken Jolyne's Stand powers and warn her of what is to come. However, he is rendered comatose when prison chaplain Father Enrico Pucci, DIO's most trusted follower, uses his own Stand to steal Jotaro's memories in order to further DIO's agenda.


Jolyne, along with fellow transfer inmate Ermes Costello, an amnesiac man known only as Weather Report, the love-stricken Narciso Anasui, a sentient Stand-Using plankton colony Foo Fighters, and the young boy Emporio Alniño, embark to stop other Stand-using inmates and staff, save her father, and prevent Father Pucci from remaking the world in DIO's image.

An anime adaptation was announced on April 4, 2021, introducing Fairouz Ai as the voice of Jolyne Cujoh, during the Joestar Inherited Soul event. See the trailer here.


Look at this, Weather, what a crappy trope list! None of the characters are on it! I want to see the Disney characters, goddammit! WHERE THE FUCK IS MICKEY?

  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Jotaro has become this in this part. Put in a coma for nearly the entirety of Stone Ocean, he doesn't join Jolyne's party until the final fight is halfway through.
  • Action Dad: Jotaro is this at the very end of Stone Ocean, where after several volumes of being put into a comatose state, he joins the fight against the Big Bad.
  • Action Girl: The entire series has several, but Jolyne is notable for being the first and so far only official female JoJo thus far.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "JoJo" is this to Jolyne. Her mother used to call her JoJo and she wants her boyfriend Romeo to call her JoJo as well. Anyone else, however, is not allowed to say it.
  • The Alcatraz: The Green Dolphin Street prison is this, even for the numerous Stand users in it. Apart from being a very tight maximum security prison, the chief warden Miuccia Miuller's power renders escape near impossible. In Part 6, Jolyne is framed for a DUI murder and sent here where she discovers the legacy of the family's former source of affliction.
  • All Just a Dream: 80% of Jolyne and Jotaro's fight against Johngalli A. is this, as Whitesnake trapped them in multi-layered dreams from which they would only wake up when they discovered the discrepancies between reality and the dream.
  • Always Identical Twins: Averted with Enrico Pucci and Weather Report who were Separated at Birth.
  • Ambiguous Ending: As seen under Bittersweet Ending below, everything after Pucci's death and the Made in Heaven-verse's collapse is vague enough as to exactly what happened that two vastly different interpretations (both with their own merits and flaws) exist.
  • Amnesia Missed a Spot: Even with his mind wiped so clean that he can't even remember how to speak, Jotaro still subconsciously remembers his daughter (and also, more amusingly, still has an intense attachment to his Nice Hat).
  • Arc Words: "Gravity", being the idea that people linked by fate are naturally drawn together. This comes into play in the ending, in which all of the heroes meet up again in the new universe, with the caveat that none of them remember their adventures.
  • Avenging the Villain: Half of Enrico Pucci's motivation is to get back at the Joestars for killing his friend DIO.
  • Back from the Dead: One way to interpret the ending is Jotaro, Jolyne, Anasui, Ermes, and Weather returning to life thanks to Pucci being Ret-Gone. With no Pucci, they were never killed in the first place, and Pucci's erasure also causes a butterfly effect that leads to each of them having significantly improved lives (albeit with no memory of Part 6, as Pucci's erasure also means Part 6 will never happen).
  • Badass in Distress: Jotaro gets his Stand and memories stolen from him, rendering him comatose, it is up to Jolyne to take them back.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Jolyne's outfits all consistently reveal her navel.
  • Bittersweet Ending: There are two different ways to interpret the ending, both on wildly different ends of the "bittersweet" spectrum.
    • The first interpretation places heavy emphasis on the "bitter" part. Pucci is finally defeated, but only by Emporio and the borrowed Weather Report after Made in Heaven brutally kills off every other member of the main cast (including both Jotaro and Jolyne). Pucci also manages to reset the universe, albeit not in DIO's image as he intended, leaving Emporio victorious, but stuck in an alternate reality where all of his friends have been replaced with various counterparts.
    • The second interpretation emphasizes the "sweet" more than the "bitter", and is best summarized herenote . In this interpretation, the death of Pucci caused a Reset Button on the whole universe (as Made in Heaven's new universe collapsed before managing to overwrite the original universe), resetting things to before the beginning of Part 6, resurrecting every single one of the fallen heroes (except for Foo Fighters, since her existence was the result of Pucci's machinations) with their original soulsnote , placing the revived heroes in a better position in life (albeit with no memory of the original Part 6), and giving the priest a Cosmic Retcon because of his own Stand's mechanicsnote .
      • As Made in Heaven's universe collapses and is wiped from existence, Pucci's soul is erased with it, meaning that neither the secret of DIO's diary or the Green Baby are threats anymore, which in turn means that the revived Jotaro can spend more time with his family and ultimately raise Jolyne (now called Irene, as with the end of DIO's legacy there is no need for another JoJo) to be a more stable personnote .
      • Overall, all of this results in a far happier ending for the Joestar family and for Part 6's main cast as a whole— while the Joestars endured hell and back in their battles with vampires and Stand users, they have finally gained true peace, and they've finally broken the curse of dying young (as every JoJo sans Jonathan is still around). Moreover, none of the protagonists are doomed to die horribly (thanks to Pucci being Ret-Gone), and the main branch of the Joestar bloodline survives through the revived Jotaro and Jolyne/Irene. That said, there is a caveat in that Emporio must now live in a universe where none of his allies remember him, forcing him to bear the trauma of Part 6 alone—though considering how easily they found each other and how well they already get along, it's implied that Gravity has brought all the people back to each other to become friends again. And of course, considering the alternative interpretation of the ending is the complete destruction of the universe and the main cast being replaced but not revived, a simple case of being unable to remember Part 6 and the friendships that came from it seems fairly tame in comparison.
  • Bookends:
    • Phantom Blood was the story of Jonathan and DIO's conflict as adopted brothers, in this part Weather Report one of the protagonists is the brother of main antagonist Enrico Pucci.
    • It all began with the death of Jonathan's mother, who gives her life to protect her son, and ends with Jolyne's death protecting Emporio, having the original continuity begin and end with the death of a female Joestar family member to protect a child.
    • Phantom Blood's last shot was of a clear, blue sky, with the faces of every main character. This part has the same thing happening in its ending, but the sky is grey with rain, and only the heroes who died against Pucci are seen. This is meant to symbolise how the entire main continuity ended: happily, but with a heavy price.
  • Boomerang Comeback: A bad guy version: in Stone Ocean, Kenzo uses a boomerang-shaped piece of metal to partially decapitate Foo Fighters from behind.
  • Break the Cutie: At the end of Stone Ocean, poor Emporio witnesses all of his companions dying, and even after the Reset Button is forced to bear the trauma of Part 6 alone.
  • Breast Expansion: Foo Fighters, hidden in the body of Atroe, can manipulate the moisture inside her corpse to artificially expand the breasts and hide something between them.
  • Brick Joke: Way back in Diamond is Unbreakable, Rohan explains that he has a system where he can send in a complete manga manuscript in four hours. When Pucci starts speeding up time, it's shown that he's the only mangaka who can make the deadlines.
  • The Bus Came Back: A lampshaded aversion. During the third part of the story all of DIO's children start being dragged by destiny towards Pucci, the manga has a page explaining this and explicitly wondering why Giorno Giovanna hasn't shown up, going as far as speculating that he might be in Florida on his way to join the fight, but the story ends without him showing up.
  • Call-Back:
    • Pucci attempts to use a knives storm to defeat Jolyne in Chapter 154. Now remember he was friends with DIO...
    • Jotaro dies in the exact same manner as Thoth predicted, with his heading getting split open.
  • The Cameo: The mother of all cameos happens when Ungaro's "Bohemian Rhapsody" gives life to every other fictional character EVER.
  • Carnival of Killers: Pucci uses a shockingly diverse crew of inmates to whom he gives Stands in order to assassinate Jolyne.
  • Casting Gag: Unlike the previous installment, this time the trope is averted: Jolyne's VA in the anime does not have 'Ono' for her surname.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: The very first scene of Stone Ocean has Jolyne complaining that a prison guard saw her on A Date with Rosie Palms.
  • Celestial Deadline: Once Pucci fuses with the Green Baby, Jolyne has to stop him from completing his stand before the New Moon. Subverted as Pucci pulls it off 2 days early by simply recreating the gravitational conditions of a New Moon.
  • Chained Heat: The first part of Stone Ocean finishes with a climatic fight between Jolyne and Pucci who are handcuffed together.
  • Cool Submarine: Jotaro uses one provided by the Speedwagon Foundation to help Jolyne escape prison. Extraordinary circumstances lead to Jotaro being the only one to leave the prison.
  • Convenient Coma: At the beginning of the part, Whitesnake steals Jotaro's memories and Stands, putting him in a deep coma so he is effectively Put on a Bus, and giving Jolyne the "opportunity" to try to save her father and solve the mystery of Whitesnake's hidden user.
  • Deadly Gas: Oxygen, of all things, is ultimately what defeats Pucci.
  • Distant Finale: It's been almost 150 years since the events of Phantom Blood at this point and almost 100 since Battle Tendency.
  • End of an Age: Stone Ocean is the last hurrah of the original JoJo continuity.
  • Episode of the Dead: The Kiss of Love & Revenge arc has the heroes going up against Sports Maxx, whose Stand, Limp Bizkit, can resurrect things as invisible zombies, including Sports Maxx himself.
  • Explosive Leash: When the Green Dolphin Street prison guards organize a searching party for two disappeared prisoners, they give the volunteers explosives bracelets so they don't get any idea of escaping. Foo Fighters exploits the fact that they cannot get too far from a certain guard to kill both Jolyne and Ermes by dragging his corpse away.
  • Flipping the Bird: Jolyne can do the American, French, Japanese and Italian (specifically Naples) ways of flipping someone off.
  • Going Commando: Jolyne sometimes forgets to wear her panties.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Notable since it's such a rarity for this series. When Jolyne lets Emporio escape without her so she has a chance to stop Pucci, all we see of her death is a panel with Stone Free's arms (with blood trails) and Stone Free's sunglasses flying through the air. While we don't get to see it, it's not difficult to imagine that Pucci tore her body apart with Made In Heaven.
  • Grand Finale: Because the next part, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Steel Ball Run, takes place in an altered version of history, Stone Ocean is the final entry of the original JoJo continuity as it has been from day one.
  • Groin Attack: Westwood has trapped Jolyne with a headlock, and Jolyne tries to reach for Westwood's testicles to crush them. However, Westwood simply changes his position to escape this attack.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: At the final battle, Pucci reveals a side-effect of Made in Heaven—namely, anyone who has died does not have their soul transferred over to the new universe that Made in Heaven creates. Pucci exploits this to prevent Jotaro, Jolyne, and the other main cast members from stopping him after the new universe's creation, but as it turns out this side-effect also goes the other way around. When Emporio kills Pucci and the Made in Heaven-verse collapses, the old universe is brought back (as it had avoided being completely overwritten before Pucci died)... but Pucci's soul is still in the Made in Heaven-verse, meaning he doesn't return with Emporio and is instead completely erased from existence. Additionally, without Pucci around, the events of Part 6 never happen, and since the heroes' souls are still around in the old universe they get to be brought back, as Pucci couldn't have killed them if he didn't exist. In short, not only did Pucci wipe himself from existence with his own Stand's powers, but by trying to do the same to the main cast, he instead preserved their souls and allowed them to be saved.
  • Hope Spot: At the end of Stone Ocean, Pucci is surrounded by the heroes, and it looks like his plan will fail. However, Pucci pulls out a Diabolus ex Machina and unlocks the ultimate Stand Made in Heaven, then kills the near entirety of the party.
  • If We Get Through This...: In Stone Ocean Anasui mentions making his marriage proposition to Jolyne after the fight, and is the first to die to Made in Heaven.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Jolyne sets herself on fire so her heat-sucking opponent cannot kill her. Interestingly Rykiel does the same to prove himself and find a weakness for this move.
  • Irony: Pucci seeks to create his ideal vision of Heaven and wipe the Joestar bloodline from existence. While he briefly succeeds at this using Made in Heaven, his death causes a Reset Button that ensures that not only is Pucci himself wiped from existence instead, but because he no longer exists, the Part 6 cast ends up leading much happier lives—in other words, the Joestars' ideal vision of Heaven.
  • Kill Them All: The ultimate demise of Jolyne and her companions after Pucci unlocks Made in Heaven. Emporio is the only survivor, however.
  • Like a God to Me: Enrico Pucci, as he puts it, loves DIO as he loves God (Bonus points for "Dio" being "God" in Italian.)
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: During Jolyne and Ermes' fight against Underworld, they are trapped in a past plane crash and will die unless they take the seats of the two survivors. Donatella tosses several sick children in the seats to force Jolyne to make a Sadistic Choice but she chooses to Take a Third Option.
  • Loss of Identity: Foo Fighters discusses it when Jolyne tries to get her Stand Disc before she dies, saying that she'd be alive physically but be too different to truly call herself Foo Fighters. It gets shown again in the ending, where every member of the main cast bar Emporio and maybe Jotaro has lived a significantly different life due to the Reset Button, making them biologically the same but significantly different nonetheless.
  • Mayan Doomsday: While the month is off (March 21 as opposed to December 21), the universe is reset in the year 2012.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Thanks to Sports Max's Stand, Jolyne, Ermes, and Foo Fighters end up having to deal with an invisible alligator zombie - an encounter which cemented their eternal hatred for alligators in general.
    Ermes: They think they're so goddamned safe just 'cause they're a protected species. Scared the crap out of us back in prison.
  • No, I Am Behind You: When Pucci acquires Made in Heaven, he becomes fond of appearing behind the protagonists with his insane speed.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: During the penultimate chapter, the last member of the team alive is Emporio. All the poor boy can do is scream, cry and run away from his persuer Pucci like hes always done- right up until he tricks Pucci into inserting the Weather Report Stand Disc into his forehead, whereupon he glares coldly at Pucci and reveals he was merely acting scared to get Pucci to let his guard down. What follows next is a brutal beatdown at the hands of Weather Report, all the while Emporio looks on, glowering with rage. This is shocking from Emporio, who has spent most of the Part so far being somewhat of a skittish The Load, and shows that Jolynes determination rubbed off on him.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Sports Max's Limp Bizkit. Not only does it bring back the dead as zombies, they also become invisible.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: After making a Running Gag out of pursuing Jolyne's hand in marriage, Anasui finally meets Jotaro and asks him for permission to marry Jolyne. Except he makes the mistake of asking on the brink of a universal apocalypse. Jotaro reacts about as well as one would expect.
    Jotaro: Are you insane?
  • Powers as Programs: Part of the ability of Pucci's Whitesnake involves the ability to extract Stands and transfer them between individuals.
  • Race Against the Clock: This is the main plot for Stone Ocean, the heroes have to stop Pucci before the next new moon. Unfortunately, Pucci figures out he doesn't really need the new moon, he only must recreate the gravitational conditions that the new moon brings, meaning he gets Made in Heaven two days early.
  • Recurring Extra: A certain black inmate seems to be present whenever Jolyne learns something new about the prison to explain it in detail.
  • Reset Button Ending: A twofold example. Made in Heaven does it to the original universe, but Pucci's death and subsequent erasure from existence not only does this again to the first reset, but it also undoes Part 6 as a whole, as the resulting universe has to take into account Pucci's non-existence.
  • Retcon:
    • DIO's motivations are a Downplayed Trope. In Stardust Crusaders, DIO was an Orcus on His Throne, who wanted to kill the Joestars, who he felt were an obstacle to his fate as the emperor of the world; wanted to suck their blood to make Jonathan's body obey him, and increase the powers of his stand. DIO, for the most part, was a straight-up megalomaniac hiding under a suave personality, who simply appeared of wanting the power to rule supreme. Pucci's flashbacks, however, show a more philosophical DIO, who talks about the meaning of happiness and the search for "heaven" (His version of Nirvana), even stating that simple power or money wouldn't give him the happiness he so desires. The reason this is a Downplayed Trope is that these scenes are based on minor scenes from Part 3, and feel more like an expansion of the suave manipulator.
    • Played straight with DIO's diary, where it shows Jotaro burning it at some point after DIO's death, but is never mentioned once in Jotaro's appearances between then and Part 6.
    • Originally, Part 3 took place in the winter of 1987-1988, but Part 6 changes the date to the winter of 1988-1989. This creates a minor plot hole in that the birthdates of Jotaro Kujo, Holy Kujo, and Josuke Higashikata (respectively aged 17, 45, and 4 at the time of Part 3) are not changed to reflect the change in Part 3's datenote , which would make them a year older than stated. No other Part's date is changed, interestingly enough.
  • Ret-Gone: In the end, this was the fate of Jotaro and Jolyne — and, presumably, Weather, Ermes, Anasui, and Donatello Versus — when Pucci accelerates time and resets reality. This is because you only get to stick around if your spirit is still there. Dead = no spirit to exist for any time in the new universe = causality/history-altering to compensate for that. However, when Pucci is killed, the reset effect snaps back, and all his victims are restored, albeit with their lives considerably improved. Probably because reality has to take into account the fact that Pucci himself has been hit with Ret-Gone now (because of the exact same reasons as his victims). Played straight for Foo Fighters, however, as she does not seem to have been restored in the ending (which is likely because Pucci, the person who gave her life, no longer exists).
  • Shown Their Work: Emporio kills Pucci by using Weather Report to increase the concentration of oxygen around Pucci, paralyzing and fatally poisoning him. Pure oxygen really is highly dangerous to the human body.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Zizagged, given that this is a manga without any background tracks, but the final chapter is called "What a Wonderful World", a song infamously used to highlight the Crapsack World we live in. Even through something as indirect as a chapter title, Stone Ocean still sticks to this trope. The chapter involves Pucci succeeding at restarting the universe and killing all but one of the main protagonists, and while Emporio does manage to kill him and undo all of Pucci's work, this still doesn't stop the universe from resetting once more. Sure, the main characters (sans Foo Fighters) are alive once more and live considerably better lives, but none of them recognize Emporio, which leaves him completely heartbroken.
  • Speed Blitz: Made in Heaven, which accelerates the flow of time leaving anyone but Pucci lagging behind, allows Pucci to act so rapidly even Jotaro's time stop is just not enough.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": When the JoJoveller art book was released in 2013, the cast of Stone Ocean was hit hardest with the new official English spellings of all their names, as fan translations simply kept all the original spellings of the Theme Naming of fashion brands; some examples: Guess to Gwess, D&G to D an G, and Hermes to Ermes. But most baffling was that the fans chose to name the heroine "Jolyne Kujo", sticking with how Jotaro's surname was written in previous books, when even in the original Japanese printing her surname was written exclusively as "Cujoh" in the splash page for chapter 2.
  • Stop, or I Will Shoot!: Security guards in Green Dolphin Street are particularly zealous about shooting prisoners wandering where they shouldn't be. They are however reasonable when the prisoner is clearly surrendering and are guarding a maximum security prison after all, so it's justified.
  • Take Up My Sword: Emporio takes up Jolyne's duty to kill Pucci after she pulls out a You Shall Not Pass!, using Weather Report's Stand against him.
  • Theme Naming: Many of the characters in this part are named after fashion brands or designers, such as Hermès, Narciso Rodriguez, and Guess.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: The sons of DIO in part 6 have powerful stands, but have possessed them for a day at most. This causes their tactics to be very basic, leaving them open to more experienced Stand users. Rykiel, in particular, reveals himself to Jolyne and Ermes in what they immediately recognize as a ploy to get them to come closer to him.
  • Uplifted Animal: A recurring theme in JoJo, the role is now taken up by Foo Fighters, a colony of sentient zooplankton with a Stand inhabiting the body of a dead woman.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: This is Enrico Pucci's motivation in Stone Ocean. His plan involves using the fusion of his Stand and a homunculus of DIO to accelerate time to the point where the cosmos undergoes both a Big Crunch and a Big Bang, and everything repeats as before, just without anyone who died during the acceleration. The utopia is supposed to come from the fact that those who got to live through the singularity will subconsciously remember everything that ever happened to them in the previous, identical cycle. This means that they will be imbued with a kind of fatalism, immensely dampening any shock, horror, agony, etc. that they would otherwise experience. Basically, Pucci's idea of "paradise" is "a world without surprises".
  • Villain of the Week: Anyone who read Stardust Crusaders or Vento Aureo knows the drill by now.
  • Walking Wasteland: Heavy Weather can hypnotize people into transforming into snails, said snail being able to transform other people by simple contact. Ensures a snail apocalypse that only Weather's death can really stop.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Downplayed, the wardens of Green Dolphin Street are all assholes and abusive but aren't evil per se.
  • Wham Line: In-Universe. "A couple named Pucci... they live in a large mansion, in the town next to mine..." This is what Mrs. Bluemarine tells Pucci in his backstory when explaining that she switched her dead child with Weather Report the day they were born. It's what causes Pucci to realize that his younger sister's new boyfriend is actually their brother, and what causes his Start of Darkness.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: The incantation Pucci uses to merge his Stand with the Green Baby.
  • Zee Rust: At the beginning of the Bohemian Rhapsody arc, Anasui and Weather Report drive by a billboard advertising Disney's MGM Studios park. The chapter in question was written in 2002 when that was indeed the park's name, but takes place in 2012, at which point the park had been renamed Disney Hollywood Studios.

Good grief... (やれやれだわ... Yare yare dawa...)

Alternative Title(s): Stone Ocean


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