Follow TV Tropes


Trivia / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Go To

Trivia pages for individual parts:

  • Approval of God:
  • Bad Export for You: 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 Shoko 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. While Stone Ocean hasn't receieved an anime adaptation at the time of writing, she became a Promoted Fangirl when she got to voice Reimi Sugimoto in Diamond is Unbreakable.
    • 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.
    • Advertisement:
    • 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; and in a few fanworks, three-to-four voice actresses who have voiced characters in them also voiced JJBA characters as of All-Star Battle (including Sakuya's Japanese VA in Koumajou Densetsu, Miyuki Sawashiro, voicing Joylne).
    • Kazuma Kaneko, co-creator of the Shin Megami Tensei series is a big fan of Araki's work. This is partly what lead to the creation of the now famous Persona subseries. This also run in reverse as well with Araki being a fan of Kaneko's art as well.
    • Advertisement:
    • Daisuke Ono doubles as both this and Promoted Fanboy since he stated that JoJo was what got him into voice acting in the first place; speed up to All-Star Battle where his dream came true of being able to voice one of the main iconic characters.
    • Similar to Kira Buckland, we have Mick Lauer—most notably known as Ricepirate. He's been a bonafide fanboy of JoJo for 3 decades, and is currently working on his own part—Blood Sun Vendetta, as seen here. And now, he too is a Promoted Fanboy, with him voicing Leone Abbacchio in Vento Aureo.
  • 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). Finally, airing on Toonami gave it probably the biggest bump for US audiences, allowing the show to move from obscure to mainstream.
    • 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. Again happened in "Vento Aureo" with Jodeci's "Freekn' You" and Enigma's "Modern Crusaders".
    • 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 Yu-Gi-Oh! 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.
  • Creator's Favorite. Araki has stated that his favorite JoJo is Diamond Is Unbreakable's Josuke Higashikata.
  • 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.
    • Jotaro is 28 in Diamond is Unbreakable, but Yusuke Iseya, who plays him in the live-action film, is 40.
  • 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".
    • Polnareff is sometimes called ''PolPol'' by fans ever since Hol Horse gave him that nickname in episode 11 of Stardust Crusaders
    • The Pillar Men have been called the Aztec Gods of Fitness. Alternatively, Aztec Vampire Stripper Gods.
    • The World is often jokingly called "Holy Diver" in reference to Ronnie James Dio.
    • 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 JoJo (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 attempts to trick 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).
    • Some fans love to call Risotto and Abbacchio "Big Titty Goth Daddy" thanks to their exposed chests and dark clothing.
    • Thanks to the anime, Ghiaccho is called "Ice Bakugo" by fans thanks to his voice actor. Jokes of Deku vs. Bakugo are abound the VA fandom.
  • Fanon: Because Araki is quick to move on to newer arcs without explaining clearly the plot points he's left open, or his explanations are confined to interviews that fans aren't likely to seek out, the fandom has built quite a few stories that endure despite having been debunked.
    • It is thought by some that in part 4, Josuke was supposed to travel back in time to save himself from a blizzard, which is not helped by Killer Queen Bites the Dust which can rewind time (up to an hour before only). However, absolutely nothing proves that and Araki has adopted a Shrug of God stance on the circumstances of Josuke's saviour.
    • It is similarly thought that Pannacotta Fugo from part 5 was Put on a Bus because his Stand was too overpowered, but Araki has explained during an afterthought that he wanted Fugo to be Evil All Along and Giorno had to kill him, a plot which he felt was too dark and negative thus he simply made him leave.
    • Some fans also keep thinking that part 7 and 8 are connected to the last universe that was created during the climax of Part 6. However, nothing proves this and Araki has explained that part 6 and 7 were absolutely not linked as far as spacetime was concerned.
  • 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.
  • Humble Beginnings: The series began as an (relatively) normal horror/action shonen series, following the success of other works like Fist of the North Star. It wasn't until Stardust Crusaders that it would become as successful as it is, even though the manga always had highs and lows. Currently JoJolion sells half a million of each volume, and the anime is one of the most financially successful around.
  • 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.
  • Misaimed Marketing: On the one hand, you've got a Young Joseph costume for teddy bears. On the other hand, you've got vibrators themed after Star Platinum and Silver Chariot (both images are fairly NSFW). The series does have a massive Estrogen Brigade, Jotaro is one of their favorite targets, and even Polnareff has his fair share of fangirls, but really?
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • And the Diamond is Unbreakable anime is going to be simulcast on both 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!
  • The Other Darrin: A LOT OF examples to list across many of adaptations at once, especially via the old OVA's and video games released before both the official anime and All-Star Battle solidified several of the voices; even after All-Star Battle, voices in respective anime adaptations of certain arcs still change around voice actors, even extending to Eyes of Heaven (such as the VA's chosen for the Part 3 characters).
  • 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 
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Araki picks out the ending theme songs for the anime, matching his taste in non-Japanese music.
    • Part I and II's ending theme is Yes's 1971 single "Roundabout".
      • The references to Yes even snuck into Part II's OST. The song "WELCOME TO THE WORLD" directly samples the opening guitar riff from "Owner Of a Lonely Heart".
    • The first half of Part III gets the 1985 hit single "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles.
    • The second half of Part III gets Pat Metheny Group's instrumental "Last Train Home" from their 1987 album Still Life (Talking).
    • Part IV has "I Want You" by Savage Garden.
    • Part V has "Freekin' You" by Jodeci and the second part has "Modern Crusaders" by Enigma
  • 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:
    • Jonathan Joestar for Kazuyuki Okitsu.
    • While Kenta Miyake was a common voice actor at the time, his role as Avdol in Part 3's anime had landed him more popular roles than ever before.
    • On the American side of production, the JoJos for Parts 1-3 were voiced by top tier VAs Johnny Yong Bosch, Benjamin Diskin, and Matthew Mercer respectively. However, a younger voice was required to portray Josuke Higashikata. Enter Billy Kametz, who following his role in Diamond is Unbreakable landed more high profile roles within the anime industry, including Osomatsu from Osomatsu-san and Kyouya from Konosuba.
  • 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.
    • There were plans to release the Vento Aureo PS2 game overseas, but Prince's lawyers disapproving of Gold Experience being referenced in the game combined with Araki's unwillingness to change the name 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.
    • In Part 3 Hol Horse would join up with the heroes and replace Avdol. However, Araki realized that Hol Horse was already very similar to Polnareff and thus he remained a villain.
    • 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.
    • 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 "Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe" spin-offs were originally intended to not be related at all to the series. It was even forgotten to include an already existing character. However, Araki then decided to include Rohan anyway, thus tying these one-shots to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
    • Anasui was originally intended to be a woman, as can be seen in their debut, where their appearance is a lot more obviously feminine in design. However, the editors were afraid the majority female cast would push away the series' target demographic, and had Araki change them to a man.
  • Word of Dante: Most fans take for granted that the reboot starting with Steel Ball Run was directly caused by Pucci and Made in Heaven at the end of Stone Ocean. The latter does indeed show an alternative rebooted universe, but neither Word of God nor any applicable in-story confirmation (such as an appearance from Irene, the reboot's version of Jolyne) have actually shown that Steel Ball Run and JoJolion are set in the same alternative universe as the Stone Ocean ending.
  • Word of Gay: In a 2007 interview, Araki has stated that Dio Brando was bisexual.
  • Working Title: Several parts have had initial titles that were later replaced. For instance Stardust Crusaders was first advertised as "Heritage for the Future" (hence the name of the fighting game), or Golden Wind was known as "Golden Heritage" while Stone Ocean was at first known as "Part 6: Jolyne Cujoh" as a Protagonist Title.
  • The Wiki Rule:

  • 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.

This series provides the Image Source for:

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: