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  • Acclaimed Flop: Steel Ball Run is considered one of the best parts of the series if not the best part by the fandom worlwide. However, its sales were relatively poor as the Japanese weren't attracted as much to the premise and it is currently mostly unavailable to the West except for Italy and France.
  • Channel Hop: Steel Ball Run initially ran in Weekly Shonen Jump for the first 23 chapters like the previous six parts. However from chapter 24 onwards, Steel Ball Run was moved to the monthly seinen magazine Ultra Jump which would become the new home for JJBA.
  • Name's the Same: A few instances since Steel Ball Run was originally intended as a reboot of the franchise. Makes sense since Araki modeled some of these characters after characters from previous parts.
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    • Johnny Joestar's full name is Jonathan Joestar after the name of the protagonist from Phantom Blood.
    • Likewise Diego Brando's name comes from the antagonist of Phantom Blood. His nickname is also Dio.
    • Gyro's full name Julius Caesar Zeppeli is a variation on Caesar Zeppeli from Battle Tendency.
    • Lucy Steel's maiden name Pendleton is the same as Erina Pendleton from Phantom Blood.
    • Much like Phantom Blood Johnny has a rat named Danny in reference to Jonathan's dog Danny and Diego's father is named Dario.
    • Among the Steel Ball Run contestants are Urmd Avdol and Fritz von Stroheim who share the surnames of Muhammad Avdol from Stardust Crusaders and Rudolf von Stroheim from Battle Tendency.
    • On the list of unseen contestants, one will find the names "Shigechi", "Caravan Serai", and "Zenyatta Mondatta". Shigechi is the nickname for Shigekiyo Yangu in Diamond is Unbreakable, Caravan Serai is the name of Anubis' original Stand User. Zenyatta and Mondatta, meanwhile, are the names Viz Media gave to the Oingo Boingo Brothers of Stardust Crusaders—but it should be noted that Steel Ball Run predates Viz's version of Stardust Crusaders.
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  • God Never Said That: It's common to find people saying that Steel Ball Run was not originally meant to be Jojo part 7, and that Araki changed his mind and retroactively made it one, based on the fact that it didn't originally carry the "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure" name. However, this is completely untrue. In the author's notes of volume 1, Araki flat out states that he considered SBR as part 7 from the very beginning. In the guidebook Jojoveller, it's stated that the name change was actually a request from the editorial department to increase sales by featuring a "new series".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • A lot of the moments between Gyro and Johnny are stuff Araki wanted to do with Jonathan and Will and Joseph and Caesar had there been more chapters for him to work with for Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency.
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