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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Many people felt bad when Shigechi got brutally murdered by Kira. It helps that his last moments had him wanting to protect his parents and that he gave the clue that starts the hunt for Kira. This is even lampshaded by Josuke, who notes that even though Shigechi was annoying and greedy, his death still affects him and Okuyasu.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Keicho's final moments, where he says Okuyasu was always holding him back. Was he just being a bastard, or was he trying to save Okuyasu from Chili Pepper? Okuyasu seems to believe the former, but Keicho's general view on his relatives is... complicated.
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    • Jotaro's kneejerk reactions towards Kira in the Sheer Heart Attack arc have lead some to believe that his confrontation with DIO in Stardust Crusaders caused him to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The situation is oddly similar: a blonde haired man has just punched a hole through his green-uniform wearing high school student friend before going on about how much time he has left (specifically mentioning seconds) and calling Jotaro's efforts "useless."
    • Yuya's relationship with Reiko, Yoshi and Akemi is often seen as a polyamorous one rather than just a bunch of fangirls clinging to him; especially as he doesn't favor one over the others and they don't fight each other for his affections.
    • Was Shigekiyo always greedy or did he let his Stand's potential to make him rich go to his head?
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    • Is old Joseph really senile, or is he actually Obfuscating Insanity? Considering the situation he's currently in, which is Suzy Q being mad at finding out he had an affair and an illegitimate son during their years of marriage, and Joseph's own trickster nature, it really wouldn't be put past him to just pretending he's a frail, weak and senile old man so that he can avoid more major blows. What seems to prove this being true is when he seemingly drops the act as he notices and tries to find the Invisible Baby, but Josuke doesn't believe him (at first) specifically because of how he tends to present himself. The final episode where Josuke steals his wallet definitely gives some evidence to this since Joseph is ranting and raving angrily like how he would've done in Part 3.
    • Some think Jotaro's fondness for Koichi stems from how similar he is to Kakyoin. They're both very polite, Echoes looks like a pint-sized version of Hierophant Green, he wears a green school uniform in the anime, and his injury at the hands of Sheer Heart Attack is very similar to how Kakyoin died.
      • There's a common interpretation among fans that Jotaro's words to an unconscious Koichi in that scene were in fact what he had always wanted to say to Kakyoin but never got the chance after the latter's death at the hands of DIO.
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    • Shinobu falling for Kira after stealing Kosaku's face. Did she genuinely fall in love with him, or was it merely a side effect of Aya's Cinderella?
      • The same applies to Koichi and Yukako. Is he suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, or is Aya's Cinderella actually doing its job?
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Josuke/Rohan is widely shipped in Asian countries, but very divisive in the United States. This is because a lot of American fans note that Rohan hates Josuke and how the ship is technically ephebophilia. The characters themselves, however, are loved in the U.S.
  • Arc Fatigue: A common complaint is that some of the story arcs prior to Rohan's appearance go on for far too long and that it doesn't Growing the Beard until Kira appears. To top it off, DiU is the longest JoJo part that was published weekly.
  • Ass Pull: It's never explained why Akira knows about Jotaro's time-stopping powers, considering how Jotaro mentions he hasn't used them again since the end of Stardust Crusaders. While it is established that Akira can have Red Hot Chili Pepper listen in through electronic devices if it gets sent through it, the fact he knows and it is never commented on leaves it coming across as though a scene is missing to explain it.
  • Award Snub: One of the biggest ones in Crunchyroll's user-voted 2016 Anime Awards. Despite the anime adaptation being one of the best received anime of the year and being based on one of the most well-liked parts in the franchise, the only nomination it received was for "Best Villain"... which it lost to Gaku Yashiro from ERASED. Needless to say there are a lot of fans who felt that it deserved more nominations ("Anime of the Year", "Best Fight", and "Best ED" in particular), as well as those who firmly believed that Kira should have won, claiming that Yashiro was too generic and predictable compared to Kira. Crunchyroll's official Twitter even shared the "Kira should have won" sentiment, to the point where they created a hashtag for it.
  • Awesome Art: Par for the course with this series, but the finale for the anime adaptation gets special recognition for Kira's final activation of Bites the Dust and the entire confrontation with Reimi as a ghost before getting Dragged Off to Hell by the ghost hands. The artistry, animation, and color palette were top-notch, especially given the problems this part has had with Off-Model and poor animation quality for long shots (compare Killer Queen's first appearance with its last for a good comparison).
  • Awesome Ego:
    • Rohan has a colossal ego in being a mangaka, and few fans will say this is unwarranted in the slightest.
    • The same can be said for the smarmy, condescending Akira Otoishi, who is genuinely amusing despite his villainy.
  • Badass Decay: Joseph Joestar gets hit with this even harder than in the previous part. He's unable to walk without a cane, devoid of Hamon energy, and seemingly going senile. Which is justified given how much he's aged since then. Also provides the trope image.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Ken Oyanagi, or RPS/Janken Kid, is either regarded as a character with a really cool fight of a suitably JoJo's Absurdly High-Stakes Game of rock-paper-scissors or he's seen as an annoying filler character who came after the more plot driven and interesting fights with Kira and his father. Not helping matters is that unlike many other one-off characters, Ken never makes a return after his arc.
    • Shigekiyo Yangu is widely divisive among the fandom. Whether it's his unappealing and admittedly grotesque character design, greediness, or refusing to listen to any of Josuke and Okuyasu's propositions. There are, however, plenty of people who consider him Ugly Cute, and are mindful of the fact that he's a middle schooler several years younger than them. People also argue that he is right about Harvest doing most of the legwork, love Harvest for its design, abilities, and his extremely clever usage of it, enjoy him for his flaws as a character and working to overcome them in his brief screentime, and shed tears at his attempts at heroism, genuine love and feelings of protection for his unseen parents, and brutal murder at the hands of Kira.
  • Better on DVD: The general consensus about the Blu-ray edits. Since the animation production had to be outsourced to other studios, one criticism with the anime was that the animation and art were inconsistent. The Blu-rays, however, fix many of the animation and art problems (such as the infamous "Quality/Deadly Queen" scene) and many fans have found themselves going back and rewatching the anime to see the edited version.
  • Better Than Canon: A few fans were a bit hacked that Okuyasu coming back to life and negating Stray Cat's air bombs didn't also give us one last reprise of his amazing theme in the anime, instead opting for a softer and less bombastic piece. Cue one valiant YouTuber making their own edit of the scene with the proper theme in place, as well as posting a link to the entire episode with that scene edited in (and with slightly better sound mixing).
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: During the final battle. Josuke and Hayato take refuge in an empty house while Kira waits outside planning his next attack. Suddenly, a gonky neighbor shows up and accuses Kira of trying to steal panties from a woman living next door. Kira, annoyed, takes off, only for the man to spot a pair of panties hanging from a tree branch. Being quite perverted himself, the man assumes that the panties belong to the aforementioned woman and grabs them, only to be blown up by a bomb Killer Queen left there. It's a rather irrelevant moment of Black Comedy that pops up in the otherwise serious climax of Part 4.
  • Bile Fascination: The Duwang scans have garnered this status due to its infamously awful translations, with many fans looking it up simply to see how bad they were.
  • Bishōnen Jump Syndrome: This Part marked the transition from rather muscular character designs to slimmer proportions, which carried over into all the later parts.
  • Bizarro Episode: The "I'm An Alien" arc where we are introduced to Mikitaka Hazekura. Another victim of Yoshihiro Kira's Stand Arrow (or at least, he should have been, the Arrow bounces off of him, which shouldn't happen and never happens again), is initially thought to have awoken to his shapeshifting ability "Earth Wind and Fire" because of the Arrow. Yet he keeps claiming that he has always been in possession of this ability and as an alien is unable to awaken to Stand powers. We're never given a clear answer as to whether or not Mikitaka is an alien, his ability is that of a Stand, or pretends to be one as hinted by his mother.
  • Broken Base:
    • All three openings, though generally well-regarded on their own merits, were divisive among fans to say the least.
      • The first OP ("Crazy Noisy Bizarre Town") is either a catchy tune that fits the tone of this Part well (especially if the listener takes a look at the lyrics, which do a good job of highlighting the intrigue and dark underbelly of the seemingly ordinary Morioh) or forgettable and lacking the epic feel of the previous openings.
      • The second OP ("Chase") is either seen as an intense representation of the fight between the main characters and Kira or a generic opening that would be more fitting in a show like Bleach. More people jumped over to the former camp when the translated lyrics revealed that the song could be sung from the perspective of the main heroes, or Kira.
      • The third OP ("Great Days") was hit with this especially since it is in competition with the widely acclaimed "Sono chi no Kioku" for a final arc theme. Considering how the previous opening for the halfway point had a Darker and Edgier feel to it, some were disappointed that it was Lighter and Softer and felt didn't work well as a final arc opening. Others, however, liked the opening for how upbeat it was, finding it fitting for the more relaxed tone of Diamond is Unbreakable. That being said, the Units ver. that serves as the ED for Episode 39, featuring vocals from every singer who contributed to the openings from Parts 1-4, is much less contentious.
    • Some of the voice actors being recasted from All-Star Battle for the anime, which seems to have garnered more of this compared to Part 3's examples. The most notable instances seem to be Yuki Ono replacing Wataru Hatano as Josuke, Yūki Kaji replacing Romi Park as Koichi, and Takahiro Sakurai replacing Hiroshi Kamiya as Rohan.
      • For Ono replacing Hatano, detractors argue that Ono's performance doesn't fit Josuke's thuggish and tough appearance that contrasts with his otherwise friendly and polite personality due to Ono's voice being less rough. However, those who agree with the replacement argue that Josuke was never meant to be a thug in the first place, and Ono's voice not only made Josuke sound his age but also give that level of relatability that Josuke is most known and praised for among the JoJo protagonists.
      • Kaji replacing Park was probably one of the most debated recasts besides the above Josuke situation. Detractors cite all kinds of reasons for Kaji's performance as being too shrill, high-pitched or just too scratchy and unpolished compared to Park. Those who are fine with the change argue back that Kaji's performance gave Koichi more raw emotions which are understandable considering the circumstances.
      • Though Sakurai has been praised for his performance as Rohan, there are purist detractors who prefer Kamiya's rendition. There are also others who just feel that when Sakurai voices Rohan, they cannot see or hear the eccentric mangaka, but rather Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII, who is a HUGE Base-Breaking Character.
      • Even though there are people who like both performances, many fans have debated over whether or not Rikiya Koyama or Toshiyuki Morikawa is the better voice for Kira. Those who prefer Koyama's performance bring up the fact that his voice sounds closer to Kira's age and sounds more menacing. Those who prefer Morikawa's performance however prefer it for the fact that it make Kira sound more ordinary while having hints of his more twisted side. Another minor dimension to the argument is the fact that Morikawa already voices Part 5's Diavolo in All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven.
    • The anime adaptation being 39 straight episodes rather than being split-cour with 48. The manga ran longer than Stardust Crusaders which had two 24-episode cours but had less episodes adapted into animation. Those whose felt the 48-episode format led the Stardust Crusaders anime to become repetitive, especially when entire episodes focused on insignificant enemies like Captain Tenille, ZZ, Arabia Fats, etc., saw this as a good thing (as the lower episode count in Diamond is Unbreakable allowed it to put more emphasis on major arcs such as the Niijimura Brothers, Sheer Heart Attack, and Bites the Dust and even combined the less significant arcs towards the end into one arc of its own). In addition, while Diamond is Unbreakable is longer, it also had less arcs than Stardust Crusaders so the lower episode count came across as justified in their eyes. Others would have preferred a split-cour anime since it would have allowed more time to be put into animation production and there wouldn't have been the tradeoff of removing some smaller scenes.
    • The art style shift. Some don't like it because it strays too far away from the "manliness" the series built itself off of in the first three parts while some love it because it showed how the series was evolving and moving past "manly men doing manly things." Some feel that characters like Josuke, Okuyasu, and Jotaro took a hit because of the art style change while others feel that characters like Koichi, Rohan, and Kira would have not translated well in the original art style. Whether or not the anime, which used the style of the latter half right off the bat, should have adapted the art style change is another debate entirely.
  • Catharsis Factor:
  • Common Knowledge:
    • After Part 5 introduced the concept of Automatic Stands (Stands which act on their own without a range restriction, and don't return damage to their user), some mistakenly consider Sheer Heart Attack to be an Automatic Stand, and express confusion at how it does return the effect of Echoes Act 3's Freeze onto Kira. In fact, Sheer Heart Attack isn't a Stand: the Stand is simply Killer Queen, and Sheer Heart Attack is a secondary ability which consists of Killer Queen detaching its left hand. Since Killer Queen isn't an Automatic Stand, Sheer Heart Attack sharing damage with Kira isn't a plot hole.
    • Which fight had the famous "Daga Kotuwaru/But I refuse" line? The correct answer is the fight with Highway Star but many will claim it's the battle with Cheap Trick. There are reasons for the confusion. The main reason is that the fight with Cheap Trick is focused entirely on Rohan while Highway Star was just holding Rohan hostage in order to get to Josuke, so you would think the famous line would be in a battle focusing on Rohan. Both fights feature a humanoid Stand, both are attached to Rohan's back, Rohan is in a house/room, both feature a talking Stand (which is rare in Part 4), and both Stands encourage Rohan to betray his comrades.
  • Complete Monster: Anjuro "Angelo" Katagiri is a Serial Killer and Japan's most notorious criminal. A robber and rapist since the age of 12, his infamy reached its peak after an incident in which he raped and killed two teenage boys before taking a third one hostage. He arranged a ransom with the boy's rich parents, but revealed at the exchange that he had cut off the boy's penis and killed him, and then killed one of the policemen who came for him. After escaping prison, Angelo body-jacked a man, took a woman hostage at knifepoint and tried to stab her to death in a fit of pique. After Josuke thwarts him, he goes on a killing spree with 7 civilian deaths. He attempts to kill Josuke and his mother out of spite, and then kills Josuke's grandfather. He returns for another attempt on their lives, and when defeated, he taunts Josuke with his grandfather's death and the fact that he can't kill Angelo without becoming like him, before threatening to throttle a young boy to death.
  • Contested Sequel: Initially a pretty big one among Japanese fans, and for many Western fans as well, though for the latter this was largely due in part to the comically atrocious "Duwang" translations. Common complaints include the artstyle shift that occurs midway through the part, some Shocking Swerve moments to set up the plot (Joseph's infidelity in particular being viewed as extremely out of character even for a trickster like him), and the fact that the manga is obviously in a Post-Script Season that goes nowhere fast for the first half. A modern high quality translation and a superb anime has done enough to change the opinion of both Japanese and Western fans by highlighting the parts strengths, such as it's incredibly high-energy and enthralling fights, the evolution of Stand abilities from fairly standard Shonen powers into unconventional and unique abilities, and the strong characterization of the main cast. Couple this with the introduction of Kira, the rotating cast members for each fight, and the incredible artwork, and this sentiment has died down somewhat in recent years.
  • Crack Pairing: Okuyasu/Tomoko became this due to an off-handed comment Okuyasu made about Tomoko being hot, similar to Kakyoin/Holy from Part 3.
  • Crazy Awesome: Akira Otoishi for his outlandish character design, not to mention his awesome guitar skills and Determinator status.
  • Creepy Awesome: Yoshikage Kira is one of the most popular villains in the series, despite (or rather because of) the fact that he's a mentally unstable Mad Bomber and Serial Killer with a hand fetish. His time-travel shenanigans and complete nonchalance towards murder probably help matters.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: You would be surprised at how many people attempt to rationalize and justify Kira's actions around the fanbase. Many attempt to say that he only killed "bad" girls (his two on-screen girl victims being a gold-digger and a rebellious girl)... conveniently ignoring his many off-screen victims and Reimi Sugimoto/her dog Arnold. There are also people that blame Shigeki and the Morioh Gang for ruining his "quiet life", when that "quiet life" involved going unpunished for his many crimes and continued killing of young girls, or those that say that all his bad habits come from a fucked up childhood when the story even tells us that he had a healthy childhood — aside from having an overly doting father. And lastly, there are those that ship him with Shinobu... even though he killed her husband. While nobody can deny he's crazy awesome and a cool villain with some redeeming qualities, the story goes out of its way to show us how much of a bastard the guy is, and that being nothing but his own choice.
    • Kira's stand, Killer Queen, gets a lot of this as well. Fanart tends to play up Killer Queen's catlike traits to make him look cuter, and often depicts him acting like a cat as well (i.e. meowing, sitting in boxes, playing with yarn, etc.) There's even a subreddit dedicated to cute pictures of Killer Queen.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Diamond is Unbreakable, due to its heavy focus on its supporting characters. has generated a lot of these.
    • Yukako Yamagishi only gets two arcs where she is the focus yet is as synonymous with this part as the main characters are. She is often featured in many fan works related to this part and has gained recognition over the years for being the character that truly kickstarted the Yandere trope. She even got to be a playable character in Eyes of Heaven.
    • Following in the footsteps of fellow secondary antagonists Wamuu and Hol Horse, Akira Otoishi is reasonably popular among the fandom. His popularity mostly comes from his outlandish character design, being a legitimate threat to the heroes despite being a villain for one arc, and his memorable fight. Like Wamuu and Hol Horse, he was playable in both All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven.
    • Shinobu Kawajiri started to gain more attention with the anime adaptation for her amusing interactions with Yoshikage Kira as Kosaku Kawajiri.
    • Mikitaka Hazekura is one of the most memorable arc characters in the franchise for the sheer hilarity of his story arc and the ambiguity surrounding his character.
    • Yuya Fungami, like Mikitaka, is one of the most well-liked minor characters in the franchise. His debut arc is often considered one of the best in this part; his Stand Highway Star is cool, Josuke gets lots of creative uses out of Crazy Diamond's repairing ability, and three of the most famous scenes are in it. note  His spotlight in the Enigma Boy arc where he not only helps but saves Josuke also gained him a lot of fans.
    • Shizuka Joestar is only important in one fairly short arc and essentially a Living Prop for the rest of the series, and she's a completely normal baby (aside from her Stand). However, the idea of another Joestar Stand user raised by Joseph and running around in the period between Parts 4 and 6 (or even afterward) happens to be high-grade Fanfic Fuel, which has made "Shizuka grows up" one of the more common Fandom-Specific Plots.
    • Tonio Trussardi is one of the most beloved characters of this arc due to his highly memorable Breather Episode that serves as a subversion for the Monster of the Week format and being one of the few genuinely kind and altruistic Stand users who just wants to help his customers with his cookings. The fact that his episode has a heavy focus on Food Porn certainly doesn't hurt either.
    • While Shigechi is a Base-Breaking Character, his Stand Harvest is popular for its design, surprising effectiveness in combat and ability to make easy money.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Mikitaka's entire character still puzzles fans to this day. Is he what he states to be an alien that just happens to have superpowers? Is he an alien that has awoken to a Stand? Is he just faking this all and just another ordinary Stand User? None of this is ever answered and all we're left to assume is either he really is what he states to be or is just delusional.
    • A lot of fans still wonder who the stranger that saved Josuke's life when he was a child was and what happened to him. The stranger has been a topic of discussion where fans either believe that the stranger is another person who simply got into a fight or a grown-up Josuke who had encountered a time-powered Stand.
      • Guesses on the stranger's identity range from either reasonable note  to flat-out fun, hilarious or just plain crackish note .
      • Due to rumors that have surfaced about Araki's original vision for the Josuke vs. Kira battle at the end it is also possible that the stranger who saved Josuke when he was a kid was Josuke himself having been sent back to the past by Bites the Dust.
      • There are also some fans who disregard any theories about Josuke's savior all together and claim that it was meant to be ambiguous. Fans who believe this will often point to the fact that it was Koichi telling the story and the only person he knows with Josuke's hairstyle is Josuke himself which is why Josuke's savior resembles him in the flashback.
      • Adding to the above point, fans who disregard the theories also argue that Josuke's savior being a complete stranger would have far more impact and influence on Josuke himself as a character due to his simple act of kindness influencing Josuke's own kinder and more compassionate nature, even to the extent of possibly influencing Crazy Diamond's power of healing as a result.
  • Even Better Sequel: Considered to be one to Stardust Crusaders for having a more interesting Stand of the Week format, focusing more on characterization and setting, and having a more interesting tone. Many (Western only) fans say that this part is when Araki mastered the art of writing Stands.
  • Evil Is Cool: Kira is so threatening and sharp dressed that he has many fans of his evil action. He has the Fan Nickname "Japanese David Bowie", and Killer Queen is considered one of the coolest Stands thanks to its great design and power.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Yoshikage Kira donning one spiffy suit and tie and having the appearance of David Bowie, and even has a couple of nude scenes as Kosaku. Being voiced by Sephiroth in Japan and Wesker overseas help matters.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Due to their past history with each other, Rohan/Reimi has a sizable following among the fandom, being one of the few popular straight pairings to boot.
    • Josuke/Okuyasu in the West due to being Heterosexual Life-Partners. Josuke/Rohan is shipped more in the East, however, thanks to Foe Yay Shipping.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Among Western fans, one emerged with Re:Zero, the sleeper hit of the Spring 2016 season. This rivalry stemmed from the fact that many JJBA fans were heavily looking forward to the anime adaptation of Diamond is Unbreakable (especially since it's one of the most well-liked parts among Western fans) but were disappointed that another anime was overshadowing it. It didn't help that there were many JJBA fans who gave labels to Re:Zero such as "edgy" or calling it a "generic light novel adaptation." Meanwhile, the Re:Zero fandom sometimes lashes out at the JoJo one, accusing them of over-hyping the franchise and trying too hard to paint everything as a reference to it. Among the Japanese fandom, however, the opposite is true.
    • An ugly one started with the Yuri!!! on Ice fandom due to the Award Snub incident above. Not helping matters was how whereas Diamond is Unbreakable only had one nominee, Yuri!!! on Ice was nominated for half the categories and won them: including Anime of the Year... which many felt that DiU should've won or at least been nominated for. Naturally, this resulted in heated arguments between the two fandoms where the DiU fandom dismisses Yuri!!! on Ice as being "blatant pandering and fanservice" while the Yuri!!! on Ice fandom claims the DiU fandom is "just jealous" and that JoJo was "nonsensical". It reached a bigger explosion when the more rabid members of the Yuri!!! on Ice fandom accused anyone who didn't like Yuri!!! on Ice as being "homophobic"... which did not sit well at all with the Jojo fandom in general. note 
    • It would be easier to say that with some exceptions (Mob Psycho 100, My Hero Academia, and KonoSuba), any anime that became widely popular in 2016 started this with Diamond is Unbreakable. This is the result of the fact that many people who watched it already read the manga and proclaimed it as one of the best if not the best part of the manga and felt that any other show that got popular in the same year it aired would steal its thunder. It all boils down to the fact that while JJBA is certainly popular, most of its popularity on the internet is among anime bloggers, critics, and their fans or people who don't spend time on online anime communities while its rivals all saw widespread popularity across all fans.
  • Fanon:
    • A common theory circulating among fans is that Shizuka's mother was one of Kira's victims, and that she awakened her Stand out of instinct to protect herself.
    • Due to the nature of Bites the Dust, and the next part of the series introducing Requiem Stands as a concept, it's common to see people claim it's a Requiem Stand. Word of God has never supported this idea despite this.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Many fans who have this as their favorite parts are also fans of Yu Yu Hakusho and Persona 4 due to those works having similar characters and themes.
    • Crossover art with Ed, Edd n Eddy is fairly popular given that the protagonists of both shows involve a Power Trio consisting of Dumb Muscle, a Shrinking Violet and an outgoing leader in a suburban setting. Not to mention Part 4 takes place in the summer of 1999, while Ed, Edd n' Eddy aired in 1999 and revolved around the trio's summer vacation. Oh, and Josuke's, Okuyasu's and Shigechi's schemes involving money mirrors how the Ed boys love scamming people out of their change.
    • With Re:Zero... in Japan only. In fact it's an exact inverse of the situation in the West. While JJBA fans weren't fond of Re:Zero overshadowing the Diamond is Unbreakable anime during the Spring 2016, fans in Japan were happy that another successful anime could air alongside it. Even more so among the younger fans whose first exposure to DiU was watching the anime and also happened to be watching Re:Zero as well.
    • With Keijo!!!!!!!! once its anime adaptation began running during the fall season alongside the second half of the Diamond is Unbreakable anime, due to both series being rife with Crazy Awesome, over-the-top action, lengthy ability explanations, and Refuge in Audacity.
    • As of 2017 it has become noticeable that many fans of this part are also fans of KonoSuba. Like Diamond is Unbreakable it was one of the most popular and well-liked anime to air in 2016 and the second season which began airing in the January 2017 season has begun to fill the void that the Diamond is Unbreakable anime left behind once it concluded.
    • There are a handful of crossover memes with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia that combine Sunny's characteristic opening credits with Diamond is Unbreakable's tendency to introduce increasingly-worse situations to the small-town setting of Morioh. For example.
  • Fountain of Memes: The Duwang scans are the second biggest source of memes in the fandom next to DIO.
  • Genius Bonus: "Father-Son", Yoshihiro Kira's Leitmotif, has tribal music and chanting reminiscient of native American rituals. Native Americans superstitiously believed that cameras had the ability to steal souls, which befits Yoshihiro's stand Atom Heart Father.
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  • Growing the Beard:
    • After a Slow-Paced Beginning, Rohan's introduction greatly picked things up especially after Reimi is introduced and the reveal that a serial killer is lurking around Morioh. Other moments generally cited as this are Nijimura Bros., for the introduction of Okuyasu and with him a lot of the emotional weight of the part, Tonio's arc and Red Hot Chili Pepper for pretty firmly cementing Part 4's more humorous tone, or, of course, the proper introduction of Kira Yoshikage. Basically, there's a lot of points throughout the first half of the part where things take a noticeable ramp up in quality.
    • For the franchise itself, Diamond is Unbreakable was considered a step-up from Stardust Crusaders (mostly among Western fans), as the Stand of the Week format felt less repetitive and there was more of a focus on characterization, with Stand abilities generally being much more original. This originality results in the birth of the complicated and cunning-focused fights that JoJo would later become known for, with the subsequent parts going all out with weird Stand abilities. Some fans even say that this part is where Araki truly found his calling with the franchise.
    • While some fights in Stardust Crusaders were stated to take place at the same time, they were still told to the audience one at a time. The "July 15" chapters and episodes in Diamond is Unbreakable smash this to pieces by telling three fights at the same time and jumping from fight to fight with a bit of Anachronic Order to mix things up. While Araki had previously juggled plots and subplots within an arc, "July 15" is the first time he presented multiple fights at the same time.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Rohan's derisive remark about America "having no taste" due to troubles publishing his work there becomes this due to the franchise's explosive burst in popularity in the West come The New '10s. More specifically, Rohan At The Louvre was translated into English in America (which have also received Part 3, the Anniversary editions of Parts 1 and 2, the anime thus far, and several of the video games). Americans actually seem to love JoJo!
    • There's some deaths on telephone wires, there's a murderer hiding in plain sight in a Japanese town, and some high school kids (among others, albeit) are trying to track down the murderer while also fighting with supernatural powers that are basically the manifestation of psychological power. Are we talking about Diamond is Unbreakable or Persona 4?
    • Yoshikage Kira wouldn't be the last Kira who is a Serial Killer obsessed with staying hidden and who kills people with "heart attacks."
    • The "Koichi really steals? No dignity" line in the Duwang scans becomes this after this incident.
    • Speaking of the Duwang scans, given their legendarily poor quality, more than a few fans had a good chuckle when the first opening of the anime adaptation, "Crazy Noisy Bizarre Town," was performed by a band calling themselves The DU.
    • A dub example—this isn't the first time Mikitaka's voice actor voiced an alien. His performance also predates his performance as another blue-clad character with green hair who also has pointy ears, except they're hidden. He also belongs to a species that also may or may not be an alien.
    • Terunosuke's Stand, Enigma, was given the Dub Name Change "Mysterioso." That was jarring enough since "Enigma" isn't even a trademarked term, but it gets even more hilarious come the anime for Part 5 when Enigma's namesake did the second closing theme, "Modern Crusaders."
    • This isn't the first time D.C. Douglas voiced a villainous character with perverse erotic desires who was taken down by a group of teenagers.
    • Kira is also believed to be modeled afer David Bowie. The dub has him played by another blonde villain whose voice was actually confirmed to be modeled after Bowie.
    • For a third Persona-related example, Persona 5 Royal sees one character (Takuto Maruki) evolve their Persona into an armored humanoid whose skillset can be boiled down to "punching things really hard" and "healing"—not unlike Crazy Diamond. This would be eyebrow-raising enough if not for the fact that Maruki shares their voice with Josuke himself and is every bit a Nice Guy (albeit an Anti-Villain Well-Intentioned Extremist).
      • To take a step further, Kametz's character is introduced as a student counsellor who was specifically hired to help counsel victims of Suguru Kamoshida, who is voiced by Yoshikage Kira's voice actor D.C. Douglas. In a way, Josuke is still 'healing' Kira's victims.
    • Could be seen as Squick in Hindsight to those who saw it as disgusting, but Echoes starting off as an egg is this when one remembers the 1994 CLAMP Doujinshi where Noriaki Kakyoin lays an egg containing his and Jotaro's child. Further emphasized by how Kakyoin and Koichi both wear green, both are the closest friends to Jotaro and Josuke respectively, and Koichi serves a similar role to Kakyoin in Jotaro's eyes.
  • Idiot Plot: For some reason nobody in the main cast ever thinks to use Joseph's Hermit Purple to find Kira's identity before or after he switches faces with Kosaku Kawajiri. This is especially odd when you consider that the entire reason that Joseph came to Morioh was to find the identity of Red Hot Chili Pepper's user and he stays for the entirety of the part. Of course, this could be blamed on Joseph's dwindling eyesight and the fact that Hermit Purple wasn't always 100% reliable.
  • Iron Woobie: Okuyasu is very popular among the American fandom for this. His mother died when he was young and he was frequently abused by his father, and it only got worse when after DIO's death, his father turned into an immortal blob monster incapable of speech. Following that, his brother took charge of his entire life only for his brother to be killed when the two decided they'd help their father. Okuyasu has clearly been through a lot, but he confronts it by befriending Josuke and Koichi and trying to move past his abusive relationship with his father.
  • It Was His Sled: A lot of fans go into this part knowing that Akira is the Disc-One Final Boss and that Yoshikage Kira is the serial killer's identity. Of course a major aspect of the second half is less that the readers already know his identity and more that the main characters don't.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Keicho Nijimura debuts as a cold bastard who attacks people with the Bow and Arrow to draw Stands out of them; uncaring if people die or if the new users hurt others. He's abusive to his brother and even tries to dispose of him when Okuyasu gets in his way. Then we learn his backstory where in his childhood he was kinder and more protective of his younger brother especially after they lost their mother and their father turns abusive. Upon seeing his father devolve into a pitiful and barely human monster, Keicho would rather Shoot the Dog and put him out of his misery than let him continue as a pitiful shell of a man. In the end his past comes back to bite him when one of the people he gave powers to return to kill him, but Keicho's last action is to save his younger brother. Upon seeing his remains Okuyasu breaks down.
      Okuyasu: My Big Bro... deserved to end up like that. There's no way he could have lived a decent life. That was his fate. But you know... In the end, in the very end my big bro defended me didn't he?
    • Father Nijimura used to abuse his sons when he was human out of regret for his wife's passing and had no qualms about allying himself with DIO. Then Jotaro killed DIO... and he suddenly transformed into a blob monster incapable of speech. He has spent years in his home's attic crying for days on end, because he remembered the location of the family photo that was torn up, and when Josuke repairs the photo he starts crying even harder. Despite everything he did in the past he's regretful towards mistreating his son, realized that becoming one of DIO's henchmen only made things worse for his family, and he wishes that his family could be happy again like when his wife was alive.
    • Shigechi is a Fat Bastard who tries to screw his friends out of money in their introductory arc, but he becomes their close friend regardless. Ultimately, he's a middle-schooler with no friends besides Okuyasu and Josuke, very protective of his family, and his death at the hands of Kira Yoshikage is absolutely heart-rending.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Rohan has been shipped with pretty much the entire Part 4 cast.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Yoshikage Kira is a suave, handsome Serial Killer who wants nothing more than to have an "average" existence and live without any distress or worry in his life. Having spent his life specifically seeking third place in any competition or test he took, even planting himself in inconspicuous positions in group photos, just to remain under the radar as neither particularly gifted or flawed, Kira then used his appearance as a normal person to mask his serial killings, murdering women to then take their hands and treat them as "dates" so as to satisfy his hand fetish. Using his Stand, Killer Queen, Kira easily eliminates all evidence of his victims, murders all those who could even possibly stand in his way, and sets numerous traps for Josuke and his friends as they close in on the killer. When seemingly beaten, Kira escapes, kills a man and steals his identity, and gains Bites the Dust, a time-rewinding ability that he uses to murder everyone who could possibly stop him. Even when killed and sent to the afterlife, Kira happily accepts his new "peaceful" existence, only truly losing when the souls of his victims lash out at him and curse him to an eternity of suffering. Though spending much of his time on the run from Josuke, Kira stays one step ahead the whole time, and has such sheer willpower to survive that he unlocks entirely new Stand abilities, a feat nearly unheard of throughout the world.
  • Memetic Loser: Okuyasu is remembered as the guy who never used his Stand to the best of its abilities. The fact that he's regularly outsmarted by others contributes to this perception (Josuke, Akira, Yoshihiro Kira, etc.)
  • Memetic Molester: Yoshikage Kira is quite infamous for this among fans. There's already his odd fetish with female hands but it only gets crazier when as he is dying he talks about getting a boner when he first saw the Mona Lisa. Also of note is the scene where he is in the bathtub with Hayato. Then again, this is a serial killer we are talking about.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Moe:
    • Koichi, especially at the start, due to his short height and really young looks. Especially when compared to other characters who are around the same age as him like Josuke, Okuyasu, Mikitaka and Yuya.
    • Of all people, Josuke can come across as this in the anime due to the various expressions he pulls.
  • Mondegreen: The second verse of "Great Days" has two.
    • FUNGAL! BRACES!Actual lyrics 
    • Let the joy of love give you cancer! Actual lyrics 
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Angelo had long crossed it when he raped two teenage boys and murdered a third.
    • For Okuyasu at least, Akira crossed it when he killed Keicho and stole the Stand Arrow from him, just as Keicho and Okuyasu were about to sort things out too.
    • Kira crossed it before his first full appearance when it was revealed he brutally murdered Reimi Sugimoto, an innocent 16-year old girl that was babysitting a 4-year old Rohan and her dog Arnold, and would have murdered little Rohan too if it wasn't for Reimi pushing him through a window before Kira could even see him. And this was just one of his multiple murders.
    • Terunosuke taking Tomoko and Koichi hostage is treated as the action that makes him an irredeemable villain. Josuke says so when delivering him to his Fate Worse than Death.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Even though it's a sound used to indicate oncoming death, the click of Killer Queen setting off one of its bombs is really satisfying, and can get even better if it's a scrappy who's about to die.
  • Narm: A minor one occurred on the finale of the English dub on Toonami. During Yoshikage Kira's final moments, he talks about how he got his hand fetish. Due to rules on what words can or cannot be said on American television, the word "cock" note  is bleeped out. Because this has never happened in any moment of the English dub, the bleep either briefly ruined the moment, or people got a kick out of the bleeped dialogue despite it.
    Yoshikage Kira: It gave me...a rock hard *bleep*
  • Nausea Fuel: Rohan licking a spider after piercing it to release its web fluid is so gross even Hazamada was puking his guts. You would do the same if you're arachnophobic.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • There are many jokes about Josuke burning down Rohan's house. Even though it was mostly Rohan's fault for leaving a magnifying glass unattended and prioritizing catching Josuke on cheating rather than putting out the flames.
    • As seen with all of the memes they've produced, the Duwang scans will not be forgotten by the fandom any time soon. Even though better translations and anime still exist, Morioh is still called Duwang Town by some fans, some translations keep the more memetic lines, and there's even a fansub group giving the anime Duwang subtitles.
    • Like with the reveal episode of DIO in Part 3, Killer Queen's Off-Model debut is constantly pointed out by fans who criticize David Production, even though it was fixed in the Blu-ray and subsequent episodes have had no clear Off-Model examples.
    • An ambulance running over and killing Kira. It was such a sudden, unexpected, and frankly silly way for the Big Bad to be killed off that it's become memetic. Even before the scene was animated fans were making all sorts of jokes about it.
    • The number of Defeat Equals Friendship moments in DiU is quite high compared to the other parts before and after and remains a point of contention. Of the 15 human stand using antagonists, 7 of them end up on good terms with the Morioh Stand users despite having done things that villains in previous parts had been outright killed for. As mentioned under Broken Base and The Scrappy as well, some of these moments feel like they were too Easily Forgiven for the trouble they caused and any innocents they, past or present, put in the crossfire.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • Terunosuke Miyamoto — his powers only work on a person if that person gets scared. This is easier for him to do than you would think.
    • As much as Yoshikage Kira seems Affably Evil, he invokes a fantasy-fueled Adult Fear: the knowledge that a serial killer lives in your town and could stealthily kill you at any given moment when you least expect it. Of course, Kira himself has standards that keep him from killing at random, but it doesn't make him any less menacing, and it gets even worse once Bites the Dust enters the fray. It's bad enough that he outdoes J. Geil's Hanged Man in every way possible with his eye-entry maneuver, but the fact that he can bend the world to his whim in a "Groundhog Day" Loop is unsettling.
  • Realism-Induced Horror: This trope is generally regarded as a prominent factor in Yoshikage Kira's popularity, which is great enough to rival other JoJo villains. Unlike more supernaturally-oriented villains like DIO and Kars or exaggeratedly corrupt and delusional characters like Diavolo and Pucci, Kira is a realistically-portrayed serial killer (barring his Stand abilities of course). He doesn't have any grand schemes of domination, instead simply being driven to kill both because he enjoys it and to feed into his fetish for women's hands, which he severs from his victims and keeps around as "girlfriends" until they start to decay. He doesn't announce his presence in the way that other JoJo villains do, instead keeping an intentionally low profile and deceiving those around him by coming off as a charming and charismatic figure without seeming too interesting as to stand out, and if people do start getting suspicious, he finds ways to isolate them from their peers and pursue them until he can kill them. What stands out about all of this is that these traits are visibly modeled after real-life serial killers of decades past, most notably Ted Bundy, Ed Gein, and the then-recently apprehended Jefferey Dahmer, giving a chilling amount of realism to a character in a franchise that otherwise lives up to the "Bizarre" part of its name.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Those who didn't like Jotaro in Part 3 definitely warmed up to and like him in this Part. This is mainly due to how most of his '90s Anti-Hero traits (which made him a big Base-Breaking Character in the first place) have become more downplayed, Jotaro being far more mature (justified since he's now in his high twenties), and him being an awesome Big Brother Mentor to Josuke and Koichi. Some fans even say that Jotaro makes a far better mentor character than protagonist.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Tamami gets a lot of hate due to the hell he put Koichi and his family through in trying to rip them off, the Fridge Horror that he has driven people to suicide with his Stand's ability, and being his rather flimsy Heel–Face Turn and being Easily Forgiven.
    • Hazamada is disliked for being a negative depiction of Otaku, his sociopathic behavior (gouging out his friend's eye after getting into an argument over a pop idol and Rohan revealing that he wanted to rape a classmate of his), and like Tamami, being Easily Forgiven.
  • Shocking Moments:
    • Right after Rohan's introduction we're introduced to Reimi Sugimoto who is the ghost of a teenage girl killed by a serial killer 16 years prior to the story. While the beginning made Diamond is Unbreakable out to be another Stand of the Week-style narrative, here it becomes apparent that the part is an all-out game of cat and mouse between the protagonists and the enigmatic Yoshikage Kira.
    • The opening of Episode 36 of Diamond is Unbreakable has Kira using Bites the Dust to rewind the opening!
  • Signature Scene:
    • Josuke punching a plate of spaghetti with Crazy Diamond while eating Italian food with Okuyasu. It's sometimes considered the best example of the It Makes Sense in Context that runs through the franchise as a whole.
    • At least among the Western fandom, the infamous "What a beautiful Duwang!" scene.
    • Highway Star threatening to kill Rohan and Rohan replying with "I refuse!"
    • After a badly-beaten Kira suffers a mental breakdown, his mention of how the Mona Lisa gave him a boner the first time he saw it.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: As explained in Americans Hate Tingle above, there is a heated one between Josuke/Okuyasu and Josuke/Rohan in the Western fandom.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: Other than finding the Stand Arrow, there isn't much of a plot to the first half of Diamond is Unbreakable. Most of the early arcs are instead focused on explain the origin of Stands, developing the new main characters, and other antics such as eating Italian food. However, things really pick up when Rohan is introduced and we find out that Morioh has more problems than rampant Stand users.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The hilariously bad translation dubbed by many fans as the Duwang Scans. They originated when a pair of Chinese students decided to translate the manga for a project in their English class, and they translated the manga from Japanese to Chinese to English; they supposedly failed this class because of the project. For a long time they were the only available translation of the manga online. The Duwang Scans were infamous for hilariously bad grammar, leaving Chinese characters untranslated, and many memetic lines such as "get a feeling so complicated" and "what a beautiful Duwang!" Despite the poor quality of this translation however, the Duwang Scans have become a permanent part of JoJo history, often being the subject of dramatic readings on YouTube (like so) and some of the better translations keeping the memetic lines.
  • Song Association: As expected with the characters' Stands being named after songs and bands and the like, but there's also the song "ECNALUBMA" by They Might Be Giants. The song became associated with Yoshikage Kira thanks to Viva Reverie's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable But Really Really Fast video, in which Kira often plays Waxing Lyrical with the song's lyrics. The song also doubles as a foreshadowing to his eventual fate.
  • Squick: Kira, especially where hands are concerned. There's a scene where he licks his victim's hands, and even eats a sandwich off of one of them. And supplementary material reveals that Kira even uses them to wipe his butt, which leaves many fans wondering what else he does with his victims' hands in his everyday life.
  • Superlative Dubbing:
    • The English dub of the anime is widely considered the best of the dubs for series, and many feel it does a better job overall than even the anime's Japanese cast. The new voice actors used for the dub have been the biggest praise as well; Billy Kametz as Josuke, Zach Aguilar as Koichi, Jalen K. Cassell as Okuyasu, Faye Mata as Yukako, and Andrew Russell as Akira have been seen as extremely good casting and helped make the characters stand out even more than they did originally. Matthew Mercer's performance as Jotaro has been praised also for being much more nuanced than in Part 3, and, thanks to the overall handling of Jotaro in this Part, helped make his performance better as a result. Even the return of accents, through Tonio, was well received, due to his voice actor, Christopher Bevins, putting a good Italian accent on and giving an earnest performance. The casting of D.C. Douglas has Kira has been praised as well, with his short appearance in Episode 17 being enough to win over his performance.
    • Vic Mignogna's performance as Rohan was questioned at first; some fans found his soft, nasally voice to contrast with Rohan's true nature. However, it quickly became accepted as a great performance come Rohan's most hammy moments, and especially during and after his beatdown at the hands of Josuke.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • "Crazy Noisy Bizarre Town." the first opening, sounds very similar to "Soldier Game" from Love Live!, to the point where it's very easy to mash up the two songs.
    • "Crazy Noisy Bizarre Town" also has an extremely similar brass section hook to Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk."
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Tamami getting smashed on the head with a brick by Hazamada, and Hazamada himself getting beaten up so badly by two civilians he assaulted earlier that he has to be sent to the hospital on a stretcher. Both are seen as satisfying moments to those who don't like those characters for being Easily Forgiven.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • The scene in the first episode of the anime which foreshadows Kira's role as antagonist. Many felt that the scene removed the tension of the early chapters by immediately pointing out that there is a serial killer in Morioh.
    • The fact that the openings aren't CGI-animated like the previous ones didn't go over well with some fans.
    • Needless to say, a lot of fans aren't pleased with Crunchyroll's translated Stand names, even if they are due to legal issues with the Japanese names.
    • The anime changing most of the Japanese voice actors from the (at the time) recent games (particularly All-Star Battle) didn't go over well with some fans. In particular some people were not fond of Yūki Kaji taking over for Romi Park as Koichi.
    • The anime leaving out a few scenes sparked this reaction as well. Most notably Josuke telling Rohan a joke about his grandmother being hit by the same car twice in one day (likely a reference to Lisa Lisa, his grandmother, being struck by Kars twice) and Rohan complaining that his manga never found an American audience (a reference to the difficulties JoJo had at the time with being localized and published overseas).
    • The art style shift that occurred starting with the "Yukako Yamagishi is in Love" arc. Some felt that it strayed too far away from what the foundation of "manliness" the series was built off of in the first two parts. Some don't like how Josuke and Okuyasu thinned out or how Jotaro's appearance was more in line with that of a regular guy than a muscular Clint Eastwood Expy.
      • In a reverse scenario the fact that the anime didn't adapt the art style change and stuck with the new art style the entire time. Made even more jarring is the fact that David Production adapted both of Iggy's designs into the Stardust Crusaders anime.
    • Related to the above, the fact that Shinobu is redesigned somewhat in the Blu-rays to have a more doll-like look similar to the style seen late into the manga's life; many fans have decried this change in design for making Shinobu look unnecessarily moe and less expressive in certain shots compared to her TV design.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Overall the most aversions of any Part, with several supporting cast members managing to log A Day in the Limelight even after their introductory arcs, but there are a few examples.
    • Nothing is done with Okuyasu's father after The Reveal of his nature.
    • Tonio has absolutely no role in the story after his initial short story arc.
    • Hazamada, the only true scumbag among the former enemies of the main cast, only briefly has a role at the start of Rohan's introductory arc before dropping out after him and Koichi's first visit.
    • Akira Otoishi was dispatched in his introduction. He could have had a role as Yoshikage Kira's subordinate and act as Okuyasu's personal rival, in a similar vein to Vanilla Ice in the previous part.
    • Tomoko Higashikata, Josuke's mother in Part 4, shows signs of an interesting personality and dynamic with her son (and is said to still not be over Joseph), but barely ever appears and is explicitly kept away from him for her own sake.
    • Shizuka Joestar never reappears after the conclusion of Part 4. While not a Joestar by blood, mention of her would've provided interesting insight on what Joseph and the others were up to in the time after Part 4, and an older Shizuka with more control over her invisibility powers would've made a very useful ally to Jotaro and Jolyne. Shizuka's untapped potential makes her a prime source of Fanfic Fuel.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Joseph's affair rarely gets brought up. We get little mention of Suzy Q aside from being mad at him about the affair, and it would have been interesting to see Joseph try to work out a potentially dying marriage.
    • The Kiras' relationship wasn't really explored either. While Yoshihiro is shown to be extremely devoted to his son, we don't get to see Yoshikage's side of their relationship and both of them only interacted during the "Bites the Dust" arc. Araki revealed in an interview that he wanted to flesh out Kira's backstory and reveal the extent of his "abusive childhood", but decided against it thinking it would make Yoshikage too sympathetic.
    • Another plot revolving around Kira is the brief family life he takes up when going into hiding. Despite what one may expect of a serial killer, he is actually a significant improvement to Shinobu's life compared to her previously loveless marriage with a son who spent much time keeping to himself than interacting with her. Seeing Kira actually curb his murderous intent for a while and showing he cared for her appealed greatly to fans, many wanting to see Alternate Universes where he reforms and becomes a family man and gets the quiet life he always wanted.
  • Too Cool to Live: Being the main antagonist of this Part, inevitably this trope happens to Kira due to having a Stand with versatile use of his explosion powers, incredibly deductive mind and eventually a Story-Breaker Power of "Groundhog Day" Loop, which would've made him a difficult threat to detain or even defeat conventionally—hence his rather mundane death by ambulance.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Some fans have this opinion on Shigechi. Despite his gonkish appearance, some found him strangely adorable, especially whenever he's actually being nice and pleasant to the gang. This sentiment likely increased after his death by Kira's hands.
    • Father Nijimura's disfigured form to some extent as well after Art Evolution made him less monstrous and more cartoonish in appearance.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Terunosuke Miyamoto, the eponymous Enigma Boy of his arc, was a frightening piece of work and bastard, few would argue, but a lot of people feel like his fate of being permanently fused with a book, implied to still be alive was several steps too harsh for someone who claimed to have just gone overboard with his new stand ability.
  • Uncanny Valley: The anime art style for the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan OVA was changed to match with Araki's Part 8 art style. While Rohan blends in well with the new art style, the originally cartoony and expressive Okuyasu and especially Koichi... do not.
  • Vindicated by History: Only in Japan, however. While it wasn't very well-liked during serialization in the 90's, the anime has done it a lot of favors since it was able to draw in new fans. Not only has the anime seen high Blu-ray/DVD sales figures but Tower Records frequently advertises it during releases.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • Occasional bouts of Off-Model aside, the anime has some stunning animation quality, art direction, and usage of visual effects such as Crazy Diamond's healing powers, The Hand's Portal Cut visually distorting the frame, and every activation of Bites The Dust being visually distinct while still staying true to its depiction from the manga. A particular praise heaped on it is the use of a more vibrant and psychedelic color palette compared to the last three Parts, which were all mostly realistic in color aside from the Once per Episode color shifts.
    • For the live-action film, the CGI used for the Stands to be featured in this Part have been called nothing short of stunning. After a long period of worry that the Stands' designs would be hampered by the generally poor CGI quality that comes out of Japanese cinema (exacerbated by the visuals for them not being revealed for a long while after the film's announcement), seeing the first live-action portrayal of a Stand has been met with much acclaim from the fan base and Japanese cinephiles in general as a step up from the usual quality.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: For some fans, they can't take the "Morioh is a Beautiful Town" quote seriously due to the infamous "Duwang" translation.
  • The Woobie:
    • Hayato Kawajiri only wanted his father's respect and is often ignored by his mother. However he doesn't know that his real father was killed by Kira who assumed his identity and when he does find out, he ends up becoming victim to a "Groundhog Day" Loop in the form of Bites the Dust. Even when Kira's out of his life, his dad remains dead and life doesn't really get better.
    • Likewise, Shinobu Kawajiri, who thought Kosaku was her dream man and married her only to end up in a marriage that she finds unsatisfying. Every day when Kosaku would come home, he'd frequently refuse to talk to her only attending to his dinner, bath, and sleep. Strangely enough Shinobu finds her relationship with her husband being rekindled after Kira takes on the identity of Kosaku but even that doesn't matter as Kira's acknowledgement of her is merely him using her as a means to an end. At the end of the story, Shinobu doesn't even know that Kira was run over by an ambulance and believes that Kosaku went to work waiting for him as he never comes home.
    • The aging Joseph Joestar as seen in this Part. Once a proud warrior who saved the world from the clutches of the Pillar Men and took a stand against DIO, is now a bumbling old man with memory issues and physical handicaps. There's also the fact that he feels regret for abandoning Josuke and leaving him without a father because of how he used to think that his father abandoned him.
    • Practically every relative of Kira's victims, like Shigechi's parents, deserve a mention. Their loved ones suddenly go missing without a trace, and because of the nature of Kira's murders, they will never realise that they have been murdered by a serial killer.
  • Woolseyism:
    • To hide the true cause of Ryohei's death (he was murdered by an enemy Stand), it was explained that he died from a brain tumor. While it's not impossible for a tumor to go unnoticed for a long time, a seemingly healthy man just suddenly dying from cancer would raise a few red flags (nevermind that an autopsy would immediately expose it). The dub changes the cover-story to Ryohei dying from a stroke, making it more plausible.
    • Red Hot Chili Pepper's Dub Name Change to "Chili Pepper." Not only does it still keep the basic idea of its namesake, but it makes sense since it's not actually red.
    • Similarly, "Shining Diamond" is commonly considered to be one of the better Stand name changes out there, due to it still carrying the connection to the Pink Floyd song it's named after, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."
    • Since Yoshikage's delivery relied on his manner of speaking to make him seem Affably Evil, the dub conveys this by having him speak in a more formal manner, such as using more refined words and phrases. This keeps the spirit of his personality consistent in the dub, helping him seem Affably Evil still.
    • Ken's nickname is changed to "Roshamboy," keeping the number of syllables of the original nickname, and rolling off the tongue better than a literal translation.
    • In the original Japanese voice track, the upperclassman thugs called Josuke's hairstyle "Astro Boy/Atom" hair and Josuke imagined them comparing his hairstyle to that of Sazae-san, while the English-language dub replaced it with generic insults such as "fugly cowlick" and "muddly toupet."
    • The much-memed line from the paramedic in the final episode to an obviously injured Josuke is changed from "Are you one of the injured too?" to "Please lie down, sir!", which is a lot less hilariously stupid.

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