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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a manga series serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump and Ultra Jump since 1987. The author is Hirohiko Araki. It illustrates the relationship between the Joestar family and their archenemy Dio in a grand scale.
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This is a story about the relationship between Dio and the Joestar Family which spans over a century….


The manga was serialized in Shueisha’s weekly shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from 1987 to 2004, and in the same company’s youth manga magazine Ultra Jump since 2005.

With its unique drawing style, frame dividing, onomatopoeia, poses and lines, this work is still getting a lot of core fans now. Many entertainers and talents become fans of Jojo, such as Kendo Kobayashi, Shizu-chan from the group Nankai Candies, Shoko Nakagawa and Oriental Radio. Also, there are a great number of artists show respect or influenced by Jojo, such as the manga artist group CLAMP who created Card Captor Sakura, and Kazuki Takahashi of the series Yu-Gi-Oh, ZUN of Touhou Project.

With the almost overly unique posing style, best represented by Jojo Stand, dramatic styles with clearly-depicted shadows and lips, onomatopoeia represented by Memeta, famous quotes like “However, I refuse” and so on, scenes which leave a strong impression like “I am road roller”, the whole work itself is like the incarnation of uniqueness. Therefore, the amount of parody is also overwhelming. Not to mention fanworks in Pixiv, there are also all kinds of original manga works and animations, light novels, in which we can find countless “Jojo memes” used.

The total number of the separate volumes sold exceeds 70 million. In 2006, it was awarded the second place in the Manga category in the event “Japan’s 100 Best Media Arts” which was held by Agency of Cultural Affairs as the 10th Anniversary of the Agency of Cultural Affairs’ Media Art Festival.

Basically, coloring is free. Although there is a certain color image, the author Hirohiko Araki’s style was not limited by it. Not only characters and stands, but also objects and backgrounds are often colored weirdly. This weird coloring style was well reproduced in the TV anime version which was broadcasted in 2012.

There’s also a joke spreading around, about the remaining long-term serialization, that “The author seems to have been possessed by Stone Mask”.


Since each chapter is presented in the unique format of a single story with a different protagonist and setting, all parts are complete as a story. Therefore, you can start and finish reading any part of the book and still understand the contents.

The theme that continues to be depicted throughout the manga is "Hymn to Humanity".

An adventure fantasy that pictures the hapless encounter betweenthe Joestar family, who are prepared to challenge the fate and take pride in being human, and “the Heritage of Darkness”, which has hibernated behind the world’s history, and about the weird karma, which spans over 100 years, between the family and the man who created such destiny, Dio.

There are two major world axes in this work.

Chapteres 1 through 6 are one continuous world, in which characters and objects related to those in the previous part often appear.

Chapteres 7 through 9 are another world in which the story takes place. This world is also contiguous, but since it is set in a world that corresponds to a parallel world before Part 6, no characters common to Chapteres 1 to 6 appear. However, there are some things and elements that are carried over.

Way of fighting

The first and second chapteres use the"Ripple Method". This is a secret technique, which originated in Tibet, that uses a special breathing method to generate energy in the blood on the same wavelength as sunlight. This method strengthens the body and inhibits aging, and is fatal to Vampires, Zombies and the Pillar Men.

From Chapteres three onward, battles are based on the use of "Stand" is an idol that embodies the spirit of each individual, and each has its own unique appearance and abilities.

Regarding the Adventure in the title, since chapter 4, there are also some series that do not develop like a travelling story which fits the image of the word “adventure”. However, since the original meaning of “adventure” is “To place yourself in a situation full of danger for some reason in a circumstance that is far from everyday life” , the developing of the series, in which all the surreal situation strikes, is exactly in line with the meaning of “adventure”.

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Series in General

Chapter 1 Phantom Blood

『Golden Brave2』告知イラスト

This strange tale of adventure all began here.

The setting is from England at the end of the 19th century.

Jonathan Joester, the only son of the Jouster family, and Dio Brando, a boy adopted from the favelas, have a strange encounter. Dio, with a fierce upward mobility, has an ambition to hunt down the Jonathan, take over the Joestar family, and become a man second to none. But when his plan falls apart, Dio taps into the power of the "Stone Mask".

Chapter 2 Battle Tide


The setting is New York City, 1938.

Jonathan's grandson: Joseph Joester grew up not knowing about the Joester family's history. However, when a number of "Stone Masks" and a mysterious life form called the "Pillar Man" are discovered in Mexico, he becomes entangled in a fate that is etched in his blood.

Chapter 3 Stardust Crusaders


The story is set in Japan in 1989.

Jotaro Kujo, who has been imprisoned for being possessed by an evil spirit, is visited by his grandfather, Joseph, and his friend. What Jotaro believes to be an evil spirit is a supernatural force called "Stand. Joseph and his friends also manifest Stand abilities at the same time, and the cause is DIO, who has awakened from a 100-year sleep. In order to break their entangled destiny and put an end to it, they go to DIO's side.

Volume 4 Diamonds Is Unbreakable


The setting is Morioh Town, S-city, M-prefecture, Japan, 1999.

One day, Josuke Higashikata, a high school student living in Morioh Town, is suddenly visited by Jotaro Kujo. Jotaro tells him that Josuke is Joseph's illegitimate son and that Josuke and the town are in danger. In the midst of their normal daily routine, they soon learn the reason for the increase in the number of Stand users in the town and the existence of a dangerous enemy lurking behind it.

By Notation Volume 4 Diamonds cannot be broken
Characters Josuke Higashikata(Crazy Diamond),Koichi Hirose(Echoes), OkuyasuNijimura (The Hand),
YoshikageKira (Killer Queen), RohanKishibe (Heaven’s Door), HayatoKawajiri
Related Words Morioh Bow and arrow
Lines/Memes However, I refuse, Stop it! Stop it!, If anybody do so, I’ll do so, Don’t answer a question with a question!!, Does this hair style look likeSazae-san?, great, this guy is, Ummm, well, why is it just “30 minutes”, ohhhhh!! ......Please do something with the invincible “Star Platinum”! ,S·H·I·T, What’s that, thatvulgar ... huff ... it got ...erected...……>It got ... erected ...]], No! It’s the "limit! Don’t push!" Golden Spirit

Volume 5 Golden Wind


The setting is Italy in the year 2001.

Giorno Giovana, a boy who grew up without the love and affection of his parents, longs to be a gangster who taught him human dignity in his childhood. With the dream of becoming a "gangster" to clean the city of drugs, he joins the Passione gang. But when Giorno and his friends learn the truth about the gang, they decide to rebel together.

Volume 6 Stone Ocean


By Notation Volume 6 Stone Ocean
Character Jolyne Kujo (Stone Free), Enrico Pucci(White Snake/Made in Heaven)
Weather Report, Narciso Anasui, Ermes Costello, Foo Fighters, EmporioAlniño
Sport Maxx, Ungalo, Rikiel, Donatello Versus
Lines/Memes Bless!, calm down and count the prime number, checkmate!!, (Though Anasui is there too), Shut up---call the lawyer--- ,This is the dawn of mankind, I'll give it to you ... My panties!, Go over there... I'll kick you to death, A shallow straw cottage like you won’t set foot in the fort of DIO and me for a profound purpose!, If you think it's more stupid than the “trees” there, call out, don’t move with cheap emotions!, The most murky dark evil that does not realize its own evil, To me, you are no more than the Monkey King flying around the palm of Buddha, My name is Emporio

Volume 7 Steel Ball Run


By Notation Volume 7 Steel Ball Run (SBR)
CharactersGyro Zeppeli, Johnny Joestar (Tusk), Diego Brando
President Funny Valentine (A vulgar act that isextremely easily performed/D4C)
Ringo Roadagain, MagentMagent, Wekapipo, Hot Pants
Related Words Golden Ratio The Jet Black Will
Lines/Memes Two sides, the look is good too, Pressing Festival!, Zukyunnn, Man's world, Dojaaaaaa~, there’s no reason I can do it, But it provoked the anger of my younger sister’s husband!, Anyway, tell the reason quickly, did you know that if you answered a question with a question, you’ll score 0? Idiot, oh, it’s enough!,“Consent” is prior than everything !!, That is a little rude (4・2・0), Song of Cheese, 7 days means a week, is that protective color? Do you like the lamp? It means there’s no light, but it makes you feel like a catfish in the winter!, I take a "napkin", the “line” of the misery in the human world, Detour was my shortcut, No cloudiness in my heart in action ......... It's all justice, "THE WORLD" It the time only for me

Volume 8 Jojo Lion

ようこそ 杜王町へ

Media Mix・Spin-off

Manga Works

Volume 4 "Kishibe Rohan Does Not Move ~ Episode 16 Confession Room ~" (In Death Sentence in progress jailbreak in progress)
“Rohan Kishibe doesn't move -Rokukazaka-”
“Rohan Kishibe Going to Louvre"
"Rohan Kishibe Going to Gucci"
"Rohan Kishibe does not move-Episode 5 Richman’s Village"
"Rohan Kishibe does not move ~ Episode 6 Poaching Coast ~"
Volume 6 "Jolyne, Fly High with GUCCI"

Novel Work

Volume 2 "JORGE JOESTAR" (Author: Outaro Maijo)
Volume 3 "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: One-Way Trip from the Desert to Hell City" (Author: MayoriSekijima)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Gravestone of Red-Hot Sand (Author: Hiroshi Yamaguchi)
Volume 4“The Book”jojo's bizarre adventure 4th another day” (Author: Otsuichi)
Volume 5 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure II Golden Heart/Golden Ring (Author: Showtaro Miya, Gichi Otsuka)
Shameless Purple Haze” (Author: KouheiKadono)


OVA/ Theater Version Animation

Both produced by A.P.P.P.

Currently, it cannot be viewed by official means due to various circumstances.

3 volumes OVA Sold from 1993 to 2002. 13 episodes in total.
1 volume Theatrical version Released nationwide on February 17, 2007.

TV Animation

Broadcasted on TOKYO MX, MBS, BS11, etc.

All produced by david production. The release date is decided by TOKYO MX.

1st Season (Part 1&2) From October 5th, 2012 to April 5th, 2013. 26 episodes in total. (Volume 1 contains 9 episodes, volume 2 contains 17 episodes.)
2nd Season (Part 3) The first part was broadcast from April 4th to September 12th in 2014, and the second part Egypt was from January 9 to June 20 in [[2015All 48 episodes. (Two parts in total contain 24 episodes.)
3rd Season (Part 4) April 1 to December 23 in 2016. 39 episodes in total.
4th Season (Part 5) From October 5th, 2018 to July 28th, 2019. 39 episodes (The last 2 episodes are 1-hour special version).
5th Season (Part 6)From this season, the program is available exclusively on Netflix for pre-streaming. Episodes 1-12 were broadcast from January 7th to March 25th 2022, episodes 13-24 were broadcast from October 7th to December 23rd 2022 and episodes 25-38 will be broadcast from January 2023.

Furthermore, the TV anime version features Western music used in ED.

It seems that the author has a liking for Western music, and the names of characters and stands often have their sources from Western music.

The mysterious Toei animation version

Although the truth is uncertain, from the late 1980s to the middle of 1990s, Jojo’s memes are found in various forms in Toei Animation’s works. Therefore, a rumor that Toei Animation is considering making a Jojo flowed.

Fuji TV Theory

In the late 1980s, it was rumored to be the next program after Fist of the North Star, and since in the true following program of Fist of the North Star, Sakigake!! Otokojuku, there’s a scene that Heihachi Etajima was reading Jojo manga, it was also rumored that Jojo would follow it to be the next program. Since that frame was abolished in Sakigake!! Otokojuku, the rumor ended.

If the rumor came true, it might have been forced to end at best in Jotaro Kujo part, and at worst in Jonathan Joestar part because it was affected by the notorious Tsutomu Miyazaki case.

TV Asahi Theory

TV Asahi

In the mid-1990s, JoJo was rumored to be the next show of either Sailor Moon or Slam Dunk? But this also ended just as a rumor.

If it was true, and there would be no house riot in TV Asahi, it might be made around volume 4 or 5 of Josuke Higashikata, or if the house riot occurred, it might be the same as the Fuji Television theory which is around the part of Jotaro Kujo, may be produced.

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Video game

Volume 1 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Phantom Blood (PS2)
Volume 3 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (SFC)
Volume 3 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Unbranded/Legacy for the Future (AC PS DC)
Volume 5 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Golden Whirlwind (PS2)
Mixed JoJo's Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle (PS3)
Mixed JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Eyes of Heaven (PS3, PS4)
Guest Participation Famicon Jump (FC)
Guest Participation Famicon Jump II The Strongest 7 (FC)
Guest Participation Jump Super Stars (DS)
Guest Participation Jump Ultimate Stars (DS)
Guest Participation J Stars Victory Versus (PSVita, PS3)
Guest participation Jump Force (PS4)

Smartphone games

Volume 1-Volume 3 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stardust Shooters
Volume 1-Volume 4 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Diamond Records
Volume 1-Volume 5 JoJo's Pitter-Patter Pop

Smartphone games are adding characters and making campaigns every time the next work is animated.

Arcade game

Volume 3-Volume 5 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Last Survivor

Fan production Free game

Em, Live-action version-Live action movie of Volume 4? What is that?

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