JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
JoJo Bizarre Adventure Volume 01.jpg
The cover of the first volume of the official English manga release.
(JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken)
Genre Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Suspense
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Written by Hirohiko Araki
Published by Shueisha
English publisher Canada United States Viz Media (Part 3 only)
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run 19871997
Volumes 63
Stone Ocean
Written by Hirohiko Araki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run 19982002
Volumes 17
Steel Ball Run
Written by Hirohiko Araki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump, Ultra Jump
Original run 20042011
Volumes 24
Written by Hirohiko Araki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Ultra Jump
Original run 2011 – ongoing
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Developer Winkysoft
Publisher Bandai
Cobra Team
Genre Console role-playing game
Platform Super Famicom
Released  Japan - March 5, 1993
Original video animation
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
Directed by Hideki Futamura
Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Kazufumi Nomura
Noboru Furuse
Written by Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Kenichi Takashima
Takao Kawaguchi
Music by Marco D'Ambrosio
Studio A.P.P.P.
Licensed by Super Techno Arts
Released November, 1993 - January, 2002
Episodes 13
Light novel
Written by Mayori Sekijima
Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Illustrated by Hirohiko Araki
Published by Shueisha
Published 1993
JoJo's Venture
Developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom
Genre Versus fighting
Platform Arcade
Released  Japan - December 2, 1998
 United States - 1998
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom
Genre Versus fighting
Platform Arcade
Released  Japan - September 13, 1999
 United States - 1999
 Europe - 2000
Light novel
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure II: Golden Heart/Golden Ring
Written by Gichi Ōtsuka
Tarō Miyashō
Illustrated by Hirohiko Araki
Published by Shueisha
Published 2001
GioGio no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze
Developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom
Genre Action
Platform PlayStation 2
Released  Japan - July 25, 2002
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood
Developer Anchor Entertainment
Publisher Namco Bandai Games
Genre Action
Platform PlayStation 2
Released  Japan - October 26, 2006
Anime film
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood
Directed by Jun'ichi Hayama
Written by Mitsuhiro Yamada
Music by Yasunori Honda
Studio A.P.P.P.
Released February 17, 2007
Runtime 91 minutes
Light novel
The Book: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day
Written by Otsuichi
Illustrated by Hirohiko Araki
Published by Shueisha
Published 2007
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken?) is a manga written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. Every main character's name in each part can be read as JoJo. The manga, published by Shueisha, first ran in the magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1987 to 2002, before being transferred to the seinen magazine Ultra Jump in 2004. The current story arc, JoJolion, started in 2011. It is currently Shueisha's second longest running manga series with 104 volumes and counting (only Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo, with over 170 volumes, has more). It is the longest manga not to have a TV adaptation, although there are two OVAs and a feature film.

The third story arc of the manga, the most popular and well-known, was published in English by Viz Media from 2005 to 2010. Originally published bimonthly, it was later reduced to a quarterly release.

The September 1, 2011 issue of the magazine Weekly Bunshun reported that a live-action film and multiple animated films based on the series are currently in development from different studios; stating that a "super-popular idol" will star in the live-action film and that formal release dates for the projects aren't expected until Summer 2012, at the earliest.[1] However, JoJo's publisher Shueshia downplayed the report, saying "We don't know where that story came from, but nothing has been decided at this time."[2]



The story of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure centers around the misadventures of the Joestars, a powerful family with English roots; most of its members attract the most particular trials and tribulations when confronting their enemies. Each member of the bloodline has a star shaped birthmark above their left shoulder blade – Dio, the nemesis of the Joestar family and his descendants have this distinguishable mark also, as a result from Dio's 'theft' of Jonathan Joestar's body and inheriting the Joestar genes as well. The series spans several generations, with each part featuring a descendent of the Joestars as the main protagonist along with a large cast of characters.

Despite the series' title, no character is named "JoJo": it is a nickname derived by putting together the letters "J" and "O" from the protagonists' first and last names. Later installments have additional variations on JoJo wordplay. For example, in the name "Giorno", "Gio" can be pronounced "Jo"; and in the name "Josuke," the character representing "suke" can also be read as "Jo".

Stand powers

A "Stand" (スタンド sutando) is a supernatural power in the manga and anime JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. When first presented in Part 3, Joseph Joestar referred to it as a "ghostly ripple" (幽波紋(スタンド) sutando?, but without furigana would be pronounced yū hamon); it could conjecturally be said to be a semi-physical manifestation of one's hamon (ripple) powers as seen in Part 1 and Part 2.

The exact requirements for a person to obtain a Stand are unclear, although the series hints that it can be linked to bloodline, rigorous spiritual/hamon training, and/or exceptionally strong willpower. However, a Stand may never manifest itself in one's life until it is amplified by certain conditions/factors. However, not everyone able to manifest a Stand has the ability to control it; despite her father Joseph Joestar and her son Jotaro Kujo being powerful Stand users, Holly Kujo, due to her lack of physical strength and resolve, is brought to the brink of death by her Stand, sapping away her lifeforce in an attempt to manifest itself.

One of the known and most commonly used amplifying factors is to pierce oneself with "Stand arrows" created from a mysterious meteorite. However, it is often a gamble, as it would easily kill an unqualified person, and there is no apparent way to know if a person is qualified ahead of time; the arrows do, however, tend to seek out qualified people on their own if there is someone to guide them. Another amplifying condition is done by simply being around powerful Stand users, such as the case of Trisha Una's Spice Girl from Part 5, Vento Aureo. A qualified existing Stand user may also have their Stand "upgraded" by piercing the arrow through the Stand—this results in the Stand becoming a "Requiem" form of its previous self. However, this is also a gamble, as an unqualified Stand user may render their new Stand uncontrollable, and he or she may actually kill himself or herself in the process.

Enrico Pucci of Part 6, Stone Ocean, was able to produce artificial Stand users with his Stand, Whitesnake, by stealing others' Stands and "inserting" them into regular people. It is unclear as to whether or not these artificial Stand users were capable of having Stands of their own, but Enrico does claim that only certain individuals are qualified to have Stands inserted. It is still unclear for the condition that one person can possess two Stands. In Golden Wind there are examples of a single person possessing two Stands because of the ability of an extraordinary Stand.

In Part 7, Steel Ball Run, a third surging factor is introduced by fusing parts of oneself with "The Saint's" body parts. However, Stands generated by this factor disappear as soon as the body parts defuse from one another. Both Johnny Joestar and Diego Brando "appeared to keep their Stands even after losing the body parts they possessed". In actuality Diego Brando kept the left eye to use his "turning anything to a dinosaur in any shape he liked" stand, and Johnathan Joestar kept his abilities "tusk" due to the fact that Hot Pants left a vertebrae of the "saint" inside of him.



There have been seven parts to the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure saga, each featuring a descendent of the Joestars/Kujos as the main protagonist along with a large cast of characters.

  • Part 1: Phantom Blood (ファントムブラッド Fantomu Buraddo?)
    • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure volumes 1 to 5. Takes place in Britain in the 19th century. The main protagonist is Jonathan Joestar.
  • Part 2: Battle Tendency (戦闘潮流 Sentō Chōryū?)
  • Part 3: Stardust Crusaders (スターダストクルセイダース Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu?)
    • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure volumes 12 to 28. Begins in Japan and involves the main characters traveling across Asia to Egypt. Takes place in the year 1989. The main protagonist is Jotaro Kujo, grandson of Joseph Joestar.
  • Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable (ダイヤモンドは砕けない Daiyamondo wa Kudakenai?)
    • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure volumes 29 to 47. Takes place in the fictional Japanese town of Moriō in the year 1999. The main protagonist is Josuke Higashikata, illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar.
  • Part 5: Vento Aureo (黄金の風 Ōgon no Kaze?)
    • Le Bizzarre Avventure di GioGio volumes 47 to 63. Takes place in Italy in the year 2001. The main protagonist is Giorno Giovana, son of villain Dio Brando.
  • Part 6: Stone Ocean (ストーンオーシャン Sutōn Ōshan?)
    • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6 Stone Ocean volumes 1 (64) to 17 (80). Takes place in Florida from 2011 to 2012. The main protagonist is Jolyne Kujo, daughter of Jotaro Kujo.
  • Part 7: Steel Ball Run (スティール・ボール・ラン Sutīru Bōru Ran?)
    • Steel Ball Run volumes 1 (81) to 24 (104). Begins in San Diego, California and involves the main characters traveling across the United States to New York. Takes place in the years 1890 and 1891, in an alternate timeline from the previous parts. The main protagonists are Johnny Joestar and Gyro Zeppeli.
  • Part 8: JoJolion (ジョジョリオン Jojorion?)
    • Once again takes place in the fictional Japanese town of Moriō, this time after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, in the same alternate timeline as Part 7. The main protagonists are Yoshikage Kira, who shares the same name as Part 4's antagonist, and Yasuho Hirose.


Two OVA adaptations based on the Stardust Crusaders story arc was produced by Studio A.P.P.P. The original six-episode series was released in 1993, which begins during the middle of the original arc. A seven-episode prequel series was released in 2001, adapting the beginning of the story arc.

Super Techno Arts produced an English adaptation of both, the original series and the prequel series, releasing all thirteen episodes as a six-volume DVD series between 2003 and 2005, with the episodes ordered by its fictional chronology. Due to legal reasons, names which referenced certain bands or singers had to be changed in the English translation.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood, a feature film adaptation of the original story arc of the manga, was released theatrically on February 17, 2007 in Japan. The film was produced to commemorate 25th anniversary of creator Hirohiko Araki's career as a manga artist. The theme song was "Voodoo Kingdom", a single by the group Soul'd Out. This film has yet to be released on any form of home video.


In 2000, it was announced that Otsuichi would be writing a novel based on Part 4. The novel proved difficult to complete; in Kono Mystery ga Sugoi 2004, Otsuichi claimed to have written over 2000 pages, but thrown them all out.[3] Intent on writing a novel that lived up to the manga, it took him until 2007 to complete The Book: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day.[4]

In April 2011, it was announced that Nisio Isin, Kouhei Kadono and Ōtarō Maijō are each writing novel adaptations of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure in celebration of the series 25th anniversary.[5]

Video games

Cover of the PlayStation version (US version) of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

Several video games have been adapted from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. The first was an RPG, based on the third story, which was released in 1993 for the Super Famicom. Later, two fighting games for the arcade were also adapted from the third arc by Capcom, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (released as JoJo's Venture in the west) and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future, both in 1999 for arcade. The arcade games were ported to PlayStation and Dreamcast. The fighting games were the first piece of JoJo related media released in North America, exposing the characters to many western players. A third Capcom game was based on Part 5, titled GioGio no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze and released for the PlayStation 2 in 2002. This game was scheduled for release in Europe as GioGio's Bizarre Adventure, but this did not come through because of the heavy references to band names, and Araki is unwilling to compromise in the change of names to avoid lawsuits. Capcom originally intended to release the game in the United States, even showing a playable version at the 2002 Electronic Entertainment Expo, but no further plans or official release date has been announced since then.

A new game by Bandai, titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood, was released on October 26, 2006 for the PlayStation 2. The story is based on the first arc and features action/adventure gameplay, similar to Golden Whirlwind. Araki has personally checked the quality of the game and its faithfulness to the original. The release of the game coincides with the release of the new movie and the 25th anniversary of Araki Hirohiko's manga career. The game itself includes a bonus disc celebrating 20 years of the JoJo franchise.

Before the first JoJo's Bizarre Adventure game was released, Bandai released a Shōnen Jump crossover adventure game titled Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden in 1989. Joseph Joestar from the second arc is one of the playable characters, while Santana and Speedwagon made cameo appearances. Its sequel Famicom Jump II: The Strongest Seven, released in 1991, features Jotaro as a selectable character. Joseph, Avdol, Kakyoin, and Polnareff also appears in this game. Both games were available on the Nintendo Famicom.

Characters from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure were also featured in the Weekly Shōnen Jump crossover game Jump Superstars and its sequel Jump Ultimate Stars, including Jotaro Kujo and Dio Brando as playable characters.



In May 2008, both Shueisha and Studio A.P.P.P halted shipments of JoJo after a complaint had been launched against them because the series depicted the Qur'an as a book related to cold-blooded execution. A scene in the anime adaptation depicted the main villain, Dio Brando, reading the Qur'an, which was construed as an insult. While the manga did not feature such a scene, Viz Media and Shueisha ceased publication of the English language edition of the series for a year in 2008.[6] Viz resumed publication a year later, with the eleventh volume being published on April 7, 2009.


  1. ^ "Weekly Bunshun Mag: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Has Live-Action, Anime Films" Retrieved on September 3, 2011.
  2. ^ "Shueisha Downplays Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Film Report" Retrieved on September 3, 2011.
  3. ^ @Jojo article: "Otsuichi struggling to complete novel"
  4. ^ @Jojo article: "Otsuichi's novel finally solicited"
  5. ^ "Bakemonogatari, Boogiepop Authors Pen JoJo's Novels" Retrieved on September 3, 2011.
  6. ^ "Jojo's Anime, Manga Sales Halted Due to Islamic Images" Retrieved on May 22, 2008.

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