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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
ジョジョの奇妙な冒険
(Jojo no kimyōna bōken)
Demographic Shōnen (Part 1-6), Seinen (Part 7)
Genre Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural
Manga
Author Hirohiko Araki
Publisher Flag of Japan Shueisha
Flag of Italy Star Comics
Flag of Malaysia Comics House
Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Shonen Jump
Flag of France Tonkam
Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump (1987-2004) Ultra Jump (2005-current)
Original run August 4, 1987
Volumes 92 (still running)
OVA
Director Hideki Futamura
Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Kazufumi Nomura
Noboru Furuse
Studio Studio A.P.P.P.
Episodes 6
Released 19 November 1993
OVA: Prequel
Director Hideki Futamura
Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Kazufumi Nomura
Noboru Furuse
Studio Studio A.P.P.P
Episodes 7
Released 2001
Movie: Phantom Blood
Released February 17, 2007
Runtime minutes

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 Jojo no Kimyōna Bōken?, alternatively translated as JoJo's Venture) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. It is famous for its original art style (complete with over-the-top violence), intricate plot, and numerous Western rock music references. Every main character's name in each series can be read as JoJo. The manga, published by Shueisha in their magazine Weekly Shonen Jump, started in 1987 and went on to 2004. The latest part was initially published in Weekly Shonen Jump, but was moved to Ultra Jump in 2005. It's currently Shonen Jump's 2nd longest running manga with 92 and counting volumes (including Steel Ball Run) (only Kochi-Kame, with 150+ volumes, has more.) It is the longest manga not to have a TV anime adaptation. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (416x664, 113 KB) Summary Copywrite Hirohiko Araki, Shonen Jump, and Lucky Land Communications. ... 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This article is about JoJos Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood Spoiler warning: The first part of the series, featuring (left to right) Dio Brando, Jonathan Joestar and his dog Danny Part 1: ファントムブラッド The story begins in Victorian England with young Jonathan Joestar living at his father Jorges... is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... Hirohiko Araki (荒木飛呂彦 Araki Hirohiko, born June 7, 1960 in Sendai, Japan) is a manga artist. ... Shueisha ) is a major publisher in Japan, headquartered in Tokyo. ... Weekly Shonen Jump, issue 17 2007 (Japanese version), featuring Luffy of One Piece on the cover JUMP SHOP Osaka Shop. ... Ultra Jump (ウルトラ ジャンプ Urutora Janpu) is a monthly manga magazine published by Shueisha, it was first issued in 1999. ... 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The manga is published in English by Viz Media, starting from part 3. Eight volumes have been published. Viz Media, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a major American anime, manga and Japanese entertainment company formed by the merger of Viz, LLC, and ShoPro Entertainment. ...

Contents

Manga

There have been seven series of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga, each featuring a different cast of characters.

Main article: Phantom Blood
Volumes 1-5 (Chapters 1-44)
Main article: Battle Tendency
Volumes 5-12 (Chapters 45-113)
Main article: Stardust Crusaders
Volumes 12-28 (Chapters 114-265)
Volumes 29-47 (Chapters 266-440)
Main article: Golden Wind
Volumes 47-63 (Chapters 441-595)
Main article: Stone Ocean
Volumes 64-80 (Chapters 596-753)
Main article: Steel Ball Run
Volumes 81- onward (Chapters 754-current)

The third arc is currently being published by Viz. Originally released every other month, possible low sale have forced the company to cut it down to a quarterly release, which will likely delay its conclusion to 2009. This article is about JoJos Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood Spoiler warning: The first part of the series, featuring (left to right) Dio Brando, Jonathan Joestar and his dog Danny Part 1: ファントムブラッド The story begins in Victorian England with young Jonathan Joestar living at his father Jorges... This article is about JoJos Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency Spoiler warning: The protagonist of the second JoJo series. ... This article is about JoJos Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders Jotaro Kujo and Star Platinum Part 3: スターダストクルセイダース The most popular series of the JoJo compendium is series 3 by far. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... This article is about JoJos Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean Spoiler warning: Part 6: ストーンオーシャン The story of Jotaro Kujos (Part 3) daughter, Jolyne Kujo. ... This article is about JoJos Bizarre Adventure Part 7: Steel Ball Run Spoiler warning: Part 7: スティール・ボール・ラン Originally presented as an unrelated story, this series was recently officially declared a part of the JoJo storyline. ...


Anime

Two OVA series have been adapted from series 3 of the manga by A.P.P.P. (Another Push Pin Planning) Company in Japan. The original six-episode series in 1993 began with Joseph, Jotaro, Polnareff, Abdul and Kakyoin in the Egyptian desert on their quest to find Dio (volume 20 in the manga). The series offered very little exposition, assuming the viewer already knew the backstory. A prequel seven-episode series was released in 2001, offering an explanation for those unfamiliar with the story in the previous series. It started with Joseph coming to Japan to explain Jotaro's strange behavior (volume 12 in the manga). Two OVA series have been adapted from Series 3 by A.P.P.P. (Another Push Pin Planning) Company in Japan. ... Original Video Animation ), abbreviated OVA ), is a term used for anime titles that are released direct-to-video, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... A prequel is a work that portrays events which include the structure, conventions, and/or characters of a previously completed narrative, but occur at an earlier time. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


The entire 6-volume (13-episode) anime series has been released in English in chronological order by Super Techno Arts. It was originally intended to be released here as early as 2000, but because the STA deal with Broccoli fell through, the first volume didn't arrive domestically until 2003, while the last volume was released in 2005. Without a partner, STA had to rely on E-tailers for the bulk of their business. Further hindering the anime's profitability in the U.S. was Viz's choice to wait to publish the manga until after the OVA was completed.


Also, due to legal reasons, names which referenced certain bands or singers had to be changed to their romanized variations in the American translation. Fortunately, like Manga's release of Street Fighter II V, the names are retained in the Japanese dialogue, and the American translations aren't so far off as they are in Bastard!!. Street Fighter II V , pronounced two vee) is an anime series based on the fighting game Street Fighter II. Directed by Gisaburo Sugii, the series first aired in Japan in 1995, from April 10 to November 27, on YTV. The series is a loose adaptation of the games, taking several... Bastard!! Destructive God of Darkness (バスタード!! 暗黒の破壊神 Basutādo!! ankoku no hakai shin) is a manga by Kazushi Hagiwara. ...


Phantom Blood, a theatrical film based on Series 1 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, was released February 17, 2007 in Japan. A.P.P.P. and several of the original crew members for the OVA returned to produce the film. The theme song was composed by the Japanese group SOUL'd OUT with their single "Voodoo Kingdom". SOULd OUT is a Japanese hip-hop band that consists of three members: Diggy-MO (Main MC), Bro. ...


Novel

In 2000, it was announced that Otsu-ichi would be writing a novel set in Jojo's part 4. The novel proved difficult to complete; in Kono Mystery ga Sugoi 2004, Otsu-ichi claimed to have written over 2000 pages, but thrown them all out.[1] Intent on writing a novel that lived up to the manga, it took him until 2007 to complete it.[2] Otsuichi ), is the pen-name of Hirotaka Adachi, born 1978. ...

  • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure The Book: 4th Another Day.

Video games

Cover of the Sony PlayStation version (U.S. version), featuring the face of Jotaro Kujo.
Cover of the Sony PlayStation version (U.S. version), featuring the face of Jotaro Kujo.

Several video games have been adapted from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. The first was an RPG, based on series 3, that was released in 1993 for the Super Famicom. Later, two fighting games were also adapted from series 3 by Capcom, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (a.k.a. JoJo's Venture) and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future, both in 1999. The success of the fighting games is one of the factors that led to the series' growing popularity in North America. A third Capcom game was based on series 5 titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Whirlwind (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険: 黄金の旋風) and released for the PlayStation 2 in 2002. This game was supposed to be released in Europe as GioGio's Bizarre Adventure, but this didn't 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 E3 2002, but no further plans or official release date has been announced since then. The following are video games based on the anime and manga series JoJos Bizarre Adventure. ... Image File history File links Jbavg. ... The original PlayStation was produced in a light grey colour; the more recent PSOne redesign sports a smaller more rounded case. ... “Computer and video games” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) was a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australasia, and Brazil between 1990 and 1993. ... Screenshot of The King of Fighters XI (2005, SNK Playmore). ... For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... “PS2” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... E³ logo The Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E³, was an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry presented by the Entertainment Software Association. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


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 series 1 and features action/adventure gameplay, similar to Golden Whirlwind's. 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. This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Other Video Game Appearances

Before a JoJo game was released, Bandai released a multi-Jump crossover adventure game titled Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden in 1989. Part 2 Joseph Joestar was one of the playable characters, while Santana and Speedwagon made cameo appearances. Its sequel Famicom Jump II: The Strongest Seven (known in Japan as Famikon Janpu Tsū Saikyō no Shichinin), released in 1991, featured Jotaro as a selectable character. Joseph, Avdol, Kakyoin, and Polnareff also made appearances in this game. Both games were available on the Nintendo Famicom. “NES” redirects here. ...


Characters from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure were also featured in the Shonen Jump crossover game Jump Superstars and its sequel Jump Ultimate Stars, including Jotaro Kujo and Dio Brando as playable characters. Weekly Shonen Jump, issue 40 (Japanese version) Weekly Shonen Jump (週刊少年ジャンプ Shūkan Shōnen Janpu), with a circulation of over 3 million, is one of the longest-running, weekly manga compilations in Japan. ... It has been suggested that Gaming crossovers be merged into this article or section. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Jump Superstars Jump Super Stars is a 2D fighting game for the Nintendo DS. It was developed by Ganbarion and published by Nintendo. ... Jump Ultimate Stars is a fighting video game developed by Ganbarion and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. It is the sequel to the popular Nintendo DS title, Jump Super Stars. ...


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 it as a "ghostly ripple" (幽波紋(スタンド) sutando?, but without ruby text 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. A stand (スタンド sutando) is a supernatural power in the manga and anime JoJos Bizarre Adventure. ... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... “Animé” redirects here. ... Ruby characters, also called ruby, rubi or furigana, are sometimes used in the typography of ideographic languages, especially Japanese and Chinese. ...


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.


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 - (Golden Wind). 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. The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...


Enrico Pucci of Part 6 - Stone Ocean, was able to produce artificial stand users with his stand, White Snake, 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. Stone Ocean is also the only time in the series where a person may carry 2 stands, by having both a natural and inserted one. Enrico Pucci is a fictional character from the Japanese manga JoJos Bizarre Adventure. ... This article is about JoJos Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean Spoiler warning: Part 6: ストーンオーシャン The story of Jotaro Kujos (Part 3) daughter, Jolyne Kujo. ...


In Part 7, Steel Ball Run, a third amplifying 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. This article is about JoJos Bizarre Adventure Part 7: Steel Ball Run Spoiler warning: Part 7: スティール・ボール・ラン Originally presented as an unrelated story, this series was recently officially declared a part of the JoJo storyline. ...


In popular culture

  • In the NBC drama, Heroes, a fictional Japanese salaryman named Hiro Nakamura is a fan of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. In his blog, he states that he wants to "be like Jojo and Vaan and go on adventures". One of his powers includes time manipulation, a gift shared with Jojo characters Jotaro Kujo and Dio Brando (fitting, since series 3 seems to be his favorite). Hiro's future self even signed a blog entry as "Jotaro Kujo". He even at one point uses Dio's battle cry (mudah), in the second episode in the second season.
  • In "Taizo Mote King Saga", an Araki-esque character appears. A Jolyne lookalike fawns over how well done the drawing is. Jotaro also makes an appearance in chapter 59.
  • Stroheim, a character from series 2, is said by many to have influenced Capcom when they created Guile (though Dire from series 1 also looks similar to him). CAPCOM has also stated the character Rose from Street Fighter was based, both on looks and fighting style, on Lisa Lisa from series 2.
  • SNK Playmore admitted that they based Benimaru Nikaido, a character from their KoF series, on Jean Pierre Polnareff, one of the characters from series 3. They continue referring to the former by the latter's name to this day.

Heroes is an American science fiction drama television series created by Tim Kring. ... Hiro Nakamura is a fictional character on the NBC drama Heroes who possesses the ability to teleport, stop time, and travel through time by manipulating the space-time continuum. ... Vaan, protagonist of Final Fantasy XII Vaan is the protagonist of Final Fantasy XII. He is an optimistic street urchin, living as a thief in the downtown area of Rabanastre. ... Jotaro Kujo ) is a fictional character from the Japanese manga JoJos Bizarre Adventure. ... Dio Brando ) is a character from the anime and manga Jojos Bizarre Adventure who was born in England in the 19th century. ... For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... Guile ) is a video game character in Capcoms Street Fighter series of fighting games. ... For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... Rose ) is a video game character from Capcoms Street Fighter series of fighting games. ... Screenshot of Street Fighter (arcade version). ... This article or section on a video game-related subject may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ... The King of Fighters ), or KOF for short, is a fighting game series by SNK that debuted in 1994. ... Spoiler warning: Jean Pierre Polnareff is a fictional character from the Japanese manga JoJos Bizarre Adventure. ...

External links

  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure at the Killer List of Videogames
  • The JoJo FAQ, with plot and character summaries
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
  • WRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY flash animation
  • The World of JOJO Flash movie presentations that quickly summarize each arc in Jojo (in Japanese).
  • Flash movie showing the original 'Za Warudo' from the video game.
  • Evidence of JoJo's spelling errors (Japanese)

The Killer List of Videogames (otherwise known simply as KLOV, pronounced Kay-El-Oh-Vee) is a website devoted to cataloging arcade games past and present. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...

External Links to Anime Websites

  • Super Techno Arts American licensed company
  • Official JoJo OVA Site available in both Japanese and English
  • Movie blog for Phantom Blood (Japanese)

External Links to Video Game Websites (Japanese)

  • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure by Capcom
  • Heritage to the Future by Capcom
  • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Whirlwind by Capcom
  • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood by Bandai
  • Jump Superstars Shonen Jump super brawl. Features JoJo characters.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki
v  d  e
Series: Phantom Blood | Battle Tendency | Stardust Crusaders | Diamond is Unbreakable | Golden Wind | Stone Ocean | Steel Ball Run
Protagonists
"JoJo":
Jonathan Joestar | Joseph Joestar | Jotaro Kujo | Josuke Higashikata | Giorno Giovanna | Jolyne Kujo | Johnny Joestar
Antagonists: Dio Brando | Pillar Men | Kira Yoshikage | Diavolo | Enrico Pucci
Miscellaneous: Videogames | OVA | Muda (battle cry) | Stands | Manga chapters | Items | Timeline

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