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5 reasons to start watching (or reading) JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure!

5 reasons to start watching (or reading) JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure!

A true legend in Japan, this manga is relatively unknown in the rest of the world, although more and more people begin to read or watch it.
The first volume was released in December 1986, and the publication is still ongoing today: the manga is divided into 8 parts (or seasons), and has, at the time of writing this article, 129 volumes.
It has also been adapted into an anime since 2012 (an OVA of the 3rd part was produced in 1993), covering parts 1 to 5.
You understood, this is not a short manga that ends quickly, and that may discourage some people … so here are 5 reasons to get started watching or reading JoJo’s!

1. An original manga

JoJo’s is surely one of the most original mangas. From the first part of Phantom Blood, author Hirohiko Araki breaks the rules of the classic shonen: the story begins at the end of the 19th century in England, where the main character Jonathan Joestar is severely abused by the antagonist Dio Brando. We are far from the Japanese character stronger than anyone!

Over the parts, the manga continues to reinvent itself: an Indiana Jones-style adventure in Battle Tendency, a Columbo-style investigation in Diamond is Unbreakable, or a western in Steel Ball Run.

All JoJo's manga

All Jojo’s, from part 1 to part 8.

2. Unlimited imagination

As said before, JoJo’s is a concentrate of originality, which of course comes from the creativity and imagination of the author.
The stories in themselves are original, but the characters and their powers (called Stands) are just as original: to read people like books and to modify their behavior and their memories, to transform the iron contained in the blood of its adversaries into real ones. razor blades or needles, modify the gravitational attraction, liquefy its enemies… and dozens of others!
The other great thing about Stands is that in combat, it’s not the most powerful who wins, but the wielder who uses the Stand the most intelligently.

Twists and turns of shambles!

Jotaro Star Platinum

Jotaro Kujo and his stand Star Platinum.

3. A timeless manga

Because of its originality and inventiveness, JoJo’s is a timeless manga.
While the first two parts might look a bit dated nowadays, the following parts seem to be quite untouched by time.
Realize: the craze for the Part 5 anime adaptation literally propelled the saga’s notoriety (although it did with the release of every new adaptation), having originally been released in manga … from 1995 to 1999!
Longtime JoJo’s fans and newbies alike are eagerly awaiting the Part 6 adaptation, Stone Ocean, released as a manga between 2000 and 2003.

Araki’s drawing style is also responsible for this sense of timelessness. In fact, the more the parties follow one another, the more certain characters take on an androgynous aspect. This is in addition to the fact that characters most often wear quite extravagant outfits.
The mores of our society are changing, acceptance of oneself and of others as well, and JoJo’s could very well be a symbol of that.


Lucy Steel, Johnny Joestar and Gyro Zeppeli, from part 7.

4. Reality in fiction...

JoJo’s has a plethora of references from real life.
As said in the first paragraph, some seasons are themselves inspired by well-known sagas. But sometimes it goes further, with the names given to certain characters and Stands!
For example, in Battle Tendency, we can find the characters AC / DC, Kars (from the Cars group) and Wham. In Diamond is Unbreakable, the Crazy Diamond and Killer Queen Stands refer to the groups Pink Floyd and Queen!
Of course, there are plenty of other examples, which we’ll let you explore.

Also, the famous “JoJo poses” have an origin: most of them come from poses taken from magazine covers.
Hirohiko Araki appreciates art and fashion, which has a huge influence on her manga. So much so that it even led him to collaborate with luxury brands, and to organize exhibitions of his drawings!

Giorno pose

Giorno Giovanna and the original pose.

5. … and fiction in reality!

Araki’s drawing style can be recognized directly. This one has evolved enormously over the years and through the different parts of the manga, while keeping the main codes: a protruding musculature, and very present shadows to mark the line. Strange for some, sublime for others, it will not leave you indifferent.
As written above, here are two luxury brands that have collaborated with Hirohiko Araki: Gucci and Balenciaga.

Araki’s illustrations have been shown at exhibitions in these cities:

Jolyne Gucci

Jolyne Kujo for the Gucci collab.

Bucciarati Balenciaga

Bruno Bucciarati for the Balenciaga collab.

Araki’s illustrations have been shown at exhibitions in these cities:

  • Paris in 2003
  • Paris in 2009 (Musée du Louvre)
  • Tokyo (Shinjuku) in 2011
  • Sendai in 2012
  • Tokyo in 2012
  • Florence in 2013
  • Sendai in 2017
  • Tokyo in 2018
  • Osaka in 2018 and 2019
  • Nagasaki, Kanazawa in 2020
JoJo's in Paris

Hirohiko Araki during his exhibition in Paris in 2003.

Hirohiko Araki Exhibition 2

Tokyo’s exhibition in 2018.

Hirohiko Araki Exhibition

Sendai’s exhibition in 2017.

This shows the notoriety of this cult manga!
All this shows that the notoriety of this manga is no longer to be proven!
We hope this article has given you the desire to discover or rediscover this manga!

You can find the anime on Netflix (parts 1 to 3), but also on Crunchyroll and DNA (parts 1 to 5)!

In addition, with our partner My Japan Box, you can get JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure goodies thanks to the dedicated box!

My Japan Box – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure box


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