JoJo's Bizarre AdventureJoJo no Kimyou na Bouken(ジョジョの奇妙な冒険) Part 1: Phantom Blood Part 2: Battle Tendency Part 3: Stardust Crusaders Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable Part 5: Vento Aureo Part 6: Stone Ocean Part 7: Steel Ball Run Part 8: Jojolion Anime Season 1 Part 1 Promo Anime Season 1 Part 2 Promo Anime Season 2 Part 3 Promo Plot Summary: Part 1 - Phantom Blood This is where it all began. Phantom Blood tells the story of Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando, two young men whose destinies are bound tightly together. During the late 19th Century in England, Dio Brando is adopted by the Joestar family after his father passes away under mysterious circumstances. Despite the kindness and hospitality he is shown by the Joestars, he plots to become the sole heir to its fortune. When Jonathan discovers his plot, Dio uses the ancient Stone Mask, a memento of Jonathan's late mother, to become a vampire. After a battle that leaves both of them greatly injured, Jonathan is found by Will A. Zeppeli, an Italian who has mastered the art of the Ripple (Also referred to as Hamon). Zeppeli guides Jonathan in the ways of the Ripple in order to combat Dio and destroy the Stone Mask. Part 2 - Battle Tendency 50 years after Phantom Blood, Battle Tendency follows the story of Jonathan's grandson, Joseph Joestar. In 1938, Joseph encounters a race of super vampires referred to as the "Pillar Men". In order to combat this new threat, he trains under the tutelage of the mysterious Ripple Master Lisa Lisa to master the Art of the Ripple alongside Caesar A. Zeppeli, Will's own grandson. They must defeat the creators of the Stone Mask before they can complete it and conquer all life. Part 3 - Stardust Crusaders 50 years after Battle Tendency, Stardust Crusaders is about Jotaro Kujo, the Japanese grandson of Joseph Joestar, and his battle against an enemy from the past. Together, the two of them travel to Egypt to confront this enemy with the power of their Stands, manifestations of their life energy that stand by them. Throughout their travels, they meet both friends and foes alike who also possess these Stands. This enemy must be stopped before his plots can come to fruition. Part 4 - Diamond is Unbreakable (Also translated as Diamond is Not Crash) Taking place 10 years after Jotaro Kujo's journey to Egypt, Diamond is Unbreakable follows Josuke Higashikata (The kanji for 'suke' can be read as 'Jo'), the illegitimate son of Joseph and the uncle of Jotaro Kujo. In the peaceful town of Morioh, there lurks someone who's dark and twisted desires drives him to murder beautiful, young women. Josuke and his friends must find him and put an end to his horrible crimes before another one bites the dust. While all of this is happening, they must also find a special arrow that grants Stands to whomever it pierces. This part is famously known for a scanlation dubbed the 'DUWANG Scanlation' which is the source of many memes within the fandom Part 5 - Vento Aureo (It means 'Golden Wind' in Italian) In 2001, 2 years after Diamond is Unbreakable, the 15 year old son of the enemy of Part 3, Haruno Shiobana, is living his life in Italy. When he moved to Italy, he changed his name to Giorno Giovanna. There, he strives to make his dream of becoming a Gang Star a reality. To that end, he joins the mafia group 'Passione' and plots to overthrow the boss, unknown to all of its members. He hopes that once he becomes the boss, Giorno can make the mafias beneficial to society. Part 6 - Stone Ocean Set in 2011, Stone Ocean follows the story of Jolyne Kujo, the daughter of Jotaro Kujo. At the tender age of 19, Jolyne is sent to the Green Dolphin Street Prison after being arrested and convicted for murder. It is there that she finally meets with her estranged father. Using a fragment of a Stand-creating arrow, he is able to give his daughter a Stand. However, his own Stand, as well as his memories, are stolen during his visit to GDSP by the mysterious Stand, Whitesnake. She must overcome her differences with her father and save him before it is too late. Part 7 - Steel Ball Run Back in the late 19th Century, in an Alternate Universe, the Steel Ball Run is ready to start. The titular event is a transcontinental horse race that takes place in North America, where the grand prize is a whopping $50 million. The paraplegic and former prodigy jockey Johnny Joestar enters the race to learn about the Spin from Gyro Zeppeli, hoping that the Spin will allow him to regain the use of his legs. However, throughout the course of the Steel Ball Run, darker secrets about the race begin to reveal themselves. Part 8 - Jojolion The currently on-going story, Jojolion takes place in 2011, after the events of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. All over the town of Morioh, mysterious protrusions called Wall Eyes appeared from the ground. One fateful day, a girl named Yasuho Hirose stumbles upon a young man buried underneath one of the Wall Eyes. This man, the protagonist of the story, has no memories of who he is or what he was doing before being found by Yasuho. It is only known that this young man has four testicles and the power of a Stand. Later on, this mystery man is adopted by the Higashikata family and named Josuke. He is determined find out who he is and why he was buried underneath the Wall Eyes. Genre: Seinen (Formerly Shounen), Supernatural, Action, Adventure Series Creator: Hirohiko Araki Created: 1987 Chapters: 871 and counting Episodes: Currently 26 (+13 OVA episodes) Animation: David Productions, Kamikaze Douga (OP sequences), Studio A.P.P.P. (OVAs) Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi, Kenichi Takashima (OVA), Takao Kawaguchi (OVA), Satoshi Kon (OVA), Hiroyuki Kitakubo (OVA) Seasons: 1 so far Personal Rating: 10/10 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure on TV Tropes Spoilers in Link. Click at your own discretion. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Wiki Spoilers in Link. Click at your own discretion. Watch the 2012 Anime at LoveMyAnime.net Read each part at Batoto.net Spoiler: Opinions JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a great series that I recommend everyone should watch/read. It embraces it's own hamminess and cranks it up to eleven. Everything that is done, from talking to walking, is completely exaggerated. After all, why talk when you can shout? Why stand when you can pose? Why walk when you can leap? It is over the top in a manner that is endearing. While this series is without a doubt exaggerated, it is also incredibly creative. The author's creativity especially shines from part 3 and onwards. Even in the first two parts, he was incredibly creative with the kind of weapons utilized. Who would think to weaponize wine? Or bubbles? Or clackers? He can even take powers that would be deemed useless in combat and creatively find use for them in a fight. Let's take Crazy Diamond from Part 4 for an example. It's ability is to 'Restore things'. Naturally, you would think it would be useless in a fight since it heals and restores. However, by exploiting the fact it can restore something, it can destroy a box and the restore it back to how it was before, trapping someone inside in the process. And that's just one example of many in the series. The creativity in this series is simply inspiring. Another aspect of this series that really draws me to it is the ever-evolving art style. Comparing art from Part 1 to art from Part 8 is night and day. The original art style was inspired by Fist of the North Star, and it carried through to Part 3 and early Part 4. However, during Part 4 is when he came into his own style. The now famous "JoJo Art Style". His art evolved even further when JoJo changed from a weekly manga to a monthly one. With this, he has even more time to add in all of the details he wants. Even his use of color is completely out there. No one in the series has a consistent color scheme. This is even exemplified in the anime, where one moment a character can have black hair, and the next they are blonde. I absolutely love it! With the release of the 2012 Anime and 2013 Fighting Game, the amazing voice acting brings all of the characters to life. And they all take the character and run with it. Takehito Koyasu, the voice of Dio Brando as well as hundreds upon hundreds of other characters in anime, perfectly brings the character's over-the-top mannerisms and arrogance to life. He even brings to life Dio's iconic 'WRRRYYYYY!' cry. Of course, there are many, many, many, MANY, more voice actors that just bring so much life and energy to the characters. With an All-Star cast including Daisuke Ono (Erwin Smith from Shingeki no Kyojin, Shintaro Midorima from Kuroko no Basuke, and Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!), Tomokazu Sugita (Gintoki Sakata from GinTama, Kyon from Haruhi Suzumiya, and Ragna the Bloodedge from BlazBlue), Rikiya Koyama (Shinigami-sama/Lord Death from Soul Eater, Hideo Kuze from Ghost in the Shell, and Coyote Starrk from Bleach), and Toshiyuki Morikawa (Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII, Dante from Devil May Cry Anime, and Eneru/Enel from One Piece), all of the characters are perfectly brought to life. You cannot deny that these voices are amazing. All in all, reading/watching this series is a bizarre adventure that is definitely worth taking. How many of you in this forum have heard, read, or watched this series?