Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of my favorite animes at the moment and something that I think more people should get into. Creator Hirohiko Araki’s series is one of the longest running manga at the moment, with this year being the 20th anniversary of the series. With part 4 finishing up a few months ago and it being one of the recommended mangas for people to read at Cherry Hill Public Library Comic Con, what better time to talk about why people they should watch Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Changing it up
Part of what allows Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure to stay fresh is the fact that the series isn’t afraid to switch things up. While the series follows the Joestar family and the bloodlines fight against evil, the way in which that story varies from part to part helps prevent things from becoming stagnant. In addition to featuring a different member of the Joestar bloodline in each part, the series setting changes from places such as Egypt, Italy, and Japan, among others. As if all of this wasn’t enough, each part also has a distinctive art style. The changes allow for the series to stay fresh while not straying too far away from what makes Jojo Jojo.
Ridiculous with a capital R
For the same reason action movies like Total Recall are so much fun, the absurdity of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is part of what makes the show so fun. Jojo is a show that only starts to embrace the humor aspect in the second part and runs with it from there.
For instance, here is one of my favorite scenes of the entire anime as of this point.
On top of hilarious scenes like this, there’s the ridiculous poses the character’s make, as well as the fact that for the first three parts pretty much the whole cast is insanely ripped.
Jojo does something unique in that starting from part 3 on in that it makes a change that completely changes how characters fight. Specifically, part 3 is when stands are first introduced. Basically, a stand is a near invisible figure that can be summoned and fight. I say near invisible because of the fact that only stand users can see stands.
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While this may sound strange, it works wonders for the series in that it opens the door for almost anybody to be a stand user. It could be a jacked guy, but it could also be an old lady, a baby, or an orangutan. Not only does it open this door, but stands could have essentially any ability. In part 4, for example, stand abilities range from repairing any sort of broken objects, to completely changing what a person looks like and being able to erase matter from a certain distance away.
Dio and the Joestars: The Yin and the Yang
It would be criminal to mention Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure without mentioning Dio Brando. One of the show’s main villains, Dio is the perfect incarnation of evil. Without giving too much plot away, Dio is the type of character who you think they can’t make him more evil and yet time and time again they do. To give a small taste, he steals Jonathan Joestar’s first kiss with his girlfriend and also murders his dog. Suffice to say, that is only the beginning of Dio’s evil ways.
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A Creator’s Vision
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is something that is clearly the creation of Hirohiko Araki. Part of what makes the series fun is that Araki incorporates the things he loves. Araki’s love for western music, for instance, can be seen in the names of stands and their abilities.
To prove this point, let’s look at one of the characters in part 4: Yoshikage Kira. Kira’s stand name is Killer Queen (shown below). One of Killer Queen’s abilities is Sheer Heart Attack. In case it isn’t clear, these are all references to the band Queen.
Killer Queen is just one of many references within the show, and all the more reason to check it out.
So should you watch Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure? There’s only one answer: