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 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Gif Warning
MetAzura
Posted: Nov 3 2013, 12:42 PM


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So, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure or JJBA for short, is split into eight parts. Each part has a different character called JoJo. Here's all the JoJos throughout the series.
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Fucking beautiful
From left to right, the protagonists are from Part 4, 6, 5, 8, 3, 1, 2, 7. (I think)
Each character is called JoJo for short. So, in Part 1, you have a character called Jonathan Joestar. Part 2's protagnost is the grandson of Jonathan; Joseph Joestar. Part 3's main character is called Jotaro Kujo. Two of the characters (4 and 8) are called Josuke. "Suke" in Japanese can be read as Jo. Part 5's character is one exception; Giorno Giovanna, however, in Katakana, Gio can be read as "Jo".

It's all very complex, but it's great to have a fresh character with each part, and it keeps things new, even if similar themes are touched upon.

JJBA has been going since 1987 and started in Weekly Shonen Jump 'til it was transferred to Ultra Jump in 2004. It's been running strong since, and has sold over 80 million copies in Japan alone.

It's been joked that JJBA is a "posing anime", and, well, it's not without merit...
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It's funny, tragic, the characters are strong (There's not many female characters, which is a shame, but the few that are there are great) there's a ton of plot twists and keeps you guessing 'til the credits roll.

Oh, and did I mention it's fabulous.

So yeah, has anyone else seen or heard of it?


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Posted: Nov 10 2013, 07:20 PM


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So, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2. REALLY freaking good. It takes place in New York in the 1930's. It turns out the vampires from season one weren't the only ones. Four of them were sealed away in these pillars in Europe. Some Nazi's got ahold of one of them, which breaks free, JoJo defeats it with the help of one Nazi soldier. The remaining three soon break free and it's up to JoJo and an descendant of his grandfather's friend to defeat them.

Much like the first part, the animation is very good with an appealing art style and colour palette. They do this really cool thing where (and I'm sure this has been done in other anime series, but I've not seen it done all that much) japanese characters appear on the screen, as if it were a manga.

In short; it's fantastic so far, and I'm only just about to begin the third part.


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Posted: Dec 1 2013, 01:24 AM


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Part 3 is excellent, and I'm totally in love with the characters (if you couldn't tell by my avatar and signature). It introduces Stands, which are essentially Personas (Personi?). But for those not familiar with Persona, they're kind of beings that are attached to someone and can fight for them. In JoJo's case, they're more closely tied to the user as they are essentially extensions of them. This means if a Stand is injured, the Stand user is, also.

The protagonist for Part 3 is Jotaro Kujo; Grandson of Joseph Joestar, protagonist of Part 2. At first, I hated him, but he slowly grew on me as I watched the OVAs. He's very stoic and kind of generic, but he slowly grows on you, especially in Part 4. Plus, I just adore his design. What is hat and what is hair? Anyway, his Stand is Star Platinum. His ability is to... shit, I don't know. He can punch real fast, and saying anything else would be a spoiler.

Jotaro has been in parts 3, 4, 5, and 6 and has a total hottie of a daughter.

I'm not sure where to put this, so here, I guess? Jotaro is probably the most well known characters, and Part 3 is perhaps the most popular part. Jotaro is so influential, he was parodied in Kill La Kill recently, in the form of Mako's Goku Uniform. The similarities are too abundant for it to be a coincidence.

But anyway, each Stand has its own ability, for example, one character's stand is a mist, that will seep into an open would, before expanding it and seeping into the body. Once they die, they will be under the Stand user's control. The fun of this part is trying to figure out what each stand does and the quirks of each, and seeing if you could figure out how to beat them before the characters.

Then you have Dio. In the OVAs, he's only in it for a few episodes, but he's so despicable. You hate him pretty much the second you see him. Then you have his Stand. The World. I don't want to spoil it because it's so cool, but for those that don't mind and just want to see some sweet-ass 1993 anime, click here. Dio, if you've read the previous posts here'll know Dio is the adopted brother of Jotaro's Great Great Grandfather -- Joseph's Grandfather -- Jonathan. Jonathan's head was removed and Dio's took its place, taking over his body. He needs blood from someone else in the Joestar line to fully heal, and fully fuse with Jonathan's body. It's all very confusing if you've not read/watched it, but as someone who has, I'm totally into this shit.

Anyway, in short, Part 3 is great.

I'm now on to part 4, which just blows my mind. It's so good. There's, as always, a new protagonist, Josuke Higashikata, along with his stand, Crazy Diamond. At first I wasn't sure if I liked Josuke's design, though I adored his character. He's much more up-beat and funny than Jotaro. He's kind of a mix of Joseph, who was hilarious, even when he was fighting, and Jotaro, who never made me laugh. As for the design, it totally grew on me, and he's the one I've drawn the most. It's so much fun drawing that hair. I've only just started reading Part 4, so I can't say too much about the story but so far it's been pretty great. And seeing Jotaro make a return and not be a dull piece of shit is cool too I guess.


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Posted: Dec 19 2013, 09:39 PM


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So, it turns out, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure gets better all the time. As much as I prefer Part 2, Part 3 was still good, and wowholyshit Part 4 is incredible.

So, Part 4 takes place in Japan in a quiet coastal town called Morioh-Cho and stars this adorable fucker as the protagonist and nickname-haver of JoJo. Josuke Higashikata:

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Josuke is normally pretty well tempered and calm, but the second someone mocks his hair, he'll sure smack a fool.

So, after the first few chapters, Josuke teams up with Okuyasu, Koichi and Rohan to take down a serial killer who's been on the run for almost fifteen years and has killed a shit ton of women and made them his girlfriends. Yep. He dates them after they're killed. Oh, and not before he removes their hands. Y'know, for portability's sake.

So, he comes onto the scene all

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While Rohan and Koichi meet the ghost of one of his victims and vow to take him down. But, oh shit, he managed to get himself into the body of another man, so it's a race to find and kill him before he strikes again.

It's incredibly tense and his Stand, Killer Queen is super intimidating. There's just no emotion to it. Killer Queen is just a stone-faced killer and oh my God it's so TENSE.

So yeah, it's got some of the funniest moments, some of the best characters, one of the best villains in JoJo up to that point, and has one of the most interesting arcs. Not to mention, Killer Queen is an incredible song. One of the later chapters relating to Killer Queen is called "Another One Bites The Dust" so yeah, another Queen reference, which makes me very happy.

Oh, and Joseph returns.

As much as I'm hyping this Part up, if you are thinking of reading or watching JoJo, I'd recommend doing it from the beginning, and not just skipping to this Part. There's a LOT of references to past events and characters, not to mention, the first three parts are just great anyway.

One last thing here because he's probably my favourite character from this Part, Rohan Kishibe is likely a self-insertion by the creator; Hirohiko Araki. Rohan dislikes socialising with fans and finds them tedious. Araki finds fans strange and confusing.


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Posted: Dec 21 2013, 02:30 PM


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okay, so this looks really good and unique. How do the different parts work? Part 1, part 2, part 3, are they like different seasons of the same series? Can you tell me more about that?

It looks like it's based on a game or a comic... either way... based on these gifs alone, I'm so encouraged to watch it
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Posted: Jan 1 2014, 02:38 PM


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Hey! Sorry for not replying sooner, CS didn't show you'd replied.

The series started off as a manga in the 80's and has since got an anime adaptation in 2012 which covers the first two parts. A second season covering the third part will release in spring this year (2014). There's a few videogame adaptations, too. One in the early 2000s, and more recently, in 2013, a 3D fighting game. The second image in the first post, and the couple gifs in the last post were from that game.

So basically, when I say "Parts", I'm referring to the different stories that all add up to the overarching story. Think of them like chapters in a book. Each part has a new protagonist, all of which are nicknamed JoJo. Many of the JoJos are related. For example, the protagonist of Part 1 is the grandfather of the protagonist of Part 2. From there, it gets super complex, so I'll leave it at that.

Part 1; Phantom Blood, takes place in the 1880's in England and follows Jonathan Joestar and his adopted brother, Dio Brando as Dio attempts to kill Jonathan and their father to gain their riches. Dio's plan fails, and transforms into a Vampire using an ancient mask, so it's up to Jonathan to kill him.

Part 2, Battle Tendency, follows Jonathan's grandson Joseph (He's my favourite) in 1938 as he is confronted with Pillar Men, an ancient race that created the mask Dio used. The Pillar Men were sealed away in a Pillar, but were unleashed once a group of Nazi's experimented on the Pillars to try and secure their power. The Pillar men broke out and Joseph, with his friend/rival Caesar set out to stop them.

Like I said, Parts 1 and 2 were adapted to an anime series in 2012, and the gifs in the first post were from that series. I'd recommend starting there, and if you like it, either start reading Part 3 or wait for the new series. There was a couple series of OVAs of part 3 that released in 1993 and 2003, but they've not aged too well. I watched them, but they apparently skipped a few scenes, so it might be best to watch the new series once it releases.

I hope that helped. I'm sorry for using the word "Part" way too much. If you've any more questions, feel free to ask away, and I'll answer them A.S.A.P!


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Posted: Jan 15 2014, 02:14 AM


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So, le'mme tell you about Vento Aureo, Le Bizzarre Avventure Di GioGio, Part 5.

So, Part 5 starts off with Giorno Giovanna trying to get into a gang in Italy. He ends up joining forces with Bruno Bucciarati as he takes him to his boss, for an initiation task. Giorno passes the test and is now a member of the Gang, Passione. Passione mainly deals in the drug trade, but is also known to steal, and even kill. Giorno asks Bruno to take the boss down and take over to get drugs off the street and stop the gang from being known as some shitty thug-filled group.

Bruno accepts and they go on their way to take down their boss. Along the way, you're introduced to the other members, Mista, Abbacchio, and a couple others. So, there's a couple returning characters, one from Part 3 and one from Part 4. The one from Part 4 wasn't that great, but the one from Part 3 was incredible, and I honestly had no idea who it was going to be (They kinda built it up for a while) so it really shocked me when I saw who it was.

Anyway, eventually Bruno is promoted to the leader of his town's gang, bringing them one step closer to both revealing the boss' identity and defeating him. They're given a task, to deliver his daughter to him, which they do. But the rest is spoiler territory, so:

[spoiler]So, the boss' daughter, Trish is taken across the country to her father, who then attempts to kill her. Turns out, her father wants to erase any and all ties with his past, and Trish is his final piece connecting him to his previous life. Trish eventually gets her own Stand, which is pretty cool, but it's only really used a couple times, which is unfortunate, as it's pretty interesting.

So anyway, the Big Boss himself, Diavolo has split personality disorder, which he uses to hide his true identity in the body of a small kid. Diavolo can communicate with the kid telepathically, ordering him to do things and such.

So eventually, Giorno finishes off Diavolo... somehow? I'm honestly not sure how it all works, it's very confusing. But yeah, then it just kind of ends.[/spoiler]

So, on to Part 6, Stone Ocean!!

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Posted: Feb 8 2014, 01:04 AM


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Part 6; Stone Ocean follows the first female JoJo in the series, Jolyne Kujo (Jotaro's daughter) in the lead up to her arrest and imprisonment at the Green Dolphin Street Prison.

If you weren't aware, I'm a huge fan of pretty much anything in which the main protagonist(s) are female, so for this story to be married with JoJo, I'm totally excited to tell y'all about Stone Ocean.

So, like I said before, Jolyne is falsely accused of manslaughter when she is framed for driving under the influence. She is sent to jail and forced to serve a sentence of 15 years. While in prison, her father comes to visit her and attempts to break her out. Unfortunately, his Stand is stolen by a mysterious Stand named White Snake. It's up to Jolyne to track down the user of White Snake and retrieve Jotaro's Stand before his body degenerates.

Ho-ly-shit. Stone ocean is incredible. So, not only do you have a main female protagonist in Jolyne, you also have the supporting cast in two other female characters; Hermes and Foo Fighters (F.F. for short). All of these characters are fantastic. Jolyne is of course out to save her father, even if they've barely had any previous interaction. Hermes committed crimes to get into jail purposefully to seek revenge on someone (spoilers). And F.F. is just... strange, but super interesting and possibly my favourite character. There's a few other main characters, but they're just not as interesting. One is a male serial killer with an infatuation with Jolyne.

Jolyne's stand, Stone Free, gives her the ability to create string from her body, similar in a sense to Spider-Man, but as the string is a part of her body, if she uses too much, her body will start to unravel and fall apart.

So, the main villain in Part 6 is this priest, Enrico Pucci working in the prison, who was told by Dio (That little shit), that there's a way to go above being just human, and elevate to a new, more powerful state, which he dubs "going to Heaven". He worships Dio and truly believes Dio's word. This part also brings back Dio in a really interesting way. I wasn't fond of having him bought back, but he's only really in flashbacks.

So yeah. I'd definitely not recommend skipping to this Part, as there's a lot of terminology that new-comers would be lost with. Just know it's incredible when you get to it if and when you decide to read/watch JoJo.

EDIT:

So, I just got done reading it and woah, it's super confusing near the end and it's also real sad. I don't want to spoil too much, but Part 7 takes place in an alternate universe, and at the end of Part 6 it kind of explains why. It's a great read. I'm just starting Part 7 now; Steel Ball Run, which follows Gyro Zeppeli and the disabled Johnny Joestar in the 1800s as they travel across America as part of the titular Steel Ball Run, a race. So far, it's amazing. The characters so far are kind of dicks, but I've heard from a lot of people they're some of the best in the series. The art style is different somewhat. It's tough to put my finger on, but something about it looks different. After the fourth volume, the manga switched from a weekly to a monthly release, and as a result, got SUPER FREAKING GORGEOUS. Not that it was ever a bad looking manga, by any stretch of the imagination.


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Posted: Mar 4 2014, 10:05 PM


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Imagine me saying all this as I inhale because this part is taking my breath away it's so freaking great.

So, Part 7, Steel Ball Run, I talked about it in SPAM, but I'll talk about it here minus the spoilers.

So, it follows Gyro Zeppeli and Johnny Joestar who take part in the Steel Ball Run; a race from San Diego to New York on horseback. The race is split into nine sections, with points being awarded to the different placed contestants. So, those who place first will be awarded 100 points, second place will gain 90, so on, and so forth. The first place racer will also gain an hour. In other words, if they come in first place in one section, they can cross an another section's finish line an hour after someone else, and still place first, gaining another 100 points. The contestant with the most points at the end will win $50,000,000.

Gyro has his own motivations for racing. Using his steel balls, and the power of rotation, he can spin these balls at incredible speeds before launching them at an opponent. This power bought the now disabled Johnny to his feet, from his wheelchair. Wanting to know Gyro's technique to possibly learn to walk again, he enters to follow, and closely observe Gyro.

After the first section, Gyro acknowledges Johnny's skill, and they soon become riends. The story is plain incredible, and, much like previous Parts in the JoJo story, the main characters will face off against a large number of foes as they traverse the harsh 1890's American countryside.

This Part is a fantastic starting point for those who have never read or watched anything JoJo related, as it takes place in an alternate universe, after the events that transpired in Part 6. In other words, no characters in this part have any relation to those from previous ones, as they are all alternate universe counterparts.

For example, Johnny Joestar is the alternate universe version of Jonathan Joestar (The protagonist of Part 1). They never meet, have no relation to one-another. Diego Brando is the counterpart of Dio Brando from Parts 1 and 3, but again, they're their own entity.

Basically, knowing the AU counterparts means nothing but fan service. Me knowing who these AU versions are just makes me giddy, but people with no prior knowledge of JoJo will be able to understand the story with nothing lost.

The main antagonist of Steel Ball Run is Egoraptor Funny Valentine, the presidnt of the United States. That's all I'll say as to not spoil too much 'cause it's fantastic.

In short; SBR is great and stands on its own as a fantastic manga with suspense, humor, drama, and it just looks incredible at times. It's probably the best looking manga I've ever read, and it really gives a great sense of scale.


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