JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a manga (Japanese comic) that is written and drawn by the artist Hirohiko Araki. It was published in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from 1987 to 2004. Since then it has been in the magazine Ultra Jump. From 1993 to 1994, an original video animation, meaning it went straight to video and was never aired on TV, was released. The original video animation was about the third part of the story - Stardust Crusaders. In 2012 a TV anime series began airing. It has covered the first, second, third, and fourth parts of the story, and is currently on its fifth part.
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The story of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is about members of the Joestar family. These adventures normally consist of the Joestars fighting a main villain with a group of friends. The name of the story comes from the nickname of the main characters - JoJo, which is from parts of their names. For example - Jonathan Joestar or Jotaro Kujo. The first six parts of the series take place within a single continuity, while parts 7 and 8 take place in an alternate continuity.
- Part 1
- Phantom Blood
- In 1890s England, Dio Brando is adopted by the Joestar family after his father, Dario, died. But Dio, have actually poisoned his father, seeks to usurp Jonathan as heir to the Joestar family. Later, when they are adults, Dio's scheme of poisoning his guardian George Joestar are exposed as he uses a Stone Mask Jonathan was researching to lose his humanity and become a vampire. Jonathan meets an Italian man named William Anthonio Zeppeli who teaches him a fighting method that uses a form of life energy called Hamon, the two joined by a former street thug named Robert E.O. Speedwagon to stop Dio's scheme to take over England with an army of zombies. Ultimately, after marrying Erina Peddleton who is pregnant with their child, Jonathan sacrifices himself in an attempt to stop Dio for good.
- Part 2
- Battle Tendency
- In 1930s New York, Jonathan grandson Joseph Joestar possess a natural affinity for Hamon. After hearing of Speedwagon's supposed death during an excavation, Joseph decides to investigate and becomes entangled with the revival ancient humanoids known as the Pillar Men who are tied to the creation of the Stone Mask. Teaming up with Will's grandson Caesar Zeppeli and his teacher Lisa Lisa, Joseph masters his Hamon under the pressure of implanted poisons and to stop the Pillar Men from obtaining the Red Stone of Aja, a mystical artifact in Lisa Lisa's possession that will grant them complete immortality.
- Part 3
- Stardust Crusaders
- In 1980s Japan, Joseph's grandson Jotaro Kujo places himself in jail because he believes he is possessed by an evil spirit before Joesph explains it to be as an embodiment of his fighting spirit known as Stand. Joseph reveals than their manifesting Stands is the result of Dio Brando's return, having acquired a Stand of his own after taking Jonathan's body as his own. Unfortunately, Jotaro's mother Holly is gradually being killed by her Stand due to her lack of fighting spirit. Thus, joined by Egyptian fortune teller Mohammed Avdol, transfer student Noriaki Kakyoin, French swordsman Jean Pierre Polnareff, and the Boston Terrier Iggy, Jotaro and Joseph fight their way through numerous assassins to Cairo, Egypt to kill DIO within the 50 days that Holly has left to live.
- Part 4
- Diamond is Unbreakable
- In the town of Morioh in 1999 Japan, Jotaro finds Joesph's illegitimate son Josuke Higashikata to settle his grandfather's affairs while warming his teenaged uncle of his town being filled with Stand users as the result of someone using a Stand-granting Bow and Arrow that was in DIO's possession. After Josuke takes revenge on a Stand user who killed his grandfather, he helps Jotaro hunt down the holder of the Bow and Arrow as they gain allies in Josuke's friend Koichi Hirose, who is hit by the arrow; Okuyasu Nijimura, whose brother Keicho was using the Arrow until it was stolen from him; Rohan Kishibe, a famous manga artist. After dealing with the various new Stand users throughout Morioh, the group contend with a serial killer named Yoshikage Kira.
- Part 5
- Vento Aureo
- In 2001 Italy, following being investigated by Jotaro and Koichi for being one of DIO's children, 15-year-old Giorno Giovanna joins the Passione mafia in hopes of becoming a "Gang-star" and reform it from the inside out. But when Giorno's group is tasked by Passione's boss serve as bodyguards to escort his daughter Trish Una throughout Italy, they find themselves opposing their leader once learning his intent of murdering his daughter to conceal his identity.
- Part 6
- Stone Ocean
- In 2011 Florida, Jotaro's daughter Jolyne Cujoh is arrested for a murder she did not commit and is sent to a maximum security prison. Jotaro reveals to her that she has been targeted by one of DIO's followers, the prison chaplain Enrico Pucci, while awakening her latent Stand powers to protect herself with. Jolyne gains allies in her fellow inmates Ermes Costello, Narciso Anasui, and Weather Report, the boy Emporio Alniño and the sentient Stand-using plankton colony “Foo Fighters” to save her father and stop Pucci's scheme of recreating the universe in Dio's image.
- Part 7
- Steel Ball Run
- This part takes place in a different world than Parts 1-6. In the 1890s United States, a paraplegic named Johnny Joestar regains his ability to walk while joining Gyro Zeppeli in the Steel Ball Run cross-country horse race for $50,000,000. They soon discover the race is actually a means for President Funny Valentine to acquire parts of the Holy Corpse for his own ends.
- Part 8
- In the town of Morioh in 2011 Japan, a local college student named Yasuho Hirose finds a half-buried man with amnesia and named him "Josuke" and is placed in the care of the Higashikata family as Yasuho tries to find clues to his identity and connections to Yoshikage Kira (not related to Part 4's Kira). Eventually, learning both Kira and Higashikata family share a common ancestor in Johnny Joestar, Josuke learns he is Joesfumi Kujo with parts of Kira transplanted onto him due to a mysterious plant which various factions are controlling with the Higashikata family cursed.