JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
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.
Part 1: Phantom Blood
In 1890s London, Dio Brando is adopted by the Joestar family after his father, Dario, died. Dio hates the main character, Jonathan, and wants to ruin his life. Later, when they are adults, Dio uses an old item called the Stone Mask to lose his humanity and become a vampire. Jonathan meets a man named William Anthonio Zeppeli, who teaches him a fighting method called Hamon, or Sendo, which is used to defeat vampires. Jonathan uses Hamon to try and defeat Dio.
Part 2: Battle Tendency
This part of the story follows Jonathan Joestar's grandson, Joseph, who lives in 1930s New York City. Like Jonathan, Joseph also knows how to use Hamon. However, after killing a vampire named Straizo, he learns about an ancient race called the Pillar Men, who are awaking again because of Nazi research.
Part 3: Stardust Crusaders
Jotaro Kujo, who lives in Japan in the 1980s, is the grandson of Joseph Joestar. At the start of this part, Jotaro discovers he has a Stand, a superpowered being that is a part of a person. This is because Dio Brando was reawakened when his coffin was found in the ocean by Egyptians. Dio, who stole Jonathan Joestar's body, got a powerful Stand called The World. Because Dio is using Jonathan's body, all of the Joestar family got Stands too. Holy, Jotaro's mother, got very sick because she was not strong enough for her Stand. This drives Jotaro, Joseph, and their friends to find DIO and kill him.
Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable
Josuke Higashikata is Joseph Joestar's son born out of wedlock. He lives in Morioh, Japan with his mother, Tomoko, and his grandfather, Ryohei. In this part, he and other Stand users in Morioh are looking for a serial killer named Yoshikage KIra.
Part 5: Vento Aureo
In 2001, one of DIO's children, a 15-year-old living in Italy named Giorno Giovanna, joins a gang called Passione in hopes of becoming a "Gang-star".
Part 6: Stone Ocean
In Florida in 2011, Jotaro's daughter Jolyne Cujoh is arrested for a crime she did not commit and is sent to a maximum security prison. This is a setup from one of DIO's followers.
Part 7: Steel Ball Run
This part takes place in a different world than Parts 1-6. In the 1890s United States, Johnny Joestar and his friend Gyro Zeppeli race in the Steel Ball Run for $50,000,000. This race is actually meant to help find parts of the Holy Corpse.
Part 8: Jojolion
In 2011 in Japan, a man is found and has amnesia. He is adopted by the Higashikata family, and is given the name Josuke (not related to Part 4's Higashikata family or Part 4's Josuke).