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, fourth, and fifth parts of the manga, and is currently working on the sixth part.

Plot[change | change source]

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, having secretly poisoned his father, seeks to overthrow Jonathan as next in line to the Joestar family fortune. Later, when they are adults, Dio's evil plan of poisoning his guardian George Joestar is exposed as he uses a Stone Mask that 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 Pendleton 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 gift for Hamon. After hearing of Speedwagon's supposed death during an excavation, Joseph decides to investigate and becomes involved with the revival of old human-like creatures 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/unknown mother Lisa Lisa, Joseph masters his Hamon under the pressure of poison placed inside of him 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 and special powers.
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 a physical manifestation of his fighting spirit known as Stand (a.k.a. Spirit Hamon). Joseph reveals than their Stands appearing now is the result of Dio Brando's (now DIO) return, having gained a Stand of his own after taking Jonathan's body as his own. Unfortunately, Jotaro's mother Holly is being killed over time by her Stand due to her lack of fighting spirit. Thus, joined by Egyptian fortune teller Mohammed Avdol (a.k.a. Mohammed Abdul), transfer student Noriaki Kakyoin, French swordsman Jean Pierre Polnareff, and the Boston Terrier dog Iggy, Jotaro and Joseph fight their way through many enemy Stand users to Cairo, Egypt to kill DIO during 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 (born accidentally) son Josuke Higashikata to settle his grandfather's affairs while warning Josuke 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 friends, such as Koichi Hirose, who was hit by the arrow, Okuyasu Nijimura, whose brother Keicho Nijimura was using the Arrow until it was stolen from him, and Rohan Kishibe, a famous manga artist. After dealing with the many new Stand users throughout Morioh, the group encounters and defeats a serial killer named Yoshikage Kira.
Part 5
Vento Aureo (a.k.a. Golden Wind)
In 2001 Italy, after 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 change it for good from the inside out. But when Giorno's group is tasked by Passione's boss, Diavolo, to serve as bodyguards to safely transport his daughter Trish Una throughout Italy to him, they find themselves rebelling against their leader after learning of his plan to murder his daughter in order to protect his identity. Later on, both Diavolo and Giorno's gang end up fighting in order to gain the Beetle Arrow (a.k.a. Requiem Stand Arrow) that can evolve a Stand into a Requiem Stand based on the user's deepest desires and gain extremely powerful abilities.
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 then reveals to her that she has been targeted by one of DIO's followers, the prison priest Enrico Pucci, while helping Jolyne awaken her 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” in order to save her father and stop Pucci's scheme of recreating the universe in Dio's image by achieving 'Heaven', a special Stand evolution, by following the instructions from DIO's Diary.
Part 7
Steel Ball Run
This part takes place in a different world than Parts 1-6. In the 1890s United States, a paraplegic (someone who cannot walk) 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 that the race is actually a coverup for President Funny Valentine's true plan to acquire parts of the Holy Corpse for his needs.
Part 8
Jojolion
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.

Characters[change | change source]

See List of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure characters