Kids these days, y’all know nothing about one of the longest-running and most highly regarded works of manga art, do ya? It’s been around since 1986!
I’m talking about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure! But I’ll just be calling it JoJo from now on.
The fourth part of this series, Diamond Is Unbreakable, began airing this April, to high acclaim.
Are all the people around you telling you that it’s great, but you feel like starting watching it at this point is too big a hurdle?
Just for you, I, the wise and experienced MJA Ojisan will host this fantastic lecture series for all you JoJo rookies.
We will be splitting this course up into three segments.
Prof. MJA Ojisan:
Greetings, ladies and gentlemen. It is I, professor MJA Ojisan! I know everything and anything there is to know about anime.
What’s that you say? You have an interest in JoJo? You figure since it’s being aired as an anime, you might as well take this opportunity to watch it, but you’re worried that jumping into such a long and revered franchise head-first might turn out to be too much to handle?
No problem. Let me tell you about the wonders of the JoJo franchise!
JoJo was originally a manga written by Hirohiko Araki. It began running in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1986, and is still being serialized in Ultra Jump these days.
The manga is already on part 8 of the story, and there are over 100 volumes! Shocked, are ya, laddie?
The TV anime started in 2012 with part 1, and since each season covers one part, that means that this April they are airing part 4.
The story details the battle over successive generations between various members of the Joestar family and the vampire Dio Brando and his successors.
The theme of the manga is the song of life… Many things are worth sacrificing for the sake of helping others. To know fear, and to then overcome fear, leads to growth and maturity. Araki-sensei (the creator of the manga) teaches us of about the wonders of bravery and humanity.
What’s So Cool About JoJo?
What a question! Let’s see… there’s JoJo’s unique and incomparable view of the world, it’s unique story, perfectly-crafted characters, and the artistic touch that brings it to the forefront of manga art… there’s too many things to count.
I’ll focus on only a few points here.
Point #1 – Stand
If there’s one thing that makes the JoJo universe unique, it’s the “stands.”
Basically, stands are superhuman abilities. In the JoJo franchise, superhuman abilities are personified.
A being’s superpower is, in essence, a separate being within the same person. And in JoJo terms, that’s called a “stand.”
Plenty of characters in the JoJo universe use stands, but each individual’s is different.
Of course, the most interesting thing is when two stands face off against one another.
The idea of stands appeared in Part 3 of the series.
Jotaro Kujo, the protagonist in Part 3, had a stand named Star Platinum, which gave him incredible power and speed.
Throughout the series, Jotaro Kujo’s stand is nigh invincible, until at one point he meets a foe so weak he can’t even move a hair on Jotaro’s head, and yet Jotaro is unable to beat him. It was a shocking moment, let me tell ya.
Ya haven’t caught on have ya laddies? The point of the thing is that even the weakest stand in the world can become terrifyingly powerful if its user invests the time and effort to study and train it to its maximum potential.
By having a strategy and sticking to it, anyone can change the course of events.
Point #2 – JoJo Poses
If there’s one thing that stands out in the JoJo universe, it’s the poses.
You can see these poses on the covers of the manga.
They don’t exactly respect the way the real human joints work, but they look really beautiful, and they are one of the signature points of the JoJo artistic style.
There are JoJo fanatics around the country who try to emulate these poses.
If y’all think you can fit any more detailed information in your young heads, look at the website below. It’s all in Japanese, but maybe y’all can just look at the purty pictures, how’s about that?
The Classroom For JoJo Poses: http://kajipon.sakura.ne.jp/jojo.htm
Well, that about wraps it up for today’s lecture.
Next time, we’ll continue looking at what makes JoJo so great.
See y’all later.
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