Do you know when your environment parodies epic poses, laughs from memes about sweaty men? When do you periodically hear “Yare-Yare-Daze” from them? When the kids on the street laugh at you because you don’t know what Stand is? When a random guy on the street says “Kono Dio da” and you don’t know what to say to him?
Then you’ve come to the right place!
At first glance, JoJo may seem like something strange, absurd and stupid. Nevertheless, JoJo’s popularity can be envied. Even if you don’t know about JoJo, you probably know about JoJo, because it is everywhere. And it can be annoying.
However, in order to appreciate the true content of this peculiar work of art, do not be interested in memes about JoJo until you watch or read this, and do not listen to anyone: both those who do not like JoJo and those who like it. And then you may like JoJo or not, but that will be your opinion.
Few people know, but JJBA translated from the courageous language means “The World of Real Men”.
Because that’s the way it is. Only in the world of real men there can be such hot guys.
And you should understand, JoJo is not an anime about men, this is an anime about courageous deeds. Moreover, the very concept of masculinity is presented here to the highest degree, as if mocking stereotypes.
When I started watching JoJo, my first reaction was: “What the hell is going on here?! Why?!”
But a second later – “I want more!”
JoJo’s plot touches on different periods of time and countries. From 19th century England to modern Japan. Such contrasts of space and time show us how the values and goals of people change.
Anime includes 5 story arcs, and manga has as many as 8 volumes! Even “War and Peace” has only 4 volumes!
Each part is a separate story, connected by a single thread of fate. Each story has its own style, its own characteristics, its own secrets. Even OVA has its own separate storyline and drawing style!
I will not exaggerate at all if I say “JoJo is a magnificent work of genius thought with deep meaning”.
The dynamics of the plot, unpredictable turns of events, witty jokes and the unsurpassed acting of the voice actors will not let you get bored, causing a wide range of emotions, both negative and positive. And this particular attention to detail is vividly represented in the illustrious references.
The protagonist is named after the lyric hero of the song The Beatles “Get Back”.
“Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner
But he knew it couldn’t last
Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizona
For some California grass “
But JoJo of the second story arc was of the same nationality as the group, which also has British roots, like the protagonist.
JoJo also left his home for an adventure that is easily associated with “grass”.
Speaking of the protagonist, how can you not mention the antagonist?
Dio Brando was named after musical group DIO, and in particular its leader Ronnie James Dio.
Also in one of the band’s songs (Holy Diver) you can find lines associated with a charismatic villain:
“You’ve been down too long in the midnight sea” – Dio has been at the bottom of the sea for a hundred years.
“Life’s a never ending wheel” is a direct reference to Dio’s immortality.
“You’re the star of the masquerade” refers to the fact that Dio got his power from the mask and that he’s always in the spotlight with a star-shaped birthmark around his neck.
Another song of the same group (Stargazer) has equally significant lines:
“No sound, as he falls instead of rising”, “Time standing still, then there’s blood on the sand” – this speaks of the ability of Dio’s spiritual strength to stop time, pointing to events in Egypt.
Dio owes his surname to the actor Marlon Brando, who is known for his very nasty character and egotistic nature.
There are such references in almost every character, of which there are a lot.
But I would still like to tell you more about JoJo from season 4:
The design of the protagonist is very similar to the image of the singer Prince for the song Purple Rain.
However, the most valuable reference for me is the Stand* of the aforementioned character (Crazy Diamond).
It refers to the Pink Floyd song “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”, which the band wrote in memory of Sid Barrett, who was kicked out of the band due to his drug problems.
JoJo’s Stand ability is to heal everyone but himself, making him useful when in team with someone.
How do you like this degree of thoughtfulness, Ilon Musk?
And if even this isn’t enough for you to understand JoJo is art, then here are a couple more facts:
1. JoJo’s arts by Hirohiko Araki (creator of JoJo) was exhibited at the Louvre.
2. Hirohiko Araki has collaborated with the Italian fashion house Gucci.
I get euphoric from watching and reading such meaningful things. I really love JJBA and I want you to feel it the way I do.
I wish you broad shoulders, steel abs and courageous deeds!
Write in the comments which story arc you would like to see for a detailed analysis.