10 Ways JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Is Better When You’re An Adult

Hirohiko Araki’s iconic action series, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, has faithfully followed the shonen archetypes while also establishing its own brands that push the genre into revolutionary new territory. For more than three decades, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has been at the forefront of the anime and manga industry, and there’s no end in sight for the infinitely quirky property.

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is so complex that it connects very differently for adults and children. JoJo’s tells a story that is suitable for all ages, but there are some quirks that are easier for older people enjoy.

ten The generational story it tells through multiple protagonists


The bizarre adventure of Jolyne Cujoh Jojo

Most shonen series tell the development of a single protagonist, but one of the most unique aspects of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is that it reveals itself very quickly to follow the Joestar family tree, not just Jonathan Joestar. This transition from Jonathan to Joseph to Jotaro and so on can be very shocking to younger audiences, especially if they’ve connected with the previous characters. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is structured much more like a novel that tells a sprawling story across generations.

9 Hirohiko Araki’s maturing art style is easier to appreciate


It is truly remarkable how mangaka as Hirohiko Araki may be the only artists and writers on their series for several decades. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is Araki’s signature series, and he’s been working on it for so long that his shifting artistic sensibilities and styles gradually emerge through his storytelling. Araki’s style for phantom blood and Fight Tendency is much more aggressive and looks something like Fist of the North Star. Araki’s evolving style is for the best, but it’s a trickier transition for younger audiences who are solely focused on characters or story.


8 The over-the-top nature of character designs, fashion, and poses


Anime JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Pose of Jonathan's Hand Face

Anime is a medium that has many contrasting tones, and some series are considerably more flamboyant than others. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure boasts of the exaggerated nature of its characters, whether through their unconventional looks and fashion sense, or their battle strategies and victory poses. Araki understands that the world of JoJo’s is so ridiculous that it is important that he has a sense of humor towards him. However, children may be confused by these items and not take JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure seriously accordingly.


7 Araki’s informational digressions get more interesting


One of the reasons why JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure resonated so strongly with audiences because it feels like such an authentic and personal expression of Hirohiko Araki. Araki carefully crafts stories full of suspense and unpredictable battles, but he’s also someone who isn’t afraid to let his overarching passions take over his storytelling.

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There are a multitude of scenarios where the characters of JoJo’s engage in long digressions about beetles, gravity, or seemingly unrelated scientific facts, only for them to play a significant role in an upcoming conflict. These scientific digressions may seem like drudgery to younger audiences, but they resonate with adults and reflect Araki’s diverse interests.


6 Jokes and references in character and stand names


One of the great ways JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure first shows his playfulness with figures, and later Stands, which are all named after famous musicians, groups and songs. Characters and stands are sometimes named after modern musicians, but the majority are inspired by bands that date back decades. It’s not impossible that younger audiences will be aware of all these musical references, but it’s likely that adults will be more familiar with puns based on bands like Bad Company and Cheap Trick.


5 The manga must be read to find out the full story


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There are natural strengths and weaknesses to anime and manga, but overall they’re pretty analogous products. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is not an anime-only series, but its anime is only at the ocean of stone chapter of the story.

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the JoJo’s the manga continued to parts 7 and 8, with a ninth on the way, all of which provide decades of additional content to consume. It’s an exciting prospect for older audiences to explore and devote time to, while younger audiences might prefer the easy-to-digest anime that cuts the fat from manga.


4 The different genres he experiences through different parts


JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Steel Ball Run Finish Line

Hirohiko Araki is working on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure for nearly 35 years, so it’s only natural that his interests would shift and sometimes embrace different genres of storytelling. The core of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure remains the same, and it never ceases to be an action series, but there are certainly some major genre shifts that are present, such as the slice-of-life angle that predominates in The diamond is unbreakable, Stone Ocean’s prison escape story, or even how Steel ball race transforms JoJo’s in a cross-country race. All these transformations reflect the diversity of At JoJo, but the younger crowd might just want the action and nothing else.




3 The dead hit harder and make more sense


Anime JoJos Bizarre Adventure Phantom Blood Dio Head Kills Jonathan

Death is inevitable in most shonen series, but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier to say goodbye to beloved characters. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is not gratuitous when it comes to the losses of its characters, but there are more big losses which will surely sadden young audiences. The deaths of characters like Jonathan Joestar, Bruno Bucciarati or Avdol remain painful, regardless of the age of the viewer, but these sacrifices are easier to appreciate in the context of JoJo’s Bigger picture. It is easier to view these losses as necessary evils than as manipulative grief.


2 Characters are allowed to mature and age


Joshua and Joseph

Anime can tell epic stories that span decades, but there are also series like Pokemon which produce thousands of episodes, but never allow their characters to visibly mature. It is easier for children to accept stasis, especially when a young protagonist is close in age. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure doesn’t just spin through its heroes, but it also keeps the clock ticking forward so that older versions of old protagonists emerge. Adults, who have grown up themselves, can better appreciate characters like Joseph and Jotaro, who are maturing in front of the public because they aren’t stuck in their own youth yet.


1 The wealth of side stories, OVAs, and additional material is less intimidating


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One of the benefits of being an anime fan is that there are usually additional materials to consume when it comes to the most popular properties. This scavenger hunt mentality of consuming content may not appeal to kids who just want to turn on an anime without worrying about timeline and canon. There are exciting things JoJo’s expansions in the form of one-shot manga, light novels, video games, and even an OVA series which focuses on Rohan Kishibe. Fantastic JoJo’s the details are contained in this supplementary material.

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