The OVA for Part 3 of JJBA.
Joseph Joestar and his Japanese grandson, Jotaro, fight an ongoing blood feud against Dio Brando, an immortal vampire who caused the death of their ancestor Jonathan. Using the magical powers of the Stand, a deck of tarot cards that bestows psychic attributes on the possessor of each card, the Joestar clan and Brando's minions face off in a violent battle that plays like Fist of the North Star at its most surreal.
With its warring secret elites and magical trumps, Jojo owes a considerable debt to Roger Zelazny's Nine Princes in Amber (1972), particularly considering the "immortal" undertones of its hero. There are several Jojos stretching from the 19th to the 21st century-a more correct translation of the title might be to put the apostrophe after the "s." Baoh-creator Hirohiko Araki's 1987 manga in Shonen Jump begins in the 1880s, when an Aztec death mask causes trouble for all who come into contact with it. Archaeologist Jonathan Joestar begins a vendetta against Dio, who tries to steal his inheritance and kills his dog. Dio eventually dons the mask and becomes a vampire, causing Jonathan's death as his family flees for the U.S. The story jumps to New York in the 1930s, where Jonathan's descendant Joseph continues the battle through the Second World War, before the story moves into the 1980s with Jotaro Kujo, Joseph's half-Japanese grandson. The anime version deals primarily with the 1980s incarnation, as he and Joseph fight Dio, while he tries to heal his terrible wounds (his disembodied head has been sewn onto the body of Jonathan Joestar) and activate his ultimate trump card-the ability to stop time.
Following the series, the manga moved into the 1990s with Joseph's illegitimate Japanese son, Josuke Higashikata, then the 21st century with the Italian Giorno Giovanna, who, though officially the son of Dio, had been sired using the genitals of Jonathan and is hence the uncle of Joseph. The most recent member of the family to take the Jojo mantle is Jolyne Kujo, Jotaro's daughter, who uses her powers to escape from a Florida prison.
Gripping despite low-grade animation, the 1993 Jojo series was overlooked during the anime boom of the 1990s reputedly because of a prohibitively high asking price for the rights. The original Jojo remained unreleased in English for a decade, perhaps because the anime was always intended to sell the 87-plus-volume manga, and one could not be sold without the other. Another possibility is that the license had been considered by U.S. companies but turned down because of the surreal in-jokery of the characters' names-in the style of Bastard, the series is full of musical references, including psychic warriors Mariah [Carey], [Bette] Midler, [Ronnie James] Dio, Cream, the psychic dog Iggy [Pop], and even the titular character himself ("Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner"), who hails from the Beatles song "Get Back."
In the wake of a Capcom computer game released in the U.S. as Jojo's Venture (1998), the series began to reach the American market, released by the original production company, although episodes were reordered to make the chronology easier for viewers to comprehend if they had not seen the manga. This also handily ensured that the American release "began" with much more modern episodes dating from the year 2000 instead of the 1993 chapters. V
|Jotaro Kujo ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Joseph Joestar ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Mohammed Avdol ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Jean-Pierre Polnareff ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Iggy, the Fool ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Dio Brando ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Vanilla Ice ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Noriaki Kakyoin ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
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|Name:||JoJo's Bizarre Adventure|
|Release Date:||Jan. 1, 1993|
|Romaji:||JoJo no Kimyo na Boken|
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