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JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE #7 -- Watch & Learn

Is this making fun of FIST OF THE NORTH STAR?

Well, the CASTLEVANIA’s parallels are a lot harder to miss, this time, aren’t they?

I’d really like to get a better grasp of the context the original JOJO’S manga was published in. For one, I’m curious if it was a contemporary of FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, or if it was a response to (or parody of) that series. The crew’s gone out of their way to give this series a theme song that doesn’t sound anything like the pop idol intro’s of today. Indeed, the combination of passionate, bass male vocals and lively horns very strongly recalls “You wa shock” and the theme songs of its era.

Keep that in mind, now. Then consider the intentional absurdity of every major character - - even the ascetic Tibetan monk, Tonpetty - - having a body builder’s physique. Then think about how the ridiculous applicability of ‘the Ripple’ seems to goof on the catch-all, deus ex machine quality of Kenshiro’s signature “At-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta!!!” technique. At this point, you really start to wonder if JOJO’s lifespan as franchise might be similar to TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES’. Both start off as blatant parodies of other comics, then inexplicably live on beyond their source material until later audiences are totally unaware of all the references.

The important quality linking JOJO and TMNT, of course, is that no matter how silly they get, they still play things pretty straightforward and earnest. With his torture of the mother and her child being a new notch in his belt, Dio has quickly established himself as a villain much more legitimately fearsome than many heels in ‘serious’ anime today.

At first, I was going to question if the ultra-violence in this series was another wink at FIST. However, I now suspect it's simply part of how things were done for anime/manga in the 80's. The most sickening, grotesque villains were thrown at innocents - - like, a frog-tongued zombie with a thirst for children’s blood - - and they were then felled with the meanest and most excessive force.

Seems like otaku today have really missed that approach?

Watch "Sorrowful Successor" and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode.

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rubberluffyon April 24, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

Araki was definitely inspired by Fist, which started about 3-4 years before JoJo, in the same magazine. But Araki's brand of bizarreness is still there in Part 1 and kind of sets it apart, even before the series really takes off as its own thing.

takashichea moderator is online on April 24, 2014 at 1:26 p.m.

Haven't seen Fist of the North Star yet. Jojo is wearing the exact outfit as Kenshiro. I'm going to miss Zeppeli. He was an interesting character who took his fate like a true gentlemen.

Kino88on April 24, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.
Umm.....Tom, I'm beginning to think you might really, really, be enjoying this one, fair enough, I'm a child of the 90's, so there's not a ton of 80's nostalgia tucked away in my Heart, That said, it was still an ausome time for anime, however am I the only one Who kinda hates the ninja turtles, I mean there seriously making another movie for That crap,
Lurkeroon April 24, 2014 at 8:10 p.m.

If something can start out as a parody and then become its own thing - it gets respect from me. I'm just sad I held off on watching JoJo for so long. It's been enjoyable despite the obvious tropes

SamJazon April 24, 2014 at 8:26 p.m.

@Lurkero: With something this old, you do have to question how many of the tropes came from this source material, and how many were parodies.

I'd put off watching Jojo for the longest time. Truth be told, I was brought to it by ANTfish's parody on Youtube, making it a Parody of a Parody. That said, I'm loving just how shameless and awesome it can be.

rubberluffyon April 24, 2014 at 9:15 p.m.

@SamJaz said:

@Lurkero: With something this old, you do have to question how many of the tropes came from this source material, and how many were parodies.

I'd put off watching Jojo for the longest time. Truth be told, I was brought to it by ANTfish's parody on Youtube, making it a Parody of a Parody. That said, I'm loving just how shameless and awesome it can be.

When it comes to Shounen manga, whatever tropes Saint Seiya, Dragonball and Fist didn't create, JoJo probably did, or helped popularize.

There's also references to JoJo in so much Japanese media, from the Castlevania, King of Fighters and Street Fighters game series, to anime like Binbougami-ga, OreShura, No Game No Life, anything written by Nisio like Medaka Box and the Monogatari series, and countless manga series. Hell, the Louvre art museum had a exhibition on comic books, and they asked Araki, the creator of JoJo, to create a Louvre themed short manga (Kishibe Rohan At The Louvre), since he was one of the few people chosen to be part of the exhibit. And Gucci had a worldwide store display featuring Jolyne from Part 6, wearing clothes that Araki designed for the company.

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