With JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure making its return in the next few months, the show will once again rise in popularity and flood social media with memes, inside jokes, and references. Now you might be wondering, what is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure?
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a “bizarre” anime series owned and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki that is built upon unconventional elements which it wears daringly on its sleeves. These risks pay off because of their over-the-top nature. For instance, the show’s art style is extravagant and flashy with its bright colors and jarring contrasts. The story takes place in different time periods across several places around the world, separating it from other shows that stick their stories to one setting. The anime follows a family line of characters whose stories weave into grandiose epics that continue from generation to generation. It’s definitely a show with an off-kilter feel, but it’s also coherent in its plot and consistent with the tropes it established at the start of the series.
One of the quirks that the show is known for is the exaggerated grunts or battle cries that characters yell when fighting each other. These fight scenes are often drawn out to three to four episodes making the show lengthier and quite dramatic. It’s also normal for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s antagonists to be introduced and discarded. This supplies a fresh flow of brand new characters with different traits so that the show never gets stale. The creator also has a fondness for referencing famous bands or songs, examples being Killer Queen, King Crimson, and Shine On You Crazy Diamond. On the topic of songs, JoJo also has a killer soundtrack that fits the explosiveness of the show. All of these unique imaginative aspects make JoJo very entertaining despite its chaotic nature.
Part 6 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is rumored to be released in December of this year. It follows a new protagonist, Jolyne Cujoh, who is still, as expected, a direct relative of the original protagonist of the first part, Jonathan Joestar. If you haven’t started this anime and you find its wacky aspects interesting, check it out on Netflix and binge-watch your way to part 5 before the new part gets released. Maybe then you would finally be able to make sense of the numerous jokes and memes about the hit show floating around the internet. Aidan Dela Santa // Image from Games Adda