The world owes Hirohiko Araki an immense amount of praise for his hard work and dedication on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure because it has entertained countless manga/anime fans since 1987. The man not only wrote but also illustrated this master piece, and that is not small feat!
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure tells the story of the Joestar family, a family whose various members discover they are destined to take down supernatural foes using unique powers that they possess. The manga is split up into 8 unique parts, each following the story of one member of the Joestar family, who inevitably has a name that can be abbreviated to the titular “JoJo”. The first six parts of the series take place within a single continuity, while parts 7 and 8 take place in an alternate continuity.
Now, among JoJo fans, we all have our favorite parts and characters. Each to their own as they are all valid opinions in their own right. For me, nothing can come close to Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable. The magnificence of Josuke and his pompadour as well as a heavy focus on Japanese high school delinquents wins it for me. That is why I am so excited to write about getting it in manga form from Viz Media for review! This book is the first volume of Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable and contains over 350 pages of JoJo action!
While the anime is on point and enjoyable, nothing quite beats the feeling of cracking open the beautiful hard cover manga and appreciating everything Hirohiko Araki created. It is available where ever books are sold for only $19.99.
Diamond Is Unbreakable volumes 1 to 18 (JoJo volumes 29 to 47). In the fictional Japanese town of Morioh in 1999, Jotaro arrives to tell Josuke Higashikata (the kanji 助 in his name is read in the on’yomi form as jo) that he is the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar and to warn him that Morioh is becoming filled with Stand users. This is due to a mystical Bow and Arrow that bestows Stands on those struck by the arrowheads. After Josuke takes revenge on a Stand user who killed his grandfather, he agrees to help Jotaro hunt down the holder of the Bow and Arrow. He gains allies in Josuke’s friend Koichi Hirose, who is hit by the arrow; Okuyasu Nijimura, whose brother was using the Arrow until it was stolen from him; Rohan Kishibe, a famous manga artist; and even his estranged father Joseph Joestar. Along the way, the group deals with the various new Stand users throughout Morioh, including several of Josuke, Koichi, and Okuyasu’s classmates. Eventually, the death of one of their friends leads to the discovery that one of the new Stand users is the serial killer, Yoshikage Kira.
This is well worth the price and we absolutely recommend this purchase! I find myself constantly stopping to truly gaze upon the art work and how incredible it is before moving onto the next panel. Check out more information at Viz Media!