Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Title: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Mangaka: Hirohiko Araki

Manga Duration: January 1, 1987 - ongoing

Anime Duration: October 5, 2012 - ongoing

Films: A Stardust Crusaders miniseries, Phantom Blood, Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan, Live Action Diamond is Unbreakable

Director: Naokatsu Tsuda, Ken'ichi Suzuki

Episodes: 152

Volumes: 129

Chapters: 950 and counting

Genres: Shounen, Seinen, Fantasy, Historical

Themes: Adventure, action, family, found family, paranormal

Characters: Jonathan Joestar, Joseph Joestar, Jotaro Kujo, Josuke Higashikata, Giorno Giovana, Jolyne Kujo, Johnny Joestar, Josuke Higashikata in an alternate universe, and many more

LGBT+ Characters: Canonically, Dio Brando and some minor villains.

Representation Status: Both Implicit and Explicit

Summary: The story follows the Joestar bloodline and their adventures and antics with the paranormal they encounter.

Content Warnings: Violence, body horror, emotional and physical abuse, a nonconsensual kiss, references to sexual assault and rape, references to CSA, animal death, death in general, characters interact with nazis in the second part, alcoholism, references to substance abuse.

Personal Review: I'm going to be completely honest here, the representation in this series is not that good. If you came to Jojo for representation, you came to the wrong place. This is not me trying to discredit this series, there's a reason I put it on the list, and that's because of its inherent queer themes. A lot of the characters are easily read as queer. I feel as if male characters embrace femininity as much as the female ones do, and the approach to masculinity is not at all traditional. There's also a few other reasons I recommend this series besides viewing it from a queer lens - but I'm going to keep it brief: it's also a masterpiece of storytelling. I could go on and on about the narrative structure, and how Araki is such a fantastic writer, even though the characters aren't that strong. The formula of the story itself makes Jojo what it is. Along with the absolutely beautiful art style and character design. This essay by Ruben Ferdinand goes more in depth on the queer masculinity of Jojo, and definitely explains it better than I do.