Only when you put into context the happenings in JoJo do you truly realize how fucked-up everything is.
When Joseph puts grease/oil on things I always wonder where he keeps it.
He keeps a little glass bottle of it.
Back to this. Ever explain JoJo to someone unfamiliar? I swear to god you get that alien feeling of 'goddamn, what?'
Many horribly awkward moments where I can't tell if they also think it's awesome or if they think I'm a faggot. Probably the latter.
When I do it, I'm a touch vague. This dude, that guy, this happened, they are able do that.
In fact, I described Abbacchio to a professor and it felt like describing some tragic, serious drama.
"It's a series that follows multiple generations of a family, and all of the main ones have the nickname JoJo. The recurring villain is a vampire who was the adopted brother of the original JoJo."
Sounds coherent enough to me.
But it's when you start to mention the details that it gets crazy. People don't tend to believe you about zombie Jack the Ripper, cyborg nazis, Aztec vampire gods, man-eating squirrels, and by the time you get to part 3 they're already convinced you're insane.
And then you get into details...
You like Jojo too?
Now I have to profess my undying anonymous love to you.
I tend to go straight for the Aztec vampires named after Cars, WHAM and AC/DC whenever I explain JoJo. Either it wins them over or I get the weirdest looks ever.
Same here or Vanilla Ice, the sexual ambiguity, blatant music references, or some of my favorite situations.
"The series has been ongoing for about 25 years now, so the themes change quite a bit between the different generation arcs. The first one is mostly just setup of the character backgrounds, and uses martial arts. Second goes more into the history of the vampires. In the third part and onwards, the author changes the power system to be based on these familiar spirits called 'Stands'. The most recent arc is an alternate universe retelling of the original story, and set in the wild west."
It is called JoJo's BIZARRE Adventure for a reason.
But for JoJo, that's far too VAGUE. You also gotta have the big, succulent, juicy bits that makes JoJo, so JOJO.
If they get past Cars, WHAM and AC/DC, I go to Vanilla Ice. I also tend to mention the fact that he doesn't wear pants.
But you see, that sounds boring.
That's the way I like to go. Shock them with just how crazy it really is. They either instantly want to read it, or think you're crazy, and if they don't like JoJo it's not worth your time.
The weirdest part about all of this is, that sort of thing never gets to me when I'm just reading it. We get piranha in airplanes and it's all fine and dandy, nothing strange here. But when you say it out loud, it's just... god damn. Cyborg Nazis? Yeah, holy shit, that's fucking crazy. What is wrong with me? What the hell is wrong with this manga?
I'm trying to summarize a 100+ volume series in a paragraph, cut me some slack.
HEY! Me too!
Also, my professor>>10240680
commented, "The title sounds a bit like something you'd have at Chuck E. Cheese."
I've also taken to advertising the fact that SBR now has lesbians! If that doesn't get them, what will?
SBR in general is an easy sell. Cowboys, dinosaurs, and Jesus. Lesbians are just the icing on the cake compared to that.
Times like that, I wish I could lug around the art books and giddily show them to people.
You've got a point.
I have both of them at my house, as well as some other JoJo crap. I show them off regularly to anybody who dares enter my lodgings.
Then after part 3, part 4 and on they'll think you or Araki are on something.
I was introduced to Jojo by the recap for the OVA. It was the funniest thing I ever saw. "Zombie Jack the Ripper" is still good for a chuckle.
If you ever encounter someone with the artbook (which can happen, happens to me a lot) you can normally get people wanting to read JoJo just from the spinny cover on the artbook box.
And by that, I meant encountering people who have not read JoJo while in posession of any of the artbooks.
I misread that somehow as "they'll think you are Araki."
But yes, it happens all the time.
Fun, ain't it? I wish I could get them.
>>What is wrong with me? What the hell is wrong with this manga?
I suppose it's written to fit incredibly well. Oh yeah, I also bring up art style and writing.
Indeed. Not only will they think you're crazy, they'll assume you're gay too.
It's also easier to get people into JoJo if they're fans of the music contained therein. I know a guy who had never read manga who read it just because he knew there was a character with Moody Blues, and I've used Killer Queen to get people reading this before.
The flip side is that after ages of JoJofaggotry, I know every word to Holy Diver when I didn't really listen to metal before.
"No, no. Funny thing about it: It's far too manly to be gay, but at the same time, too weird to be straight."
Oh shit yes, BIG ONE.
The music references are definitely a good way to get people to read this. First time reading it I just kept shouting FUCK YEAH to every reference, and it gets people into the music. Win-win.
This thread is giving me a warm, jelly-like feeling in the pit of my stomach and legs.
Found this yesterday.
Ever tried looking for the hidden music jokes? They're an entire new dimension on JoJo and a reason to read them (especially 4 and up) again.
Things like Killer Queen makes things explode because it's guaranteed to blow your mind, King Crimson's first album having a song called 21st Century Schizoid Man, the original Sticky Fingers album cover containing a functional zipper, ZZ with that car Stand and all of their cars on the album covers, etc etc etc.
Jojo is love.
Kira is "just an ordinary guy", which is also a line in Queen's "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon". Also in that song is the mention of going painting in the Louvre, where the Mona Lisa is kept.
Araki never ceases to amaze me.
Yep, Notorious B.I.G.? Gunned down before he could become a threat.
If you listen to King Crimson's song "Great Deceiver," the chorus says "Cigarettes, ice cream." Both of which Doppio uses for phones.
Yeah, it's everywhere.
The more I read JoJo, the more I realize it's the BEST MANGA EVER. It has, literally, everything I could possibly want in a manga.
lol king crimson
On a /fa/ note, JoJo has fucked up my fashion sense. I would kill for a real life Kira tie. Also, this.
Please tell me where to find that.
Here's a challenge. Describe how the characters look.
So there are these two guys, one is from Spain & the other is from England. Well, the Spanish dude is SUCH a total douchebag! He, like, kills his dog, kisses his girlfriend, and punches him into the gutter.
Then the Spanish dude finds this mask that turns him into a vampire and goes WRYYYYYYYYY a lot, and the English guy has to learn to use crazy-ass Circle-of-Life Simba magic to knock his Conquistadouche ass out.
Then they're on a boat, and the Spanish guy takes his body.
It's not up for order. Yet.
Mine too, and to an extent, my sexual preferences. Where does one go about finding a soul-mate with enormous buttocks?
Dio is NOT SPANISH.
THIS. Despite the name, he's also English. Lower-class English, but English.
HIS NAME SURE IS
I like him better with a pencil-thin moustache and calling Jonathan "mang."
What the fuck makes you think Dio is Spanish?
Don't forget violence and humor!! Those are hand in hand!
Read a book.
Like dancing on someone's unzipped head? Or pissing in another man's breathing tube while laughing? Or your occasional bathroom joke?
We're blowing your colleges' minds.
I was jokingly told that I would go to jail for talking about JoJo too much.
lol omg u goin 2 jeyl 4 teh jooj
Me too! It always seems like I'm forgetting something important unless I tell them he dosnt wear pants.
Wow. So much love on /a/ tonight.
I understand several of the characters' names were changed in the localization of the series. Which ones?
And thanks for turning me into a JoJo fag, /a/. I don't think I'll ever be able to repay you.
That's right, >>10242291,
delete your post you stupid faggot.
Try naming all th crazy shit from each are in random order, rapid fire.
this actually is an accurate list. One of the things that's nice about the changes (if you can even come close to calling a change "nice") is that they were all changed to less sue-tastic music references, but still references to things that are referenced somewhere else in the series.
Disregard the wiki link, I suck cocks. It was the Stand users page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stand_%28JoJo%27s_Bizarre_Adventure%29 that had both names on it.
Gyro Zeppeli and his fantastic balls of steel always win a few giggles.
But does he ship out of Area 11?
;_; Never again will I have to look through shitty boutiques for Jojo-esque clothes.
Basically, some bad guy's names are changed to album references instead of band references (Oingo Boingo -> Zenyatta Mondatta).
You can also make your own, if you like. I did. It was frustrating but fun.
I have no comment for this.....yet.
Besides DO WANT.
A stand is fine too.
Glorious violence and unwholesome whimsy.
Where can I buy the jojo artbooks?
Looking pretty...Neuro there?
I picked mine up at an animu con, although you can also get them from Animaxis and sometimes hlj.
I have trouble describing part 4 'what the fuckatry.'
By the time I get to part 4 I know if they think I'm crazy or not. If not- just go with it.