JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean

Image via Hirohiko Araki’s artwork ‘Stone Ocean’ featuring Jolyne Cujoh and her stand, Stone Free.

Image via Hirohiko Araki’s artwork ‘Stone Ocean’ featuring Jolyne Cujoh and her stand, Stone Free.

Dania Hernandez, Staff Writer

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a shōnen and a seinen manga series created by Hirohiko Araki. The series itself also contains an anime adaptation. Each protagonist is a descendant of the Joestar bloodline who possesses the Joestar birthmark. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure contains eight story arcs and it is filled with action and adventure. The series has recently received its adaptation for Stone Ocean. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has been released worldwide and dubs are available to the public.

 

A dub is a re-recorded version of the original anime, sub. The subs of anime are typically Japanese, whereas the dub would be recorded in other languages. Dub helps provide the viewer context.

 

Hirohiko Araki is a manga artist who was born on June 7th, 1960 in Wakabayashi Ward, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. Araki is married to Asami Araki, and he is the father of two children. Hirohiko Araki became famous due to the success of his most popular manga, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure selling more than 120 million copies worldwide as of December 2021.

 

Manga are Japanese comic-styled books that are written in Japanese and may be stylized in Kanji, Katakana, and Hiragana, depending on how it is written due to the Japanese language having three scripts. Shōnen and seinen are two different manga age demographics targeted towards a male audience. Typically, seinen manga tend to have more mature themes compared to shōnen manga.

 

Araki has been known for his fondness of western media, and this has been shown within his most popular series. The manga artist is fond for his love of rock music and has made references to it within the series, using it as inspiration within his character designs. The manga and anime is influenced by western pop culture and media, along with fashion brands such as Gucci. Hirohiko Araki has illustrated the Japanese covers of Alex Rider, according to CBR.

 

Story arcs of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure include: “Phantom Blood”, “Battle Tendency”, “Stardust Crusaders”, “Diamond Is Unbreakable”, “Golden Wind”, “Stone Ocean”, “Steel Ball Run” and “JoJolion”. Only six parts have been animated by David Production. Languages available to watch Stone Ocean include: Japanese, English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese and Thai. Stone Ocean is available to watch on Netflix.

 

The protagonist of ‘Stone Ocean’, Jolyne Cujoh, is falsely convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to fifteen years in jail. She is an inmate in Green Dolphin Street Jail located in Florida. Jolyne is the biological daughter of Jotaro Kujo, and she is the only female Jojo to date within the Joestar bloodline. Stone Ocean was featured in the Weekly Shōnen Jump; it ran from December 7th, 1999 – April 8th, 2003. Chapters featured within the Weekly Shōnen Jump would later become tankbōns, which are manga volumes.

 

Stone Ocean premiered on December 1st, 2021 on Netflix. Twelve episodes have been released so far, and it is available to watch in eight different languages. Stone Ocean is recommended to anybody who’d be interested in an action-fighting adventure series.