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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

Director: Naokatsu Tsuda, Ken'ichi Suzuki

Episodes: A lot

Volumes: 128

Chapters: A lot

Genre: Shounen, Seinen, Fantasy

Themes: Adventure, Family, Found Family, Paranormal

Characters: Jonathan Joestar, Joseph Joestar, Jotaro Kujo, Josuke Higashikata, Giorno Giovana, Jolyne Kujo, Johnny Joestar, Josuk8 Higashikata (Josuk8 is Part 4 Josuke in an alternate universe, it's a long story)

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

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 feminity as much as the female ones do, and the aproach 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.