JoJo’s bizarre adventure is an iconic series from the 1980s, and the anime has grown in popularity since its recent reboot. With its bright colors, unique art style, and eccentric characters, the show has garnered many fans over the past few years, even sparking the TikTok “JoJo Pose” trend.
As distinctive as the show was, some elements felt too familiar. The audience could see which retro anime inspired Hirohiko Arakis JJBA. From the Joestars’ ultra strong character designs to the dark and gory visuals, some points seemed like anime ripoffs such as: Fist of the North Star and dragon ball
10 The overly muscular physique didn’t start with JoJo
JJBA became famous for his over-the-top character designs, with unrealistically muscular figures, eccentric clothing, and near-physically impossible poses. Both heroes and villains have huge muscles, and while the anime has toned this down over its seasons, the characters have always had unrealistic physiques. Well, this art style is one of them JJBAs many clichés.
JJBA however, was not the first series to do so. a famous work Fist of the North Star, first released in 1983, was another manga/anime featuring muscular characters. while watching PhotoNSit’s obvious where Araki gets his inspiration from.
9 Gothic vampires already existed in anime
Victorian-era gothic vampires were typically associated with English literature, but they appeared in many manga and anime. JJBA included these monsters in its first part, phantom bloodwhere Dio Brando was the blood-sucking villain who was considered one of the strongest anime vampires.
Before Araki’s work, there were other vampiric anime floating around. Most notable was Vampire Hunter D(1983 manga & 1985 film), although this film was set in a post-apocalyptic setting. Still, the show’s dark tone, supernatural elements, and mix of pulp genres (ranging from westerns to sci-fi) all hinted at their similarities JJBA.
8th Martial arts and magic already mixed in retro anime
JJBA has always dealt with martial arts and supernatural elements, and its first two parts (Phantom Blood & Fighting Tendency) reflected this clearly. Before its third part JJBA used the Hamon or Ripple magic system. Hamon mimicked the power of the sun and was effective against the undead.
PhotoNS worked similarly, as the main character used health to deal extra damage to his enemies, and that extra damage felt supernaturally powerful. dragon ball had more in common with JJBA. Energy blasts like Kamehameha reminded fans of Hamon-type moves like Sunlight Yellow Overdrive.
7 JJBA’s dark storyline reminds fans of Fist Of The North Star
Dark tones were nothing new back then JJBA came on stage. PhotoNS and Vampire Hunter D were known for their fierce tones. Even works of different genres, like mecha anime, contained dark and heavy themes, scenes, and storylines.
While PhotoNS Pursuing schoolboys in their rivalries and wars, it was cruel. JJBA divided PhotoNS’ seemingly clueless tone as the show featured both Jotaro Kujo and Josuke Higashikata as school-age characters who found themselves at the center of the tragedy. Even some stalls were themselves frightening and dark. Unlike most other contemporary works JJBA made fun of these storylines.
6 Gore wasn’t uncommon either
Along with a dark tone, you can almost certainly find blood and gratuitous violence. PhotoNS was notorious for its use of violence and gory imagery as the show circled gang wars.
JJBA took a note of PhotoNS and took it to the extreme, as the show wasn’t afraid to pull punches. Everyone was fair game for brute force, from women and children to innocent animals. In many ways, the show parodied its contemporaries, but at times it was very serious.
5 Anime had seen the stupidly brilliant character before
An iconic and popular character archetype was the genius who was always fumbling with the piece. Usually these characters found some unorthodox way to get out of their mess unscathed, though not always.
One of the earlier anime characters that fit this description was Lupine III title character. This thief was notorious for his wild antics and eccentricities, and his legacy influenced many manga/animes. Joseph Joestar, the protagonist of fighting tendencyShe had a similar personality. Fans often regarded him as one of the best JoJo protagonists.
4 The brooding and reluctant criminal-turned-hero was nothing new either
Another popular character type was the brooding bad boy. In many cases the character was a villain (or at least problematic) but became a hero when circumstances dictated. Jotaro Kujo, the protagonist of Stardust Crusaderwas this character in JJBA.
Though Jotaro was unnecessarily mean to women, he was often a romantic hero, loved for his stoicism and coolness. He reminded some fans Captain Harlocks main character. He even had a black school uniform mimicking Harlock’s flowing robes and a career on a ship. Unfortunately, this trope made Jotaro one of them JJBAs most cliche characters.
3 Multipart combat between groups of heroes and villains was another shonen staple
Shonen anime was notorious for dragging out fight sequences much longer than they needed to be. Fans often look at the dragon ball and Naruto franchise at this review. While the original JJBA wasn’t as notorious as dragon balleven the most recent reboot has this trap, and audiences have noted that this is one of them JJBAs worst trends.
Many of the fights in Stardust Crusader, for example, are multiple parts (two to three episodes). While this pace is vastly better than older series, it feels like a nod to its predecessors.
2 Eccentric outfits are a classic anime feature
how many anime JJBA isn’t afraid to dress his characters in colorful, impractical, and outlandish outfits, although the series has taken this to the extreme. From huge sweetheart necklines to hats that turn into hair, JJBA contain many ridiculous dress choices.
Although we stick to a more neutral color palette, PhotoNS features extreme crop tops and unusually large shoulder pads. It’s hard to deny its impact JJBA. Other anime, often science fiction works, were also to blame. Still, many viewers credited the over-the-top wardrobe as one of the reasons JJBA was the best anime ever.
1 The delinquent aesthetic is another popular anime theme
JJBA includes three prominent “school delinquent” characters: Jotaro, Josuke, and Okuyasu Nijimura. While this aesthetic drew from various real-life Japanese subcultures, it also had on-screen precedent. Eventually, it became an overused anime character trope.
The most obvious were PhotoNS and be bop high school (1983), the latter of which featured the subculture’s iconic hairstyles. Both of these works influenced anime and JJBAs Delinquent characters were part of a long lineage of this archetype.