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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Volume 1 [Paperback]

Hurohiko Araki
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  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media (1 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159116754X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591167549
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Volume 1 In keeping with the original Japanese format, this book reads from back to front and from right to left. Full description

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is famous for being one of the craziest, funnest, most exciting Shonen series ever created, and it certainly lives up to that reputation. An excellent piece of work.

Some words of note: some volumes of the manga aren't easily found online, and some are only purchasable for well over $100. Although this series is worth some unnecessary expenditure (about 10.00 is how far I would go, a good bit over RRP), it's only worth that much from a collector's perspective. That is definitely something to consider if you want to read this series all the way through.
Also, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure as it is known in the USA and UK is only part three of the full manga series. Parts 1 and 2, and part 4 onwards (including the ongoing JoJolion, the 8th part), have never been officially translated into English. The only current way for an English-speaking audience to access these parts are fan-translated scans on the internet (Ignition-One's translation, though not especially good, fills in the story and characters rather well). However, part 3 is notable for being able to stand on its own, and the plot through 1 and 2 is conveyed well enough in the intro pages of this edition, so the story still works.

Hopefully, that should give you all the information you need for this purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IMPORTANT. 13 Feb 2013
By Ben
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Great manga but anyone interested in buying it please be warned that volumes 4, 5 and 6 are impossible to find for a decent price so you will probably end up with an incomplete set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely imaginative 22 Sep 2013
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I was one of the people who was introduced to the world of Jojo by the Capcom fighting game of the late 90s. It really included so many of the elements of the story in a really exciting way, it often gets treated as a marginal game but I thought it was really special (although it did have negative issues). I've heard that it was inspired by Capcom's Marvel games creating interest in those characters in Japan, so the Jojo game might have been an attempt to create interest in Jojo in the western world. The game was a flop but it did create some hungry fans and for all I know, maybe it was a bigger success in all the regions Jojo is more extensively translated in.

It's almost daunting trying to figure out how to even begin to describe what Jojo is like or about to people unfamiliar with it. Araki has described it essentially being about "salvation of the human heart" but that does not come across to me having read the first 3 parts of the series. The stories often have the heroes winning by the skin of their teeth and some of the methods of winning are not very convincing even within the context of this crazy world, so characters winning frequently by unlikely circumstances can be a real suspense killer. Sometimes it does have the issues that afflict many action serials (characters somehow managing to talk a lot during fights and some scenes are drawn out far too long), Jotaro's self-consciously cool hero attitude is grating (Polnareff steals the show) and in the other parts of the series some of the characters look more like fashion designs than characters (a trend that swamps Japanese videogames).
All this is easily bearable because of the odd characters, the sheer inventiveness, the utterly crazy ideas and the mad humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! 25 Jan 2006
By Edgard Aedo - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first discovered JoJo 7 years ago, the only way I could get the whole (pictoral) story of the manga was buying the Mandarin version - since I could not locate the Japanese version anywhere.

But now, Hirohiko Araki's 1987 classic has finally arrived, thanks to the wonderful folks at Viz.

Since most U.S. JoJo fans are familiar only with the 3rd generation of the series (through either the Capcom videogame or the anime distributed by Super Techno Arts), Viz naturally began with it.

Appropriately so, this story was where Araki first introduced what would become the signature of JoJo - The Stand. In a unique way of illustrating psychic battles of ego and will, each of the heroes and villains' powers are personified in the (often humanoid) form of a Stand - usually reflecting their own inner nature.

Yet even with their incredible talents, the heroes still use their wits to apply their abilties in clever ways to defeat their opponents.

Like Super Techno Arts's anime translation, Viz's translation remains faithful to that of Capcom's videogame. Araki is particularly fond of naming his characters after Western music icons. Thus, to avoid copyright infringement, names were slightly altered.

Nevertheless, U.S. JoJo fans can rejoice now that this long underappreciated classic has, almost 20 years later, finally made it to our shores.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a very pleasant surprise! 24 April 2006
By Dorothea - Published on Amazon.com
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I was never interested in this manga because the title gave me the impression that it was a hyper series meant for kids. A friend loaned me the first volume recently and I felt obligated to give it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised!

Initially, I was a little skeptical. The idea of the Joestar family whose duty it is to stand against the evil vampire Dios seemed a big formulaic and contrived, not to mention lame. Also, I wasn't too into the Western setting. Noblemen riding around in carriages just doesn't appeal to my imagination.. In addition, I couldn't get used to the art, which is extremely unique; the men are ridiculously huge (really tall, with huge shoulders and chests), and the women are very full-bodied and curvy. I found the design unappealing and awkward. I wasn't too fond of the main character's outfit, either; it's all black, with chains that don't have any purpose and what appears to be an extra belt. Even now that I've been won over and love the story, I still don't like his cap.

Despite my misgivings, I was enjoying the story by page 22. The action scenes are a lot of fun and the story is definitely compelling. I even started enjoying the art. The concept behind the characters' supernatural abilities is pretty original, and the abilities that each individual has are well thought out. By the end of the volume, I was very ready to read more, and the story has grown on me a lot since then.

The characters, especially the main character and his grandfather, are larger than life. In a way, that's good, but it also means that they're hard to relate to. Also, there's some grossness and gore; in one scene, a woman possessed by a parasite suddenly jabs a pen deep into a student's eye. However, as long as you like hardcore action stories with supernatural elements including vampires and super powers and don't mind the gore, this is an excellent choice.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 19 Jan 2014
By Matheny - Published on Amazon.com
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Awesome Radical Fantastic Amazing Spectacular Perfect Wonderful Stellar Supreme Astonishing Mind-Blowing A Blaze With Sincerity Kindness and of all Heartfelt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Found it again 30 Aug 2012
By T.J. - Published on Amazon.com
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There are just too many good things to list about this series, all I will say is this definitely a manga series worth reading, though the violence may be too much for younger readers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Manga time! 10 Feb 2014
By ethel sandlin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great deal for this manga. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is one of the classic manga out there and thus is going to be a little expensive. Good deal.
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