JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken

I've been singing the praises of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure for years now: rarely do I praise a manga for everything it does, but JoJo is one of the rare few, most definitely in my top 3 favorite manga. Araki's illustrations are detailed and dynamic like hellenistic Greek sculpture; beautiful enough to hang in a museum, not a single frame left unloved. He's truly a master of his craft and demands perfection in his work: you can see that JoJo in any medium is taken just as seriously as the next. Storytelling-wise, he's a genius. The legacy of the Joestar family will take you on a truly bizarre adventure and the action scenes are without comparison—complicatedly woven like a good mystery novel. On top of all that, he boasts an incredibly colorful cast of characters where men and women stand as equals in both strength and depth of character. (Seriously, Jojo women are some of the best in shounen manga: the 6th arc even boasts a badass female as its leading lady. How often do we really see that in Shounen Jump?)

"Well, my arms are folded and my eyes are closed, this is a victory laugh, ACDC. You lost today because you snoozed for 2000 years."
Because of its age and legacy it's often difficult and daunting to recommend to others, which is why up until recently I've had very few people to share my passion with! (Believe me when I say I've been trying for more than half a decade now, fortunately the anime did what my years of gushing on Twitter and shoving manga screencaps down my friends throats could not.) With now eight arcs in the running series, JoJo is a massive undertaking. But if you have yet to consume it in some form it's something I highly recommend to anyone! It's got a little bit of everything: action, mystery, romance, horror, comedy! And now you can even watch it in animated form, thanks to Araki finally letting a studio touch his precious child. (Araki is a perfectionist at heart, I'm pretty sure he was just waiting until technology and artists caught up with his desire to create an animated masterpiece.) As a fan of the original manga I can say with confidence that the anime thus far is doing a fantastic job of preserving the story and beauty of the manga whilst breathing new life into the series with all the wonderful things motion, music and acting brings to the table. I truly believe that with enough respect, good stories will be good in any medium.

I don't know what to say to sell JoJo any harder... I honestly got into it myself because I'm an incredibly visual person and thought Araki's artwork was just so cool, colorful and different from anything I'd seen in the manga world. It was the artwork that brought me in, but the weird characters and feeling of adventure that made me stay! All the parts are equally great and have their own unique wonderfulness to them—but I think I'll forever be a Part 2 fangirl (because Joseph and Caesar bromance is the bromance to end all bromances, and it's just so unique from all the other parts (also Joseph's oh-so-sexy lips)) as well as Part 4 (because Part 4 is literally one of the weirdest, funniest and most "bizarre" adventures of them all (and also, Josuke is the biggest sweetheart and has amazing hair no matter what anyone says))!

The last and greatest thing about JoJo is that Araki is a beautiful ageless vampire who will live forever, so who even knows when this manga will come to an end. I'm down for JoJo until the day I die!