Meet the Hero and Villain of "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure"

See the designs for Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando

In over 100 volumes, Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has changed leads, historical periods and genre, but for much of its cult run, it's been at least informed by the the feud between the Joestar family and the vampire Dio Brando. 

 

The upcoming anime adaptation will at least initially be handling Phantom Blood, the first generation/first five volumes of the manga.


Director: Naokatsu Tsuda (Inu X Boku Secret Service)
Series Director: Kenichi Suzuki (SD Gundam)
Visual Director: Yasufumi Soejima
(Gankutsuou)
Series Composition: Yasuko Kobayashi (
Combat Butler Hayate! Heaven is a Place On EarthShakugan no Shana III
Character Design/Chief Animation Director: Takako Shimizu (
X-Men anime)
Sub-character Design/Prop Design: Shinichi Machida
Art Director: Shunichiro Yoshihara
Music: Hayato Matsuo
Animation Production: David Production


Kazuyuki Okitsu voices Jonathan Joestar - the original JoJo - an honest, earnest ultra-good boy from a rich family in Victorian England. After his life is torn apart (dishonored, disinherited, dog killed), he learns the martial art Ripple to take on his enemies . 

 

From Araki's art:

 

The new anime art:

 

Takehito Koyasu voices Dio Brando - the dark force behind much of JoJo's evil. Jonathan's psychopath adopted brother, he turns himself into a vampire while plotting to steal the Joestar fortune.

 

From Araki's art:

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From part III of the manga, after he's acquired super powered stand The World:

 

From the new anime:

 

via Yaraon

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

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