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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Viewing Order

A guide on getting started with the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series, whether you want to read the manga or watch the anime!

Want to get into JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure but intimidated by the length of the series? Here’s a guide on the viewing order.

Whether you start with the manga or watch the anime is up to you depending on your preference, though I would recommend both.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a manga written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki since 1987. It spans eight parts, with the ninth just announced. The anime is made by David Production and started in 2012.

1. Phantom Blood

Manga: The series begins on Chapter 1 with Part 1: Phantom Blood. It follows Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando and takes place in the 1880s. It has 44 chapters.

Anime: The first 9 episodes of Season 1, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: The Animation (2012), covers Phantom Blood. The anime has a quick pacing and as a result, several minor details from the manga have been removed.

2. Battle Tendency

Manga: Part 2: Battle Tendency begins on Chapter 45. It follows the grandson of Jonathan, Joseph Joestar, and takes place fifty years after Part 1 in 1938-1939. It has 69 chapters.

Anime: The remaining 17 episodes of Season 1 (Episodes 1026 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 2012) cover Battle Tendency.

3. Stardust Crusaders

Manga: Part 3: Stardust Crusaders begins on Chapter 114. It follows the grandson of Joseph, Jotaro Kujo, and takes place approximately fifty years after Part 2 in 1988-1989. It has 152 chapters.

Anime: Season 2, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, covers Part 3 in 48 episodes.

Some sites may split Stardust Crusaders into two seasons, with the second part titled “Battle in Egypt”. Battle in Egypt covers Episodes 25-48 of the season.

4. Diamond is Unbreakable

Manga: Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable begins on Chapter 266. It follows the illegitimate son of Joseph, Josuke Higashikata, and takes place ten years after Part 3 in 1999. It has 174 chapters.

Anime: Season 3, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, covers Part 4 in 39 episodes.

5. Vento Aureo (Golden Wind)

Manga: Part 5: Vento Aureo begins on Chapter 440. It follows the illegitimate son of DIO, Giorno Giovanna, and takes place two years after Part 4 in 2001. It has 155 chapters.

Anime: Season 4, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, covers Part 5 in 39 episodes.

For the following parts, the chapter numbers are contained for each part and begin their numbering at Chapter 1 in the volumes.

6. Stone Ocean

Manga: Part 6: Stone Ocean begins on Chapter 1 (595). It follows the daughter of Jotaro, Jolyne Cujoh, and takes place ten years after Part 5 in 2011. It has 158 chapters.

Anime: Season 5, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, covers Part 6. The episode count is currently unknown.

The following parts are not yet animated.

7. Steel Ball Run

Manga: Part 7: Steel Ball Run begins on Chapter 1 (753). It follows Johnny Joestar and Gyro Zeppeli, taking place in 1890 in another universe. It has 95 chapters.

During Part 7, the manga switched magazines to Ultra Jump and became monthly. As a result, each chapter is much longer.

8. JoJolion

Manga: Part 8: JoJolion begins on Chapter 1 (848). It follows Josuke Higashikata, taking place in the same universe as Steel Ball Run, but over 121 years later in 2011. It has 110 chapters.

Craving more? There are several spin-offs related to the series.

JoJo-Related One-Shots

Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan is a spin-off series created by Araki, featuring Rohan. The series has random episode numbers but does not have to be read in the order of the numbers. The order listed below is based on the release dates and the order in the volumes. However, it does not really matter what order you read these spin-offs in. All of them take place several years after Part 4 (Diamond is Unbreakable).

Episode 16: At a Confessional

One-Shot: Episode 16: At a Confessional was the first Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan spin-off, released in 1997.

OVA: An OVA adapting the one-shot released on March 25, 2020.

Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill

One-Shot: Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill was the second Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan spin-off, released in 2007.

OVA: An OVA adapting the one-shot released on July 19, 2018.

Episode 5: Millionaire Village

One-Shot: Episode 5: Millionaire Village was the third Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan spin-off, released in 2012.

OVA: An OVA adapting the one-shot released on September 20, 2017.

Episode 6: Poaching Seashore

One-Shot: Episode 6: Poaching Seashore was the fourth Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan spin-off, released in 2013.

Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci

One-Shot: Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci does not have the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan title in its name, but is contained in the second volume of TSKR in this order. The spin-off itself released in 2011.

Episode 4: The Harvest Moon

One-Shot: Episode 4: The Harvest Moon was the fifth Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan spin-off released, in 2014.

Episode 7: A Rainy Monday

One-Shot: Episode 7: A Rainy Monday was the sixth Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan spin-off released, in 2015.

Episode 8: Deoxyribonucleic Acid

One-Shot: Episode 8: Deoxyribonucleic Acid was the seventh Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan spin-off released, in 2017. It was originally titled as Episode 9: D.N.A but changed in the volume.

Episode 9: The Run

One-Shot: Episode 9: The Run was the eighth Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan spin-off released, in 2018. It was originally titled as Episode 10: The Run but changed in the volume.

OVA: An OVA adapting the one-shot released on March 25, 2020.

There are other one-shots written by Araki that fans do not consider as canon because of events that occur in their stories.

 Rohan at the Louvre

One-Shot: Rohan at the Louvre features a young Rohan Kishibe from Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable. It is a one-shot manga written by Araki and released in 2010. Some events in the story contradict canon events, such as how Rohan got his Stand.

Jolyne, Fly High with GUCCI

One-Shot: Jolyne, Fly High with GUCCI is a one-shot that released in 2012. It features Jolyne Cujoh as the protagonist along with some characters from Part 5. The characters do not have the same roles as they had in the main series and it is set in its own continuity.

Light Novels

There are several light novels related to JoJo that are not written by Araki but he has illustrated covers and some images for them. The order you read these in are completely optional. These have not been officially released in English but they all have fan translations available.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Genesis of Universe)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (subtitled Genesis of Universe in the Italian release) is the first light novel related to JoJo. It released in 1993. At the moment it has no official English release but a fan is currently working on a translation. It takes place during Part 3: Stardust Crusaders.

GioGio’s Bizarre Adventure 2: Golden Heart, Golden Ring

GioGio’s Bizarre Adventure 2: Golden Heart, Golden Ring is the second light novel related to JoJo, released in 2001. It takes place during Part 5: Vento Aureo.

The Book: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day

The Book: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day is the third light novel related to JoJo, released in 2007. It is a sequel to Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable.

Purple Haze Feedback

Purple Haze Feedback is the fourth light novel related to JoJo, released in 2011. It is a sequel to Part 5: Vento Aureo, featuring Pannacotta Fugo as the protagonist.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Over Heaven

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Over Heaven is the fifth light novel related to JoJo, released in 2011. The book is written and presented as the lost transcript of DIO’s Diary from Part 6: Stone Ocean.

JORGE JOESTAR

JORGE JOESTAR is the sixth light novel related to JoJo, released in 2012. The book features numerous characters from Parts 1-7, mainly focusing on George Joestar II, Lisa Lisa, and Jorge Joestar (a character from the 37th universe in the novel).

Other Adaptations

JoJo was also adapted by other companies in the forms of OVAs and films. These are optional to watch.

Phantom Blood Film

Phantom Blood is a film produced by Studio A.P.P.P. adapting the first part of the series. Unfortunately, it was never released to home video after its limited theatrical release. However, there are some videos of it on our wiki page.

Stardust Crusaders OVA

There are two OVA series by Studio A.P.P.P which adapt Part 3: Stardust Crusaders. In total, it is 13 episodes with lots of cuts and changes to the source material.

Diamond is Unbreakable Film

There is a live-action film adapting Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable. It covers up to the fight against Keicho Nijimura.

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