JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has become one of the most recognized manga series, not only in Japan but also in the western world. At eight parts and five anime adaptations, it has had an eventful journey of a whopping thirty-three years! But was the series a runaway success? If one takes the journey down the memory lane, it is easy to see that it hasn’t been a bed of roses for Hirohiko Araki – the creator of the series.
During the early 1990s, JoJo’s adventure was a popular manga series. Its third part was the most popular of all. When the top studio APPP was tasked with the anime adaptation of the same, they had a challenge. The whole series of 152 chapters had to be adapted into a mere six-episode anime. So, several parts from the manga had to be left out. Also, the series had to be altered to make it suitable for a western audience.
All this resulted in the anime being quite different from what the manga promised. The anime was more of a summary of all the chapters combined. The anime may have done more harm than good to the series. However, its journey was far from over.
From failure to success
Later, multiple attempts were made to adapt JoJo’s Adventure into an anime. Although there was an increase in merch sales, there was no significant change in people’s interest in the series. By the early 2000s, the manga was well-known within Japan, but it was yet to make its mark globally. Then came the turning point – its 25th anniversary. At this point, David production transformed the whole series into an anime – all chapters included.
After that, there was no looking back! What makes JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure so popular is the fact that it has elements inspired by European and American pop culture. Although it has originated in Japan, it is quite relatable for a global audience.