JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 8: Jojolion

Alt title: Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken: Jojorion

Vol: 27; Ch: 110
2011 - 2021
4.282 out of 5 from 1,247 votes
Rank #435
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 8: Jojolion

Following the Great East Japan earthquake, Morioh has been stricken by vast earthen protrusions known by the locals as Wall Eyes. Despite investigation, professional estimations are left empty. Meanwhile, the young girl Yasuho Hirose discovers a man buried within the ground, he possesses a distinctive star-shaped birthmark together with deeply penetrating bite marks. The man, who has contracted a staple case of amnesia is taken in by a local family and given the name Jousuke Higashikata, however mysterious events cannot stop from piling one upon the other and soon that enigma known as stand emerges to compliment the great cloud of confusion.

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ChineseWick
9

"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 8: Jojolion" is a remarkable entry in Hirohiko Araki's esteemed manga series, presenting an intricate narrative woven with mystery, family secrets, and the quest for identity. Set in the coastal town of Morioh, which has been reshaped by a calamitous event known as the Wall Eyes, the story follows Josuke Higashikata, a young man afflicted with amnesia, as he endeavors to uncover his true origins and the deep-seated conspiracies entangling his life. "Jojolion" stands out for its complex plot, deeply human characters, and a fusion of new and familiar elements from the JoJo universe, making it a compelling read that challenges and expands the series' thematic and narrative boundaries. Distinguishing Features Intricate Plotting: "Jojolion" excels in its elaborate and layered storytelling. The mystery of Josuke's identity and the secrets of the Higashikata family unfold with precision, engaging readers with twists and revelations that challenge their expectations and deepen the narrative's intrigue. Character Depth: This part shines a spotlight on character development, exploring the motivations, vulnerabilities, and resilience of its cast. Josuke's journey of self-discovery, alongside the complex dynamics within the Higashikata family, provides a rich emotional core to the story. Innovative Stand Powers: Continuing the tradition of inventive Stand abilities, "Jojolion" introduces concepts that are not only unique but also pivotal to the unfolding of the plot. These abilities enhance the strategic depth of confrontations and reflect the personal growth of the characters. Challenges Amidst Complexity Narrative Complexity: The dense plot and multitude of mysteries can sometimes make "Jojolion" a challenging read. The intertwining storylines and detailed lore require attentive reading to fully grasp the scope and implications of the unfolding events. Pacing Variability: With its focus on intricate plot development and character exploration, the pacing of "Jojolion" can vary, leading to moments where the narrative momentum slows. This deliberate pacing is essential for depth but may affect some readers' engagement with the story. Unique Blossoms Thematic Richness: "Jojolion" delves into themes of identity, family, and the search for truth with a nuanced touch. The exploration of these themes through the lens of the series' distinctive blend of supernatural elements and human drama adds a layer of sophistication to the narrative. Artistic Evolution: Araki's art style in "Jojolion" showcases his continuous evolution as an artist. The detailed character designs, expressive scenes, and dynamic action sequences are rendered with precision, contributing to the immersive experience of the story. Conclusion "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 8: Jojolion" is a masterful continuation of Hirohiko Araki's saga for its ambitious narrative, emotional depth, and artistic excellence. It pushes the boundaries of the series with its complex plot, rich character development, and thought-provoking themes, making it a standout entry in the JoJo universe. While its intricate storyline and pacing may pose challenges, they ultimately contribute to the arc's depth and the rewarding experience of unraveling its mysteries. "Jojolion" not only honors the legacy of the JoJo series but also redefines it, offering a unique and compelling tale that resonates with fans and newcomers alike.

Schoolboyz
8.5

A Truly Bizzare Adventure (No spoilers) Jojolion cranks the bizzare tone of Jojo's to a 10. Mirroring part 4, Jojolion takes an SoL approach once again to the Jojo's series as we revist the town of Morioh. Following Josuke Higashikata, a man who has lost his memeories, Jojolion is a story of breaking a familial curse and discovering who Josuke is. Many complaints for Jojolion is regarding its story structure, with many claiming it lacks a true plot for the majority of its run. While not as clear cut as previous parts of Jojo, I'd have to disagree. Part of Jojolion's charm is just enjoying the ride. The Higashikata family are all well developed and an interesting cast of characters who we get to spend a lot of time with. So many crazy and hilarious chapters had me laughing constantly. The minor villains, while not as compelling as part 7's, still had cool motivations and unique abilities. I believe Josuke's memory plot was not only well done, but made him a very compelling main character to follow. The plot is driven by Josuke's past and his current goals, contrary to what people believe. Unfortunately, Jojolion had many things I was not a fan of. The main villain of Jojolion quite honestly ended up being my least favorite Jojo villain. Despite having a cool ability and great fight, he overall did not leave that great of an impact, even when compared to other minor villains of the series. While mirroring part 4, I also felt the side cast did not leave as great of an impression in the long run. In Diamond is Unbreakable, Morioh felt alive at all corners. Many mysteries to discovering, returning side characters, and funny side chapters. While Jojolion does include a lot of these aspects, and even does some better, I still felt it did not manage to surpass part 4 in the end. Ultimately, despite how great Jojolion was for most of it's run, it did leave me feeling pretty underwhelmed with its conclusion. Jojolion is definitely worth the read. While it personally did not reach quite the same peaks as previous parts of Jojo, it still was an overall enjoyable read, and a solid continuation of Jojo's Bizzare Adventure.

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