Author's Note (Phantom Blood)

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Phantom Blood

In every volume of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the front folded flap of the dust jacket usually contains a picture of Hirohiko Araki himself, and more than often a note to the reader. The quotes are always different from each other, and are usually about Araki expressing his opinion on certain subjects. These subjects can be about anything, including information about characters or the story itself. The following notes and pictures below are from the volumes of Phantom Blood.


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Chapter 1
There are times when JoJo is troubled and will whimper, but he's the same as everyone else and is just trying to live his best life!! Please support him.

Chapter 2
Assistants Wanted! If you are a motivated, supportive person, please contact Mr. Kabashima the editor as soon as possible!

Chapter 3
The second half of this year suddenly got very busy! I have to work over the New Year's holiday, so please root for me!!

Chapter 4
This New Year's, I've been absorbed in reading and watching films/books. Sidney Sheldon's "Master of the Game" was by far the best.

Chapter 5
Assistants needed! If you are confident in your drawing skills and like to draw, please contact Mr. Kabashima, the editor.

Chapter 6
This week's chapter is partly in color. Even after catching a cold, I'm still going into work and drawing with full enthusiasm. Please, let me know what you think!!

Chapter 7
My father's lung surgery was a success! As his unworthy son, I am very relieved. Now, I can devote myself to work.

Chapter 8
Due to Assistant Y's cold, the work place is riddled with masks. I wonder if we can do something about it.

Chapter 9
I haven't been able to re-watch any of my favorite films in awhile because I've been busy. But I'm definitely going to see Cronenberg's "The Fly" again!
忙しくて大好きな映画も御無沙汰。でもクローネンバーグの 『フライ』は絶対見にいくぞ!!

Chapter 10
My short story collection, "Gorgeous Irene", is now on sale in 'Jump Super Comics'! The one-shot B.T. is also included; what a bargain!!

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Chapter 11
Assistants Wanted! If you are young and motivated to draw, please call Mr. Kabashima, the editor.

Chapter 12
I went to a ZZ Top concert! It was really cool and I liked it a lot.

Chapter 13
I'm planning to read a lot of horror stories and other materials as reference. If you've got a scary book in mind, please let me know!

Chapter 14
Thanks to you guys, the Gorgeous Irene short story collection is selling very well, so please let me know what you think!!
短編集『ゴージャス☆アイリン 』もおかげさまで売れゆき好調ぜひ、感想陶かせて!!

Chapter 15
Apparently my voice sounds similar to Kazuya Kimura. For all you Kazuya fans out there, I would appreciate if you checked out "JoJo"!

Chapter 16
Next week's chapter is partially in color! My schedule is tight, but I'll just have to roll up my sleeves and get drawing. Please continue to believe in me.

Chapter 17
Erina appears after a long absence. Drawing women is pretty difficult for me, so I drew this bichrome chapter as a bonus. Please tell me what you think.

Chapter 18
We are looking for assistants. If you are motivated and like to draw pictures, please contact Mr. Kabashima, the editor.

Chapter 19
Stephen King's Stand by Me was great! I'd like to produce something like it some day.
S(スティーブン)キングの 『スタンド・バイ・ミー』は良かった!いつか僕もあんな作品を描いてみたい

Chapter 20
Recently, I've become accustomed to watching films on VHS, however, there's still nothing like watching them on the big screen.

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Chapter 21
The gang's finally heading to Dio's castle! I'll have to work during the holidays in order to draw the upcoming battle between Sendo and the Stone Mask. I won't be able to do this without your support.

Chapter 22
I finally got my hands on a CD. There's this software rental place in my neighborhood and lately I've been going wild listening to bands like ZZ Top!!

Chapter 23
Maybe it's because I grew up in the north, but I don't like summer. Hopefully the weather stays nice...I'm already planning my summer getaway.

Chapter 24
I'd like to move to an office that isn't so cramped. Preferably one away from the city and at a much cooler and higher elevation.

Chapter 25
I'm in a student district workplace, but I really want to move, because inconveniently, there's no restaurants or art supply stores open at midnight!

Chapter 26
It's been a while since I've been to an athletic club! That pleasant ache from your muscles after a workout gives quite the high. I want to go every day!

Chapter 27
The showdown between Sendo and Stone Mask is at its peak! Thanks to the unintentional strain from using a pen, I now have a giant callus on my hand!

Chapter 28
I'm surprised at the recent Billiards craze. Not long ago the place was it's crowded and you have to wait your turn!

Chapter 29
Assistant Wanted! If you are a young and motivated person who loves to draw, please call Mr. Kabashima, the editor!!

Chapter 30
About when I was a kid, I won a bicycle as a prize from Jump, and even now, I still use it. I feel like it's wondrously connected through fate.

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Chapter 31
Assistant Yasutomi's work will be featured in the Summer Special. Please support him, dear readers!

Chapter 32
Assistants wanted! If you feel like drawing pictures is your favorite thing to do, call Mr. Kabashima of the editing department!!

Chapter 33
The first volume of JoJo will be released on August 10th. By all means, please read it!!

Chapter 34
Assistant Wanted! If you are young and love to draw, please contact Mr. Kabashima, the editor!

Chapter 35
With Dio's reappearance next week, the story will finally progress toward his final meeting with JoJo. Thank you for your support!

Chapter 36
Thank you very much for writing in the get-well letters. It's encouragement for me to be persistent on next issue's part color [chapter].

Chapter 37
What'd you think of the colored pages?! It was tough, given the schedule, but it was fun to draw, so let me know what you think!!

Chapter 38
Assistants Wanted! If you are young and love to draw, please set up a call with Mr. Kabashima, the editor.

Chapter 39
As we gain more assistants, the workplace becomes more cramped, so we've planned to move soon. I wonder if this'll be a good idea.

Chapter 40
I'm glad that it's finally getting cooler, so now I can focus on my work. Autumn is my favorite season.

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Chapter 41
I finally moved to the next town over. The housing situation in Tokyo is still really cramped and expensive, though.

Chapter 42
My new work space is next to a fitness center! If I go every day, my stamina is going to shoot straight UP!

Chapter 43
The end of Part 1 of JoJo is just around the corner! I'm doing my best to write an emotional climax!!

Chapter 44
Jonathan's courageous death ends Part 1! However, I've already started writing the concept for Part 2, so please look forward to it.

Volume 1

Put simply, the theme of this work is "living". Through the two main characters, I want to examine two ways of living. It's all about singing the hymn of the battle between "human" and "non-human". This work was made for your enjoyment, I hope you like it. Without further ado...

Volume 2

It was New Year, around 20 years ago. My grandfather and I went to the cemetery to steal "takenohanasashi".* My grandfather then broke them into long, thin sticks and made me a 60cm kite. On the front of the kite, he painted in ink the character for "fly" (飛). The kite flew up high on a strong wind and so I had a lot of respect for my grandfather.

Take care always, Grandpa!
Takenohanasashi is a type of bamboo "vase" for putting flowers into found in cemeteries.
These days they are usually plastic or ceramic.

Volume 3

I'm often asked by my friends, "If your house was on fire, what would you take?". Let me see... (time passes). Nothing! I wouldn't take a thing. Not my treasures, luxury goods, my Koseki autograph or even regrets. None of them. That's pretty sad. Well, I thought about it and searched for something desperately... There is one thing. What is it? You'll have to wait until volume 4 to find out.

Volume 4

My most valuable possession? That would be the 900 yen notebook, my diary for the two months between June and August 1979. I started this diary after reading the published diary of some writer. When I read this diary now, my past self, my friends from the past are all in there. I find it interesting and am moved to the point of tears.

Volume 5

I really enjoy reading fan letters. Often, they are filled with a whole lot of stuff not at all related to readers' thoughts about JoJo. Letter including things like self-profiles, school life and hobbies. One thing I noticed above all, was that just as readers want to know the fate of JoJo, so too do I want to know what kind of people want to know about JoJo.

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