Author's Note (Diamond is Unbreakable)

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Diamond is Unbreakable

The front folded flap of the dust jacket of most volumes of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure contain a note to the reader, occasionally along with a picture of Hirohiko Araki himself. The following quotes and pictures are from the volumes of Diamond is Unbreakable.


Chapter Translation Original

Chapter 266 I just got back from JFK. Despite it being the first weekday, the theater was packed. Its popularity seemed appropriate given how well done it was. JFK(ジェイエフケイ)』観てきました。平日の初回だったのに大混雑。人気にみあった力作でした。

Chapter 283 I bought this stapler-style nose hair trimmer, but it doesn't work at all. I was deceived by its appearance. ホッチキス型の鼻毛切りを買ったのだが、これが全然切れない。外見にダマされた。

Chapter 286 Production on the SFC JoJo game seems to be doing well. I only saw a shot of the demo, but it looked quite good! SFC(スーパーファミコン)の「ジョジョ」製作は順調だそうです。デモ画面も見たけど仲々よかったよ!

Chapter 368 I am, by a portion of my readers, called "Go Go Go Little Hiro"[Note 1]. Thank you for this name. 私は、一部の読者に、「ゴゴゴのヒロリン」と呼ばれている。ネーミング、サンキュー。

Chapter 395 For some reason, my feet stink much worse in the Winter than they do in the Summer? Why!? This is my final question for the year. 冬になると、夏に比べて何故か足の臭いが気になる…。何故だ!?今年最後の疑問である。

Chapter 439 A little lizard died in my house. I think I stepped on it after it came in from outside. Forgive me! 家の中でチビトカゲが死んでいた。外から入って来たのをふんづけたらしい。許して!

Volume 29


There's a lot to be afraid of out there in the world—here are my top ten personal fears:
#10: Death
#9: Organisms that can cling to the ceiling (cockroaches, etc.)
#8: Delusions
#7: My acquaintances
#6: Getting an unlucky fortune
#5: Hospitals
#4: Destruction of the environment
#3: Confined spaces
#2: Strangers
And, finally, for the illustrious #1 spot: The dark
What do you think? How is my list different than yours?

第10位「死」、9位「天井にひっつくことのできる生物」、8位「妄想」、7位「知人」、6位「占いで凶が出ること」、5位「病院」、4位「自然環境破壊」、3位「閉所」、2位「他人」。そして堂々、輝ける1位はッ! 「闇」。
いかがですか? みなさんとは、どう違うでしょうか?

Volume 30


When I was growing up…
One day, my mother came down with a cold and asked me to help her.
She said, "Would you mind going to the neighborhood doctor to get my medicine?"
I was waiting in the reception area when the doctor came out and said, "All right, Araki-kun! Roll up your sleeve—it's time for your shot."
"What?!" I shouted. "I'm not here for me!"
"Just kidding," he said.
I'd been terrified, but I also thought it was a hilarious trick. Looking back, I think that experience led me to become a manga creator.

「さ! 荒木君、そでをまくって注射するから」
「え! ぼくじゃあないよ!」

Volume 31


I listen to a lot of music and that sometimes has an unfortunate side effect: a melody getting stuck in my head. The most serious case was a song called A Man and a Woman, with its "ba-ba-da-ba-da" repeating relentlessly for three days straight. I was in school at the time and I remember thinking, "I can't study like this!"
I also went through a period when I would hear Kiyoko Suizenji's 365 Steps March every time I started walking, in a Pavlovian sort of response that had me entirely at its mercy.


Volume 32


Hirohiko Araki's Top 10 Movies That Had Him Squirming in His Seat
(The ten best movies I wished would stop but I kept watching anyway.)
#1 Night of the Living Dead
#2 Jaws
#3 Johnny Got His Gun
#4 Mississippi Burning
#5 Platoon
#6 Papillon
#7 Halloween 4
#8 Lord of the Flies
#9 The Silence of the Lambs
#10 Alien


第1位 ナイト・オブ・ザ・リビング・デッド
第2位 ジョーズ
第3位 ジョニーは戦場へ行った
第4位 ミシシッピー・バーニング
第5位 プラトーン
第6位 パピヨン
第7位 ハロウィン4
第8位 蠅の王
第9位 羊達の沈黙
第10位 エイリアン

Volume 33


I've always thought of the Academy Awards as prestigious, but their selections are not always particularly entertaining movies. When Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven won Best Picture, I was as happy as if it were my own movie—so happy, in fact, that I couldn't sleep. I chortled in bed, even though Clint Eastwood was no acquaintance of mine, and I gained nothing personally from the prize. Why was I so happy? Fans are strange creatures.

リッパだけど、そんなにオモシロイ作品が選ばれるわけではないと思っていた「アカデミー賞」。C・イーストウッドの「赦されざる者」が選ばれた時は、もうまるで自分のことのように嬉しくて、眠れませんでした。フトンの中で「ムフフ笑い」をしたりして、別に知り合いでもないし何か得するわけでもないのに、どうしてこんなにうれしいのだろう? 「ファン」とは不思議だよね。

Volume 34


For 60 years, my father thought yūbin-uke (mailboxes) were called yūbin-oke (mail buckets). Surely he had many opportunities to realize his mistake across 60 years, and it's a small miracle that he managed to persist despite the odds. As for myself, I watched the movie The Day of the Jackal dozens of times mistakenly thinking its title was The Eye of the Jackal, and up until only recently, I thought the manga Dokaben was called Dokabeso.


Volume 35


The destruction of the environment is a topic that deeply weighs on my mind. A while ago I visited the town where I grew up and discovered that a mountain I remembered from my childhood had been completely erased—bulldozed away to clear room to develop a residential area.
I'm sure the locals made a profit, and that's fine, but I think it's wrong to go so far as to change the topography. Isn't that kind of thing a crime? I think it's a crime.

そーゆー事っていうのは犯罪ではないのでしょうか? 私は犯罪だと思うのです。

Volume 36


For a long time, I've felt bad for bicycles left sitting out to be drenched by the rain, but for the past few years, what I've really felt pity for are those blinking red lights on answering machines that let their owners know a message is waiting for them.
When I get back from a week-long vacation and see that light, I wonder, "Were you really blinking this whole time?" I truly feel bad for those lights. I think they should at least be able to slack off while their owner isn't around to see. But then again, we all have our jobs to do, don't we?

一週間以上、旅行した後もズッと点滅しつづけておったの? と思うと本当、気の毒な気分になる。 御主人様が見て無い時くらいサボってもいいよとも思う。でも仕事だからガンバろーね。

Volume 37


There's a mystery going on near me. Every night, at precisely 9 and 11 PM, the occupant of the unit beneath my studio opens the window to their balcony and hits the outside wall twice with some kind of wooden object. Whack! Whack! They always do it two times (never three). And then... Slam! The window slides shut. What is that sound that echoes through the night sky? What could they possibly be doing? Every night! (To be continued in Volume 38.)


Volume 38


There is another mystery in my life. I know this woman who has a boyfriend who, without fail, leaves their dates at 6 p.m. to go home. What is so important and so urgent that he needs to be home that early? He's 27, and she'll ask him, "Don't you like me?" And he'll say, "Yeah, I like you." And she'll say, "Don't you think this is too early to go home?" and he goes quiet. Well, why does he go home? Is he watching anime? (To be continued in Volume 39.)


Volume 39


There's a mystery going on around me. Once, when I emerged from the swimming pool, a friend of mine looked at my soaking wet hair and said, "Whoa! Your hair looks just like Gokuraku-kun's," and fell over laughing. "Gokuraku-kun"? Who the heck is that? The protagonist of some famous manga or something?
I know Shinigami-kun, Enma-kun, Akuma-kun, and Jigoku-kun, but who is Gokuraku-kun? What kind of hair does he have? Later, I asked my friend about it, and this was the reply: "Oh, did I say that?"

身の回りにミステリーがある。濡れてプールから上がった時、とある友人が、ぼくの髪の毛を見て「あ! 極楽くんの髪型そっくり」と言って笑いころげた。
「極楽くん」……何者なのそいつ? 有名なマンガか何かの主人公なのか? 「死神くん」や「閻魔くん」や「悪魔くん」や「地獄くん」は知っているが「極楽くん」は誰だ? 誰なの? どんな髪型してるヤツなワケ? この間、友人に聞いたら「そんなこと言った?」と答えた。

Volume 40


I love to read visual encyclopedias and guides. Whenever I see one for sale, whether it be a dinosaur picture book or a dictionary of movie stars, I can't help but buy it. The more details, the better. I want to read about when and where they were born, what they like to eat, and so on. I'll wind up reading the same entries over and over. Recently, the two books I've been enjoying the most are Supermodel Catalog and Cats of the World. Both subjects just look so elegant.


Volume 41


Whenever I have to draw a hospital, or a drug store, or a temple, or whatever, I always try to take pictures for reference. But taking those picture is pretty nerve-wracking. Whenever I ask permission, people always ask back, "What are you gonna use them for?" "You work for a magazine or something?" "Who are you, anyway?" and stuff like that, and then, inevitably, "Well, the manager isn't here today, so come back tomorrow and ask then." Come on, I just want to use them for reference! I'll even give you candy!


Volume 42


The Many Albums that Make Me Cry
These are my top 10 from the 70s, in no particular order. You might love them or hate them, but I guarantee you'll cry if you listen to them.
Led Zeppelin - "Physical Graffiti"
Chicago - "Chicago VII"
"Saturday Night Fever" Soundtrack
Curtis Mayfield - "Superfly"
Marvin Gaye - "What's Going On"
Jackson Brownie - "Late for the Sky"
Pink Floyd - "Dark Side of the Moon"
Sex Pistols - "Never Mind the Bollocks"
George Benson - "Breezin'"
Carpenters - "Now & Then"


  • レッド・ツェッペリン『フィジカル・グラフィティ』
  • シカゴ『市我古(シカゴ)への道』
  • 『サタデー・ナイト・フィーバー』サウンドトラック
  • カーティス・メイフィールド『スーパーフライ』
  • マービン・ゲイ『ホワッツ・ゴーイング・オン』
  • ジャクソン・ブラウン『レイト・フォー・ザ・スカイ』
  • ピンク・フロイド『狂気』
  • セックス・ピストルズ『勝手にしやがれ』
  • ジョージ・ベンスン『ブリージン』
  • カーペンターズ『ナウ・アンド・ゼン』

Volume 43


Workplace Nature Watch, Part 1
The most common bug we see in the studio is the ladybug. It gets through the screen door like it's nothing. It seems like it flies to the door, then climbs up over it somehow. I checked the top of the door, and sure enough, there's a 3mm gap right at the top of the frame. That must be how they get in. They don't sting or anything, so whenever we see them we just shoo them back outside. But then they always find their way back in.


Volume 44


Workplace Observation Diary, Part 2
Out on the balcony, we have a small flower garden, and all these stray cats keep coming by to poop in it. We had to keep telling them, "Get the hell out!" We decided to use some herbicides in the garden so the cats would go away, but just when I was sprinkling the herbicides, the lady who lives nearby said, "You shouldn't use herbicide, it'll drive away all the cats!" How did you know that was happening? The balcony is on the second floor! I thought to myself, "Is she some kind of crazy cat lady who can talk to cats?" That's how horrified I was when she said that.

ベランダにちょっとした花壇があるのだが、そこにネコがうんこをしていく。てめーコラ!っつーわけで、ネコは除草剤が嫌いという噂なんで、花壇にまいたら、突然、近所のオバさんがやって来て、「ネコがかわいそーだから除草剤まかないでくださいね」。なんで、人ん家のこと知ってるんだ? ベランダは2階だぞ。「ネコとお話できるネコオババか?」言われた時ろ、ゾッとした。

Volume 45


I frequently receive comments that the "enemies" in JoJo Part 4 are weak. I think my response to this criticism is quite clear from the work itself, but since I've heard the same complaint from the editorial staff, I'll answer it explicitly: I constructed Part 4 around the theme of mental and emotional weakness. The Stands were created by exaggerating the viewpoints of characters consumed by their own flaws. (To be continued in Volume 46.)


Volume 46


I was thinking about how strong enemies show up in manga. After them, an even stronger enemy shows up, and after them, an even stronger one... so what happens at the very end? It's like thinking about the edges of the universe. Once you look at the world around you, you realize that being a "strong" person means not doing bad things.
An enemy who does bad things is a person who has a spiritual weakness, and what's truly scary is when someone takes that weakness and uses it to lash out at others.

ちょこっと考えてると、マンガの中に強い敵が出て来る。その次にそれよりも強い敵が出てくる。その次はそれよりも強い。…となると最後はいったいどうなっちゃうわけですか? 宇宙のハテを考えているみたいになる。それと世の中を見渡してみると本当に『強い』人っていうのは悪い事はしない事に気付く。

Volume 47


Apparently, they don't use the letter J in Italy, except in foreign or obsolete words. That means the name "JoJo" doesn't exist, and would be pronounced something like "yoyo". So, for Part 5, which begins on Page 71 of this volume, I stayed faithful to the Italian language and made the main character's name "GioGio." As a side note, it seems they don't have an "H" sound either, so "Hirohiko" would become "Iroiko." Like, who is that?

イタリアでは「J」という文字はないらしく、外来語とか古語にしか用いられないんだそうである。 だから「JOJO」という名前などなくなってしまい、発音も「ヨォヨォ」というそうで、この巻の71ページから始まる第5部の主人公は「GIOGIO」とイタリア語に忠実に表記することにしたのです。ちなみに「H」という発音もないらしく、「飛呂彦」は「イロイコ」と「誰だ?それ」って感じに呼ばれてしまったりもするのです。

Diamond is Unbreakable


  1. The "Go Go Go" refers to the "menacing" sound effect used by Araki.

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