JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Viewing Order
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 one 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.
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 10-26 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 this 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.
The following parts are not yet animated. Unlike before, 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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 is also a non-canon spin-off written by Araki featuring Jolyne Cujoh as the protagonist along with some characters from Part 5.
Jolyne, Fly High with GUCCI
- One-Shot: Jolyne, Fly High with GUCCI is a one-shot that released in 2012. The characters do not have the same roles as they had in the main series and it is set in its own continuity.
There are several light novels related to JoJo that are not written by Araki but he has illustrated covers and some images for them. As a result, they are considered non-canon by most of the community, although the canonicity of these novels has never been brought up by Araki. The order you read these in are completely optional. These have not been officially released in English but most have fan translations available.
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
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Over Heaven
JORGE JOESTAR is the sixth light novel related to JoJo, released in 2012. The book features 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).
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