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Two men look out of the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.
—Frederick Langbridge, Immortal Poetry

Dio the Invader (侵略者ディオ Shinryakusha Dio) is the first volume of Phantom Blood and the first volume of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga. It covers Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando's childhood up to the beginning of the battle at Ogre Street.


Late 19th century, English nobleman George Joestar adopts Dio Brando, the son of a man who once saved his life. However, the young man intends to seize his family fortune by driving away his only son, Jonathan Joestar, even going as far as to plot to kill him using a mysterious Stone Mask.


Author's Note

Author's Note
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...
—Hirohiko Araki


Why is it called a Bizarre-like Adventure?

•Fanroad Editor-in-Chief, Katsuki Hamamatsu

Araki-sensei, long time no see. When Baoh the Visitor was featured, I became in charge of the project and helped look over it and the direction it was heading. When I heard that story, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure too, I was allowed to see it before it began its serialization in Shonen Jump, and it was entertaining, as I expected! It looked like European trompe l'oeil art from olden times that would only look more marvelously composed and detailed the more you looked at it. "The Ripple" is such a unique idea that added so much, and the magical powers of the Stone Mask pulled me into the story. And as I continue, I find myself looking forward to the next issue more and more. But on the page, there was a certain peculiarity to Araki's dialogue that really evoked the nature of a hero. Even early on, the tone felt that way. Fans took a liking to it and its author, and immediately responded by writing in to him (this truly must be the work of the Ripple!). Our books quickly sold like crazy. And even the editorial department could be heard scream-quoting, "My heart is resonating! With the heat of a raging fire!" It was a way to make wait times less tragically boring. And also, the bravery and strength of the Ripple that JoJo had was a huge plus. While it was just as strong as that Ikuro from Baoh, I think this new hero has grown beyond that. So, why is it called a Bizarre-like Adventure? Well, the other day, I had seen some news coverage of Taiwan, so I went there to check it out. And that was the title of the JoJo comics in Chinese. In that place, there had already been 3 volumes published when I went there. But, even though it looked different overseas, it was still incredibly popular. (Over there, I did actually pick up some of the volumes.) Anyhow, I hope that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure will continue to be published until the end of time. Thank you for supplying me with the drafts, Araki.

PS: Sensei, let's go eat some delicious food together sometime
—Katsuki Hamamatsu



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