JOJO A-GO!GO!

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JOJO A-GO!GO! (ジョジョアゴーゴー JoJo A Gō Gō) is an artbook written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki and Lucky Land Communications.

A memorial to the completed publication of Vento Aureo, the artbook features illustrations from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, particularly from Part 3 through Part 5.

Summary

The box features a wheel that can be rotated in order to change the faces of the image depicted on the front. Included in the package is the artbook, as well as an encyclopedia of Stands and a detailed book on the author.

Contents of the box

DISC.1 Illustrations

The book contains colored illustrations from the covers of manga chapters and volumes featured in Stardust Crusaders, Diamond is Unbreakable and Vento Aureo. Other illustrations drawn by Araki, promoted in other media such as video games, tributes, or merchandise, are also included.

The front portion of the book presents an illustrated dance party portraying numerous characters and Stands dancing with each other. The back of the book has a timeline listing every work of art, where they were originally featured, and the date they were created, as well as a single illustration of Jolyne Cujoh from Stone Ocean.

DISC.2 Stands

Illustrations and data of stands up to and including Vento Aureo. Each Stand is given stats, an explanation of its abilities and role in the story, and a short description of the user. The book also features Stand rankings broken up into categories such as: Stands that appear the most, Stands that inflicted the most damage or Stands that killed the most people. Araki's own personal favorites are also included, judged by function and design. The back of the book contains a section called "Standlogy," which explains Stands in further detail.

Disc.3 Araki Hirohiko

Contains information about Hirohiko Araki's inspirations and influences, as well as his experiences around the world. Contents of the book include an essay written by Araki on Italy, various lists including Araki's favorite characters and illustrations, and a chronicle listing Araki's works from 1960 to 1999.

Interview

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Interview
Published February 25, 2000
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Incomplete translation

Baoh OVA

This is the first time your manga (Baoh) has been adapted into an anime. How do you feel about it?

I think the anime is really well made, especially considering the limitations on its production. However, it adapts the two manga volumes into a single VHS, so it feels like it ends too quickly and that's honestly a bit of a waste. Since the length of a single videotape is about as long as a short manga, if you were to adapt something like "Under Execution Under Jailbreak" into an anime, it would be about the perfect length. For the "Baoh" anime, I would have liked to see the two volumes adapted separately.

Stardust Crusaders OVA

The OVA version is peculiar in that it's structured around the confrontation with DIO.

Araki: There was originally talk of adapting the manga starting from Volume 1, however, we would have never been able to fit everything into six episodes had we done that. Instead, we opted to just focus on the climax of the story. This meant other aspects were left out but if you want to make something that's good to watch you can't cram too much in. I guess you could say we put all our eggs in one basket.

How involved were you in the anime's production?

I went over the script in great detail. I don't like it when the motives for a character's behavior are unclear, and by reading through the script I was able to check for that sort of thing. The part of the anime production process that interests me is the scriptwriting stage. It's the animators' jobs to make Jotaro look cool, so I had faith in them to do just that.

[Translated by MetallicKaiser (JoJo's Bizarre Encyclopedia)]

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Trivia

  • The "Let's Dance!" catchphrase present at the beginning of the art book is a possible callback to the name of the fashion shoot:[3] Let's Rock! which most of the character's dance poses were referenced from.

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