JoJo Influence on Internet Culture
- See also: List of cultural references and inspirations from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure; List of cultural references in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
This article describes the impact on internet culture made by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, featuring content created by fans including parodies and other tributes. Note that this does not include image macros, quotes or other memes of little effort.
Duwang (杜王) is the tentative name for the original Diamond is Unbreakable English scanlations. These scans are one of the more well-known and infamous phenomena in the JoJo fandom, having been the only Part 4 translations to circulate the internet for years.
According to a user on an old JoJo community forum, a group of Chinese students was responsible for the scans. They were translated from Japanese to Chinese to English as part of a school project, in which they almost failed. However, as a result of their actions, the translations remained on the internet, eventually becoming a meme and receiving the name "Duwang", as it was the Chinese reading of the characters for Morioh Town used in the translations.
In 2005, a user on the JBA Community forums named The Vinny Mac posted this explanation for how the Duwang translation came to be. This origin story may or may not be legitimate as it lacks any proper citations.
I was one of the guys who worked on a few chapters of Part 1, Part 2, and Steel Ball Run with Ignition-One. Originally I found about Jojo via the anime which was posted on a forum I frequented, found a link to the original Part 3 translation on the Higher Voltage forum, and then decided I would try and help out by translating one of the chapters. Some of the people at Higher Voltage wanted to do as much Jojo as possible so they started dividing up the parts. I picked Part 4 since no one else really chose it. Nothing really came from the other parts except maybe the translations of Part 5 (maybe, it's been a long time).
Anyway, I bought a bunch of books, scanned them, and tried to get the creator of the website DBZ Uncensored (if you're familiar) to help me. He did a few pages and flaked so I began posting everywhere for help with translating. Nothing really came of it until I got an IM on AIM from a person who said he knew a guy who would do it. I offered to send him my scans but he said it wasn't necessary and this guy had everything he would need.
I didn't think much of it since the guy wouldn't let me talk to him directly and the first guy dropped off the face of the earth. Lo and behold, a few weeks later that guy gets online and sends me a .rar of the entire first volume.
I remember being pretty blown away that he actually came through. I was less than impressed by the quality of the scans, editing, and translation but I figured it was better than nothing so what the hell. I remember giving pointers on what was supposed to be what. I distinctly remember telling the middleman for this guy that "Duwang" was supposed to be Morioh. The middleman explained to me this guy was translating from the Chinese version so that's probably where the confusion came from. He was hesitant about giving the guy advice on how to translate at all since A) obviously the guy's first language wasn't English and he didn't want to miscommunicate and offend him and B) the pace he was outputting these were insane.
I literally would get 5 or 6 volumes a week from this guy whenever I would sign on AIM randomly. I mean Jojo Part 4 was the longest part (before Steel Ball Run) and this guy completed in maybe a month. I mean, the quality was shit, but again one guy was doing it all by himself. I offered to just take his translations and paste them on the page (while cleaning up the broken English unbeknownst to him) but I remember the middleman telling me it was easier for him to translate.
It's probably for the best because apparently there's a mini-fan culture around the already tiny Jojo translation that likes how terrible the translation was at times.
The most famous quotes from the "Duwang" translations include:
- "My nam is, (u dont need to remember) Guanglai Kangyi, age 15, the past month for me is, only graduation tests. the entrance into high-school brings really exciting and worrying days. till i met these 2 very special guys......" —Koichi Hirose
- "Get a feeling so complicated..." —Koichi Hirose
- "What a beautiful Duwang! *chew* There must be no other place as pretty as this town. This feels like a picnic." —Yoshikage Kira
- "Never heard your voice before. Who are you? Who in FACE are you?" —Jotaro Kujo
- "That is a beautiful watch you got there. But there is something more evil than your watch. IT'S YOUR FACE!" —Jotaro Kujo
- "The rain sounds like Josuke" —Jotaro Kujo
- "Don't be dong....." —Okuyasu Nijimura
- "I feel you! I feel you deeply! your feeling I can feel deeply!" —Okuyasu Nijimura
- "ABAJ" (A recurring Chinese hanzi symbol from the same team, 啊, is typically used either as an expression of shock or surprise, or the Chinese equivalent to "DORARARARARA" style battle cries. Fans misread the hanzi as the English letters "A", "B" and "J" forming the word "ABAJ" which has since also become a meme.)
- "You can't escape now! you super retard! Stupid!" —Toyohiro Kanedaichi
- "you OK reatard? I am wood. stupid" —Surface disguised as Josuke Higashikata
- "Koichi really steals? No dignity" —Josuke Higashikata
An abridged series is a sub-genre of video parody that involves condensing popular media into a shorter form with a lighter tone, often poking fun at the premise or plot of the media. Abridged parodies are especially popular with cartoons and anime series, due to their simplistic and easy-to-dub nature.
The JJBA Abridged Series is a parody created by Antfish, using the OVA scenes (with many edits) and his own team of voice actors. The series parodies Part 3, but has references to Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 8 as well. Antfish has also begun production on the abridged version of Phantom Blood of the animated series. The series is popular among fans for its silly humor and the personification of the characters.
One episode of an Abridged parody adaptation of Part 4 was produced by Weeaboss.
An AMV, known in wasei-eigo as a MAD (music anime douga), is a fanmade video featuring a compilation of scenes in the manga or anime, always with various effects and music. A lot of JoJo MADs can be found on YouTube. One example is the video on the right which syncs the anime dialogue with Heart is Dancing (ココロオドル Kokoro Odoru), a popular musical song for MADs performed by the Japanese hip-hop group nobodyknows+.
Similar to MADs, many fans on Youtube have made videos dubbed "leitmotifs" in which they take scenes from the manga or anime, and match the panels to the beat of songs, usually in reference to the character/arc represented in the video (For example the video pictured uses Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" for the arc from the manga with the same name). Notable creators of these videos were S.S. Leitmotifs, Waka Ranger, and kybaree terry (Although all three have stopped uploading Leitmotifs, they are still being made).
MikuMikuDance, or commonly abbreviated to MMD is a freeware animation program that lets users create 3D models and animate them, originally produced for the Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku. A lot of JoJo MMD videos are mainly posted on Niconico, with some re-uploaded onto YouTube by other users. One example is the video on the right where the uploader recreates the torture dance scenes with self-made JoJo 3D models.
A series involving game corruptions has been produced and uploaded to YouTube by user Teso Teragoya titled "【チートバグ】―パッショーネ２４時―【ジョジョ】".
In this series, the story mode for GioGio's Bizarre Adventure is played through but with numerous corruptions and custom made modifications spread throughout it. Examples include audio playing randomly during cutscenes or gameplay as well as textures, models, and images being swapped, edited or overlaid on top of each other. Whole new scenes intended just for the series are also added, either as a quick gag or to cover an event from the manga not present in the original game. This series began in late December 2016, and concluded late May 2020. Its scenes have been referenced in fan art, cosplay, and MADs throughout the fan community. The most famous and referenced of these corruptions is the top of Bruno Bucciarati's hair being recolored to the same color of his skin, making him appear bald.
Space Jam Mashups
- Slamon Technique: B-Ball Orange Overdrive: Barkley's Bizarre Adventure - Quad City DJs vs TOMMY
- Bloody Slam: Quad City DJs vs Coda
- Slamabout: Quad City DJ's vs. Yes
- Slam Proud - Barkley's Bizarre Adventure: SlamDunk Crusaders OP
- ~end of THE TIME OUT~ Barkley's Bizarre Adventure: SlamDunk Crusaders "Slamgypt Hen"
- Crazy Noisy Bizarre Slam - Barkley's Bizarre Adventure: Hoop is Undunkable OP
- I Dunk You - Quad City DJ's vs Savage Garden
- LeBrol Horse & Slamingo Theme (Animated) - Barkley's Bizarre Adventure Special Ending
- Golden Slam (La Schiacciata Dorata) - Barkley's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Slam
The most hilarious aspect of the mashups are the comments with the video, parodying dialogues of the manga and/or anime with a mix of memes and of course, basketball lingo and terminologies.
mudah.swf" (use this link because AlbinoBlackSheep was turned into a video site), utilizing stick-figure representations of Giorno Giovanna, Bruno Bucciarati, Narancia Ghirga, Jotaro Kujo and DIO with their Stands in action represents a seminal JoJo tribute.
mudah.swf was created by Japanese user qwerqwer1234. The user’s website is defunct, but an archived thread from 2ch.net dating from July 2003 links back to that site, in a thread gathering different kinds of flash animations.
Fanmade Animated Series
Many fans of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure have created fan-made stories related to the series. They usually are in the same universe or have original characters directly interacting with already existing ones. Likewise, some stories center on different interpretations of existing characters. They can be in an alternate universe or take place within the timeline of the series, with some having details changed from the original story's events.
One of the popular fanmade animated series ongoing right now is Blood Sun Vendetta. This story is done by Youtube and Newgrounds user, Mick Lauer, who is also the English voice actor for Leone Abbacchio. Blood Sun Vendetta's story was originally thought of back when Mick was a child in the 1990s. The story is about Hol Horse's illegitimate son fighting Vampires in Mexico. It takes place in the year 1999, during the events of Diamond is Unbreakable. Currently, only a non-canon test episode and the first official episode for the series, have been released.
Fanmade Manga Adaptations
Whether the parts have already been adapted or not, some fans of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure have created fanmade adaptations for the different story arcs of the series, most of which date back to before the 2012 David Production adaptation of the series.
One example of the fanmade adaptations are fully animated fanmade openings, most of which parody of other anime openings, swapping in characters from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure in place of main characters from the opening. Some of the most popular fan-openings have been inspired by anime such as Fafner in the Azure, Dragon Ball, Tobe!!, Sorcerer Hunters, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Neon Genesis Evangelion.
However, it should be noted that some fan openings are not based on any other media and are entirely original, such as Steel Ball Run fan openings by YouTube user Disco Ballad made entirely of scans from the Shueisha digitally colored distribution of the manga. Or similarly, the animated Steel Ball Run Opening edited by WeeabossTAS, using clips from YouTube animator Jaxks' Steel Ball Run fan trailer.
While rare, there are also openings that focus on not only a single story arc of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, but attempt to include them all together as a celebration of the series. One example of these is "Great Days Fan Animation with every JoJo" by YouTube animator Joshee K which incorporates references from parts 1-8 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure through a reanimation of the Diamond is Unbreakable Anime's final opening: Great Days.
Similar to the idea of fan-made openings, another way that fans have adapted non-animated JoJo's Bizarre Adventure parts is to showcase the story and characters of the story arc they represent. Here are some of the most popular animated concepts for Stone Ocean's Made in Heaven arc in this video and Steel Ball Run where Gyro sings Pizza Mozzarella in this video.
Fanmade Light Novel Adaptations
The community has always had a large appreciation for the light novels published during the VS JOJO 25th Anniversary Project too, so fan adaptations of these novels are expected.
One of which is a Motion Comic by Niconico user くろはら, which illustrates the first half of the story of the light novel 4th Another Day by Oitsuichi. The motion comic was first published to the site in 2011, and features 15 episodes spanning from 5-13 minutes in length each. くろはら attempts to imitate Hirohiko Araki's style from latter half of the Diamond is Unbreakable manga in each illustration depicted in the motion comic. Later in 2017, these motion comic episodes would be translated and english subtitled by Youtube User Jovey S Pan and reuploaded to YouTube. Jovey is also known for translating and subtitling the Diamond is Unbreakable Anime Drama CDs. On August 22nd 2020, the original creator くろはら announced they would be continuing the adaptation, after recovering from the burn out the series was causing them. Since August 31st 2020, they have been posting the continuation to their Instagram account.
Also to note, YouTube user Riverdude Covers, known for JoJo fandubs and music covers, has been working with other voice actors in effort to create a high quality audiobook of the light novel Purple Haze Feedback by Kohei Kadono, based on the fan translation by BuddyWaters. The project currently has 4 episodes, each being about 40 minutes long in length, with more in development. The project is entirely edited, produced, and directed by Riverdude Covers, featuring art and fan-made sound tracks by the JoJo community.
M.U.G.E.N is a free 2D fighting game engine developed by Elecbyte. Its content including characters, stages, and movesets, are all created by the community. It features thousands of fighters from all sorts of media, including JoJo. Many JoJo characters in M.U.G.E.N use either the official sprites from Heritage for the Future or modified versions. The movesets of some characters are also inspired by All Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven. Iver Stone has a YouTube channel for posting JoJo M.U.G.E.N updates.
The 7th Stand User
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The 7th Stand User is a fan game created by clayman_nendo/NendoTairiku in 2006 made with RPG Maker 2000. The game is an RPG that takes place during Stardust Crusaders in a what-if scenario where a custom character joins the crusaders on their journey to Egypt in order to kill DIO. The player is given 1 of 18 different Stands by a mysterious benefactor known only as "Steel", based on answers to a personality quiz given at the beginning of the game from Muhammad Avdol.
The player is then given the ability to name themselves, their nickname, and their catchphrase. The character leaves home and goes to school. During this point of the game, the player can fight enemies placed throughout the map in a turn based battle where they could level up and get stronger. Every map contains secrets containing references to other parts of JoJo. Interacting with the crusaders increases a "Friend Point" value. The game follows the source material but allows the player to make choices that would diverge the story's events.
There are many endings that can be obtained in the game, with some relying on the player's actions during the story like the amount of Friend Points the player has with the crusaders and their Stand. After completing the game, the player is transported into a "Secret Room" where they could spend Honor Badges which are found throughout the game. The Honor Badges can be exchanged for features such as "New Game+", "Star Platinum: The World" which allows Jotaro to use his time stopping ability on New Game+ saves, and "Josuke Story Mode" which replaces the player character with Josuke from Diamond is Unbreakable. Getting 99 badges will earn the player an item that can be equipped named "Deus Ex Machina" which prevents ailments and critical hits, halves SP use, halves every type of damage, and also gives the character 500 points added to all stats.
- List of cultural influences of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
- List of cultural references in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure