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This article is about the 1993 and 2000 OVA series. For the 2014 anime adaptation, see Stardust Crusaders.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken) is an OVA adaptation of Stardust Crusaders, produced by Studio A.P.P.P..

The original six-episode series in 1993 begins with Jotaro, Joseph, Avdol, Kakyoin, and Polnareff in the Egyptian desert on their quest to find DIO (Volume 20 in the manga). The series offers very little exposition, assuming the viewer is already familiar with the backstory and first half of Stardust Crusaders. A prequel seven-episode series was released in 2000, offering an explanation for those unfamiliar with the story in the previous series. It starts at the beginning of Stardust Crusaders with Joseph arriving at Japan to explain Jotaro's strange behavior (Volume 12 in the manga).

The entire 6-volume (13-episode) anime series released in English from 2003 to 2005 in canonical order by Super Techno Arts.


Cast

Japanese
English
French
Italian

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Protagonist
Star Platinum

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Jurota Kosugi

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Abie Hadjitarkhani

France Voice Actor(s):
Jacques Albaret

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Ivo De Palma

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Ally
Hermit Purple

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Chikao Ohtsuka

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Michael Bennett

France Voice Actor(s):
François Siener

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Enrico Bertorelli

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Ally
Magician's Red

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Kiyoshi Kobayashi

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
J.S. Gilbert

France Voice Actor(s):
Pascal Germain

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Marco Balbi

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Ally
Hierophant Green

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Hirotaka Suzuoki

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Doug Boyd

France Voice Actor(s):
Pierre-François Pistorio

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Diego Sabre

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Ally
Silver Chariot

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Katsuji Mori

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Mark Atherlay

France Voice Actor(s):
Jérôme Pauwels

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Riccardo Lombardo

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Ally
The Fool

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

France Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Aldo Stella

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Main Villain
The World

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Nobuo Tanaka

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Andrew Chaikin

France Voice Actor(s):
J. François Vlerick

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Marco Balzarotti

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Villain
Cream

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Takeshi Aono

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

France Voice Actor(s):
Frantz Confiac

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Lorenzo Scattorin

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Villain
Osiris

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Kenji Utsumi

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Curt Menn

France Voice Actor(s):
Cyrille Artaux

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Oliviero Corbetta

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Villain
Justice

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Rica Fukami

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Elaine Clark

France Voice Actor(s):
Anne Dolan

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Elisabetta Cesone

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Villain
Hanged Man

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Mugihito

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Dave Arendash

France Voice Actor(s):
François Creton

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Giovanni Battezzato

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Villain
Emperor

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Norio Wakamoto

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Roger Jackson

France Voice Actor(s):
Sylvain Lemarié

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Claudio Moneta

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Villain
Strength

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

France Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

NenaAvOAV.pngVillain

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Megumi Toyoguchi

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Alexandria Lee Coldman

France Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Donatella Fanfani

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Villain
Geb

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Koji Nakata

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

France Voice Actor(s):
Emmanuel Gradi

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Gianluca Iacono

HolyAvOAV.pngAlly
Holy's Stand

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Rei Sakuma (Episode 1-7)
Arisa Andō (Episode 8-13)

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Carrie Francis

France Voice Actor(s):
Magali Barney

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Mariana Thovez

SuziAvOAV.pngAlly

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Ryoko Kinomiya

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

France Voice Actor(s):
Brigitte Guedj

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Annamaria Mantovani

JonathanAvOAV.pngPosthumous

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Jurota Kosugi

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

France Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

PhilipsAvOAV.pngNeutral

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Junpei Takiguchi

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Charles Martinet

France Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Riccardo Peroni

SherryAvOAV.pngPosthumous

Japan Voice Actor(s):
Sayuri Kubo

United States of America Voice Actor(s):
Sayuri Kubo

France Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

Italy Voice Actor(s):
Uncredited

Episodes

#
Episode Title
Airdate
1
The Evil Spirit
(ADVENTURE1 悪霊 Adventure 1 Akuryō)
Japan: May 5, 2000
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Jotaro Kujo refuses to leave his jail cell, believing that he is possessed by an evil spirit (later revealed to be a "Stand"). When Jotaro's mother, Holy, his grandfather Joseph Joestar and the mysterious Muhammad Avdol come to try to coax him out, a battle erupts between two Stands—Jotaro's "Star Platinum" and Avdol's "Magician's Red."
2
Hierophant Green
(ADVENTURE2 法皇の緑 Adventure 2 Haierofanto Gurīn)
Japan: August 25, 2000
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Jotaro learns the secret of his Stand power and about his family's enemy, the vampire DIO. Later, Jotaro is attacked by “Hierophant Green,” an enemy Stand controlled by DIO's assassin, Noriaki Kakyoin, who is under DIO's control. When Holy falls into a Stand-induced coma, Joseph, Jotaro and the others embark on a dangerous journey to Egypt to save her life and end the 100-year battle between DIO and the Joestar family!
3
Silver Chariot and Strength
(ADVENTURE3 銀の戦車&力 Adventure 3 Shirubā Chariottsu ando Sutorengusu)
Japan: October 27, 2000
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When the private jet carrying Jotaro and his companions to Egypt suddenly bursts into flames, the plane is forced to land in the ocean. As the party drifts in a lifeboat, a large freighter pulls alongside and they climb aboard. To their shock, there is no crew to be found—and the only passengers left aboard are an Orangutan and enemy Stand user Jean Pierre Polnareff.
4
The Emperor and the Hanged Man
(ADVENTURE4 皇帝と吊られた男 Adventure 4 Enperā to Hangudoman)
Japan: April 27, 2001
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At a stopover on the way to Egypt, Polnareff is attacked by "The Hanged Man," an enemy Stand who has two right hands and can only be seen in reflections. Realizing that it must be controlled by the same Stand user that had killed his younger sister, Polnareff breaks away from the rest of the group to seek his revenge. Polnareff is lured into a trap set by The Hanged Man and his partner, Hol Horse. When some of the party come to his aid, one is killed by Hol Horse's Stand, "The Emperor."
5
The Judgement
(ADVENTURE5 裁き Adventure 5 Sabaki)
Japan: July 27, 2001
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Kakyoin and Polnareff desperately seek a way to defeat The Hanged Man, who can strike out at them from "the world inside the mirror" while remaining invulnerable to their attacks. How can they hope to defeat an enemy who can move at nearly the speed of light and attack from almost any direction?
6
The Mist of Vengeance
(ADVENTURE6 報復の霧 Adventure 6 Hōfuku no Kiri)
Japan: September 28, 2001
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A thick fog envelopes the group as they travel towards Egypt, so they seek refuge in a nearby town. There, the companions stumble across a strangely mutilated dead body lying on a street corner. An old woman arrives on the scene with the police, and offers to let them stay at her hotel for the night. In the hotel bar, Polnareff encounters Enya, a beautiful and mysterious young woman on a deadly quest of her own.
7
Justice
(ADVENTURE7 正義 Adventure 7 Jasutisu)
Japan: January 25, 2002
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Polnareff becomes a living puppet under the control of N-Yah and her incredible Mist of Death Stand, "Justice." The group battles its way out of the hotel, only to find themselves surrounded by legions of the dead. All seems lost when Jotaro falls prey to a bizarre sneak attack, leaving him vulnerable to N-Yah's control as well.
8
Iggy the Fool and N'Doul the GEB (Pt. I)
(「愚者」のイギーと「ゲブ神」のンドゥール -前編- "Za Fūru" no Igī to "Gebu-shin" no Ndūru -Zenpen-)
Japan: November 19, 1993
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Jotaro and his companions finally reach Egypt. There, they are met by a Speedwagon Foundation helicopter that delivers a new addition to their group—the mysterious Iggy "The Fool." When the helicopter crashes just a short time later, the group investigates, only to find themselves pitted against another of DIO's assassins—N'Doul and his deadly Stand, "Geb."
9
Iggy the Fool and N'Doul the GEB (Pt. II)
(「愚者」のイギーと「ゲブ神」のンドゥール -後編- "Za Fūru" no Igī to "Gebu-shin" no Ndūru -Kōhen-)
Japan: December 17, 1993
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Jotaro and the others find themselves stranded and at the mercy of N'Doul's incredibly strong and mercurial Stand, "Geb." Faced with almost certain death, Jotaro makes a desperate gambit and forces Iggy to help him strike back at N'Doul, but Iggy has other plans. He betrays Jotaro at a critical moment, offering him to "Geb" in order to save his own life.
10
D'Arby the Gambler
(ダービー・ザ・ギャンブラー Dābī Za Gyanburā)
Japan: July 21, 1994
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The companions search the huge Egyptian capital of Cairo, showing everyone they meet the photo of a mysterious building where they think DIO resides. In an odd cafe, they encounter a gambler named D'Arby who claims to have the information they need. The catch is, they have to beat him in the ultimate wager—one where their very souls are at stake! Can the Joestar party outwit a master gambler at his own game?
11
DIO's World: The Warrior of the Void: Vanilla Ice
(DIOの世界 -亜空の瘴気ヴァニラ・アイス- DIO no Sekai -Akū no Shōki Vanira Aisu-)
Japan: August 9, 1994
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Jotaro and his companions finally arrive at DIO's lair and find their way to the room where his coffin resides. Just as they prepare to strike the fatal blow, DIO's mysterious Stand powers, coupled with that of his finest assassin, Vanilla Ice, slay one of the party before the group's horrified eyes. But even that doesn't quench DIO's thirst for blood...
12
DIO's World: Kakyoin -Duel in the Barrier-
(DIOの世界 -花京院 結界の死闘- DIO no Sekai -Kakyōin: Kekkai no Shitō-)
Japan: October 21, 1994
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DIO pursues Joseph through the streets of Cairo, leaving an incredible swath of death and destruction in his wake. Another of the companions comes to Joseph's aid, only to be crushed by the power of DIO's Stand, "The World." As the shattered hero lies alone and dying, he realizes in the last moments of life the true nature of DIO's Stand... can he warn the others before it's too late?
13
DIO's World: Farewell, My Friends
(DIOの世界 -さらば友よ- DIO no Sekai -Saraba Tomo yo-)
Japan: November 18, 1994
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Jotaro and DIO. "The World" seems invincible as Jotaro is struck time and time again with murderous blows. If Jotaro cannot discover the secret of DIO's Stand and find some way to counter it, the Joestar line will come to an abrupt and bloody end.

Series 1 (2000)


Series 2 (1993)

Soundtracks

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O.S.T Vol. 1
Vol. 1 (1993)
11 tracks
Marco D'Ambrosio
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O.S.T Vol. 2
Vol. 2 (1993)
19 tracks
Marco D'Ambrosio
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O.S.T Vol. 3
Vol. 3 (1993)
19 tracks
Marco D'Ambrosio
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O.S.T Vol. 4
OVA (2000)
27 tracks
Marco D'Ambrosio

Manga-to-OVA Differences

  • The story of Part 3 was largely omitted; the majority of Stand battles from the manga are removed in the OVAs.
  • In the OVAs, Enya can use Justice to transform herself into an attractive young woman. In addition, the flesh bud that kills her is not triggered by Steely Dan.
  • In the manga, after Jotaro is freed from jail, he, Joseph, Avdol, and Holy discuss DIO's whereabouts at a cafe. In the OVA, they discuss DIO's location at Holy's house.
  • In the manga, Jotaro fights Kakyoin in the school infirmary. In the OVA, they fight in a nearby forest. In addition, the subject possessed by Hierophant Green has been changed from the school doctor to a female student.
  • The group doesn't meet Polnareff in Hong Kong like in the manga. Instead, they meet him inside Strength. In addition, Polnareff was not controlled by one of DIO's flesh bud parasites.
  • In the manga, Jotaro defeats Forever by pummeling him with Star Platinum. In the OVA, Forever is instead sliced in half by Polnareff's Silver Chariot.
  • The group's visit to Singapore is completely removed.
  • Nena appears as an ordinary person.
  • Avdol reunites with the group during the fight with Enya, rather than during the fight with Cameo like in the manga.
  • Hol Horse does not reappear after being hurt by Enya.
  • Jotaro discovers Enya's identity with a method similar to the one he used on the Impostor Captain Tennille in the manga.
  • Iggy keeps a consistent appearance throughout the OVA.
  • There is a scene depicting the Aztec tribe sacrificing a young woman for the Aztec Chief's Stone Mask. This scene is originally seen in the introduction to the Phantom Blood manga.
  • Daniel J. D'Arby provides his full name. In the manga, this is provided by his brother.
  • After D'Arby is defeated, he gives away the location of DIO's mansion, but goes completely insane before he can reveal the secret of DIO's Stand; in the manga, he goes insane before he can reveal either piece of information.
  • Kakyoin does not rejoin the group before they enter DIO's mansion. Instead, he arrives just in time to save Joseph from DIO.
  • Nukesaku is omitted from the story, causing the scene where DIO's coffin is opened to be significantly different: The protagonists find it on their own, only to find Avdol inside when he opens it with Magician's Red. DIO appears before everyone on one side of the room and congratulates them for their efforts, before warning that someone is coming for them. Avdol then pushes Polnareff and Iggy away, at which point he is instantly killed by Cream.
  • Much of the battle with Vanilla Ice is cut in the OVA. Iggy dies by having his lower body erased by Cream, and then kicked and beaten by Ice rather than simply dying of blood loss from a beating.
  • Vanilla Ice's death is changed as well. Rather than exposing him to the sun, Polnareff kills Ice by stabbing him rapidly and slicing his head in two.
  • The fight between Jotaro and DIO is changed drastically. In the manga, DIO figures out Jotaro can move in stopped time when he sees his fingers twitching. In the OVA, he finds out when Jotaro survives being punched by The World in stopped time. Their battle also demonstrates extra scenes involving pure physical action as the two wreak havoc on the city of Cairo, with a number of civilian casualties on DIO's part.
  • DIO drops an oil tanker on Jotaro instead of a road roller, jumping off when it explodes.
  • Joseph does not pretend to be DIO when revived in the OVA, nor does Jotaro quiz him with questions about movies or music. His revival happens off-screen.
  • In the OVA, DIO's ashes are dropped and scattered from a plane of the Speedwagon Foundation above the sea instead of being exposed to sunlight at ground level towards the Sahara desert.
  • Joseph puts on a Gipsy Kings tape in the OVA while in the manga he puts on "Get Back" by The Beatles.

Controversy

Main article: A.P.P.P.
Shueisha Apology
DIO reading the Quran
Mosque removed

In May 2008, both studio A.P.P.P. and Shueisha halted OVA/manga shipments of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure after a complaint had been launched against them from Egyptian Islamic fundamentalists, after noticing a scene in the OVAs that had the villain, DIO, reading a book depicting pages from the Qur'an.[2] This recall affected the English-language release of the manga as well, causing Viz Media and Shueisha to cease publication for a year. Even though the manga did not feature that specific scene, Shueisha had Araki redraw scenes that depicted characters fighting on top of, and destroying, mosques.[2] Viz resumed publication a year later, with the eleventh volume being published on April 7, 2009, though distribution of the OVA had been permanently cancelled.[3]

The controversy was such that the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs addressed the issue in an official report about this incident.

Trivia

  • One noteworthy fact about the OVA lies in the involvement of Satoshi Kon (Writer and Director of films such as Perfect Blue, Paprika, Millenium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers); acting as a screenwriter through much of the 1993's OVA and animation director for Episode 12.
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  • The OVA makes a brief appearance in an ad for Shonen Jump, by VIZ Media. Possibly in a review for the release of the first DVD by SuperTechnoArts.

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