High Voltage (story arc)

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High Voltage (ハイ・ヴォルテージ, Hai Vorutēji) is the twenty-fourth story arc in Steel Ball Run.

It narrates the surprise attack and following tense race with Johnny and a parallel world Diego Brando, who wields the time-stopping Stand THE WORLD.


After healing Steven, Lucy, and himself, Johnny contemplates the end of his search for Saint's Corpse. Observing the last horse riders still in the race passing by, Johnny realizes that the Corpse has been stolen by a last unknown enemy. It went totally unnoticed and Johnny spots familiar horseshoe prints, leading to him identifying the culprit as at least a Steel Ball Run contestant. Being informed by Steven that the Corpse is probably headed to the final stage of the race in Manhattan Island and determined to retrieve it, Johnny continues the race and pursues whoever stole the Corpse. The final stage: Manhattan Rhapsody, a 15 km dash through New York's streets.

Before the ninth stage, the racers still have to reach Union Beach. On the way, Johnny catches up to the mysterious culprit, but as Johnny shoots him, the rider and his horse disappears and reappears behind him. Johnny looks back to find a Parallel World Diego, wielding the time-stopping Stand THE WORLD, who attacks him.

A flashback reveals that Valentine continuously searched for a Stand user he could entrust the Corpse to, and who could beat the Golden Spin, when he met Dio. Convincing Dio to follow him to the base world, he hid Dio underground in case his initial plan wouldn't work. Johnny is unsaddled and shoots several nail bullets at Dio. Both realizes what the other is capable of, and aim to devise a plan which will counter the other's power.

Johnny Joestar finishes the eighth stage in fifth place. The announcer declares that Johnny, Dio, Pocoloco, and Norisuke Higashikata are the remaining candidates for victory. Entering the ninth stage, Johnny meets with his father George Joestar, and they silently reconcile. With a renewed will, Johnny pursues Dio.

Another shot of the Golden Spin nails throws Dio off, who sees that the timestop doesn't completely affect Tusk. Using gas and matches, Dio tries to light Johnny and his horse up from afar, but Johnny opens the ground with Tusk ACT4, disappearing in the sewers. Dio is now in a weak position, unable to see the next attack. He then lets his fangirls hug him, who are killed in Dio's stead by the rotation. Johnny joins the rest of the racers on the Brooklyn Bridge, for one final attack. Johnny shoots his Golden Spin nail as Dio stops time.[1]


Gyro Zeppeli
(Mentioned only)
(Mentioned only)
Gregorio Zeppeli
(Mentioned only)
Funny Valentine
Parallel World Diego
(1st appearance)
Hot Pants
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Ringo Roadagain
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Diego's Fans
(1st appearance)
Cream Starter
(Alternate version)
The World (Steel Ball Run)
(1st appearance)
Scary Monsters
(Mentioned only)
(Mentioned only)




  • The name of the story arc is a reference to the AC/DC album and song of the same name.


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