Hirohiko Araki

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I'd say living with a positive outlook is the theme of JoJo. It's a celebration of humanity.
—Hirohiko Araki

Hirohiko Araki (荒木 飛呂彦 Araki Hirohiko), real name Toshiyuki Araki (荒木 利之 Araki Toshiyuki),[1] is a Japanese manga artist and the author of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Born on June 7, 1960, he made his debut in 1980 with his one-shot Poker Under Arms, and began his professional career with the short series Cool Shock B.T., Baoh the Visitor, and Gorgeous Irene.

His work on JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is divided into several parts and continues to be serialized for over 30 years, totaling 131 volumes (as of September 2021), circulating over 120 million copies (January 2022).[7] His style has been described as an "experimental, but definitive approach.[8][9]"


A cover of Weekly Shonen Jump featuring Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.



Personal life

Araki is often commented on for his unchanging youthful demeanor over the years. He cites training and swimming at the gym and Hitomebore rice as methods for staying fit while over the age of 50.[11] In his 2007 Eureka Interview, he is complimented by Japanese psychologist and critic, Tamaki Saito, but states that the main reason he switched to a monthly serialization was from no longer being able to handle the weekly schedule.[12] Araki has revealed that after he was operated for gastroenteritis, Araki realized that he could no longer completely devote himself to his manga and sought to enjoy life more and practice other activities such as travelling or cooking.[13]

Araki's wife, Asami

Araki is well known for his position on staying healthy. He enjoys going on walks and riding a bike, particularly to Japanese shrines, and has commended it as his coping mechanism when exhausted from work. He considers exercise as a great way to discipline one's self and that carrying too many things can be a burden; Araki will typically only carry a coat, water, and an iPod when going out.[14]

Araki lost his ancestral house in Sendai during the Tohoku earthquake. The house was destroyed by the tsunami following the earthquake, which shocked Araki.[15]


Married to Asami Araki (荒木麻美 Araki Asami, nickname Chami), Araki is the father of two girls. A couple years after his debut, Araki met Asami in a group meet-up, and the two got married three months later.[16] [17]


Araki grew up in Sendai, Japan with his parents and younger identical twin sisters. He cites his sisters' annoyances as the reason he spent time alone in his room reading classic manga from the '70s, such as Ai to Makoto, and his father's collection of art books, which Araki assumes informed his motive for drawing manga.[18] He was particularly influenced by the work of French artist Paul Gauguin.[19]

In middle school, Araki first tried to practice baseball. However, he says he failed to perform anything correctly on the pitch and felt he wasn't cut out for collective sports.[20] He switched to practicing kendo for different reasons, stating that he was influenced by the manga "Ore wa Teppei"[21][22] and out of frustration from his bad experience at the baseball club.[23] His experience at kendo seems to have been lukewarm, as he says nobody praised him whether he won or lost a match.[24]

Araki drew his very first manga while he was in fourth grade. He attended a prep school through junior high and high school, which was where a friend complimented him on a manga he drew for the first time. Ever since, he began to draw manga in secret of his parents.[18]

Shogakukan (left) and Shueisha (far right) HQs.

He began submitting work to publishers during his first year at Tohoku Gakuin Tsutsujigaoka High School;[25] however, all of his submissions were rejected.[18] Araki also applied his works to the Tezuka Awards, having at one point been nominated in the 14th edition in 1977 for a one-shot named "The Bottle" then submitted under the name Toshi Arakino (荒木之利 Arakino Toshi).[26] At the same time, other artists who were around his age continued to make big splashes with their debuts (Ex: Yudetamago, Masakazu Katsura). Araki could not understand why he was being rejected, so one day in 1979, he decided to pay a visit to an editorial department in Tokyo for direct feedback on his most recently finished work. At first, he intended to visit Shogakukan, which published Weekly Shōnen Sunday, but was intimidated by the size of their building, and decided to take his submission into the smaller Shueisha (Publishers of Weekly Shonen Jump) building next door. It was noon when he visited, but one rookie editor named Ryosuke Kabashima happened to be there. Kabashima, after reading the first page, promptly quipped "your white-out's leaked (You haven't fixed it)": he was criticized every time the editor flipped through each page. Araki, exhausted from having been up all night, felt like he was going to pass out, but was told to fix it up for the Tezuka Awards. Months later, Araki would submit a one-shot by the name of "Poker Under Arms", which won the runner up prize at the Tezuka Awards.[18][27]

Araki left Miyagi University of Education before graduating, and made his debut in 1980 with the aforementioned one-shot Poker Under Arms. He did graduate from the Sendai Design College. His first serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump was Cool Shock B.T. in 1983,[27] with his works Baoh the Visitor (1984) and Gorgeous Irene (1984) following soon after. His next series would become his magnum opus, 1986's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

On November 30, 2016, Araki won the 45th Annual Best Dresser Awards in Tokyo in the "Academic and Cultural Arts" division. When questioned about his youthful appearance, Araki said that he washes his face every morning with Tokyo's tap water.[28]

Araki was given an art award for the year 2018 by the Agency for Cultural Affairs for his art exhibition Ripples of Adventure.[29]

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Main article: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Published in Weekly Shonen Jump between 1987 and 2004 and from 2004 to the present in Ultra Jump, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure represents Hirohiko Araki's primary brand and body of work.

The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series brought fame to Araki as its popularity skyrocketed during the publication of Stardust Crusaders and Araki kept working on the series even after the end of the third part, which was the end of what he had planned for the stories beforehand.[30]

The dust jacket of every volume of JoJo contains a note to the reader; a relatively great source of Araki's direct opinions.

In 2012, Araki celebrated his 30th year as a manga artist and the 25th anniversary of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. A special exhibition was held in Sendai, Japan, which included the announcement for the TV Anime and All-Star Battle.

Style and Influences

Araki's studio - own desk in foreground
Araki's drawing commonly involves idealized figures in broad, expressive poses at adventurous scales and angles; with sharply inked lines and scattered, blackened planes; lending them a sculptural effect. In color illustrations and pages, Araki varies roughly complementary color juxtapositions.

In terms of cartooning, a comparison can be drawn between Phantom Blood, Battle Tendency, and Stardust Crusaders (1987 - '92) and the hypermasculine (and highly dimorphic) anatomical ideals applied by Tetsuo Hara in Fist of the North Star, and referenced by Araki in relation to action heroes of the 1980s.[30] Diamond is Unbreakable ('92 - '96) marks a transition to a more intersexual model; while Steel Ball Run (2004 - '11) sees greater realism, along with further incorporation of ideals of beauty consistent with the mode in fashion design. When he started JoJolion (2011 – '21), Araki expressed a will to draw in a looser style and things he never drew before. Hence, he says, he bust shots and increased the amount of white panels and included more white elements in his drawings, in contrast to the darkness of his style present in previous works.[31]

Reference to illustrations by artists including Antonio Lopez and Tony Viramontes informs a number of individual illustrations and character poses in Araki's work from 1987 - 1992; decreasing from then along with increased use of photographic references.[32] Limited examples of costumes borrowed from contemporary fashion design have been identified.

As a film fan, in the 1980s Araki noted the popularity of action movies and the muscular physiques characteristic of their stars (such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone). By this example, Araki would ponder; "Who is the strongest person in the world?". Subjects such as immortality and justice occurred to him as things that humans innately value and seek. Araki had also been on a trip to Italy two years prior to the creation of Part 1: Phantom Blood, where he identified the exaltation of overt human beauty characteristic of renaissance art. Araki was particularly struck by the aesthetic of the sculpture Apollo and Daphne by Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The baroque sculpture's striking figures and realistic yet idealized bodies stuck in remarkable poses inspired Araki to heavily incorporate poses in his art and develop his own style.[33] Araki would combine these examples in the formulation of the basic plot and visual style of Phantom Blood.[30]

Araki has named Paul Gauguin and his approach to color theory as an influence.[21]

Araki has described his drawing method as "classical".[30] He has indicated admiration for Leonardo da Vinci in the text of the manga and otherwise; and in a video feature in JOJOVELLER, he is seen making visual reference to a book of Michelangelo's work[34] during the construction of a piece.

Manga that Araki has named as admirable or having had particular influence on him include Ai to Makoto by Ikki Kajiwara and Takumi Nagayasu, the most significant of his youth;[21] Ore wa Teppei by Tetsuya Chiba, which inspired him while in middle school to join the kendo club;[21] and Babel II by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, particularly influential for the concept of combat defined by special rules or laws.[30]

Araki has authored a book on the subject of Horror film and its influence on his work.

Araki has described his habit of naming characters and Stands after musicians and their works as "a simple hobby", and has indicated a strong preference for Western popular music.

On October 2011, Araki was deemed one of the 100 most influential people in Japan by the business magazine "Nikkei Business", in the category "creator".[35]

Araki's Lists

Hirohiko Araki's Best 10 Characters - Author's Popularity Contest (作者人気投票キャラクターベスト10) from JOJO A-GO!GO! (2000) - Araki Hirohiko, p. 75

No. Character
1 Josuke Higashikata (東方 仗助)
2 Yoshikage Kira (吉良 吉影)
3 Bruno Bucciarati (ブローノ・ブチャラティ)
4 Vinegar Doppio & Diavolo (ドッピオとディアボロ)
5 Giorno Giovanna (ジョルノ・ジョバァーナ)
6 Joseph Joestar (ジョセフ・ジョースター)
7 Guido Mista (グイード・ミスタ)
8 Jotaro Kujo (空条 承太郎)
9 Shigekiyo Yangu (矢安宮 重清)
10 DIO (DIO)

"Hirohiko Araki's Favorite Illustrations Best 20" from JOJO A-GO!GO! (2000) - Araki Hirohiko, pp. 52–57

Araki's Top 10 manga he "ran to the bookstore for" (本屋に走ったマンガベスト10) from JOJO A-GO!GO! (2000) - Araki Hirohiko, p. 74

No. Series
1 Golgo 13: Serizawa Family Murder Case (ゴルゴ13芹沢家殺人事件)
2 Nijioyobu Ken (虹をよぶ拳)
3 Space Battleship Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト) (Anime)
4 Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール)
5 Kōya no Shōnen Isamu (荒野の少年イサム)
6 Dororo (どろろ) (Anime)
7 Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji (賭博黙示録カイジ)
8 Babel II (バビル2世)
9 Naniwa Kin'yūdō (ナニワ金融道)
10 Fist of the North Star (北斗の拳)

Araki's top 5 favorite toys from Volume 60 Author's Note

No. Toy Comment
1 Phosphorescent skeleton (When it shines at night, it feels like I'm in a fairy tale.)
2 Bouncing ball (This piece of rubber took me into a science-fiction universe.)
3 Resident Evil (PlayStation) (It's so great!)
4 A Thunderbird II model (I love the design and I find that the container's conception was very clever! I really had the impression I could go anywhere with this.)
5 Lego or Mega Bloks (I spent whole days assembling and disassembling the piece to make new models. I think that Lego is the Western philosophy in its entirety.)

Hirkohiko Araki's Top 10 Fears from Volume 29 (Diamond is Unbreakable Vol. 1) Author's Note

No. Fear
10 Death
9 Creatures that can stick to the roof (cockroaches and such)
8 Delusions
7 Acquaintances
6 Getting bad luck in fortune telling
5 The hospital
4 Environmental degradation
3 Confined spaces
2 Strangers
1 The dark

Hirohiko Araki's Top 10 Movies That Had Him Squirming in His Seat (The ten best movies I wished would stop but I kept watching anyway.) (From the Author's Note in Volume 32)

No. Film
1 The Night of the Living Dead
2 Jaws
3 Johnny Got His Gun
4 Mississippi Burning
5 Platoon
6 Papillon
7 Halloween 4
8 Lord of the Flies
9 The Silence of the Lambs
10 Alien

The "Best 20 Horror movies chosen by Hirohiko Araki" (From Hirohiko Araki's Bizarre Horror Movie Analysis)

No. Film
1 Zombie ('78 director's cut)
2 Jaws
3 Misery
4 I Am Legend
5 The Ninth Gate
6 Alien
7 Ring (TV version)
8 The Mist
9 Final Destination
10 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
11 Deliverance
12 The Blob
13 28 Days Later
14 Basket Case
15 Sleeping with The Enemy
16 No Country
17 The Exorcist
18 Funny Games ('07 US remake)
19 Hostel
20 Wrong Turn

Promotional recommendations or quotes from Araki found on the cover or obi of various books and media.


  1. 1.0 1.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20170905232212/http://jihou.tohoku-gakuin.jp/archive/519/jiho_519_02.pdf
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 GioGio's Bizarre Adventure PlayStation 2 Guide
  3. 知事メッセージ 荒木飛呂彦氏によるイラスト
  4. SBR Chapter 15: The Desert Born Outlaws, Part 1 - Author's note
  5. Interview with Shoko Nakagawa, 2007
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Weekly Shonen 「」 (JOJO冒險 荒木飛呂彥100問專訪); April 5, 2003
  7. My Rohan Kishibe Talk - "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Has Printed 120,000,000 Copies". JoJo-News. December 18, 2021.
  8. 斎藤環「書き続ける勇気 荒木飛呂彦インタビュー」『ユリイカ』1997年 4月 号、135頁-143頁
  9. 『QuickJapan』Vol.75、巻頭ページ(文・吉田大助)
  10. http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/02/08-1/jojos-bizarre-adventure-author-illustrates-cover-of-psychoanalysis-book
  11. 杜王新報 p11
  12. ユリイカ 11月臨時増刊号 総特集☆荒木飛呂彦 -- 鋼鉄の魂は走りつづける
  13. NYT Japan interview, 11/2018
  14. [1] source expired
  15. Kahoku Shimpo, October 10, 2014. https://twitter.com/TadTwi2011/status/524350047404580864?s=20
  16. 荒木先生との馴れ初めからジョジョ立ちまで! 講演『荒木麻美のジョジョと奇妙な生活』レポート
  17. Interview: JoJo and Asami Araki's Bizarre Life (November 2009)
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Hirohiko Araki Lecture Part 1: His Past & Motives
  19. Hirohiko Araki Lecture Part 2: Drawing Manga, Araki-Style
  20. Interview:JoJo6251 (December 1993)
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Interview:Tokai Lecture (June 2006)
  22. Interview:BUZZ (July 2000)
  23. Interview:MEN'S NON-NO (July 2002)
  24. Interview:THRILL (September 2001)
  25. https://ameblo.jp/killer-jojo/entry-12237632205.html Araki attended Tohoku Gakuin Tsutsujigaoka High School
  26. atmarkjojo.org/archives/15678.html
  27. 27.0 27.1 Jason Thompson's House of 1000 Manga - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (source expired)
  28. https://web.archive.org/web/20161130161340/http://www.hochi.co.jp/entertainment/20161130-OHT1T50178.html
  29. Asahi - 芸術選奨に30人 竹内まりやさん、荒木飛呂彦さんら
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 Phantom Blood PS2 interview, 2006
  31. Interview:JOJOmenon (October 2012)
  32. http://www30.atwiki.jp/ichi-1/pages/12.html
  33. Hirohiko Araki's Manga Technique, Chapter 5; I found my style in Italy
  34. Michelangelo – Tuttle le Opere – Edizione Riserveta ai Musei e Gallerie Pontificie, ISBN 9788872040256
  35. https://business.nikkei.com/atcl/opinion/16/101900024/102000032/

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