Want to get into JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure but intimidated by the length of the series? Here’s a guide on the viewing order.
Whether you start with the manga or watch the anime is up to you depending on your preference, though I would recommend both.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a manga written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki since 1987. It spans eight parts, with the last one currently ongoing. The anime is made by David Production and started in 2012.
Anime: The first 9 episodes of Season 1, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: The Animation (2012), covers Phantom Blood. The anime has a quick pacing and as a result, several minor details from the manga have been removed.
2. Battle Tendency
3. Stardust Crusaders
Anime: Season 2, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, covers Part 3 in 48 episodes.
Some sites may split Stardust Crusaders into two seasons, with the second part titled “Battle in Egypt”. Battle in Egypt covers Episodes 25-48 of the season.
4. Diamond is Unbreakable
Anime: Season 3, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, covers Part 4 in 39 episodes.
The following parts are not yet animated. Unlike before, the chapter numbers are contained for each part and begin their numbering at Chapter 1 in the volumes.
7. Steel Ball Run
During Part 7, the manga switched magazines to Ultra Jump and became monthly. As a result, each chapter is much longer.
Craving more? There are several spin-offs related to the series.
Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan is a spin-off series created by Araki, featuring Rohan. The series has random episode numbers but does not have to be read in the order of the numbers. The order listed below is based on the release dates and the order in the volumes. However, it does not really matter what order you read these spin-offs in. All of them take place several years after Part 4 (Diamond is Unbreakable).
Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci
One-Shot: Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci does not have the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan title in its name, but is contained in the second volume of TSKR in this order. The spin-off itself released in 2011.
Episode 8: Deoxyribonucleic Acid
One-Shot: Episode 8: Deoxyribonucleic Acid was the seventh Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan spin-off released, in 2017. It was originally titled as Episode 9: D.N.A but changed in the volume.
There are other one-shots written by Araki that fans do not consider as canon because of events that occur in their stories.
There are several light novels related to JoJo that are not written by Araki but he has illustrated covers and some images for them. The order you read these in are completely optional. These have not been officially released in English but they all have fan translations available.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Genesis of Universe)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (subtitled Genesis of Universe in the Italian release) is the first light novel related to JoJo. It released in 1993. At the moment it has no official English release but a fan is currently working on a translation. It takes place during Part 3: Stardust Crusaders.
GioGio’s Bizarre Adventure 2: Golden Heart, Golden Ring
GioGio’s Bizarre Adventure 2: Golden Heart, Golden Ring is the second light novel related to JoJo, released in 2001. It takes place during Part 5: Vento Aureo.
The Book: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day
The Book: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day is the third light novel related to JoJo, released in 2007. It is a sequel to Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable.
JoJo was also adapted by other companies in the forms of OVAs and films. These are optional to watch.