For over 30 years now Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure has been capturing the imagination of people in Japan. With an anime adaptation coming out in 2012, it has finally managed to grasp the attention of audiences all around the globe. So while we wait for Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 6- Stone Ocean to be animated here’s us ranking all of Jojo’s animated parts from worst to best.
Before we start let us just clear it out that the rankings will vary from person to person. You may or may not agree with us. Let us know in the comments what you liked/disliked about our rankings.
Jojo’s Bizarre adventure Ranked!
Part 1 – Phantom Blood
None of the Jojo parts are “bad”. But if we HAD to name one which is the weakest compared to the other parts, it would definitely be Phantom Blood. There are quite a few reasons for that. The primary reason for it would be the fact that mangaka Hirohiko Araki was just starting off his career then. He wasn’t exactly sure what he wanted Jojos to be. Araki was experimenting with a horror/gothic genre for Part-1. Consequently, it feels much slower when compared to any other Jojo part. Jonathan Joestar (Part-1’s Jojo), however, is a good character – a thorough gentleman and extremely kind. His rivalry with Dio (Part-1’s antagonist) is what drives this part. Some of the best moments from Part 1 include the interactions between Jonathan and Dio. But the good aspects of this part are severely overshadowed by the bad which is why it ranks dead last.
Also, let’s not forget that Araki really started implementing all the amazing Jojo poses from this part onward.
Rating : 7/10
Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders
What needs to be kept in mind from here on is that none of the Jojo parts which are to follow are essentially bad. They are all extremely entertaining. But not every part can be the best Jojo part. So on number 4 of our list is Part 3: Stardust Crusaders. Araki is known to change genres with every new Jojo iteration. He chose to turn Part 3 into a globe-spanning crusade. That decision paid off big time since Part 3 is the most widely recognized part among the worldwide audiences. The introduction of ‘Stands’ completely changed the way all of Jojo’s power scaling worked. It gave Araki the means to get extraordinarily creative when designing his characters.
Part 3 also introduces us to one of the coolest Jojos– Jotaro Kujo. The return of Part 1 antagonist Dio was a welcome addition (So much so that the fans remember Dio for his Part 3 role more than his original Part 1 role). The only negative aspect of Part 3 would be that it’s dragged out a bit and can get repetitive during the middle episodes. With exactly 48 episodes covering this part, it is the longest Jojo part to date. Part 3 also has one of the greatest Jojo fights – Jotaro vs Dio (Mother of so many Jojo memes)
Rating : 8/10
Part 2 – Battle Tendency
What makes Part 2 so memorable is the sheer realization of how different it is from Part 1. Unlike Jonathan who was a straightforward protagonist, Part 2 introduces us to a much more dynamic and well-realized Joseph Joestar. He is charming, has a lot of personality to his character, and extremely funny. The antagonists – Pillar Men are menacing and equally bizarre. Araki still managed to use Hamon better than he did in Part 1. Part 2 also happens to have a terrific OP – Bloody Stream. It is a very entertaining part with an equally entertaining Jojo.
Rating : 8.5/10
Part 5 – Golden Wind
Giorno Giovanna had a dream. And he ended up fulfilling it. Golden Wind switches things up shifting to a crime/gangster theme after the slice of life feels of Part 4. Set in the beautifully realized locations of Italy, Part 5 follows Giorno Giovanna as he sets out to become a ‘Gang-Star’. Bucciarati and his gang are amazing supporting characters with each having their own personality/traits. Diavolo is a great multi-dimensional villain albeit with an extremely confusing stand power (Another meme template). Entertaining as it is, Golden Wind is also home to some of Jojo’s best openings and scores. Giorno’s theme is instantly recognizable and even adored by many non- Jojo fans.
Rating : 8.75/10
Part 4 – Diamond is Unbreakable
There is something about DIU that is so different from other Jojo parts. The characters in it have so much personality that you often feel like Araki poured all his heart into creating them (Araki does consider Part 4 to be his favorite part). Unlike Part 3, the stakes of Part 4 are exponentially low. This makes the story much more grounded. This time Araki decides to experiment with the murder mystery in a small town genre with all the events of the story taking place inside the small town of Morioh. It has a slice-of-life feel to it.
Josuke Higashikata is the most grounded protagonist of all Jojos. He goes to school and hangs out with his friends just like any other teenager would – making him very relatable. The supporting cast of characters all shine with Rohan Kishibe being the most notable one. Even the antagonist – Yoshikage Kira is a great addition to Jojo’s villain lineup.
Rating : 9/10