A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family, legacy, and good versus evil are all themes. The role of the supernatural is also central to the series.
Positive Role Models
The first JoJo Joestar was committed to stopping Dio, but some of his descendants are unexpectedly caught up in this mission unexpectedly. Dario was an unscrupulous thief, and his son, albeit more charming, follows in his footsteps.
Different volumes feature characters from different places, including England, Italy, and Japan, but most don't feature a lot of racial/ethnic distinctions. The descendants named JoJo are mostly male; in later generations at least one is a woman.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of fantasy violence, ranging from bloody fights and animal cruelty, to sexual assault, gory scenes, and murder. Vampires and other monstrous images are visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Courtships, marriages, and pregnancies happen. Later generations of JoJos wear tight, skin-revealing attire.
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Words like "bastard" are audible in the English dubbed version or visible in the subtitles.
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Products & Purchases
This large franchise and features comic books and a range of video games.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking is visible, depending on where the story is taking place.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is an anime series based on a popular Japanese manga series. It's about descendants of a once well-established family who are forced to deal with an archenemy for over 100 years. There's some strong language and scenes of fantasy violence, ranging from bloody fights and animal cruelty to sexual assault and murder. The supernatural plays a large role in the series, which features monsters like vampires. The death of parents, courtship, marriage, and having children are also key parts of the plot lines.
Is It Any Good?
The series is a multigenerational story that follows descendants of Joestars as they use supernatural forces to fight an archenemy that has impacted the trajectory of their family's legacy. While some of the narrative, which is broken down into nine individual story arcs that stretch from the 1880s to the 2000s, seems relatively straightforward, there are lots of plot lines that are (you guessed it!) very bizarre. But as viewers follow the generations of the Joestar family (all of whom are named a variation of JoJo) contending with the evil Dio and his descendants, they are also treated to lots of Western pop culture references and mystical events. It's this unique combination that makes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure uniquely entertaining.
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