Begun as a manga in 1987 by Hirohiko Araki, the bizarrely-titled “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” remained mostly in Japan until it received several media adaptations in the following decades. From videogames to direct-to-video anime, the series gradually became known as a fountain of memes worldwide, thanks to Araki’s fabulously stylistic character designs and naming sense, with people and super-powers named after Western songs and recording artists. The TV anime series from David Production that premiered in 2012 only made the anime world “JoJo”-crazy. After five arcs, the anime comes into its sixth story with “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean,” premiering during the holidays in Japan, and worldwide on Netflix to boot.
Polygon tells us that a first full trailer for “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean” came out over this past weekend, following a teaser shown back in April. “Stone Ocean” takes place in the US in the year 2011, and focuses on Jolyne Cujoh, daughter of “Stardust Crusaders” main character Jotaro Cujoh and the latest member of the Joestar bloodline to find herself in a dark, bizarre and supernatural adventure. But the challenges facing her are far more malevolent than anything her family has faced before, and the consequences more dire.
As seen in the trailer, Jolyne Cujoh finds herself sentenced to 15 years at the Green Dolphin Street Prison for a crime she insists she did not commit. She already has her hands full trying to survive in an environment with violent convicts and corrupt security personnel, while trying to find fellow inmates who might be sympathetic to her. Then Jolyne’s father Jotaro visits her with a warning that she was framed for the crime, so that she could be easily murdered in prison by a mysterious party. Jolyne would rather not associate with her father who left her family without explanation, but then things suddenly become much more sinister.
After Jotaro is incapacitated by the prison’s chaplain using a power called Stand, Jolyne and some of her fellow prisoners also awaken their own Stand powers and plan to escape. But the chaplain, Enrico Pucci by name, has bigger designs, all borne from a plan created by the longtime enemy of the Joestars, DIO. As she tries to keep her father alive and stop Pucci’s plot, can Jolyne somehow user her Stand to free herself from her prison, which she describes as a “Stone Ocean”?
“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean” premieres this coming December on Netflix for streaming, and on Tokyo MX, MBS and BS11 for Japanese TV broadcast the following year, on January 2022. Previous seasons of the anime also stream on Netflix as well as Hulu and Crunchyroll.
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