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JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 1: Phantom Blood (Manga)

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 1: Phantom Blood

Alternative Titles

English: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood
Synonyms: Dai Ichi Bu Jonathan Joestar: Sono Seishun
Japanese: ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ファントムブラッド


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 44
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 2, 1986 to Oct 13, 1987
Authors: Araki, Hirohiko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


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First story arc of JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken series.

Jonathan Joestar, a young wealthy son living in Victorian England, has his life destroyed by a recently orphaned Dio Brando, who was taken in by Jonathan's father. Dio, who plots to drive Jonathan to insanity and inherit the Joestar fortune, becomes an unstoppable vampire that Jonathan must fight.


A seventeen-volume kanzenban version dubbed as JoJonium was published in Japan from December 4, 2013, to March 4, 2015. This edition covered the first three parts of the Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken series and included new cover art which showed redesigns of the characters by Araki Hirohiko. JoJonium's first three volumes cover the first part.

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 1: Phantom Blood was published in English by VIZ Media as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood from February 24, 2015, to August 4, 2015. These were released in a hardback format featuring the JoJonium artwork and contents.

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Jun 18, 2015
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood may not be as engaging as what follows it, but with interesting art and a well-defined rivalry at its core, it still serves as a sufficiently strong opening chapter.

The story of Phantom Blood follows Jonathan Joestar and his sinister adopted brother Dio, and their rivalry. The story initially portrays Jonathan as being inferior to Dio, who actively works to undermine him, but gradually Jonathan not only catches up with Dio, but surpasses him. However, a wicked plan is brewing, which may impact far more than the Joestar family. One of the strongest points of the story is that little of read more
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Apr 19, 2015
Every great franchise has a beginning, whether humble or loud. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, the notoriously flamboyant and massive manga series falls under the first category. It's first story arc, The Phantom Blood is relatively normal and short compared to its future successors. Thus, it's unfair to compare it to the other Parts. The Phantom Blood is a fighting shounen tragedy with Victorian and Gothic horror elements. It follows an aristocrat's son named Jonathan Joestar in 1800's Britain. When he discovers his adopted brother, Dio Brando, seeks to destroy the Joestar family and manages to do so, Jonathan, also known as Jojo, must go through hell read more
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Mar 23, 2015
If I were to tell you that I though JoJo part 1 was the best in the series you would probably think I was some mediocre pretentious pseudo intellectual reviewer who has no idea what he is talking about , but it was ME! Speak The Weak!!!

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 deconstructs the shounen genre through its dynamic story line that bends clichés and tropes in order to craft a unique in a manner that only Hirohiko Araki (JoJo mangaka) could. The story focuses on a rich boy named Jonathan Joestar (JoJo) who lives with his father, George in England. One day Jojo's father read more
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May 17, 2014
If you're looking for a shonen horror filled with MANLY characters then continue reading. This is part 1 of the entire JoJo's Bizarre Adventure working best as a trilogy with Battle Tendency & Stardust Crusaders.

The beginning of JoJo seems a bit rough at first but manages to give the outline for its primary themes of the series. Taking place in the late 1880's in England, we are introduced to a prologue of an Aztec civilization having a ritual with a Stone Mask which would later embark as the symbolic plot device for this arc. The next few pages reveal the Joestar family & the read more
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