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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable (Manga)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable

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Synonyms: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4, Diamond Is Not Crash, Daiyamondo wa Kudakenai, Dai 4 Bu: Higashikata Jōsuke
Japanese: ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ダイヤモンドは砕けない


Type: Manga
Volumes: 18
Chapters: 174
Status: Finished
Published: 1992 to 1995
Authors: Araki, Hirohiko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


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The fourth part of JJBA focuses on Josuke Higashikata, the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar, with Jotaro Kujo and Joseph Joestar along in a supporting role. Apparently feeling that Stands needed more explanation, Araki retroactively introduces the "Bow and Arrow," an ancient artifact which causes latent Stand ability to develop in people. Apparently Enya used this artifact on Dio, which then caused Stands to develop in the Joestar bloodline as well.

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Prequel: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders
Sequel: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Vento Aureo
Side story: The Book: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day, Shikei Shikkouchuu Datsugoku Shinkouchuu
Spin-off: Kishibe Rohan Louvre e Iku, Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai


Higashikata, Jousuke
Hirose, Koichi
Kira, Yoshikage
Kishibe, Rohan
Kuujou, Joutarou
Nijimura, Okuyasu
Fungami, Yuuya

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Jun 3, 2009
Part 4 of one of manga's longest running series gets off to a rocky start but with each volume gets better, funnier, more creative with battles and character abilities and culminating in re-establishing JoJo's Bizarre Adventure as one of, if not the, greatest shonen manga franchise ever.

Diamond Is Unbreakable's story begins with a few missteps, that of focusing on an illegitimate son thus almost rendering Joseph Joestar's courageous mission in the previous volume moot and making him look like a jerk (although this is played for laughs), and also more importantly slightly retconning the evil granny character of Enya by having her be a source read more
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Jan 24, 2015
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is, as of writing, 28 years old, and save for a gap year between Stone Ocean and Steel Ball Run it has been running the entire time. As such, this is one of the most enduring franchises in the entirety of manga. In a big way, it owes this to the way it is split up into parts - each new part introducing a new JoJo, a new main cast, and a new setting - but perhaps both the least obvious thing AND the most important thing that changes is the genre. Whilst it remains a battle shonen manga throughout, it merges read more
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Apr 22, 2015
In a controversial shift, Araki succeeds his immensely action shounen series after Stardust Crusaders with a slow paced slice of life comedy/murder mystery. And you know what? It works. Diamond is Unbreakable is one of the greatest accomplishments in Araki's career.

STORY: 9/10
Diamond is Unbreakable takes place 11 years after Stardust Crusaders. Jotaro discovers Joseph had an affair with a woman in a small town in Japan called Morioh, giving birth to Josuke Higashikata, the 4th Jojo. He travels to meet him to investigate recent Stand activity in the town and get to know his new uncle and eventually aids him and Josuke's interesting friends read more
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Sep 2, 2014
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is a very long-running franchise; it's been around for well over 2 decades. However to me the biggest challenge in getting into the series is not necessarily its length, but how long it takes for it to get legitimately good.

Make no mistake; the first three parts are entertaining in their own ways, however they are noticeably dated and lackluster in characterization and storytelling nowadays. While experiencing the first 3 parts, I was entertained certainly, but I wasn't that emotionally invested.

Then comes part 4 and it actually manages to catch me by surprise at how much better the writing becomes.

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Both stories were written in the '90s and involve Japanese teenagers gaining supernatural powers. Some characters in both series are quite similar to each other (Yusuke & Josuke, Kuwabara & Okuyasu, etc.). They can also get quite dark and grim for Shonen Jump standards, although "Diamond" has a lot more bizarre/wacky moments.
-Both series take place in a fictional town in japan -Both feature characters with abilities to summon mystical spirits to fight for them -Both contain similar slice of life atmosphere -The story involves the characters finding a killer who is responsible for mysterious murders -Both have characters joining a group except in Jojo, some of the defeated bad guys join instead of distress characters -The main characters are both badass bros
Both series put an emphasis on combining both traditional Shonen fistfights with skill/ability based matches and mind games, allowing raw power to not be the most prominent force of the series and for each of them to stand out. They also both feature a school setting for the most part, though this doesn't distract from the series' main battle oriented plot. Of course, you'd have to read the first 3 parts of JoJo first, though part 4's way of going around battles makes it the part most similar to Medaka Box, moreso than the other 7 parts (except perhaps 3 and 6).
Both series contain very likeable characters, violent battles & a great sense of mystery. While Dorohedoro revolves around devil worshiping sorcerers, it does have the same level of "wtf bizarre moments" as JoJo. Part 4 of JoJo doesn't have the same scale of mystery as Dorohedoro but does have the same laid back attitude.
I could recommend any JoJo series for starters, but Diamond is unbreakable is the part that mostly matches with houshin engi, since the characters are really charismatic... maybe the drawings are really different, but the feeling of the series are almost the same.

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