JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 7: Steel Ball Run
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JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 7: Steel Ball Run

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Synonyms: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7: Steel Ball Run, SBR
Japanese: ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 Part7 STEEL BALL RUN
French: Steel Ball Run
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 24
Chapters: 96
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 19, 2004 to Apr 19, 2011
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Mystery Mystery, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Historical Historical
Demographics: Seinen Seinen, Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Ultra Jump
Authors: Araki, Hirohiko (Story & Art)


Score: 9.301 (scored by 162219162,219 users)
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Ranked: #22
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Popularity: #26
Members: 265,176
Favorites: 44,092

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In the American Old West, the world's greatest race is about to begin. Thousands line up in San Diego to travel over six thousand kilometers for a chance to win the grand prize of fifty million dollars. With the era of the horse reaching its end, contestants are allowed to use any kind of vehicle they wish. Competitors will have to endure grueling conditions, traveling up to a hundred kilometers a day through uncharted wastelands. The Steel Ball Run is truly a one-of-a-kind event.

The youthful Johnny Joestar, a crippled former horse racer, has come to San Diego to watch the start of the race. There he encounters Gyro Zeppeli, a racer with two steel balls at his waist instead of a gun. Johnny witnesses Gyro using one of his steel balls to unleash a fantastical power, compelling a man to fire his gun at himself during a duel. In the midst of the action, Johnny happens to touch the steel ball and feels a power surging through his legs, allowing him to stand up for the first time in two years. Vowing to find the secret of the steel balls, Johnny decides to compete in the race, and so begins his bizarre adventure across America on the Steel Ball Run.

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JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 7: Steel Ball Run was originally presented as an unrelated story to the JoJo series and was serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump magazine as Steel Ball Run from issues #8~47 2004. Serialization then transferred to Ultra Jump magazine from issue May 2005 and the series was officially declared as Part 7 of the JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken series.

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Apr 25, 2015
Serving as a soft reset for Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Steel Ball Run takes the story in original and daring directions. But does it work? Oh who am I kidding? I'm going to be straight up.
I consider Steel Ball Run to be one of the greatest written works I've ever read.

STORY: 9/10
I will admit Steel Ball Run has a very, very slow start. In fact, Stands aren't even introduced until like 20 chapters in. That's another thing: Steel Ball Run is seinen instead of shounen. That means each chapter ranges from 35 to 60 pages long in comparison to the 20 page long ...
Jun 18, 2017
Mixed Feelings
On many forums I've seen recommendations of Steel Ball Run as an "Absolutely amazing manga", "easily the best Jojos and epitomising everything about that 'style' of comic", and "From the art to story 10/10. Best thing i've ever read". After finishing it, I honestly can't say I see its appeal. The characters were barely fleshed out and quite boring, the fighting frequently was decided on pure "luck", rather than fighting strength or strategy, and the story was painfully plain.

The story - Coming in, I wasn't expecting a narrative masterpiece, but I was expecting a compelling story. I was very disappointed. There really isn't any ...
Mar 28, 2021

Steel ball run is another example of why JoJo should have ended in Pt 3. It was easily the worst arc of JoJo, taking place after another good point to stop the show. Containing a mediocre plot, bad stand writing, bad characters, and horrible battles makes me wonder about Araki's credibility and his ability to write two solid parts in a row.

Going into Steel Ball Run, I was expecting a good story, but got the typical transcontinental race. Yes, the typical transcontinental race that takes place in any Midwest American set anime. This plot is by no means unique or different, meaning ...

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