Netflix took the anime community by surprise by announcing the acquisition of the rights to streaming of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean. The long-awaited adaptation of the sixth part of Hirohiko Araki’s original manga will premiere exclusively on the red “N” platform worldwide, even before having its formal broadcast on Japanese television.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new chapter in the Joestar family saga:
The franchise JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure originates from the iconic manga shōnen written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. Shūeisha publishing house began serializing this story in the pages of the magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1987 and continues to be published in Ultra Jump since 2005. The work has been compiled in 131 volumes and has more than 100 million copies in circulation.
The series follows several generations of the Joestar lineage, a family of British origin destined to fight –with the power of their Stands– evil supernatural entities. Araki’s creation has received universal acclaim for its unique blend of genres including action, adventure, thriller, mystery, horror and comedy; its eccentric and glamorous characters; as well as his countless references to Western popular culture. The franchise has been extended to video games, light novels, movies live action and, of course, the world of anime.
The previous four seasons of the anime series adapted the arcs Phantom Blood Y Battle Tendency (2012-2013); Stardust Crusaders (2015); Diamond Is Unbreakable (2016) and golden wind (2018-2019). Additionally, the manga spin-off Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan inspired a series of four OVAs between 2017 and 2020.
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What is it about Stone Ocean?
The arc Stone Ocean was originally published between 1999 and 2003. The sixth part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure It covers a total of 17 compiled volumes, ranging from volume 64 to 80 in the general numbering of the manga.
Netflix provides the following synopsis for the fifth season of the anime:
United States, 2011. After being involved in a car accident with her boyfriend, Jolyne Cujoh falls into a trap and is sentenced to fifteen years in the maximum security Green Dolphin Street Correctional State Prison, also known as ‘the Aquarium’, in the Florida. On the verge of despair, she receives a pendant from her father that awakens in her a mysterious power. “There are things in this world that are more terrifying than death, and what is happening in this prison is definitely one of them.” A message from a mysterious boy who appears to Jolyne, a series of inexplicable events, the horrible truth her father tells her during a visit, and the name Dio… Will Jolyne ever be able to get out of this ocean of stone they call a prison? The final battle to end the fateful centuries-old clashes between the Joestar family and Dio begins!
Is it necessary to have seen the previous seasons to get close to Stone Ocean? While having knowledge of certain plot points and characters from the first and third seasons of JoJo’s would contribute to a better viewing of the series, each part tends to provide enough context at the beginning to be enjoyed individually.
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Production team and Latino cast
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean continues in charge of david production (Fireforce), studio behind all the animated projects of the franchise to date. kenichi suzuki, director of the first three parts of the series, is credited as chief director; while Toshiyuki Kato (co-director of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable) served as director. Other key members of the staff were: Yasuko Kobayashi, head writer of the saga; character designer Masanori Shino (No Guns Life); and the composer Yūgo Kanno, who has been in charge of the music since Stardust Crusaders.
The Japanese voice cast is composed of: Ai Fairouz (Jolyne Cujoh), Matsumi Tamura (Ermes Costello), Mariya Ise (FF), Atsumi Tanezaki (Emporio Alnino), Yuichiro Umehara (Weather Forecast), Daisuke Namikawa (Narciso Anastasia) and Daisuke Ono (Jotaro Kujo).
Meanwhile, the Latin dubbing is co-directed by lark hidalgo Y Analis Sanchez for the study Iyuno-SDI Group (Violet Evergarden: The Movie) in Mexico. The cast includes:
- lark hidalgo (Jolyn Cujoh).
- Alicia Barragan (Hermes Costello).
- fernanda robles (Alniño Emporium).
- Alicia Velez (FF).
- Manuel Campuzano (Weather Forecast).
- Irwin Daayan (Jotaro Kujō).
- It gave (Raul Soto).
Ichigo, from Kishida Kyōdan, and The Akeboshi Rockets performed the opening titled “Stone Ocean”. For him endingthe series uses the song “Distant Dreamer” by the singer Duffy.
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The adaptation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean It will consist of a total of 38 episodes. Netflix will premiere the series exclusively worldwide:
- Part 1 (eps 1-12): December 1, 2021.
- Part 2 (eps 13-24): September 1, 2022.
- Part 3 (eps. 25-38): December 1, 2022.
You can add the series to your list in the following LINK.
Trailer for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (August 7, 2021)
Trailer for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean: Part 2 (July 1, 2022)
Trailer for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean: Part 3 (November 19, 2022)
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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and the spin-off Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan are available on Netflix. For its part, Panini Manga publishes the print in Mexico.