With JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 5: Ougon no Kaze (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind) finally upon us in glorious anime form, it’s time to reflect on what brought most of us here in the first place: memes. Fabulous poses, hilarious lines, and memorable music all make the JoJo series fertile ground for memeification, which its dedicated fanbase never misses an opportunity to take advantage of.
Today, we’ll focus on memes specific to the anime adaptations, so put on your best crop top and come join us!
5. It’s High Noon
Hiring Matthew Mercer as the voice of Jotaro for the dub of Stardust Crusaders was a solid choice, since he also voices the stoic cowboy McCree from Overwatch. Viewers couldn’t help comparing the two similar characters, and fan works soon emerged of Jotaro spouting McCree’s catchphrase “It’s high noon.”
Apparently the translators and/or Mercer himself caught on to this, since the line actually appears in the dub! During the final battle with Dio, Jotaro has a line in the original Japanese that references Westerns. Mercer’s Jotaro changes it to this: “If this were the Wild West, the hero would say, ‘It’s high noon.’ Now get off the ground and draw your piece, Dio. You’re getting one shot.” As one YouTube commenter said, “All the build-up of hiring Matt Mercer for just one line. WORTH IT.”
4. Part 5’s Ending Theme
The JoJo series’ ending themes are always Western songs, such as “Walk Like and Egyptian” in Stardust Crusaders and “I Want You” in Diamond is Unbreakable. So when trying to guess the ending theme for Golden Wind (aka Vento Aureo), fans came up with songs like “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio and “Gold” by Spandau Ballet.
The actual ED, ‘90s booty jam “Freek’n You” by Jodeci, wasn’t what anyone expected or wanted. But somehow, a song that starts with “Every time I close my eyes I wake up feeling so horny” works perfectly with the sexy poses the gang members and their stands are making as they float past a disco ball background. Who ever said JoJo was predictable?
3. Joseph Joestar’s Engrish
As the most excitable and eccentric JoJo protagonist, Joseph Joestar has many hilarious catchphrases up his sleeve. But his most famous and quotable lines are from his Japanese voice actor Unshou Ishizuka in Stardust Crusaders.
Whenever something surprising or frustrating happens, Joseph tends to shout English phrases like “OH MY GOD”, “HOLY SHIT”, and “OH NO” at the top of his lungs. Ishizuka’s dedicated performance and thick Japanese accent make these moments especially funny for English-speaking fans, although sadly the dub wasn’t able to capture this same charm.
2. Dio’s Hammy Lines
If anyone can give Joseph a run for his money in the overacting department, it’s resident fabulous vampire and longtime Joestar nemesis Dio. His voice actor, Takehito Koyasu, lends him a melodic baritone which with to spout his over-the-top declarations to the world.
It’s hard to narrow down which hamtastic lines are our favorites, but special mention goes to the infamous “Kono Dio da!” from the first episode of Phantom Blood, the strangely delivered “Goodbye JoJo!” from the mansion battle, and “ROAD ROLLER DA!” from the final battle of Stardust Crusaders. We could listen to Dio’s insane ramblings all day and never get bored.
1. To Be Continued
This meme has become so ubiquitous among YouTube and Vine users that you don’t have to be a JoJo fan or even know what JoJo is to recognize it. Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency’s ending, “Roundabout” by Yes, had a habit of starting up its slow introductory chords during the last few moments of an episode and slamming into its main bass line once the classic “to be continued” arrow appeared on the screen.
The meme version plays “Roundabout” over any video that has a sudden scary or surprising moment and pauses the action right before the shit hits the fan, throwing the arrow and bass line on top of it as punctuation. One of the best versions ever is called “Chair Kick Fail” and can be found on YouTube. Check it out for yourself to see the surprise!
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has existed for decades, but it wasn’t until the 2012 anime that we got to see it properly come to life (the OVA sort of counts, but is less memeable). And with that, we got gut-busting line deliveries, questionably appropriate music, and much more to riff on for internet hilarity.
What did you think of our list! What’s your favorite JoJo anime meme? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!