JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 5: Ougon no Kaze (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind) only has a handful of anime episodes so far, but manga readers already know what they’re most excited to see come to life: the memes. Well, probably the fights and then the memes. But regardless, anime is far from the only place where JoJo has made its mark on the meme landscape.
Today, we’ll be taking a brief tour of the best JoJo memes from the manga, including parts that haven’t yet been adapted to animation. Admire the beautiful Duwang and come join us!
5. Abbacchio + Rohan + Foo Fighters = Egg
It’s well known that JoJo characters tend to favor bizarre fashion choices. Even in the distant past settings, we still see crop tops, clashing colors, and golden grills. But one of Araki’s favorite ideas to repeat is giving characters flat hats or hair with triangle zigzag edges.
It seems nonsensical, but maybe Araki had a greater plan in mind. After all, fans have found that if you combine Abbacchio’s hat from part 5 (or Stephen Steel’s hair from part 7), Rohan’s headband from part 4, and Foo Fighters’ hat/hair from part 6, it creates a lovely egg shape! Who knew? True genius at work, ladies and gentlemen.
4. Gyro Zeppeli’s Pizza Mozzarella Song
Gyro Zeppeli, Johnny Joestar’s mentor and rival in the Steel Ball Run race, is unlike any other Zeppeli we’ve known before. His penchant for taunting his competitors, valuing his precious teddy bear over survival gear, and distinctive “nyo ho ho” laugh paint him as a dangerous opponent with a few screws loose. But nothing cements that impression more than his infamous “cheese song”.
As one of the many puns and gags that he subjects Johnny to over the course of the race, Gyro sings a song that goes, “Pizza mozzarella, rella, rella, rella...” and repeats it for just long enough to make the situation hilariously awkward. Johnny pretends to appreciate it, or at least we think he does. The voiced version from the Eyes of Heaven game was ambiguous, so we’ll just have to wait until the part 7 anime to figure out if he was being serious or not about the song being a hit in Europe.
3. It Just Works
Part 5’s main antagonist, Diavolo, is a bit hard to wrap your head around. His multiple personalities, mesh shirt that may or may not actually be a tattoo, and his strange choices of what to use as a cell phone are enough on their own. But what’s most confusing about Diavolo is his stand, King Crimson.
King Crimson “erases” time, which is different from stopping time because everyone else still moves, but they only move in a predetermined way because of fate or something, and he can also predict the future with his bangs using a sub-stand called Epitaph, and... and... who cares – it just works. “It just works” has become the standard response for anyone asking about King Crimson’s powers, since trying to explain it would just end in headaches anyway.
2. Dodging Copyright
The JoJo series takes many of its characters and stand names from Western music, such as REO Speedwagon and Ronnie James Dio. However, pretty much all of those names are under copyright and can’t be used in the English translation without paying high licensing fees. So, to get around that, the translators have to get creative.
Some name changes are barely noticeable, like changing ACDC to Esidisi. But Sticky Fingers to Zipper Man? Limp Bizkit to Flaccid Pancake? What were they thinking? Above all, though, everyone’s favorite name change is Funny Valentine’s stand Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, which is either shortened to D4C or spelled out as Filthy Acts At A Reasonable Price. Fans have come up with their own mutations, too: Horrendous Happenings Handled Frugally, Unethical Undertakings Ushered Under Budget, Foul Feats for a Fair Fare, and the list goes on.
1. The Duwang Translation
Parts 4 through 8 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure have no official manga releases in English, so fans have to rely on unofficial scans translated by volunteers in order to read them. And for a very long time, the only translation of Diamond is Unbreakable was the laughably bad “Duwang” version.
A group of Chinese students attempted to translate part 4 as a project for their English class, but the low-quality scans and butchered English make the result a thing of beauty. Particularly famous lines include “What a beautiful Duwang”, “Chew”, and “Get a feeling so complicated”. Even now that better scans are available, fans still call the part 4 cast “the Duwang gang” as an homage to this legendary translation trainwreck.
Even without anime adaptations, the later parts of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure are full of charm and meme potential. We’d love to see some of those moments animated someday, but for now, we’re happy just to enjoy the weird culture that surrounds them.
What did you think of our list? What’s your favorite JoJo manga meme? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!