JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
This was a tough one. After putting a lot of thought about it, Jojo is the only series that makes sense to me. I like a lot fighting anime for a lot of different reasons, which I should make a list sometime, but Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is the one series that sticks out in my mind. Here are a few reasons why.
1) Different kind of continuing storyline:
Many series follow around a single character for the entirety of their run, Jojo doesn’t. It is split into different parts that each follow a different protagonist group and have a different feel to their storyline. Characters from part one may have an effect on part four, even though they aren’t alive anymore. The Speedwagon foundation is a good example of this. Or characters from one part may be the mentor of the protagonists from the next part. Joseph Joestar plays this role in part 3 and Jotaro Kujo plays this role in part 4. Not to mention the plot devices that are dug up later which played a role in one of the earlier parts. This gives Jojo a sense of freshness and continuity that can’t be found in a lot of other fighting series.
2) Unique Abilities:
It seems many fighting series can own this title, but it belongs to Jojo. Not many series can have a monkey that has an entire tanker ship as their stand, a person who has the ability to use the heat of the sun as their weapon, a power station as its own kind of independent stand, the ability to stop time, or even the ability to rewrite a person’s personality and traits like it’s nothing. The closest I can think of are the abilities in Chapter Black arc of Yu Yu Hakusho. Then it goes back to the standard tournament fighter format.
3) The Insanity:
I don’t think I need to explain this one, because Jojo is famous for it and it’s just so amazing.