So we meet again. Welcome to today's post on the 'Art of Jojo-Dachi' or in other words "Jojo Stances'.
Some time ago I wrote an introduction/recommendation for the Japanese manga 'Jojo's Bizarre Adventure', by Araki Hirohiko. It's a hugely successful and popular title in Japan for it's creativity and uniqueness despite in essence following the typical 'shonen' style of fighting manga. Anyway if you want to read my not very good introduction to it, then here: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Manga Introduction
Another famous thing about this manga are the strange poses that Mr. Araki draws his characters in. Although they're mainly for volume and chapter covers, he also does have them doing weird poses during the story. For example, guess what kind of pose would you take when saying by to your grandfather who's leaving on a boat?
Probably something like this?
In Jojo's Bizarre Adventure it turned out like this.
Haha yeah.....strange. Because of the peculiarities of these poses, passionate fans of the series notice these poses sometimes happening in real life for example:
Although people can do these strange poses by accident in real life, there are groups of people that do it as a hobby. Quite a few people try and do these poses by themselves and post pictures of them on the internet where they can show fellow fans of Jojo. A celebrity that is openly a fan of this series is and often posts her in these poses Nakagawa Shoko. She's a TV personality/ gravure idol/ singer well known for being an 'Otaku'. Here's a video of her talking about Otaku stuff with English subs (not done by me) that I found on youtube and posted here several months ago: Shokotan Otakuology
and etc etc.
There are even 'Jojo-dachi Tutorial Classes' that you can attend somewhere in Japan, where a highly skilled Jojo-Dachi Master (lol) teaches you how to do the various poses. There's a website detailing one that happened in Shibuya back in 2003 along with many pictures. http://kajipon.sakura.ne.jp/jojo3.htm
It's been covered on TV several times, and there's one on youtube that's was aired fairly recently. The comedians Tamura Atsushi of London Boots and Yama-chan from Nankai Cadies visit a Jojo-Dachi class with a girl from SDN48. It's not subbed but you don't really need to know what they're saying anyway so it should be okay.....
Well, thanks for reading this post, hope you found it interesting.
This is Araki Hirohioko, the manga artist of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure