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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険) is a OVA series that adapt Stardust Crusaders, both by Studio A.P.P.P..

The original six-episode series in 1993 began with Joseph, Jotaro, Polnareff, and Kakyoin in the Egyptian desert on their quest to find DIO. The series offered very little exposition, assuming the viewer was already familiar with the backstory and first half of Stardust Crusaders. A prequel seven-episode series was released in 2001, offering an explanation for those unfamiliar with the story in the previous series, and started at the beginning of Stardust Crusaders with Joseph coming to Japan to explain Jotaro's strange behavior.

The entire 6-volume (13-episode) anime series has been released in English in canonical order by Super Techno Arts, which was an American branch of Studio A.P.P.P.

Synopsis

The year is 1987 and 17-year-old Jotaro Kujo finds himself suddenly plagued by a ghost-like entity. Jotaro's grandfather Joseph Joestar, a veteran of a fight to save humanity fifty years prior, arrives with his own supernatural aura and explains that this power, known as a "Stand," physically manifests its user's spirit and can be controlled by its user at will. The sudden emergence of these Stands is revealed to be caused by the revival of the megalomaniacal vampire DIO (the Joestar's longtime enemy) whose awakening from his century-long slumber has triggered Stands to awaken down the Joestar family line, including in Jotaro’s mother whose uncontrollable Stand will ultimately kill her in a few weeks’ time. Jotaro, Joseph, and their allies have fifty days to locate DIO (using their Stands to thwart DIO's network of devoted Stand-user minions along the way) and eliminate DIO himself in order to save Jotaro’s mother and prevent DIO’s ambitions of world domination.


Cast

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Crusaders
OVAJotaroKujo.jpg Jotaro Kujo Jūrōta Kosugi Abie Hadjitarkhani
OVAJosephJoestar.jpg Joseph Joestar Chikao Ōtsuka Michael Bennett
OVAAvdol.jpg Muhammad Avdol Kiyoshi Kobayashi J.S. Gilbert
OVAKakyoin.jpg Noriaki Kakyoin Hirotaka Suzuoki Doug Boyd
OVAPolnareff.jpg Jean Pierre Polnareff Katsuji Mori Mark Atherlay
Secondary Characters
OVAHollyKujo.jpg Holly Joestar Rei Sakuma (eps. 1-7) Carrie Francis
Arisa Andō (eps. 8-13)
OVASuzieQ.jpg Suzie Q Ryōko Kinomiya Elaine Clark
Antagonists
Main
OVADIO.jpg DIO / Dio Brando Nobuo Tanaka Andrew Chaikin
OVAVanillaIce.jpg Vanilla Ice Takeshi Aono
OVAHolHorse.jpg Hol Horse Norio Wakamoto Roger Jackson
OVAEnyaba.jpg Enyaba the Hag Rika Fukami Elaine Clark
Egypt 9 Glory Gods
OVAN'doul.jpg N'Doul Kōji Nakata J.S. Gilbert
OVAD'Arby.jpg Daniel J. D'Arby Kenji Utsumi Abie Hadjitarkhani
DIO Mercenaries
OVAJGeil.jpg J. Geil Mugihito Dave Arendash
OVANena.jpg Nena Megumi Toyoguchi Alexandria Lee Coldman
Other Characters
OVASherry.jpg Sherry Polnareff Sayuri Kubo
OVAPhilips.jpg Wilson Philips Junpei Takiguchi Charles Martinet
Narrator (Jojo Timeline Specials Episodes 1-4).png Narrator
(Jojo Timeline Specials Eps. 1-4. Bonus features)
? Michael Bennett

Additional Voices

  • Andrew Chaikin - Jailer Policeman With The Revolver (OVA 1) and Jonathan (OVA 2)
  • Elaine Clark - Terrified Woman (OVA 1) and School Girl B With Short Hair (OVA 2)
  • Marco D'Ambrosio - Prisioner C (OVA 1)
  • Terri D'Ambrosio - School Girl C With The Medicine (OVA 2) and Sick Woman (OVA 6)
  • Kathy Garver - School Girl A With Pigtails (OVA 2)
  • J.S. Gilbert - Chief Jailer (OVA 1), Prisioner A (OVA 1), Pilot B (OVA 3) and Wilson Philips Bodyguard (OVA 12)
  • Charles Martinet - Prisoner B (OVA 1), Pilot A (OVA 3), Poor man (OVA 4), Pilot B (OVA 8), Owner Of The Cafe (OVA 10) and Doctor (OVA 11)
  • Tom Myers - Pilot A (OVA 8)
  • Reid Garver Travis - Kid Seller (OVA 5) and Daniel J. D'Arby Kid Partner (OVA 10)

Notes

  • Sayuri Kubo's screaming as Sherry Polnareff is left in the English dub (The same happens with Iggy barks and sounds).
  • J.S. Gilbert, Charles Martinet, Elaine Clark and Andrew Chaikin voice nearly all the secondary characters in these OVA's.
  • Also, some of the characters in these OVA's, talk themselves like Jotaro Kujo, and Daniel J. D'Arby in OVA 10, or Chief Jailer, and Prisoner A in OVA 1.
  • Some of the dubbing actors repeats some of the same roles, like Reid Garver Travis with the two kids in the OVA's 5, and 10.
  • Unlike the original Japanese voice acting, the English dub uses only 16 dubbing actors in total (and more than a half, has at least 2 characters at minus, unlike the Japanese voice acting).
  • This was Charles Martinet's only anime dubbing role until Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero in 2022.

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
Super Techno Arts 2003-2004 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
United States United States
6 Volumes

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