2021 has been an insane year for fans of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Not only did fans get the news that a Part 6 adaptation is coming to Netflix this December, but also, that series author Hirohiko Araki has confirmed Part 9 of the manga series.
At the end of the latest issue of Ultra Jump which ran JoJo Part 8, the author left a comment saying that JoJolion has come to an end, but also look forward to Part 9 tentatively named JOJOLands.
According to a comment at the end of the latest Ultra Jump issue, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure would be starting its 9th part, tentatively titled JOJO LANDS, after a short break between Part 8 and Part 9. https://t.co/UUMMVdiLQw
— Shonen Jump News – Unofficial (@WSJ_manga) August 17, 2021
But the manga will go on hiatus for a while as Hirohiko Araki will take a break.
Best Time to Be a Fan
Details on Part 9 are scarce as the manga was just announced, but that hasn’t stopped fans from freaking out and being ecstatic upon hearing the news. Tons of videos and posts are popping up on social media as people speculate what JOJOLands will be and share what they wish to see.
Now that Part 9 of JoJo‘s is confirmed: pic.twitter.com/tHKtlj4zFv
— Susie | Jolyne my beloved (@LittleBoba1) August 17, 2021
People are clamoring for a female main villain which hasn’t happened yet in the series and even twin protagonists. Whatever it ends up being, fans can agree that this is one of the best times to be a JoJo head.
Hol Horse x Josuke Combo
In that same issue of Ultra Jump, a spin-off manga starring the characters Josuke Higashikata and Hol Horse will release later this year during the winter. The title of the new manga is still unknown, but we do know the protagonists and the duo heading the project. Kouhei Kadono will write the new manga which is good news for fans as he also wrote the popular JoJo light novel, Purple Haze Feedback. Kadono is best known for writing the long-running Boogiepop series of light novels.
Tasuku Karasuma, best known for drawing No Guns Life, will be drawing the manga.
It hasn’t been confirmed which Josuke will be in the manga as there are two in the series, the one from Part 4 and another in Part 8. It would make the most sense to have the protagonist of JoJolion star in the new manga, however, publishing company Shueisha released a teaser image that had the older rendition of Josuke.
Rohan Kishibe Live-Action
For those who may not be aware (like I was), there is a live-action spin-off of the side manga, Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe. The spin-off stars the eclectic manga author from Part 4 of the series as he goes on his own bizarre adventures outside of the Joestars. The live adaptation aired on December 2020 with more on the way coming later this year with actor Issei Takahashi as the titular Rohan.
Unfortunately, the live-action series is a Japan-only release with no news yet to release it stateside on a streaming service or what have you. Netflix does have the animated adaptation on its platform so you can watch that instead.
As a JoJo fan myself, I’m excited to see the JoJo universe expand into multiple new projects and I think that’s for the best. Hirohiko Araki is 61 years old and I’m sure he’s thought about retirement or slowing down.
Many older manga authors have slowed down and taken on protégés and assistants to take the load off. Famed author Akira Toriyama brought in Toyotarou to take over Dragon Ball as he takes a step back. Perhaps Hirohiko Araki has something similar planned.