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Cover of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure volume 8, featuring the Pillar Men, with Joseph Joestar in the foreground
|Genre||Adventure, fantasy, supernatural|
|Written by||Hirohiko Araki|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Original run||November 2, 1987 – March 27, 1989|
Battle Tendency (Japanese: 戦闘潮流 Hepburn: Sentō Chōryū) is the second story arc of the manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1987 to 1989 for 69 chapters, which were later collected into seven tankōbon volumes. The arc was preceded by Phantom Blood (1987) and followed by Stardust Crusaders (1989–1992).
In 2012, Battle Tendency was digitally colored and released as digital downloads for smartphones and tablet computers. A four-volume hardcover re-release under the title JoJonium was published between February 4 and May 2, 2014. This version was licensed and released in North America by Viz Media; beginning digitally in March 2015 and in print in November 2015.
In its original publication, it was referred to as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2 Joseph Joestar: His Proud Lineage.[a] Battle Tendency was adapted in the anime television adaptation by David Production between December 7, 2012 and April 5, 2013.
Joseph Joestar is the grandson of Jonathan Joestar, having been raised by his grandmother Erina Joestar and told of his grandfather's death fifty years ago. In 1938, accompanying Erina to New York to visit his "uncle" Robert E. O. Speedwagon, now a wealthy oil tycoon, Joseph befriends a pickpocket named Smokey Brown. Joseph soon learns that Speedwagon was leading an expedition in Mexico when he was attacked by his former friend Straizo, who used the vampire-creating Stone Mask on himself. After Joseph defeats him, Straizo admits to Joseph that Speedwagon survived and is being held captive by a group of Nazi scientists under the command of Major Rudol von Stroheim, who are studying a being known as the "Pillar Man" that Speedwagon's expedition discovered. While he manages to save Speedwagon and defeat the Pillar Man with his wits and latent skills in Hamon, Joseph is warned by a dying Stroheim that the Germans have discovered three other Pillar Men in Rome who will awaken soon.
Joseph and Speedwagon travel to Italy, where they meet up with a Hamon user named Caesar Zeppeli, the grandson of Jonathan's ally Will A. Zeppeli. However, the group arrive too late to prevent the resurrection of the Pillar Men Kars, Wamuu, and Esidisi, who have developed fighting styles to counter Hamon. Joseph plays on Wamuu's pride and convinces him to let him live to be a more worthy opponent. Both Wamuu and Esidisi implant poison-filled rings in him, giving him one month to get the antidotes from each of them. Caesar takes Joseph to Venice to meet his teacher and the last Hamon master on Earth, the mysterious Lisa Lisa. Lisa Lisa is the protector of a gemstone called the Red Stone of Aja (エイジャの赤石 Eija no Sekiseki), which Kars seeks in order to evolve the Pillar Men into ultimate beings.
Joseph trains under Lisa Lisa, saving her assistant Suzi Q from Esidisi and managing to destroy him. The group tracks down Kars and Wamuu to Switzerland and cross paths with Stroheim, who has been revived as a cyborg. Caesar tries to fight Wamuu one-on-one and manages to take the antidote for Joseph, at the cost of his life. Joseph and Lisa Lisa then confront Kars and Wamuu for the Red Stone. Although Joseph defeats Wamuu in battle, Kars acquires the Red Stone and uses it to become the Ultimate Being. Now immune to the sun and able to create Hamon, Kars' only desire is to kill Joseph. However, a Hamon strike toward the Red Stone causes a volcanic eruption that sends both of them flying into the sky. Kars is knocked by volcanic debris into space, where he drifts for eternity.
Joseph is assumed to have died saving the world until he shows up at his own funeral, where he reveals his marriage to Suzi Q. The world is once again at peace until 1987, when an aged Joseph makes an emergency trip to visit his daughter in Japan, kicking off the events of Stardust Crusaders.
- Joseph Joestar[b] is the main protagonist and grandson of Jonathan Joestar. Like Jonathan, he can use Hamon, though he is not initially as skilled in its use as Jonathan was. He initially uses a pair of Hamon-empowered clackers in battle, but he relies more on his wits than brute strength in fights, employing his uncanny ability to predict his opponent's actions down to what they say. Joseph makes return appearances in Stardust Crusaders and Diamond Is Unbreakable.
- Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli[c] is a suave ladies' man and the grandson of Jonathan Joestar's Hamon teacher Will A. Zeppeli. He is rather cool and collected, especially compared to Joseph, with whom he is grudgingly paired to fight the Pillar Men. But over time, Joseph starts to grow on him so much that he is able to understand his strange thought patterns and they form an unbeatable duo. He infuses the Hamon into soap bubbles he creates with his specially-made gloves.
- Lisa Lisa[d] is a mysterious lady Hamon master and Caesar's Hamon teacher who lives in Venice. She is the last surviving master of the Hamon and she is revealed to be Joseph's mother Elizabeth[e]. She fights with the Hamon by conducting it through her specially made scarf.
- Smokey Brown[f] is an ordinary petty thief hailing from New York whose newfound friendship with Joseph Joestar places him at the spectator's seat of the battle against the Pillar Men.
- Robert E. O. Speedwagon[g] is an ally of Joseph, and an old friend of the Joestars. Since the events of Phantom Blood, Speedwagon settled in America where he became an oil tycoon and founded the Speedwagon Foundation in order to deal with paranormal threats such as the Stone Mask and, later, the Pillar Men.
- Rudol von Stroheim[h] is the commander of the Nazi forces who discovered Santviento in Mexico. He is responsible for not only saving the life of Speedwagon, but also for trying to help Joseph defeat Santviento by blowing himself up. He returns later as a cyborg to assist in the fight against Kars and his army.
- Esidisi[i] is one of the Pillar Men. His Mode is the Heat Control Mode[j], which allows him to make boil his blood to 500 °C (932 °F), which he injects into his foes to burn them alive by extending his needle-like blood vessels out of his own body.
- Wamuu[k] is one of the Pillar Men and Kars' loyal servant, following a warrior's code of honor. His Wind Mode[l] allows him to control the air in his lungs, turning it into a powerful wind at his disposal, from using it like a razor sharp blade to rendering him invisible.
- Kars[m] is the main antagonist who is the leader of the Pillar Men and the creator of the Stone Masks. He developed a Light Mode[n], which allows him to produce saw-bladed appendages from his body which produce a radiant glow. He is intelligent and ruthless, and single minded in his dedication to become the Ultimate Being[o]. Though Kars succeeds, his obsession of killing Joseph lead to his defeat as he ends up being knocked out of Earth's orbit and frozen in space.
The original volumization and Shueisha's 2002 re-release use different chapter titles.
|No.||Title||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|5||The Final Hamon!|
Saigo no Hamon! (最後の波紋!)
|August 10, 1988||ISBN 978-4-08-851130-6|
|6||JoJo vs. The Ultimate Life-Form|
Jojo Tai Kyūkyoku Seibutsu (JoJo Vs.（たい） 究極生物)
|October 7, 1988||ISBN 978-4-08-851062-0|
|In 1938 New York, a young pick pickpocket named Smoky Brown was saved from a pair of dirty cops by a young Englishman who introduced himself as Joseph Joestar and had came to New York with his grandmother Erina Joestar. During a meal at a restaurant, Joseph learns that his grandfather's friend Robert E. O. Speedwagon, having become a wealthy oil tycoon, was apparently murdered by a Hamon master named Straizo while investigating a matter concerning the Stone Mask. When Joseph encountered the vampirized Straizo and defeats him, eventually learning that Speedwagon is alive but is held in Mexico by a German militant group under Rudol von Stroheim who is interested in the being that Speedwagon's group found: The Pillar Man. Named Satana by Stroheim once revived, the Pillar Man reveals his ability to absorb organic matter and alter his physical structure to escape while killing Stroheim's men by mimicking their gunfire with the bullets they tried to shoot him with. Joseph, who had managed to sneak into the base, reveals himself and stands against Santana.|
|7||The Red Stone of Aja|
Eija no Sekiseki (エイジャの赤石)
|December 6, 1988||ISBN 978-4-08-851063-7|
|As Joseph begins to fight Santana, he notes that his Hamon is protecting him from absorbed by the Pillar Man's attacks before utilizing an attack to lower Satana's guard to rip his body apart with Hamon. Despite a regenerating Satana's attempt to stop them, Joseph and Stroheim succeed to bring the Pillar Man into daylight at the cost of the latter's life. Joseph than defeats Santana by using his last ditch to use the reflected noon sun in the well against the Pillar Man. With Satana's petrified remains stored in the Speedwagon Foundation, having learned there are three more Pillar Men in Rome, Speedwagon takes Joseph to Italy where they meets up with Will Zeppeli's grandson, Caesar Zeppeli. After a brief confrontation, Joseph's group arrive to the Pillar Men's chamber under the Colosseum where they learned the Pillar Men have awakened. Caesar engages the Pillar Man Wamuu, only to be easily defeated before Joseph take over the fight as he proclaimed that he has developed his own special Hamon technique using a pair of clackers that he channels Hamon through.|
|8||The Final Trial|
Saishū Shiren! (最終試練!)
|February 10, 1989||ISBN 978-4-08-851064-4|
|Indulging Joseph to one minute to defeat him, Wamuu slices his wrist to use the human's blood as a timer. But Joseph lures Wamuu away from the others, playing on the Pillar Man's warrior conduct to give him a month of Hamon training for a more ideal fight. Wamuu accepts, implanting a "Wedding Ring" on Joseph's aorta that will release a deadly poison in 33 days' time, unless Joseph can get the antidote held in his lip piercing by killing him in battle. Esidisi also decides to enter in on the wager and placed his own poisoned ring around Joseph's windpipe, with the antidote in his own nose piercing. The Pillar Man take their leave to find Red Stone of Aja, Caesar taking Joseph to Venice to be trained by his mentor Lisa Lisa who reveals the Pillar Men's leader Kars as the creator of the Stone Masks. She also reveals the Pillar Men seek a perfectly cut Red Stone of Aja known as the Super Aja she possesses to evolve into ultimate lifeforms. With a week left before rings inside Joseph dissolve and kill him, Lisa Lisa pits JoJo and Caesar against Loggins and Messina respectively for their final lesson. But when Joseph reaches his destination, he finds Loggins has already been killed by Esidisi who has come for the Super Aja with Joseph proceeding to face him.|
|9||A Race Towards the Brink|
Shi no Gake e Tsuppashire (死の崖へつっ走れ)
|April 10, 1989||ISBN 978-4-08-851065-1|
|Though Joseph servers Esidici's arm, caught off guard by his opponent's crying, the Pillar Man assimilates Loggins's arm while revealing his ability to control the temperature of his burning blood. Despite nearly falling for a trap himself, Joseph manages to ensnare Esidisi in Hamon-conductive wool thread and hits him with the Hamon, managing to destroy him and retrieve his antidote, safely dissolving the ring around his neck. However, Joseph was unaware that Esidici's nervous system survived as it took over the body of Lisa Lisa's aide Suzie Q and secretly mailed the Super Aja to St. Moritz in Swizterland. Once Suzie Q was saved and the bodiless Pillar Man finally destroyed, the group head to Swizterland where they find the Super Aja intercepted by the Germans under Stroheim, who became a cyborg since the Mexico incident. When Kars comes for the Super Aja, it turns into a death race to get the stone before it slides off a cliff.|
|10||The Crimson Bubble|
Senseki no Shabon (鮮赤のシャボン)
|June 9, 1989||ISBN 978-4-08-851066-8|
|After being dragged by Kars into a death drop, Joseph manages to escape certain death by chaining a series of icicles together. The next day, Caesar and the others discuss ambushing an abandoned hotel that they believe is Kars' hideout before Wamuu returns. But a conflict over the ideal course to take leads to Joseph infuriating Caesar as he decides to go after Kars himself, with Lisa Lisa revealing to Joseph the events that led Caesar to become a Hamon user. As Caesar arrives at the hotel, he is attacked by Wamuu, who utilizes streams of moist air to both protect him from the sunlight while appearing ghostly. Taking their battle inside, Caesar unveils his new Bubble Cutter to redirect the sunlight inside the hotel to pin down Wamuu. But Wamuu takes advantage of the split-second the sun is blotted by Caesar to land a fatal injury, allowing his opponent to take his lip ring before he places it in a Hamon bubble before being crushed by debris. Finding the ring, Joseph vows to take it once Wamuu is defeated out of respect for Caesar. After a brief encounter with one of the vampires Kars created, Joseph and Lisa Lisa find themselves vastly outnumbered with the latter outwitting the Pillar Men into a contest for the Super Aja on the line.|
|11||The Warrior Returning to the Wind|
Kaze ni Kaeru Senshi (風にかえる戦士)
|August 10, 1989||ISBN 978-4-08-851067-5|
|After getting the Super Aja, Joseph reaches the arena and confronts the photo he found of Erina with an infant while surrounded by Speedwagon and Straizo. Lisa Lisa reveals that she was the baby that Erina rescued from the ship that fateful day 50 years ago, raised by Straizo to become his successor to the Super Aja. Joseph and Wamuu's battle is revealed to be a chariot race using vampire horses and that they can help themselves to a weapon during each lap, there will be a different weapon for whoever can grab it from a pillar first. Eventually, though brains and brawn, Josephs win the fight and eases the dying Wamuu's pain by spilling a bit of his blood on him. Upon Wamuu's request, Joseph drinks the antidote from his ring, allowing Wamuu to pass away with no regrets.|
|12||The Birth of a Superbeing!!|
Chō Seibutsu no Tanjō!! (超生物の誕生!!)
|October 9, 1989||ISBN 978-4-08-851068-2|
|Though Lisa Lisa expected Kars to fight, the Pillar Man used a vampire decoy to catch her off guard and take the Super Aja to Joseph's rage. As the Germans arrive to support Joseph as he rescues Lisa Lisa, a discussion between Speedwagon and Smoky reveals that Lisa Lisa was actually Joseph's assumed dead mother Elizabeth who avenged his father's death against the last of Dio's zombies. When Kars is seemingly defeated, Stroheim attempts to finish off the Pillar Man with multiple blasts of ultraviolet beam. But Kars has placed the Super-Aja embedded Stone Mask on his face, using the artificial sunlight to transform into the Ultimate Being. After a display of his powers, and ability to move freely in sunlight, Kars expresses his intention to kill Joseph who grabs the Super Aja while running to one of the Germans' planes to lure Kars away. Theorizing he might be able to destroy Kars with the planet, he attempts to bury the Pillar Man in magma. But Kars's reactive evolution allows him to survive while slicing Joseph's arm off and revealed to have developed Hamon, only for Joseph to use the Super Aja to intercept his opponent's attack to cause an eruption. While Kars ends up being jettisoned into space to drift away, Joseph was assumed dead. But Joseph, now with a prosthetic hand and married to Suzie Q after being nursed back, is mortified to find everyone held a funeral for him since his wife forgot to inform them of his survival. Forty nine years later, after lashing out on a Japanese tourist as JFK Airport, a 67-year-old Joseph flies out to Tokyo to see his daughter and grandson.|
|No.||Title||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|4||Part 2: Battle Tendency 1|
Part 2 Sentō Chōryū 1 (Part2 戦闘潮流 1)
|April 18, 2002||ISBN 4-08-617787-0|
|5||Part 2: Battle Tendency 2|
Part 2 Sentō Chōryū 2 (Part2 戦闘潮流 2)
|April 18, 2002||ISBN 4-08-617788-9|
|6||Part 2: Battle Tendency 3|
Part 2 Sentō Chōryū 3 (Part2 戦闘潮流 3)
|May 17, 2002||ISBN 4-08-617789-7|
|7||Part 2: Battle Tendency 4|
Part 2 Sentō Chōryū 4 (Part2 戦闘潮流 4)
|May 17, 2002||ISBN 4-08-617790-0|
|No.||Title||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|1||Part 2: Battle Tendency Digest Edition Top|
Dai Ni Bu Sentō Chōryū Sōshūhen Ue (第2部 戦闘潮流 総集編・上)
|December 7, 2012||ISBN 978-4-08-111058-2|
|2||Part 2: Battle Tendency Digest Edition Bottom|
Dai Ni Bu Sentō Chōryū Sōshūhen Shita (第2部 戦闘潮流 総集編・下)
|January 5, 2013||ISBN 978-4-08-111059-9|
|No.||Title||Japanese release||English release|
|1||Part 2: Battle Tendency 01|
|February 4, 2014 |
|April 21, 2015 (digital)|
November 3, 2015 (physical)
|2||Part 2: Battle Tendency 02|
|March 4, 2014 |
|August 18, 2015 (digital)|
February 2, 2016 (physical)
|3||Part 2: Battle Tendency 03|
|April 4, 2014 |
|November 17, 2015 (digital)|
May 3, 2016 (physical)
|4||Part 2: Battle Tendency 04|
|May 2, 2014 |
|March 15, 2016 (digital)|
August 2, 2016 (physical)
Ōtarō Maijō's 2012 novel Jorge Joestar, follows the titular character, the father of Joseph Joestar, and his story as a child in the Canary Islands and pilot in the Royal Air Force, as well as an alternate version who lives in Japan and is investigating strange events regarding alternate dimensions.
The arc was adapted as part of the first season of David Production's anime television adaptation, airing between December 7, 2012 and April 5, 2013. Warner Bros. Entertainment released this series in English on July 28, 2015.
The young Joseph of this series appears as a playable character, alongside his older self, in Capcom's 1998 arcade fighting game, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Joseph, Caesar, Wamuu, Esidisi and Kars appear as playable characters in Bandai Namco Games' 2013 fighting game, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle, with Lisa Lisa later appearing as a downloadable character. Joseph, Caesar, Stroheim, Lisa Lisa, Wamuu, Esidisi, and Kars also appear in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, also by Bandai Namco.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2 Joseph Joestar: His Proud Lineage (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 第二部 ジョセフ・ジョースター ―その誇り高き血統 JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Dai Ni Bu Josefu Jōsutā Sono Hokoritakaki Kettō)
- Joseph Joestar (ジョセフ・ジョースター Josefu Jōsutā)
- Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli (シーザー・アントニオ・ツェペリ Shīzā Antonio Tseperi)
- Lisa Lisa (リサリサ Risarisa)
- Elizabeth (エリザベス Erizabesu)
- Smokey Brown (スモーキー・ブラウン Sumōkī Buraun)
- Robert E. O. Speedwagon (ロバート・E・O・スピードワゴン Robāto Ī Ō Supīdowagon)
- Rudol von Stroheim (ルドル・フォン・シュトロハイム Rudoru Fon Shutorohaimu)
- Esidisi (エシディシ Eshidishi)
- Heat Control Mode (怪焔王の
流法Kaiennō no Mōdo)
- Wamuu (ワムウ Wamū)
- Wind Mode (風の
流法Kaze no Mōdo)
- Kars (カーズ Kāzu)
- Light Mode (光の
流法Hikari no Mōdo)
- Ultimate Being (
究極生命体Arutimetto Shiingu, "Ultimate Thing" in Japanese material)
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