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Stardust Crusaders
The cover art shows Jotaro, a tall, muscular man in profile, posing with his hands in front of Star Platinum, a humanoid, long-haired entity doing the same pose. In the yellow background, pyramids can be seen in the distance.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure volume 13 cover, featuring Jotaro and his Stand, Star Platinum
(Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu)
Written by Hirohiko Araki
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Jump Comics
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run 19891992
Volumes 16 (List of volumes)
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Stardust Crusaders (Japanese: スターダストクルセイダース, Hepburn: Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu) is the third story arc of the Japanese manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1989 to 1992, with the 152 chapters collected into sixteen tankōbon volumes. In its original publication, it was known as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Jotaro Kujo: Heritage for the Future.[a] The arc was preceded by Battle Tendency and followed by Diamond Is Unbreakable. In 2012, Stardust Crusaders was digitally colored and released as digital downloads for smartphones and tablet computers. A ten-volume hardcover re-release under the title JoJonium[b] was published between June 4, 2014 and March 4, 2015.[1] Viz Media initially released the sixteen-volume format of the arc in North America between 2005 and 2010. They began releasing the hardcover format in November 2016.[2]

It is the most popular arc of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series as it introduced the audience to the concept of Stands, which made it stand out from its predecessors.[3][4] This popularity later spawned video games, a three volume drama CD series, two novels and two OVA series of this arc alone. An anime television adaptation by David Production, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, aired in Japan between April 2014 and June 2015.[5]



  • Jotaro Kujo[c] is the delinquent protagonist. He uses the Stand Star Platinum (星の白金(スタープラチナ), Sutā Purachina), whose power is incredible strength, speed, and precision.
  • Joseph Joestar[d] is Jotaro's grandfather, and the title character of the previous part of the series, Battle Tendency. He uses the Stand Hermit Purple (隠者の紫(ハーミットパープル), Hāmitto Pāpuru), which allows him to produce thorny purple vines that can perform predictions through electronic equipment such as Polaroid cameras or televisions; he can also swing from them or protect himself with them.
  • Mohammed Avdol[e] is a fortune teller from Cairo, and an ally of Joseph and Jotaro. He uses the Stand Magician's Red (魔術師の赤(マジシャンズレッド), Majishanzu Reddo), which allows him to manipulate fire.
  • Noriaki Kakyoin[f] is an ally of Jotaro, who uses the Stand Hierophant Green (法皇の緑(ハイエロファントグリーン), Haierofanto Gurīn), which he can shrink down to enter people and control them from the inside, or perform a long-ranged attack using blasts of green energy.
  • Jean Pierre Polnareff[g] is an ally of Jotaro, who uses the Stand Silver Chariot (銀の戦車(シルバーチャリオッツ), Shirubā Chariottsu), which takes the form of an armored knight wielding a rapier.
  • Iggy[h] is a Boston Terrier who uses the Stand The Fool (愚者(ザ・フール), Za Fūru), which manipulates sand and dust.
  • Holly Kujo[i] is the daughter of Joseph and the mother of Jotaro Kujo. Although most Stands are used for fighting, hers works against her gentle, non-violent soul and slowly makes her sick. It takes on the form of vines with roses and berries
  • Dio[j] is the main antagonist, who previously appeared in Phantom Blood. He uses the Stand The World (世界(ザ・ワールド), Za Wārudo), a close-combat Stand, similar to Star Platinum and capable of stopping time for brief intervals.
  • Enya the Hag[k] is an old woman who is the confidant of Dio Brando. She uses the Stand Justice (正義(ジャスティス), Jasutisu), which takes the form of a mist that takes control over anyone with an open wound, allowing Enya to control them as she would a puppet.


Continuing directly from where "Battle Tendency" left off, the third arc takes place in 1987 and follows Jotaro Kujo ( 太郎, Kūjō Jōtarō), the grandson of Joseph Joestar. In Japan, Jotaro is a troublesome student who regularly gets into fights at school and antagonizes his teachers. He is put in prison after beating up three armed men and a trained boxer, but he refuses to leave, claiming he's possessed by an evil spirit. To demonstrate, he takes a gun and shoots himself in the head, but the bullet is stopped by an arm shooting from his hand that only he and his mother Holly can see. Joseph Joestar soon arrives with his friend Mohammed Avdol. A battle ensues between Avdol and Jotaro in which Avdol manifests his own evil spirit, using it to provoke Jotaro out of the cell. Joseph explains that Jotaro's "evil spirit" is actually a Stand, a manifestation of psychic power. Jotaro's Stand, named Star Platinum, possesses incredible precision and strength; Avdol's Stand, known as Magician's Red, can control fire; Joseph's Stand, Hermit Purple, manifests as thorny vines that allow him to manipulate electronics like cameras and television sets, capturing images from a great distance, although at the cost of destroying said electronics.

Joseph reveals that Jotaro's and his own Stand, having both manifested recently, appeared because of the reemergence of Dio Brando (now referred to as simply "DIO"). Despite the attempts of Joseph's grandfather Jonathan Joestar to end Dio in the 19th century, the bodiless vampire succeeded in acquiring his rival's body and resurfaced in the present. This resulted with Dio having the Joestar blood flowing through his veins, linking him to Jonathan's descendants, his manifesting of a Stand causing Joseph and Jotaro to follow suit as consequence. Dio vows to destroy the Joestar family and sends a brain-washed student Noriaki Kakyoin after Jotaro. Kakyoin's Stand, Hierophant Green, possesses a nurse and attacks Jotaro with its Emerald Splash maneuver, but Jotaro defeats him soundly.

It is soon discovered, however, that Holly has also developed a Stand. Her Stand appears as ivy growing from her body, but because of her passive nature, the strain of its activity is slowly killing her. Joseph and Avdol determine that they have fifty days to kill Dio to negate his Stand's influence and save Holly's life.

Star Platinum's keen eyesight and a photo produced by Joseph's Hermit Purple Stand helps the three determine that Dio is somewhere in Egypt. Kakyoin, freed from Dio's control by Jotaro, joins the group. On a jetliner the group is ambushed by the insectile Stand Tower of Gray, forcing Kakyoin to prove his worth. Jean Pierre Polnareff, user of the swordsman Stand Silver Chariot, challenges Avdol in Hong Kong but is freed from Dio's control, joining them to avenge his late sister. The heroes take a ship to Singapore but are forced to battle the aquatic Stand Dark Blue Moon, controlled by an assassin who has murdered and impersonated the ship's captain Tennille, who sinks their ship. Accompanied by a stowaway girl, the group boards an abandoned freighter but discover that the entire ship is a Stand called Strength, controlled by an orangutan named Forever. Jotaro manages to defeat Forever soundly, causing the freighter to revert to a much smaller boat. Devo the Cursed uses his Stand, Ebony Devil, to accost Polnareff in Singapore, while Rubber Soul and his Yellow Temperance impersonate Kakyoin before attempting to consume Jotaro. In Calcutta they encounter Hol Horse, user of a gun Stand called the Emperor, and J. Geil, a man with two right hands and user of the Hanged Man, a Stand of light that attacks from mirrors. Polnareff avenges his sister by slaying her murderer, J. Geil, but Avdol is seemingly killed by Hol Horse, who flees the scene.

Joseph is infected with a boil that turns out to be the Empress, a Stand controlled by Nena, but outsmarts the foe. En route to Pakistan the party battles Wheel of Fortune, a car Stand controlled by ZZ. Enya, mother of J. Geil, uses her Stand Justice to avenge her son, sending an army of animated dead after Polnareff and Jotaro. In Karachi, Steely Dan uses The Lovers to hold Joseph hostage, forcing Jotaro into the role of personal manservant. Arabia Fats, user of The Sun, attempts to thwart the group in the Arabian Desert but is discovered and easily defeated. The group is soon saddled with the baby Mannish Boy, who uses his Stand, Death 13, to attack in dreams. Only through Kakyoin's quick thinking does the group survive the baby's dreamworld; afterwards, Kakyoin punishes Mannish Boy by tricking Joseph and Polnareff into feeding the baby his own feces. On an island in the Red Sea, Polnareff is accosted by the genie Stand Judgment, but the previously assumed dead Avdol returns and saves him. Avdol appropriates a submarine, but the vehicle is infiltrated by the High Priestess, a Stand controlled by Midler that can take the form of anything metallic; however, Star Platinum's power easily defeats it.

Upon arriving in Abu Simbel the heroes are joined by Iggy, a Boston Terrier and the user of The Fool, a simple but powerful Stand of sand. They are immediately attacked by the blind Stand user N'Doul, who attacks with Geb, a Stand of water and the first of the nine Egyptian god Stands; he is able to slash through Kakyoin's corneas before he is defeated by Jotaro and Iggy. Afterwards, Kakyoin is taken to a hospital to recuperate. Oingo and Boingo, users of the face-altering Stand Khnum and the future-predicting comic book Thoth respectively, attempt to defeat the heroes, but Oingo (in disguise as Jotaro) is incapacitated without the heroes even knowing he was there. Anubis, a sword with a Stand, possesses a farmer named Chaka, a barber named Khan, and then Polnareff, nearly killing Jotaro before being thrown in a river to rust away. Mariah, the user of Bast, magnetizes Joseph and Avdol causing problems for them before they overcome her attacks and crush her between themselves. Meanwhile, Polnareff and Silver Chariot are reduced to children by Seth, the shadow Stand of the sadistic child-abuser Alessi. Polnareff outsmarts Alessi before he is attacked by a de-aged Jotaro; Polnareff and Jotaro return to their old selves before beating up Alessi. Later, the group encounters Daniel J. D'Arby, who offers information if they gamble with him, but when Polnareff and Joseph lose, D'Arby's Stand Osiris transforms their souls into poker chips. Only by betting everyone's souls and bluffing his way through D'Arby's rigged game can Jotaro defeat him. In Cairo the group meets Hol Horse again, who has partnered himself with Boingo, but the duo are defeated through their own incompetence. Later, Iggy battles Pet Shop, DIO's pet falcon and the user of the ice-slinging Stand Horus. Kakyoin returns soon afterwards, his eyesight mostly recovered.

The doorway to DIO's mansion is guarded by Terence T. D'Arby, younger brother of D'Arby the Gambler. His Stand, Atum, steals Kakyoin's soul after a round of video games, but despite D'Arby's mind games Jotaro is able to outwit him by having Joseph's Hermit Purple manipulate the games in his favor. Meanwhile, Polnareff, Iggy, and Avdol easily dispose of Kenny G, whose Tenore Sax Stand creates an illusory maze. Avdol is then killed by an invisible force that is revealed as DIO's henchman, Vanilla Ice, whose Stand Cream swallows itself into another dimension and instantly obliterates anything its sphere of destruction touches. Ice, who killed himself for DIO but was revived by DIO's blood, is able to nearly eliminate Polnareff, but a valiant sacrifice by Iggy allows Polnareff to ultimately win. Meanwhile, Jotaro, Joseph, and Kakyoin encounter Nukesaku the Idiot, but easily defeat him.

Though wounded and alone, Polnareff confronts DIO but is confounded by the vampire's powers. When the four surviving heroes are reunited they climb to DIO's tower with Nukesaku in tow, but when the opens the casket he inexplicably ends up inside it with his cheeks cut open. DIO chases Joseph and Kakyoin across Cairo until Kakyoin, at the price of his life, discovers that DIO's Stand, The World, is able to stop time. Kakyoin is murdered by being punched in the stomach by The World, and crashes into a water tower, where he dies. He leaves Joseph a message by smashing the clock tower. After incapacitating Joseph, DIO is confronted by Jotaro. Though The World has a huge advantage in the ability to stop time, Jotaro nearly defeats DIO, thanks to Jotaro being able to slightly move during DIO's stopped time as a result of Star Platinum and The World being the same type of Stand. DIO restores himself by draining Joseph's blood, becoming even stronger. DIO attempts to finish off Jotaro by crushing him with a steamroller, but Jotaro manages to use Star Platinum to fully stop time against DIO and defeat him.

After DIO is defeated, Jotaro oversees a blood transfusion to revive Joseph before leaving Dio to disintegrate in the coming sunlight while Jotaro reflecting on the friends who gave their lives to further his journey. Jotaro and Joseph return to Japan, bidding farewell to Polnareff before their flight, as a recovering Holly awakens back at home.


Having originally planned the series as a trilogy, Araki thought to have the final confrontation set in present-day Japan. But he did not want it to be a tournament affair, which was popular in Weekly Shōnen Jump at the time, and therefore decided to make it a "road movie" inspired by Around the World in Eighty Days. He modeled Jotaro after American actor Clint Eastwood, including his poses and catchphrases. Although the author said the character might seem "rough" compared to other Jump protagonists, Jotaro fits his own image of a hero perfectly as a "loner" who does not do the right thing for attention. Araki said the character wearing his school uniform in the desert has its roots in Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Babel II, and that if he were to draw the part over again, he would base the Stands on Tetsujin 28-go.[6]

Araki said he had a lot of readers asking him to bring older characters back. Although he is not a fan of bringing them back simply for nostalgia, he did not hesitate having Joseph return to save his daughter because it is completely true to the character. The author thought of having Joseph drop out partway through due to his age, but ended up "playing it by ear" as serialization continued. He gave him the role of "navigator", introducing the readers to the Joestar family, Dio, Hamon and Stands, and his own Stand being a support ability rather than offensive. Stands being a succession of the Hamon and Hamon being life energy that spreads across the body through breathing, Araki thought Joseph's Hermit Purple vines wrapping around his body were a visual representation of that.[7]

With the series meant to be long-running, Araki took great care in deciding which unique Stand user to put the main cast against and when, in order to keep readers interested. He designed Strength, Ebony Devil, and Yellow Temperance so that their appearances and abilities did not overlap. But as these were all one-on-one battles, he then decided to introduce Hol Horse and Centerfold as a team. He had always planned on having Kakyoin and Polnareff switch allegiances to the good guys, but not Hol Horse. Although he drew a color illustration with Hol Horse alongside the Joestar group and had the character return several times through the story, he suspects he did not go through with it because his personality overlaps with Polnareff's. He also said that because he did not put many limitations on his Stand, it kind of got out of control, plus it overlaps with Kakyoin's Emerald Splash. He did enjoy Hol Horse's "why be number one when you can be number two" philosophy, which the author carried over to Yoshikage Kira in Diamond Is Unbreakable, and his outlaw appearance is similar to that of Gyro Zeppeli from Steel Ball Run and might have been inspired by Buichi Terasawa's Cobra.[8]

Enyaba was modeled after the scary old women from horror films and created to answer how Dio learned about Stands. Her Stand was also inspired by horror films, where an unknown virus comes from space. Her son's Stand being similar to a mummy and mermaid, again references horror movies. Enyaba again utilizes what Araki learned from Lisa Lisa in Battle Tendency; the supernatural basis of Stands and Hamon evens the battlefield for women and children to match up against strong men.[9]

English adaptation[edit]

Viz Media began publishing an English adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure in 2005, which begins the series with the Stardust Crusaders arc, starting with the last chapter of Japanese volume 12 (moved to the beginning of volume 13). The English edition is edited by Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide. As of December 2010, all sixteen volumes (originally Volumes 13-28) have been published.

Minor edits were made to artwork where certain scenes of animal violence were redrawn by Hirohiko Araki for the English release.[3] Volume 3 of the English edition features a single panel of a dog being decapitated which was redrawn from an alternate angle, and Japanese volume 18 (volume 6) has several redrawn panels where a mutilated dog was changed into a large rat. Volume 19 (English volume 7) features redrawn artwork in the final chapter of the "Death 13" story arc in order to remove scenes of human feces. Any instances of real-life brand names and logos (such as drinks and automotive brands) were erased. Some names were altered for the English release, presumably for copyright reasons. The character named Devo was changed entirely, along with that of Steely Dan. Oingo and Boingo were changed to Zenyatta and Mondatta after The Police album, Zenyatta Mondatta. The first volume included a recap of Parts 1 and 2 in order to clarify story points for Western readers, while mosques in volume 15 (Japanese volume 27) were redrawn after international controversy (see below), though the latter of the two was also in recent Japanese prints.


In the original volumization, chapter 114 is collected in volume 12, listed on the Battle Tendency page.

No. Title Japanese release English release
13/1 The Curse of Dio
DIO no Jubaku (DIOの呪縛)
December 5, 1989[10]
ISBN 978-4-08-851069-9
November 8, 2005[11]
ISBN 978-1-59116-754-9
  • 115–116. "Jotaro Kujo (2–3)" (空条承太郎 その②〜③, Kūjō Jōtarō Sono 2–3)
  • 117. "The Man with the Star Birthmark" (星のアザをもつ男, Hoshi no Aza o Motsu Otoko)
  • 118–120. "Noriaki Kakyoin (1–3)" (花京院典明 その①〜③, Kakyōin Noriaki Sono 1–3)
  • 121. "The Power Called 'Stand'" (「スタンド」という力, "Sutando" to Iu Chikara)
  • 122. "Across to Egypt" (エジプトへ向かえ, Ejiputo e Mukae)
  • 123. "Tower of Gray" (灰の塔(タワー・オブ・グレー), Tawā Obu Gurē)
14/2 The Empty Ship and the Ape
Mujinsen to Saru (無人船と猿)
February 9, 1990[12]
ISBN 978-4-08-851070-5
January 3, 2006[13]
ISBN 978-1-59116-850-8
  • 124–126. "Silver Chariot (1–3)" (銀の戦車(シルバーチャリオッツ) その①〜③, Shirubā Chariottsu Sono 1–3)
  • 127–129. "Dark Blue Moon (1–3)" (暗青の月(ダークブルームーン) その①〜③, Dāku Burū Mūn Sono 1–3)
  • 130–132. "Strength (1–3)" (力(ストレングス) その①〜③, Sutorengusu Sono 1–3)
15/3 The Gun Is Mightier Than the Sword
Jū wa Ken yori mo Tsuyoshi (銃は剣よりも強し)
April 10, 1990[14]
ISBN 978-4-08-851215-0
March 7, 2006[15]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0336-3
  • 133–135. "Devil (1–3)" (悪魔(デビル) その①〜③, Debiru Sono 1–3)
  • 136–139. "Yellow Temperance (1–4)" (黄の節制(イエローテンパランス) その①〜④, Ierō Tenparansu Sono 1–4)
  • 140–142. "The Emperor and the Hanged Man (1–3)" (皇帝(エンペラー)と吊られた男(ハングドマン) その①〜③, Enperā to Hangudo Man Sono 1–3)
16/4 Battle Apprentice!
Tatakai no Nenki! (戦いの年季!)
June 8, 1990[16]
ISBN 978-4-08-851216-7
June 6, 2006[17]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0653-1
  • 143–145. "The Emperor and the Hanged Man (4–6)"
  • 146–149. "The Empress (1–4)" (女帝(エンプレス) その①〜④, Enpuresu Sono 1–4)
  • 150–152. "Wheel of Fortune (1–3)" (運命の車輪(ホウィール・オブ・フォーチュン) その①〜③, Howīru Obu Fōchun Sono 1–3)
17/5 The Terrifying Lovers
Osoroshiki Rabāzu (恐ろしき恋人(ラバーズ))
August 8, 1990[18]
ISBN 978-4-08-851217-4
September 5, 2006[19]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0654-8
  • 153. "Wheel of Fortune (4)" (運命の車輪(ホウィール・オブ・フォーチュン) その④, Howīru Obu Fōchun Sono 4)
  • 154–159. "Justice (1–6)" (正義(ジャスティス) その①〜⑥, Jasutisu Sono 1–6)
  • 160–162. "Lovers (1–3)" (恋人(ラバーズ) その①〜③, Rabāzu Sono 1–3)
18/6 Death 13 of Dreams
Yume no Desu Sātīn (夢のDEATH(デス)13(サーティーン))
October 8, 1990[20]
ISBN 978-4-08-851218-1
December 5, 2006[21]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0655-5
  • 163–165. "Lovers (4–6)"
  • 166–167. "Sun (1–2)" (太陽 その①〜②, Taiyō Sono 1–2)
  • 168–171. "Death 13 (1–4)" (死神13(デスサーティーン) その①〜④, Desu Sātīn Sono 1–4)
19/7 The Magic Lamp
Mahō no Ranpu (魔法のランプ)
December 4, 1990[22]
ISBN 978-4-08-851219-8
April 3, 2007[23]
ISBN 978-1-4215-1078-1
  • 172–173. "Death 13 (5–6)"
  • 174–178. "Judgement (1–5)" (審判(ジャッジメント) その①〜⑤, Jajjimento Sono 1–5)
  • 179–181. "High Priestess (1–3)" (女教皇(ハイプリエステス) その①〜③, Hai Puriesutesu Sono 1–3)
20/8 The Exploding Orange
Bakudan-jikake no Orenji (爆弾仕かけのオレンジ)
February 8, 1991[24]
ISBN 978-4-08-851220-4
August 7, 2007[25]
ISBN 978-1-4215-1079-8
  • 182. "High Priestess (4)"
  • 183–188. "Iggy the Fool and Geb's N'Doul (1–6)" (「愚者(ザ・フール)」のイギーと「ゲブ神」のンドゥール その①〜⑥, "Za Fūru" no Igī to Gebu-shin no Ndūru Sono 1–6)
  • 189–191. "Khnum's Oingo and Thoth's Boingo (1–3)" (「クヌム神」のオインゴと「トト神」のボインゴ その①〜③, "Kunumu-shin" no Oingo to "Toto-shin" no Boingo Sono 1–3)
21/9 The Woman's Legs Are Her Weapons
Ashi ga Gunbatsu no Onna (脚がグンバツの女)
May 10, 1991[26]
ISBN 978-4-08-851564-9
December 4, 2007[27]
ISBN 978-1-4215-1080-4
  • 192. "Khnum's Oingo and Thoth's Boingo (4)"
  • 193–198. "Anubis (1–6)" (「アヌビス神」 その①〜⑥, "Anubisu-shin" Sono 1–6)
  • 199–201. "'Bastet' Mariah (1–3)" (「バステト女神」のマライア その①〜③, "Basuteto-joshin" no Maraia Sono 1–3)
22/10 Disappearance in a Locked Room
Misshitsu de Shōshitsu (密室で消失)
July 10, 1991[28]
ISBN 978-4-08-851565-6
April 1, 2008[29]
ISBN 978-1-4215-1081-1
  • 202–204. "'Bastet' Mariah (4–6)"
  • 205–209. "'Sethan' Alessi (1–5)" (「セト神」のアレッシー その①〜⑤, "Seto-shin" no Aresshī Sono 1–5)
  • 210. "Shooting Dio!?" (DIOを撃つ!?, DIO o Utsu!?)
23/11 D'Arby's Collection
Dābīzu Korekushon (ダービーズコレクション)
September 10, 1991[30]
ISBN 978-4-08-851566-3
April 7, 2009[31]
ISBN 978-1-4215-1632-5
  • 211–216. "D'Arby the Gambler (1–6)" (ダービー・ザ・ギャンブラー その①〜⑥, Dābī za Gyanburā Sono 1–6)
  • 217–219. "Hol Horse and Boingo (1–3)" (ホル・ホースとボインゴ その①〜③, Horu Hōsu to Boingo Sono 1–3)
24/12 Pet Shop at the Gates of Hell
Jigoku no Monban Petto Shoppu (地獄の門番ペット・ショップ)
November 8, 1991[32]
ISBN 978-4-08-851567-0
August 4, 2009[33]
ISBN 978-1-4215-1633-2
  • 220–221. "Hol Horse and Boingo (4–5)"
  • 222–226. "Pet Shop at the Gates of Hell (1–5)" (地獄の門番ペット・ショップ その①〜⑤, Jigoku no Monban Petto Shoppu Sono 1–5)
  • 227–228. "D'Arby the Player (1–2)" (ダービー・ザ・プレイヤー その①〜②, Dābī za Pureiyā Sono 1–2)
25/13 D'Arby the Player
Dābī za Pureiyā (ダービー・ザ・プレイヤー)
February 10, 1992[34]
ISBN 978-4-08-851568-7
December 1, 2009[35]
ISBN 978-1-4215-2406-1
  • 229–237. "D'Arby the Player (3–11)"
26/14 The Spirit of Emptiness, Vanilla Ice
Akū no Shōki Vanira Aisu (亜空の瘴気 ヴァニラ・アイス)
April 10, 1992[36]
ISBN 978-4-08-851569-4
April 6, 2010[37]
ISBN 978-1-4215-2407-8
  • 238–245. "The Spirit of Emptiness, Vanilla Ice (1–8)" (亜空の瘴気 ヴァニラ・アイス その①〜⑧, Akū no Shōki Vanira Aisu Sono 1–8)
  • 246. "Suzi Q Joestar Visits Her Daughter" (スージー・Q・ジョースター 娘に会いにくる, Sūjī Kyū Jōsutā Musume ni Ai ni Kuru)
27/15 Dio's World
DIO no Sekai (DIOの世界)
June 10, 1992[38]
ISBN 978-4-08-851570-0
August 3, 2010[39]
ISBN 978-1-4215-2408-5
  • 247–256. "Dio's World (1–10)" (DIOの世界 その①〜⑩, DIO no Sekai Sono 1–10)
28/16 The Long Journey Ends, Goodbye My Friends
Haruka naru Tabiji Saraba Tomo yo (遥かなる旅路 さらば友よ)
August 4, 1992[40]
ISBN 978-4-08-851634-9
December 7, 2010[41]
ISBN 978-1-4215-3084-0
  • 257–264. "Dio's World (11–18)"
  • 265. "The Long Journey Ends, Goodbye My Friends" (遥かなる旅路 さらば友よ, Haruka naru Tabiji Saraba Tomo yo)

2002 re-release[edit]

No. Title Japanese release English release
8 Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 1
Part 3 Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu 1 (Part3 スターダストクルセイダース1)
June 18, 2002[42]
ISBN 4-08-617791-9
November 1, 2016[43]
ISBN 978-1421590653
  • 114–128.
9 Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 2
Part 3 Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu 2 (Part3 スターダストクルセイダース2)
June 18, 2002[44]
ISBN 4-08-617792-7
February 7, 2017[45]
ISBN 978-1421591575
  • 129–143.
10 Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 3
Part 3 Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu 3 (Part3 スターダストクルセイダース3)
July 18, 2002[46]
ISBN 4-08-617793-5
May 2, 2017[47]
ISBN 978-1421591698
  • 144–158.
11 Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 4
Part 3 Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu 4 (Part3 スターダストクルセイダース4)
July 18, 2002[48]
ISBN 4-08-617794-3
August 1, 2017[49]
ISBN 978-1421591704
  • 159–173.
12 Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 5
Part 3 Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu 5 (Part3 スターダストクルセイダース5)
August 9, 2002[50]
ISBN 4-08-617795-1
November 7, 2017[51]
ISBN 978-1421591711
  • 174–188.
13 Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 6
Part 3 Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu 6 (Part3 スターダストクルセイダース6)
August 9, 2002[52]
ISBN 4-08-617796-X
February 6, 2018[53]
ISBN 978-1421591728
  • 189–204.
14 Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 7
Part 3 Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu 7 (Part3 スターダストクルセイダース7)
September 18, 2002[54]
ISBN 4-08-617797-8
May 1, 2018
ISBN 978-1421591735
  • 205–219.
15 Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 8
Part 3 Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu 8 (Part3 スターダストクルセイダース8)
September 18, 2002[55]
ISBN 4-08-617798-6
  • 220–234.
16 Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 9
Part 3 Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu 9 (Part3 スターダストクルセイダース9)
October 18, 2002[56]
ISBN 4-08-617799-4
  • 235–250.
17 Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 10
Part 3 Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu 10 (Part3 スターダストクルセイダース10)
October 18, 2002[57]
ISBN 4-08-617800-1
  • 251–265.

Related media[edit]

From 1992 to 1993, Stardust Crusaders was adapted into the three-volume audio drama JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, subtitled Meet Jotaro Kujo,[l] The Death of Avdol,[m] and Dio's World.[n][58][59][60] Two light novels illustrated by Araki have been released. The first is titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, released on November 4, 1993 and written by Mayori Sekijima and Hiroshi Yamaguchi.[61] Nisio Isin was one of the authors commissioned to write novels in celebration of the series' 25th anniversary.[62] It was released on December 16, 2011 and titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Over Heaven.

A 13-episode OVA series, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, was produced by Studio APPP. The first six episodes were released on VHS and Laserdisc by Pony Canyon from 1993 to 1994, covering the latter part of this arc. When the series was released on DVD by Klock Worx from 2000 to 2002, an additional set of seven episodes were produced by the same cast and crew, serving as a prequel to the earlier episodes (which were subsequently re-released with new chronological numbering). Super Techno Arts produced a North American English dub version of all 13 episodes in chronological order as a six-volume DVD series.

An anime television adaptation of the series, titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, was produced by David Production and aired in Japan between April 2014 and June 2015. The series was simulcast by Crunchyroll, with several names rewritten to avoid copyright infringement.[63] In addition to the second season of the anime, a mobile app game titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Shooters was also released.

The arc has been adapted into several video games. The first was a titular role-playing video game released in 1993 for the Super Famicom. A titular fighting game for arcades by Capcom, also simply titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, was released in 1998. It was released internationally as JoJo's Venture, and followed by an upgraded version titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future. The international version this time retained the manga's actual full title of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, dropping the Heritage for the Future subtitle. The upgraded version was then ported to the PlayStation and Dreamcast in 1999, and a high-definition version was released for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in August 2012 before being delisted in 2014.[64] Several characters from Stardust Crusaders later appear in the crossover games JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, both published by Bandai Namco Entertainment and developed by CyberConnect2. Jotaro and DIO in particular also appear in several crossover games with other Weekly Shōnen Jump characters, such as in Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars.


In May 2008, both Shueisha and Studio APPP halted manga/OVA shipments of JoJo after a complaint had been launched against them by a group of online Muslim protestors after a scene from one of the OVA's episodes features Dio reading a book depicting pages from the Qur'an.[3][65] This recall affected the English-language releases as well, causing Viz Media and Shueisha to cease publication for a year. Even though the manga did not feature that specific scene, Shueisha had Araki redraw scenes that depicted characters fighting on-top, and destroying, mosques.[3] Viz resumed publication a year later, with the eleventh volume being published on April 7, 2009, and thus their publication was continued.


  1. ^ JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Jotaro Kujo: Heritage for the Future (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 第三部 空条承太郎 ―未来への遺産―, JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Dai San Bu Kūjō Jōtarō -Mirai e no Isan-)
  2. ^ JoJonium (ジョジョニウム, Jojoniumu)
  3. ^ Jotaro Kujo (空条 承太郎, Kūjō Jōtarō)
  4. ^ Joseph Joestar (ジョセフ・ジョースター, Josefu Jōsutā)
  5. ^ Mohammed Avdol (モハメド・アヴドゥル, Mohamedo Avuduru)
  6. ^ Noriaki Kakyoin (花京院 典明, Kakyōin Noriaki)
  7. ^ Jean Pierre Polnareff (ジャン=ピエール・ポルナレフ, Jan Piēru Porunarefu)
  8. ^ Iggy (イギー, Igī)
  9. ^ Holly Kujo (空条 ホリィ, Kūjō Horī, alternatively written "Holy" in Japan)
  10. ^ Dio (DIO(ディオ))
  11. ^ Enya the Hag (Enya Geil) (エンヤ婆(エンヤ・ガイル), En'ya-baa (En'ya Gairu))
  12. ^ Meet Jotaro Kujo (空条承太郎見参の巻)
  13. ^ The Death of Avdol (アヴドゥル死すの巻)
  14. ^ Dio's World (DIOの世界の巻)


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