JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean saw the original continuity of the series end and a brand new continuity begin, and here’s why that happened.
Warning: Contains spoilers for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean.JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure was officially rebooted after part 6, Stone Ocean, and there’s a good reason why. When Emporio killed Pucci at the end of Stone Ocean, the backlash of Pucci dying before Maid In Heaven could be completed caused the entire universe to be reset. As such, Stone Ocean marked the end of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s original continuity, and the two parts to follow it, Steel Ball Run and JoJolion, have both taken place in a new continuity completely removed from the parts to precede them.
Stone Ocean marked the end of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s original continuity, and as it turns out, there was a good reason for it. When discussing the ending of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s Stone Ocean in the final volume, JoJo author Hirohiko Araki said that he felt his creativity peaked with Stone Ocean, but rather than end the series, he decided to reboot it in an attempt to bring it back to its roots and keep it going (via Reddit). With the state the series was in at the time, it makes sense that Araki would want a clean slate, and both Steel Ball Run and JoJolion have used that renewed energy to great effectiveness.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Reboot Helped Save The Series
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s reboot was rather unexpected, but it’s exactly what the series needed. When it came to Golden Wind and Stone Ocean, a lot of the Stand battles and overall pacing often fell short of the older parts, making them tedious to go through at various times. Not only that, but the conflict between the Joestars and DIO had clearly become exhausted by JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, with Giorno’s parentage only serving as a means of making him a Joestar and Diavolo’s connection to DIO being rather meaningless. JoJo was in clear need of an overhaul, and Stone Ocean was able to provide that with its reboot of the series.
Why Steel Ball Run & JoJolion Were So Good For JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s reboot was meant to give the series new life, and both parts to be written since then have more than lived up to that idea. In addition to revamping the art style, Steel Ball Run added new life to the battles by making the Stands be focused less on physical combat and by introducing a new power system with the Spin. The story was also far more character-driven than previous parts, most notably through Johnny’s arc and Valentine’s characterization, and that helped make Steel Ball Run come off as a deeper story than previous parts of Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure that’s still held in high regard a decade after its conclusion.
That revitalization was continued in the most recent part, JoJolion. The character writing continued to explore its cast in deep ways, and not only did it give a female character prominence for the first time since Stone Ocean, but it had a serious focus on romance and sex that gave the franchise new depth. JoJolion was also something of a mystery story, and that change in genre let the series do things that were completely new for it. All in all, both Steel Ball Run and JoJolion were able to take JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure to new heights, and that more than justifies JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean’s reboot of the series.