The Best Episodes of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2019
Beginning its tale in 19th century England, young aristocrat Jonathan Joestar finds himself locked in bitter rivalry with Dio Brando, a low-born boy who Jonathan’s father took under his wing after the death of Dio’s father. Discontent with his station in life, Dio’s fathomless drive to reign over all eventually leads him to seek the supernatural powers of an ancient Aztec stone mask in the Joestars' possession – an artifact that will forever change the destiny of Dio and Jonathan for generations to come. Fifty years later, in 1938 New York City, Jonathan’s grandson Joseph Joestar must take up his grandfather’s mission and master the abilities necessary to destroy the stone mask and its immensely powerful creators, the Pillar men, who threaten humanity's very existence.
#1 - The Grateful Dead Part 2
Season 4 - Episode 16
#2 - Goodbye, Morioh - The Heart of Gold
Season 3 - Episode 39
Josuke and the others finally corner Kira. Jotaro also arrives but Kira uses Bites the Dust on a paramedic who came to help and tries to blow away time gain. He tells the woman his true identity, causing Bites the Dust to activate. The final battle in Morioh is finally reaching its end!
#3 - Dio's World, Part 3
Season 2 - Episode 47
Joseph is able to figure out The World's power because of the message Kakyoin left, but is quickly knocked out by a cruel attack by Dio. Jotaro then attacks The World with Star Platinum, but is no match for Dio's power. Dio stopped time and goes in for the final blow, but he sees that Jotaro's fingers are moving in the stopped time, and strengthens his defense. Jotaro telling Dio that their Stands are the same type lingers in his mind...
#4 - Another One Bites the Dust, Part 2
Season 3 - Episode 36
After blowing up Rohan Kishibe with Killer Queen's third ability, Bites the Dust, Hayato is told by Kira as to what happened and returns to the same morning. He then thinks that the only people who could defeat Kira are people with abilities like Rohan, and tries to tell Rohan about Kira without getting him killed. However, Rohan blows up, even without meeting Hayato. Hayato is distraught, thinking that there's no one else who can defeat Kira when he runs into...
#5 - Sheer Heart Attack, Part 2
Season 3 - Episode 24
Koichi manages to survive because Echoes Act 3 made Sheer Heart Attack heavy, but then the murderer, Yoshikage Kira shows up! Feeling intense anger against the murderer, Koichi fights Kira with Act 3, but doesn't stand a chance. Kira is infuriated by the fact that Koichi made a fool of him in public, and lets loose on him, but...
#6 - Crazy D (Diamond) is Unbreakable, Part 2
Season 3 - Episode 38
Josuke and Hayato try to force Killer Queen and Stray Cat into close-quarters combat by going into a nearby house. However, air bullets start to show up in the house. Josuke tries to dodge them by throwing around ash from an ashtray so he can see where they are going, but for some reasons, the air bullets keep chasing after Josuke. There's no way that Kira should be able to see them from the outside, so Josuke and Hayato start panicking...
#7 - Long Travels, Goodbye My Friend
Season 2 - Episode 48
Because of Polnareff's miraculous, life-risking trick, Jotaro is finally able to land a blow onto Dio. The injured Dio tries to escape within the stopped time. Jotaro tries to finish him with a rush attack, but that was the escape route that Dio was looking for. Before Dio lies the shriveled body of Joseph Joestar. Jotaro is enraged by Dio, who has now healed, and wages his final battle with Dio within stopped time!
#8 - D'Arby the Gambler, Part 2
Season 2 - Episode 35
D'Arby prepares his and Jotaro's game of poker by splitting up Polnareff and Joseph's souls into six poker chips each he will use to bet with, giving Jotaro a set of six to represent his own soul. Jotaro shows off how precise Star Platinum's eyesight is by predicting the deal of the cards, and catches D'Arby as his about to cheat by second dealing, leading Jotaro to pick a boy near the café to deal for them. Jotaro loses three chips in his first hand against D'Arby, and in the second hand D'Arby is dealt four kings, but Jotaro appears to have not once looked at his cards. D'Arby begins to worry, as he knows the boy and everyone else in the café are in his employ, and the boy is sure he has dealt Jotaro a bum hand, but Jotaro raises all of his soul and Avdol's soul on his bet, while using Star Platinum to get himself a cigarette and a drink. D'Arby believes he is bluffing, seeing his bet and raising it, betting the rest of Jotaro's soul and all of Joseph and Polnareff's souls. Jotaro sees his bet with Kakyoin's soul and then raises with the soul of his mother Holly. D'Arby, unsure if Jotaro has managed to use Star Platinum to change out all of his cards to a better hand, mentally folds as he goes catatonic. All of the souls he won in bets are released, allowing Joseph and Polnareff to recover as Avdol looks at Jotaro's cards, realizing that he had been dealt a bad hand. Jotaro admits he never once looked at his cards to keep his cool, but laments that they will not be able to interrogate D'Arby for information on Dio.
#9 - Yoshikage Kira Just Wants to Live Quietly, Part 2
Season 3 - Episode 22
Yoshikage Kira was the killer hiding in Morioh and is also a Stand user. Shigechi finds out this secret, so Kira tries to dispose of him, but Shigechi fights back with Harvest. However, because of Kira's Stand, Killer Queen, he suffers a mortal wound and loses. Shigechi manages to get away from Kira and tries to find Josuke so he can tell him about Kira and be fixed by Crazy Diamond.
#10 - The Ascendant One
Season 1 - Episode 26
JoJo's victory, along with his arm, is cut short when Kars manages to survive the volcano by forming a shield of air bubbles to protect him from its deadly lava. It is explained how Kars (and the other Pillar Men) was a member of a fourth race of humanity who lived underground, which he exterminated when his desire for power led to the creation of the Stone Mask. JoJo attempts to fight back, but becomes shocked to discover that Kars has also learned how to use the Ripple, and at a potency one hundred times more powerful than JoJo's, causing the boy's leg to start melting away. As Kars prepares to kill JoJo using his Ripple, JoJo subconsciously holds up the Red Stone of Aja just as Kars is about to strike, causing the island to erupt, launching both JoJo and Kars into the sky. Distracted by JoJo's severed arm hitting him, Kars is launched further into the sky by volcanic debris, pushing him outside of the Earth's gravitational pull. On the chunk of Earth that had dealt the final blow, JoJo finally rests. Stroheim, watching on in horror, realizes the inevitable. Eight hours later, he informs Speedwagon of he events. And on February 28, 1939, Joseph Joestar is pronounced dead...or is he?
#11 - Young Caesar
Season 1 - Episode 20
Lisa Lisa tells JoJo of Caesar's childhood, in which he took to crime at a young age after being abandoned by his debt-ridden father, Mario. However, when Caesar turned 16, Caesar came across the wall containing the Pillar Men, which was booby trapped by Kars. Mario saved Caesar from the trap, getting absorbed into the wall, but lived long enough to tell Caesar find Lisa Lisa and learn the Ripple. As Caesar arrives at the hotel, he is attacked by Wamuu, who is using streams of moist air to both protect him from the sunlight and reflect the light around him. Caesar launches an attack on Wamuu after he drags Messina into the hotel, but Wamuu manages to retreat inside the hotel, prompting Caesar to go in after him. Using a series of refractive bubble lenses, Caesar manages to redirect the sunlight inside the hotel to pin down Wamuu. However, Wamuu takes advantage of the split-second the sun is blotted by Caesar's attack to deliver a critical counter attack. Too injured to continue for the fight, Caesar uses the last of his strength to steal the piercing containing the antidote for the ring around JoJo's heart. He then uses his Final Ripple to create a blood bubble to deliver the piercing and his bandana to JoJo before being crushed by the collapsing ceiling. Wamuu, finding Caesar's fight and loyalty to be admirable, allows the bubble to remain. JoJo and Lisa Lisa are attracted to the hotel after Messina does not return, and unknowingly see the light of Caesar's Final Ripple. They discover the state of the hotel, finding the bubble with the antidote and Caesar's scarf, and soon realize that Caesar has died, and weep over the loss of their friend and ally.
#12 - Dio's World, Part 2
Season 2 - Episode 46
The battle is taking place in the city of Cairo at night. Joseph and Kakyoin are running from Dio as they fight, and Jotaro and Polnareff chase after Dio as they fight. Amidst all of that, Kakyoin says he has a way to figure out what Dio's Stand actually is. Dio, who was chasing after Kakyoin when he falls into Hierophant Green's trap, and then...
#13 - Another One Bites the Dust, Part 1
Season 3 - Episode 35
After being cornered, Kosaku Kawajiri gets rid of Hayato. Though he made it look like an accident, Rohan and the others have spotted Hayato, and were coming to the Kawajiri household the next day to ask him some questions. At this rate, he's going to be found out and caught... Kawajiri fell into despair when suddenly, Yoshihiro's arrow suddenly stabs him...
#14 - Crazy D (Diamond) is Unbreakable, Part 1
Season 3 - Episode 37
Hayato's plan to kill Kira with Stray Cat's air bullets failed. Kira realizes that Hayato has repeated the same morning numerous times, and realizes that it's becoming dangerous for Hayato to repeat the same morning any longer, and considers undoing Bites the Dust. Kira truly believed that fate was on his side, and then he showed up...
#15 - The Warrior of Wind
Season 1 - Episode 23
Launching his Final Mode attack, Gathering Gale, which starts peeling away his own body, Wamuu begins firing a stream of wind capable of cutting stone towards JoJo. After a failed attempt at attacking him with a firebomb, JoJo strikes at Wamuu with Caesar's flaming bandana, which Wamuu shreds with his wind. However, this is all parts of JoJo's plan, as both the oil from the bomb and the burning embers of Caesar's bandana are breathed in by Wamuu, causing him to explode from the inside. Deciding Wamuu's wounds from the Ripple are fatal, JoJo gives him some of his blood to ease his passing as a sign of respect, similar to the respect Wamuu showed Caesar. When the other vampires suddenly attack, Wamuu uses the last of his strength to kill them, not wanting them to interfere until the end. Upon Wamuu's request, JoJo drinks the antidote from his ring, allowing Wamuu to pass away with no regrets. It is soon time for Lisa Lisa's battle with Kars, with Lisa Lisa apparently getting the upper hand with her Ripple-infused scarf. However, Kars cheats by using a body double before stabbing Lisa Lisa from behind, showing no respect for the honor of battle unlike his compatriate Wamuu. After claiming the Red Stone of Aja for himself, Kars sends his vampire army after the weakened JoJo. However, he is rescued by Stroheim and his men, along with Speedwagon and Smokey, who use ultra-violet lights to fight off the vampires whilst JoJo goes to face Kars. As Kars uses Lisa Lisa to force JoJo into a vulnerable position, Smokey reveals that Lisa Lisa is in fact JoJo's mother.
#16 - The Miasma of the Void, Cool Ice, Part 2
Season 2 - Episode 43
After a long, hard journey, they are faced with a sudden goodbye of a friend. Because it's so sudden, Polnareff can't control his emotions. He starts brandishing his sword toward the unseen enemy with very little success.
#17 - A True Warrior
Season 1 - Episode 22
Before the match begins, it is revealed that during each lap, there will be a different weapon for whoever can grab it from a pillar first. JoJo manages to get a headstart by obstructing Wamuu's wheels with rubble, allowing him to get ahold of a sledgehammer. However, Wamuu grabs hold of the pillar itself, forcing JoJo to abandon his chariot, though JoJo manages to use the hammer to avoid getting trampled by Wamuu's horses. Wamuu launches an attack on JoJo by hiding in his horse, but JoJo manages to use his cunning to turn his sandstorm attack against him with the Ripple. In order to regain his focus, Wamuu gouges out his own eyes and grows a horn that can sense the wind in its place. As the second lap offers a pair of crossbows, JoJo ends up picking one that is too big for him to use whilst Wamuu uses the wind to guide his shots with the smaller crossbow, managing to hit JoJo's sides with a reflected shot. As he is thrown to the ground, he uses the momentum of the fall to cock his crossbow without the others noticing. JoJo appears cornered, but manages to hit Wamuu with a ripple-charged shot from his crossbow by distracting his senses with pebbles. Wamuu makes a desperate last attack by firing his severed arms at JoJo to cut off his breathing before gathering up wind for his final attack.
#18 - The Emperor and the Hanged Man, Part 1
Season 2 - Episode 10
The Joestar group arrives in Calcutta, India, and after an encounter with the local beggars the group stops at a nearby restaurant to relax. After having an unfortunate meeting with a pig in the restaurant's toilet, Polnareff sees a Stand in the mirror, and realizes that it must be J. Geil's Stand the Hanged Man. He smashes the mirror before the Stand gets too close, and afterwards decides he should hunt down his sister's killer on his own, despite Avdol's warnings that they should remain together. Elsewhere, Hol Horse, another of Dio's assassins, bids farewell to a young woman who wishes to marry him, lying to her that they will see each other, again. He is off to meet J. Geil himself, and the two agree to kill Polnareff first, after J. Geil baited him so well, planning to use their Stands the Emperor and the Hanged Man in combination. The next day, as Joseph and Avdol worry that Polnareff has truly gone off on his own, Polnareff finds a local who has seen J. Geil, and points to the man nearby with Hol Horse. As the rainy sky clears, only Hol Horse remains, shocking both the old man and Polnareff. Hol Horse introduces himself and taunts Polnareff by saying, "The gun is mightier than the sword" (銃は剣よりも強し Jū wa ken yori mo tsuyoshi). Polnareff demands to know if he knows J. Geil, and Hol Horse says he came with him, before saying he will kill Polnareff, who doubts Hol Horse's powers. The two taunt each other more, with Hol Horse revealing that his Emperor is the gun that is mightier than Silver Chariot's sword. Hol Horse fires a round off with the Emperor, and Polnareff has Silver Chariot discard its armor to become faster, only for the bullet to change trajectory around Silver Chariot's sword, revealing that it too is a part of the Emperor. Just as the bullet is about to strike its mark, Polnareff is saved in the nick of time by the arrival of Avdol, who realizes the bullet is arcing back. He summons Magician's Red to stop the bullet, and while Joseph and Jotaro cannot find him, Kakyoin arrives on the scene just as the Hanged Man stabs Avdol from the reflection in a rain puddle behind him and the Emperor's bullet strikes him in the forehead. Hol Horse is pleased, as they felt that Magician's Red would have been too formidable an opponent for himself and J. Geil, and Kakyoin is in shock that Avdol has died so easily. Polnareff seems angry that Avdol interfered as he did, but Kakyoin soon realizes that Polnareff's anger is only a front for his true feelings of sorrow towards their friend's senseless death.
#19 - Sheer Heart Attack, Part 1
Season 3 - Episode 23
Jotaro and Koichi try to track down the owner of the button and run into the murderer, Yoshikage Kira and his Stand, Killer Queen's bomb, Sheer Heart Attack at Centipede Shoes. Koichi wants to go after Kira, but Jotaro tells him not to. However, Koichi isn't satisfied with Jotaro's decision and decides to act on his own, right when Sheer Heart Attack attacks again..
#20 - Gold Experience
Season 4 - Episode 1
In the year 2001, two years after the events of Diamond Is Unbreakable, Koichi Hirose travels to Naples, Italy, having been tasked by Jotaro Kujo to search for a boy named Haruno Shiobana.
#21 - Dio's World, Part 1
Season 2 - Episode 45
Polnareff finally comes face to face with Dio. Despite the hostility towards him, Dio tells him that he'd forgive him and will allow him to join him again. Polnareff refuses the offer, but for some reason, cannot get any closer to Dio. He unleashes Silver Chariot to at least try to reveal the identity of Dio's Stand. Right when it was about to clash with Dio's Stand, The World, the wall breaks behind them and the ones who appeared were...
#22 - The Birth of a Superbeing
Season 1 - Episode 25
Kars demonstrates his new powers, turning his hand into a flesh-eating squirrel that deals damage to Stroheim. The sun rises, killing the rest of the vampire minions, but Kars remains standing, immune thanks to the power of the stone. JoJo grabs the stone and runs off with Smokey to lure Kars away from the others whilst thinking of a plan. Leaving Smokey behind before he can tell him about Lisa Lisa, JoJo boards a plane to lure Kars away further. JoJo theorises he may be able to beat Kars if he drops him into a volcano and heads towards a volcanic island. As Speedwagon attempts to stop JoJo by telling him about Lisa Lisa, the feathers that Kars had launched on JoJo's plane turn into pirahnas which cause the plane to start crashing. JoJo uses his parachute to lure Kars into the path of the plane as it heads towards the volcano's crater. Kars attempts to escape but Stroheim arrives to stop him, rescuing JoJo from the plane before it crashes into the lava, which starts melting Kars. JoJo and Stroheim believe they have finally won, as Kars is now being defeated by the very Earth that birthed him.
#23 - The First Mission From the Boss
Season 4 - Episode 9
After being promoted to capo, Bucciarati and his gang are tasked to protect the boss' daughter.
#24 - The Deeper Plan
Season 1 - Episode 17
Lisa Lisa explains to Joseph and Caesar how the creator of the Stone Mask, Kars, is seeking a perfectly cut Red Stone of Aja known as the Super Aja to power the Stone Mask and become the ultimate lifeform. When her assistant Suzi Q comes in with a ruby necklace, Lisa Lisa reveals she herself possesses the Super Aja, capable of amplifying the light of the sun into a powerful beam. Joseph says they should destroy the stone, but Lisa Lisa reveals that even though Kars seeks it out the Super Aja is needed to defeat the Pillar Men, as well. With a week left until the rings inside Joseph dissolve and kill him, Lisa Lisa pits Joseph and Caesar against Loggins and Messina respectively for their final lesson. However, when Joseph reaches his destination, he finds Loggins has been killed by Esidisi. Angered, Joseph decides to confront the Pillar Man over a bed of spikes. Thanks to an intricate trap, Joseph manages to use a wire set-up on Loggins to sever Esidisi's arm. However, Esidisi manages to repair himself by taking Loggins' arm before attacking Joseph with his burning blood. Despite nearly falling for a trap himself, Joseph manages to ensnare Esidisi in conductive wool thread and hit him with the Ripple, managing to destroy him and retrieve his antidote, safely dissolving the ring around his neck. Relieved, Joseph heads back to the castle, unaware that Esidisi's brain is clinging onto his back.
#25 - The Final Ripple!
Season 1 - Episode 9
As Dio falls following his battle with JoJo, he decapitates himself before the ripple reaches his head, which is recovered by his zombie servant Wang Chung. Meanwhile, with the Stone Mask destroyed, JoJo marries Erina and they head off on a honeymoon to America on a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean. As JoJo and Erina enjoy their cruise, JoJo discovers that Wang Chung has snuck aboard, meaning Dio is still alive. As JoJo comes face to face with Dio, who wants his body to replace his own, Erina arrives on the scene just as JoJo receives a near-fatal attack to his neck. Meanwhile, the ship starts to run amock with zombies after Wang Chung spreads the infection. Using the last Ripple energy he has, JoJo manages to decapitate Wang Chung, making his body obstruct a piece of the cruise ship's mechanism, setting the ship on a path to explosion. As Erina resolves to die by JoJo's side, JoJo tells her to live on so she can protect a baby whose mother was killed. As the ship starts to explode, Dio makes a last ditch attempt to take JoJo's body, but JoJo stops him, passing away with Dio's head in his arms whilst Erina and the baby hide in Dio's bomb-proof coffin to protect them from the explosion. Erina is eventually rescued near the Canary Islands a day later, and vows to pass on the truth of what happened on that night, 8 February 1888, through the generations, starting with the child she conceived with JoJo before his untimely death.