What Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure taught me about Characters

Hello to all!

As I’ve said before, anime and manga are great sources of inspiration and lessons for writing and life.

However, there is one particular anime that has taught me quite a lot about writing, especially creating characters. That anime is…

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure!

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For those of you who don’t know, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure follows various members of the Joestar family through the supernatural battles and encounters they experience. Well, that’s the short version of it.

But there is something invaluable that this series has taught me about character creation and development.

Characters are meant to be flawed, and the story should be about them either overcoming those flaws, or learning to succeed despite them. Many of the characters from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, particularly the Joestar’s, are perfect examples of this.

For instance, take a look at the second protagonist of the series, as well as my personal favorite, Joseph Joestar.

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Joseph Joestar (Young)

The very first time we see him, he seems a little of the rough side. Sure, he has a sense of right and wrong, but he has little to no sense of restraint and acts without thinking most of the time. On top of that, he was incredibly reckless and confrontational, which showed when he first dealt with another character, Cesar Zeppelli.

However, as the series continues, he becomes more of a thinker, and begins to consider his actions more deeply, especially when it came to fighting the villains of the story, the Pillar Men.

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Joseph Joestar (Old)

Gradually, Joseph went from someone very hit-or-miss to one of my favorite anime characters ever. Granted, he still has some of his old habits as an old man in the third series, but he has certainly developed a lot into a great character from where he started.

And that is how characters should be. They should always develop and change through the events of the story and their interactions with other characters. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, in my opinion, shows this perfectly.

What do you think? Is there an anime you feel shows character development well? Tell me in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time, Stay Awesome!


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