JoJo's Bizarre Adventure celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2017, and it is gearing up to celebrate even more so in 2018.
Announced during Jump Festa 2018, series creator Hirohiko Araki will be holding a special exhibit for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure in Japan with new hand-drawn art works.
The exhibit, titled "Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition: Ripples of Adventure," will be held at the National Art Center in Tokyo next Summer. The exhibit will display many images of his famous characters over the years and Araki announced that he will produced new work for the exhibit as well.
The exhibit is only the second time a single manga author has had an exhibit in the National Art Center, with the last exhibit celebrating the works of the influential Osamu Tezuka 28 years ago. Araki celebrated the exhibit back at Jump Festa with handwritten flyers featuring the following words from Araki himself, "It's a real honor to have the privilege of displaying the JoJo 30th anniversary compilation in front of everyone in a very prestigious place."
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure also celebrated its anniversary with a Japanese exhibit earlier in 2017. The "Hirohiko Araki Key Frame Exhibit JoJo Exhibit in Morioh, S City" ran in Sendai from August 6 to September 10 and included many art works from across all eight parts of the series.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has been running for so long, it's no stranger to bizarre censorship either with one recent anime censoring Jotaro's cigarette smoking from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders.
For those unfamiliar with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the series was originally created by Hirohiko Araki. It follows the story of the Joestar family, who are each destined to take down various supernatural enemies. The series has been split up into eight parts, with each part following a different generation of the Joestar family. The series was first published in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1987, and is currently the second longest running series in the magazine with over 121 volumes.
The series has sold over 100 million copies and is the best-selling manga series in history and has been licensed for an English language release by Viz Media. The series has spawned multiple anime, video games, toys, and even jewelry. The series currently has an anime adaptation that began in 2012 and has run for over 100 episodes and spans the first four major arcs of the series.