2018 Hirohiko Araki JOJO Exhibition Ripples of Adventure


Hello, it’s Roo Garden here sharing about
experiences in Japan. Continuing from the JOJO x Mercedes Collaboration
in my last video, I am gonna tell you all about the main exhibition that celebrates
the 30 years anniversary of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Created by Mr. Hirohiko Araki, it is an on-going,.amazing
saga that focuses on different generations of the Joestar family. This Exhibition is held both in Tokyo and
Osaka. The current one in Tokyo ends October 1st
while the Osaka one starts from November 25th until January 14th, 2019. That’s right! It is still possible to attend! Links and my handy tips are in the video description. Comment if you need help and I probably can
help you out! Okay let’s get started! The Tokyo venue was set up like this. Pictures were only allowed in the photo spot
area. So I am afraid this video will be more like
a podcast. That is why I really recommend buying the
book which has 80% of the exhibition content. Check out the news article below for more
pictures. The original manuscripts were amazing of course
but and the complementing decorations and panels were also very beautiful. One big concern I had before going was should
I go when I am only familiar with the first 4 parts of the 8 part saga? Turned out it was really silly of me to be
concerned because an art exhibition is like music, you don’t have to know a lot to be
able to enjoy it. Of course, the more you know the better but
with my half arsed knowledge I still had a fantastic time. The Audio guide available in Japanese, English,
Chinese and Korean was very informative and I learnt more about Araki sensei’s approach
and creative process through this whole experience. The Japanese audio guide had commentaries
done by Araki sensei himself and I am just gonna share some comments I found memorable. Area 1 and 2 of the exhibition focused on
the Chronology of JoJo and the continuous conflict with DIO. Araki sensei talked about how when he started
JoJo he considered what would be the most scary thing to fight against. His conclusion was fate and destiny passed
down the generation that’s completely out of the characters controls. Through conquering this overwhelming burden,
the central theme “ode to humanity” shines through. Typically for Shonen Manga, there has to be
a happy ending where good conquers evil but Araki sensei believes that happy ending doesn’t
mean the hero always survives. It is still a victory even when the hero dies
because through saving a loved one and fighting for his ideals the legacy can be carried forward
to the next generation. It was ground breaking and still rare for
the protagonist to change in a Shonen Manga work. Area 3 focused on Stands and Araki sensei
mentioned how the best part of drawing is the ability to express non-visible and supernatural
things. That’s how the ripple, expressing the life
energy came about. When creating the Stardust Crusaders, he needed
something more interesting and created the whole Stand concept. “Stand” is an image produced by an individual’s
life energy, visualized with supernatural power. Using tarot cards as motifs, a vibrant array
of characters were born. About character design and visuals Araki sensei
said he deliberately aims for a fantastical reality feel. The clothes, accessories all reflect a part
of the character’s personality while the exaggerated body gestures and color choice
give the quirk making his work unique. He said he’s a great admirer of Clint Eastwood
and modeled Jotaro on Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry performance. Jotaro’s signature finger pointing pose
is pretty much paying respect to Client Eastwood with the gun, “Go ahead, make my day.” Araki sensei’s use of color is simply unforgettable
and he said he really spends time working out the best combinations. He said he’s particularly fond of this green
for Jotaro. But for all his color works, he is very mindful
about which color to be contrasted with which. I really enjoyed area 3 because it had all
the Stand users and Stands above the manuscripts. The decoration and wall covering were very
detailed. At the back were the collaboration works. So, the collaborator sculptor made life size
statues of main characters in their signature poses. The JoJo fashion design patterns created by
another collaborator are then projected onto the statues creating an illusion that they
were wearing these clothes. Araki sensei said when he first heard about
collaboration potentials with GUCCI he felt a bit apprehensive and wasn’t too confident. He felt fashion is meant to be cool and elegant
where as his work is more hot-blooded. One area was dedicated to the powerful battle
scenes in the work. Here, Araki sensei mentioned he draws the
battle scenes while listening to music and often is hyped up especially the battle scenes
often are the last parts before the manuscripts are due. Then it’s the climax of the exhibition. 12 original life size paintings! There were massive and the sense of drama
leaves a lot for the viewers’ imagination. The work as a whole is named There is Always
A Traitor. So when Araki sensei heard that the project
would require 12 paintings stringed together linearly, he got the image of the Last Supper
and from there developed the concept for this work. Other than DIO and Jotaro, who Araki sensei
feel best depict the good and evil, the other characters and 12 stands were decided based
on their silhouettes rather than popularity. He considered how to strike a good balance
on genders, hair styles and so forth. Because the work is so big, he wanted the
audience to feel the characters’ presence in reality. At the exhibition, a video was shown of Araki
sensei painting the works. It was really interesting because he said
that’s his first time creating such big works. And he wasn’t used to how the paint colors
separate and drips down due to gravity. I was just blown away by how gorgeous, sexy
and erotic some of the characters were. And I still have several unresolved questions,
one of which is why sensei did you put the stone mask there? What’s going on? There is no better time to be done with mankind
I guess. The visual collaboration work at the end of
the Exhibition was short but had a lot of impact. It was very JoJo with vibrant colors and flowing
streams of what seemed to me like veins or cells. They were kind of channeling and inter-winding
with each other. It’s really hard to describe. Just like the whole exhibition is really hard
to describe. There’s just a lot of details and information
that I can’t cover. I hope I managed to share a fraction of JoJo’s
awesomeness, especially to many fans who cannot attend such events. Would really appreciate your support. I am trying to reach 1000 subscribers so please
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19 thoughts on “2018 Hirohiko Araki JOJO Exhibition Ripples of Adventure

  1. I went twice over the past two weeks, and most of what you says lines up with the audio guide there, kudos to you for that.
    However, while I understand why you had the urge to film/take pictures and post them online, the 12 original life sized paintings were meant entirely for people who attended the exhibition, not for filming, and this was even stressed on the audio guide, and you took a lot of footage of things that had signs directly under drawings/paintings that specifically said not to.

    I think if you had a shred of respect for staff at the exhibit, and Hirohiko Araki, you absolutely should not have taken pictures/footage of what was only meant for the attendees eyes. At the MOST, you should only have taken footage from the booklet which shows the exhibits, which can be purchased at the end of the tour, and also the huge paintings on the wall leading up to the final exhibit rooms, which were approved for pictures. At least you didn't film the CGI stand animation at the end.

    Not cool my friend. Not cool at all.

  2. Hi, thank you for the video! I’m going to the Osaka exhibition soon and I was wondering if you think they would accept credit card (did Tokyo exhibition accept it)? Also, how can you tell whether the goods are stocked (in terms of the Japanese characters on the goods page)? Would appreciate any advice and thank you for the video!

  3. Hirohiko Araki is incredibly admirable. His style just screams charismatic. He makes bizarre color schemes mesh so well and pulls off the most unbelievable poses. Mad respect

  4. Very informative! I love Jojo’s and I’m sad I never will get to experience something like this.

    Sidenote: Your english is great!

  5. "But Araki sensei believes a happy ending doesnt always mean that the hero is alive"
    proceeds to zoom in on Jolyne and Bucciarati's face :'(

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