One of the weirdest anime and manga series out there is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. If I was going to boil it down, it’s about a bunch of dudes named after rockstars punching each other with their feelings.
And apparently it’s coming stateside, albeit with some frustrating, but understandable changes.
Localization is a tough job and sometimes it can go well in cases like Dragon’s Dogma and Earthbound, but sometimes things that work in one region simply won’t work in another due to language barriers (we’ve missed out on hundreds of crazy Japanese puns over the years) or even copyright issues.
In JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle, there are characters with names like Dio, Cars, ACDC and Vanilla Ice fight using such powers as Whitesnake, Paisley Park and Stone Free.
Unfortunately, the people who own all these names are pretty particular about how they get used. And that doesn’t include dudes punching each other with their feelings, I guess. The result is that these characters will end up with some other names that, as Siliconera writes, “fit with Hirohiki Araki’s intentions” without violating copyright.
As a huge fan of this strange, hilarious series, I’m excited to hear it’s heading stateside next year and simultaneously disappointed that there’s no way it can come out here without such changes. I just don’t see how the spirit of the game can remain intact with so many changes.
I’m also curious how a game based on a manga that’s been running for 27 years with little American exposure is coming over while games like Yakuza 5 are stuck in Japan with too many kanji for me to make sense of them.
Namco Bandai hasn’t given a specific release date, but we can start looking for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle in 2014.