In every volume of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the front folded flap of the dust jacket usually contains a picture of Hirohiko Araki himself, and more than often a note to the reader. The quotes are always different from each other, and are usually about Araki expressing his opinion on certain subjects. These subjects can be about anything, including information about characters or the story itself. The following notes and pictures below are from the volumes of Phantom Blood.
Put simply, the theme of this work is "living". Through the two main characters, I want to examine two ways of living. It's all about singing the hymn of the battle between "human" and "non-human". This work was made for your enjoyment, I hope you like it. Without further ado...
It was New Year, around 20 years ago. My grandfather and I went to the cemetery to steal "takenohanasashi".* My grandfather then broke them into long, thin sticks and made me a 60cm kite. On the front of the kite, he painted in ink the character for "fly" (飛). The kite flew up high on a strong wind and so I had a lot of respect for my grandfather.
Take care always, Grandpa!
Takenohanasashi is a type of bamboo "vase" for putting flowers into found in cemeteries. These days they are usually plastic or ceramic.
I'm often asked by my friends, "If your house was on fire, what would you take?". Let me see... (time passes). Nothing! I wouldn't take a thing. Not my treasures, luxury goods, my Koseki autograph or even regrets. None of them. That's pretty sad. Well, I thought about it and searched for something desperately... There is one thing. What is it? You'll have to wait until volume 4 to find out.
My most valuable possession? That would be the 900 yen notebook, my diary for the two months between June and August 1979. I started this diary after reading the published diary of some writer. When I read this diary now, my past self, my friends from the past are all in there. I find it interesting and am moved to the point of tears.
I really enjoy reading fan letters. Often, they are filled with a whole lot of stuff not at all related to readers' thoughts about Jojo. Letter including things like self-profiles, school life and hobbies.
One thing I noticed above all, was that just as readers want to know the fate of Jojo, so too do I want to know what kind of people want to know about Jojo.