Hirohiko Araki (The Bizarre Adventures of JoJo) speaks of the creation of God Brando


Published on Mar 12, 2020


The creator of The Bizarre Adventures of JoJo, Hirohiko Araki, has been interviewed by the literary magazine japanese Kotoba on its number of spring of 2020 with regard to the way in which he manages to create memorable villains; and he cited a number of key aspects that were important for the creation of God.

The root of evil is in horror: God is a bad impressive because of his grudge against the family Joestar spans generations. He's a vampire, immortal, and even when he is defeated, he returns to stalk the descendants of Jonathan Joestar.

Araki says that he wondered what the terrified of the most, that there was a curse that transcends time rather than an enemy with powers, invincible, or a predisposition to violent.

“Evil” is irresistible for a reader when it seems incomprehensible, mysterious: there is a sort of desire to try to understand the philosophy espoused by a wicked man whose actions are impossible to predict.

The adventure stories revolve around the mystery and other things that seem to be beyond the understanding of people in normal society, so it is logical that the bad guys, which represent an obstacle to be overcome, are full of mystery.

Araki also mentions a series of titles that have influenced the creation of his stories and have helped to “prepare the scene”, so to speak, for the typical bad guys of Araki: the silence of The lambs, directed by Jonathan Demme, about a serial killer whose very existence is scary because there is uncertainty about when it will kill again, and what drives him exactly to kill. The series of the manga Ushijima the Loan Shark portrays the charismatic criminal so that the reader can not help but to get involved in spite of you object to their actions in each stage of the process.

Araki also mentions different villain in the film who have had a strong impact on him. He cited the film Frost / Nixon, directed by Ron Howard, for showing the former president of the United States Richard Nixon as the type of person who uses mind games in an attempt to remove yourself from the sins.

He also praised Hereditary – The roots of evil, directed by Ari Aster, for having interpreted the existential fear caused by a curse from the supernatural that haunts those who dare to talk about it. Finally, he praised the Joker, directed by Todd Phillips, he also played the evil as a product of the society from which it came, describing it as “symbolic” of the current era.

Araki had previously been interviewed by Kotoba on the influences it has received from the stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Araki had claimed to have learned the fundamentals of the narration by Sherlock Holmes, in particular, the narrative structure and how to create charismatic characters.

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