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JoJo Season Six Is Happening — And It’s Stone Ocean!

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They’ve hinted at it, they’ve suggested it, but today was the day of confirmation: the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime will be adapting the Stone Ocean arc for its sixth season.

Stone Ocean is the first storyline in the series to take place in America, and the story introduces the first female JoJo, Jolyne Kujo (the daughter of Jotaro Kujo). As the season opens, she’s been framed for murder and thrown into a maximum security prison.

When Jotaro visits, he informs her of a sinister plot being set in motion by a set of Stand users who follow Dio religiously — and a key component of their plan is Jolyne’s own murder. One of them is also an inmate and figures her death will be easy to execute when they’re both confined there. Jolyne’s larger task is to stop the plans of the Dio cult, but to even start on that, her more immediate concern is to escape prison before she is assassinated.

It’s way too early to know who will be voicing Jolyne in the English dub, but in Japan actress Ai Fairouz has been cast. “I cannot live without [the] JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series and it is also what aspired me to take voice acting as a profession,” Fairouz said in a public statement. “I love and admire Jolyne as a character and her beautiful, strong nature gave me strength especially during my student years, so I am really grateful for the opportunity to voice Jolyne.”

Earlier this year there was a rumor swirling around that JoJo’s sixth season would actually adapt Steelball Run, an arc that took place outside of regular continuity and focused on Johnny, a paralyzed Joestar who has to find a way to compete in the equestrian Steelball Run race and win the prize (a granted wish). The competition itself stretched across the entire country and involved non-canon versions of classic characters from the series.

Kohei Ashiya, the lead animator of the most recent season, was asked about that rumor and shot it down, citing his lack of willingness to animate a ton of horses whose legs are constantly moving from all angles. So we’re getting Stone Ocean instead, but we’re not complaining.