Hirohiko Araki

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Hirohiko Araki : biography

From September 17 to October 6, 2011, the Gucci store in Shinjuku hosted the Gucci x Hirohiko Araki x Spur “Rohan Kishibe Goes to Gucci” Exhibition, a collaboration between the luxury Italian clothing brand, JoJo’s creator and the fashion magazine Spur. The exhibit celebrated the 90th anniversary of Gucci and featured a life-size figure of Rohan Kishibe, as well as numerous illustrations by Araki; including actual pieces of the brand’s own 2011-2012 fall/winter collection and his own original fashion designs. For Spur Araki drew Rohan Kishibe Goes to Gucci, a full-colour one-shot featuring Rohan Kishibe that ran in its October 2012 issue. Spur once again ran a JoJo spinoff by Araki, Jolyne, Fly High with Gucci starring Jolyne Cujoh from Part 6, in their February 2013 issue. A free English translation is available on Gucci’s Facebook page.

To raise awareness of the ongoing reconstruction efforts of the Hiraizumi ruins, that were damaged by the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June, Araki drew artwork depicting the ruins. A “Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition” opened in Araki’s native Sendai at the end of July 2012 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, it then moved to Tokyo in October.

Works

Hirohiko Arakis works

Manga

  • Buso Poker (1980)
  • Outlaw Man (1982)
  • Virginia ni Yohroshiku (1982)
  • Baoh (1984–1985)
  • Gorgeous Irene (1985–1986)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (1986–present)
  • Dead Man’s Questions (1999, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4 spin-off in Allman magazine)
  • Under Jailbreak, Under Execution (1999, collection of various one-shots)
  • Oingo Boingo Brothers Adventure (2002, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 spin-off)
  • Rohan au Louvre (2010, one-shot in Ultra Jump)

Hirohiko Arakis Exhibition

Other

  • Famicom Jump II: Saikyō no Shichinin (February 1991, seventh boss monster design)
  • Kamedas (1993, an alternate story of Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo, an illustration)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (November 4, 1993, novel written by Mayori Sekijima and Hiroshi Yamaguchi, illustrated by Araki)
  • JoJo 6251 (December 10, 1993, art and guidebook)
  • JoJo A-Go!Go! (February 25, 2000, artbook)
  • Music is the Key of Life (December 13, 2000, an album by Sugiurumn, cover)
  • GioGio’s Bizarre Adventure II: Golden Heart/Golden Ring (May 28, 2001, novel written by Gichi Ōtsuka and Tarō Miyashō, supervised and illustrated by Araki)
  • Life Ground Music (February 27, 2002, an album by Sugiurumn, cover)
  • Spy! Boy Alex series of Her Majesty the Queen (2002, cover)
  • Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo (2006, 30th-anniversary special illustration)
  • “Catwalk” (April 26, 2006, single by Soul’d Out, cover)
  • Uniqlo (2006, T-shirt design)
  • Fist of the North Star (2006, special tribute illustration in Weekly Comic Bunch)
  • Cell (September 7, 2007, front cover)
  • The Book: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day (November 26, 2007, novel written by Otsuichi, supervised and illustrated by Arashi)
  • “The Dancing Girl of Izu” (2008, cover)
  • “Breeeeze Girl” (June 24, 2009, a single by Base Ball Bear, a cover of the limited edition)
  • Naruto (2009, 10th-anniversary special illustration)
  • Shameless Purple Haze: Purple Haze Feedback (September 16, 2011, novel written by Kouhei Kadono, illustrated by Araki)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Over Heaven (December 16, 2011, novel written by Nisio Isin, cover)
  • Jorge Joestar (September 19, 2012, novel written by Ōtarō Maijō, illustrated by Araki)
  • Hirohiko Araki Works 1981-2012 (2012, artbook)
  • JoJomenon (October 5, 2012, artbook)
  • Stormbreaker (novel, illustrations for Fantasy Press)