Learn English via JoJo's Bizarre Adventure!
posted on by Amanda Ellard
Not your conventional textbook, the Learn More English in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2 book is available for pre-order now and set to ship on August 26. The first book, Learn English in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, came out on October 24, 2014 and both editions, listed for 1,080 yen (US$11) each, are created by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's author Hirohiko Araki. Their English translations were overseen by Marty Friedman, the former lead guitarist for Megadeth who worked in Japan since 2003.
The goal of the project is to "learn English while having fun." The first book is divided into four sections, covering Memorable Scenes, Emotions, Heroes and Villains. It reads as mostly translations of major moments and lines taken from parts 1-4 of the JoJo manga. The second edition, however, covers scenes from part 6 Stone Ocean and part 7 Steel Ball Run and includes sections of Grammar Explanation, Foreign Words in English, Adjectives Ending in -ed, Future and Past Tense, To Get the Hang of "Be" is to Get the Hang of English!, and Subjunctive Past. It also includes different specific topics, such as Marriage Vows and Travel English Dialogue, and is supposed to provide a wide range of English grammar knowledge when combined with the first book.
In regards to the series, Friedman writes,
I am very honored to be able to participate in the second edition of the "JoJo × English" series. Because Learn English in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure had a good reputation, I am very happy. I think that in learning a foreign language, "having an interest" and "thinking you want to know" are the "key to the treasure." I think it has become an inexpensive, ideal book for the JoJo fan. Also, because it has "deep" conversation different from the usual content in JoJo works, I think you will be able to speak about things regarding the profound place of human life. By all means, please enjoy and read this deep expression.
The first JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime aired from October to April 2012 and adapted part 1-2 of the manga. Since then a second season covering the third arc aired in 2014-2015 and a third season adapting the fourth part started in April 2016. The manga first ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1986 until it was transferred in 2005 to the monthly Ultra Jump.
Source: Amazon Japan