Selected character designs from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future, a 1999 fighter from Capcom. The game is based on the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series, and this game is an update/extension to an earlier 1998 release from Capcom, simply titled JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. My version of MAME actually only works with the Heritage for the Future version, which is why I have this in 1999 instead of 1998. True to its name, JoJo not only has a bizarre adventure but a strange cast of characters, ranging from the flamboyant to the creepy to a dog smaller than Anita in the Darkstalker series.
Both versions of the game play similarly, but Heritage for the Future has additional characters, with a total higher than I could display here. I had trouble getting into the single-player version of the game. Make no mistake–it looks awesome on the CPS3 hardware, the character designs (as well as some graphical effects) are uniquely stylish, and the usage of the “Stand” spiritual aid system (which ties in to the JoJo storyline) adds a lot of variety to the combat. But the biggest draw of single player, the Story mode, pretty much demands that you be familiar with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure already to appreciate it, and I am not, so the actions of the characters–such as beating someone up to force them to escape from prison, or beating up a fellow teammate because they questioned your value to the group, or really, just beating anyone up for anything–usually went over my head.
Are these good games? Absolutely. They look great and play just as well. Having tried this out, I’m surprised I haven’t heard more about it in the competitive scene. But unless you’re already a fan of JoJo, some of the best artistic elements of the single player game (cutscenes and story) are likely to be wasted.
Recurring voice actors in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Quite a few seiyuus have the privilege of having voiced different important roles in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure over the years, and some of their contributions even go back as far as the 1992-1993 Drama CD series.
- Akio Otsuka (Solid Snake, Solidus Snake and Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid) played Mohammed Avdol in the Drama CD series (1992-1993). He returned to play Wamuu in the Battle Tendency anime (2012) and All-Star Battle (2013-2014).
- Shou Hayami (Sosuke Aizen from Bleach, Enrico Maxwell from Hellsing Ultimate and Kosuke Houji from Tokyo Ghoul) is probably the most recurrent seiyuu in JoJo, as he played Noriaki Kakyoin in the Drama CD series (1992-1993), Vanilla Ice in the Heritage for the Future game (1998-1999-2000-2012), as well as Enrico Pucci in All-Star Battle (2013-2014). Notice how these three characters have been Dio’s servants at some point or another.
- Mitsuaki Madono voiced a LOT of characters in the Heritage for the Future game (1998-1999-2000-2012) : Noriaki Kakyoin, Gray Fly, Forever, Rubber Soul and Steely Dan. He returned to play JoJolion’sJosuke Higashikata in All-Star Battle (2013-2014).
- Hochu Otsuka (Jiraiya from Naruto) played the young Joseph Joestar in the Heritage for the Future game (1998-1999-2000-2012). He returned to play Hol Horse in All-Star Battle (2013-2014).
- Norio Wakamoto (Cell from Dragon Ball Z, Alexander Anderson from Hellsing Ultimate and Charles zi Britannia from Code Geass) played Dio Brando in the Drama CD series (1992-1993). He returned to play Hol Horse in the second Stardust Crusaders OVA series (2001).
- Romi Park (Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist, Tao Ren from Shaman King, Temari from Naruto, Hanji Zoe from Attack on Titan, Ragyo Kiryuin from Kill la Kill) played Giorno Giovanna in the Vento Aureo PS2 game (2002). She returned to play Koichi Hirose in All-Star Battle (2013-2014).
- Rikiya Koyama (Yamato from Naruto, Frank West from Dead Rising, Rudolf Ushiromiya from Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Jack Bauer from 24) played Will A. Zeppeli twice : first in the Phantom Blood PS2 game (2006), then in the cancelled Phantom Blood movie (2007). He returned to play Yoshikage Kira in All-Star Battle (2013-2014).
- Miura Hiroaki played Panacotta Fugo in the Vento Aureo PS2 game (2002). He returned to play Joshuu Higashikata in All-Star Battle (2013-2014).
- Rika Fukami played Holly Kujo in the Drama CD series (1992-1993). She returned to play Enya Gail in the second Stardust Crusaders OVA series (2001).
- Kenji Utsumi (Raoh and Kaioh from Hokuto no Ken, Shenron from the Dragon Ball series) played the old Joseph Joestar in the Drama CD series (1992-1993), as well as Daniel J. D’Arby in the first Stardust Crusaders OVA series (1993). I made a post about him right here.
N'doul was originally planned to be playable in Heritage for the Future, but was scrapped late in development. You can find portraits used for things like Character Select and such for him in the game’s files.
His colors are weirdly dull compared to every other character, but that might just be a design choice. This theme is probably the calmest of all those representing characters.
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