Among 20 world renowned artists and illustrators, mangaka of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Hirohiko Araki has been chosen to create one of the official art posters for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The photo above represents the poster titled « The Sky Above the Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa, » clearly in typical Araki style. The mangaka kept the iconic bizarre color palette, the defined body lines and also his original characters that we know very well. He even referenced the Japanese masterpiece Under the Wave off Kanagawa to mix and blend beautifully with the recent development of his artstyle. “I imagined the gods of sports descending on Japan from a sky filled with clouds resembling turbulent waves,” Araki comments.
The “gods of sports” as described by Araki are represented as two Paralympic athletes competing in a foot race above the clouds. Although their faces are not shown, they have striking resemblances to official JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure characters. The blonde racer was speculated to be a paraplegic form of DIO whereas the green haired character was imagined as Jolyne.
The poster doesn’t have any lack of JoJo references, as we can see subtle details that inevitably take us back to the series; such as the two hairpins on the green haired athlete’s hair each representing the stone mask from Phantom Blood and Giorno’s stand Gold Experience from Vento Aureo. Another reference from Vento Aureo is Narancia’s stand Aerosmith flying with the runners. One last detail to be seen is Killer Queen’s face on one of the bracelets “Jolyne” is wearing. All of these small, subtle details show Araki’s loyalty to his series and his outstanding creativity.
However, he wasn’t the only mangaka participating in this project. Monster and 20th Century Boys mangaka Naoki Urasawa was also alongside Araki presenting a manga based art poster.
The two mangaka’s artworks along with 18 others will be exhibited in the entrance hall of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo until February 16. The picture below shows Urasawa and Araki showing their artworks.
JET Press Team