JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 7: Steel Ball Run review

Apr 17, 2021
Steel Ball Run is what I would consider the perfect manga.

The story of part 7 is such a massive improvement from that of the other parts, it's hard to believe it's by the same artist. The setting of a race kept the pace of the journey consistent, meaning none of it dragged, and none of it was rushed. The way the characters' goals change as they learn more about what is going on behind the scenes of the race is extremely interesting.

The art is not only masterful, but also hugely creative. The detail put even into minor panels is phenomenal, even compared to some of the manga known for their detail, such as vagabond. The way Araki uses perspective and angles is something I've never seen in manga before. The panelling and action makes it so easy to read, which is why I read the whole part so quickly. The coloured scans online enhance the art even further, to what I believe is the best art I have ever seen in manga. It is barely comparable to the previous parts, which were still fantastic.

The cast of Steel Ball Run is a fraction of the size of the other parts, meaning we get to see much more in depth how and why they act, especially since their backstories are more plausible than, for example, Giorno's. This makes the story much more easy to invest in, as I was constantly worrying about how the protagonists would escape some situations.

My enjoyment was easily the most I have had out of any piece of fiction I have watched or read so far. The natural interactions, the occasional hilarious moments, a brilliant antagonist and much more all led to a fantastically immersive and emotional journey.

Everything considered, it is no surprise I am giving Steel Ball Run a perfect score. There is genuinely nothing I can criticise about this masterpiece. If anyone is considering reading Steel Ball Run, I highly recommend you do. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is now, having read this part, undoubtedly one of the greats in manga history.