Jojo’s Bizarre Manga Translation: “MudaMuda” or “NoUse”?
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Hirohiko Araki’s cult classic manga is enjoying a revival of sorts lately. The anime is streaming on Crunchyroll, and the first two story arcs, Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency were recently picked up for publication by VIZ Media.
But translating an iconic series like Jojo’s is not without its challenges. What started out as an observation over an unusual choice of Japanese-to-English manga translation turned into an extensive conversation and debate about adapting Japanese comics to appeal to both new readers and long-time fans.