Dio Brando first appeared in the initial arc of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Phantom Blood, becoming a vampire thanks to the mysterious stone mask that arrived on the scene. Making a comeback as the main villain of Stardust Crusaders, Brando has solidified himself as one of the most notable antagonists to spring from the mind of creator Hirohiko Araki. With Dio returning thanks to Stone Ocean flashbacks, one cosplayer has brought the creature of the night back from the dead.
Though the latest season featured a new villain that the latest Joestar needed to defeat, in order to not only clear her name but also save her father’s life, Dio made a surprising return via flashbacks that proved his past relationship with the prison priest known as Pucci. Implanting the idea of attaining heaven in Pucci’s head, Brando had quite a few heart-to-hearts with the wielder of Whitesnake, with the vampire also responsible for the priest gaining his Stand. While Dio has never been resurrected since dying at the hands of Jotaro during the Stardust Crusaders’ finale, his legacy will live on and is set to return in a surprising way in Steel Ball Run.
Dio’s Bizarre Adventure
Instagram Cosplayer Kirapika.Cos took the opportunity to resurrect Dio Brando and his Stardust Crusader aesthetic, with the vampiric villain introducing the Joestars to his Stand, The World, while also surviving the first part of the series by slapping his head onto the body of the Joestar that started it all, Jonathan:
While fans wait for Steel Ball Run to be confirmed for an anime adaptation, as this story following Johnny Joestar is the arc that follows Stone Ocean, the story has already played out in the pages of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s manga. While Dio isn’t resurrected in this alternate reality, a new Brando hits the scene in Diego Brando, a man who is at the top of his class when it comes to horse riding. Based on David Production bringing JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s anime to life for over ten years, many fans are crossing their fingers that when the anime returns, the studio will return as well.
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