JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean’s Ending Explained

Promotional Poster for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean anime.

Stone Ocean culminated in a showdown of overpowered Stands, and a bittersweet ending. | via Netflix

by | Dec 11, 2022

The JoJo saga has (somewhat) come to an end with the conclusion of Stone Ocean, giving fans what might be one of the most polarizing and even confusing endings in the anime world. The show concludes with a face-off between Pucci and Jolyne (and her party), which rapidly culminates in time acceleration and the entire universe being reset. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has a reputation for going over the top, but even the Death Note ending does not seem as controversial compared to this one.

Well, it seems that some explanation is required when two forces with the ability to harness time collide, and we’re here to do just that. Continue reading to learn about the future of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean Was Erratic Right from the Start

While releasing the anime in three separate parts might not have been a great idea, it certainly left fans wanting more. Will at 38 episodes of the sixth incarnation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure finally available on Netflix, it might not be a bad idea to rewatch Stone Ocean right from the start to understand how things got this way (or you could just read our review).

This wasn’t the typical JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure ending where at least the main protagonist or the future protagonist survives. Pucci, the main antagonist of Stone Ocean, is victorious at the end. The man achieves literal god status with his evolved Stand “Made in Heaven”, giving him the powers to accelerate time and recreate the universe itself.

If you have not guessed it, yes, Jolyne is dead. So are Johari and Erie’s for the matter, ending the Joestar bloodline as we know it. At least the young Emporio survives, although he might not have wanted that.

As Pucci kills Jotaro and Ermes while fatally wounding Jolyne, Emporio is next in line to face his death. Jolyne attaches Emporio to a dolphin, allowing him enough time to escape by sacrificing herself. Poor Emporio then acts as a witness as Pucci literally resets the entire universe, and ends up finding himself back at the Green Dolphin Street Prison.

Pucci then explains this new universe to Emporio as a parallel universe where all the survivors of the previous universe have a feel for their fates, but those who died in the previous universe will not be returning. Pucci then goes on to tie loose ends by killing off Emporio, and tracking him to the latter’s Ghost Room.

Unbeknownst to Pucci, however, Emporio head onto Weather Report (or Weather Forecast)’s Stand disc, handed to him by Jolyne just before she died. Emporio then tricks the priest to insert the disc in his head and has the priest pay the price.

Pucci accelerates time again, suffers from oxygen toxicity, and is then plummeted by Weather Forecast’s stand to his death. This is not the end, however. These events trigger a second universe reset, with Emporio ending up finding himself at a gas station.

The kid comes across people who appear as the reincarnations of Jolyne, Ermes, and Anasui. Jolyne, or rather Irene, offers to take Emporio to meet his father. As Emporio gets a glance at Irene’s star-shaped birthmark: the mark of a Joestar, he tearfully introduces himself, joining her.

What the Future Holds for the JoJos

As you might have guessed, yes, the JoJo bloodline is not actually over. At least not according to the manga. Hirohiko Araki, the author of the manga, has already created Parts 7 and 8 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure saga. These are not, however, continuations of the original series.

After Emporio killed off Pucci at the end of Stone Ocean, the universe as we know it ended. This marked the end of the original JoJo universe, leading to the series being officially rebooted. The next two parts, titled Steel Ball Run and JoJolion, both take place in a completely new continuum, with no connection to the parts that preceded them.

The reboot is meant to bring the series back to its roots, with Stand battles you could actually follow. While Golden Wind’s protagonist had one of the most interesting Stands the JoJoverse had seen, you cannot deny that the previous few seasons have gone too far with these over-the-top battles.

I will not be spoiling anything about the future series’ characters or plot, but there’s one thing you can expect – the characteristic JoJo-style battles with Stands at the center of it all.