JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: How Stone Ocean Changed Stand Names For English Release

One of the biggest changes that takes place when JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is translated into English is that the names of certain characters and Stands has to be changed as a result of potential copyright issues. With previous seasons seeing Stands such as Notorious BIG, Pearl Jam, and Gold Experience changed to Notorious Chase, Pole Jam, and Golden Wind for both the English subtitles and English dub, the latest season of the anime franchise created by Hirohiko Araki has made similar changes to the names of their biggest characters, with a few, in particular, being pretty hilarious.

Much like Giorno Giovanna’s Stand in Golden Wind, Jolyne’s Stand was given the name of Stone Ocean in the English translation but was actually called Stone Free in the original Japenese series. On top of this, Jolyne’s friends had to receive similar changes, albeit much more drastic ones in order to skirt the potential problems that would arise from keeping their original names. Ermes Costello, the fellow prisoner of Green Dolphin Street Prison, was able to keep her original name in the English translation, but her Stand, Kiss, had to be changed. Of course, Ermes’ Stand is named after the prolific rock band that has been touring the world for decades, instead being called “Smack,” though the Stand’s wild power remains.

Jolyne’s other ally, Foo Fighters, is actually a Stand themselves, but in the English translation, is referred to as “F.F.” which allows them to dodge any issues as well. Another of Jolyne’s newfound friends, Weather Report, gets a name change in the form of Weather Forecast though this one ultimately seems unnecessary but better safe than sorry.

The enemy Stands that Jolyne and her friends run into all have some major changes made to their names with Marilyn Manson Debt Collector, Goo Goo Dolls, Manhattan Transfer, and Whitesnake being changed to Mary Lynn Manson Debt Collector, G.G. Dolls, Downtown Transfer, and Pale snake to name a few. As the series continues into the future,

While the following Stands haven’t been confirmed to arrive in the future of Stone Ocean, if the anime adaptation continues to follow the trajectory of its source material, expect the likes of Limp Bitzkit, Earth Wind Fire, Jail House Rock, and Stairway To Heaven to all receive name swaps. Hilariously enough, Limp Bitzkit specifically received a name change in the video game, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, that touted it as “Flaccid Pancake,”


What is your favorite JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure name swap? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of the Joestars.

from Ultimate Comic Blog

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