JoJo's Kooky Quest (also known as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) is a TV series distributed by 4Kids Entertainment & David Productions. The series is the first English dubbed version of the popular Anime series, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and is targeted towards children rather than adults like the original series. JoJo's Kooky Quest was introduced as part of 4Kids' "4Kids 4Ever!" lineup as an ill-fated attempt to bring back 4Kids' success in the late 90s and early 2000s. All anime shows in the lineup were targeted towards teenagers and adults in their original incarnation, such as Magical Molly! (Madoka Magica) and Crazy Swordsman (Berserk).
The series started airing on August 16, 2014, on Cartoon Network every Saturday at 8:30. It ended on February 7th, 2015. A sequel series; JoJo's Kooky Quest: Star Fighters, started airing later that year. They also dubbed the sequels after that named “Dubs are unbreakable“, saying that they will continue the dub. The sequel after that was called “Golden breeze.”
A proper English dub premiered on Toonami on October 15, 2016.
The youth of a young boy named Jonathan "JoJo" Joestar living in England. JoJo's father adopts a boy named Dylan Brandon, who is a bully. After Dylan tries to send JoJo's father into the shadow realm with a disease, JoJo thwarts his plan and has him arrested. But after he escapes the police and turns into a vampire, Dylan shoots a laser at JoJo's father, sending him to the shadow realm. JoJo fights him, destroying their mansion in the process. After JoJo heals from his injuries, he encounters a man named Sir William Blimpington. Sir Blimpington teaches him how to use an ancient American fighting style called Ripple. Will JoJo be able to defeat Dylan and save the world?
- Episode 1: Dylan the Invader
- Episode 2: A Letter From the Past
- Episode 3: Youth with Dylan
- Episode 4: Ripple Overdrive
- Episode 5: The Bully Knights
- Episode 6: Tomorrow's Courage
- Episode 7: Successor of Sorrow
- Episode 8: JoJo vs Dylan!
- Episode 9: JoJo and Ellen's Honeymoon
- Episode 10: Joseph from America!
- Episode 11: King of Games
- Episode 12: Santa, the Pillar Bully
- Episode 13: JoJo vs the Ultimate Bully
- Episode 14: The Ancient Bully Warriors
- Episode 15: Joseph Stands Up to Bullying
- Episode 16: Lisa Lisa, Ripple Coach
- Episode 17: The Red Rock Candy
- Episode 18: Goodbot's Revenge
- Episode 19: Race For the Candy
- Episode 20: Carlos's Lonely Youth
- Episode 21: 100 vs 2
- Episode 22: Bully Warrior
- Episode 23: The Bully of Wind
- Episode 24: The Ties that Bind JoJo
- Episode 25: The Birth of the Superbully!
- Episode 26: The Final Battle!!!
Jonathan Joestar Edit
The main protagonist of this arc. Nicknamed "JoJo" for short, he is the son of George Joestar whose life turns to misery when Dylan enters the household and bullies him. After his father is banished to the Shadow Realm by the vampire Dylan, JoJo comes to learn the power of Ripple from Sir Blimpington. He finds out that the town of Windknights Lot has been sent to Dylan's dungeon, so he and his friends go to break them out. He defeats Dylan, sending him to the shadow realm, and marries Ellen, but during their honeymoon they are attacked by Dylan, who tries to send him to the shadow realm. but the ship is destroyed and JoJo is rescued by Fastcart. 50 years later, he is off somewhere going on an adventure.
Dylan "The Villain" Brandon Edit
The villain of the first arc, and of Star Fighters. A very bad bully, his father bullied him so he sent him to the Shadow Realm using the Shadow Virus. He is adopted by JoJo's father and bullies JoJo. He uses the Virus later to attempt to banish George Joestar, but his plans are thwarted by JoJo and he is arrested. He uses a mask to turn into a vampire and banish George, and fights JoJo, burning down the mansion in the process. He takes over the town of Windknights lot and sends its inhabitants to jail. He resurrects the zombies of Tankus and Clifford, the two worst bullies in history, to fight JoJo. JoJo tracks Dylan down and fights him. During their battle, he sends Dom to the shadow realm, but is ultimately banished there by JoJo. He escapes as a head, and attacks JoJo on his honeymoon. He tries to banish him, but sinks to the bottom of the sea. Nobody came to save him because he was a no-good bully.
Bobby Fastcart Edit
Bobby first appears as a bully attacking JoJo, but after JoJo stands up to him he becomes his friend. He reports Dylan to the authorities, and helps JoJo throughout his adventure by giving him advice. In part 2, he is rich and head of the Fastcart Foundation.
Sir William Blimpington Edit
A magician who teaches JoJo how to use the Ripple. In his youth he worked on a ship, but his father used the mask to turn into a vampire and banish the crew to the Shadow Realm. During the battle with Tankus, he is pulled into a portal to the Shadow Realm by his chains, but manages to hold onto the floor and give all his energy to JoJo before he is banished.
Ellen Pendleton Edit
A girl JoJo met when he was a kid and saved from bullies, including Dylan. She marries JoJo after he defeats Dylan, and she speed dials Fastcart to save them after the ship explodes and kills nobody. In part 2 she is Joseph's grandmother.
Joseph Joestar Edit
Jonathan's grandson from New York. His father and grandfather left when he was young to explore the world. He hates bullies, and picks fights with them a lot.
Cesar Blimpington Edit
Grandson of Sir Blimpington. He uses Ripple through his Mr. Bubble Bubble Bath. He fights the Pillar Bullies because they beat up his father. He is Joseph's rival, but realizes he has been bullying him and turns over a new leaf. In a battle with Whammo the Pillar Bully, he is banished to the Shadow Realm.
Lisa Lisa Edit
Joseph's ripple teacher and mother.
General Badbot/Goodbot Edit
A robot general in the American army, though he has a German accent. In the original, he was a human who becomes a cyborg later on, but in the 4kids version he was a robot from the start (why though? we're not sure). He starts out as a bully, who experiments on Santa, but after meeting Joseph Badbot becomes Goodbot. His robotics are damaged by Santa, but he is upgraded later with a Super Soaker built into him.
Car is the leader of the Pillar Bullies. He steals all the candy in the world, save for Lisa Lisa's Red Rock Candy. When he eats every candy in the world he will become the Ultimate Bully, and when he does, he gets cool powers and cannot be banished to the shadow realm, so Joseph throws him into space.
Ace D.C. Edit
One of Car's Pillar Bullies. During battle, he makes fun of Joseph by imitating crying and calls his opponents "widdle babies". He is able to create tentacles that shoot out lava. He has a pet brain monster that avenges his banishment by possessing Susan and attacking Joseph, but the brain is defeated.
A Pillar Bully who yells "Whammo!" when he punches people. He banishes Cesar and fights Joseph in a chariot battle, and ends up getting sand in his eyes during the fight, but still fights. He is defeated and banished to the shadow realm.
The first of the Pillar Bullies. He is awakened by General Badbot's experiments, but is banished to the shadow realm by Joseph.
A young African American boy who is bullied by cops, and winds up befriending Joseph. He is a rapper.
Jones Joestar Edit
A young boy who was bullied a lot as a kid, and now acts tough, but deep down, is really sad. He is sent to the time out zone when he banishes someone. He, however, was forced to banish them because of a mega-friend, who goes by the name star silver. An ultra friend is a being that you control, but if you are not brave of heart, like Jones, it can control you. When old Joseph and Abracadabra show him their mega-friends, he becomes brave of heart and goes home with them. Then, when Dylan starts slowly banishing Jones' mom to the shadow realm, They all go on an adventure to finally banish Dylan the villain to the shadow realm, defeating many bullies with bully mega-friends on the way.
There is heavy censorship, due to JoJo being a very violent series. Episodes often have nearly a minute of content cut. All deaths are written out, or replaced with banishment to the shadow realm, a concept introduced in 4Kids' dub of Yu-Gi-Oh. The original soundtrack is replaced with a new soundtrack. Many names are changed as well. Blood is edited out, though Dylan the Villain does "suck blood". There are almost no references to death, though zombies are allowed. Weapons are also censored: guns are replaced with sci-fi laser blasters, even Mr Cowboy's mega-friend, despite the show being set in the 19th century. Some guns are replaced with super soakers, or airsoft guns. Grenades and other explosives are changed to cartoonish cherry bombs and Loony Tunes style dynamite. A scene where Joseph peeps on Lisa Lisa bathing is removed, though she was still bathing in that scene. A one piece swimsuit is edited on her in subsequent scenes. Language is censored: the Japanese version uses swear words such as "shit" and "damn", these are removed, though Dylan does say "You suck!" in episode 8, with JoJo scolding his "foul mouth" afterwords. In the scene when Joseph gets his arm cut off by Ultimate Bully, the arm is said to be a prosthetic arm and the blood is fruit punch, since they were too lazy to edit it, because it was the final 1 or 2 episodes so they rushed and didn’t edit. Jotaro's name becomes Jones because most American viewers don't know the name Jotaro. Any scene where Jones is mean to someone was cut. Bastet's Maria was cut entirely for its sexual moments. In Sethan's Allesi, Young polnaref is given underwear and the bathing scene is cut entirely, making there only one part.
The series is rated TV-PG for violence, though almost all blood is removed. It is one of the most drastically changed 4kids dubs, due to the original series being rated TV-MA.