In Part II: Battle Tendencies of Jojo's Bizarre Adventures, the long-running manga series (and more relevantly to me, its ongoing anime adaptation of the same name) we learn that the martial arts technique known as Hamon (or the Ripple) enhances longevity and youthfulness of users, with Joseph's teacher Lisa Lisa and Straizo being the most obvious examples of this use of Hamon. By the end of the installment, Joseph has mastered the use of Hamon to a great extent.

But then when we we see him again 50 years later in Part III: Stardust Crusaders, he's obviously nowhere near his prime, nor physically out of the normal range for a 67 year old, and most definitely looks his age.

On the other hand, his daughter Holly, who's supposed to be 45 at this time, looks almost as young as 50 year-old Lisa Lisa during Part II (and Holly's youthful looks are explicitly remarked on in the first episode of Part III, so I'm assuming it's deliberate and

given Lisa Lisa being Jojo's mom, I am also assuming there's a hereditary component to it if Holly benefits from it without being a Hamon user at all.

As such, why is Jojo so obviously aged, despite being a very proficient user of Hamon, while Holly looks young, despite her being not? (If my assumption about the reason for Holly's young looks is incorrect, please feel free to learn me :)

Is there any information in the manga, or from interviews or additional features from Araki?

  • Not everyone wants to live forever. – Valorum Jul 20 '14 at 16:53
  • @Richard Does that mean the manga says that the slowed aging thing is something they have to deliberately do, as opposed to a side-effect of being Hamon users/experts / the breathing technique? – Shisa Jul 20 '14 at 16:55
  • The wiki suggests that you need to engage in daily exercise to stay rippled and that users can reject harmful substances inside of them "by ejecting it from their bloodstream with the use of Hamon energy". Possibly failing to practice regularly or refusing to reject substances would cause the anti-aging to fail? – Valorum Jul 20 '14 at 17:00
  • @Richard Can you point me to where in the wiki this is said or maybe more importantly what the original source of that idea is? Couldn't find it... – Shisa Jul 21 '14 at 0:54

It's because Joseph hasn't been practicing his hamon for years after part 2. It's only if you continue your hamon training that you will age slower, or else, it will not work. Lisa Lisa, being a hamon master, hasn't age and still looks twenty. Straizo was in his seventies, like Speedwagon, but still looked to be forty.


Probably because he stopped practicing it after part 2. During part 3 in his fight against Empress, he said it was a long time since he's used hamon. After all, he's married and isn't a monk.

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