Japan is known for being a country that is not too well-versed in English, but the country really is trying, from moe-style anime teachers to actual anime or video game characters helping out to teach. One of these anime series teaching Japanese English is Jojo’s Bizarred Adventure, and they will be releasing their second English book later this month, titled “Learn More English in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2”.
This is actually a follow-up book to a one released back in October 2014, and much like the first book, its translations were supervised by one of rock’s biggest legends, former Megadeth lead guitarist, Marty Friedman, who has been working in Japan since 2003.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a lot of fun to read, and the goal of the book is to “learn English while having fun.” According to ANN:
The first book is divided into four sections, covering Memorable Scenes, Emotions, Heroes and Villains. It reads as mostly translations of major moments and lines taken from parts 1-4 of the JoJo manga. The second edition, however, covers scenes from part 6 Stone Ocean and part 7 Steel Ball Run and includes sections of Grammar Explanation, Foreign Words in English, Adjectives Ending in -ed, Future and Past Tense, To Get the Hang of “Be” is to Get the Hang of English!, and Subjunctive Past. It also includes different specific topics, such as Marriage Vows and Travel English Dialogue, and is supposed to provide a wide range of English grammar knowledge when combined with the first book.
Marty Friedman, who is also a huge fan of the manga series by Hirohiko Araki, said in a statement that:
I am very honored to be able to participate in the second edition of the “JoJo × English” series. Because Learn English in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure had a good reputation, I am very happy. I think that in learning a foreign language, “having an interest” and “thinking you want to know” are the “key to the treasure.” I think it has become an inexpensive, ideal book for the JoJo fan. Also, because it has “deep” conversation different from the usual content in JoJo works, I think you will be able to speak about things regarding the profound place of human life. By all means, please enjoy and read this deep expression.
While the first book has been out since 2014, the second book is slated for release on 26th August. Both editions would cost 1,080 yen.