If you’ve watched JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, you might be familiar with the phrase “ZA WARUDO!”, which was featured in Stardust Crusaders. But, What Is “Za Warudo!”?
In this article, I will elaborate on what “ZA WARUDO!” is, and explain everything you need to know about it.
What Is JoJo’S Bizarre Adventure?
Written and Illustrated by Hirohiko Araki, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a Japanese manga-series, which was formerly released from 1987 to 2004. Its plot is divided into eight parts, with each introducing a new protagonist with the name “JoJo”. It is currently Shueisha’s second-largest manga-series with regards to volume-count.
Between 1993 and 2002, a 13-episode animated series adapting the manga’s 3rd part, Stardust Crusaders, was produced by A.P.P.P. In 2007, an animé film adapting the 1st part of the manga, Phantom Blood, was released in Japan. In 2012, an animé television series was produced by David Production, which was broadcasted on Tokyo MX. Since then, the studio has adapted five parts of the manga-series, with the 5th part, Golden Wind, ending broadcast in 2019.
JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure is notorious for its ravishing illustrations, poses, combats revolving around Stands, and manifestations with mystical abilities. It has become one of the best-selling manga-series in history, marketing over 100,000,000 copies. It is licensed by Viz Media in North-America, which has produced numerous English adaptations of the series since 2005.
What Is “Za Warudo!”?
“ZA WARUDO!”, also known as “THE WORLD”, is the phrase DIO uses to activate his Stand’s power, that is stopping time. It is also the name of his Stand and used to call it. This phrase is also used by Jotaro in the 4th and 5th part of the series, but with the addition of his Stand’s name; “Suta Purachinamu, ZA WARUDO!”
Being a humanoid Stand, Za Warudo has an elevated and muscular form. It resembles DIO with regards to appearance. It wears a headpiece that covers its face up to its nose – it somewhat resembles the Red Crown of Lower Egypt.
It wears small twin diving cylinders on its back, which are connected through twin-ridged cables with the rear of its headpiece. Both of its hands seem to have a clock-faced shape on them, while its chin, abdomen, crotch and knees are covered with hearts. Its footwear has a curved and pointed figure, similar to that of DIO’s outfit in the 3rd part.
Za Wurado is named after the Tarot card, The World, which is the final card in the Major Arcana, and symbolic of tectonic chance – the beginning of a new world order. Even before Za Wurado appeared, its supremacy alone instilled terror and devotion into DIO’s cohorts.
Za Wurado has no particular personality, albeit it sometimes smirks when beating others, demonstrating that it might be an unkind entity that finds contentment in inflicting agony.
Za Wurado’s cry is conveyed by DIO; “Muda, Muda, Muda!” – translates to “Useless, useless, useless!”, although Za Wurado itself doesn’t converse, and makes grunting noises when in combat.
Much like Suta Purachinamu, Za Wurado is an extraordinarily dominant close-range Stand, swaggering an effective manifestation range of almost 15 meters. Despite demanding close proximity to inflict damage, its intense forte and inevitable supremacy make it one of the most perilous Stands in the entire series.
Za Warudo has remarkable power, senses, precision and astonishing speed, being able to punch Kakyoin directly through his abdomen. Since it was victorious in a combat between the two, DIO claims that Za Wurado is even more resilient than Suta Purachinamu.
Za Wurado’s signature ability is its authority to stop time, permitting only itself and DIO to act within the duration of the Time Stop. During this time, DIO can move himself and any object that he desires to move, which permits him to strike his opponents, change positions and evade his adversaries. Any changes that DIO makes during this time will exist afterwards!
Another noteworthy aspect of Time Stop is that DIO can hover while the time is stopped since there are no authorities other the Stand’s, therefore, gravity doesn’t exist – this permits him to move freely in space. It is important to understand that DIO needs to be conscious when using Time Stop, thus, any surprise attacks can prevent his ability.
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