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Part VII: Steel Ball Run

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Part VII: Steel Ball Run
Volume 104
Japanese Name
Alternate Names
Steel Ball Run
Years Released
2004 - 2011
(JP 24 volumes, Vol. 81 - 104)
(SBR Vol. 1 - 24)
95 chapters, SBR Ch. 1 - 95
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Steel Ball Run (スティール・ボール・ラン Sutīru Bōru Ran?) is the seventh part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2004 and in Ultra Jump between 2004 and 2011.

Set in the U.S. in 1890, the story follows Johnny Joestar, a paraplegic ex-jockey and Gyro Zeppeli, master in a mystic art named the Spin, as they compete with a vast number of others in the Steel Ball Run race: A mad-dash across America for a grand prize of 50 million dollars.


The Steel Ball Run UniverseEdit

Steel Ball Run describes a new continuity apart from that detailed in Parts I-VI of the series.

On top of features core to JoJo such as Stands, the story is marked by many references to the original series.

Transition to Ultra JumpEdit

The story originally described as a "standalone alternative universe", after Chapter 23, Steel Ball Run transferred publication from Weekly Shonen Jump to seinen magazine Ultra Jump, upon which it was declared part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure canon.

In the monthly Ultra Jump, chapters are much longer. Perhaps coincidentally, between those chapters included in Volumes 7 – 8, Araki's style takes on greater realism.

Plot SummaryEdit


Press ConferenceEdit

The Steel Ball Run: Press Conference
For keeping English literature, Sandman is forced to flee his tribe. Momentarily outrunning pursuing horsemen; whilst escaping, another hand is seen separating from his right.

Away, in conversation with his sister, he indicates a multitude of perfectly hemispherical hand-sized depressions in a rock face; evidence of an impossible horseback leap; and the tool with which it is suggested that a white man made them.

He shows his sister a newspaper headline regarding the imminent Steel Ball Run race, with a grand prize of $50,000,000; as Stephen Steel holds a press conference, giving the race's basic rules.

Corroborating several substantial cash prizes; starting September 25th 1890, there, on the Pacific San Diego beach; the race's goal is New York, in a distance of ~6000km, and a projected duration of ~70 days. The rules include that changing horses is not allowed; and though crime is not, weapons may be kept.

Gyro Zeppeli is introduced as he registers his entry. A man reaches and touches a Steel Ball at Gyro's waist before he is somehow forced to the ground, and it is revealed that he had taken $20 from Gyro's entry fee.

Gyro ZeppeliEdit

Pocoloco is introduced as he notices the news of the race.

While he is being arrested, the thief continues to harass Gyro. Gyro offers a duel; and after striking his shoulder with a Steel Ball, when the thief attempts still to shoot him, his arm twists, and he shoots himself dead.

A man in a wheelchair observes that, incredibly, the Steel Ball was spinning throughout the event; and as he reaches and touches the same, still spinning Ball in Gyro's holster, he is raised to his feet.

In narration, the man introduces himself as Johnny Joestar; continuing, "This story is the tale of my beginning to walk"; or his growing into maturity.

Johnny JoestarEdit

Johnny reflects on his reason for coming to the race start line, and on his youth as a new horse-racing talent.

An episode is recounted when he takes a date to see a play, and he cuts to the front of the queue. The man there protests, and after Johnny bribes the doormen to remove him, he reapproaches to shoot Johnny in the back.

Johnny awakens in a dark hospital, and after crying out, an orderly beats him; revealing that his legs are paralyzed, and that no one has visited, as the end of his fame.

In the present; Johnny is amazed as he stands and then falls back into his wheelchair. Gyro leaves, and Johnny desperately pursues, demanding explanation. Gyro tells him that it was a simple reflex; but, reaching out, just before or just as Johnny again touches a Steel Ball, his arm twists, and he is hung at his fingers on a nearby rafter.

Johnny resolves to discover the truth of this "Spin", and to enter the race in Gyro's pursuit.

3 Hours to StartEdit

September 25, 1890 - 3 Hours to Start

(First race)Edit

First Stage: 15,000 MetersEdit

The Dried-Up River; Diego BrandoEdit

Pocoloco and the SandmanEdit

Crossing the ForestEdit

Long, Long DownhillEdit

Final StraightEdit

Final Straight 2,000 Meters Left

The Final StretchEdit

The Final Stretch 1,000 Meters Left


(Bonus) How the Race Got StartedEdit

~How the Steel Ball Run Race Got Started~

Disqualified from VictoryEdit

First Stage: Disqualified from Victory

Sheriff's Request to Mountain TimEdit

The Sheriff's Request to Mountain Tim

Across the Arizona DesertEdit

Across the Arizona Desert: Continuing Along the Shortest Route

The Desert Born OutlawsEdit

The Devil's PalmEdit

Gyro Zeppeli's MissionEdit

The Terrorist From A Far CountryEdit



Scary MonstersEdit

(Bonus) The Story of F. ValentineEdit

Third Stage: Cannon CityEdit

A Man's WorldEdit

The Green TombEdit

Catch The RainbowEdit

Catch The Rainbow (On a Stormy Night...)

Silent WayEdit

(Bonus) Untitled Stand ChapterEdit

Sugar MountainEdit

The Land of Promises: Sugar Mountain

Tubular BellsEdit

Wrecking BallEdit

The Victor's RightsEdit

Civil WarEdit

A Dream of GettysburgEdit

Both Sides NowEdit

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapEdit

Seven Days in a WeekEdit

Chocolate DiscoEdit

D4C (Part 1)Edit

SBR Chapter 66, SBR Chapter 67, SBR Chapter 68, SBR Chapter 69, SBR Chapter 70

Ticket to RideEdit

D4C (Part 2)Edit

SBR Chapter 73, SBR Chapter 74, SBR Chapter 75, SBR Chapter 76, SBR Chapter 77

D4C -Love Train-Edit

SBR Chapter 78, SBR Chapter 79, SBR Chapter 80, SBR Chapter 81, SBR Chapter 82

Ball BreakerEdit

Break My Heart, Break Your HeartEdit

High VoltageEdit

World of the Stars and StripesEdit

Stars and Stripes - OutroEdit

World of the Stars and Stripes - Outro

Characters & StandsEdit

Character Name Stand Name Role
Gyro Zeppeli Scan (w/ Left Eye)
Ball Breaker
Johnny Joestar Tusk Protagonist
Lucy Steel Ticket to Ride Ally
Hot Pants Cream Starter Ally (Prev. Neutral)
Mountain Tim Oh! Lonesome Me Ally
Wekapipo N/A Ally (Prev. Villain)
Stephen Steel N/A Ally (Prev. Neutral)
Pocoloco Hey Ya! Neutral
Norisuke Higashikata N/A Neutral
Mrs. Robinson N/A Villain
Andre Boom Boom Tomb of the Boom Villain
Benjamin Boom Boom Tomb of the Boom Villain
L. A. Boom Boom Tomb of the Boom Villain
Pork Pie Hat Kid Wired Villain
Oyecomova Boku no Rhythm wo Kiitekure Villain
Dr. Ferdinand Scary Monsters Villain
Ringo Roadagain Mandom Villain
Blackmore Catch the Rainbow Villain
Mike O. Tubular Bells Villain
Soundman In a Silent Way Villain (Prev. Neutral)
Magenta Magenta 20th Century Boy Villain
Eleven Men Tatoo You! Villains
Sugar Mountain Sugar Mountain Neutral
Axl Ro Civil War Villain
Disco Chocolate Disco Villain
Diego Brando Scary Monster Neutral (Prev. Villain)
Diego Brando (2nd) The World Villain
Funny Valentine Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Main Antagonist

Minor CharactersEdit

See also Minor Characters § Part VII: Steel Ball Run
Character Name Role
Urmd Avdol Neutral
Dot Han Neutral
Gaucho Neutral
Fritz von Stroheim Villain
George Joestar N/A
Nicholas Joestar Ally
Dario Brando Villain
Diego Brando's mother N/A
Jesus Neutral

Major BattlesEdit

Chapters Release Date ISBN Cover
SBR Volume 1(81): September 25, 1890 San Diego Beach
(1890年9月25日 サンディエゴビーチ Issen Happyaku Kyūjū Nen Kugatsu Nijūgonichi San Diego Bīchi)
(JP) May 20, 2004[1] (JP) ISBN 4-08-873601-X Volume 81
SBR Volume 2(82): First Stage: 15,000 Meters
(1st. STAGE 15,000メートル Fāsuto Sutēji J'ūgosen Mētoru)
(JP) May 20, 2004[2] (JP) ISBN 4-08-873613-3 Volume 82
SBR Volume 3(83): Second Stage: Arizona Desert Crossing
(2nd. STAGE アリゾナ砂漠越え Sekondo Sutēji Arizona Sabaku Goe)
(JP) November 4, 2004[3] (JP) ISBN 4-08-873673-7 Volume 83
SBR Volume 4(84): Gyro Zeppeli's Mission
(ジャイロ・ツェペリの宿命 Jairo Tseperi no Shukumei)
(JP) November 4, 2004[4] (JP) ISBN 4-08-873689-3 Volume 84
SBR Volume 5(85): The President's Conspiracy
(大統領の陰謀 Daitōryō no Inbō)
  • 24. Interlude (インタールード (間奏曲) Intārūdo (Kansōkyoku)?)
  • 25. Tusk (1) (牙(タスク) その① Tasuku Sono 1?)
  • 26. Tusk (2) (牙(タスク) その② Tasuku Sono 2?)
  • 27. Tusk (3) (牙(タスク) その③ Tasuku Sono 3?)
(JP) August 4, 2005[5] (JP) ISBN 4-08-873845-4 Volume 85
SBR Volume 6(86): Scary Monsters
(スケアリー モンスターズ Sukearī Monsutāzu)
  • 28. Scary Monsters (1) (スケアリー モンスターズ その① Sukearī Monsutāzu Sono 1?)
  • 29. Scary Monsters (2) (スケアリー モンスターズ その② Sukearī Monsutāzu Sono 2?)
  • 30. Scary Monsters (3) (スケアリー モンスターズ その③ Sukearī Monsutāzu Sono 3?)
  • Bonus. The Story of F. Valentine (ザストーリーオブファニー・ヴァレンタイン Zasuto Ri Obu Fani Varentain?)
(JP) November 4, 2005[6] (JP) ISBN 4-08-873890-X Volume 86
SBR Volume 7(87): A Little Grave on the Wide, Wide Prairie
(広い広い大草原の小さな墓標 Hiroi Hiroi Daisōgen no Chiisana Bohyō)
(JP) March 3, 2006[7] (JP) ISBN 4-08-874117-X Volume 87
SBR Volume 8(88): To a Man's World
(男の世界へ Otoko no Sekai e)
(JP) May 2, 2006[8] (JP) ISBN 4-08-874119-6 Volume 88
SBR Volume 9(89): A Stormy Night Is Coming
(嵐の夜がやってくる Arashi no Yoru ga Yatte Kuru)
(JP) September 4, 2006[9] (JP) ISBN 4-08-874147-1 Volume 89
SBR Volume 10(90): Illinois Skyline, Michigan Lakeline
(イリノイ・スカイライン ミシガン・レイクライン Irinoi Sukairain Mishigan Reikurain)
(JP) November 2, 2006[10] (JP) ISBN 4-08-874285-0 Volume 90
SBR Volume 11(91): Make the Golden Rectangle!
(黄金長方形をつくれ! Ōgon Chōhōkei o Tsukure!)
(JP) March 2, 2007[11] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-874336-3 Volume 91
SBR Volume 12(92): Conditions for the Body, Conditions for Friendship
(遺体への条件 友情への条件 Itai e no Jōken Yūjō e no Jōken)
(JP) May 2, 2007[12] (JP) ]ISBN 978-4-08-874362-2 Volume 92
SBR Volume 13(93): Wrecking Ball
(壊れゆく鉄球 Koware Yuku Tekkyū)
  • 49. Tubular Bells (2) (チューブラー・ベルズ その② Chūburā Beruzu Sono 2?)
  • 50. Tubular Bells (3) (チューブラー・ベルズ その③ Chūburā Beruzu Sono 3?)
  • 51. Wrecking Ball (1) (壊れゆく鉄球 レッキング・ボール その① Koware Yuku Tekyū Rekkingu Bōru Sono 1?)
(JP) September 4, 2007[13] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-874420-9 Volume 93
SBR Volume 14(94): The Victor's Rights
(勝利者への資格 Shōrisha e no Shikaku)
  • 52. Wrecking Ball (2) (壊れゆく鉄球 レッキング・ボール その② Koware Yuku Tekyū Rekkingu Bōru Sono 2?)
  • 53. Wrecking Ball (3) (壊れゆく鉄球 レッキング・ボール その③ Koware Yuku Tekyū Rekkingu Bōru Sono 3?)
  • 54. Wrecking Ball (4) (壊れゆく鉄球 レッキング・ボール その④ Koware Yuku Tekyū Rekkingu Bōru Sono 4?)
  • 55. The Victor's Rights (勝利者への資格 Shōrisha e no Shikaku?)
(JP) December 4, 2007[14] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-874438-4 Volume 94
SBR Volume 15(95): A Dream of Gettysburg
(ゲティスバーグの夢 Getisubāgu no Yume)
(JP) May 2, 2008[15] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-874518-3 Volume 95
SBR Volume 16(96): Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
(いともたやすく行われる えげつない行為 Itomo Tayasuku Okonawareru Egutsunai Kōi)
(JP) September 4, 2008[16] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-874574-9 Volume 96
SBR Volume 17(97): D4C (Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap)
(D4C Dī Fō Shī)
(JP) March 4, 2009[17] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-874648-7 Volume 97
SBR Volume 18(98): Ticket to Ride
(涙の乗車券(チケット・トゥ・ライド) Chiketto Tu Raido)
(JP) July 3, 2009[18] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-874725-5 Volume 98
SBR Volume 19(99): You Can't Get Rich
(お金持ちにはなれない Okanemochi ni wa Narenai)
(JP) November 4, 2009[19] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-874769-9 Volume 99
SBR Volume 20(100): Love Train - The World Is One
(ラブトレイン-世界はひとつ Rabu Torein - Sekai wa Hitotsu)
(JP) March 9, 2010[20] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-870060-1 Volume 100
SBR Volume 21(101): Ball Breaker
(ボール・ブレイカー Bōru Bureikā)
(JP) July 2, 2010[21] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-870099-1 Volume 101
SBR Volume 22(102): Break My Heart, Break Your Heart
(ブレイク・マイ・ハート ブレイク・ユア・ハート Bureiku mai hāto Bureiku yua hāto)
(JP) November 4, 2010[22] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-870160-8 Volume 102
SBR Volume 23(103): High Voltage
(ハイ・ヴォルテージ Hai Vorutēji)
(JP) May 19, 2011[23] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-870206-3 Volume 103
SBR Volume 24(104): The Stars and Stripes Forever
(星条旗よ 永遠なれ Seijōki Yo Eien Nare)
(JP) June 3, 2011[24] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-870253-7 Volume 104



  • Part VII marks the first time since Part II: Battle Tendency that a Zeppeli is featured, and the first in which a character besides a JoJo is purported to be the main protagonist.
  • This arrangement changes when Part VII is revealed to stand within the JoJo continuity and Johnny Joestar's role expands.
  • Steel Ball Run (and its eponymous race) appears to be named after the film The Cannonball Run; also characterized by an American cross-country race populated by eccentrics.

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