When ArtPlay unveiled the first Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night demo for its Night Backer Kickstarter tier level, many keen-eyed anime fans noticed a few references to another vampire-centric piece of entertainment, JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure. Now that the full game has released, we have made it our mission to find as many references to the series as possible.
Here is every JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure reference we have found in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (so far).
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night features plenty of different pieces of equipment that players can add to Miriam, the main character, that provide a range of different buffs, including accessory pieces like masks. One such mask that can be found is called the Stone Mask.
With a horn protruding from the top of its stoic gaze, this mask is intimidating enough, even without the extra 1 DEF, 2 MND, and 1 LCK it provides. The item is described as a stone mask once used by a tribal chief during ritual sacrifices, but JoJo fans know what it really does.
Anyone who has watched JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure knows how important Stone Masks are to the series. This powerful ancient artifact is the basis for which the show’s antagonist, Dio Brando, turns into a vampire, extending his life and influence over the series as a result.
Stone Masks also play a central role in the second part of the series, as the Pillar Men and their leader are given the ability to manipulate their bodies and become near-invincibility when wearing them.
Considering the prominence of Vampires and gothic themes to each of these pieces of entertainment, it only seems right that Miriam has a choice to reject her humanity and put on the Stone Mask herself.