JoJo’s Part 5 Episode 30

JoJo’s Part 5 Episode 30

Green Day and Oasis, Part 1

In the previous episode we were introduced to Cioccolata’s stand, Green Day. In this episode we’re introduced to his partner, Secco’s, stand, Oasis. Antagonist pairs are nothing new for JoJo’s, but I don’t believe there has been a pair as perfect for one another as these two.

The first other pair that comes to mind for me are the stands of Clash and Talking Head, but while those were definitely effective together, they weren’t necessarily made for each other. That doesn’t appear to be the case for Green Day and Oasis, as we’ll see later on.

But before we get to Oasis’ abilities and how it works well with Green Day, let’s discuss the users of these stands a little bit first.

Cioccolata and Secco from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
Cioccolata and Secco

Last week I went over the origins of Cioccolata and Secco, so I won’t be going through that again. This time let’s take a look at their personalities and relationship. Cioccolata is the sadist and Secco is the masochist, but their relationship is a bit more complex than that.

It’s probably more apt to say that Cioccolata is the doctor and Secco is the assistant, especially since Cioccolata really was a doctor at one point. Basically Cioccolata performs the operation (killing people) and Secco documents it on film.

Secco also seems to be almost like a pet to Cioccolata, even getting rewarded with sugar cubes and head pats for doing a good job. And this is why I don’t really think calling Secco a masochist is quite right. He probably is, but his main driving force seems to be pleasing Cioccolata rather than being used himself.

Oasis’ Abilities

So what about Secco’s stand? The first thing I should point out is that it seems to be a wearable stand, much like Ghiaccio’s White Album. That is to say, Secco’s outfit is actually his stand and what gives him most of the abilities he has.

The one ability which doesn’t seem to be related to his stand is that he can spit objects with extreme speed and accuracy. He uses this ability to do things like deflect Mista’s bullets by spitting rocks at them. It’s a minor ability, but definitely one that’s useful.

Oasis has two three abilities. The first allows Secco to “swim” through solid ground, and I assume it works for just about any solid surface including walls. This ability merely increases Secco’s maneuverability and allows him to use his other two abilities to a fuller effect.

The second ability allows him to track his opponents through the ground. As long as the person he’s tracking are standing on the ground, Secco knows where they are (I assume this ability has a fairly close range since his speed is so high).

However, this ability has one flaw, which is that if the person he’s tracking leaves the ground, Secco has no way of knowing where they are unless he can see them. Buccellati uses this to his advantage by jumping off a ledge and attacking Secco mid-air while he was confused.

The third ability works in tandem with the first. This ability allows Secco to make the ground softer somehow. The soft ground allows him to swim through it, but can also make it so his opponents begin to sink into the ground. As we saw with the staircase, he can even make large objects sink into the ground as well.

A sort of bonus ability is that while Secco is making the ground soft beneath the surface, he can keep the surface solid to protect him from incoming attacks.

An Ultimate Combo

Oasis’ third ability is the one that really combos well with Green Day’s ability. If you remember, Green Day’s mold spreads when victims within its area of effect move in a downward direction. This could be either moving their entire body downhill, or even just reaching down with their hand.

So, how exactly does this combo work?

The easy way to escape from Green Day is to simply move uphill until you’re out of the area of effect. But what if you couldn’t move uphill? What if even when standing still, you were still moving in a downward direction? This is where Oasis comes into play.

Buccellati vs. Secco from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
Buccellati vs. Secco

By making the ground soft, Oasis can pull people downward either by sinking the object they’re standing on, or simply by sinking them into that object. If you try to run uphill to avoid Green Day, Oasis will just pull you down into the ground, thus negating your upward motion.

I do have to point out that the JoBros did a lot of both upward and downward motion in this episode, and yet the mold didn’t really seem t be affecting them any more. It’s not the most extreme case of plot armor, but it is plot armor nonetheless.

Buccellati’s Fate

And, I can’t finish discussing this week’s episode without mentioning the elephant in the room, Buccellati. Ever since his fight with the boss, Buccellati’s body has been showing some strange symptoms such as his skin easily tearing, a lack of blood flowing from his wounds, and seemingly no sensation of pain.

I honestly couldn’t figure out why this was happening, but it’s finally been revealed. Abbacchio wasn’t the first of the part 5 JoBros to die, Buccellati was. But if Buccellati died, then how is he still here? And how did he die?

Let’s answer that second question first. Buccellati died in the exact same way Abbacchio did, by being punched through the stomach by King Crimson. It actually happened 10 episodes ago, and in my review of episode 20, you’ll even find a picture of the exact moment it happened.

As for how Buccellati is still “alive,” he explains that it’s thanks to Giorno’s Gold Experience giving him back some amount of life force. It wasn’t able to completely stop Buccellati from dying, but rather extended the amount of time he had left before his body gave out.

My issue with this is that it doesn’t really make any sense. Why was Giorno able to extend Buccellati’s life like this, but not Abbacchio’s? It’s been established that Gold Experience can’t bring people back from the dead, but if Buccellati is dead then that must mean it can in a way, right?

Or perhaps Buccellati wasn’t quite dead when Giorno healed him, but then “died” shortly after and the excess energy from Gold Experience has just been keeping him going since then. I don’t know, but that seems to be the only plausible explanation to me. Even so, Buccellati should have been dead almost immediately from the boss’ attack just as Abbacchio was.

Conclusion

So what are your thoughts on this week’s episode of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind? Do you think Cioccolata and Secco have the most perfect stand combo we’ve seen so far, or am I forgetting someone? Also, what do you think about the twist involving Buccellati?

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2 Replies to “JoJo’s Part 5 Episode 30”

  1. Sorry for my absence, I got IRL’d.

    To be fair, Abbachio was already long-dead by the time Giorno arrived, he used the last of his strength to make the death mask and passed away afterwards. Meanwhile Buccellati got Gold Experience right in the nick of time, although it’s still dead the corpse is juuuust fresh enough.

    Also, how do you think Secco is unaffected by Green Day?

    1. You know, I didn’t even think about the fact that Secco is unaffected by Green Day. My immediate guess would be it has something to do with the bond Cioccolata and Secco share, since stands often represent their users in some way and the two of them were together before becoming stand users. However, maybe it has something to do with the sugar cubes Cioccolata feeds to Secco. Perhaps we’ll learn that sugar stops the effects of Green Day, and if so Giorno can probably create it with Gold Experience.

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