JoJo’s Part 5 Episode 31

JoJo’s Part 5 Episode 31

Green Day and Oasis, Part 2

The battle against Cioccolata and Secco began during the previous episode and should be concluding in the next. Is this the first three part mini arc of part 5? Probably not, but I’ll claim it is without fact checking myself.

There are two fights in this episode, so let’s briefly recap how things are going for the JoBros before getting into the action. As stated, this episode continues the fights against Cioccolata and Secco, so the two of them are still kicking. However, they have split up to fight individually.

As for the JoBros, we’re down to five of them, Giorno, Buccellati, Mista, Narancia, and Trish. That said, Narancia was injured by Cioccolata’s Green Day and Trish isn’t exactly in fighting form so the two of them are out of this fight. Even so, that still makes it three against two in favor of the JoBros.

Buccellati decides to fight Secco on his own while Giorno and Mista go after Cioccolata, whose helicopter has been caught by Giorno’s stand.

Buccellati vs. Secco

The fight between Buccellati and Secco only begins in this episode and will likely be concluded in the next. Even so, there are a few new pieces of information we can discuss, as well as some old information which I’ll reiterate.

Firstly, the old information. Either last week or the week before it was revealed that Buccellati is actually dead and that his life force was extended slightly thanks to the power of Giorno’s Golden Wind. This is the reason why Buccellati is confident he can defeat Secco on his own.

Oasis, Secco’s stand, has a strangely versatile ability in that it can make solid object liquefy. This means he can swim through solid ground to perform sneak attacks, or simply make his opponents sink into the ground, thus activating Green Day’s mold ability.

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

However, neither of those tactics work on Buccellati. Due to the fact that he’s dead, Green Day’s mold won’t grow on him even if he moves downward. And, because he figured out that Secco can only track him while he’s on the ground, he can now avoid the sneak attacks.

But I didn’t say Oasis is a versatile stand just because it can do those two things. It can actually do even more. In what seems almost like a combination of the abilities of White Album and Spice Girl, Oasis is able to increase Secco’s movement speed and power by bouncing off solid objects which it liquefies.

Honestly I think this is a bit cheap, and is something that fits with the ability of Spice Girl much more than Oasis, but this is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Araki often seems to make up new abilities for or ways to use stands as he goes, so this is nothing new.

Giorno vs. Cioccolata

While the fight between Buccellati and Secco was just getting started in this episode, the fight between Giorno (and Mista) and Cioccolata was the main attraction. This fight was pretty good due to all the twists and turns, but for manga readers it was exciting because it included the “seven pages of Muda (無駄).”

I’ll get to that in minute, but since it comes at the end of the fight I should probably do a quick review of what leads up to it.

Basically Mista is taken out of the fight early on due to Cioccolata getting the drop on his Sex Pistols. In case you forgot, the damage done to someone’s stand is directly transferred back to the stand’s user (in most cases), so when the Pistols were severely injured, so was Mista.

Gold Experience vs. Cioccolata from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
Gold Experience vs. Cioccolata

Mista being taken out so early effectively made this a fight between Giorno and Cioccolata. But, instead of going into the specifics of the fight, let’s just look at the new “ability” that Cioccolata was revealed to have, being a doctor.

Thanks to his expert medical knowledge, Cioccolata is able to cut his body apart, use Green Day’s mold to stop the bleeding, and then independently control all of his limbs. Does it make sense? No. Not at all. Does it somehow still work? Yes. This is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure for a reason.

So back to the seven page Muda. Sure, it was pretty cool, but this is one of those things that I think only worked so well in the manga because it was so unheard of. Writing “Muda” for seven pages isn’t necessarily groundbreaking, but it’s the sheer fact that Araki did it that makes it entertaining.

It’s kind of like the Endless Eight in Haruhi. In that case, it could have been done in only two or three episodes, but the fact that the creators had the guts to keep it going for eight is what makes it unique. Seven pages of Muda may have been unique in the manga, but it doesn’t exactly have the same effect when translated to anime.

Jean Pierre Polnareff

And I couldn’t possibly conclude today’s review without mentioning the reveal of Jean Pierre Polnareff at the very end of the episode. Also for anyone who didn’t know who that was, now you do. It’s Polnareff from part 3.

I don’t actually remember what happened to Polnareff at the end of part 3, but from what we’re shown in this episode he’s confined to a wheelchair. He also previously stated over the phone that he’s no longer in fighting form, so we can probably assume he won’t be a major character from here on out.

Either way, what’s interesting is that Polnareff has appeared at all. We haven’t seen a character from a previous part since Jotaro and Koichi at the very beginning. So the fact that Polnareff has showed up really helps to reinforce the idea that parts 3, 4, and 5 all happened relatively close together.

think part 3 was in like 1988, part 4 was 1999, and part 5 is 2001, so they aren’t as far apart as the first two parts of the series.

I’m also interested to find out why Polnareff is even in Rome in the first place. Did he go there to live after the events of part 3? It’s possible that this is the case and that he said this is what he was going to do back then. Or, perhaps he’s now a member of the Speedwagon foundation and is working with Jotaro and Koichi.

This is also the time I would usually theorize about what secret Polnareff knows that will help bring down the boss, but I actually already know. So, as to not spoil anyone, you’ll just have to wait until its officially revealed to read my thoughts on the subject.

Conclusion

But, anyway, what did you think of this week’s episode of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind? Specifically, what did you think of the adaptation of the seven pages of Muda? Let me know in the comments.

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My review of the next episode is available here.

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