JoJo’s Part 5 Episode 35

JoJo’s Part 5 Episode 35

The Requiem Quietly Plays, Part 2

Have I mentioned that part 5 is my favorite JoJo’s part so far? Well it is. And for those of you wondering, my ordering of all five animated parts is 5 > 2 >1 > 4 > 3. I know a lot of people really like parts 3 and 4, but I preferred the less episodic formats of the first two parts.

And I know part 5 is very episodic in the middle, but that’s why I have this part rated as a 7/10 and not higher. If part 5 was more story driven like it is towards the end, it would definitely be rated even higher. But at least we’ve finally passed all the episodic fights and are now onto the good stuff.

The Requiem Quietly Plays, Part 2 is also the first episode in which a member of Buccellati’s team has died since Abbacchio. And, like Abbacchio’s death, it was quick and off screen. Some people probably don’t like that, but I find it to be a much more powerful way of killing off characters we’ve come to know and love.

We’re also shown our first glimpse of Pannacotta Fugo since he decided to leave Buccellati’s team and not become a traitor of Passione. I always felt like Fugo would make a heroic comeback at some point, but this seems to show that’s not going to happen.

It’s interesting to me that Fugo would just be written out of the series like that. I get that Fugo didn’t want to kill any of his friends with his stand, and that he didn’t believe in himself enough to leave Passione with them, but it still feels strange for him to leave the way he did.

Where is Diavolo?

Alright, so Buccellati is in Diavolo’s body and someone else is in Buccellati’s body, but we don’t yet know who. However, it’s strongly implied that Doppio is the one who was swapped into Buccellati’s body, not the boss. You may recall that I predicted this would happen during last week’s review.

That said, we don’t yet know where Diavolo’s soul ended up. But I’m still pretty sure my prediction was entirely correct and Diavolo’s soul is still within his own body along with Buccellati. I feel like this is too obvious to not be correct.

We know that Buccellati’s body is too far away for Diavolo to be attacking from it, so he’s not there. We also know that there’s nobody else close enough to Buccellati’s team to attack them other than a member of the team itself.

But if this is the case, why can’t anyone figure out where Diavolo is? It’s because every time his soul takes over his body, he immediately uses King Crimson to skip forward in time. By doing this, he could theoretically take out every member of Buccellati’s team without ever revealing himself.

Also I’d like to point out that the rest of the team other than Giorno still don’t know that Buccellati is already marked for death. When Buccellati told Mista to shoot his body to kill whoever was in it, he was fully ready to sacrifice himself. However, Giorno continues to hide Buccellati’s secret by saying that he’ll heal the wounds, even though he know he can’t.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the surviving members of the team react when they learn that Buccellati has died and Giorno knew about it all along. That is, if any of them do end up surviving.

Narancia Ghirga

In case you didn’t know, Narancia was the one who died. I never really liked Narancia, but he was still one of the JoBros and his death was fairly impactful. Although he’s right next to all of his friends, none of them even see him die because it happened during a time skip.

As I mentioned earlier, this is really the best way to illustrate sudden deaths like Narancia’s. Too often in popular media we see character deaths as long, drawn out scenes in which they get to say their last goodbyes. However, that’s not usually how it works in the real world when violence is involved.

It’s often sudden, and nobody knows it even happened until after the fact, when it’s already too late. That’s exactly why it hits so hard when a character’s death is presented in this way. There’s a mix of emotions, ranging from sadness to confusion to anger, usually towards oneself for not being able to help.

Mista (in Trish's body) crying for Narancia from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
Mista (in Trish’s body) crying for Narancia

I remember one of the things I loved most about Abbacchio’s death was how we got to see Buccellati fighting back tears so that he could remain the strong leader his team needed. While Mista was the one who grieved the most openly for Narancia, we once again see that Buccellati deeply cared for his late comrade.

Despite knowing that he needs to focus on figuring out where they’re being attacked from, and that Narancia is already gone, he still cuts his body down from the gate because he knows he can’t just leave him up there. Also it’s technically Giorno’s body, so Giorno would probably have wanted it back at some point.

Now that Narancia is dead and Giorno’s body is vacant, his soul is able to move back into his own body. And just before they leave Narancia to pursue Chariot Requiem, Giorno promises to return and bring Narancia’s body back home. Narancia had just previously mentioned how he wanted to go home and see Fugo once more.

Requiem

I’m not entirely sure if Silver Chariot Requiem’s abilities have all been revealed yet, but a few more of its abilities were revealed in this episode. Last time we learned that it could incapacitate people, swap their souls, and seems to be driven to protect the stand arrow.

This time around it’s confirmed that its goal is to protect the stand arrow, but it doesn’t exactly have any offensive capabilities of its own with which to do so. Instead, it relies on the arrow itself for protection, which doesn’t really make all that much sense.

Never before has a stand arrow seemed to reject a current stand user, so this is perhaps a side effect of it being in close proximity to Chariot Requiem. When a stand user attempts to pick up the arrow, their own stand is turned against them.

Mista (Trish), Diavolo (Buccellati), Trish (Mista), and Giorno from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
Mista (Trish), Diavolo (Buccellati), Trish (Mista), and Giorno

We first see this with Buccellati’s Sticky Fingers attacking him after he uses it to attack Chariot Requiem. Then Number 1 of the Sex Pistols attacks Mista after he shoots Chariot Requiem. Finally, Giorno attempts to pick up the arrow, but sees Gold Experience begin to appear to stop him.

But, since Polnareff is now a turtle, and technically no longer a stand user, he’s able to pick the arrow up in his mouth. In the next episode we’ll probably see him stab one of the JoBros with it to awaken their requiem stand. He calls for Mista to get stabbed by it, but let’s face it, we all know Giorno is going to be the one since he’s the protagonist.

Conclusion

So what do you think of this week’s episode of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind? Do you think I’m right about Diavolo sharing his own body with Buccellati? And, who do you think is going to be pierced by the stand arrow if not Giorno? Let me know in the comments.

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One Reply to “JoJo’s Part 5 Episode 35”

  1. Originally Fugo was meant to be a traitor and would make a comeback as an enemy. Fans believe that this was rejected because Fugo is simply too OP. However the truth is that Araki was going through some rough times when writing the part (depression?), and simply found a confrontation between two friends to be too heartbreaking to write. At least that’s what I recall. Notice how Cioccolata’s Green Day is pretty much a bootleg Purple Haze? Imagine if it really was Fugo, how messed up would that be? Giorno would still win through by virus immunity.

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