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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind anime series cover art
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind

Overview

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind (JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 5: Ougon no Kaze / ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 黄金の風) is, as the title suggests, the fifth part of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series. And yes, there are still stands. There will always be stands from this point on.

Part 5, like all parts of JoJo’s, is very much its own story. This time around we find ourselves in Italy for a mafia movie-like plot revolving around both revenge and fate. Our main cast are all members of a gang known as Passione, and their overall goal is to bring down the boss and claim the leadership for themselves.

Originally I planned to save revealing this until later on in the review, but this is probably my favorite JoJo part that’s been animated so far. The members of Passione who we follow are all extremely unique characters with their own personal goals and reasons for joining the gang to begin with.

Giorno using Gold Experience to fight Buccellati from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
Giorno using Gold Experience to fight Buccellati

Compare that to part 3’s Stardust Crusaders. The goal for each of them was essentially the same: defeat DIO and save the world. And why did they all join up together? Because they had some bone to pick with DIO, often resulting from him coming after each of them originally.

Unfortunately, while I really liked the characters and found the overall plot to be great, not all of the mini arcs were. I believe this format for JoJo’s parts began with part 3, but each part is broken up into mini arcs, typically revolving around a single enemy stand. This gives the series an almost episodic feel which I’m not really a fan of.

Golden Wind JoBros

For this section on the characters I’ll try not to get into any spoilers for the series — you can find plenty of those in my episode reviews. However, I will be mentioning the defining traits, goals, and stand abilities for each of them. If that’s too much of a spoiler for you, skip down to the next section.

Starting with the JoJo of the part, we have Giorno Giovanna. Giorno dreams of being a gang-star, not a gangster, and using his influence to clean up crime around the city he grew up in. His stand is Gold Experience which has multiple abilities revolving around “life energy.”

Moving clockwise around the table from Giorno we have Leone Abbacchio, a former police officer who joined Passione after becoming disillusioned with the criminal justice system. His stand is Moody Blues and can play back recordings of past events.

Guido Mista is the third member, which is good because four is his unlucky number. His stand, Sex Pistols, has the ability to control and deflect the trajectory of the bullets he fires from his revolver. Each of the six “pistols” has a unique personality.

Fourth is Pannacotta Fugo, the JoBro with the worst temper of the group. He joined Passione because he believed Buccellati would be able to keep his temper in check. Fugo’s stand, Purple Haze, has a poisonous area of effect ability that doesn’t differentiate between friend and foe.

Pannacotta Fugo and Purple Haze from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
Pannacotta Fugo and Purple Haze

Next we have Narancia Ghirga, one of the more volatile members of the group along with Fugo. However, Narancia’s outbursts are related to his lack of education while Fugo’s are related to his mental instability. Narancia’s stand is Aerosmith and it takes the form of a small propeller plane.

Finally we have Bruno Buccellati, the squad leader in charge of these other Passione members. Buccellati became disenchanted with the gang after learning it was selling drugs to children. Sticky Fingers is his stand and it has the ability to zip through objects and into pocket dimensions.

Ranking the JoJo Parts

If I were to rank the animated JoJo’s parts from best to worst — and that’s exactly what I am going to do — my list would look exactly like this:

  • Golden Wind (part 5)
  • Battle Tendency (part 2)
  • Phantom Blood (part 1)
  • Stardust Crusaders (part 3)
  • Diamond is Unbreakable (part 4)

I know, putting Diamond is Unbreakable last is probably enough to make many of you disregard my opinion immediately, but I still think it was the worst one. The second half of part 3 was better, I like the setting of part 1 more, part 2 was better all around, and part 5 has the best characters.

I mean, I like most of the other aspects of part 5 too, such as the setting, but it really was the characters that put it in the #1 position for me. A lot of people say how with each new part you can see how Araki’s art improves, but for me, I can see how he gets better at writing compelling characters.

The thing I like most about JoJo’s isn’t the crazy abilities in the fights, it’s seeing how each character thinks through those fights with their abilities in mind. For example, Buccellati and Fugo don’t only have very different stands, but they’re also extremely different in how they act and think through problems.

Conclusion

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind is a fairly solid 7/10 for me. I don’t see myself ever rewatching it, but I still thought it was good. And, if I had to choose a best aspect of the entire part, it would probably be the OPs/EDs.

Fighting Gold isn’t quite as good of an opening as JoJo Sono Chino Sadame, but the song is what the kids would call a “banger.” And OP 2, Traitor’s Requiem is great too. The EDs aren’t as good as the OPs, but I still enjoyed them for what they were.

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JoJo: On the Origin of Stands

JoJo: On the Origin of Stands

What Exactly are Stands in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure?

Stands — if you’re a fan of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, or even if you aren’t, I’m betting that you know what they are. They’re the physical embodiment of a person’s life force. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone gets to have one — or does it?

I’ll get to that question later on in this article, but for now let’s just go with the original explanation for the existence of stands. While everyone has some amount of life force, there are also those with an overwhelming abundance of it. These are the people who have the capacity to manifest a stand under the right conditions.

And since each stand is linked to the life force of its user, they tend to personify something about that person in one of two ways. On one hand, Sticky Fingers’ appearance and ability reflect Buccellati’s sense of style. On the other, Hermit Purple’s ability is exactly what Joseph needed to track down DIO’s whereabouts.

Stands also come in a variety of shapes, styles, and functions. Some are humanoid like Josuke’s Crazy Diamond, while others are objects like Narancia’s Aerosmith. Sometimes users need to directly control their stands like Avdol’s Magician’s Red, and other times they function automatically like Yuya’s Highway Star.

The Evolution of Stand Abilities

While there’s a lot of variation among stands even within the same part, stands have also evolved as the series has progressed. The stands introduced back in Part 3: Stardust Crusaders are very different from the stands of Part 5: Golden Wind.

The original stands from Stardust Crusaders were fairly simple by today’s standards. To showcase the progression of stands across the parts, let’s take a look at the stands of the main JoJos for Stardust Crusaders, Diamond is Unbreakable, and Golden Wind.

Jotaro’s stand is extremely simplistic, though still extremely powerful. It’s a close-range, humanoid stand with extreme strength, speed, and precision. It’s from this stand, Star Platinum, that we get the term “punching ghost.” However, later on in the part it does develop a time-stopping ability.

Jotaro Kujo and Star Platinum from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders
Jotaro Kujo and Star Platinum

Josuke’s stand is another humanoid stand that punches things, but this time there’s a twist. Crazy Diamond traded in the power, speed, and precision of Star Platinum for the ability to repair anything it touches (except Josuke himself). This ability can be used to heal his allies, repair broken objects, or incorrectly do either of those actions to the detriment of his foes.

Giorno’s Gold Experience is even more complex than Crazy Diamond. Again, it’s a humanoid stand that punches things, but it comes with a whole host of extra abilities. It can heal friends, track enemies, reflect damage, cause disorientation, and more.

Ways to Acquire a Stand

So now that we’ve established what stands are and how they’ve changed over the parts of the series, how does someone actually acquire one? Originally it was implied that stands manifested in people with strong wills (or life forces) on their own, but this was retroactively removed from canon.

Currently — in the anime at least — there are two confirmed ways to acquire a stand. The first and hopefully most obvious is to be pierced by a stand arrow. This is how the vast majority of the stand users we see in the series acquired their stands.

The second way to get a stand is by being the descendant of someone who received a stand from the stand arrow. The only member of the Joestar bloodline to have awakened their stand via a stand arrow was Jonathan, and he was already dead by that point.

Every other member of the Joestar bloodline awakened their stands due to being Jonathan’s descendants. However, just being a descendant of someone who was pierced by a stand arrow doesn’t automatically mean your stand will awaken — it just means you have the potential.

Shizuka Joestar (Achtung Baby) from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable
Shizuka Joestar (Achtung Baby)

For the stand to awaken, there needs to be some sort of external pressure. For example, the Joestars in Stardust Crusaders who awakened stands did so in response to DIO awakening his stand with an arrow. In Diamond is Unbreakable, we can assume Shizuka’s Achtung Baby stand was awakened due to the pressure of being abandoned.

But, there’s actually a third possible way to get a stand — spontaneous stand acquisition. This hasn’t been confirmed, but I just want to put the possibility out there. We don’t know who Shizuka’s parents are, so it’s possible the extreme pressure of being abandoned was enough to awaken a stand for her on its own.

Where do Stands Originally come From?

Let’s talk about the stand arrows for a bit. I’ve been talking about them for a while now, but I haven’t actually explained what they are (though most of you already know). These are arrowheads which grant those who are pierced by them stands.

However, not everyone who gets pierced by a stand arrow survives and obtains a stand. If their life force, or will, is too weak, then they will be killed by the power of their own stand. And stands can also be pierced by stand arrows, causing them to evolve into Requiem stands.

I don’t really want to get into Requiem stands in this post, but essentially they’re just overpowered stands which have the perfect abilities to solve whatever predicament the user finds themself in. There are only two confirmed Requiem stands and they both appear in Golden Wind.

Anyway, the stand arrows are kind of a big deal, but where did they come from? It’s said that the arrowheads were crafted out of a meteorite which crash landed in Greenland 50,000 years ago. These arrows contain some sort of supernatural power, or virus, which comes from the meteorite and creates stands.

The stand arrows and their creator from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
The stand arrows and their creator

And this brings up another question, are stands the byproduct of an alien virus? There’s one (possibly) known alien in JoJo’s, Mikitaka Hazekura. He’s a self-proclaimed alien, who does look slightly different from everyone else, who appears to have a stand ability.

However, he doesn’t see his ability as something all that unique. Is it possible that he comes from the same planet as the stand virus? Is there an alien civilization out there completely infected by this stand virus and who view stands as a natural phenomenon?

I think so. Considering the extra terrestrial origins of both the stand arrows and Mikitaka, I think it’s safe to say that stands originate from some sort of alien virus.

The Next Step in Human Evolution

So if there’s a civilization of stand-wielding aliens, what happens when a sizable population of humans develop stands? What if a lot of people survive being pierced by stand arrows, and then go on to have multiple generations of children. All of those children will have the potential to awaken stands, and with each generation there will be more potential stand users.

If this continues, then eventually everyone on Earth would be a stand user. Since having the potential to awaken a stand seems to be a dominant trait, even if only one parent could have a stand, all of their children will be potential stand users.

But like I mentioned, just because you have the potential to awaken a stand doesn’t mean you will. There needs to be an external pressure. So let’s say a world war broke out. Would all of those potential stand users awaken their stands?

Imagine a war of that scale involving stand users. It would be complete chaos. A war like that could very well end humanity.

The good news, however, is that I don’t believe that stands are actually the next step in human evolution. I don’t think the JoJo’s universe would ever have a realistic chance of getting to that point for one, simple reason: stand users attract other stand users.

Because stand users are drawn to one another, and because they’re constantly fighting, their numbers will always be relatively low. Any time a large number of stand users awaken at the same time, they’ll end up killing each other, thus pruning the branches so to speak.

There’s also the fact that not everyone with the potential to develop a stand actually has the willpower to survive it. Holly from Stardust Crusaders is a prime example. She’s strong enough to manifest a stand, but not strong enough to stop it from draining her life force.

Even if stand users stopped fighting each other, it’s not guaranteed that they would be able to sustain a large population due to this effect.

Conclusion

What do you think of the origin of stands? Are there any other ways to acquire stands in parts 3 – 5 that I left out? I know there are other ways in parts 7 and 8, but those are in an alternate universe. Do you think stands originate from an alien virus? And do you think stand wielders are the next step in human evolution? Let me know in the comments.

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JoJo’s Part 5 Episodes 38 and 39

JoJo’s Part 5 Episodes 38 and 39

Gold Experience Requiem

We’re finally here at the end of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind. As the title of this post suggests, this will be a review of both episodes 38 and 39. And let me just say upfront that I think these episodes were a great end to the part.

As I’ll be discussing in more detail throughout this review, we got closure for some plot lines, others were left open — which I’m a fan of, and everything was tied into JoJo’s overall theme of fate. Though, as I’ll touch on at the very end of this review, there was one thing missing.

So since it’s been a few weeks since the last episode review, let’s quickly go over Giorno’s Gold Experience Requiem. Requiem stands grant the specific ability which the user needs at the time the stand arrow pierces their stand. For Giorno, this meant a way to counter Diavolo’s time skip and precognition abilities.

Gold Experience Requiem achieves this in two ways. First, to counter the time skip, it can reset everything to “zero.” For example, if Diavolo skips ahead in time and kills Mista, Gold Experience Requiem can reset time back to the point before Diavolo activated King Crimson’s ability.

Second, to counter the precognition ability granted to Diavolo by Epitaph, Gold Experience Requiem can essentially jump between timelines. If Diavolo has a vision of himself killing Giorno, Gold Experience Requiem will simply transport everyone into a parallel universe in which this outcome doesn’t happen.

Gold Experience Requiem’s abilities also trigger automatically to protect Giorno.

Diavolo’s Fate

However, there’s one more ability which Gold Experience Requiem is revealed to have within this episode. Not only can it reset everything to zero and alter reality, but it can also seemingly remove people from the present and take away their future.

So what does that all mean?

It’s not as though Diavolo was completely erased from the universe; the JoBros still have memories of him. And he wasn’t actually killed, because Trish can still feel his life force “somewhere.” Instead, it appears he was moved into some sort of pocket dimension, kind of like those found within Sticky Fingers’ zippers.

Giorno looking up at Buccellati, Abbacchio, and Narancia from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
Giorno looking up at Buccellati, Abbacchio, and Narancia

Within this pocket dimension Diavolo has no future. Or, he does, but it’s more like he has an infinite number of futures and none of them end well for him. In each of these futures, he dies in a way he’s unable to predict, or some other terrible thing happens to him. Then, everything is reset and it happens all over again.

For example, in the first future he’s stabbed by a homeless man and bleeds out in a sewer. In the second future he’s already dead, but can still think and feel pain as an autopsy is performed on his body. The third future involves him getting hit by a car he didn’t predict coming, etc.

This ability of Gold Experience Requiem isn’t explained that well in the anime. It’s unclear whether what happens to Diavolo is actually the ability, or if the ability simply makes the victim’s deepest fears a reality. For Diavolo, being unable to predict what he’ll be killed by is his greatest fear.

Rolling Stones

The second half of episode 38 takes us back in time to before Giorno joined Passione. This story follows Mista, Buccellati, and Fugo to an extent, directly after the death of Leaky Eye Luca in episode 1. And, this is the arc that ties part 5 into the main theme of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure as a whole, fate.

An older man comes to Buccellati hoping that he’ll avenge the death of his daughter. We learn that his daughter began dating an older man who was a sculptor, but that he never introduced himself to her parents. While strange, the father wasn’t too concerned at the time.

However, his daughter was found dead a short time later. She had apparently thrown herself off the roof of the apartment building the sculptor lived in and was clutching a strange stone. The older man swears his daughter would never kill herself and pleads with Buccellati to make the sculptor pay.

I’m skipping ahead a bit here, but in the next episode we learn that the strange stone mentioned is actually the sculptor’s stand, Rolling Stones. So why did the young woman kill herself while holding onto this stand? And what does this have to do with the rest of part 5 and JoJo’s Bizarre adventure at large?

Many people probably agree with me when I say that Rolling Stones may be the best stand of part 5. It’s not a good stand due to its appearance, ability, or user. Instead, it’s what it represents that makes this stand so good.

The Sleeping Slave

So let’s dig into what Rolling Stones is and what it means. This is an automatic stand, meaning the sculptor who owns it has no control over its actions. We also learn that he didn’t receive his stand by being pierced by a stand arrow. Instead, he manifested his stand randomly as a child.

Random manifestation of stands isn’t unheard of, but it’s not something I think I’ve really discussed before. And actually I think the origins of stands would be a good topic for a separate post at some point — though my schedule is booked through September already — so I’ll just run through the basics for now.

While it seems possible to randomly manifest a stand, the main way to obtain one is direct or indirect contact with a stand arrow. Direct contact would mean being pierced by an arrow. Indirect contact would mean being a descendant of someone who was pierced by an arrow.

Since the sculptor “randomly” manifested Rolling Stones and can’t control it, we can assume that he isn’t connected to any dangerous organization. That’s the first thing Mista needs to determine when investigating the death of the young woman.

As for what the stand does, it carves the fate of a particular person into it’s surface. The sculptor does not get to choose who’s fate is shown and does not get to choose what their fate is, though it typically ends in death.

You Can (Not) Escape

The reason Rolling Stones is such a good stand is because it’s an incarnation of the concept of Fate within the JoJo’s universe. Everything in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure revolves around the idea that your Fate is determined from the start, and all you can do is go along with it for the ride.

Or, at least that’s how it is for most people. There are some circumstances in which fates can be changed, but it’s unclear how many of these cases Araki meant to include in the series and how many are plot holes. For example, the young woman who killed herself was able to change the fate of herself and her father.

She learned from the stone that her father contracted a disease which will slowly kill him if he doesn’t get replacement organs. She then learned that she would develop this same disease in a matter of months. With this knowledge, she chose to kill herself while still healthy so that her organs could be used to save her father.

Since she wasn’t meant to die yet according to Rolling Stones, this is an example of her changing her own fate. But as a character this woman isn’t all that important. I don’t believe she’s ever even given a name. What is important is the fact that Buccellati is the next person to be carved into the stone.

His death at the hand of Diavolo was predicted from this point, which chronologically comes at the start of part 5. However, Mista is able to change this fate by attempting to sacrifice himself. Little does he know that he changed fate to not only take Buccellati, but Abbacchio and Narancia as well.

The New Boss

In the end Diavolo was been defeated, three of the JoBros died, and Giorno became the new boss of Passione. We know that Mista is still a member of the gang and seems to be Giorno’s right-hand man, though it’s unclear exactly how these two plan to change the organization.

Giorno as the new boss of Passione from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
Giorno as the new boss of Passione

Sure, we know that Giorno wanted to change the mafia from the inside so that it was less corrupt, but it’s still a gang. We can assume he ended their drug trade operations, but is Passione still in the business of intimidation and racketeering? Even if he wants to protect the weak, he needs to make money somehow.

And this brings me to that one thing I mentioned was missing from these final episodes at the very start of this review. What ever happened to Jotaro and Koichi? We never see them after the beginning of this part, so where did they go? It would have been interesting to see if Giorno allied Passione with the Speedwagon Foundation in the end.

We also don’t know what became of Trish and Fugo. I don’t necessarily need to know what became of these two, because I’m fine with the open ending regarding them, but it’s something to think about. Did Trish officially join Passione? Is Fugo still a member? Will he be reunited with Giorno and Mista? Has he learned about Narancia’s death?

Conclusion

What did you think about these final two episodes of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind? Did you think this was a great ending to the part like I did? Did you think something was missing? Let me know in the comments, along with which part was your favorite now that Golden Wind is done.

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JoJo’s Part 5 Episode 37

JoJo’s Part 5 Episode 37

King of Kings

Today is the final JoJo Friday. There are still two more episodes of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind, but they’ll be airing as a one hour special on Sunday, July 28th. That’s right, we have to wait over three weeks to see the conclusion of Giorno’s adventure.

But at least we can be pretty sure that it’s going to be a good conclusion. Overall this season of JoJo’s has probably been my favorite so far. As some of you are probably aware, I wasn’t the biggest fan of parts 3 and 4, but I did really like how part 5 handled a lot of the situations the JoBros found themselves in.

With that said, I do have a few, minor complaints to address in today’s review. Don’t worry, I still enjoyed the episode and thought it was good. But before I get into all of that, there’s one other thing I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks now.

Remember how Koichi from part 4 and Jotaro from part 3 made appearances at the start of the season? What ever happened to them? I figured they would have some small, supporting roles, but it seems like they were simply forgotten. Will they make a comeback in the final two episodes?

It’s not like I need them to play any important roles in the end, but it would be nice if they were acknowledged once more, especially since Polnareff is now dead. Perhaps we’ll get to see Giorno or one of his surviving comrades join the Speedwagon Foundation and tell Jotaro about the death of his friend.

Buccellati’s Last Stand

Bruno Buccellati has finally passed on, but not after dealing one final blow to Diavolo. The only issue is, it doesn’t really make sense. Remember how last week I was puzzled by how Diavolo “defeated” Silver Chariot Requiem? Well this week Buccellati does something similar, but with wildly different consequences.

Just as Diavolo is about to grab the stand arrow in Mista’s body, Buccellati smashes the star behind his own head (in Diavolo’s body). In Diavolo’s case, this stopped Chariot Requiem from continuing to pursue him. However, in Buccellati’s case, this somehow completely defeats Chariot Requiem.

And once Chariot Requiem is defeated, all of the swapped souls return to their own bodies. Ergo, Diavolo is swapped back into his own body which is out of reach of the stand arrow. Unfortunately, this also means that Buccellati finally ascends to heaven rather than going back to his body.

Bruno Buccellati's soul going to heaven from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
Bruno Buccellati’s soul going to heaven

And here comes my next minor complaint, the fact that Buccellati got a send-off by Giorno. I guess this isn’t really a complaint, but after the sudden deaths of the Abbacchio and Narancia, Buccellati’s soul ascending to heaven felt a bit drawn out and overplayed.

At the same time, since it was only Giorno who was able to see his soul, likely because of Gold Experience’s abilities, the other JoBros are going to have a rude awakening when they find out Buccellati is gone for good. I thought it was a good end for Buccellati, but a bit out of place for part 5 as a whole.

Gold Experience Requiem

After Buccellati’s final act, the smoke dissipates and what do you know, the stand arrow is in Giorno’s hand. That alone is a plot hole, but whatever, at this point I’ll allow just about anything. He then pierces Gold Experience with the arrow and Gold Experience Requiem is born.

Also the stand arrow gets absorbed into Gold Experience Requiem so it can no longer fall into Diavolo’s hands. The image of the arrow then appears on Gold Experience Requiem’s forehead, begging the question of whether or not Black Sabbath from the beginning of the series was secretly a Requiem stand.

The only two official Requiem stands had the stand arrows pictured on their bodies, but so too did Black Sabbath. However, once we look closer at the abilities gained by stands that have achieved Requiem status, it becomes clear that Black Sabbath was not one of them.

Giorno Giovanna and Gold Experience Requiem from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
Giorno Giovanna and Gold Experience Requiem

The abilities gained by Requiem stands are the perfect abilities for the exact situation the stand user happens to be in at the moment the arrow pierces their stand. While these abilities are definitely overpowered, there’s no guarantee they’ll be useful outside of that one specific situation.

In the case of Chariot Requiem, Polnareff needed to keep the stand arrow away from Diavolo, and so that’s what all of Chariot Requiem’s abilities were for: keeping the arrow safe. Gold Experience Requiem has a different goal: defeating Diavolo.

If you’re interested in learning more about Requiem stands, and are also interested in some theorizing on how Kira Yoshikage from part 4 may have had the first Requiem stand, there’s a great video on the subject by xForts. In particular, I really enjoyed his breakdown of Killer Queen and Killer Queen Bites the Dust.

Another DIO

But Gold Experience Requiem actually brings us to my biggest complaint about this episode, which is that Diavolo is essentially another DIO. I get that they’re two separate characters, but let’s face it, they have a lot of similarities.

They both view themselves as above the common man (which DIO is more so than Diavolo), they both have time-altering stand abilities (which are among the most overpowered possible), and because their stand abilities are so strong, both require a Deus ex machina to defeat.

It’s this final point which is revealed in this week’s episode. Requiem stands were essentially introduced into the series as a way to deal with the overwhelming power of Diavolo’s King Crimson and Epitaph. The evidence for this is that Gold Experience Requiem’s abilities are tailor made to defeat Diavolo.

For starters, it can reverse time back to before the point that King Crimson’s time skip began. But what truly makes it the perfect stand for the situation is that it can also seemingly alter the future so that Epitaph’s predictions, while still technically correct, do not come to fruition.

It’s almost like Gold Experience Requiem shifts the world line (to steal terminology from Steins;Gate) to one in which Epitaphs prediction doesn’t come true. The predictions are still technically correct, just not in the universe they have now been shifted into. Or at least that’s how I interpreted what I watched.

Regardless of how exactly Gold Experience Requiem’s abilities work, the outcome is the same. Just as Jotaro’s Star Platinum suddenly developed time-altering abilities to defeat DIO’s The World, so too has Giorno developed time-altering abilities to defeat Diavolo’s King Crimson.

Conclusion

So what are your thoughts on this final Friday episode of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind? Did you like how Buccellati was sent off? And do you think it was a good idea to introduce Requiem stands with the express purpose of using them as a Deus ex machina? Let me know in the comments.

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JoJo’s Part 5 Episode 36

JoJo’s Part 5 Episode 36

Diavolo Surfaces

Episode 36 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind is the single most confusing episode of JoJo’s yet. Before part 5 was animated people used to say that King Crimson’s abilities make no sense, but I actually find King Crimson to be fairly easy to understand.

What I don’t understand are the chain of events that happened within this episode. Some of the things that happen and make no sense are explained poorly, others are explained in ways which themselves don’t make sense, and then there are those which are simply not explained at all.

So as much as I’d love to be the person who can explain everything that happened in this episode to you, I can’t. Instead I’ll be sharing my confusion with you in the hopes that either I’m not alone or someone else will be able to come to the rescue and explain what I just watched.

Let’s start with some of the simple thing and work our way up to the most illogical. At the very start of the episode we’re shown a shot of Buccellati’s body and it’s revealed that Doppio was in fact the personality which got swapped into it.

It’s still unclear exactly why Doppio and Buccellati’s souls were swapped since they weren’t actually near each other, but that’s what happened. However, to further complicate things, Diavolo’s soul was also swapped out of his own body, which implies a whole host of other issues I’ll get to shortly.

But the more I think about it, the more it would have made sense for Diavolo and Doppio to have their souls swapped with each other. They were the closest ones to one another, after all.

Giorno’s Plan

Giorno, the only character currently within his own body, realizes that Diavolo isn’t just nearby, he’s residing within the same body as one of the JoBros. He comes to this conclusion after Mista’s revolver is broken while the group is out in the open with nobody else around.

He then reveals that because his stand, Gold Experience, deals with life, he can determine how many souls are in an object by touching it. This was previously hinted at when Narancia was killed and Giorno mentioned that his own body was hollow after reviving it.

With this ability, Giorno suggests that he can determine which of them is harboring a second soul in their body, thus determining where the boss is. To this end, he knows that the boss isn’t within his own body because it was empty when he transitioned back into it from Narancia’s.

Mista in Trish's body aiming at Giorno from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
Mista in Trish’s body aiming at Giorno

However, Mista isn’t convinced and is worried that by letting Giorno check his (Trish’s) body, he’ll be killed by Diavolo hiding within Giorno. The reason Giorno wanted to check Mista first is because nobody else was closer to his gun when it broke than Mista himself.

Seeing that his team is on the verge of breaking down due to mistrust of one another, Buccellati volunteers to have his (Diavolo’s) body searched first. I originally figured that Diavolo would be in the same body as Buccellati because there wasn’t another soul for his to swap with, but this turns out to be incorrect.

Since Diavolo is a split personality, it appears that he can be swapped into another body as a split personality as well. I guess it was just pure luck that sent Doppio into Buccellati’s body over Diavolo. Diavolo turns out to be in Mista’s body along with Trish, which explains why she could never sense him appearing.

Diavolo’s Precognition

Now, everything so far at least makes sense, even if it breaks the pre-established rules regarding how souls were swapped with one another. From here on out, however, that isn’t the case. But before getting into the things that really don’t make sense, we need to take another look at King Crimson.

King Crimson’s main ability has been explain fairly well so far. It skips time forward while allowing the user to react to the time that was skipped. This alone is a broken ability, but it isn’t the only ability King Crimson has access to.

You may have noticed that there’s a smaller face on the forehead of King Crimson, this is known as Epitaph. The best way I can explain it is that it’s essentially to King Crimson what Bites the Dust was to Killer Queen in part 4. It’s a secondary ability which almost completely covers the weaknesses of the main ability.

King Crimson holding the stand arrow from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
King Crimson holding the stand arrow

Epitaph’s ability is precognition. We’ve already seen it at work earlier in the series when Diavolo lent its power to Doppio during the fight against Risotto. However, when used in tandem with King Crimson, it allows Diavolo to use his time-skip ability in response to future threats.

And now that we’ve established how King Crimson and Epitaph work, I’m unable to explain to you how Trish and Spice girl were able to outsmart Diavolo. In fact, Trish isn’t even able to explain this even though she tries.

She says that she turned Mista’s bullets soft, but that doesn’t explain what happened next. How did those bullets end up getting through King Crimson and Epitaph’s abilities? And why did they take so long to finally hit King Crimson? And how did they somehow fling the stand arrow out of his reach? Also when did she touch the bullets?

I have so many questions about what happened during that scene, and I feel like there isn’t a real explanation of what happened.

Requiem’s Shadow

But there’s something that makes even less sense than Spice Girl being able to outsmart King Crimson and Epitaph, Silver Chariot Requiem. For starters, we were introduced to yet another ability it has which is to fundamentally alter the composition and DNA of all life affected by its first two abilities.

I guess this would end up killing everything it infects, but that’s not actually clear. It could just be mutating appearances, and if so is little more than a body horror ability. Still, nobody wants to be turned into a mutated blob of flesh, so I can understand why this is a big deal to the JoBros.

The mystery here is why it has an ability like this at all. Silver Chariot Requiem’s abilities are all over the place and don’t really have much in common with each other. The best explanation we get is simply that it’s all-powerful and has the ability to manipulate mind, body, and soul.

However, we now get to the part of the episode that made the least amount of sense to me: Chariot Requiem’s true nature and how Diavolo defeats it. It’s revealed that Chariot Requiem’s shadow always appears opposite from the person who is viewing the stand.

What this means is that if two people are looking at Chariot Requiem from two different angles, they will see its shadow to be in two different places. This phenomenon was explained well in the episode and I have no real issue with it.

It was also stated that this phenomenon is partially due to Chariot Requiem’s nature as the shadow of a former soul, that being Polnareff’s. And while this clearly isn’t a logical explanation, that’s why its own shadow appears differently to each different soul which views it. It’s always as if they’re seeing the shadow of their own soul.

But no, the part that really doesn’t make sense is that Diavolo is able to defeat Chariot Requiem by smashing a miniature star which he believes is behind his head. Since Chariot Requiem’s shadow is always in front of him, Diavolo believes there must be a light source always behind him to cast this shadow.

I have no idea why he would come to this conclusion after how he explains the nature of the stand. Also, why are we able to see the star behind his head in that instance, but not for anyone else? Further, why would smashing his personal star destroy Chariot Requiem for everyone?

Conclusion

Were you as utterly confused as I was about the events in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind? Do you know how Trish was able to outwit Diavolo? Do you understand how Diavolo came to the conclusion that there was a miniature sun behind his head he needed to smash? Let me know in the comments.

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