「ナランチャのエアロスミス」 (Narancha no Aerosmith)
Following the last episode’s look into La Squadra’s re-emergence to take the Boss’ wealth, it’s Narancia’s turn for his backstory to be revealed. Although the Little Feet fight has taken up three episodes, it is worth the length to be able to get the high amount of quality that we’re getting from the flashbacks and battle strategies.
For Narancia, his upbringing and the trouble he got in ended up paving the way towards his feelings about both his home life and the friends he’s made in Passione. After his mother passed away and he severed ties with his dad, he grew resentful and joined an outdoor gang of kids, but the difference between this group and Passione are night and day. When a blonde kid threw Narancia under the bus for a crime the kid did, it could have entirely ended his trust in others. But Bruno mentorship combined with Fugo wanting to take him in to help him ended up being what he needed to be able to take the initiative to have a new lease of life. While he isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, he certainly understands the value that Bruno’s words of encouragement have on him.
The episode also managed to make the Little Feet fight far more interesting in motion with how much tension is built up with every move. The strategy it took to think on the fly about further damaging a car’s gas tank was crafty, especially since he was in the process getting trapped in a glass bottle with a spider that could gruesomely kill him at his current size (as a side note, someone in the production team saw the Paris Hilton version of House of Wax). Once the strategy shifted in Narancia’s path towards blowing up every car in site, the stakes grow higher and higher for Formaggio, who had just been drowned in sewage, shot and cut up several times, and was burning alive until he shrunk himself.
Even though Narancia’s shopping bags were burnt up and he was reckless enough to have a map that someone could lead back to the vineyard where Trish is being held, the conclusion of the fight sets the tone for the fights from this point forward in Golden Wind. Because the fights are now about the Boss’ daughter, being “retired” means being killed in violent, strategic warfare. This is solidified by how much the Boss is involved with getting Passione where he wants them as his identity is on the line if La Squadra can pinpoint Trish, her possible stand abilities, and what she knows about her dad. His direct contact with Bruno to get him to find a key in Pompeii is proof that the situation has become far more serious than before. What this means for the group and what it means for Giorno, who is finding himself in deeper and deeper with the gang, will be explained as the season marches forward with Giorno, Abbacchio and Fugo’s trip to Pompeii.