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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind – 11

「ナランチャのエアロスミス」 (Narancha no Aerosmith)
“Narancia’s 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.

December 14, 2018 at 2:10 pm
  • December 15, 2018 at 7:16 amCruiser

    I’m amazed that Narancia got framed for the crime just like that. Having bleached hair is all it took for him to be the complete doubleganger of the other guy?

    • December 15, 2018 at 7:22 amWorldwidedepp

      Well, for me this anime just “glorify violence” for its own means..

    • December 17, 2018 at 5:25 amDio

      Can you trust a witness? It’s one of the first thing that they teach you in criminology and law classes. People that watch tv crime drama tend to think that witness testimony is the best possible proof, but in reality does not work like that.

      Human memory is not that reliable, the old woman remembered the hair of her assailant, because it was the most striking feature, but is difficult for a witness to actually remember a face, let alone for an old, traumatized woman.
      So when the police brought her a kid from the same area, with the same haircut and color and not so different from her assailant, her brain put the things together to convince her that it was him.

    • June 4, 2019 at 12:01 pmSherris

      Lazy police just wanted to get a case closed and move on.

  • December 15, 2018 at 5:26 pmTerrence Ng

    I read the manga a long time ago but I did not recall how epic this first fight is. David Productions is doing a superb job animating this and enhancing the source material! Narancia’s fight with this guy was tense all the way through, and how dope is a fight scene where the town is literally engulfed in flames.

  • December 15, 2018 at 8:12 pmACG.YT

    To be honest, i don’t watch this anime, but my friends watch this.

  • December 15, 2018 at 8:41 pmIncognito

    Even though JoJo isn’t a cooking anime, it’s still nice to see David Production’s attention to detail when it comes to illustrating food. Also, that looks just as delicious as Antonio Trussardi’s spaghetti alla puttanesca back in Part 4 (though probably less spicy).

    • December 17, 2018 at 2:24 pmBigFire

      We did have Tonio Trussardi’s very delicious dishes from the previous season. You’d expect nothing less than the best for an up and coming gangster like Bucciarati.