「キング・クリムゾンの謎」 (King Crimson no Nazo)
“The Mystery of King Crimson”
And so, we’ve absolutely hit the crossroads of Vento Aureo. The moment where the objective is changed from delivering Trish to the Boss to getting out of Dodge and formulating a plan to discover the Boss’ identity and exploit any of his weaknesses. The episode does a wonderful job at raising the stakes as it’s Bruno versus the world from here on out with the Boss willing and capable of mowing through anyone in his path to protect his identity.
Kudos to Araki for creating a Stand that is as intimidating and puzzling as King Crimson. The radius of the Stand’s time-skip ability is wide enough for it to affect the members of Passione outside as seen when chocolates that Narancia was planning on stuffing in his mouth were warped there out of the blue. Or when Abbacchio ends up warping to the moment he grabs Giorno for trying to meet with Bruno. The episode did an awesome job at showing us what exactly the Boss can see when he activates King Crimson’s ability, and how he can easily warp behind people while telegraphing their moves. It does have glaring weaknesses in its ability to only be able to experience a few seconds into the future and its five to ten-second buffer between uses, but this was a detail that Bruno had to get himself nearly killed to pick up on. In fact, the notion that a Stand user as strong as Bruno was easily apprehended by King Crimson will prove to provide a difficult battle for the gang when they end up having to face him.
With fatal injuries that were deadly enough to have his soul temporarily leave his body, Bruno’s life is also on thin ice. The last time we saw someone survive after their spirit form floated out of their body was with Joseph Joestar in Part 3’s conclusion. But unlike Joseph, Bruno’s condition was too dire for even Golden Experience to be able to restore him to good health. Additionally, his encounter with King Crimson has branded him and anyone who would side with him as traitors. So, for Bruno to be suffering from internal trauma and have the strongest members of the Boss’ personal mobsters after him, he’s pretty much a dead man walking no matter how you cut it.
The last moments of the episode are the most pivotal because of the decision that all but one member of Bruno’s gang made would be to join Bruno on a suicide mission. Giorno was always going to follow through on any of Bruno’s goals no matter what because they strongly align with his dream of using his power and influence to rid the streets of drugs. Abbacchio acknowledged that it was a reckless mission that he could easily save himself from taking part in, but he had nothing to lose by going with Bruno and has a tsundere attachment to his capo. Mista sees the bigger picture with the faith he has in Bruno’s judgment calls, the gut feeling he has that they’ll take over when they defeat the Boss and the fact that he wasn’t the fourth member to join Bruno. Narancia was the most conflicted due to the lack of decisions he’s had to make by his own accord, but upon seeing Trish’s hand again, he was finally able to formulate his own thoughts on the matter as it struck an emotional chord in him when he related Trish’s experiences with his own.
Fugo’s situation is interesting because he’s the only one who was against going with Bruno the entire time. For him, he tried to think practically that it was outright suicide to go against the organization even if what Bruno did was morally correct. In his eyes, no one would have to risk their lives if they didn’t stick their necks out for a girl who they just met. The amount of material based around Vento Aureo has varying depictions of Fugo with some novelizations toying with the concept of having him be a traitor (the most prolific of which is a sequel novel Purple Haze Feedback). For the manga and anime, however, Fugo is reluctant to join and tries to discourage his friends not to join Bruno because they would all be getting themselves killed by doing so. The anime was by-the-book with Fugo leaving, but it did help capture the sorrow he has in seeing all of his friends sign their own death warrants. What this means for a Purple Haze Feedback adaptation, given that they are going by the manga interpretation of his departure and changed up his side story, is up in the air, but hopefully, we’ll get to see more of Fugo by the time the anime reaches its conclusion.