Do you know the word ‘kamikai’? It means ‘godly episode’ and is used to describe those episodes of anime that really stick with you. Episode 28 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is, without a doubt, a kamikai for me. It took me so long to write this review because there was just so much to say that I struggled to cut it down.
Japanese title: 今に落ちてきそうな空の下で
We lose Abbacchio. That’s really all I can say.
~ How long will it take? 8-10 minutes. Do it in 5!
~ The episode doesn’t shy away from gore. Not only was the Boss hit with a chunk of Risotto’s FLESH, but Risotto was left in a right state at the end.
~ There were some fantastic expressions on Abbacchio’s face, such as the moment he is attacked, the moment he dies, and the complicated expressions he shows to his former partner.
~ The main cast of JoJo Golden Wind are all extremely popular voice actors and it’s clear that they haven’t been cast for no good reason. There were some extraordinary performances this episode, especially from veteran voice actor Jun’ichi Suwabe as Abbacchio. That one moment when Abbacchio’s voice breaks as he realizes who the police officer is, was the moment that brought tears to my eyes. Another standout performance was Daiki Yamashita’s Narancia.
~ Every character has their own way of dealing with the loss of their friend. Narancia’s reaction especially is heartbreaking to watch, as he starts off in complete denial of what has happened, only to almost completely break down.
~ Abbacchio’s lip movements as he is talking under the table are so well-animated. It’s worth paying attention to.
~ Abbacchio held onto the piece of stone knowing that Giorno would be able to use GE to lead them to the death mask, showing that deep down he had come to respect and trust Giorno. Likewise, Giorno used his ability to cover Abbacchio’s resting place in beautiful flowers. It’s very bittersweet.
~ Abbacchio died from a wound in the same place on his body as the police officer who dies for him. This is also referenced to in both opening sequences.
~ Abbacchio’s death is quite similar to Kakyoin from Stardust Crusaders. Both were punched through the chest by the Stand of the main villain, and both used the last of their ability to give a vital clue to their comrades. However, Kakyoin unfortunately fell victim to the trope of having the character’s history revealed just as they are about to die. Abbacchio’s character development definitely makes up for this, as we slowly and gradually learn of what had made Abbacchio into the man he became. One of the biggest differences between the two death scenes is how Kakyoin’s death slowly showed us his thoughts as he accepted his death, and Abbacchio’s death is more sudden. Instead, we see Abbacchio enter limbo and come to terms with his own life and death. Both depictions are equally upsetting, but Abbacchio’s provided some kind of closure. (Although the lack of closure regarding Kakyoin’s death it what made it so iconic for me).
‘Abbacchio, you did well’
A man who had lost his purpose, was able to find it again.
Although it seems as though Abbacchio’s death came out of nowhere, his time had come. The scene with the police officer as he left this world brought closure not just to Abbacchio himself, but to us the viewers. This bittersweet episode was fantastically executed by the anime team, from the beautiful cinematography to the OST, which did not sound cheesy but instead expressed both the delicate and harsh emotions of the characters. The graceful dialogue of the original manga was respected and performed to perfection by a very accomplished voice cast. Although I have no doubt JoJo will have some kamikai to come as we lead up to the final battle, I can safely say that, to me, episode 28 is a kamikai. The love and respect from the anime team put into what was already a wonderful chapter of manga is so, so obvious. Phenomenal work.
Goodbye, Leone Abbacchio.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
Spring 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast