34 episodes into the series, Golden Wind has finally gotten its first opening sequence upgrade! It is of course a tradition for JoJo openings to get some kind of tweak to them – from the addition of sound effects, E.D.M remixes or literally just playing the opening backwards. Although I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get a version of ‘Fighting Gold’ with sound effects, I love the new version of ‘Uragirimono no Requiem’, which also pays respect to the Dio version of the second Stardust Crusader’ opening. It means that we are getting closer and closer to the climax and I’m feeling a little sad.
Japanese title: 鎮魂歌（レクイム）は静かに奏でらる その①
Silver Chariot Requiem has awakened and it puts everyone in the area into a deep sleep. When they wake up, they find that they have swapped bodies with the person (or animal) closest to them. The Stands also seem to have had some kind of power upgrade…
While the team tries to work out who Bucciarati could have swapped with, Coco Jumbo starts to talk… no, it’s Polnareff! His soul was able to enter Coco Jumbo’s body before his original body died. Turtle-Pol tells the team that by sheer coincidence, he learned that the arrow holds the ability to make a Stand go out of control. He also explains that the Boss is not one person but two. Suddenly, Diavolo charges towards Silver Chariot Requiem. As we can see from the appearance of Sticky Fingers, Bucciarati has taken over Diavolo’s body. Yet Trish told us that her father was not in Bucciarati’s body… so who is inhabiting the body of Bruno Bucciarati?
– The way that Silver Chariot Requiem is animated is really cool.
– We have a new opening! We see Doppio morph into Diavolo, and we get to see Diavolo activate his King Crimson ability. It also seems like he is using Epitaph like Doppio to foresee Giorno’s movements.
– The skill of the voice actors was absolutely amazing in this episode. It was clear right from when Giorno and Trish woke up that they were not actually themselves – simply due to the way they were speaking.
– Mista fondling his new body was hilarious. Both Trish and Mista gave us some of the best facial expressions I’ve ever seen in JoJo. I also loved hearing Mista talk like a woman.
– The change in the characters’ voices after the body-swap is not just in the tone of voice that the characters used, but the vocabulary and accents were very different. Each VA perfectly fit the interpretations the other VA had of their own characters. It may be a little hard to pick up if you are not comfortable with the Japanese language, but trust me, it showed off just how highly-skilled the cast of this anime is.
– Bucciarati! Diavolo has pupils, unlike the true Diavolo.
– The characters are listed in the credits as Regular Character (Current Body). So for example, Kensho Ono is listed as ‘Giorno Giovanna (Narancia Ghirga)’.
– According to the anime’s official Twitter, the track used in the opening will be included in the final OST CD that comes out in August.
– According one of the show’s directors, the Italian lines in the OP were recorded by a native Italian.
– So who is singing the chorus in the background of the new version of the opening song? According the song’s vocalist Daisuke Hasegawa- it was all him!
‘No matter what happens, I’m still older than you. Got it?’
I’ve been waiting for this episode for a while. Now people can finally understand why I say ‘Hey Polnareff’ every time I see a turtle (which is actually quite often here in Japan). Trish and Mista also gave us some much-needed comic relief during this tense point of the story. I could honestly watch a whole series of Mista and Trish’s lovers’ quarrels. They have such great chemistry. We got a lot of much-needed comic relief.
Ciao for now.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
Spring 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast