User of the Aerosmith Stand
- Episodes : 39
- Genre : Action, Adventure, Shounen
- Airing Date : October 6, 2018 - Ongoing
- Producers : David Production
JoJo No Kimyou Na Bouken: Ougon no Kaze Preview (No Spoilers)
Ougon no Kaze (or Vento Auero or Golden Wind) serves as the fifth saga to Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo franchise. Taking place in Italy in 2001, Giorno Giovanna, the teenage son of Dio Brando, the former villain, is just trying to make a (dis)honest buck so he can get by. Unlike his demented father, he’s actually a good kid. Due to his difficult upbringing, he wants to be a “gang-star” in order to get drugs out of his community. After fighting Bucciarati, a member of Passione, one of Italy’s biggest crime organizations, he becomes a member in hopes of taking it over. And there, he meets a ragtag group of fellow Stand users as they are tasked with protecting Trish, the boss’ daughter from mysterious forces.
Yes, we’re aware that the official English release calls his Stand “Aeroplane” due to trademark issues but we say screw that and refer to it by its true name, Aerosmith. For those of you who are not familiar with the original JoJo source material, it contains NUMEROUS references to music. As we shared before, Giorno’s Gold Experience stand is a reference to Prince’s hit album and Narancia’s stand is of course a homage to one of the GREATEST rock bands of all time, Aerosmith. With the “aero” name, it’s appropriate that the stand is represented as a fighter jet. Though it’s the size of a toy, it can do some heavy damage and Narancia can control it with a remote that includes radar that can indicate breathing! He can be reckless with Aerosmith, but it certainly has its contributions when it counts!
4. He’s a Riches to Rags Story
What makes Narancia unique compared to the rest of Bucciarati’s gang is that he’s a riches to rags story. He came from a life of privilege but circumstances forced him onto the streets before he was even a teenager. After losing his mother to an eye illness and being set up by his best friend for a crime he didn’t commit, Narancia hit a low. Touched by his will, Bucciarati recruits him and does his best to take care of him. However, Narancia still exhibits childish traits and is unable to do basic multiplication due to not graduating from elementary and being on his own since he was a child (that should tell you something about Italy’s juvenile and welfare system in the world of JoJo). Many people are touched by the rags to riches story, but Narancia is a rare example of the opposite and you see how it affects his development.
3. He’s Not to be Underestimated
He may not be smart and has a childish temperament, but Narancia is reliable when it counts the most. He may not be good at multiplication, but he can still calculate an enemy’s position thanks to his stand’s radar. He can be over the top with his methods, but he gets the job done. As the series progresses, Narancia comes to see that he does need an education and proudly admits he wants to go back to school once their mission is over. So when it comes to book smarts, he’s not the cream of the crop but with street smarts, he’s your man.
2. He Cares About His Team
What Narancia lacks in brains, he makes it up with heart. In his battle against Formaggio, he does everything possible to make sure his team’s present position isn’t compromised. He does what he can to make sure he’s not being followed and to not leave any evidence of his team’s whereabouts behind. Most of the time, Narancia doesn’t act with his head but mostly with his heart and he does it out of loyalty to Bucciarati and the team. All he wanted was a family to care about him and his resolve in this fight is the ultimate demonstration to how much he wants to protect the only family he has with. As the series progresses (though the anime hasn’t portrayed this yet), he sees how Trish was discarded by her father and takes her side knowing what it’s like to be abandoned by his father.
1. The Torture Dance
What puts him at number one is that he initiated the torture dance scene on the boat. After capturing Zucchero, an enemy combatant, Narancia thought it would be a good idea to introduce him to the 9th Layer to Hell to get some info out of him and what does he do? A crazy dance to a beat and melody reminiscent of Prince’s Pussy Control! The dancing takes influences from both Prince and Michael Jackson and is accompanied by psychedelic imagery that you’d see in a White Zombie music video. The original manga was just a few panels but the anime just by adds more to it with what you see and hear to make the experience more immersing. It shows that Narancia is a good dancer (he can do the moonwalk!) and he has awesome taste in music!
Though this has yet to be revealed in the anime, Narancia also happens to be a fan of Tupac and Snoop Dogg! While manga fans are aware of his unfortunate fate, we thought it would be nice to do an HCW in dedication to him before that is unveiled in the anime. Narancia is a perfect example of what happens when you don’t raise and educate kids right. He’s short tempered, illiterate, and can’t do basic math. However, he knows loyalty, sacrifice, and real music, which is why he’s a worthy choice for an HCW.