JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Giorno Giovanna’s Stand
Hey everyone! A little different today, I’ve recently been rewatching JoJo’s from the beginning, and I just wanted to write a little discussion post on my favourite Stand – Giorno Giovanna’s Gold Experience. So, here goes!
Golden Wind’s protagonist has one of the most beautiful Stands in all of JoJo, but it’s also an incredibly powerful one.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind has a unique protagonist with Giorno Giovanna, as he’s not a direct descendant of the Joestars but is instead the son of Dio Brando – the prevailing antagonist of Parts 1 and 3. Bearing this in mind, it could be easy to assume that Giorno could have followed in his father’s footsteps as a villain, but the Joestar blood running through him (thanks to Dio having stolen Jonathan Joestar’s body) means that he’s just as much as a force for good as previous JoJo’s.
Giorno’s Stand Gold Experience is equally a force mainly for good, and very early on we see just how beautiful it is. Although, as we see from the beginning, Giorno at times does use it for mediocre crimes to get by. Our first sighting is when Giorno spots someone trying to steal a woman’s purse, he steals it back and lets the woman know that she’d just dropped it.
He can’t help himself take a little reward though, and we see butterflies fly out of the woman’s bag and fly to Giorno. Subsequently, they turn back into notes that had been in her purse. So that’s the first part of Giorno’s stand, it can turn inanimate objects into living beings.
Shortly after this, he runs into Koichi Hirose (who you might remember from the previous act) and turns his whole suitcase into a frog which Koichi unknowingly allows to escape from him.
Giorno’s habit for stealing from tourists attracts the attention of Leaky Eye Luca, a member of the Italian Mafia gang Passione. As he’s acting on Passione’s land, Luca demands that he pay for protection to be able to continue his activities. Giorno refuses to pay this and insists that he already pays for protection by bribing the local police, but of course this doesn’t quite cut it for Luca.
Koichi’s suitcase-turned-frog then turns up on the scene, and Luca believes that by threatening the frog he can persuade Giorno to pay up. As he still refuses, Luca then decides to attack the frog with a shovel. This is our second insight into Gold Experience, as the attack rebounds onto Luca and leaves him with a shovel-shaped indent in the back of his head, leading him to fall into a coma.
This all happens in the very first episode of Golden Wind, and yet we still gain another sight of Gold Experience when Koichi runs into him a second time in the episode. To escape Koichi, Giorno creates an escape through a tree which Koichi tries to attack with his Stand, Echos Act 3. This backfires, as it did with Luca, and leaves Koichi gasping for breath but still very much alive.
During Giorno’s encounter and subsequent fight with Bruno Bucciarati, we see that his Stand can also infuse life energy into an already living organism, causing the organism’s processes to greatly accelerate. Bucciarati’s consciousness accelerated to a point that he assumed everything else was just moving slowly, resulting in him having an out-of-body experience.
Yet another extended ability of Gold Experience is being able to create specific organs and body parts to replace damaged ones, such as when Giorno heals Mista after he’s been wounded in the head by bullets. For short-range attacks, the Stand is very fast and thus capable of unleashing a rapid set of punches.
Gold Experience Requiem
With just the aforementioned abilities, Gold Experience is a formidable Stand for antagonists to come across, especially if they’re unaware that attacks will reflect back to them. However, towards the end of the part he also manages to stab himself with the Requiem Arrow, thus gaining Gold Experience Requiem. Whereas Giorno was a difficult opponent prior to gaining his Requiem Stand, afterwards he is arguably the strongest JoJo yet.
Gold Experience Requiem has much more speed and power than its predecessor, to the extent that it’s potentially even stronger than Jotaro’s Star Platinum. The Arrow acts on his desire to defeat Diavolo, the main antagonist of Part 5, and get revenge on him.
The main ability is the power of reverting anything to zero, undoing anything that someone has done. Such is the strength of this that someone near to death can even be brought back to life, whilst attacks on Giorno himself can’t really do anything. The Stand is so powerful that Giorno is even able to levitate with it, and stones can be fired with such force that they go straight through bodies.
Giorno’s Stand makes him completely stand out in the JoJo world, and his ability to create life alone will always be one of the most beautiful abilities created by mangaka, Hirohiko Araki.
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