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9 Ways Giorno Giovanna Is Unlike Any Other Shonen Protagonist

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Giorno Giovanna is not only unlike any other Joestar lead before him, but also unlike any other shonen protagonist.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, created by Hirohiko Araki, is one of the most unusual and addictive series of its kind.

Araki’s main series has not only been around for more than three decades, but it has also allowed itself to adapt in innovative ways because to its generational structure, which examines various members of the Joestar lineage. Because of the series’ shifting pool of protagonists, each new episode in the developing JoJo narrative carries a lot of extra weight.

9 Ways Giorno Giovanna is Unlike Any Other Shonen

Giorno Giovanna

Giorno Giovanna is introduced as the series’ new lead in Golden Wind, the fifth tale of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Giorno is unique for a JoJo protagonist, but he’s even more unusual among popular shonen heroes.

1. He’s the son of a former villain.

A recurring theme in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, as well as the majority of shonen series, is that the protagonist is surrounded by a strong cast of supporting characters.

Although Giorno is the key character in Golden Wind, he frequently plays a passive role, prompting some fans to hail Bruno Bucciarati as the “real JoJo” of the film.

To take things a step further, Giorno joins Bruno’s team, which continues to be known as Team Bucciarati even after Giorno’s departure. Although Giorno’s part is crucial, it’s pleasant to see him share the spotlight in such a serious manner.

2. He is not a Japanese native.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is an interesting departure from other popular shonen series since it tells stories from a worldwide perspective. Golden Wind chooses to tell its storey in a variety of cities around Italy, highlighting various Italian icons in the process.

It’s not a hard and fast rule that all shonen protagonists are Japanese, and many come from hazy fantasy worlds that aren’t meant to be realistic. However, when it comes to the genre, it’s still the norm, thus Giorno’s Italian background is a refreshing change of pace from the usual shonen fare.

3. His greatest ambition is to reform gangs and become a “gang-star.”

Shonen series are still one of the most popular genres since their characters can have a wide range of reasons.

There are several basic characteristics that shonen series follow, which can often be applied to character arcs, but JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is particularly inventive in this regard.

Some shonen characters have bizarre objectives that may appear insignificant to others, such as Giorno Giovanna’s desire to be a “Gang-Star.” This entails him infiltrating the Passione gang and changing it from within, but there are several details that distinguish Giorno’s journey as uniquely his own.

4. He Condemns His Opponent To An Eternal Torment

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has done an excellent job with its varied and intriguing Stands, particularly when it comes to the series’ villains. Diavolo of Golden Wind and his King Crimson have the ability to control time in mind-boggling ways. After using the Stand Arrow, Giorno’s Stand matures into Gold Experience Requiem, giving him the upper hand.

Diavolo is trapped in an everlasting cycle in which he is forced to reenact his own death under varied horrific circumstances thanks to Gold Experience Requiem. When it comes to destroying their arch rivals, shonen characters can be surprisingly aggressive or cruel, but Giorno’s methods of defeat are particularly sinister.

5. He alienates his team, prompting one of them to resign.

It’s not uncommon for a shonen anime protagonist and their supporting cast to have growing pains and tension. Most of the time, though, these are only designed to be temporary roadblocks that force the characters to grow closer by threatening to be pulled apart.

One of Team Bucciarati’s members, Pannacotta Fugo, departs the squad after a disagreement over ideals occurs in Golden Wind, which is a highly startling incident. The breaking point for Fugo is Giorno’s direction for Team Bucciarati and their intention to target the boss.

6. He is the leader of previous JoJo saga heroes.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure stands out from the rest of the shonen genre thanks to the creative way in which it constantly switches perspectives between members of the Joestar family. Sometimes the series starts anew from the beginning, but other times, past characters continue to appear in later stories.

Giorno’s leadership in Golden Wind leads him to temporarily command Stardust Crusaders’ Polnareff and also cross paths with Diamond is Unbreakable’s Koichi. Given that Giorno does not cross over into other chapters, this is a rare amount of privilege.

7. He Starts Out As A Sort Of Antagonist

Redemption is an important theme in shonen anime, but the more extreme examples usually relate to the supporting characters.

Many shonen heroes start off in uncivilised and irritating environments before maturing and becoming more pleasant, but Golden Wind takes a more extreme approach.

Giorno Giovanna is introduced in the series as someone who steals from established hero Koichi Hirose, and it is made apparent that this is a pattern for him. Giorno swiftly uses his abilities to accomplish his own kind of social justice, but he starts off as a thief.

8. Margherita Pizza is his favourite dish.

The environment of an anime can be secondary to the main plot or character development, but Golden Wind doesn’t take its Italy setting for granted.

In Golden Wind, there is a lot of combat, but there are also a lot of times where Team Bucciarati is planning their next strike while eating in a café or restaurant.

On several occasions, Giorno expresses his fondness for margherita pizza, which is a particularly adorable trait about him. Most shonen protagonists have a taste for food, and some are even partial to pizza, but Giorno is the only one who specialises in margherita pizza.

9. Until the very end, his stance isn’t the most powerful.

Throughout JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, there are literally hundreds of various Stands on display, and Golden Wind’s heroes have some truly unique abilities, ranging from sentient bullets to airplane-based Stands.

The main character’s Stand can be put under a lot of strain, and Giorno’s Gold Experience is frequently overlooked in favour of more adaptable talents like Bucciarati’s Sticky Fingers.

When it comes to Golden Wind’s combat, Gold Experience can create life energy and then transfer it to various items, but it gets quite narrow and almost feels like an afterthought.

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