JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part V : Vento Aureo Manga Review

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Table of Contents

  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Art
  4. Enjoyment
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Action, Adventure, Shounen

STATUS : FINISHED

STORY

Vento Aureo stars Giorno Giovana. Giorno is determined to rise to the top of organized crime and become a gangstar (a combination of gangster and superstar) in order to help people and make the world a better place. So he joins Passione, an organized crime group that employs many Stand users…

Hello and welcome to yet another JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure review! This time we’ll be looking at Vento Aureo, or Golden Wind, a part that by many is often overlooked and considered bad. Is it really the case though? Let’s find out!

First thing’s first – can you read Vento Aureo without reading any previous parts? Absolutely not. In the first chapter we see character from Part IV : Diamond is Unbreakable make an appearance. The fact that Giorno is Dio’s son also suggests you should know Part I : Phantom Blood and Part III : Stardust Crusaders.
That out of the way? Good!  What exactly is Vento Aureo about then? Well, to put it bluntly, it’s about Giorno Giovanna trying to become a gangstar. Not a gangster, a gangstar. To do so, he must become the head of the mafia, which means taking down the current head. From that point we witness Giorno and his new team trying to rise up in rank.

If you’ve read previous two parts you should know how Hirohiko Araki does his thing, and it doesn’t change here. It’s a “Monster of the Week” formula that has a continuity instead of being just different and separate stories. And when it comes to those “monsters” – stand users, Araki really did a fantastic job. Vento Aureo, at least in my opinion, has one of the most unique stand abilities  in JoJo’s universe. An ability to give life to inorganic objects, an ability to create zippers that in turn lead to a different dimension where you can hide things or yourself, or manipulation  of kinetic vectors. It’s all there, better than ever.

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In terms of pacing, Vento Aureo is very inconsistent. The pace at first is really good, not too fast nor too slow, but it dips towards the middle. It becomes really slow and does not pick up until the very end. As such, having a slow middle part may be hard to get through, and can make you drop it because of that.

As far as the overall story goes – it’s amazing. It’s mostly underrated or forgotten because of the jarring translations back in the day. The new translations are leaps and bounds above the old ones. And truth be told, the new scans make the experience way better. I guess most people who have written off Vento Aureo in the past did so because of translations. The story, and the stand ability of the main villain, are hard to grasp without proper explanation. Fortunately, it’s all there now and it feels great.

The Italy setting is different from what we had before, and is a breath of fresh air honestly. Inner workings of the mafia are explained here, its pros and cons as well. Throughout the series we experience fights against mafia members sent to… You’ll need to find that out yourself.
The ending of the part, however, is confusing as heck. Granted, the stand ability of the main villain is equally weird and “just works”, but the ending for some felt like Deus Ex Machina. Do I agree? Not really, although that was my initial impression. After some time, however, it changed drastically and I appreciated Vento Aureo even more.

CHARACTERS

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Vento Aureo has a great set of characters. They are so great, in fact, that many people completely dismiss Giorno as the main character, and instead opt for Buccellati. And that is something that could be agreed to, to a certain extent at least. Giorno is charismatic only in the words of his group, as we see nothing of his charisma. I tend to disagree with that to a degree, as he does have his fathers’ charisma, but he isn’t as arrogant, so it doesn’t come out as strongly.

The rest of the group is fantastic, their personalities are great and work fantastically when combined. If you like banter between characters, Vento Aureo may be just what you’re looking for. They are very, very unique and don’t follow the archetypes at all.

The villains are great, with a special mention the the main villain. Without mentioning his name, but he is one of the best JoJo’s villains. That, and his ability that “just works”. The rest of the villains are also great, though some of them didn’t get enough development for us to care about them.

Overall, the characters are great, but some just “disappear”. They just go somewhere without a mention ever again, which irritates to no end. That, and some side characters, especially villains, do not get enough development.

ART

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Vento Aureo’s art finished the transformation that started in Part IV. From muscle-heavy to flamboyant, it finishes here and the cast fits that style perfectly. The poses are also back, now more awesome and epic than ever as they use that flamboyant style like they were made for it. Characters do not resemble one another, and you can easily tell who’s who, something some modern series lack due to art simplification.

Stand designs are fantastic, background details are great and the addition of colour scans just makes everything better. In all honesty, the only thing wrong with the art of JoJo’s is the fact that someone has never experienced it in a story. For an “outsider” this may look silly, ugly or even worse, but the moment you start reading, you realize the series could not go on without it. It’s just THAT great.

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ENJOYMENT

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part V : Vento Aureo’s enjoyment before was based on the translation quality. Right now, with the new scans out, this part doesn’t feel so shallow and stupid, making it a great time to dive in. Yes, the ending is controversial and characters disappear for no reason, but besides that it’s more of the JoJo we love. You’ll enjoy the part now more so than ever before, if you’ve at least enjoyed the previous parts.

FINAL VERDICT – This was truly a gold experience.

Golden Wind, Vento Aureo or just simply Part V is more of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, more poses, more badassery and more stand abilities that fit into the amazing overarching story and events created by awesome characters. That was a long sentence, but I still feel like it didn’t do the part justice. It’s underrated because of trash-like translations back in the day and controversial ending, but don’t let it sway you – it is indeed on of the best. It’s truly a gold experience.

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