"JoJo's bizarre adventures": the Japanese cartoon set in Naples

by Federico D'Addato

Between 1995 and 1999 the Japanese cartoonist Hiroiko Araki writes "Golden Wind", Which was subsequently followed by the animated series between 2018 and 2019.

Golden Wind"Is the fifth part of the saga of"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure“, The author who has always declared his love for rock music and for our country he set the entire series in Italy (Naples, Olbia, Venice and Rome are the cities involved).

"JoJo's bizzarre adventures": il cartone animato giapponese ambientato a Napoli
The Gulf of Naples represented in "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure"

Naples in this case it is the protagonist not only of the first narrative arc, but it is also the city that gave birth to almost all the main characters of the series, except the protagonist, in fact, born in Japan but grew up in the Neapolitan capital.

The entire narrative focuses on the history of the Joestar family and on what happens to its members over the years, considering that the first season is set at the end of the 19th century and the last, also of the anime, at the beginning of the 2000s.

One of the most relevant peculiarities of the series, from which it takes its name, is that in every season the protagonist acquires the nickname "JoJo" an assonance between his name and surname, for example Jonathan Joestar, Joseph Joestar, Jotaro Kujo.

In the Italian case the name of the main character of the series is Giovanna day, from which the phonetic assonance derives.

Day he is a fifteen-year-old boy who has experienced a particular family situation, an absent mother and a violent stepfather have negatively characterized his childhood, his first "friend" is a criminal who decides to protect him.

From that moment, Giorno dreams of entering the underworld and becoming one Gang-Star, but not to obtain privileges, but to destroy the criminal organization from within (in the anime it is called Passion) and limit drug trafficking that generates poverty and insecurity in his city, Naples.

During the series other characters belonging to the world of the underworld are presented, but despite this it has been presented as yet another attempt to create controversy, it is very clear that the intentions of the author and the protagonists are quite different.

"JoJo's bizzarre adventures": il cartone animato giapponese ambientato a Napoli
Piazza Bovio illustrated in the anime

The Naples told is expressed in its worst part among abusive taxi drivers, scammers, pickpockets and drug dealers, contrasted with the splendid and incredibly realistic drawings that keep the beauty of the city in the background.

One element that binds the protagonists is the fact that their leader, Bruno Bucciarati, first a rival and then a friend of the JoJo in this series, you recruit guys from the street who believe they have no prospects or are marginalized in some way.

Exactly as it sometimes happens in Camorra-style organizations.

"JoJo's bizzarre adventures": il cartone animato giapponese ambientato a Napoli
The team of the protagonists of the season

Although the work is set in 2001, the taste for creating disagreements is still charged between a bias typical of those who are unable to recognize the quality of the product.

Naples at the same time protagonist and background of the animated series is in fact told (to an extreme) with its facets and with the eyes of a man who, perhaps more than many residents, recognizes the undisputed beauty of this land that has a historical, cultural value but above all human infinitely superior to the rotten one who resides there and who, like the protagonists, has the strength, despite the infinite trials, defeats and losses, to be able to remove it.

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