Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for this episode and previous episodes of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.

In “Hitman’s Team,” we start off with the true fight beginning  between Formaggio and Narancia, Formaggio’s stand somewhat mysterious in  the ways it can be used and Narancia is getting his time to shine.  Narancia is rather dumb and comes off as brutishly childish, while his  opponent comes off as experienced and well-rounded despite his initial  look, which seemed to be dumb as he placed himself in a closed situation  with an enemy before analyzing them. The reason behind this becomes  clear as his stand is able to shrink things and he needs to slice  something to shrink it. In this case, he slashed Narancia. We start  “Hitman’s Team” with Narancia slowly shrinking, with no idea where his  enemy is, and determined to make sure he is not followed back to the  hideout on behalf of Bucciarati’s orders.

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I love this episode for a plethora of reasons, one of which was the  style in which this fight was done. The fight between the mysterious  enemy on the boat was a game of wits, the enemy that Mista fought was a  game of skill, and this was a game of hide-and-seek. This game of  hide-and-seek between Formaggio and Narancia brings a more fun side to a  Jojo fight that really shines with these characters. Jojo has had a lot  of aggressive fighters or characters whose intelligence levels are not  all that high. Nevertheless, those fights are the greatest because you  appreciate that character even more when you really see how they develop  in a combat setting. Many believe stands are connected to the  personality of the person wielding it, whether it be in how they appear  or the power they have.

In Narancia’s case, this connection shows in Aerosmith (also known as  Li’l Bomber in English sub) when his powers are revealed. His plane  shoots without hesitation and immediately changes course, much like  Narancia’s behavior as we have seen already, showing a connection  between behaviors and the stand’s power type. The biggest trouble the  enemy had, while shrunk and hiding from Narancia, was that Aerosmith  kept telling Narancia where he was. How could a plane tell where he was  though? Then it is revealed that Narancia’s stand has something similar  to echolocation. His plane can pick up sounds on a radar similar to one  you would see on one of the old boat movies with a sonar. Little blimps  show him sounds, and the volume of the sound detected changes the size  of the blip. This little other side to his power is enough to show that  Narancia isn’t dumb, and that perhaps he is observational to a degree  that isn’t visible to others, or that he is in fact good at hearing?  These are all possibilities, but until we receive a backstory or more  information, I can only theorize that something connects from his life  to this power.

Anyway, this interesting stand power and behavior correlation makes  Narancia more interesting as a character. These crucial character  development fights are something Jojo does extremely well to the point  where it is hard to hate a stereotypical dumb character in Jojo. Unlike  other shows, Jojo can develop unlikable characters in this way, making  them charismatic and more appealing without taking away from the main  story. Another thing that is impressive this episode is the animation!  The animation of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure once again came  through with stunning movement, particularly when Narancia’s Aerosmith  came into view. Along with that, the changing of Narancia’s height and  the background angle to suit his slowly shrinking frame looks  phenomenal, especially when Aerosmith comes close to killing the quick  thinker Formaggio many times.

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Formaggio is another character that got a backstory that wasn’t  expected. A pattern that had been happening for the last two fights was:  start with a backstory of one of Bucciarati’s gang, reveal their stand  and defeat their enemy, a pattern that was simple and starting to get  consistent. That is, until Formaggio started getting a backstory that  wasn’t exactly his, but instead for the hitman group after Trish, the  Big Boss’s daughter. The backstory shows things in a way that keeps the  viewer interested as now we have questions that we wish to have  answered. What is their true motive for going after the big boss of  Passione when they have witnessed the brutal murder of their co-workers  who got too close? The backstory generates interest, shows us who  potentially Bucciarati and his gang will have to fight in the future and  showcases what type of person the Passione boss is so far in the story.

The gruesome punishment was enough to see why Giorno and Bucciarati  want to take him down and leaves one wondering what type of man could  kill others so easily yet care enough about his daughter to have her  protected. This man who runs Passione has an odd morality, switching  from a positive view back to one of negativity, still, the people who  killed those two men from the hitman’s group are definitely a large  threat and it makes one wonder what type of larger enemies await as one  approaches the boss. It makes it more stressful when one realizes that  the goal of the hitman group is similar to Bucciarati’s gang in a way,  which also shows that those two men dead from torture could have very  well been anyone from Bucciarati’s gang if they go about their  investigation of Passione’s boss in the wrong way.

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