Golden Wind - Episode 21

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The Mystery of King Crimson (キング・クリムゾンの謎, Kingu Kurimuzon no Nazo)[1] is the twenty first episode of Golden Wind and the one hundred thirty fourth episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation. The episode covers from Chapter 519 to Chapter 523 of the original manga.

Bucciarati has decided to openly revolt against the Boss after he learns the Boss is trying to kill her daughter. However, his attack turns into a disaster as the Boss reveals King Crimson, an invincible Stand which can erase time and predict Bucciarati's every move.


Outside, Giorno awaits for Bucciarati

The plot goes back to a few minutes earlier. While Bucciarati accompanies Trish to the belfry of the San Giorgio Maggiore church, Giorno nervously watches the position of his brooch and awaits the result of Bucciarati's operations. Sensing the brooch falling and guessing that it is moving to the crypt, he deduces that the Boss is on the move. Meanwhile, Fugo asks Giorno for a water bottle and then warns him that he must stay on the boat while Mista and Narancia begin to fight over a couple of sweets. Suddenly, the sweets disappear only for Narancia to realize he's already chewing on them while Fugo inexplicably finds himself drinking at the water bottle without remembering how he got it. Realizing that events have happened without anyone knowing how, Giorno understands that something is wrong. He tries to approach the church, only for Abbacchio to yell at him but immediately after Abbacchio also finds himself on the island. Giorno's phone rings and he answers, telling Bucciarati the whereabouts of the brooch but before Giorno can warn him, Bucciarati attacks and gets punched through the guts for his trouble.

The Boss's King Crimson lands a devastating chop on Bucciarati

Nonetheless, Bucciarati recovers from the shock of being punched through. Sealing his wound with a zipper to block King Crimson, he then elbows it away and turns to attack but King Crimson erases time again. It is revealed that in the erased time, the Boss and King Crimson witness the world collapse into a dark void and forecast Bucciarati's future actions. Evading Sticky Fingers's punch, King Crimson positions itself behind Bucciarati and lands a devastating karate chop. The former capo collapses to the ground and the Boss finally approaches the unconscious Trish, ready to end her life. Suddenly, the brooch sucks the Boss inside of it and Bucciarati understands that Giorno has used Gold Experience to clone the turtle Coco Jumbo and its Stand Mr.President. Realizing the invincible power of King Crimson but also seeing its limits and given courage by Giorno's action, Bucciarati wills his nearly dead body to move and opens a zipper to let the brooch fall into a pipe then shuts the zipper. Taking Trish in his arm, he then tries to crawl up the staircase to create as much distance between him and the Boss. Nonetheless, King Crimson has predicted the attack and moved accordingly to escape the duplicated Mr.President and now blocks Bucciarati's path.

King Crimson rises to attack but Bucciarati attempts a sneak attack, having detached his arm to strike the Boss from behind. Again, King Crimson erases time, seeing the fist fruitlessly land on a column and split it with a zipper. However, when time resumes, Bucciarati reveals that he thought further than King Crimson's ability. He quickly reattaches himself to the arm and uses the zipper on the column to evade King Crimson's attack, climbing up the ceiling and zipping into the beam, just in time to meet Giorno.

Giorno hears Bucciarati's spirit as he holds his body

Giorno heals Bucciarati's wounds and peers into the crypt through the zipper. However, he suddenly notices that Bucciarati is dead as his lifeless corpse lets the zippers disappear despite Giorno's healing. Unbeknownst to Giorno, King Crimson is lurking near the hole and prepares to crawl out to finish off Giorno. Suddenly, Bucciarati's spirit warns Giorno to get the team and escape. Confused, Giorno then sees Bucciarati rising for real and reiterate his warning. Just as King Crimson is about to attack, Giorno heeds his companion's warning and uses Gold Experience to briefly transform his laptop into a flying fish, sending it crashing into a pillar to catch the team's attention. With too many witnesses present, the Boss prefers to retreat and praises Bucciarati's ability and luck.

Out of the church, the team seeks explanations for what has happened, to which Bucciarati reveals that he's officially betrayed the Boss. Giorno then suggests Bucciarati explain himself instead of going off alone, angering Abbacchio again for overstepping his bounds. Suddenly feeling unwell, Bucciarati collapses but more worryingly, Giorno sees that his hand has been impaled on a sharp spike without Bucciarati reacting. Anyway, Bucciarati clarifies that he's rebelled against the Boss's attempt to kill Trish and announces that anyone willing to come with him to descend the steps of the island shores. However, the entire team is frightened by the implications and shake in hesitance. Fugo is the first to really back away, arguing that they cannot survive with the gang on their heels.

But Abbacchio suddenly descends the steps, mentioning that Bucciarati is the only one he is at peace with. Moreover, Mista descends the steps too as he gives full confidence to Bucciarati's ability to defeat the Boss. For his part, Narancia is still paralyzed with fear and asks Bucciarati to order him to step on the boat. Bucciarati answers that this path has to be decided by himself and thus tells him to stay back.

Now an enemy of Passione, the gang departs without Fugo

The rebels depart while Fugo rants about the folly of his former teammates, but Narancia suddenly sees Trish's bleeding wrists. Understanding the pain of being betrayed, Narancia jumps into the water and swims to the boat, screaming at Bucciarati to let him aboard. Bucciarati, Giorno, Abbacchio, and Mista are happy to welcome him back, leaving Fugo alone. As he sees his companions leave, Fugo begins to regret his choice.

Nonetheless, Giorno is worried about Bucciarati's state. Meanwhile, the operative Squalo receives an order from the Boss to kill the rebels before they leave Venice.


Vinegar Doppio
(1st appearance) (Voice only)
(1st mentioned)


Script (脚本)
津田 尚克
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
津田 尚克
木村 泰大
Episode Director (演出)
Naokatsu Tsuda
Masakazu Takahashi
津田 尚克
高橋 雅和
Chief Animation Director (総作画監督)
石本 峻一
田中 春香
Animation Director (作画監督)
石本 峻一
豊田 暁子
森藤 希子
Shin Hyung Woo
小林 理
長田 伸二
横山 謙次
木下 由衣
千葉山 夏恵
森田 莉奈
高阪 雅基
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
Sayaka Anesaki
姉崎 早也花
Action Animation Director (アクションディレクター)
片山 貴仁
岩崎 安利
Mechanical Animation Director (メカ作画監督)
宝谷 幸稔
Key Animation (原画)
Yuichiro Masuda
Noriko Hatta
Yoko Komaki
Henry Thurlow
Hidetsugu Hirayama
Yuichi Nakazawa
Ayako Karatani
Yuki​ Masutani
Shun Onoda
Mayumi Oda
Takenori Tsukuma
Akiko Toyoda
Hiroshi Tatezaki
Manabu Imura
Hideaki Tsukioka
Miyako Kamiya
Nagisa Takahashi
Wakako Shigemoto
Nobuhiro Masuda
Yu Ogasawara
Daiki Ota
Ayu Tanaka
Tetsuro Taira
Mai Oshima
Yuta Shinohara
Nobuhiro Nagata
Masashi Yamada
増田 雄一郎
八田 典子
小牧 容子
Henry Thurlow
平山 英嗣
中澤 勇一
柄谷 綾子
升谷 由紀
小野田 駿
小田 真弓
津熊 健徳
豊田 暁子
舘崎 大
井村 学
月岡 英明
神谷 美也子
たかは しなぎさ
重本 和佳子
増田 信博
小笠原 憂
太田 悌記
田中 亜優
平良 哲朗
大島 舞
篠原 佑太
長田 信博
山田 まさし
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Shunichi Ishimoto
Haruka Tanaka
Kenji Yokoyama
Yukitoshi Houtani
Natsue Chibayama
Sayaka Anesaki
Yui Kinoshita
Masaki Kosaka
Rina Morita
Mahora Muraki
Yuta Shinohara
Tomoyoshi Murayama
Cobos Rai
Kohei Ashiya
Masako Ishino
Miyuki Kawano
Yoshihiro Itoo
Masami Gohda
Naoki Chigira
Kotaro Okazaki
Hiromi Yoshida
Mizuki Miyata
Kentaro Nezo
Chie Kinoshita
Ryoka Honda
Yuko Shimoe
Kae Kushida
Hikari Tanaka
Triple A
石本 峻一
田中 春香
横山 謙次
宝谷 幸稔
千葉山 夏恵
姉崎 早也花
木下 由衣
高阪 雅基
森田 莉奈
村木 麻保良
篠原 佑太
村山 友良
Cobos Rai
芦谷 耕平
石野 まさ子
河野 美由紀
伊東 佳宏
合田 真さ美
千装 直樹
岡崎 耕太郎
吉田 ひろみ
宮田 瑞生
根津 賢太郎
木下 千恵
本田 涼香
下江 侑子
櫛田 佳絵
田中 日香里
Triple A
In-between Animation Inspection (動画チェック)
David Production
Nana Nomiya
Daiki Ito
野宮 菜那
伊東 大輝
In-between Animation Inspection Assistance
White Line
White Line
In-between Animation (動画)
Digital In-between Animation
David Production
Mito​ Ichikawa​​
Daichi ​Imai
Shun Takahashi
Kazuya Aoki
Haruka Watanabe
Sho Tamae
市河 碧都​
今井 大地​
高橋 俊
青木 一哉
渡邉 はるか
玉栄 翔
Powered by CACANi
Asahi Production
Triple A
Studio Massket
Seven Seas
Big Owl
Triple A
Big Owl
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Hirohisa Onikubo
Sayaka Anesaki
Yu Matsuo
鬼窪 浩久
姉崎 早也花
松尾 優
David Production
Mai Nakazono
Natsuki Horimoto
Kayo Kudou
中園 麻衣
堀本 夏生
工藤 かよ

Tatsuhiko Taishaku
大釈 竜彦
UWAN Pictures
Nana Watanabe
Misui Takayama
Asuka Ishibashi
Saya Fukase
渡邊 奈々
高山 美翠
石橋 明日香
深瀬 沙哉
Digital Works (デジタルワークス)
David Production
P. Taweeporn
Tomoaki Makitera
Nobuhiro​ Matsuda
Tetsuya Kasajima
Yukana​ Mori
牧寺 智昭
松田 寛弘
笠嶋 徹也
森 悠哉
Emon / Haoliners (絵梦)
Yuka Yamajo
Megumi Baba
Natsuki Yoshizawa
Hans Chen
Deng Chao
Atsushi Takyama
Shintaro Nakamura
山条 裕香
馬場 恵
吉澤 菜月
陳 思翰
鄧 超
武山 篤
中村 慎太郎

Komugi Takatsuki
高槻 こむぎ
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)
滝 れーき
鬼窪 浩久


Golden Wind Episode 21: The Mystery of King Crimson
Start End Title OST Description

Fighting Gold
Fighting Gold
Golden Wind: Intermezzo
Narancia and Mista fight over chocolate
Golden Wind: Intermezzo
Giorno tracks his brooch
situazione difficile
Golden Wind: Overture
Bruno and The Boss fight
un'altra persona
Golden Wind: Intermezzo
King Crimson severely injures Bucciarati
lotta feroce
Golden Wind: Intermezzo
Bruno escapes from The Boss
Golden Wind: Intermezzo
Giorno finds Trish and Bucciarati unconscious
Golden Wind: Intermezzo
Giorno heals Bucciarati
Golden Wind: Finale
Bruno wakes up
Golden Wind: Finale
Bucciarati and his team escape from the church
il vento d'oro
Golden Wind: Overture
Golden Wind: Overture
Bruno announces that he is a traitor
Golden Wind: Intermezzo
Bucciarati explains the situation
Golden Wind: Overture
Bucciarati offers his team to go with him
un sogno
Golden Wind: Overture
Narancia finally makes a decision
Golden Wind: Finale
Squalo gets an order from The Boss
il vento d'oro
Golden Wind: Overture
Next Episode Title

Manga/Anime Differences

  • The first half of Chapter 519 is covered near immediately before the events of Chapter 520.
    • Narancia and Mista fighting over the chocolates is now shown before Giorno looks at the map.
    • In the manga, Giorno's phone is shown ringing before he picks up.
  • King Crimson crushing Bucciarati's phone is omitted.
  • Bucciarati's line confirming King Crimson can only predict a few seconds ahead has been moved to after he closes the zipper on the pillar.
  • Bucciarati is now shown closing the zipper behind him when he goes to the first floor.
    • In both the manga and anime, Giorno is then shown peering through the open zipper, creating a small inconsistency in the anime.
  • Before Bucciarati's spirit is shown, a few lines of Giorno voicing his disbelief of the situation are added.
  • Giorno is now shown grabbing the laptop before transforming it.
  • After Bucciarati collapses, Giorno saying that he shouldn't be dizzy since he replenished his blood is now an internal monologue.
  • Abbacchio and Fugo now prompt Bucciarati to explain the situation rather than Giorno bringing it up a second time.
  • After Abbacchio decides to join Bucciarati, him telling Giorno to stop smiling has been cut.
  • After Mista gets on the boat, part of his dialogue to Giorno saying that they'll become rich if they follow Bucciarati has been cut.
    • Instead, he asks Fugo what he's going to do.
  • Fugo mentioning that they met Trish just two days ago has been cut.
  • Several lines expliciting Fugo's opinion and state of mind have been added.
  • The scene where Narancia gets on the boat has been extended.
    • Abbacchio, Mista, and Giorno have a few lines added in reaction to him joining them.
    • They also comment on Fugo's choice to stay behind.
    • Narancia lets Bucciarati know that he wants to protect Trish.
  • Giorno noticing that Bucciarati has no pulse while exchanging the turtle is omitted.

In other languages

Language Title Translation
Japan Japanese キング・クリムゾンの謎 The Mystery of King Crimson
United States of America English The Mystery of Emperor Crimson
Spain Spanish El misterio de Emperor Crimson The Mystery of Emperor Crimson
Brazil Portuguese O Mistério do Emperor Crimson The Mystery of Emperor Crimson
France French Le mystère d’Emperor Crimson The Mystery of Emperor Crimson
Germany German Das Geheimnis von Emperor Crimson The Secret of Emperor Crimson
Israel Hebrew תעלומת אמפרור קרימזון The Mystery of Emperor Crimson
Flag of the Arab League Arabic لغز إمبيرور كريمزن The Mystery of Emperor Crimson
Italy Italian Il mistero di Emperor Crimson The Mystery of Emperor Crimson
Russia Russian Загадка Кинг Кримзона The Mystery of King Crimson
Poland Polish Tajemnica Karmazynowego Cesarza The Mystery of Emperor Crimson


Everything starts moving at once in episodes twenty and twenty-one, so it drove home how far we were in the recording. Saying farewell to Fugo was especially painful. The music, image, and voice performances created a truly moving story, and seeing Narancia's tears reminded me of his many moments with Fugo. I cried watching the episode.
Sayaka Senbongi, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries
Fugo's decision to leave was a fair one, in my opinion. There are people who are called heroes, such as Giorno and the others, but Fugo turns out to be an ordinary person, so I really understood how he felt. To me, my “boss” is Yugo Kanno. When I think of it that way, there is no way I could betray my boss!
Daisuke Hasegawa, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries
1. Into King Crimson's World

In the manga, the collapse into King Crimson's world is drawn meticulously over three pages. Producer Nagai feels that the despairing music, the Stand activation sound effect, and animation did the oppressive feeling of the manga justice. "I watched it over and over after the scene was finished in post."

2. Editing King Crimson's World

It may feel like Bucciarati and Sticky Fingers's sequence contains more in-between frames, but it is actually the same as any other shot. Nagai says, "The cinematographers worked some real magic on King Crimson's world. I cannot thank them enough for what they do."

3. Colorful Emotions and Varied Expressions

Nagai points out that this episode features more varied expressions than any of the other episodes. The first half is all Bucciarati - with well-paced expressions and lines, despair turns to hope and determination. In the second half, the animation directors and chief animation directors worked hard to spotlight the team's distress, conflict, and sorrow.

4. Bucciarati's Smile

One shot in particular that Nagai cherishes is Bucciarati's smile after Narancia announces that he is joining him. "Shunichi Ishimoto did the layout edits himself. I got chills seeing the finished shot. He said that he struggled with it, but what an expression... I still have the file saved in my collection."
—Urara Nagai, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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