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"Modern Crusaders" is a 2000 song by the German experimental music project EnigmaW from their fourth studio album The Screen Behind the MirrorW. It is used as the second ending theme for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind.

A special edition of Enigma's best-of album Love Sensuality Devotion: Greatest Hits & Remixes was released in Japan on August 7, 2019, by Universal; first-edition versions of the album included a clear file and an alternate album cover featuring Giorno Giovanna.[1]

Ending Animation

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The ending sequence vertically pans up a pillar decorated with statues of Stands encountered in the series, which changes as more enemies and allies are met as the series progresses (the original sequence did not feature Notorious B.I.GSpice Girl, Metallica, Green Day, Oasis or Chariot Requiem but following their introduction they were added to the ending sequence). During the entire sequence, the scenery is plunged into colored ambient lighting that constantly shifts color and flakes of dust constantly fall from above. The frame is also flanked by two sets of patterns made up of tessellated triangles.

The beginning of the sequence pans up the column featuring the enemy Stands encountered thus far, with a sphere representing Rolling Stones at the base of the pillar, with statues of other Stands on the pillar itself: Black SabbathSoft MachineKraft WorkLittle FeetMan in the Mirror, Mister PresidentBeach BoyThe Grateful DeadBaby Face, White AlbumClash, Talking Head, Notorious B.I.G, Metallica, Green Day and Oasis.

The procession of enemy Stands ends, with a part of the pillar crowned by four Arrows and a ladybug brooch, before moving onto the Stands of the heroes doing battle with the boss. Purple HazeMoody BluesAerosmith, Chariot Requiem, Sticky Fingers and King Crimson, with Sticky Fingers and King Crimson, depicted as fighting against each other as the Sex Pistols watch. Spice Girl is seen being held by King Crimson, pointing up towards Gold Experience as it poses at the top of the pillar in the center of a bas-relief resembling rays of light.

Final Version

The final episode uses a special version of the ending in which Rolling Stones fully takes the form of Bruno Bucciarati and Gold Experience is replaced by a statue of Gold Experience Requiem with its arms outstretched.

Lyrics

Original Lyrics
English Translation
Don't look back, the time has come
All the pain turns into love
We're not submissive, we're not aggressive
But they think we can't defend
STAND UP, JOIN US, MODERN CRUSADERS ALIVE
We have the power to face the future
'Cause we are the fighters
Just fighting for our rights
They're accusing, like always without knowing
What is just fiction or what is the truth
They have no mission, they have no passion
But they dare to tell us what's bad and what's good!
STAND UP, JOIN US, MODERN CRUSADERS ALIVE
We have the power to face the future
'Cause we are the fighters
Just fighting for our rights
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!
since Fate
strikes down the strong,
everyone weep with me!
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,
egestatem,
potestatem
mecum omnes plangite!
first oppresses
and then soothes
playing with mental clarity;
poverty
and power
everyone weep with me!
STAND UP, JOIN US, MODERN CRUSADERS ALIVE
We have the power to face the future
'Cause we are the fighters, just fighting for our rights
STAND UP, JOIN US, MODERN CRUSADERS ALIVE

Ending sequences

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Trivia

  • The position of King Crimson in relation to the Stands of Team Bucciarati foreshadows the fate of their users.
  • As with the Statue at the start of Fighting Gold Gold Experience strikes the same pose Giorno does on the cover of Volume 62.
  • Oasis and Gold Experience Requiem have noticeable differences between their appearance in the ending sequence, and their anime appearance.
    • Oasis yields many more stitches. The stitches on the arms and legs, while they have kept their general location, are now vertical in rows of 2, and 3 on the legs. The stitches on the legs stretch all the way closer to the torso.
    • Gold Experience Requiem has numerous grooves in comparison, with added grooves on the sides of the abdomen alongside two additional crater-esque indentations on the chest. The pattern on the shoulders have been replaced with a more manga-like upside-down right triangles pointing back, instead of the rhombus pattern.
  • Echoes Act 3 and Silver Chariot are the only stands appearing in Part 5 that are absent in the ending sequence.
  • The musical project Enigma has previously been featured in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure as the namesake of Terunosuke Miyamoto's Stand Enigma.[2]
  • The Latin chanting in "Modern Crusaders" is a sample from the "O FortunaW" movement from Carl OrffW's cantata Carmina BuranaW. The full song also features an organ sample from Johann Sebastian BachW's "Toccata and Fugue in D minorW".

References

  1. グレイテスト・ヒッツ&リミックス[CD] - エニグマ - UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN
  2. Harvest - Vol.17 "Shueisha Jump Remix Diamond is Unbreakable Edition" P106-107 The origin of STANDS! Part 4

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