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"Uragirimono no Requiem" (裏切り者のレクイエム Uragirimono no Rekuiemu, lit. "Traitor's Requiem") is the second opening theme song of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind and the ninth overall opening theme of the series' TV anime adaptation. It is performed by Daisuke Hasegawa, with lyrics by Shoko Fujibayashi and composition/arrangement by Yugo Kanno; a version of the song with English lyrics is also available on the single, with lyrics translated by Karen Aoki. The single was released in Japan on March 27, 2019.[1] The English edition was made available for early streaming on March 15, 2019.[2] The two alternate versions of the opening used near the end of the season ("Uragirimono no Requiem Diavolo Ver." and "Uragirimono no Requiem Giorno Ver.") were released as part of the third volume of the Golden Wind OST.

Opening Animation

First Version

The animation opens on a shot of a closed window, followed by an underling kissing his master's hand and then scenery of Venice in which the title fades in as the sun begins shining through the clouds in the background.

The camera then rapidly zooms into the title, transitioning into many recollections of Giorno Giovanna and Team Bucciarati's journey thus far, beginning with Giorno standing in front of Polpo in his cell with his lighter and Black Sabbath besides him. The camera zooms into one of Polpo's paintings and features Leone Abbacchio and Moody Blues facing Mario Zucchero and Soft Machine. Then inside Abbacchio's eye, Guido Mista battles Sale and Kraft Work. The scene fades into the showdown between Narancia and Formaggio, then Pannacotta Fugo seeing Illuso and Man in the Mirror inside of a mirror, Pesci hooking Prosciutto as Bruno Bucciarati drags him out of a speeding train, Giorno fighting Baby Face and Melone, and Giorno again holding the wounded Mista with Ghiaccio in White Album at the foreground. The camera then focuses on Giorno's determined face as dawn breaks behind him.

The animation cuts to a scene of Bucciarati in the elevator with the level indicator translucent in the center of the frame and a zipper unzipping over Bucciarati to change him to a different color palette. Bucciarati's hand is shown holding Trish Una's as her own hand is severed off-screen, before cutting to Bucciarati's face twisted in anger as he lets out a scream of rage, as the camera fades into a wide shot of the San Giorgio Maggiore belfry seen from the clouds. We then see a leg shot of Team Bucciarati at the docks outside the church, each member walking toward the boat to openly rebel against Passione in the order of Giorno at the front, then Abbacchio, Mista, and Bucciarati. Narancia briefly hesitates before running after them, and Fugo takes a single step forward before stopping completely.

Chapter 537 Cover (B) in GW O2

The Chapter 537 cover B reproduced in the opening

On top of an abstract 3D-rendered background, Bucciarati demonstrates Sticky Fingers' prowess, which then is replaced with Giorno posing with Gold Experience before Moody Blues transformed as Abbacchio's partner appears from the background, drawing a gun before getting shot as Abbacchio himself moves out from behind. Narancia enters and leads shot from Aerosmith before Mista appears to fire his gun, Sex Pistols riding the bullets then jumping off, and Trish summons her Stand Spice Girl, which begins to throw several punches towards the left. Trish's face then closes and centers to occupy the whole screen while turning before she falls away, revealing the whole team falling from the sky while posing.

Vinegar Doppio appears, seeing a vision of Risotto Nero in his hair created by Epitaph. He then hears a call from the Boss before getting a headache and covering his face in pain. The camera zooms back into him, and Doppio's face becomes worried yet entranced as the camera enters his eye to reveal a Sardinian beach turning upside down and fading into shadows.

Giorno's hand is shown bleeding drops of blood, the drops staining the ground until time is erased and more traces of blood suddenly appear. The Boss then appears, his entire body hidden in the shadows, who sends his King Crimson to attack Giorno, which obscures him from the audience's view. Giorno then turns around, seeing the Boss and his Stand, and summons his Gold Experience which launches a flurry of punches. An Arrow with a special beetle design is seen rotating in the sky, before the animation cuts to Giorno kneeling in the middle of a thick cloud, a determined look on his face. He lifts his arm to reveal said arrow and holds it high in the air while summoning Gold Experience, then dramatically pulls it in. The camera focuses on Giorno and Gold Experience's faces as they are engulfed in a bright golden light from below.

The arrow falls down into a red jewel, before several shots flash in rapid succession: the word "JoJo's" in front of a ladybug background, "Bizarre Adventure" framed in an elaborate oval frame with a checkered background, "Golden Wind" in a blue space filled with pink flowers. The opening animation ends on a zooming out shot of the show title in a blue and slightly cloudy sky.

Second Version [Diavolo ver.]

Diaoppio

Doppio shifting into Diavolo

From GW Episode 34 onwards, a second version of the opening is used.

Doppio's section is now laced by flashes of King Crimson, with Doppio actually transforming into Diavolo after getting his headache, his face looking determined before changing to fear at the last second.

This scene is immediately followed by the shot of blood dripping onto the floor, which is modified to show the time erasure and Diavolo positioning himself behind Giorno and summoning King Crimson. He then uses Epitaph to foresee the future shot of Gold Experience attacking him. As this plays out a voice speaks in Italian, saying:

Japanese Kanji English Translation (JP) Italian Dialogue Literal Translation (IT)
選ばれた運命からは誰も逃れることはできない No one can escape the fate that was chosen for them Nessuno può sfuggire dal destino scelto No one can escape from the chosen destiny.
お前たちが滅びるという結果だけが残るのだ All that remains is the end, where you will all perish Rimane solo il risultato che voi sarete distrutti Only the result remains that you all will be destroyed
永遠の絶頂は我にのみ存在する Eternal greatness exists only within myself L’eterna cima esiste solo per me The eternal summit exists only for me.
時の消し飛んだ世界で哀しみの歌を歌うがいい Sing a song of sorrow in a world where time has vanished Puoi cantare canzoni di tristezza nel mondo senza tempo You can sing songs of sorrow in a world without time

The opening then plays like normal, except Diavolo is fully revealed (although he is still obscured by King Crimson) and the chorus is backed by a choir.

In GW Episode 37, this version plays with sound effects playing over moments such as stand attacks, much like previous openings in the final episodes of their respective parts.

Third Version [Giorno ver.]

Boss Loop

Camera continuing to zoom into Diavolo's eye

A third and final version of the opening is used starting from GW Episode 38.

It starts off the same as the Diavolo version, but the time erasure is cut short and reversed as the power of Gold Experience Requiem activates. The camera zooms into Diavolo's eye in a loop (a grand total of four times) before we see him staring at a never-ending line of different versions of himself. The blood reverses back into Giorno's hand before he does a pose similar to DIO's in Part 3 (when he was hidden by shadows), with a shadowy version of Gold Experience appearing behind him mid-transformation. The opening then reuses shots, but rearranges them to tell a different story. Giorno grabs the arrow and stabs his Stand. Diavolo sees Gold Experience collapsing and sends his Stand to kill Giorno, but the arrow travels up Gold Experience's arm and its skin shatters revealing the newly evolved Gold Experience Requiem which unleashes a barrage of attacks as Giorno looks on stoically.

In GW Episode 39, this version plays with sound effects playing over moments of Gold Experience Requiem's ability activating, as well as it forming and attacking.

Lyrics

Japanese Kanji Japanese Rōmaji English Translation
神の運命(さだめ)にさえ kami no sadame ni sae Even against the fate of God
叛旗を翻す…Gangster hanki o hirugaesu…Gangster fly the flag of rebellion…Gangster
畏れという 感情を osore to iu kanjou o These feelings of fear
掻き消す(Rage) (あ​くま)に背くと 誓った日から kakikesu Rage akuma ni somuku to chikatta hi kara Drown them out with rage, from that day I swore to turn my back on the devil
報復とは 終末か? houfuku to wa shuumatsu ka? Does this revenge mean the end?
未来を乞う mirai o kou Ask the future
生き方を捨てて 挑む者Stay Gold ikikata o sutete idomu mono Stay Gold those who cast aside their way of life, Stay Gold
そうさ 目には目を… sou sa me ni wa me o… That's right, an eye for an eye…
裏切り者には レクイエムを…Wow uragirimono ni wa rekuiemu o…Wow A requiem for the traitor… Whoa-oh
絶望が手招く zetsubou ga temaneku Despair is beckoning to you
世界に立ち向かう sekai ni tachimukau Stand up against the world
Don't care 慈悲などいらないさ Don't care jihi nado iranai sa Don't care, there's no need for mercy here!
身体滅びる時 karada horobiru toki When your body perishes
祈りも消え果てる?Hell No inori mo kiehateru? Hell No does your prayer disappear as well? Hell no
始まりのGolden Wind hajimari no Golden Wind It's the beginning of a Golden Wind
失うもの何もない ushinau mono nani mo nai I have nothing to lose
火が付く(soul) 戻る道さえも 焼き尽くしたさ hi ga tsuku soul modoru michi sae mo yakitsukushita sa even on its way back the ignited soul burned to nothing
支配という 安息に shihai to iu ansoku ni raise up a revolution
溺れたまま oboreta mama more than craving time
時貪るより 革命起こせ toki musaboru yori kakumei okose for rest and control
誇り高き hokori takaki Showing pride
裏切り者には レクイエムを…Wow uragirimono ni wa rekuiemu o…Wow A requiem for the traitors… Whoa-oh
怒り胸を叩き ikari mune o tataki Your heart pounds with rage
鼓動 叫ぶままに kodou sakebu mama ni As its beats scream out
Don't care 真実へと向かう Don't care shinjitsu e to mukau Don't care, head towards the truth
何かを得た者が nani ka o eta mono ga Will the one who claims it
真の勝者なのか?Hell No shin no shousha na no ka? Hell No be the true victor? Hell No
裁くのはGolden Wind sabaku no wa Golden Wind The Golden Wind will be the judge
絶望が手招く zetsubou ga temaneku Despair is beckoning to you
世界に立ち向かう sekai ni tachimukau Stand up against the world
Don't care 慈悲などいらないさ Don't care jihi nado iranai sa Don't care, there's no need for mercy here!
身体滅びる時 karada horobiru toki When your body perishes
祈りも消え果てる?Hell No inori mo kiehateru? Hell No does your prayer disappear as well? Hell no
始まりのGolden Wind hajimari no Golden Wind It's the beginning of a Golden Wind

Uragirimono no Requiem (English version)
Faith is just another worthless sign
I will live my life as godless soul Gangster
My fear is gone, it is all gone
Only a rage is left in my faithless world since I had betrayed my god
All is gone
No revenge
This fate is mine
I will survive on my own
This is my way
Stay Gold
Oh yes, it's eye for an eye
For the betrayer and thief
Requiem wow wow
Fight with me, there's no hope but try
Won't give up, it's my destiny
Don't care
Don't you ever give me mercy
When my life is gone with the wind
Will a prayer vanish into dust?
Hell no
Starting over, Golden Wind
Nothing more to lose, there’s no more
Firing soul burned every road to past, days have gone by so fast
Don't let your soul drawn into the
power of repose
Stand up and incite yourself make your own story
Oh yes, show some pride
For the betrayer and thief
Requiem wow wow
Fight with me, with those raging fists
Let your soul burn into screaming vain
Don't care
I'm on my way to the truth
So, will I fight for some prize and fame?
Do I need to cast another spell?
Hell No
It all begins with Golden Wind
Fight with me, there's no hope but try
Won't give up, it's my destiny
Don't care
Don't you ever give me mercy
When my life is gone with the wind
Will a prayer vanish into dust?
Hell no
Starting over, Golden Wind

Opening Sequences

Full Song

Tracklist

  1. Uragirimono no Requiem
  2. Uragirimono no Requiem (Instrumental version)
  3. Uragirimono no Requiem (English version)

Credits

  • Sound Producer:营野祐悟
  • Director:LucyDiamonds
  • Recording&Mixing Engineer:葛岛洋一
  • Assistant Engineer: 春雅之
  • Mastering Engineer:茅根裕司(Sony Music Studios Tokyo)
  • Studio:Sony Music Studios Tokyomusic sTuDio

[ Musician ]

  • Keyboards&Other Instrumental Programming:营野 悟
  • Vocal&Chorus:ハセガワダイスケ
  • Drums:佐野康夫
  • Bass:山口寛雄
  • Electric Guitar:吉本潮·天休久志
  • Strings:篠崎正嗣グループ
  • Production Coordinated & Managed by 野崎高志( music)· 瀧澤さとみ ( music) Supported by 植田能平
  • Music Copyist: 山本夏子
  • Art Direction & Design : 志野木良太(ステロタイブ)
  • Executive Producer: 大森啓幸(Warner Bros:Japan)
  • Special Thanks to青木カレン·長孝子·Ruby

Trivia

  • The cover image of Giorno Giovanna is a reused frame from episode 4.
  • During the orchestral portion of the song's bridge, a variation of Bruno Bucciarati's motif can be heard.
  • The voiced lines in the Diavolo version were voiced by a native Italian.[3] Diavolo's motif can also be heard during this dialogue.
  • The kanji 魂 read as "rage" normally means "soul."
  • The kanji 神 read as あくま normally means "god," while あくま is normally the reading of the kanji 悪魔 which means "devil." 
  • In the third version, Giorno strikes the same pose DIO does in Joseph's spirit photo, with his hair unravelling to match his father’s.
  • After Doppio shifts to Diavolo, Diavolo's shown being determined before his expression changes to fear, a possible nod to what happens after the battle with Gold Experience Requiem.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://jojo-animation.com/music/2019/01/bm01.php
  2. https://open.spotify.com/album/3oMl944GjCeFlh01vEVi7N
  3. https://twitter.com/namachu/status/1139888769354436608

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