While the previous episode showed off one of the best fights yet in Golden Wind, especially in its the change of pace getting to see two disparate stand users fight with very little involvement with the main cast, Beneath a Sky on the Verge of Falling, was the emotional pay off to it all.
Nero finally dies here as the Boss threatens him to give back the iron he had stolen during their fight. Nero chooses to give one last attempt at killing the Boss but without full knowledge of King Crimson’s ability he ends up causing his own death. Though, in the Boss’s own words, he dies with his dignity intact.
The wounded Boss must then struggle to get away as Bruno and Narancia realize that there was a second person on the cliff. The two of them leave Abbacchio and Moody Blues on the beach so that he can find the time when the Boss took a picture and recreate his face. Bruno and Narancia think they have found the Boss but only find a wounded child, stripped of his clothing. On the beach a group of children get their ball stuck in a tree, Abbacchio goes over to help them free it, as the ball is freed and he starts to walk back he is impaled by King Crimson, revealing that one of the children was the Boss. Abbacchio sits down to die and his soul talks to his old police partner in the after life. The rest of the gang soon finds his body and emotions run high. Narancia in particular is affected by the death and his voice actor does an incredible job portraying it. It is then Giorno finds a rock within Abbacchio’s hand, he transforms it and it leads them to Moody Blue’s last action, smashing it’s transformed face into the rock to give everyone a clear look at what the Boss looks like.
The emotional moments here are handled so perfectly. Narancia and Bruno voicing their angry, frustration and sadness and seeing it in full motion had an effect beyond what existed in the manga. Likewise the Boss’s changing demeanor, and the display of his own willpower to survive and triumph rivaling Giorno’s, was phenomenal. The music and build up to Abbacchio’s death was wonderful and I can only imagine how it would affect those who did not know it is coming.