Vongola Primo

Vongola Primo
Kanji Name ジョット
Romaji Name Jotto
  • Vongola Primo
  • Ieyasu Sawada (Japanese)
  • Strongest Vongola Boss
  • Great Sky
Gender Male
Status Deceased
Date of Birth January 25
Famiglia Vongola Famiglia
Team Vongola Primo & Guardians
Flame Sky
Seiyu Daisuke Namikawa
Manga Debut Chapter 158
Anime Debut Episode 87

Name Giotto (Ieyasu Sawada in Japan)
Date of Birth January 25
Age Mid-20s
Nationality Italian, Japanese (After retirement)

Character Outline

Giotto (ジョット, Jotto) is the founder of the Vongola Famiglia; thus, its first Boss. He is also the creator of theZero Point Breakthrough technique. After his retirement, he moved to Japan and started a family. He is the great-great-great grandfather of Tsuna, who has repeatedly been shown to be similar to him, as they have the same weapon and techniques (including the Zero Point Breakthrough), almost identical appearances, and equally unorthodox Famiglias (the First Famiglia included aristocrats, military men, and religious people). Their Guardians are quite similar as well: YamamotoHibariMukuroLamboGokudera, and Ryoheihave already been shown to be very much like their first predecessors in appearance, weapon of choice, and personality.


Giotto has golden blonde hair and his eyes are a sharp orange tone, the same as Tsuna’s when the latter is in Hyper Dying Will Mode. When not in Hyper Dying Will Mode, his irises are a lighter shade of orange. He wears a black suit with white pinstripes and a white undershirt with a black tie. He also wears a long cape with a golden, decorated attachment, which later becomes Natsu’s Cambio Forma. Throughout his appearances in the anime, he has always been shown in Hyper Dying Will Mode.


He is shown to be a calm and collected leader that cares for his friends and Famiglia and is willing to protect them from harm. He has a strong sense of justice and actively pursues what he believes is right for the people, which is why he formed the Vongola Famiglia. He is similar to Tsuna in many aspects, especially their soft nature that Daemon once had commented on. Likewise, Reborn has once stated that Vongola Primo was the kind of person who accepted anyone into the Famiglia, regardless of background. He is shown to highly value friendship and other bonds that he has with people he knows, and wish for their bonds to be always remembered. He is also a forgiving person that never holds any grudges; when Daemon betrayed him, Giotto still considered him as one of his Guardians. Also, Giotto seems to share Tsuna’s belief that a person not willing to die protecting his friends, does not deserve being a Vongola boss.


Giotto and Cozart smiling

Giotto met Cozarto for the first time.

Prior finding the Vongola, they met the first Simon Famiglia Boss,Cozarto Simon when Giotto returned his wallet that he purposedly dropped with intentions of helping their poor neighbors, Paolo. When both realized they had done the same thing, they introduced themselves and started becoming friends since then. One day, one of their friends, Franco, was attacked by some thugs after he refused to give 90% discount and the doctors were threatened to not help him. Sickened by this incident, Cozarto suggested to create a vigilante group with Giotto as the leader in order to protect the town and its people from the outlaws, and thus, creating Vongola Famiglia; however, not as a part of Mafia Famiglia the way they are now, but as an independent group to protect people. It was presumed that during these times, Giotto received set of seven Vongola Rings from the first Giglio Nero Boss, Sepira.

At some point during his reign as the Vongola Primo, he feared that the Vongola would start to fight for self-interest and decided to disband his military forces, which caused Vongola’s territory to be open to an attack. As a result, a duke’s daughter and one of their members, Elena, was killed. This event led Giotto to be betrayed by his own Mist Guardian, Daemon Spade, who wanted the Vongola to be more than they were at that point in order to fulfill his promise to Elena, his lover at the time.

During a huge war with a rival Famiglia, Knuckle informed that Cozarto and his Famiglia are cornered within the enemy’s territory and was about to save them, but stopped by Daemon who volunteered to help them instead. Giotto, realizing Daemon’s true plan, ordered G. and the rest of his Guardians to secretly save Cozarto and his Famiglia. Afterwards, he, Cozarto, and G. met up and discussed what they should do with Daemon. Cozarto suggested to keep their survival a secret and then he and his Famiglia would go into hiding, disappear from the world’s eyes. Giotto immediately rejected the idea, not wanting them to carry the burden of his Famiglia. However, realizing Cozarto won’t back down, Giotto finally agreed under condition that the Simon would always help Vongola as long as the Famiglia exist. Hearing the vow, Bermuda von Veckenschtein and Jager appeared in front of them and declares they will imprison those who lose the battles if Vongola and Simon ever crossed swords against each other. Giotto and Cozarto agrees with condition that after each battle, they must show their successors their true history. After this, Giotto and Cozarto never met again for the rest of their lifetimes, but believe that one day their true descendants who  are bearing their wills will meet each other and smile together like them once again.

Deamon, Back in the day

Giotto betrayed by Daemon

Sometimes afterwards, Daemon finally directly betrayed him, deeming him unworthy to become a Boss of the current Vongola since the Famiglia Giotto had created had become stronger than he could have ever imagined, stating that he merely excelerating the process. After the betrayal, Giotto sealed the true power of the Original Vongola Rings, as he didn’t trust what the Vongola would become. Also wanted to distribute his power in order to restrict the selection of the next Vongola later on, he sealed the highest output of the Rings’ flame energies so it could be split into two; one for the Vongola Boss, and for the External Advisor, creating CEDEF with Alaude as the founder and leader, while choosing Ricardo as the next boss. Once Ricardo became the Vongola Secondo, Giotto officially retired and moved to Japan, starting his own family.

Plot Overview

Future Arc

During Tsuna’s training with Hibari, he was trapped, enclosed by Hibari’s Cloud Hedgehog, and forced Tsuna to undergo the Vongola Trial of Succession. While Tsuna was trapped in the hedgehog, his Vongola Ring emitted images to his head. The previous Vongola Bosses stated that they were the past sins and crimes of the Vongola. The bosses demanded Tsuna to accept the bloody history of the Vongola if he wanted to be strong, but Tsuna refused to do so and stated that he would rather destroy the Vongola than accept their sins. Vongola Primo then accepts Tsuna as the successor to the Vongola and grants him the proof of the Vongola.

Inheritance Succession Arc

Giotto Materializing From The Vongola Ring
Giotto appearing through Tsuna’s Vongola Ring and Arcobaleno Pacifier, answering Yuni’s will

He appeared through Tsuna’s Vongola Ring and Arcobaleno Pacifier, answering Yuni’s will. He stated that he never answered to the Arcobaleno’s power and never will again, but he said this was single exception due to Yuni’s condition which is still unknown as to what she promised to him. He told Tsuna and the others they have yet to inherit the Vongola’s true power and that the First Vongola Guardians will observe them to see if they are worthy to inherit Vongola’s true power or not. Before he disappeared, he asked if they were they able to embody the duty of a Guardian and if they had that resolve because everything rested on that.

Later, he appeared at a castle inside an amusement park where Lampo decides that he will stay until his Succession Trial finishes. Giotto said that it was his turn now. At first, Lampo was against doing this, but Giotto was able to convince him as Lampo also commented that he “can’t say no to him.”
During Gokudera’s Succesion Trial, he sealed Tsuna‘s Hyper Intuition to prevent him from interfering in the Succession Trial. After G.’s trial, he said that Tsuna realized that G. (when disguised as Gokudera) wasn’t his real Storm Guardian even though he already sealed his Hyper Intuition. He also thanks G. for his help when he remembered the times when he and his Guardians built the Vongola.

He appears again at the Namimori Shrine along with his Guardians looking a bit worried as the next trial would beDaemon Spade‘s one. He checked his pocket watch before standing up.

Ring Return                          Giotto & his Guardians return to the Rings

He again along with the other Guardians watch the trial from afar. The other guardians wanted to intervene, but Giotto just told them to wait and watch.

He appears again in front of Daemon and thanks him for fulfilling his duty as a Guardian to which Daemon commented that he hasn’t changed. After Daemon gave Chrome his inheritance, Giotto also gave Tsuna his inheritance as he had watched Tsuna and his Guardians throughout the Inheritance.
Later, he appears alongside Daemon and comments that Daemon still keeps the pocket watch that symbolizes their friendship and said that he hasn’t changed his mind, to which Daemon replied that he was forever a fool and that’s why Giotto disappointed him in the end. After this, he and the other Guardians went back to the Vongola Rings.

Future Final Battle Arc

Giotto Appears Before Tsuna 2
                                                  Giotto appears before Tsuna

When Tsuna had his back to the wall in his battle with Byakuran, Tsuna explained his motives for fighting and prepared to battle Byakuran again, although he was heavily out classed by Byakuran, something Byakuran was quick to point out. At this moment Giotto speaks, but doesn’t show himself, through the Vongola Rings.

Giotto speaks to his Guardians, asking them if they approved of what he was about to do.

Primo encouraging Decimo
                                                   Giotto encourages Tsuna

Each of his guardians approved, with G.telling him to do what he wants, like he always does. Giotto agrees with G., and then appears in front of Tsuna through his gloves.

Giotto explains to Tsuna about the history of the Vongola Rings, and how they were sealed to ensure a strict succession. He looks at Tsuna, and tells him, that this was no longer necessary, as he believed that Tsuna would understand the true meaning of both the Vongola Rings and his will.
Upon saying this, Giotto releases the Vongola Rings to reveal its true form. After doing this he encourages Tsuna to beat Byakuran by telling him to give the “Mare Boy” a scare before disappearing.

Inheritance Ceremony Arc

When Talbot, the oldest metal craftsman who worked for Vongola, arrived, after the Vongola Rings had been heavily damaged due to the Simon’s attack, he revealed that he could repair and upgrade the Vongola Rings with a bottle called Penalty which contained Primo’s blood.
During the battle between the Simon and the Vongola, the Vindice appeared before the 10th Generation Guardians, and informed them that after every battle, they would present the Guardians with Keys.
These Keys were objects that were used by Cozarto and Giotto, and given to the Vindice when by the two bosses to be presented to their descendants when the inevitable battle between them commenced. These keys held the memories of the two bosses, and would reveal the true history behind the two Famiglias.

Famiglia & Allies

Tsunayoshi Sawada

Tsuna is one of Giotto’s descendants. Giotto seems to hold Tsuna in high regard and has helped Tsuna out in multiple ways, including bestowing his inheritance upon him and unleashing the true form of the Vongola Rings to help him defeat Byakuran. He also refers to Tsuna as his “true successor.”
Although Reborn mentioned that Tsuna’s style of fighting, weapon of choice, and motives for fighting are all similar to Giotto, the first time that Tsuna came face to face with Giotto was during the Vongola Trial in which Giotto approved Tsuna as the next Vongola Boss and told Tsuna that the Vongola was his to either make prosper or destroy, showing that he placed his trust and faith on Tsuna.
In turn, Tsuna trusts Giotto completely and has been shown standing up for him when other characters accuse Giotto of questionable actions. Tsuna has quite confidently stated that Giotto is not the kind of man that would betray his friends when Enma told Tsuna about Giotto’s betrayal of the first Simon boss, Cozarto.
As time goes by, Tsuna seems to become more and more like his ancestor, beginning to share his love for his friends, his determination to protect and bravery to fight.

Cozarto Simon

Giotto and Cozarto shared a close relationship, like brothers. Due to their strong bond, the Vongola and Simon should never cross swords with each other, in fact it was Cozarto that first suggested that a vigilante group be formed, and that Giotto should lead it. This idea was the start of the Vongola Famiglia. Their friendship continued to the point where Cozarto decided to help his best friend in the massive mafia war between Vongola and the rival Famiglias once he received a letter that told him to assist the Vongola.

Giotto & Cozart Cozarto, knowing it was a fake, and guessing that there was a traitor within Giotto’s subordinates, went to help.
Giotto also immediately intended to help Cozarto personally and showed concern and reluctance when Cozarto suggested to hide the truth about his Famiglia’s survival, which meant that the Simon has to be living in the shadow and in return, he swore that the Vongola would support Simon. Cozarto agreed and he swore that the Simon would harbor no grudge against them, and their Famiglias would always be close for as long as they existed.

Weapons and Abilities


  • Hyper Dying Will Mode: This is when one has been hit with the Criticism Shot or ingested two Dying Will Pills. Hyper Dying Will, instead of removing external limiters on the body and using pressure during a crisis, removes internal limiters; therefore, releasing the person’s hidden awareness. When the internal limiters are lifted it awakens his Hyper Intuition. Giotto is normally seen in this form.


Vongola Primo X Gloves1
  • I-Gloves – A pair of special combat Gloves used by the Vongola Primo, Giotto. These are the same as Tsuna’s X Gloves, being able to ignite the Dying Will Flame, which allows for propulsion. When Tsuna’s using X-Gloves Version Vongola Ring to do the Zero Point Breakthrough: First Edition, an I appears on the back of the X-Gloves to indicate that it is the First’s technique.
  • Mantello di Vongola Primo – Giotto wears a long, black Cloak that releases Sky Flames. The Cloak also has the ability to nullify Attacks. His Cloak, which is later used by Tsuna’s Box Weapon’s Cambio Difesa, is attached to his I-Gloves and bears a metal plate that bears the Roman Numeral I.
  • Mitena di Vongola Primo – As with the First’s Cloak, the Gauntlet also has the roman numeral I on it. It is said that Vongola Primo could focus all of his power into a single point. This was so powerful it is said that his gloves would even change form which is resembles Tsuna’s gauntlet which was used against Byakuran.
  • Sky Vongola Ring:This Ring is proof of being the Vongola sky boss before passing it on to Vongola Secondo. He sealed the Sky Ring along with the rest of the Vongola Rings to make sure they would be passed on to the next Vongola Boss.
    • Vongola Rings: Giotto received the entire set of Vongola Rings even before he founded the Vongola Famiglia from Checker Face, which he distributed among his Guardians and eventually passed on to the next generations of Bosses and Guardians.
  • Vongola Hyper Intuition: This ability allows the user to predict upcoming attacks. Primo was seen using this ability to dodge a bullet.


  • Zero Point Breakthrough: First Edition: (零地点突破: ファースト エディション, Zero Chiten Toppa: Faasuto Edishon) The technique is used by Vongola Primo, Vongola Nono, and Vongola Decimo. It takes Giotto to be in the opposite state of the Hyper Dying Will State to create ice, which is highly negative compressed energy that can seal away Dying Will Flames and can only be melted by the Dying Will Flames.

Appearance in other Media

In the Drama CD: Proof of Friendship, which focuses on he and his Guardians’ daily life activities, Giotto make an appearance along with his Guardians. In this story, Giotto had planned and arranged a secret dinner together with his Guardians and went to a village to finish the preparation until night with his Guardians secretly following him out of their curiosity and worry. While he visited Talbot’s crafting shop, his Guardians mistook him and felt being threatened because of the silhouette of paper knife and abruptly entered the shop but ended up bumping to each other. After they had cleared up all their misunderstanding, Giotto took them to the restaurant that he had prepared for the dinner and gave them the golden pocket watches that was made by Talbot under his request as proof of their friendship. All of them had a toast up which they are toasting for the Famiglia as well as celebrating their eternal friendship.

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