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In every volume of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the front folded flap of the dust jacket usually contains a picture of Hirohiko Araki himself, and more than often a quotation. The quotations featured below the picture are always different from each other and are usually about Araki expressing his opinion on certain subjects. These subjects can be about anything, including information about characters or the story itself. The following quotes and pictures below are from various one-shots or other works written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki.


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Poker Under Arms
(WSJ 1981 Issue #1)
I was so excited when I heard that my work was going to be published that I wrote several diary entries about it! 自分の作品がのるときいて感激のあまり日記を書きまくった!(81年1号)

Say Hi to Virginia
(WSJ 1981 Issue #1)
This is my second work, and my first attempt at science fiction. I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on it. 第二作目ではじめてSFに挑戦。みなさんの感想きかせてほしいナ(81年8月1日増刊号)

Outlaw Man
(WSJ 1981 Special Issue)
I've never traveled to the U.S. or done shooting on horseback before. I'm sure I will someday! アメリカ旅行、乗馬射撃の経験はゼロなのだ。いつかかならず経験してやるゾ!(82年1月10日増刊号)

Irene Chapter 1
(WSJ 1985 Autumn Issue)
I tend to prefer Irene pre-transformation, especially when she has a dazed look on her face. Look forward to the sequel, everyone! 変身前のアイリンがぼくの好み。特にポーッとしてる所。続編もかくから応援よろしく。

Irene Chapter 2
(SJ 1986 Issue #1)
Being published in SJ is an honor! Thanks to Mr. Nagazawa and Mr. Ogawa for their help. I'm starting a new series in the first issue of the New Year! SJに掲載できて光栄!長沢さん小川君手伝いアリガト!新年1号から新連載やるよ

WSJ 1989 Winter Special (Poster) I enjoy working with four colors, so drawing this was really fun! To all my readers, please enjoy putting this up in your rooms. 4色をかくのは好きなので、楽しんでかきました! 読者の皆様も部屋にはって楽しんでください。

Nikola Tesla
(SJ #6 1989)
If possible, I'd like to write more stories about eccentrics. Thanks for your support. できれば変人列伝の続編を書きたい。応援ヨロシク

Under Execution, Under Jailbreak
(SJ 1995 Issue #2)
In hindsight, working on this one-shot was really fun. The last one I drew was eight years ago. Please let me know your impressions. 考えてみると実に8年ぶりの新作読切で楽しんで描きました 。ぜひぜひ感想を聞かせて。

Dolce, and His Master #1
(Allman 1996 Issue #11)
For some reason, this cat is always defecating on the veranda at my workplace. If push comes to shove, I'll have no choice but to fight...!? 何故か仕事場のベランダにいつも猫が糞をする。こうなったら戦うしかない…!?

Dolce, and His Master #2
(Allman 1996 Issue #12)
This is the perfect season for some delicious Italian food; wine also slides down the throat very nicely. 好きな伊料理が美味な季節。ワインも気持ちよく喉を通る。

DQ Chapter 1
(Allman 1999 Issue #12)
It's been awhile since I've worked on something new. Please tell me what you think. 久々の新作です。感想を聞かせて下さい。

DQ Chapter 2
(Allman 1999 Issue #13)
Q: "When do you feel attracted to the opposite sex."

A: It depends on the person.



DQ Chapter 3
(Allman 1999 Issue #14)
Q: "What aspect of Japan do you think is unpleasant."

A: Weeds. They're unattractive compared to the ones overseas and tend to make people care about nature a lot less.


Ty Cobb
(Allman 2001 Issue #1)
Q. What is the best thing about being born in Japan?

A. The hot springs are great, but I don't really enjoy Kaiseki cuisine.

「Q. 日本に生まれて良かった事」A. いい温泉があること。でも懐石料理って、あれ今いち楽しくない。

Dear Mr. Masakazu Katsura, congratulations on your 30 years in the manga industry. Ever since your debut, I sensed a certain something in you that felt incredibly new and innovative, and that has not changed to this day. I pray that you continue to evolve and develop even further. 桂正和さん、画業30周年おめでとうございます。今までも多くデビュー当時からものすごく新しい感じがした雰囲気は、今も変わらないです。ますますのご発展をお祈りしております。

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TSKR - Episode 16
(WSJ 1997 Issue #30)
I went to a photo booth with Mr. Koji Koseki, an old manga artist friend of mine. I've never done this sort of thing before, but I'd say it was quite fun. – Rohan なかよしの漫画家こせきこうじ先生とプリクラを撮りに行った。初めてだったがとっても楽しかった <露伴>

TSKR - Episode 16
(Shonen Jump: Readers' Cup '97 Issue #1)
I have 60 pages left to write until I can publish my short story collection. It'll take another two years. Please wait patiently for it. – Rohan 短編集を出すまであと60ページはかかなきゃ。あと2年はかかるな。気長に待っててくれ <露伴>

TSKR - Episode 2 (Jump SQ 2008 Issue #1) Being published in the same magazine as Mr. Fujiko Ⓐ feels like a dream come true. Thank you SQ! 藤子Ⓐ先生と同じ雑誌に載せてもらえるなんて夢のよう。3Q!(サンキュ)SQ!

TSKR - Episode 5 (WSJ 2012 Issue #45) It's been quite awhile since the last time I was allowed to write something for Weekly Shonen Jump. I'm so glad! 久しぶりの週刊少年ジャンプ執筆させて頂きお邪魔致しまぁーす。嬉しいなぁ

TSKR - Episode 6 (WSJ 2013 Issue #46) Now that Rohan's accumulated enough pages, we can compile the series into a volume. Hooray! 「露伴」、ページ数が溜まったのでコミックスにします。めでたいなあ!

TSKR - Episode 7 (Jump SQ 2016 Issue #1) I've been looking forward to sleeping recently, but the thought of being able to sleep excites me so much that I end up not sleeping. 最近、眠るのが楽しみで、眠れるかと思うと楽しみ過ぎて、勿体無くて「眠れない」。

TSKR - Episode 8
(Betsuma 2017 Issue #9)
It's an honor to have my manga published in a girls magazine for the first time. So I wanted to give it an unusual but happy ending. 初めての少女マンガ誌掲載で光栄です。めずらしくハッピーエンドにしたよ。

TSKR - Episode 9 (WSJ 2018 Issue #13) I'm delighted that Rohan was able to participate in Weekly Shonen Jump's 50th anniversary celebration. Congratulations! 少年ジャンプ祝50周年に露伴が参加できてとても嬉しい。おめでとうございます

TSKR - Episode 11, Part 1
(UJ 2022 Issue #5)
The JoJo Exhibition in Kanazawa, which we have been waiting two years for, will be opening on April 30. Thank you very much. 2年間待ってた [ジョジョ展 金沢」が4月30日〜開催です。ありがとうございます。

TSKR - Episode 11, Part 2
(UJ 2022 Issue #6)
Online videos. The only ones I'll ever watch are of people falling down. Why can't there be more of them, I wonder? 動画配信。ひたすら誰かが転んでるだけのヤツを好んで観てる。 もっとないのかと思う。

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B.T. "The Wicked Boy" (Pilot)
(FJ 1982 Issue #3)
I love doing magic tricks, but I always get caught quickly. I want to be as cool as B.T.! 手品が大すきだけど、すぐバレちゃうのだ。ビーティーみたいにクールになりたい

CSBT Chapter 1
(WSJ 1983 Issue #42)
Please look forward to the exciting tales of the cool, calm and daring B.T.! 冷静沈着、大胆不敵なビーティーの活躍をお楽しみに

CSBT Chapter 2
(WSJ 1983 Issue #43)
I've been listening to Jackson Browne's latest LP. It really clears the mind. ジャクソンブラウンの新LPを聞く。心が洗われる思い

CSBT Chapter 3
(WSJ 1983 Issue #44)
My favorite food's currently Kaki Gohan. The autumn season is the best! 大好物は柿御飯です。秋ってサイコーの季節!

CSBT Chapter 4
(WSJ 1983 Issue #45)
I love quiz shows! I'm basically going quiz-crazy! ボクはクイズ番組大好き!クイズクレージーなんです

CSBT Chapter 5
(WSJ 1983 Issue #46)
During the autumn season, I'll often fall asleep and end up twisting my neck. How I'm doing it is beyond me. 秋はよく寝ちがえて首を痛める。なぜのかと首をひねってます

CSBT Chapter 6
(WSJ 1983 Issue #47)
I watched the movie Blue Thunder. I appreciate the title's initials being B.T. 映画「ブルーサンダー」を観た。題(タイトル)の頭文字BTが気にいったね

CSBT Chapter 7
(WSJ 1983 Issue #48)
A friend of mine from a nearby fishing harbor sent me some fresh mackerel pike. It's delicious! 近くの漁港の友人が新鮮な秋刀魚を送ってくれた。おいしい!

CSBT Chapter 8
(WSJ 1983 Issue #49)
I lost my bicycle key! I had to pick the lock open though I'm not as good as B.T. 自転車のカギ紛失!BTみたいにいかず、カギこじあけた

CSBT Chapter 9
(WSJ 1983 Issue #50)
I've been married 7 times according to my palm reading. Is that good or bad!? ぼくの手相には結婚が7回と出ている。これはー体吉か凶か⁉

CSBT Chapter 10
(WSJ 1983 Issue #51)
Farewell, everyone. I'll make sure the next work I draw is even more interesting. お別れですが、よりおもしろい作品を描くためにがんばります

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Baoh Chapter 1 The goal here is to write a thrilling story that'll make your hair stand on end. I'll do my best, but please tell me what you think. 髪の毛が逆立つようなゾクゾクする話を書こうとがんばってます。感想聞かせて下さい

Baoh Chapter 2 We're looking for assistants! If you're a young and motivated person, please contact Mr. Kabashima! アシスタント募集中!若くてやる気ある人、花島まで!!

Baoh Chapter 3 Next to my workplace there's a temple. You'd think it would be quiet, but it's actually a kindergarten!! 仕事場の隣はお寺。静かでいいと思ってたら実は幼稚園!!

Baoh Chapter 4 I watch a lot of horror movies. Tell me if you know any interesting ones! ビデオで恐怖(ホラー)物を見まくる。面白い物があったら教えて

Baoh Chapter 5 Thank you so much for the fan letters! I'll reply to them when I have time. FL(ファンレター)たくさんありがとう!ひまを見て返事書いてます

Baoh Chapter 6 Whenever I write the "Baru Baru Baru" battlecry , I'll always say it outload. (It's really fun!) “バルバルバル” いつも擬音を発しながら執筆!絶好調(ゼッコーチョー)

Baoh Chapter 7 I'm addicted to country music! I have to listen to it once a day. カントリー・ミュージック中毒!一日一回聴かないと×(ダメ)

Baoh Chapter 8 There's this card game they call "Uno" that's actually really thrilling and fun! ウノというカードゲームがメチャ面白い!スリル満点!

Baoh Chapter 9 My assistants may laugh when I say spiders are reptiles, but I believe it. 蜘妹は肥虫類といったらアシ君ら笑う。でも僕は信じる

Baoh Chapter 10 Whenever the finger I injured half a year ago aches, it rains. Weird, isn't it?


Baoh Chapter 11 I wish I could skate, but I'm really bad at it. I'm just too busy to learn, y'know?


Baoh Chapter 12 I've been told recently that I resemble Nozzo. Not saying I disagree, but... 最近ノッツオに似ているといわれる。 自分としては納得しないんだけど…

Baoh Chapter 13 While I'm at work, I like to tell horror stories to my assistants to keep things interesting! 仕事中は気分転換にホラ話をアシ君たちにするのが唯一の楽しみです!!

Baoh Chapter 14 Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon was a great read. Definitely my #1 recommended book this year! S(シドニー)シェルダンの「天使の怒り」が良かった。今年一番のおすすめ本!!

Baoh Chapter 15 My younger sisters are twins and both look like Hidemi Ishikawa, but no one ever believes me when I say it. ボクの妹は双子で石川秀美にそっくりなんだ。でも誰も信じてくれない。

Baoh Chapter 16 Can't wait to see Brian De Palma's Body Double. I'm a big fan of his work!! B(ブライアン)デバルマ監督の「ボディーダブル」を見たい!熱狂的ファンです!!

Baoh Chapter 17 This is the final chapter of Baoh. Thank you everyone for sticking around! I could go for some Valentine's Day chocolate. 長い間ご愛読感謝!バオーは今回で終了です。Vday(バレンタインデー)チョコ下さいネ

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Cool Shock Old B.T. This was fun! Many thanks to Araki-sensei and Demizu-sensei! (Nisio Isin)

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! I'd also like to try to draw B.T. as a kid someday! (Posuka Demizu)

楽しかったです! 荒木先生、出水先生、ありがとうございました! (西尾)
貴重な機会感謝です! いつか少年ビーティーの絵にも挑戦してみたいです! (出水)

Fujiko's Bizarre Worldly Wisdom To all the Ultra Jump readers, thank you for your support. I'm very happy and grateful for this opportunity. (Sho Aimoto) UJ読者の皆様、宜しくお願いします。 幸せ&恐縮です。(藍本)

CDDH Chapter 1 I put alot of effort into this story, so I hope you'll look forward to the new adventures of Josuke and the others. (Kouhei Kadono)

Learning that I'd be drawing Josuke and Co made me feel like Polnareff when he glimpsed DIO's true powers. (Tasuku Karasuma)


CDDH Chapter 2 Now that I have a mortar and pestle, I hope the world will soon become a place where I can make mochi with peace of mind. (Tasuku Karasuma) 杵と臼を手に入れたので早く安心して餅がつける世の中になってほしい。(カラスマ)

CDDH Chapter 3 When I heard that two black holes are going to collide soon, my worries and concerns started becoming a little ridiculous. (Tasuku Karasuma) ブラックホール同士が衝突するという場を聞いてちょっとした悩みや心配事バカらしくなりました(カラスマ)

CDDH Chapter 4 As these days of isolation continue, I've picked up bonsai gardening. (Tasuku Karasuma) 人に会えない日が続くので盆栽始めました(カラスマ)

CDDH Chapter 5 I started my ‘braces diet’. (Tasuku Karasuma) 歯列矯正ダイエットはじめました。(カラスマ)

CDDH Chapter 6 I can't go in the same way as before, but being able to freely go to the movie theater now makes me happy. (Tasuku Karasuma) 以前と同じとはいかないけれど、映画館に気軽に行こうと思えることが幸せ。(カラスマ)

CDDH Chapter 7 My fridge broke and all the frozen goods I cherished were completely destroyed. (Tasuku Karasuma) 冷蔵庫が壊れて後生大事にとっていた冷凍食品が全滅しました。(カラスマ)

Baoh the Visitor

Volume 1

Araki Baoh Vol 1 Note.png
I was once asked, "If you could have a superpower, what would it be?" I immediately answered, “Transform!” because with transformation, you can be anything you want. I think one would eventually get bored of precognition and telekinesis after a while, but transforming would always be fun. You could mess with other people and go to different places... I'm sure you'd be able to enjoy yourself forever without ever getting tired, which is why I'd like everyone to check out Baoh the Visitor. It's a cool story, but also a sad one at the same time.
超能力を持てるとしたら何? と聞かれ、ぼくは即「変身!」と答えました。何にでもなれるからです。
予知とか念力とかは、ある程度やると飽きてしまうと思います。 でも変身はきっと楽しいよ。 他人をからかったり、いろいろな所へ行ったり……。 きっと一生飽きずに遊べると思うな。そんなわけで『バオー来訪者』をどうぞ。カッコイイけど悲しいお話なんです。

Volume 2

Araki Baoh Vol 2 Note.png
I love almond-shaped eyes. They feel mysterious with an intense ghostly air and loneliness to them. The eyes of Sting (the musician), Madonna, Nastassja Kinski, Joe Asakura, and Kamui are full of mystery, and that's why I love them. They're all very attractive! With that in mind, please enjoy volume two of Baoh the Visitor. Ikuro's eyes are also full of loneliness...

Cool Shock B.T.

Araki CSBT.jpg
People often say to me, "You look just like B.T.!" For what it's worth, I think they're right. But if I may be so bold, if you draw a handsome-enough hero, everyone starts to look like him. I know that many people have provided their support and worked hard in order to compile B.T. into a book. I'll never forget the gratitude I have and the friendship I share with those people. With that said, please enjoy the story of B.T. and Koichi's adventures.

The Gorgeous Irene

The Gorgeous Irene (Volume)

Poker Under Arms

I was so excited when I heard that my work was going to be published that I wrote several diary entries about it!

Poker Under Arms
My debut work. When I drew it, I hoped to take it to my editor's office and have him want to read it to the very end, without ceasing to flip the pages and putting down the work. The reason why it's 31 pages long is that at the time, it was decided that story manga should be cut down to that number of pages. I drew around a hundred pages in total, redrew it again up to page 31, reworked the material, and brought it into my editor's office. It was then submitted to the Tezuka Awards committee. I chose to make it a Western because I loved Clint Eastwood.
デビュー作。とにかく作品持ち込みで編集者をラストベージまで “読ませたい“ と思ったし、途中でページをめくるのをやめて見捨てたりしないでください…と願って描いた。

Say Hi to Virginia

This is my second work, and my first attempt at science fiction. I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on it.

Say Hi to Virginia
This work comes from a time when I believed that the locked room provided the ultimate in suspense.
I only saw the characters as pawns who served to progress the story.

Outlaw Man

I've never traveled to the U.S. or done shooting on horseback before. I'm sure I will someday!

Outlaw Man
Due to the loss of the original manuscript, this work has never been reprinted before.

B.T. "The Wicked Boy"

I love doing magic tricks, but I always get caught quickly. I want to be as cool as B.T.!

B.T. "The Wicked Boy"
This short story was a pilot version (prototype) of the serialized Cool Shock B.T.. The theme of the story was intended to be the inverse of Sherlock Holmes, but my editor criticized me for calling my main character a "wicked boy." It's worth noting that there was no such thing as "psycho horror" back then.
連載された『ビーティー』のパイロット版(試作品)的な短編. シャーロック・ホームズの逆的な魅力を目的としたテーマだが、少年マンガに「魔少年」なんて主人公を出すのはやめなさいと、編集部から批評があった。まだ「サイコ・ホラー」とかなかった時代。

Gorgeous Irene

Gorgeous Irene
I considered making it into a serialized manga, but at the time, I was a little reluctant to draw a full-length shonen manga with a woman who fights as the main character. Thus, I had to wait for more than 12 years before creating Jolyne Cujoh in Stone Ocean, the sixth part of my own work, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
連載しようか? という企画もあったけど、当時、闘う女性を主人公に長編の少年マンガを描くのはちょっと抵抗があって、自作『ジョジョの奇妙な冒険』の6部『ストーンオーシャン』の「空条徐倫」まで12年以上待つことになる。

Under Execution, Under Jailbreak

Under Execution, Under Jailbreak

The story collection that contained Gorgeous Irene was published in 1987, making this book my first story collection in twelve years and my second one overall. Why is it that I rarely write short stories? The answer is that my ideas for them usually go into my longer, serialized works. After all, they tend to contain my more beloved protagonists, and feature-length series tend to appeal more to readers.
The amount of effort it takes me to create a short story is about the same as it takes to write a longer one, the only difference being that the short story has to end after a few dozen pages. Even if I did have a good idea for a short story, I can't help but use it in my longer series for that reason. The stories in this collection are examples of what happens when an unexpected friendship forms between an editor and a manga artist.
When the editorial department asked me to write a short story, I was able to expand on an idea I had left out of one of my longer series, an idea that made me think, "Well, I could use this for a short story." I can't help but think it was fate. In the twelve years that it took for this book to come out, that feeling has became more and more deeply ingrained in each of my works.

Under Execution, Under Jailbreak (Chapter)

Under Execution, Under Jailbreak
(Published in Allman 1995 No. 2)

What's the difference between a short story and a long story? The average reader might say that "it doesn't make a difference, does it?" But as a writer, if you don't understand the difference between the two, you may be walking down a dangerous path. Let's think about it for a moment. What types of short stories are there?
A. A work that follows the thoughts and actions of the characters.
B. A short story that captures a brief moment in time and symbolizes a life or theme in it like a flash of light.
C. Nonsense, suspense, mood, design, eroticism, and gore. A work that aims to portray itself.
D. Diaries, essays, letters.
Are there any other types? The rest are composite works of each type. When you think about it that way, what's the difference between a short story and a long story? There doesn't seem to be much of a difference at all. A short story is simply shorter, and a long story is simply longer. I suppose Hirohiko Araki's conclusion is that "it doesn't make a difference." For that reason, Under Execution, Under Jailbreak is a suspense story written for the sole purpose of drawing suspense, based on the idea of having a death penalty and a jailbreak at the same time, all in just over thirty pages as requested. The prison is strange, and I like the fact that the people who built it have an eerie presence despite never actually appearing. (I'd call it a C-type work.)
『死刑執行中 脱獄進行中』
(スーバージャンプ 95年2号掲戴)

短編と長編の違いって、何なのだろうか? 読者にとっては「そんなの、どうでもいいじゃん」って感じかもしれないけど、描く方にとっては違いを理解してないとヤバイ道に踏み込んでしまうかもしれない。ちょっと考えてみよう。どんな短編のタイプがあるのか?
D日記やエッセイ、手紙。他にあるかな?あとはABCDそれぞれの複合的作品。こう考えると、短編と長編の違いは? あんまり差はないように思える。

Dolce, and His Master

Dolce, and His Master (Dolce: Die Hard The Cat)
(Published in Allman 1996 No. 11-12)

When your page numbers are limited, your story becomes more powerful if the characters and settings are also limited. This is a work that began from that idea. My editor at the time of writing this story said to me, "I love cats. I can't help it. They are my heart's hope in life." I replied, "But I bet you'd eat one if you got lost in the Andes." Thus, a story was born from my wicked personality. (I'd call it a B-type work.)
『ドルチ ~ダイ・ハード・ザ・キャット~』
(オールマン 96年11〜12号掲戴)


Deadman's Questions

Deadman's Questions
(Published in Allman 1999 No. 12-14)

I wrote this story with the idea of a protagonist who, even after death, seeks peace of mind and continues to "live" in this world in the form of a spirit. (I'd call it an A-type work.) The protagonist of Deadman's is actually the ghost of the main villain from the fourth part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the deceased homicidal maniac known as Yoshikage Kira. In the world of the dead, if there indeed is one, it probably wouldn't be a place where everything is possible; rather, it'd be regulated by rules similar to our own world's. The idea that ghosts have to struggle just as much or even more than normal people is quite peculiar... That's the idea I had in mind when writing this story. Even so, when I got to the scene where he discovers he can no longer listen to his favorite music, I got a little teary-eyed.
(オールマン 99年12〜14号掲戴)

死んだあとも心の平和を願って、精神的に生長していこうとする主人公の行動を、スケッチ風に描いた作品。(作品タイプでA) 主人公のデッドマンは『ジョジョの奇妙な冒険第4部』の最大の敵・吉良吉影という、死んだ殺人鬼である。

Jump Multi World

Happy birthday to Mr. Weekly Shonen Jump. I’ve known you since you were born. I’ve received a reply to my fan letter from Ikezawa Satoshi sensei, and won a bicycle and baseball bat as a prize too. One time a teacher found my reading during class and I cried as he cruelly incinerated you. You are my life. My pleasure from here on out.

JoJo's Bizarre Words

I write my manga lines with the hope of "conveying" my thoughts. When I first drew a Stand, I found it frustrating because it was hard to convey the concept. But because it was a manga with pictures and dialogues, I was able to convey it in the end. If this had been a movie, animation, or a novel, I think the nuance of the message would have been a little different. I don't try to write good lines from the beginning, because lines are born from the desire to convey something. Therefore, I feel embarrassed when I say to myself, "This is a great line," because I feel like I'm taking advantage of the situation. I think it is the reader's sense of value that determines whether or not a chosen line is a "quote". You can be moved by the lines of JoJo, you can think they are cool, or you can laugh at them. I'll leave that up to you. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of JoJo, it's nice to have my work touched in a different way. So please enjoy the world of JoJo's words and deeds.


The manuscript of a manga is something that is printed, made into a book, and then delivered to the readers for them to appraise. In the printing process, lines sometimes get blurred, other times they're printed too fine, or the printing paper and manuscript paper differ, or if a part that was colored orange somehow comes out red. Even if I put in a request to print it as close to the manuscript as possible, there are limits to what they can do. This is the fate, and rule, of manga manuscripts. (On occasion, lines that got blurred during printing actually created a neat effect.) Some may think that a pro should take the printing process into account when drawing the manuscript, but I wonder if other mangaka have the luxury of doing such a thing. At the very least, I don't. I consider it a rule to treat a manuscript as a manuscript, and a book as a book when I draw.

Regardless, these manuscripts are typically stored in my file book, which is put away in a cabinet. But I'm very happy that for this occasion, they return to the open air and light of day, as if awakening from a years-long sleep, in the form of this original art exhibition for you to enjoy. It also feels like a grandiose feat to me. But, I'm sincerely thankful to the fans, who have read JoJo's Bizarre Adventure for 25 years, for giving me this opportunity.

You may try to find the differences between the originals and the printed versions as you read this book, or recall the feel of the original art once you return home. At any rate, nothing would make me happier than if you enjoyed your time here.



Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan

TSKR Volume 1

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As you might already know, Kishibe Rohan is a spin-off character from Part 4 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (see Volume 34) who works as a manga artist. He has a Stand ability that allows him to turn people into books; this allows him to read their raw memories and thoughts as text, as well as write into and manipulate them. This book is a short story collection of Rohan's observations. I drew the first of these works in 1997, so I am very happy and grateful that they have finally been gathered into one book. This collection of five spooky stories features a wide variety of settings, from Italy to the mountains to the coast. If you were to enjoy them, it would make me even happier.
ご存知かもしれませんが、「岸辺露伴」は「ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 第4部」(JC34巻)に登場する、職業が漫画家のスピンオフキャラクターです。人を本にして、その人物の生の記憶や想いを文字で読むことができ、また書き込んで操ることが可能というスタンド能力を持っています。本書は、その露伴先生の見聞録短編集です。

TSKR Volume 2

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The Stand user who works as a manga artist, and can read and write people like books... This is volume 2 of Rohan Kishibe's book of observations. Also, I'm glad these stories have been compiled into one book. When I look at them all together like this... I don't think I was aware of it when drawing them, but I feel like each episode has a different flavor as a result of being published in different magazines. I especially feel the influence of Bessatsu and the app. That's a happy occurrence, too... to Rohan Kishibe, I mean.

Episode 16: At a Confessional

I went to a photo booth with Mr. Koji Koseki, an old manga artist friend of mine. I've never done this sort of thing before, but I'd say it was quite fun.

I have 60 pages left to write until I can publish my short story collection. It'll take another two years. Please wait patiently for it.
Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Episode 16: At a Confessional
(Published in Weekly Shonen Jump 1997 No. 30)

When I was a child, my father and grandfather used to scold me by saying, "People like you should move to a deserted island," or, "I'll go ask the prison to lock you up!" (There was a prison near our house.) I thought, "I'd like to go to a deserted island," but I also thought, "Prison is so scary, please don't let me go there!" One particular rebuke he used was, "If you live your life mocking people, you'll be struck down when you are happiest." I still find it terrifying. I fear being struck down whenever I'm happy, and as I grow older, I'm becoming more and more afraid of it. I don't think I'm cheating anyone, but I still don't like it. However, I do like the main character of this work, who remains undaunted. The "Thus Spoke" part of the title means that Kishibe Rohan is not the protagonist, but instead the navigator of the story. (I'd call it a B-type work.)
(週刊少年ジャンプ 97年30号掲戴)

In 1997, the editorial team asked for a short story. The terms were: less than 45 pages and no spin-off of an existing series. Ta-dah! And here's a spin-off for you (laughs). I obviously made the first draft without Rohan, but isn't it so much better with him as the narrator? Just read the panels without him, just to see. It's like a tasteless meal, isn't it? When I think about it, without that interdiction, I would never have drawn the other Rohan spin-offs. Above all, I'm grateful for that.

Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill


Whenever I write a short story, I always think about how "youth is horror." That's the goal I aim for. I think Mutsu-kabe Hill is a really creepy story. As I was drawing them, I started to feel as if the "creatures" in the story actually existed somewhere in Japan, which horrified me. That said, why exactly was Mutsu-kabe Hill named Mutsu-kabe Hill? I can't remember it at all. I'm sorry. It really is terrifying.
それにしても「六壁坂」というネーミングはなぜ「六壁坂」にしたのだろうか? 全然記憶がないんです。スミマセン。本当にヤバイ。

Episode 5: Millionaire Village


The greatest benefit I obtained from "Millionaire Village" is Kyoka Izumi, the editor character. Even though she has an annoying personality, I love this character and I would consider her a masterpiece. I want to certify on my honor that no editor among my entourage was used as a model. It's true, and I'm not just saying that because I fear reprisal.

Episode 6: Poaching Seashore

Now that Rohan's accumulated enough pages, we can compile the series into a volume. Hooray!

What I most wanted to portray in Poaching Seashore was the exchange of the lines, "We're going to poach them," and "That's why I'm interested." Rohan might cross the boundaries of the rules of modern society for the sake of something more important, but he never forgets to pay respect to tradition and history. In the end, I think that feeling was the reason why he survived and didn't drown. Also, the chef Tonio Trussardi is a spin-off character from the Part 4 of the Jump Comics JoJo series.

Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci

I am honored! It was a genuine adventure into the unknown! I found myself having to produce a manga about the famous Gucci brand. Trying to find a way to take on this subject was a real conundrum, but then I thought about Rohan. I actually didn't have him in mind from the start. He really is able to travel in any circumstance for his work, which is really convenient for me. Once I made Rohan the protagonist, the story came together in no time. I tried to have him hold the traditional bag from the brand and wear some of Frida Gianinni's creations while respecting the details to the best of my ability. I'd also like to thank the decisive courage of Spur magazine.
なんと名誉なことに! まさに道への冒険! ファッションブランド『GUCCI』のバッグを題材にした漫画を描く事態に。どんな話にしたら良いのか?と、不安と悩み考えた時に思いついたのが「露伴」の存在。実は露伴起用は後なのです。彼は色々な条件の場所に取材に行ってくれるから、本当にありがたい。露伴を主人公にしたとたん、あっという間に話ができてしまいました。しかもGUCCIファッションを着せて、なかなかサマになってくれたので、良かったです。伝統的なGUCCIのバッグ、そしてファッションデザインは全てデザイナーのフリーダ・ジャンニーニさんのものを可能なだけ正確に着させました。また、SPUR誌の勇気と決断に感謝いたします。

Episode 4: The Harvest Moon

Times are changing and so is manga. As part of the launch of their exclusively digital magazine, Shonen Jump honored me by publishing this one-shot for their first issue. In the way that they respect their family tradition and celebrate the moon together, the Mochizuki family is reminiscent of the Higashikata family in JoJolion. Although the drafts were drawn on paper, this story has only been published on paper too thanks to this re-edition. It's like opposite elements found each other here, in the end. In any case, the moon will stay where it is.

Episode 7: A Rainy Monday

I've been looking forward to sleeping recently, but the thought of being able to sleep excites me so much that I end up not sleeping.

"So it once existed here on Earth!" When I think about dinosaurs, horrible giant dragonflies and other ancient creatures, my heart skips a beat. I also like to think about new chimeras, like the man-faced fish or the chupacabra. I don't believe in their existence, but each time I think I catch a glimpse of them, I get shivers down my spine. I like that feeling.

Episode 8: Deoxyribonucleic Acid

It's an honor to have my manga published in a girls magazine for the first time. So I wanted to give it an unusual but happy ending.

When I was a kid, I used to read Bessatsu Margaret as early as Shonen Jump, or even earlier! When I went to visit my relative's sister, I would find an issue of it in the bathroom and read it. I was given the opportunity to draw Deoxyribonucleic Acid for Bessatsu. Well, Bessatsu still made me anxious after all. Usually, I aim to have a scary ending, but this story turned out to have a touching happy ending, perhaps because of that anxiety. I think it's wonderful. I'm also glad that I could draw Yukako Yamagishi again.
子供の頃、僕が読者として、「少年ジャンプ」と同じくらいか、もっと早かったのが「別冊マーガレット」! 親戚のお姉さんの所に遊びに行くと、トイレとかに置いてあって読んでいました。そのなんと「別マ」に描かせて頂いたのが、この『D・N・A』。いやあ、「別マ」はやはり緊張しました。多分その影響あるかと思いますが、普通、怖いラストを目指しますが、感動ハッピーエンドになりました。良かったと思います。山岸由花子を再び描けたのも嬉しい。

Episode 9: The Run


I've revived the type of muscled character that I liked drawing in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure during the 80s. I'm the first to be surprised by this. It really felt like I was reviving something. I have the feeling that someone like Yoma Hashimoto really exists somewhere. What a dreadful character.

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