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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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Chapter Translation Original

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!
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
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
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)

Cool Shock B.T.
(One-Shot)
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(フレッシュジャンプ82年3号)

Readers Cup '97
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
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Allman No.1 2001
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。

Bessatsu Margaret September 2017
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.
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Baoh the Visitor

Volume 1

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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.

Volume 2

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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...


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 me writing 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 for my longer series because of 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 that 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.

『ゴージャス*アイリン』という初短編集が出たのが一九ハ七年だから、本タイトルが実に十二年ぷりの短編集という事になる。しかも二冊目。

なぜ自分は短編をあまり描かないのか?答えはアイデアを連載長編の方に使っちゃうからだ。長編の方には愛すぺき主人公がいるし、読者も短編よりは長編の方が魅力を感じてくれている。長編も短編もストーリーを0から作り上げていくのは同じ労力でも、短編は数十ページで終わりにしなくてはならない。だから、短編向きの良いアイデアがあってもつい長編の方に使ってしまう。

本書に集まった作品は、偶然に作られた編集者と漫画家の友情の結晶である。

「短編、描いてよ」

っていう編集部の依頼がきっかけで、長編からはみ出ていたアイデアを、「ンじゃ、これ短編に使おう」って感じでふくらましていくので、自分としては運命的なものを感じてしまう。そして、十二年に一冊という事で、ますますその思いが各作品に深く入っていってしまう。

『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?

A登場人物の行動や思いをひたすら追いまとめた作品。

Bほんの短い時間の出来事を切り取って、そこに人生やテーマを閃光のように象徴させる作品。

Cナンセンスやサスペンス、ムード、デザイン、エロ、グロ。それそのものを描くのを目的とした作品。

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。

単に短い作品が短編で、長いのが長編。やっぱり、「どーでもいいじゃん」って結論に荒木飛呂彦も落ちついた。そーゆー理由で『死刑執行中脱獄進行中』は三十数ページという依頼ページで、死刑と脱獄を同時にさせるというアイデアから思いついた、ひたすらサスペンスを描くために描いたサスペンス。監獄が奇妙で、ここを作ったヤツら、姿は登場しないけど、不気味な存在がある所が好き。(作品タイプで言うとC)

『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)

ベージ数を限定されると、登場人物や物語の舞台も限定した方が話に迫力が出る。そーゆー発想から作り始めた作品。

この作品執筆時の担当編集者が、「猫が好きで好きでしょうがない。生活する上での心の希望なんだよ」

とまで言ったので、「でも、アンデスの山中で遭難したら、食べちゃうよ、きっと」と言ったイジ悪なわたしの性格が生み出した一編。(作品タイプはB)

『岸辺露伴は動かないーエピソード16:懺悔室ー』

(週刊少年ジャンプ97年30号掲戴)

子供の頃、父や祖父がよくわたしを叱る時、「無人島へ行け!おまえのようなヤツは!」とか、「刑務所に頼んで入れてもらうぞ!」(家の近所に刑務所があった)とか言われて、「無人島は行ってみたいなあ」と思ったが、「刑務所はすごく恐ろしくて、カンベンしてくれえ」と思った。そんな叱りの言葉の中に「普段、人をあざむいて生活していると一番幸福な時にバチがあたるぞ」というのがあって、それはいまだに恐ろしい。ハッピーって時に突き落とされるのが、ャパイって感じがあって、大人になるにしたがって恐怖の度合いが増して来てるんですけど。別に人をだましてはいないと思うんだけど、イヤな感じ。でも、それでもヘコたれない本作品の主人公は好き。タイトルの「動かない」というのは、岸辺露伴は主人公ではなく、物語のナピゲーターですよ、という意味。(作品タイプで言うとB)

『デッドマンズQ』

(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。

死後の世界、もし魂が残っているのなら、それは何でもありの世界ではなく、この世と同じ『ルール』があるはずだ。幽霊も生きてる時と同じか、それ以上に苦労しなくてはおかしい……という発想で描いた。それにしても、好きな音楽を楽しめない彼を描いてて、何か涙が出て来た。

Under Execution Under Jailbreak (Chapter)

『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?

A登場人物の行動や思いをひたすら追いまとめた作品。

Bほんの短い時間の出来事を切り取って、そこに人生やテーマを閃光のように象徴させる作品。

Cナンセンスやサスペンス、ムード、デザイン、エロ、グロ。それそのものを描くのを目的とした作品。

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。

単に短い作品が短編で、長いのが長編。やっぱり、「どーでもいいじゃん」って結論に荒木飛呂彦も落ちついた。そーゆー理由で『死刑執行中脱獄進行中』は三十数ページという依頼ページで、死刑と脱獄を同時にさせるというアイデアから思いついた、ひたすらサスペンスを描くために描いたサスペンス。監獄が奇妙で、ここを作ったヤツら、姿は登場しないけど、不気味な存在がある所が好き。(作品タイプで言うとC)

Dolce, and His Master

When your page numbers are limited, the story is directed so that the characters and settings are also limited. This is a work that began from that sort of thinking. My editor at that time went as far to say "I love cats so much. They're the hope of my heart in my daily life."
and my reply was: "I bet you would eat one if you got lost in the Andes Mountains."
My little tease gave birth to this piece.

『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)

ベージ数を限定されると、登場人物や物語の舞台も限定した方が話に迫力が出る。そーゆー発想から作り始めた作品。

この作品執筆時の担当編集者が、「猫が好きで好きでしょうがない。生活する上での心の希望なんだよ」

とまで言ったので、「でも、アンデスの山中で遭難したら、食べちゃうよ、きっと」と言ったイジ悪なわたしの性格が生み出した一編。(作品タイプはB)

Deadman's Questions

I wrote this story down with the idea of a protagonist who–even after death–seeks for a peace of mind and continues to "live" in this world in the form of a spirit. It’s that kind of story.

The protagonist of Deadman 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 my story of the world of the dead, not everything is possible, rather, it is regulated by "rules" that are far more restrictive than our own. Ghosts continue their existence the same way as they did when they were alive, but also have to overcome their own set of trials and tribulations. This is the idea I had in mind when I wrote the story, and I went head first in coming up with different ideas on the type of problems they might have to face.

Even so, when I got to the scene where he discovers that he’ll no longer have any way of listening to his favorite music, I got a little teary-eyed.

『デッドマンズQ』

(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。

死後の世界、もし魂が残っているのなら、それは何でもありの世界ではなく、この世と同じ『ルール』があるはずだ。幽霊も生きてる時と同じか、それ以上に苦労しなくてはおかしい……という発想で描いた。それにしても、好きな音楽を楽しめない彼を描いてて、何か涙が出て来た。


Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan

TSKR Volume 1

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Maybe you know, but Rohan Kishibe, the protagonist of this volume, is a character from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Series, in particular the fourth part, Diamond is Unbreakable. He is a mangaka and a Stand user able to transform someone into a book, thus accessing this person's life and thoughts, and also influentiate them by writing among the lines... This collection gathers several stories about the adventures he had during his research. The first chapter was written in 1997. I'm very happy to see them together here. These five horrifying stories bring us to Italy as well as in the middle of the Japanese mountains and the beach. I hope, with all my heart, that you'll enjoy reading them.

TSKR Volume 2

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Here is the second anthology that Rohan Kishibe, a mangaka and Stand User who can turn people into books to read their lives and put new orders in them, is presenting.

This book is composed of several episodes that were initially published in different media. Now that I'm reading them again, I see that each episode has its now atmosphere depending on where it was published, for instance the Bessatsu Margaret or the smartphone app. Yet, I wasn't conscious about it when I was drawing them.

Rohan Kishibe is such a lucky guy, isn't he?

Episode 16: At a Confessional

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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 that better if he's 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, with the interdiction, I would never have drawn the other Rohan spin-offs, I'm grateful for that.

『岸辺露伴は動かないーエピソード16:懺悔室ー』

(週刊少年ジャンプ97年30号掲戴)

子供の頃、父や祖父がよくわたしを叱る時、「無人島へ行け!おまえのようなヤツは!」とか、「刑務所に頼んで入れてもらうぞ!」(家の近所に刑務所があった)とか言われて、「無人島は行ってみたいなあ」と思ったが、「刑務所はすごく恐ろしくて、カンベンしてくれえ」と思った。そんな叱りの言葉の中に「普段、人をあざむいて生活していると一番幸福な時にバチがあたるぞ」というのがあって、それはいまだに恐ろしい。ハッピーって時に突き落とされるのが、ャパイって感じがあって、大人になるにしたがって恐怖の度合いが増して来てるんですけど。別に人をだましてはいないと思うんだけど、イヤな感じ。でも、それでもヘコたれない本作品の主人公は好き。タイトルの「動かない」というのは、岸辺露伴は主人公ではなく、物語のナピゲーターですよ、という意味。(作品タイプで言うとB)

Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill

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When I have to deliver a short story, the theme that always comes to my mind is "Horror and youth".

"Mutsu-kabe Hill" is a terrifying episode. By dint of drawing this "creature", I came to believe it really existed somewhere in Japan. It really sucks.

Besides, why this title "Mutsu-kabe Hill"? I don't remember how I came up with it and that scares me even more...

Episode 5: Millionaire Village

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The greatest benefit I obtained from "Millionaire Village" is Kyoka Izumi the editor's 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 don't believe I say that because I fear reprisal.

Episode 6: Poaching Seashore

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In this episode I particularly like the moment where they say "We're going poaching" and then "That's why I like it". Rohan is someone ready to break the law to obtain something important. However, he doesn't forget to honor tradition and History. For me, he managed to survive this ordeal thanks to his respect. The cook, Tonio Trussardi, is a character from Diamond is Unbreakable.

Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci

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I am honored! It was a genuine adventure in 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 a real conundrum, but then I thought about Rohan. He thus came up just after the subject. He's really able to travel everywhere in any circumstance for his work, which is really convenient. When he became the protagonist, the story came by itself. I tried to have him hold the traditional bag from the brand and wear some of Frida Gianinni's creations while respecting the detail to the best of my ability. I also thank the courageous choice of Spur magazine.

Episode 4: The Harvest Moon

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Times are changing and so does manga. As part of the launch of their exclusively digital magazine, Shonen Jump honored me by publishing this one-shot for their first issue. By respecting this family tradition and celebrating the moon together, the Mochizuki family reminds 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 reedition. It is like opposite elements found each other here, at the end. In any case, the moon will stay where it is.

Episode 7: A Rainy Monday

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"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 it think the opposite, I get shivers down my spine. I love this feeling.

Episode 8: Deoxyribonucleic Acid

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When I was a child, I was reading Shonen Jump and also Bessatsu Margaret... I may be the first magazine that I've read. A girl from my family had some issues in the bathrooms. At the time, I was far from imagining that I would be publishing a chapter among its pages: DNA. Indeed, I was under heavy pressure, that may be why I opted for a happy and moving ending whereas I usually look for horrifying ones. I'm happy about this. I am also happy to have been able to drawn Yukako Yamagishi again.

Episode 9: The Run

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I've brought back this type of muscled character that I liked drawing during the 80s through JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. I'm the first to be surprised by this. He really came back to life, whether I wanted it or not. Yoma Hashimoto. I have the feeling that someone like him really exists somewhere. What a dreadful fellow.


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