Author's Note (Other Works)

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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.


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!

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.

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

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

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)

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.

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 book 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

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. Tadaa! And here's a spin-off for you (laugh). 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.

Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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.

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.

Under Execution Under Jailbreak (Chapter)

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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.

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.

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