Ballad Kitaguni

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Ballad Kitaguni (北國 ばらっど, Kitaguni Baraddo) is a Japanese light novel author who has written several stories in the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Short Story Collection.

His works include Box of Happiness, Kushagara, Symmetry Room, Okami-sama, Golden Melody, Original Author Rohan Kishibe, and The Five-Bedroom House With A.... He also wrote the Rohan au Louvre movie novelization and There's No Love Like a Parent's.


In March 2014, Kitaguni's Greedy Me and Grimoire won the 8th HJ Bunko Grand Prize Silver Award.[2] In April of the same year, his "Apricot Red" story won the 13th Super Dash Novel Rookie of the Year Award for Excellence.[3] Kitaguni made his writing debut in August 2016 with We're Riajuu Without Otaku Pasts (Lie) in Dash X Bunko. A sequel to that released in the digital version of Dash X Bunko in August 2017.

In recent years, Kitaguni's stories are published by JUMP j BOOKS. Aside from his Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan short stories which began in 2017, Kitaguni has written Jujutsu Kaisen light novels as well starting in May 2019.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Kitaguni is a long-time fan of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, which he admired since he was a child.[4] The first JoJo part that he read was Part 5, Vento Aureo, so Giorno Giovanna was his first favorite JoJo. At the time, he didn't know about JoJo's long history, but he liked that Giorno was the son of the former main antagonist. He was very excited seeing Giorno moving in the PS2 game, GioGio's Bizarre Adventure, which released in 2002.[5]

In 2017, Kitaguni was given the opportunity to write spin-off stories of Hirohiko Araki's Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan series, stating that he felt a lot of pressure since JoJo is one of his childhood favorites.[4] Box of Happiness and Kushagara were published in the first booklet of the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Short Story Collection, included in the August 2017 issue of Ultra Jump which released on July 19.

In September 2017, Kitaguni went to JoJo Festival in Morioh, S City where he saw Rohan's desk on display at the venue; it inspired him to change the desk which he's been using since elementary school.[6] Kitaguni's third story, Symmetry Room, was published in the third booklet included in the January 2018 issue of Ultra Jump, which released on December 19, 2017.

In December 2020, his Kushagara story was adapted into a live-action format in the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan TV drama. Its script was written by Yasuko Kobayashi.

Kitaguni's favorite Stand in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series is Tubular Bells.[7] His favorite character in the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan series is Yoma Hashimoto.[8]


Release Date
Publication Medium
Greedy Me and Grimoire
強欲な僕とグリモワール (Gōyokuna Boku to Gurimowāru)
HJ Bunko December 2014
December 27, 2014
Apricot Red
アプリコットレッド (Apurikotto Reddo)
Dash X Bunko January 2015
January 23, 2015
We're Riajuu Without Otaku Pasts (Lie)
僕らはリア充なのでオタクな過去などありません(大嘘) (Bokura wa Riajū na no de Otaku na kako nado Arimasen (Dai Uso))
Dash X Bunko August 2016
August 25, 2016
Box of Happiness
辛福の箱 (Kōfuku no Hako)
Ultra Jump August 2017
July 19, 2017
Magazine Booklet
Ultra Jump August 2017
July 19, 2017
Magazine Booklet
We're Riajuu Without Otaku Pasts (Lie) 2
僕らはリア充なのでオタクな過去などありません(大嘘)2 (Bokura wa Riajū na no de Otaku na kako nado Arimasen (Dai Uso) 2)
Dash X Bunko DIGITAL August 2017
August 25, 2017
Symmetry Room
シンメトリー・ルーム (Shinmetorī Rūmu)
Ultra Jump January 2018
December 19, 2017
Magazine Booklet
June 19, 2018
Anthology Collection
Jujutsu Kaisen: Summer of Ashes, Autumn of Dust
呪術廻戦 逝く夏と還る秋 (Jujutsu Kaisen Iku Natsu to Kaeru Aki)
May 1, 2019
Light Novel
Jujutsu Kaisen: Thorny Road at Dawn
呪術廻戦 夜明けのいばら道 (Jujutsu Kaisen Yoake no Ibara Michi)
January 4, 2020
Light Novel
Chocolate Azuki 108-yen (5-minutes stories: an unexpected end)
あずきチョコ108円 (Azuki Choko 108-en)
(5分で読める驚愕のラストの物語 (5-Bu de Yomeru Kyōgaku no Rasuto no Monogatari))
April 2, 2021
Anthology Collection
Paradox Live Hidden Track "MEMORY"
September 3, 2021
Light Novel
Golden Melody
黄金のメロデ (Ougon no Merodi)
Ultra Jump November 2021
October 19, 2021
Magazine Booklet
Original Author Rohan Kishibe
原作者岸辺露伴 (Gensakusha Kishibe Rohan)
Ultra Jump November 2021
October 19, 2021
Magazine Booklet
Masked Class
仮面学級 (Kamen Gakkyū)
Shueisha Jump+
November 14, 2021
Non-Contact Love Affairs
非接触の恋愛事情 (Hi Sesshoku no Renai Jijō)
Shueisha Bunko
December 17, 2021
Anthology Collection
Theatrical Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Novelize
劇場版 呪術廻戦 0 ノベライズ (Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Noberaizu)
December 24, 2021
Light Novel
The Five-Bedroom House With A...
5LDK○○つき (5 LDK ○○-tsuki)
December 19, 2022
Anthology Collection
Rohan au Louvre Movie Novelization
映画ノベライズ 岸辺露伴 ルーヴルへ行く (Eiga Noberaizu Kishibe Rohan Rūvuru e Iku)
May 26, 2023
Light Novel
There's No Love Like a Parent's
親の心子知らずの巻 (Oya no Kokoroko Shirazu no Maki)
December 19, 2023
Short Story


# Interview Type Media Published
1 Ballad Kitaguni (December 2023)
December 19, 2023


  1. Contactless Love Affairs - Biography (December 2021)
  2. "Greedy Me and Grimoire" (HJ Bunko, December 2014)
  3. "Apricot Red" (Dash X Bunko, January 2015)
  4. 4.0 4.1 @barabarawhite (July 13, 2017), "Twitter".
  5. @barabarawhite (June 21, 2018), "Twitter".
  6. @barabarawhite (September 12, 2017), "Twitter".
  7. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Short Story Collection #1 (Ultra Jump, July 19, 2017) - Biography
  8. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Short Story Collection #4 (Ultra Jump, October 19, 2021) - Biography

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