Diamond is Unbreakable - Episode 17

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Rohan Kishibe's Adventure (岸辺露伴の冒険 Kishibe Rohan no Bōken) is the seventeenth episode of Diamond is Unbreakable and the ninety-first episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 330 through Chapter 334 of the manga.

Koichi meets Rohan again. The two of them discover an unmapped alley in the middle of Morioh and decide to explore it. It quickly becomes apparent that the alley is not a normal alley.

Summary

Koichi assists Rohan in going to a strange alleyway in Morioh

Sneaking up on an unsuspecting Koichi, Rohan, who has recovered from his injuries from Josuke, enlists him to find out about the strange alleyway that isn't on the map of Morioh. His reasoning is due to admiring his character when he read his memories.

As they entered, they find that as they keep going around corners, they keep finding themselves on the same street with a mailbox. They are then approached by a girl named Reimi Sugimoto, whom Rohan immediately suspects to be a Stand User, and proceeds to use Heaven's Door against her. To his surprise, she turns out to be a regular girl as he keeps reading more about her character, while Koichi scolds Rohan for reading far too much of her personal information. After writing down a command for her to forget the ordeal, Reimi then interacts with the two, much to Rohan's displeasure.

Reimi Sugimoto reveals that she is a ghost

When she narrates a Ghost Story, a dog with a slit throat then comes by her side, much to Rohan and Koichi's surprise. She soon reveals that both she and her dog Arnold are the people of the story, and are actually spirits. This also reveals that the Ghost Alley is a limbo between the World of the Living and Heaven. This shocks Rohan, as he remembers that he can only read information of the person of when they were alive. Reimi informs the others that the man who murdered her has been secretly killing others and asks them to stop him. After they agree, Reimi points them towards the exit, warning them not to turn around too soon as they will be pulled into the afterlife by dark spirits.

Koichi turns to see the hands of dark spirits from the afterlife

Just as they near the exit, a panicked Koichi sprints toward the exit, but Reimi assures that he has reached the exit already. Unfortunately, that wasn't Reimi at all, as it turns out that the dark spirits have tricked him, much to Reimi's shock and surprise, as they haven't tried to trick her before. Fortunately, Rohan manages to use Heaven's Door to get both him and Koichi to safety. Afterwards, Rohan meets an old man at Reimi's grave, learning that he was once friends with Reimi, who had saved him from being murdered as well.

Yoshikage Kira brings his date's hand home

Meanwhile, as Koichi informs Josuke and Okuyasu about the murder, Josuke soon says that they can't help her if the man was a regular person since Jotaro and Joseph won't help this way. As Koichi walks away discouraged, Josuke quickly grabs him off the road before he was run over. The man who nearly did merely stares at them when Koichi apologizes, where he then proceeds to close his window. The man, Yoshikage Kira, is talking to a woman about his heritage from his ancestors, where all he is left with now is his Grandfather's old home. The scene soon reveals that he's been talking to a severed hand the entire time.

Appearances

Characters
Reimi Sugimoto
(1st appearance)
Arnold
(1st appearance)
Old Monk
(1st appearance)
Jotaro Kujo
(Mentioned only)
Joseph Joestar
(Mentioned only)
Yoshikage Kira
(1st full appearance)
Stands
Heaven's Door
(1st full appearance)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Shinichi Inotsume[1]
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Sōichi Shimada[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Sōichi Shimada[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Tomomi Yabuki[1]
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
Action Animation Director (アクションディレクター)
Key Animation (原画)
Yuji Takagi
Hiroaki Imaki
Hiroaki Tsuchiya
Miho Matsuura
Ren Fujimaki
Tomoaki Mimiura
Yukiko Watabe
Yusuke Adachi
Abunaga Muraki
Hiroyuki Sakai
Tomoya Kosakai
Ayako Kanemaru
Haruka Iida
Koichi Takai
Soutaro Shiraishi
Yuichiro Masuda
Junya Sato
Hazuki Nakawatari
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Studio Sign
Silver Link
GAINAX
Masami Yamashita
Ayano Ogasawara
Hitomi Tsukui
Shoichi Ishimaru
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Megumi Itoi
Yosuke Yamaguchi
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)

Music

DU Episode 17: Rohan Kishibe's Adventure
Start End Title OST Description

00:14
01:54
The Artist's Bizarre Passion
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Koichi meets Rohan in the streets/An unmapped street
01:55
03:47
A Lurking Evil
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
A curiously empty street
03:47
04:01
The Pursuer
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Rohan summons Heaven's Door
04:21
05:03
The Pursuer
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Rohan reads Reimi Sugimoto's bio
06:12
09:05
The Alley
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Reimi is a ghost
09:11
10:00
Fight, Fight!
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Rohan & Koichi cannot escape from the ghost alley
10:23
12:22
The Alley
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Reimi's killer is still lurking
12:33
13:36
Tragedy
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Reimi begs Rohan & Koichi to find the killer
14:33
16:41
Between the Silence...
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Do not turn around when exiting the alley
16:51
17:07
Fight, Fight!
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
The evil spirits grab Koichi
17:13
17:20
The Pursuer
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Rohan saves Koichi
17:43
20:30
Separation and Departure
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Reimi is waiting by the Owson/Rohan's link to Reimi
20:37
21:39
A Lurking Evil
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Koichi warns Josuke & Okuyasu
21:51
23:36
Killer
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Introduction of Yoshikage Kira, serial-killer
23:36
23:41
Diamond is Unbreakable -Main Theme-
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Several lines present in the manga have been cut.
  • Heaven's Door is fully visualized and actually touches Reimi before being affected by the Stand's power.
  • Reimi's murder has more visuals.
  • The old lady doesn't ask Rohan and Koichi for directions.
  • The picture of Reimi is depicted.
  • Reimi is now said to be from Budogaoka high-school.
  • Rohan does not have to convince the old man to tell him about the night of the murder.
  • The scene where Rohan confirms his connection to Reimi occurs before the Kira revelation, which is aired during the closing credits instead of "I Want You".

Commentary

Here is Reimi's first appearance, a character who will play a key role later in the story. This is also the starting episode where Rohan begins to progressively steal the spotlight (laughs). We also begin to learn a little more about Morioh through the sad story surrounding Rohan and this young girl, as well as Morioh’s other inhabitants, all bound by the same curse.

That said, condensing all this exposition into one episode wasn’t easy. In theory, I would have liked more time to develop a more suspenseful atmosphere, but it was clear that it wouldn't fit. It's already the first episode where the opening and ending are cut: the time was extended as far as it could go.

Reimi is an adorable character, I found her depiction very successful. Her voice actor, Sayuri Hara, is still quite young, but is totally in phase with the character, and knows how to take into account the atmosphere surrounding a ghost. Some new blood is always welcome within JoJo’s monstrous cast, which is sometimes hard to direct. In a way, she represents Part 4’s cast the best.

The alley is the frontier between our world and the afterworld. To portray this otherworldly feeling, we used a color palette totally different from the usual.

I want to talk about the clothes again: Take note that starting from this episode, Rohan’s clothes will change every time he appears. It’s always difficult to have so many pattern variations and designs for one character. Honestly, Rohan is making our lives hard (laughs).
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries

Trivia

  • The sub-title pays homage to the main title of the series - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, albeit with a different character.

References

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