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Reality is the lifeblood that makes a work pulse with energy! Reality itself is entertainment! To write something interesting, you have to write what you've seen, what you've done, what you've experienced!
Rohan Kishibe (岸辺 露伴, Kishibe Rohan) is a primary ally featured in the fourth part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Diamond is Unbreakable. He is introduced as an antagonist in the "Let's Go to the Manga Artist's House" story arc, but later becomes an ally and cooperates in the search for Yoshikage Kira.
Rohan is a successful, professional manga artist, having created the series Pink Dark Boy in Weekly Shonen Jump. He is often roped into paranormal events while conducting research for his latest manga. He is the Stand user of Heaven's Door, which he uses to transform others into books and read them for inspiration.
Rohan is an individual of average build and height. He has an undercut that is slicked sideways. While he regularly changes outfits, Rohan keeps his trademark headband with serrated edges and fountain pen-tip earrings in every appearance. He dons a variety of elaborate outfits throughout Diamond is Unbreakable and Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan.
Diamond is Unbreakable
Rohan's most depicted outfit is the one he wears during the Rock-Paper-Scissors Kid Is Coming! story arc, which consists of a crop-top jacket buttoned with pen heads over a crop-top shirt, and baggy pants. Outside the manga, it's his primary costume in All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven. In his first appearance, Rohan adorns a baggy suit and pants, over which he wears a semi-unbuttoned vest.
During the Rohan Kishibe's Adventure arc, Rohan wears a dress shirt and tie, with the first kanji of his name, "Ro" (露), and the tip of a pen stitched onto the shirt. He also has baggy pants. During the I'm an Alien story arc, Rohan has a cold shoulder turtleneck crop-top, serrated with cuts all over and wrist-bands. He wears suspenders attached to baggy pants, along with Versace inspired boxers that are visible.
During the Highway Star story arc, Rohan has a single buttoned (pen tip button) longline waistcoat on top of a turtleneck sweater, baggy pants, and long boots. During the Cheap Trick story arc, Rohan has a short sleeve shirt serrated with holes and tucked under baggy pants. He also has long boots and a long pen tip necklace.
In Rohan's final appearance during the Another One Bites the Dust and Crazy Diamond Is Unbreakable story arc, he wears a longline waistcoat buttoned with a single pen tip on top of a crop-top with pen tips stitched on. He also has baggy boot pants, gloves, and a Gucci watch.
Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan
The outfit often worn by Rohan throughout Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan consists of a dress-shirt and pants. There are front straps with pen tips at the end stitched to the shirt and sometimes the sleeves and collar, along with wristbands. Rohan wears a version of the shirt with long sleeves. The anime depicts Rohan with this outfit in the last episode of Diamond is Unbreakable exercising his hands.
In At a Confessional, Rohan wears a sleeveless crop-top shirt buttoned with pen-tips and baggy pants buttoned on the seams, along with a big wrist-band. In Mutsu-kabe Hill, he wears a light colored half-zipper sweatshirt and sweatpants. In Millionaire Village, Rohan wears a shirt serrated with holes that extends from the back and tucked into his pants, along with a pen tip choker. In Poaching Seashore, Rohan wears a short sleeve swimsuit with a pen tip for the zipper and gloves. In The Run, the outfit Rohan dons in the gym consists of a contrast shoulder panel dress shirt and sweatpants, with typical pen tips on his collar, sleeves and shoulders.
In the first season of the TV Drama, Rohan wears a white loose blouse with black threads, black jacket, pants and shoes, green headband, golden pen nibs earrings, and a gray net wristband. In the second season, he wears a white form-fitting shirt and pants, gray headband, gray pull-over with oval-shaped holes, and black leather Lewis AVIAKIT boots. In the third season, Rohan wears a black shirt extending to his legs under a white thin white coat with black trim. He also wears white trousers and shoes. He bears a large metallic bracelet on the left wrist.
The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.
(Purple shirt under light green vest with light green pants and dark brown shoes. Green headband.)
Hair(Midnight Blue, dark green on the sides)
(White tinted-blue suit with gold accessories, green undershirt, shoes, and headband.)
Hair(Black, olive green on the sides)
(White tinted-violet suit with gold accessories, green undershirt and headband, and dark green shoes.)
(Light Purple shirt under light green vest with white pants and light green shoes. Green headband.)
The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.
(Green headband, white clothes, golden accessories)
At a Confessional
(Blue clothes, black belt with green buckle)
(Gray & brown coat, blue pullover, crimson shirt)
(Green pants, white sneakers with gray and brown stripes)
(Green headband, pink tie, brown earrings)
(Black necklace, green belt, blue coat, green bag)
Poaching Seashore(Green belt)
A Rainy Monday(Gray wristbands)
(Gray wristbands, white bag with golden & green decorations, tan rings)
(White clothes, black details, golden accessories)
At a Confessional (1st outfit)
(Blue clothes, orange headband & accessories, black belt and shoes, green underwear)
At a Confessional (2nd outfit)
(Lavender clothes, purple and cyan accessories, cyan headband, blue pants)
(Red headband, seagreen blouse, blue pants, yellow accessories)
Millionaire Village (Intro)
(Purple headband, wheat shirt, blue pants, yellow arrows, dark yellow pen nibs, purple wristband, brown belt)
Millionaire Village (1st outfit)
(Orange headband, gray shirt, off-white pants, brown necklace and wristband, golden accessories, green belt)
Millionaire Village (2nd outfit)
(Red headband, purple shirt, brown pants and belt, purple wristband, golden accessories)
The Run (Intro)
(Red headband, white shirt with green decorations, blue pants, brown shoes, yellow earrings and shoe soles)
The Run (Main outfit)
(Green headband, purple clothes, blue, green, pink and gray details)
Did you think the great Rohan Kishibe draws comics because he wants money?! I draw comics because I "WANT TO BE READ"! That's the one and only reason. I couldn't care less about anything else!
Rohan Kishibe is a passionate manga artist dedicated to his work, with a particularly abrasive personality but a good heart.
Rohan Kishibe is above all defined by his dedication to his work. With great draftmanship talents, Rohan has constantly sought to make the best manga possible in order to keep being read. His wish to be read is so great it trumps any other motivation, disdaining money or glory and feeling no need for kinship either. When drawing, Rohan falls into an artistic trance, drawing with abandon and being distracted with great difficulty. Because of his tremendous drawing skill, the one thing Rohan seeks the most is inspiration to fuel his work as everything else is an effortless formality.
To gain inspiration, Rohan is constantly seeking new experiences or facts, investigating anything he might find interesting with blatant disregard for common sense, politeness or the law, for instance buying a whole mountain range to preserve the living area of a supposed yokai and constantly prying into people's lives by turning them into books with his Heaven's Door. Moreover, Rohan is overly curious, willingly throwing himself into strange adventures such as an unusual house sale or a poaching session. His inquisitiveness can turn obsessive and downright morbid as he had to be reigned in to stop harassing Koichi and killed a spider just to taste its innards. Nonetheless, Rohan considers "reality" to be the greatest inspiration, and looks for genuine material, disdaining fakes such as when Hazamada fakes throwing up.
In addition to his own work, Rohan is an amateur of art in all its forms. He possesses a notable amount of movie memorabilia, artbooks, albums and merchandise from various manga series (like Sailor Moon and Rurouni Kenshin), and considers a visit to the museum to be a solemn occasion necessitating a proper outfit.
Parallel to his artistic passion exists Rohan's general unpleasantness. First of all, Rohan is arrogant, being aware of his nearly superhuman skill as an artist. Thus he generally looks down on everyone else and may only see people as possible material for his stories. However, he greatly respects Koichi for his courage and niceness. He also respects Tonio as a chef. Naturally, Rohan also hates being made a fool of, reacting with extreme dissatisfaction when Josuke cheated against him without him knowing how and cutting off his own finger as self-inflicted punishment. Likewise, he didn't like that his editor Kyoka Izumi dismissed his idea for a one-shot.
His arrogance is paired with his constant coarseness. While he may act with professional courtesy, Rohan is generally brash and impolite. Maintaining a thin veneer of civility, Rohan will usually make no secret of what he thinks of people which, combined with his arrogance, often earns him a mutual disdain with his interlocutors. Likewise, he also likes aggravating people he doesn't like, playing a game with Josuke with the declared intention to ruin him, has also stated to liking put down people "in their place" by refusing their requests or orders and is willing to tease or taunt an opponent. Rohan blatantly disregards courtesy for the sake of his goals, turning people into books on a whim and having at one point entered a confessional just to see the interior. But if he is disinterested, Rohan may also blatantly not remember an interlocutor's name such as Yukako Yamagishi at one point and distract himself while they talk. He has also occasionally adopted a visible passive-aggressive behavior and had no qualm punching an annoying Ken Oyanagi.
Nonetheless, behind his eccentric and discourteous demeanour, Rohan is also a decent person. When he learned about how Reimi Sugimoto saved him, he took an active part in seeking her murderer in part to give Reimi closure. He would also admit, with some persuasion, that he did like her and would miss her. Although he looks down on people and clashes with them, he always defends their lives, ultimately saving Ken Oyanagi when the boy tried to commit suicide and also saving the abrasive Kyoka Izumi from the gods of the mountains. Moreover, Rohan's stubborn personality means that he also has an iron-clad moral standard, for instance refusing to let Josuke be attacked by Highway Star despite the Stand promising to free him and Josuke being the person Rohan hates the most. Finally, Rohan steadfastly grants his fans autographs whenever they ask him, no matter the circumstances.
Despite his arrogance, Rohan is mature enough to know that surpassing others is easier than surpassing oneself.
Recent stories feature Rohan doing regular physical exercise to keep in shape.
- Main article: Heaven's Door
Heaven's Door enables Rohan to transmute people into "human books", with written pages unfurling from their bodies. These pages relate detailed information about that person, including biological characteristics, history, personality, or even details of their Stand and its abilities.
Rohan's Stand Heaven's Door was acquired when he was shot with the Arrow and its nature likely originated from his zeal for drawing manga. Rohan states that compelling manga requires a quality that may only be drawn from reality, both for its sensory variety and the depth of experience that humans accumulate.
Heaven's Door's simple yet exceptionally versatile power to transform people into books makes Rohan a formidable Stand user. There has been a noticeable shift in Rohan's mastery of his Stand as he initially required someone to look at a manga page to be transformed into a book, but then could draw his art in the air to trigger the effect and has recently been shown to only need a touch to turn targets into books. This shift has been stated as his own progress as a Stand user.
Rohan liberally uses his power to write commands in people, but usually shows restraint and subtlety in writing said commands. He prefers using very specific orders to compel people into not doing one thing or performing a single task for him, but never more. As a manga artist, he frequently uses his power to pry into people's lives for inspiration, regardless of courtesy.
He can also use his power in unexpected ways as people are literally transformed into paper and take on paper's property. Thus, he can easily immobilize someone by turning articulations into paper and has transformed an obese man into paper that could unfold and fit between two speeding trains.
- Dexterity, Draftsmanship: Rohan is an exceptionally talented draftsman, capable if he chooses of finishing manga pages of quality at superhuman speed. He can draw competently without construction lines and shade precisely simply by throwing ink drops with his pen. Such is his speed that he is able to do 19 pages in four days, a feat he can easily surpass, as is noted when he still can meet the deadline for his manga during Made In Heaven's accelerated time, where time has hastened to the point that ink can dry before it gets to the paper. Incidentally, his skill also gives him the necessary arm speed to draw a paper sheet off his desk even before Crazy Diamond can complete a punch. He was also able to throw pen nibs with such speed that they pierced Josuke's skin during their initial encounter.
- Language skills: In the live-action Rohan au Louvre movie, Rohan is seen interacting with two French fans and conversing fluently in French with them.
- Gucci Bag Stand: In Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci, Rohan inherits his deceased grandmother's Gucci bag, which possesses a Stand that allows its owner to hide items to be reobtained when in particular need.
- Nanase Kishibe: Rohan first meets her as "Nanase Fujikura" during his teenage years. Attracted to her, Rohan mentions that his relationship was in effect a first love to him. Indeed, he was noticeably less abrasive in her presence and even showed some protective instincts. However, Nanase fled away before things could evolve in a meaningful way. It is only later that Rohan learns that Nanase is his ancestor and he was seeing her ghost.
- Rohan's Grandmother: Rohan's exact relationship with his grandmother is unknown as she is only seen in a few spin-offs. In 2005, she dies from unknown reasons. In Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci, the grandmother has gifted Rohan a Gucci bag.
- Bakin: Rohan's dog, which he only has in the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan spin-offs. Rohan seems to take good care of him as a puppy, as he keeps special treats for him and has offered him several toys. He also is affectionate towards Bakin, calling him a "good boy" and petting him on a regular basis. Rohan presumably continues to raise Bakin properly as the dog grows into a healthy and well-behaved adult dog.
Despite loving his manga more than anything else, even over friends and family, Rohan still maintains relationships with the protagonists. Most if not all of which are strained.
- Koichi Hirose: Koichi was one of the first people Rohan met upon his return to Morioh. Despite trapping Koichi and using him for new manga ideas, Rohan shows more trust and friendship towards Koichi than the rest of Morioh's inhabitants. While Koichi is often perturbed by Rohan's near-obsessive behavior over him, he also has attempted to help Rohan in return. Koichi tolerated less and less the worst sides of Rohan's arrogance as he gained confidence, and he was overall a positive influence on Rohan's attitude. At the end of Diamond is Unbreakable, one reproachful look from Koichi was enough for Rohan to yield and confess an attachment to Reimi Sugimoto. In TSKR Episode 2, Koichi lets Rohan live in his house after he went bankrupt.
- Reimi Sugimoto: Reimi was a babysitter for Rohan when he was four years old. As a ghost, Reimi still treats Rohan as though he were a child. While he often acts resentful towards her treatment of him, he also shows unceasing determination to find her killer, as Reimi had sacrificed herself to save Rohan's life as a child.
- Josuke Higashikata: Josuke and Rohan loathe each other, with their relationship being strained at best. This first started when Rohan kidnapped Koichi to use as material and nearly had Okuyasu commit suicide. Rohan also insulted Josuke's hair, causing Josuke to beat him until he was in the hospital for a month. Rohan views Josuke as simple-minded, and Josuke is often annoyed by Rohan's arrogance. As a result, Josuke was not above scamming Rohan for money. However, Josuke has tried on at least two occasions to patch up the relationship between the two. During the Rock-Paper-Scissors Kid arc, he asked Rohan if he wanted to sit with him, Okuyasu, and Yukako. He also hoped to patch up their relationship after their battle against Highway Star, though Rohan's stubbornness and grudge prevented this. Despite their sharply contrasting personalities and rough history together, Rohan shows some trust in Josuke, proven when risking his own life to allow Josuke to escape from Highway Star, and the fact that he restrains some hostility on the knowledge that he's Joseph Joestar's son, a person he values deeply.
- Jotaro Kujo: Jotaro and Rohan are allies in the battle against Yoshikage Kira. Rohan states that the two aren't close but they seem to have mutual respect for each other, as Rohan has Jotaro's phone number in his phone book. Rohan also tries heading to Morioh Grand Hotel thinking Jotaro could help him deal with Cheap Trick.
- Okuyasu Nijimura: They only truly interact once, when Okuyasu goes to save Koichi from Rohan. Rohan used Heaven's Door to manipulate Okuyasu, nearly causing him to commit suicide by burning himself. The two aren't seen together afterwards, except for a brief moment when Rohan insults Okuyasu after Josuke invites Rohan to sit with them and Yukako. It is safe to say they don't have a good relationship since Okuyasu holds a grudge against Rohan for what he did, while Rohan is mostly indifferent to Okuyasu.
- Joseph Joestar: Unlike with most people, he seems rather polite to Joseph, possibly since Joseph is his elder (and often refers to him as Joestar-san or Mr. Joestar). Joseph has been shown to be a fan of Rohan's works, something Rohan appreciates. He usually speaks calmly to Joseph, such as when he explains his investigation in uncovering Kira's whereabouts. He even states that one of the main reasons he tolerates Josuke is out of respect for Mr. Joestar, further demonstrating his respect for him.
- Tonio Trussardi: Although both characters do not interact in the manga, they are featured as allies in TSKR Episode 6. In the one-shot, Tonio and Rohan are portrayed as friends, even though Rohan disapproved of Tonio coming to Morioh in order to cook. Rohan changed his mind after eating Tonio's abalone risotto, and the two cooperated to go poaching for a rare type of abalone. During their escapade, Rohan ended up saving Tonio's life.
- Yukako Yamagishi: While the two have no interactions, Rohan learned about her after reading Koichi's memories using Heaven's Door. When Josuke asks if Rohan wants to sit with him, Okuyasu, and Yukako, he declines while referring to Yukako as a "crazy bitch" (or the moody Yukako depending on translations). In TSKR Episode 8, Yukako asks Rohan to examine Mao Katahira.
- Shizuka Joestar: The two have little interaction, though Rohan once scared her by using the flash on his camera. On another occasion, Rohan used her invisibility powers to force Ken's hand into a rock during Rock-Paper-Scissors, causing Ken to lose against Rohan. He seems to care for her, as he became worried when he lost her and helped Joseph and Josuke look for her.
- Hayato Kawajiri: Rohan noticed that Hayato was in the background of many of the pictures he took of people who were possibly Kira in disguise and tailed him. He tried to get information out of him, though Hayato refused, knowing that telling him anything would activate Bites the Dust and kill Rohan. Rohan did eventually get killed by Bites the Dust since he used Heaven's Door to read Hayato's memories, much to Hayato's horror. Luckily, his fate is avoided thanks to Josuke.
- Toshikazu Hazamada: Toshikazu was a huge fan of Rohan who accidentally learned about his address and decided to visit the manga artist himself. He was impressed by Rohan and stated he truly admired him from the bottom of his heart, even after Rohan used Heaven's Door on him. In contrast, Rohan read through Toshikazu's memories and learned of his sordid personality and actions and frankly dismissed him, much to Toshikazu's sadness.
- Tamami Kobayashi: The two worked together in the I'm an Alien arc to expose Josuke's cheating during a game of cee-lo, where it was obvious that the dice they used were somehow rigged to let Josuke win (it was Mikitaka disguised as dice, constantly throwing winning tosses for Josuke). Although they were not able to find out how Josuke cheated, Tamami still charged Rohan for his services. However, in TSKR Episode 2, he is shown to be a fan of Rohan's work and asks for his autograph, which is a stark contrast to their more professional relationship during their first on-screen meeting.
- Akira Otoishi: Otoishi meets Rohan with Tamami after he is released from prison and excitedly asks for Rohan's autograph, claiming to be a big fan of his. Rohan's editor, Minoru Kaigamori, harshly declines by saying that Rohan is busy, but Rohan scolds the editor and gives the two of them an autograph.
- Minoru Kaigamori: Rohan's manga editor who's in his first year in the business, so he doesn't know how to act in a meeting.
- Kyoka Izumi: An editor at Shueisha who is assigned to Rohan Kishibe to assist him in publishing his manga in Weekly Shonen Jump, most notably his series, Pink Dark Boy.
- Yoshikage Kira: While initially only interested in chasing down the serial killer to improve the quality of his manga, Rohan takes Kira much more seriously after learning that the man had killed his childhood babysitter, Reimi Sugimoto. Evidently, all of Rohan's attempts at tracking Kira down have been done alone, or with limited help from his allies.
- Ken Oyanagi: Ken initially annoyed Rohan greatly when they first met by challenging him multiple times to Rock, Paper, Scissors. Because of this, Rohan felt little remorse for making him upset, eventually reaching the point of spontaneously punching him in the face out of irritation. When Rohan learned that Ken was actually attempting to steal Heaven's Door's ability in order to gain power, he acted diligently to beat him, and happily gloated in his victory. Rohan had a change of attitude after seeing Ken attempt suicide over the thought of losing his own Stand, claiming that he is moved whenever he sees people whom are dramatic like him.
- Yuya Fungami/Highway Star: Though Rohan did not meet Yuya personally, he ended up a victim of his Stand. Rohan was shown to have enjoyed defying Highway Star, despite being completely at its mercy.
- Masazo Kinoto: The architect was hired to inspect Rohan's house after it was burned in order to agree on a rebuilding plan. Upon their meeting, Rohan immediately used Heaven's Door in order to check if he was an enemy Stand user. Learning of Masazo's abnormal fear of having his back seen piqued his curiosity. During the inspection, Rohan tried time and time again to look at Masazo's back, and was eventually successful. This was the cause of Masazo's death, as his own Stand drained his life force and latched onto Rohan.
- Cheap Trick: The Stand was an immediate threat to Rohan once it attached to him, making constant attempts to get other people to see his back in order to kill him. When he was able to remove the Stand via Reimi's Alley, he uses Heaven's Door to write in it "I'm going to Hell" before it gets dragged off into the unknown.
- Ikkyu: Ikkyu and Rohan only interacted formally, with Ikkyu simply welcoming Rohan into his masters' house as a butler should. They become antagonists when Ikkyu begins to test Rohan and Kyoka on their manners. In the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (TV Drama), their relation is more antagonistic with Ikkyu enjoying Rohan's distress when he loses the use of his arm, and Rohan mocking Ikkyu after the mangaka wins their fight.
- Yoma Hashimoto: Rohan and Yoma were acquaintances who used the same gym. Their relationship developed into a rivalry of sorts with Rohan and Yoma playing games to see who would run the fastest. This relationship turned sour after Yoma awakened his ability as the avatar of Hermes and began killing people for hindering him. Rohan and Yoma played a game with fatal consequences and although Rohan survived, he still fears Yoma.
- Yabubako-Hoshi: When Yabubako-Hoshi impersonated Rohan and began to mess with his life, Rohan did his best to undo the creature's mischief. In the only time they interact, Rohan plainly tells it to stay away from him.
- Eve: A fan of Rohan who shows an excessive admiration and attachment towards him. Rohan himself finds her mildly annoying because she has a habit of trespassing. Yabubako-Hoshi impersonates Rohan for almost six months, and in the meantime gets together with Eve, making her believe they are a couple. Eve becomes dangerously jealous over Rohan, being ready to drug and kill Kyoka Izumi because she thinks Izumi could be a mistress, and because she wants to turn Rohan into an accomplice to bind him to her forever.
- Eco-Terrorist: A man who is obsessed with saving the environment. Around 2021-2022, he invited Rohan to his house for an interview, although his goal was actually to lure Rohan to witness his destructive plan. Rohan sympathizes with the terrorist's motivations, but wants to stop him to protect Morioh. The terrorist also respects and admires Rohan for his work and ethics.
Relationships in Eyes of Heaven
The information below derives from a source not written by Araki. As such, it may or may not be considered canon.
- Yukako Yamagishi: In Story Mode, Rohan is unnerved by Yukako's violent tendencies and will state that there is no difference in her behavior when she is brainwashed by Heaven-Attained DIO. In Free Battle Mode, Yukako is annoyed by Rohan's teasing of Koichi and threatens him.
Chapters / Episodes
Chapters in order of appearance
Episodes in order of appearance
Chapters in order of appearance
Live Action Appearances
Episodes in order of appearance
- “By the way, you wouldn't happen to know the secret to writing interesting comics, would you? It's reality! Reality is the lifeblood that makes a work pulse with energy! Reality itself is entertainment! You might think comics draw on imagination and fantasy, but that's wrong! To write something interesting, you have to write what you've seen, what you've done, what you've experienced!”
- “The first compatible people to read my manuscript will have the door to their heart opened thanks to my special ability, Heaven's Door.”
- “It's great! I've found the perfect inspiration for my comics!!”
- “Did you think the great Rohan Kishibe draws comics because he wants money?! I draw comics because I want to be read! "Want to be read" that's the one and only reason. I couldn't care less about anything else!”
- “Right now, I'm drawing my masterpiece! And it's made of your experiences, Koichi! Your experiences are amazing!”
- “That hairstyle of yours makes me laugh, Josuke! Isn't that the old fashioned sense of 20-30 years ago? You think it's cool? Ha! (『君のそのヘアスタイル笑っちまうぞ仗助ェッ！！』『２０～３０年前の古くさいセンスなんじゃあないのォ〜～～～～～〜！！カッコイイと思ってんのかよォ～～～～～』 フン！"Kimi no sono heasutairu waratchimau zo Jōsuke!!" "Ni-sanjū-nen mae no furukusai sensu nan jānai no~!! Kakkoī to omotten no ka yo~" Fun!)”
- “When I win, I want to be able to look down on your losing face.”
- “I'll say this only once. You said you wanted to surpass me... this is something you'll learn with age. It's not actually that hard to surpass someone. If you want to surpass someone, it's much harder to surpass yourself! Allow me to demonstrate by overcoming my own fate!”
- “I refuse. (だが断るDaga kotowaru)”
- “While maintaining my wrists at an angle of exactly 90 degrees and maintaining all fingers pointing straight, completely unbent. Face palms forward... and while maintaining the shoulders straight forward as well, continue to hold the wrists at a right angle... then bend the fingers one at a time. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Then open the fingers up again one at a time. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. And done. My preparation exercises for drawing manga... are complete.”
- “I'll admit, I didn't much like you since I heard about how you chose to open this shop here in Morioh, rather than your home country of Italy, but anyone that can turn a human's loneliness into being emotionally moved like you can have my upmost respect. Right now... I feel happy.”
- “I refuse. My Stand isn't even able to cure anything. Besides, what is it that you want me to cure. I don't even understand what you mean by "normal". What's so normal about your standard of "normal"?”
- “For once, I regret my actions in this incident very much. It was all caused by a fault in my personality. There was a red line that wasn't meant to be crossed, but I failed to see it and stuck my head in where it didn't belong. I proudly and foolishly believed that I could read the personalities of others. It's only because I got lucky that everything from my wrist up is still intact. These events are Episode 9: The Run.”
Creation and Development
Despite Rohan Kishibe being modeled after him, Hirohiko Araki has stated that the two of them are not the same personality-wise. He does admit however, after being asked if he would lick a spider like Rohan, that he would eat really strange things if asked to, and that he really enjoys drawing skin peeling, which is the premise behind Heaven's Door.
Rohan's TV anime voice actor, Takahiro Sakurai, previously voiced Bruno Bucciarati in the PS2 game GioGio's Bizarre Adventure. Sakurai also voices minor roles in the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan TV drama.
For the English dub of the series, Vic Mignogna was cast to play the role of Rohan in the Diamond is Unbreakable anime. However, due to the actor's involvement in scandals regarding sexual harassment allegations by female co-workers and inappropriate conduct at fan conventions, Mignogna was removed from productions related to dubbing studio Bang Zoom! Entertainment. Landon McDonald was cast to play the role instead in the English dub of the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan OVA series.
- The reason Araki drew Rohan appears as a vampire on the obi of Hirohiko Araki's Bizarre Horror Movie Analysis was because Ryosuke Kabashima had requested him to create an original horror character.
- Rohan is the featured detective in the 101st volume of Detective Conan's "Detective Picture Book" with a colored illustration and description by Gosho Aoyama.
- According to Satoshi Yamauchi, Hirohiko Araki jokingly considered having Rohan appear in JoJolion, mentioning Rohan's ability to keep up with time's acceleration during the final battle of Stone Ocean.