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Bizarre things take place in the world... Especially around Rohan Kishibe.

Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (岸辺露伴は動かない, Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) is a live-action mini-series based on the manga series of the same name by Hirohiko Araki. It was produced by and aired on Japan's national broadcaster NHK from December 2020 to May 2024.[4][5]

Rohan Kishibe is a famous, arrogant, and eccentric manga artist whose Pink Dark Boy series is enjoying great success. Unbeknownst to all, Rohan possesses a "gift" he calls Heaven's Door, which allows him to turn people into books and read into their lives. At the beginning of the series, Rohan meets his new editor, a perky but strong-headed woman named Kyoka Izumi. Together, to acquire material for Rohan's work, they seek and stumble upon the world's secrets, from yokai to miracles to yet more esoteric phenomena.

On April 11, 2022, the distribution company Digital Media Rights announced it will stream the first three episodes of the series with English subtitles on its streaming service RetroCrush.[6]


Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan consists of eight episodes, each of them being loose adaptations of one of the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan one-shots and short stories. Episodes 1 and 3 are based on stories originally featured in the manga, Millionaire Village and D.N.A.. Episode 2 is based on the short story Kushagara written by novelist Ballad Kitaguni for the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Short Story Collection series.[7]

Actor Issey Takahashi stars in the series as the titular character Rohan Kishibe, an eccentric manga artist originally featured in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable. He plays alongside Marie Iitoyo, who plays the character of Rohan's editor Kyoka Izumi. Unlike the original one-shots, Kyoka is now a recurring character and reappears in all of the episodes. Tomoya Nakamura also plays the original character Taro Hirai, Kyoka's boyfriend.

NHK announced the first season on October 14, 2020.[8] On August 14, 2021, NHK announced that a second season was in production and would be broadcast in December of the same year. The second season consists of three episodes, adapting The Run, the "Cheap Trick" story arc from Diamond is Unbreakable, and Mutsu-kabe Hill. Issey Takahashi and Marie Iitoyo reprise their roles as Rohan Kishibe and Kyoka Izumi. Three additional actors make special appearances in each of the three new episodes: Show Kasamatsu as Yoma Hashimoto in Episode 4, Ennosuke Ichikawa as Masazo Kinoto in Episode 5, and Rio Uchida as Naoko Osato in Episode 6.[9]

On August 19, 2022, NHK announced that a third season was in production and would be broadcast in December of the same year.[10] The third season consists of two episodes, adapting Hot Summer Martha and the "Rock-Paper-Scissors Kid Is Coming!" story arc from Diamond is Unbreakable. Alongside Issey Takahashi and Marie Iitoyo, two additional actors make special appearances in the two episodes: Kotone Furukawa as Eve in Episode 7 and Hinata Hiiragi as Ken Oyanagi in Episode 8.[5]

On January 4, 2023, Asmik Ace announced that a film adaptation of Rohan au Louvre will premiere in Japanese theaters on May 26, 2023.[11] Fumino Kimura and Kento Nagao make special appearances as Nanase and a younger version of Rohan respectively.[12]

On April 1, 2024, NHK announced that a fourth season containing the ninth episode will release on May 10, 2024, with a pre-broadcast on May 5, 2024. The episode adapts Poaching Seashore, with Alfredo Chiarenza as Tonio Trussardi and Misako Renbutsu as Tonio's fiancée, Hatsune Morishima.[13]


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Season 1

Episode Title
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Millionaire Village
(富豪村 Fugō-mura)
Japan: December 28, 2020
United States of America: June 18, 2021[a]
Rohan Kishibe's new editor Kyoka Izumi tells him about a secluded mountain village where all of the residents are millionaires and all became millionaires shortly after moving there in their twenties. Ms. Izumi wishes to fill a recent vacancy and move in, believing it will lead to her becoming a millionaire as well, and she has convinced Rohan to accompany her for research into a new manga story. After being taken to their interview with the landlords by the childlike Ikkyu, the two soon discover that they are being tested on their etiquette by unseen forces, and for each infraction, the test taker loses something dear and important to them...
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(くしゃがら Kushagara)
Japan: December 29, 2020
United States of America: June 18, 2021[a]
Rohan Kishibe meets with fellow manga artist Jugo Shishi who has come to ask him about a word "kushagara" that his own editor has forbidden him from using unless he can discover its meaning, but he cannot find the word in any dictionary. Rohan can see that Jugo's curiosity about the word is causing him physical and mental anguish, so when he uses Heaven's Door to take a look inside Jugo's mind, he finds something crawling inside the pages of Jugo's "book"...
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Deoxyribonucleic Acid
(D.N.A Dī Enu Ē)
Japan: December 30, 2020
United States of America: June 18, 2021[a]
Kyoka approaches Rohan for help in recovering the memories of her new boyfriend Taro Hirai, a former world renowned photographer who has developed amnesia after surviving a traumatic car accident six years ago. As Rohan is introduced to Taro, Mai Katahira passes by the group with her daughter Mao in a stroller, who pulls on Taro's shirt causing him to fall down. Rohan takes a look at little Mao who is hidden in the shade of the stroller, and sees that something is strange with her eyes...

Season 2

Episode Title
1 (4)
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The Run
(ザ・ラン Za Ran)
Japan: December 27, 2021
United States of America: December 17, 2022
Rohan meets a young man named Yoma Hashimoto at a members-only gym. Yoma is a fledgling model who starts going to the gym after his office president orders him to “build up his body”. However, after this day, Yoma becomes obsessed with running, and his obsession with “running” gradually goes beyond the norm. Yoma shows up in front of Rohan one day for the first time after a while, appearing much more confident. He then proposes to Rohan that they have a running contest on treadmills.
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From Behind
(背中の正面 Senaka no Shōmen)
Japan: December 28, 2021
United States of America: December 17, 2022
A man named Masazo Kinoto, who works in the sales department of a company that undertakes resort development, comes to Rohan’s house. When he invites him in, the man comes crawling in with his back against the wall. When he took off his shoes, sat down on a chair, and drank tea, he smiled affectionately, but never showed his back to Rohan. This strange behavior aroused Rohan’s curiosity, and he forced himself to look at the man’s back. Suddenly, something abnormal attacks Kinoto since his back was seen, and then moves on to affect Rohan.
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Mutsu-kabe Hill
(六壁坂 Mutsukabe-zaka)
Japan: December 29, 2021
United States of America: December 17, 2022
Rohan goes bankrupt after purchasing a forest on Mutsu-kabezaka Village for the sole purpose of reporting on the legend of a yokai lurking there. Rohan visits the village with Kyoka in pursuit of the mystery of the legend, but finds no clues. Just then, Rohan is confronted by the heiress of the most prominent family in the village, Naoko Osato. Naoko tries to find out the reason why Rohan visited the village, but it seems that she herself is hiding something. After reading Naoko’s memories with Heaven’s Door, Rohan learns the shocking truth about Naoko and Mutsu-kabe Hill.

Season 3

Episode Title
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Hot Summer Martha
(ホットサマー・マーサ Hotto Samā Māsa)
Japan: December 26, 2022
United States of America: January 3, 2023
Depressed after being unable to get realistic material after a long period of time, Rohan goes out for a walk with a puppy he named Bakin. Dazed from the strong summer sun and from wearing a mask, he wanders into a strange shrine and finds a huge tree with a large cave inside its trunk. Peering through a gap in the fence in front of the cave, he sees what appears to be a shrine inside. Intrigued, Rohan goes inside, but finds himself crouching with Bakin in his arms. After leaving the shrine and returning home, Rohan feels uneasy about the bizarre situations happening in some parts of his house. Moreover, there is a young woman under the blankets on his bed…
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Rock-Paper-Scissors Kid
(ジャンケン小僧 Janken Kozō)
Japan: December 27, 2022
United States of America: January 3, 2023
While Rohan is meeting with Kyoka, a boy who is a fan of Rohan’s manga "Pink Dark Boy," suddenly comes to visit him. However, Rohan shuts the front door and turns him away, saying that it is not good for him to suddenly come to his work place. The boy appears before Rohan again, this time proposing to play rock-paper-scissors-paper with him. The boy shows up everywhere he goes, determined to challenge Rohan to rock-paper-scissors…


Episode Title
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Rohan au Louvre
(岸辺露伴 ルーヴルへ行く Kishibe Rohan Rūvuru e Iku)
Japan: May 26, 2023 (Theatrical)
Japan: April 27, 2024 (TV)
United States of America: September 21, 2023
Rohan Kishibe, a manga artist with a special ability, once heard a rumor in his youth about a Black Painting from a woman he had a crush on. It was not only the blackest, but the most evil painting in the world.

Time passes, and in the process of writing a new work, Rohan learns that the painting is held at the Louvre Museum. He thus visits France for a viewing, and for a faint yearning he once had. However, strangely enough, even the museum staff was unaware of the existence of the Black Painting, and its storage location in the database was Warehouse Z-13, an underground warehouse that should have been empty.

There, Rohan comes face-to-face with the horrifying events caused by the Black Painting...

Season 4

Episode Title
1 (9)
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Poaching Seashore
(密漁海岸 Mitsuryō Kaigan)
Japan: May 5, 2024 (Pre-broadcast)
Japan: May 10, 2024
United States of America: May 18, 2024
An Italian restaurant quietly opened near Rohan's house. Rohan and Kyoka visit the restaurant and meet Tonio Trussardi, a chef with the mysterious ability to heal his patrons' physical ailments through his cooking. Tonio proposes a plan to Rohan for poaching the legendary Hyogara black abalones, which is said to be able to cure any disease. In fact, Tonio has a fiancée, Hatsune Morishima, who is suffering from a serious illness.
2 (9.5)
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The Other Poaching Seashore
(もうひとつの密漁海岸 Mō Hitotsu no Mitsuryō Kaigan)
Japan: May 18, 2024
United States of America: May 18, 2024
Kyoka and Hatsune share stories from their lives over delicious cups of tea, giving a window into their heartfelt exchange as they await Rohan and Tonio's return from a dangerous poaching mission.


Air Time
Season 1
December 28 (Monday), 29 (Tuesday), and 30 (Wednesday), 2020
10:00 - 10:49 PM JST
Season 1
December 28 (Monday), 29 (Tuesday), and 30 (Wednesday), 2020
10:00 - 10:49 PM JST
Season 2
December 27 (Monday), 28 (Tuesday), and 29 (Wednesday), 2021
10:00 - 10:49 PM JST
Season 3
December 26 (Monday) and 27 (Tuesday), 2022
10:00 - 10:54 PM JST
Season 4
May 5, 2024 (Sunday)
1:00 – 2:00 PM JST
Season 4
May 10, 2024 (Friday)
10:00 – 11:00 PM JST


The interior of Rohan Kishibe's house

The Kachi Villa in the town of Hayama, Kanagawa, was used as Rohan Kishibe's house. The drafts of the fictitious Pink Dark Boy manga that appear in the drama were drawn by Masahiko Aoki.[15]

The cafe where Kyoka Izumi and Taro Hirai drink is the real-life cafe Enokitei Honten, situated in Yokohama. Scenes of Rohan Kishibe and Kyoka Izumi trekking in the forest were shot in the forest of Shinano Province in Nagano Prefecture.[16] The cascade where Kyoka rests was identified as the Tateshina Otaki. The luxurious mansion of "Millionaire Village" is in reality a house named the Omori-Musasino (大森武蔵野苑). It is a historical site situated in Koganei, Japan.[17] The tea cups used in the luxurious mansion are made of Coalport porcelain in an Adelaide shape with a phoenix motif, dating from approximately 1830.[18] Rohan's own tea cup shown at the end of the first episode is a Saint-Médard silver plated metal tea cup. Manners consultant Hiroko Nishide worked on the episode to guide the production team about the proper manners to adopt.[19]

Filming of the shot of Jugo Shishi's throat

In "Kushagara", the red book that Jugo Shishi grabs in his office is a volume from the Soseki Collection (漱石全集, Sōseki Zenshū), a collection of Japanese novelist Natsume Sōseki's works, published by Iwanami Shoten. The cafe where Rohan meets Jugo Shishi is the real-life cafe Yamata Jubankan situated in Yokohama. The sloped path in which Rohan tells Kyoka about "kushagara" is situated in a road in Yamanouchi. The place where Kyoka meets Taro is the Harbor View Park Observatory in Yokohama. The bookstore in which Rohan meets Jugo Shishi again is the real-life Tenpodokaribe Book Store in Yokohama.[20] The isolated alley in which Rohan confronts Jugo about his obsession is situated in a path in Tama Ward, Kawasaki, in the Kanagawa Prefecture.[21] Jugo Shishi's office was filmed in a building in Kawasaki. The "university building" used in the introduction of the episode is in reality an annex of the Yamanashi Prefectural Office, in Yamanashi Prefecture. The shots of the Kushagara creatures in Jugo Shishi's throat were filmed using an upscaled model of Mirai Moriyama's throat with the creatures being manipulated like puppets by several production members.[22]

In "Deoxyribonucleic Acid", the park used as the production set for the episode is the Sagamihara Park.[23] Mai and Mao Katahira's house is the Megurohonchou studio. The sloped path in which Rohan meets Mai and Mao Katahira is the Motomachi Park's Hitaizaka, in Yokohama. The hospital in which Taro is brought is actually the NHK's broadcasting center in Shibuya, Tokyo.

In "The Run", scenes of Yoma running were shot in Shibaura Island, Tokyo. The gym is the gym of the NAS Wellness & Spa CLUB. The scene where Yoma kicks a bicycle is situated near the following address: 1-4-29 Miyamaedaira, Miyamae-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture. The tunnel Yoma runs through is a tunnel is the second Kakinokidai tunnel situated in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture. For the production of the episode, Show Kasamatsu, Yoma Hashimoto's actor, had to follow a strict diet followed by a personal trainer. Kasamatsu also never practiced bouldering and thus his trainer took him on a two-hour practice session before the shooting. Afterwards, Kasamatsu was able to boulder inside of the apartment for the shooting. Kasamatsu reports that he almost cried when the director Watanabe thanked him afterwards.[24]

The alley serving as a boundary to the other world in "From Behind" is actually an alley adjacent to the Chiyoda Kajicho Post Office in Tokyo.[25]

The village in "Mutsu-kabe Hill" is the Japanese village of Akasawa, with part of the episode being filmed near Akasawa's Osakaya inn. Kyoka Izumi's cakes are cakes from the Nicolas & Herbs brand. The Osato House is the Kiunkaku, a historical hot spring hotel situated in Atami, Shizuoka. To recreate the effect of a corpse shriveling up, the production team created a fake model of the head of Kiriko Osato's actress Tamaki Shiratori which can shrivel up with the push of a button.[26]

In "Hot Summer Martha", the scenes of the shrine were filmed at the Gorei shrine, Zushi.[27] Scenes of the great tree hollow were filmed near the Namiki Hotel in Nikko, Toshigi prefecture.[28] In "Rock-Paper-Scissors Kid", the scene where Ken Oyanagi calls Kyoka was filmed at the entrance of the Daiichi Shimokawa building in Ota ward, Tokyo.[29]

In season 3, the composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi used AI to compose some of his tracks.

Manga/Drama Differences

Original Content

There are several nods to the main JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series:

  • If closed-captions are turned on, its text is formatted similarly to the original manga as well as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure in general. For instance, Rohan and Kyoka's dialogue often ends with small katakana for emphasis such as the small tsu ().


  • Heaven's Door's Stand form is never directly seen, akin to its appearance in the "Let's Go to the Manga Artist's House" story arc of Diamond Is Unbreakable.
    • When Rohan turns someone into books, the type of pages differ depending on the victim. Kyoka's pages looks like a fashion magazine, while Ikkyu's pages look like refined book pages, Jugo Shishi's pages are a notebook full of scribbles.
  • The word "Stand" is never uttered, and is replaced with more generic terms such as "ability" (能力, nōryoku), "thing received from heaven" (天から頂いたもの, ten kara idaita mono), and "gift" (ギフト, gifuto).
  • Kyoka takes more importance in the drama and becomes a recurring character, appearing in stories in which she was originally absent.
  • The publisher of Pink Dark Boy is formatted as "Shumeisha" (), rather than matching the real-life Shueisha ().

Cast Commentary

I never thought the day would come when I would be able to play "Rohan-chan", a character that I've loved since I was in high school, so I was deeply moved. During the filming, I was conscious of how much I could physically express something like the continuity of movement between the panels of the original manga. This is something that I have never done before in my acting career, so it was a very enjoyable time for me as an actor. It was a real blessing to be able to discuss the design and details of Rohan's costumes with the staff over and over again.
I really enjoyed filming this time because it was a drama adaptation of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan, which is derived from the popular manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Each line of Rohan Kishibe, played by Issey Takahashi, is stylish and literary, and I hope you will enjoy his long conversations with Kyoka Izumi, his female editor and accomplice. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to participate in this work.
Fuga Shibazaki
My character, Ikkyu, is a boy with strict manners, so before the filming, I learned how to behave in the story from the guidance of an instructor who teaches manners. It was difficult to make proper movements while saying the lines, and I was especially nervous during the scene where I had to carry the teacup. Ikkyu is a character with no flaws, but he takes unexpected actions when he meets Rohan-san, so I hope you can look forward to it. I also love the costumes and makeup, which were designed by a stylist and makeup artist who were very particular about the measurements and styling, so I hope you will pay attention to that as well.
I accepted the role because it was the first time in a long time that I could act with Issey Takahashi. There are many hurdles to overcome when adapting a manga into a live-action film, but the Kushagara episode that I acted in was only published as a novel which follows Hirohiko Araki-san's detailed and absurd story and character models, so I was able to freely envision how to play my role. I hope you enjoy it.
Kumi Takiuchi
I was overwhelmed by the world and atmosphere depicted in the original story, but I think that this live-action drama has a great deal of respect and common understanding of the original story, and the same attention to detail in the visuals. The hair, makeup, and fashion look like they are straight out of the manga. For my episode, the director, Mr. Watanabe, put a lot of emphasis on the reality of the story, so he made sure that the drama was carefully crafted to maintain the world of the original story, while also providing original parts that can only be seen in the drama. I think the highlight of the drama is the visuals and acting of Issey Takahashi, who plays the role of Rohan Kishibe. It was beautiful to see. Also, Marie Iitoyo, who plays Kyoka Izumi, has a cute and elegant appearance. Please check it out!
Tomoya Nakamura
The staff's love for JoJo and respect for the original work was incredible, so I was confident that if they cared so much about it, this live-action adaptation would be wonderful. I played the role of Hirai with the aim of creating a mysterious, flickering, shimmering presence. Please look forward to it.

Fuga Shibazaki
(高橋)一生と久しぶりに芝居ができる、ということで引き受けさせていただきました。 漫画原作の実写化は何かとハードルが高いものですが、参加させていただいた「くしゃがら」に関しては、荒木飛呂彦さんの描く緻密かつ荒唐無稽なストーリーやキャラクター造形を踏襲しつつも、出版されているものが小説のみということで、イメージを膨らませつつ自由に演らせていただきました。楽しんでいただければ光栄です。
Kumi Takiuchi
原作で描かれている世界観、息遣いに圧倒されっぱなしでしたが、今回の実写化ドラマでも、原作へのリスペクトと共通認識、そして、やはりビジュアルに物凄くこだわりがあったと思います。ヘアメイクもファッションも漫画から飛び出してきたような造りになっています。 私の回はリアリティーを重視していたので、演出の渡辺さんがお芝居に対して丁寧にひとつひとつの積み重ねをさせてくださり、原作の世界観を大切にしつつも、ドラマにしかないオリジナルな部分もご用意させてもらっています。見どころは何と言っても"岸辺露伴"を演じた高橋一生さんのビジュアル、お芝居すべてだと思います。この上なく眼福でした。そして"泉京香"を演じた飯豊まりえさんの可憐さと気品ある姿も。ぜひご覧ください!
Tomoya Nakamura

During the filming last year, I was thinking about if a sequel was possible and what we could do next. The sequel hadn’t been decided yet at that point. Director Mr. Kazutaka, producer Mr. Tsuchihashi, character design supervisor Mr. Tsuge, cinematographer Mr. Yamamoto, and the lighting, costume, makeup, and production departments often talked on set about if there would be something after. Then at the end of last year, “Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan” was completed after we put everything we could do at the time into it. I think that many people who watched it were also looking forward to see what would come next. Following episodes 1, 2, and 3, we now have episodes 4, 5, and 6. As one of the actors, I felt the happiness of being able to play one role for a long time, while simultaneously enjoying my next project and giving it my all. Let’s have an adventure together in this increasingly sophisticated and bizarre world.
At the end of last year, Kazutaka Watanabe, the director, told me, “Please keep your schedule open for the next fall”, so I was already looking forward to the sequel. My role originally only appeared in Millionaire Village, but I’m so excited to be able to be in charge of collecting data for Rohan-sensei as Kyoka Izumi once again.

As Mr. Issey said, it’s rare to have the opportunity of feeling happiness of being able to play one role for a long time, or the chance to work with the same staff. I want to cherish that feeling. I also participated wholeheartedly. Oh, and please look forward to Izumi-chan’s new costume! Well, then, I look forward to seeing you at the end of the year in episodes 4, 5, and 6 of “Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan“!

I was honored to work in a wonderful environment full of love for the original work. For the first time in my life, I had to restrict my diet and worked very hard. I felt like I was going to break many times, but I think I was able to surpass that because I was Yoma Hashimoto. To the viewers, please be gentle with me.
Ennosuke Ichikawa
Icchan (Issey) is now one of the most famous actors in Japan, and I was happy to accept the offer to act with him again. I was a little nervous since we hadn’t acted together on screen since the “Taiga” drama, but thanks to the director and the rest of the team, the shooting went very well. I heard that episode 5 is an original story in a sense, inspired by “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure“, but I was able to freely play the role of Masazo Kinoto. Please take a look, and I hope you enjoy it.
I’m really honored to be involved in the drama of my beloved JoJo and Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan series. Creating a work full of love with such professional staff was exciting and made me happy both as a fan of the original work and as an actor. I personally love Rohan-sensei so much that it was very difficult for me to control my heart rate so as not to bring it into the scene. It’s three days at the end of the year. I’m going to wait in front of the TV with excitement too!

去年の撮影の最中、続編が出来るのならば『次に出来ること』は何かと考えていました。 まだその時点で続編が決定していたわけじゃあないのに。演出の一貴さん、プロデューサーの土橋さん、人物デザイン監修の柘植さん、撮影の山本さん、照明部、衣裳部、メイク部、制作部も、『次』があるなら、とよく現場で話していました。そして、その時出来ること全てを一丸となって注ぎ、去年末、《岸辺露伴は動かない》が出来上がりました。見てくださった方々の多くも『次』を期待してくださっていたのだと思います。1.2.3話に引き続き、4.5.6話です。俳優部の一人としては、一つの役を長く演じることが出来る幸福感を噛み締めると同時に、『次に出来ること』を楽しみながら、その時出来ることを詰め込みました。益々洗練されたこの奇妙な世界をご一緒に、冒険しましょう。
原作愛の溢れる素晴らしい環境でお仕事ができて光栄でした。人生初の食事制限をして、一生懸命頑張りました。 僕は何度も折れそうになりましたが、橋本陽馬だったから超えることができたと思います。視聴者の皆様、お手柔らかにお願いします。
Ennosuke Ichikawa

When I participated in this work in 2020, I had no idea that it would be a work that so many people would look forward to. The more I thought of the fans who love the original work, the more I poured my pure feelings into the series as the actor of Rohan, without worrying what people think of me.

The reality that Rohan speaks of isn’t something that “cannot” be real, but something that “can” be real, and he’s facing the world in pursuit of reality for the possibility of broadening his horizons. His flexible and strong attitude of not assuming the facts has influenced me a lot through his works.

In fact, the world has changed since the first season was filmed, and things that weren’t expected to happen in reality have become reality one after another. Although I haven’t been satisfied with the world, I accepted, adapted, and faced the reality. I think that’s what Rohan would do, right?

Now in its third season, the team of this work is as full-fledged as it was in the beginning, honoring the original manga world while also understanding the significance of creating a convincing live-action adaptation that viewers can believe could be possible in real life. This belief has not changed since the beginning.

I hope that you will continue to enjoy this bizarre world of possibilities.

The Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan drama is now in its third season. For fans who love the original work and those who have watched the drama, I’m glad to see you again, and for newcomers to the series, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to meet you for the first time! The character I play as, Kyoka Izumi, was originally a character that only appeared in "Millionaire Village" as Rohan-sensei’s editor in the original work until now. I think that the director, Issey-san who plays Rohan-sensei, Tsuge-san who supervises the character designs, and the film crew all contributed to Kyoka Izumi’s characterization in the subsequent episodes, making her feel present as a real human being!

While honoring the original manga, I always thought about things like what I could do as I acted. I hope you enjoy it!

I tried to have fun and playfully acted as a flirtatious girl while enduring my shame. In our briefing session, I was told that "this is the most powerful (terrifying, crazy, and evil) enemy in Rohan's history," so I took on the challenge of using all the tools Eve had at her disposal to move the "immovable" Rohan. To find out what kind of enemy I'll appear as, please take a look at the episode!

Although we live in a world where we can't be careless yet, we should be careful not to let too much stress build up… I hope you enjoy Episode 7.

Hinata Hiiragi
When I heard that I had been chosen to play as Rock-Paper-Scissors Boy, I was more pressured than happy and worried about whether I could act well. But after going through costume fittings and rehearsals, I started to get excited little by little. I was happy to be able to wear rings and necklaces with my costume, and it was fun to play rock-paper-scissors with the director every time.

It was very difficult to play Rock-Paper-Scissors Boy, but I read the original manga and the script many times before playing. I was very happy to receive advice from Takahashi-san on the set.



露伴が口にするリアリティとは、現実にはあり得『ない』ことではなく、現実にあり得る『かもしれない』ことであり、彼は自分の世界と可能性を拡げる為にリアリティを求めて世界と向き合うのかもしれません。 現実を決めつけない彼のしなやかで強い姿勢は、作品を通して僕にも多分に影響を及ぼしました。

実際、第1期の撮影時から世界は変わりましたし、現実にはあり得ない、起こりえなかったはずのことが立て続けに現実になりました。 その世界に納得出来ずとも尚、現実を受け入れ、更新し、向き合っていく。露伴ならどうするでしょうか。

3期目になり、当初と変わらない円熟したこの作品のチームは、原作漫画世界に敬意を払いながら、現実にあり得るかもしれない、と見て下さった方々に思って頂ける説得力の構築を実写化の意義と感じながら作品作りをしてきました。 思いははじめから変わっていません。


私が演じさせて頂いた泉京香は、当初、 原作では「富豪村」にしか登場しないキャラクターでしたが、露伴先生の担当編集として一貴監督や露伴先生を演じる一生さん、人物デザイン監修の柘植さん、撮影スタッフの皆さんにその後のエピソードでも泉京香として登場するキャラクター性や、生身の人間としてそこにいる存在感を作って頂けた ように思います! 原作漫画に敬意を払いながらも自分に出来ることは何なのか、そんなことをいつも考えながらお芝居をさせていただきました。是非お楽しみ下さい!


事前の打ち合わせで、「露伴史上最強(恐・狂・凶)の敵です」と言われ、「動かない」露伴をどう動かしてやろうかと、イブの持てる武器全てを使って挑みました。 どんな敵として登場するのか、是非本編をご覧ください! そして、この回はコロナが背景にあることも見応えあるポイントになっていると思います。 実際、まだ油断出来ない世の中ですが、ストレスの溜めすぎには 注意しましょう…。 第7話、楽しんでいただけますように。

Hinata Hiiragi

衣装で指輪やネックレスを着けられたことも嬉しかったですし、監督と毎回じゃんけん対決をしたことも楽しかったです。 じゃんけん小僧を演じるのは、とても難しかったですが、原作と台本を何度も読み返して演じました。現場で高橋さんからもアドバイスをいただけてとても嬉しかったです。

This is my fifth year participating in the Rohan Kishibe series, but since talk of a sequel would naturally come up during production, I don’t quite remember when exactly this sequel was officially greenlit.

However, from the start, it seemed like the whole team had the desire to thoroughly explore Rohan's world to the point where we were satisfied with it. We didn’t want to leave this project half-baked, since we were already on board this ship. This wasn't about external expectations but rather about reaching a point where we would be satisfied ourselves. That's how passionate our team was about this work.

The fact that we were able to manifest these invisible things like our feelings and passion into a visible form may seem ordinary, but it feels like a representation of how the invisible things can be the most important. By continuing the series and depicting Rohan's underlying spirit and his backstory shown in the Louvre, I think we were able to imbue a sense of his convincing presence into each work – as if the invisible but crucial essence of who Rohan is could be felt within them.

We call the manifestation of spiritual power a "Stand". Although all you Stand users who could sense invisible things might have already seen this coming, the Louvre's TV debut is happening. I'm looking forward to it.

Thus, I'll be poaching.


ただ、当初から自分たちが納得出来るところまで、露伴の世界をやり切りたいという気持ちは、チーム全体にあったように思います。 中途半端に終わらせてしまいたくない、乗り掛かった船だから。外に向かっての気持ちではなく、あくまで自分たちが納得出来るところまで。です。 それだけこの作品に掛ける熱が絶えず、チームにあったのではないかと思います。 気持ちや熱といった、目に見えないものをこれだけ目に見える形にしてこられた事は、当たり前のことではありますが、目には見えない何かが最も大事なことであることを表している様に感じています。 シリーズを重ねたことで、露伴の通底する精神や、ルーヴルで描かれた露伴の過去があることで、露伴がそこにいる説得力も、目に見えない大事なものとして作品一つ一つに入れ込むことが出来たと思います。 精神力の具現化をスタンドと云います。 目に見えない何かを感じている皆さんスタンド使いにはわかっていたことだとは思いますが、ルーヴルがテレビ初放送です。 楽しみですね。



Season 1

Season 1's promotion was rather modest, mainly consisting of a trailer and an interview with Issey Takahashi in Ultra Jump about the TV Drama, as well as several online interviews.

Season 2

Season's 2 promotion was more ambitious, with not only several teaser trailers, but also unique events and interviews.

One of the promotional events for Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan was My Rohan Kishibe Talk (私の岸辺露伴語り, Watashi no Kishibe Rohan Katari), a talk show which aired on December 18, 2021 at 11:10 – 11:39 PM JST and was rebroadcasted on December 27, 2021 at 12:53 AM JST. In this program, Issey Takahashi, Rio Uchida, Yasuko Kobayashi (the screenwriter for both the TV Drama and the anime), and culture critic Sayawaka talk about the unique worldview and appeal of the original work, the anime, and the drama while analyzing the secret of its popularity.

To promote the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan series, the four OVA adaptation episodes also aired on TV.

The NHK TV Channel also promoted the series via its "Tensai TV kun hello" special program, in which TV "warrior" Chan Kawai (of the "W ENGINE" comedy duo) and guest presenter "Kazuhiro Ozawa" (of the "Speed Wagon" comedy duo) talked about JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan's themes of "celebrating humanity" and "philosophy of life". The program also featured cameos of Issey Takahashi and Marie Iitoyo.

Finally, a special exhibition about the TV Drama was held in Sendai from December 14, 2021 to January 10, 2022 at Sendai's NHK Sendai Broadcasting Station. The exhibition displayed the costumes of the series's characters as well as original design drawings by Isao Tsugo, the face books that form when Heaven's Door is activated, and various props and accessories used in the series.


Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan won the monthly Galaxy Award for the TV show category in January 2021. It was chosen because the drama beautifully recreated the bizarre world of the original work, and was steeped with a unique aesthetic sense with meticulous art and direction. Yasuko Kobayashi's script accurately depicted the essence of the original work and the actors all played their parts well. In particular, Mirai Moriyama made the most of his physical abilities and excellently portrayed a sense of discomfort with his character, Jugo Shishi.[30]





See also


  • According to the director, Kazutaka Watanabe, the visuals, artistic scenery, and costume designs of the TV drama were heavily inspired by the film The Conformist.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Originally only available with English subtitles in the US via AsianCrush, but later released outside the US via Amazon Prime Video on August 14, 2021.


  4. Original Author: Hirohiko Araki × Actor: Issey Takahashi "Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan" Broadcast Three Nights in a Row Starting 12/28! (原作:荒木飛呂彦×主演:高橋一生「岸辺露伴は動かない」12/28から3夜連続放送!)
  5. 5.0 5.1
  7. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Manga Spinoff Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe Gets Live-Action Mini-Series
  8. "原作:荒木飛呂彦×主演:高橋一生「岸辺露伴は動かない」12/28から3夜連続放送!" (Archived), NHK, October 14, 2020.
  10. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan TV Drama's Third Season Announced
  11. 11.0 11.1 Rohan au Louvre Live-Action Film Announced Starring Issey Takahashi and Marie Iitoyo
  12. Rohan au Louvre Live-Action Film Unveils Young Rohan and More Cast
  13. Vish (April 1, 2024), "Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan’s TV Drama Adapts Poaching Seashore in May", JoJo's Bizarre Encyclopedia.
  14. @Fanny Carbonnel

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