Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan

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Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan[1] (岸辺露伴は動かない Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai, lit. Rohan Kishibe Does Not Move!) is the name of a series of one-shots featuring titular character, Rohan Kishibe, as the narrator and/or protagonist. These one-shots are often published in Weekly Shonen Jump or Jump Square.

A volume compiling the first five chapters, including Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci, was released on November 19, 2013. A second volume containing another four chapters was released on March 13, 2019.

An OVA adaptation by David Production was announced on April 15, 2016 and was released as a promotional DVD to those who had purchased the entirety of the Diamond is Unbreakable anime adaptation before a specific deadline. The series has since then had multiple episodes released through various means.

An anthology of short stories based on the series was released with various issues of Ultra Jump from July 19, 2017 to 2018. The stories were written by multiple Japanese authors, including Ballad Kitaguni, Ryo Yoshigami, Yusuke Iba, and Mirei Miyamoto.

A live action TV drama adaptation with three episodes has aired between December 28, 2020 to December 30, 2020.

Summary

The Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan series is a set of short stories, each spanning a single chapter of around 40 to 60 pages and usually organized into disordered "episodes". They all feature Rohan Kishibe, who frequently witnesses and subsequently makes an account of the supernatural phenomena around him.

The first chapter of the series, At a Confessional, was published in Weekly Shonen Jump on July 7, 1997, under the restriction set by the magazine's editorial team that it couldn't be related to the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series. As a workaround, Araki took inspiration from the 1950's TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and made Rohan the narrator of the one-shot.[9] The series name, Rohan Kishibe Does Not Move, was initially derived from the fact that Rohan is not the main protagonist of At a Confessional, but rather a "navigator" or onlooker of the story who ultimately does nothing.[10]

The series features many esoteric creatures other than Stands, such as Yōkai, eldritch species, or divinities. The plot of each chapter is generally separated from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure storyline, although characters from Diamond is Unbreakable and the town of Morioh regularly make an appearance.

Releases

In ascending chronological order:

  1. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 16: At a Confessional (Weekly Shonen Jump - July 1997[11])
  2. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill (Jump Square - January 2008[12])
  3. Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci (Spur - October 2011)
  4. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 5: Millionaire Village (Weekly Shonen Jump - October 2012[13])
  5. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 6: Poaching Seashore (Weekly Shonen Jump - October 2013[14])
  6. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 4: The Harvest Moon (Shōnen Jump+ - September 2014)
  7. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 7: A Rainy Monday (Jump Square - January 2016[15])
  8. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 8: Deoxyribonucleic Acid (Bessatsu Margaret - September 2017[16])
  9. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 9: The Run (Weekly Shonen Jump - March 2018[17])

Volumes

Title ISBN
Chapters Release Date Cover
Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan
(岸辺露伴は動かない Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai)
978-4-08-870872-0
978-8-86-920168-4
978-2-7560-7851-9
978-8-4188-3744-9
  1. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 16: At a Confessional (岸辺露伴は動かない 〜エピソード16:懺悔室〜 Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai ~Episōdo 16: Zange-shitsu~)
  2. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill (岸辺露伴は動かない 〜エピソード2:六壁坂〜 Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai ~Episōdo 2: Mutsukabezaka~)
  3. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 5: Millionaire Village (岸辺露伴は動かない 〜エピソード5:富豪村〜 Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai ~Episōdo 5: Fugō-mura~)
  4. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 6: Poaching Seashore (岸辺露伴は動かない 〜エピソード6:密漁海岸〜 Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai ~Episōdo 6: Mitsuryō Kaigan~)
  5. Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci (岸辺露伴 グッチへ行く Kishibe Rohan Gutchi e Iku)
Japan
Nov 19, 2013[1]
Feb 19, 2014[18]
Jul 19, 2018[19]

Italy
Jan 8, 2015[2]

France
Apr 6, 2016[3]

Spain
Jul 22, 2021[4]

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Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Vol.2
(岸辺露伴は動かない 2 Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai 2)
978-4-0890-8314-7
978-2-413-01532-1
978-8418963049
  1. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 4: The Harvest Moon (望月家のお月見 岸辺露伴は動かない エピソード4 Mochizuki-ke no Otsukimi Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai Episōdo 4)
  2. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 7: A Rainy Monday (岸辺露伴は動かない ~エピソード7 月曜日-天気雨~ Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai ~Episōdo 7: Getsuyōbi - Tenkiame~)
  3. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 8: Deoxyribonucleic Acid (岸辺露伴は動かない エピソード#8 D・N・A(ディー・エヌ・エー) Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai Episōdo 8 Dī Enu Ē)
  4. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 9: The Run (岸辺露伴は動かない エピソード#9 ザ・ラン Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai Episōdo 9 Za Ran)
Japan
Jul 19, 2018[5]

France
Mar 13, 2019[6]
Italy
Nov 13, 2019[7]

Spain
Aug 12, 2021[20]

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Author's Note

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.

Volume 2

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Here is the second anthology that Rohan Kishibe, a mangaka and Stand User who can turn people into books 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?

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