Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan
Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (岸辺露伴は動かない Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai, lit. Rohan Kishibe Does Not Move!) is an ongoing series of one-shots featuring the titular character, Rohan Kishibe, as the narrator and/or protagonist. These one-shots are intermittently published in various magazines such as Weekly Shonen Jump or Jump Square.
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. The title, 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.
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.
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 2021. 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 six episodes has aired between December 28, 2020 to December 29, 2021.
In ascending chronological order:
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 16: At a Confessional (Weekly Shonen Jump - July 1997)
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill (Jump Square - January 2008)
- Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci (Spur - October 2011)
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 5: Millionaire Village (Weekly Shonen Jump - October 2012)
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 6: Poaching Seashore (Weekly Shonen Jump - October 2013)
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 4: The Harvest Moon (Shōnen Jump+ - September 2014)
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 7: A Rainy Monday (Jump Square - January 2016)
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 8: Deoxyribonucleic Acid (Bessatsu Margaret - September 2017)
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 9: The Run (Weekly Shonen Jump - March 2018)
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 10: Hot Summer Martha (JOJO magazine - March 19, 2022)