Theme of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan / FINDING THE TRUTH

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"Theme of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan" (岸辺露伴は動かないのテーマ Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai no Tēma) is the opening instrumental theme and "FINDING THE TRUTH" is the ending theme song for the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan original video animation series. Both are composed and arranged by Yugo Kanno, while the ending theme "FINDING THE TRUTH" features vocals from Coda with lyrics written by Karen Aoki, one of the vocalists who performed "Great Days".

A digital single of both tracks was released on July 19, 2018, the same date as the release of the 2nd Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan manga collection and OVA episode.[1]

Summary

The opening opens on the main title, with black ink flowing in the background, covering the screen and acting as a fade to black. Rohan then emerges and opens his eyes; as he raises his fountain pen to draw, the camera zooms into the slit of the nib.

A continuous flow of black ink then occupies the screen, taking several forms.

For the "Millionaire Village" and "Mutsukabe Hill" episodes: a raised arm which is transformed into a book, a falling woman, then a silhouette of Ikkyu, also transformed into a book, and finally two silhouettes of Naoko Osato and Gunpei Kamafusa. The camera then zooms into Gunpei's head, revealing a white line from which splurts some white ink, staining the screen.

For the "Confessional" and "The Run" episodes: the ink takes the form of Yoma Hashimoto running. His running leaves feathers in his trace, which then fade to be replaced by the form of a popcorn falling in the mouth of the confessor. The ink turns into the fence of the confessional, which bursts, staining the screen with ink.

The camera then pans to reveal Rohan, sitting alone at a table in an empty room. The light dims until only Rohan's silhouette and the windows's exterior are visible against the pitch black background. The opening finishes with the episode title.

Lyrics for "FINDING THE TRUTH"

English Lyrics

I wanna know the truth of life that never ends
To unchain the mystic rites
I'm calling
I'm on my way to find
The eternal verities
Exploding all the teardrops by the sun

I can feel my heart beating
I can see my fate all spinning around beyond the time

Rise up to the sky
Like a butterfly
Show me what's inside
Don't ever let go
Shining stars will guide
me to somewhere high
Finding the truth beyond the Heaven's Door

My eyes are widely shot
beyond despair and love
To find the clue of life
I'm dreaming
If every hope and light
is hidden by the clouds
I promise I will find it all the way

I can hear the birds roaring
I can see the moon just spinning around beyond the stars

Solving mystery
I will find the key
It's my destiny
This is my calling
All is meant to be
Flying over seas
Drawing the world by this pen made of steel

Rise up to the sky
Like a butterfly
Show me what's inside
Don't ever let go
Shining stars will guide
me to somewhere high
I will be there until the morning sun

Solving mystery
I will find the key
It's my destiny
This is my calling
All is meant to be
Flying over seas
Drawing the world by this pen made of steel

Full Song

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