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 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 Rohan Kishibe Goes to 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.
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 Shōnen 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 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.
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.
In ascending chronological order:
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 16: At a Confessional (Weekly Shōnen Jump - July 1997)
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill (Jump Square - January 2008)
- Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci (Spur - August 2011)
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 5: Millionaire Village (Weekly Shōnen Jump - October 2012)
- Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 6: Poaching Seashore (Weekly Shōnen 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 Shōnen Jump - March 2018)
|Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan
(岸辺露伴は動かない Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai)
Nov 19, 2013
Feb 19, 2014
Jul 19, 2018
|Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Vol.2
(岸辺露伴は動かない 2 Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai 2)
Jul 19, 2018
Short Story Collection
Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Short Story Collection (岸辺露伴は動かない 短編 小説集 Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai Tanpen Shōsetsu-shū) is an anthology of short stories released with various issues of Ultra Jump. The first and second were included with the August and September 2017 issues to coincide with the 9th episode release of the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan series, while the third was released later with the January 2018 issue. Published by Shueisha, the stories are written by various Japanese authors, with original concept by Hirohiko Araki, all revolving around the adventures of Rohan Kishibe.
The first volume includes three short stories (159 pages) written by Ballad Kitaguni (北國 ばらっど Kitaguni Baraddo) and Ryo Yoshigami (吉上 亮 Yoshigami Ryō). The second contains two short stories (95 pages) written by Yusuke Iba (維羽 裕介 Iba Yūsuke) and Mirei Miyamoto (宮本 深礼 Miyamoto Mirei), and the third contains another two short stories (117 pages) written by previous writers, Ballad Kitaguni and 'Mirei Miyamoto.
A compilation volume containing all the stories (with two new ones), titled Rohan Kishibe Does Not Shout: Short Story Collection (岸辺露伴は叫ばない 短編 小説集 Kishibe Rohan wa Sakebanai Tanpen Shōsetsu-shū), was released on June 19, 2018. A second story collection titled Rohan Kishibe Does Not Frolic: Short Story Collection (岸辺露伴は戯れない 短編 小説集 Kishibe Rohan wa Jarenai Tanpen Shōsetsu-shū), will also be released on July 19, 2018.
|Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Short Story Collection (1)|
(岸辺露伴は動かない 短編 小説集 (1) Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai Tanpen Shōsetsu-shū (1))
|Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Short Story Collection (2)|
(岸辺露伴は動かない 短編 小説集 (2) Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai Tanpen Shōsetsu-shū (2))
|Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Short Story Collection (3)|
(岸辺露伴は動かない 短編 小説集 (3) Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai Tanpen Shōsetsu-shū (3))
|Rohan Kishibe Does Not Shout: Short Story Collection|
(岸辺露伴は叫ばない 短編 小説集 Kishibe Rohan wa Sakebanai Tanpen Shōsetsu-shū)
June 19, 2018
|Rohan Kishibe Does Not Frolic: Short Story Collection|
(岸辺露伴は戯れない 短編 小説集 Kishibe Rohan wa Jarenai Tanpen Shōsetsu-shū)
July 19, 2018
- JOJO A-GO!GO!: Hirohiko Araki
- Under Execution Under Jailbreak postscript, pp. 229-231
- 岸辺露伴は動かない 1 (ジャンプコミックスDIGITAL)
- 岸辺露伴は動かない カラー版 1 (ジャンプコミックスDIGITAL)
|JoJo's Bizarre Adventure|
|One-shot Stories and Miscellaneous Works|
|Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan|
|Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan OVAs|
|Under Execution Under Jailbreak|
|The Lives of Eccentrics|
|Earlier works by Araki|