Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (OVA)

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Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (岸辺露伴は動かない Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai, lit. Rohan Kishibe Does Not Move!) is a series of OVA adaptations of the eponymous series of one-shots, featuring Diamond is Unbreakable character, Rohan Kishibe. Much like the one-shots themselves, the episodes are released out of order.

The first OVA episode was announced on April 15, 2016 and was produced by David Production, adapting Episode 5: Millionaire Village. The promotional DVD was made exclusive to applicants who had purchased the entirety of the Diamond is Unbreakable Blu-Ray or DVD set before the deadline of July 31, 2017.

A second episode was announced on February 18, 2018, adapting Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill. The disc was bundled with the second volume of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan, released on July 19, 2018.

On August 18, 2019, two more episodes (adapting Episode 9: The Run and Episode 16: At a Confessional) were announced. The episodes themselves were screened at select Japanese theaters starting on December 8, 2019 and were released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 25, 2020.[3]

Cast

Episodes

# Title Original release English airdate
5 Episode 5: Millionaire Village
(エピソード#05【富豪村】 Episōdo #05 [Fugō-mura])
September 20,
2017
Rohan Kishibe accompanies Kyoka Izumi, a manga magazine editor, to buy a mansion at a village far off from civilization. They soon discover the village is home to a group of millionaires who had all mysteriously become rich at the age of 25. Rohan and Kyoka enter one of the houses, only to realize that they are trapped by a mysterious power that won't let them progress unless they follow specific rules lest they suffer the consequences.
2 Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill
(エピソード#02【六壁坂】 Episōdo #02 [Mutsukabezaka])
July 19,
2018
Rohan Kishibe narrates to his editor Minoru Kaigamori about his encounter with a yokai, the Mutsukabezaka. For context, Rohan tells the story of Naoko Osato who accidentally murdered her boyfriend Gunpei Kamafusa. Gunpei's wound refused to stop bleeding. Panicking as her father and her fiance, Shuichi, were approaching her house, Naoko had to resort to drinking Gunpei's constantly spilling blood after hiding his corpse. After marrying Shuichi in the years afterward, Naoko secretly took care of Gunpei's corpse. Years later, Rohan meets with Naoko's daughter whom she had with Gunpei, and accidentally murders her. Rohan escapes his fate by making the girl unable to see him, causing the Mutsukabezaka to manifest itself in anger before reviving the girl and making her leave, as the yokai needs a witness when it dies. Rohan leaves safely and with a story for his manga.
9 Episode 9: The Run
(エピソード#09【ザ・ラン】 Episōdo #09 [Za Ran])
March 25,
2020
Rohan Kishibe narrates about a terrible incident in which he crossed a line that he shouldn't have. He introduces Yoma Hashimoto, a young man who was one day scouted as a model. Told to work on his body, Yoma became an obsessed sportsman, devoting every aspect of his life to sport and bodybuilding. At the same time, he developed a rivalry with Rohan. One day as they ran on neighboring treadmills, Rohan teased him about his yet-to-be-successful career. He and Yoma played a game in which they would have to catch a remote once their treadmills reached maximum speed. However, Yoma revealed his supernaturally fit muscles and broke the window behind them so that the loser would fall to his death. Rohan loses and manipulates Yoma through Heaven's Door to survive while Yoma falls. However, Rohan assumes Yoma was an avatar of the Greek God, Hermes, and is sure that Yoma somehow survived. Hoping to escape a god's wrath, Rohan quickly leaves the gym.
16 Episode 16: At a Confessional
(エピソード#16【懺悔室】 Episōdo #16 [Zange-shitsu~])
March 25,
2020
Rohan narrates a strange incident he witnessed in Italy. One day, Rohan mistakenly entered the priest's side of a confessional and an unknown man went there to confess his sins. During his youth, the man was working at a corn market when a beggar asked him for food. The man angrily forced the beggar to work by tossing a bag of corn into his arms. The vagrant died from his muscles not being able to carry the weight and his spirit swore that he would kill the man on the happiest day of his life. The vagrant's spirit secretly gives the man good luck, causing him to become rich and having a daughter with a supermodel. One day while spending time with his daughter, the spirit possessed the daughter and forced the confessor to play a game of luck. The man had to throw a piece of popcorn high in the air and catch it with his mouth, three times in a row. Despite succeeding the first two times, the man lost at the third round and was decapitated. However, it is revealed that he was still alive because he tricked the ghost. Paranoid of the ghost's curse, the man had convinced one of his servants to have plastic surgery with him and the two swapped faces. Thus, the servant was the one who was decapitated. Angry at his master betraying him, the confessor now has two vengeful ghosts following him around the clock, ready to kill him the moment he feels happy again.

Gallery

Soundtracks

Ending theme

FINDING THE TRUTH

FINDING THE TRUTH


Trailers

On July 28, 2017, Tokyo MX aired a 60 second Promotional Video for the OVA's first episode. The next episode's Promotional Video was uploaded on February 25, 2018.

Trivia

  • Episode 5: Millionaire Village was the first JoJo OVA episode to be released in over a decade, the last being the final episode of the Stardust Crusaders prequel OVAs from the early 2000's.

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