Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan

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The English localization of the manga is titled Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe.

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 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.

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 English release for Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan was announced on February 14, 2022 by VIZ Media.[2] It will have digital and hardcover editions. Volume 1 releases on September 27, 2022 and Volume 2 will release on December 27, 2022.[3][4]

The series has spawned an OVA adaptation, a collection of short stories, and a live action TV drama adaptation.

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.[5] 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.[6]

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[7])
  2. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill (Jump Square - January 2008[8])
  3. Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci (Spur - October 2011)
  4. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 5: Millionaire Village (Weekly Shonen Jump - October 2012[9])
  5. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 6: Poaching Seashore (Weekly Shonen Jump - October 2013[10])
  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[11])
  8. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 8: Deoxyribonucleic Acid (Bessatsu Margaret - September 2017[12])
  9. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 9: The Run (Weekly Shonen Jump - March 2018[13])
  10. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 10: Hot Summer Martha (JOJO magazine - March 19, 2022[14])
  11. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 11: Drip Painting Style (Ultra Jump - April 19 and May 19, 2022)


A spin-off titled Rohan at the Louvre was featured at the Louvre in the The Louvre Invites The Comics exhibit from January 22 to April 13, 2009. The following year, it was published in the April 2010 issue of Ultra Jump on March 19, 2010. Like Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci, it does not have Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan in its title, but the spin-off is included among the series in the Spring 2022 issue of JOJO magazine.[15]

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.

Volumes

Release Date
ISBN
Japan November 19, 2013[1]
Japan February 19, 2014 (Digital)[16]
Taiwan September 14, 2014[17]
Japan July 19, 2018 (Digital Color)[18]
Italy January 8, 2015[19]
France April 6, 2016[20]
South Korea Mar 3, 2021[21]
Spain July 22, 2021[22]
Argentina June 10, 2022[23]
United States of America September 27, 2022[3]
Chapter Titles

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Release Date
ISBN
Japan July 19, 2018[24]
Taiwan February 2, 2019[25]
France March 13, 2019[26]
Italy November 13, 2019[27]
Japan December 18, 2020 (Digital Color)[28]
South Korea May 14, 2021[29]
Spain August 12, 2021[30]
Argentina 2022[citation needed]
United States of America December 27, 2022[4]
Chapter Titles

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