Netflix announced Tuesday that it will stream the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) anime, the Hirohiko Araki spin-off manga for his JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga, globally next spring. Netflix will stream all four episodes that David Production animated with Takahiro Sakurai as the main character.
Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan is a series of one-shot manga by Hirohiko Araki starring his character from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, Rohan Kishibe, who is also Araki’s fictional alter ego as a manga artist. Shueisha published the first compiled book volume of the different Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai stories in November 2013. The latest installment of the manga, titled “Episode 10: The Run”, debuted in February 2018 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. .
Anime studio David Production adapted two Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan stories as original anime DVDs with director Toshiyuki Kato and cesigner character Shunichi Ishimoto. The episode “Fugō Mura” (Millionaire Village) was available to people who purchased all 13 volumes on DVD or Blu-ray Disc of the anime JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable in 2017. The episode “Mutsukabezaka” (Mutsukabe Hill) came with the second volume of the manga in July 2018. Crunchyroll screened the overseas premiere of “Fugō Mura” at its Crunchyroll Expo event in August 2019.
David Production then produced two new episodes, “Zange-shitsu” (Confessional Room) and “The Run,” which were screened in nine screenings in six cities in Japan between December 8 (Tokyo’s TFT Hall 1000) last year. and on March 29 (Omiya’s Sonic City – Large Hall) earlier this year.
The manga also inspired a three-episode live-action miniseries that NHK will air in Japan on December 28, 29, and 30.