The live-action series based on Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s spinoff manga, titled Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan, is getting a live-action adaptation movie. The film is set to release on May 26, 2023.
An official website was also launched for the film on Jan 4, 2023, which revealed a new trailer:
The film is titled as Kishibe Rohan Louvre e Iku (Rohan at the Louvre).
The website also revealed a key visual for the film
The returning cast includes:
Issey Takahashi as Rohan Kishibe
Marie Iitoyo as Kyōka Izumi
Kazutaka Watanabe is returning to direct the film, while Yasuko Kobayashi will once again serve as the scriptwriter, with Naruyoshi Kikuchi in charge of the music.
NHK Enterprises, NHK, and P.I.C.S. are producing the film where Naoko Saitō, Keisuke Tsuchihashi, and Sangkeun Han are production coordinators. Isao Tsuge is also back as the character design supervisor for the film.
The live-action series’ two most recent episodes aired on Dec 26, 2022, and Dec 27, 2022. The first three episodes debuted in Dec 2020 on the NHK channel while the second installment of three episodes aired at the end of Dec 2021. Retro Crush is streaming the first three episodes.
Rohan’s actor Takahashi states that they are currently filming in France, after having finished scenes in Japan alongside the two most recent episodes and that this film can also be considered the series’ “ninth episode.”
Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan, known in Japan as Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai, is a series of manga one-shots created by Hirohiko Araki. It is a spin-off from Diamond Is Unbreakable, the fourth part of Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series, and features the character Rohan Kishibe, a manga artist who travels around the world to get inspiration from people’s lives. The title of the one-shot is a reference to the book Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche.
Originally the manga was created by Araki for the “Le Louvre invite la bande dessinée” (“Cartoons – The Louvre Invites Comic-Strip Art”) exhibition at France’s famed Louvre art museum in 2009.
The series is published by Shueisha, starting with the one-shot “Episode 16: At a Confessional” in 1997 in their Weekly Shōnen Jump; new episodes have since appeared in their Jump Square, Shōnen Jump+, Bessatsu Margaret, JoJo Magazine, and Ultra Jump magazines.
The series was originally meant to be completely original, but it was changed as Araki found it too tempting to use Rohan. A collected volume was released in 2013, and a second volume was released in 2018. The first volume was the 68th best-selling manga volume of 2014 in Japan and was well-received by critics.
Spin-off short stories by several writers were published in the Appendix Booklet of Ultra Jump magazine in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, they were compiled into two volumes: Kishibe Rohan Does Not Shout and Kishibe Rohan Does Not Frolic with two new stories.