Netflix Will Release JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Spin-Off OVA Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan in February

Netflix, OVA Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan

Netflix will release the original video animation version of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan internationally on 18 February.

On Friday, the streaming media company posted a trailer for the OVA on YouTube.

As you can tell just from the art style, this OVA is based on a spin-off manga of Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure franchise: specifically, the 1992 manga/ 2016 anime series Diamond Is Unbreakable.

The series features the traveling manga artist Rohan Kishibe. In the manga, Rohan seeks inspiration from the real-life experiences he encounters in his travels. Naturally, because this is a JoJo spin-off, these experiences are typically unusual, weird, and supernatural. All of these stories are one-shot episodes, with the egotistical Rohan being the connection between all of them.

Takahiro Sakurai (Osomatsu Matsuno from Osomatsu-san; Sasori in Naruto: Shippuden; Giyu in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba; and many others) plays Rohan.

Four JoJo Stories

The OVA contains four of the stories from the manga: Episode 5: Millionaire Village; Episode 2: Mutsu-kabe Hill (Mutsukabezaka); Episode 16: At A Confessional; and Episode 9, The Run. Yes, the numbering is out-of-order.

Episode 5 was bundled with other JoJo DVD or Blu-ray purchases in 2017. Episode 2 was released in 2018. The final two were released to limited movie theaters in December 2019 before going out to DVD and Blu-ray in March 2020. Netflix will be the first to give the OVA a major streaming release.

Netflix has already created a webpage for the series, although there’s nothing to see there yet.

Note that this is separate from the live-action TV drama which ran on NHK in December 2020. So far, Netflix hasn’t picked up the live-action version; although if the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan anime mini-series does well enough, it is certainly possible that they will add it.

Netflix on YouTube; Lucky Land Communications / Shueisha / Thus Spoke Kishibe Production Committee
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