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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Anime Spinoff to Stream Globally on Netflix Next Spring

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David Production's 4 episodes about Hirohiko Araki's alter-ego artist character

Netflix announced on Tuesday that it will stream the anime of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai), Hirohiko Araki's spinoff manga for his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, globally next spring. Netflix will stream the four episodes that David Production animated with Takahiro Sakurai as the title character.

Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan is a series of Hirohiko Araki's manga one-shots starring his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable character 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 manga's latest installment, titled "Episode 10: The Run," debuted in February 2018 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

The anime studio David Production adapted two Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan stories as original anime DVDs with director Toshiyuki Kato and character cesigner Shunichi Ishimoto. The "Fugō Mura" (Millionaire Village) episode was available for people who purchased all 13 DVD or Blu-ray Disc volumes of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable anime in 2017. The "Mutsukabezaka" (Mutsukabe Hill) episode came with the manga's second volume 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 played at nine screenings at six cities in Japan between December 8 (Tokyo's TFT Hall 1000) last year and March 29 (Omiya's Sonic City - Large Hall) earlier this year.

The manga also inspired a three-episode live-action mini-series that NHK will air in Japan on December 28, 29, and 30.

Source: Netflix Anime Festival 2020, press releases


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