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JoJo Returns to Live Action with Rohan TV Drama
By Yung Namahage • 1 week ago

It's been a while since JoJo's Bizarre Adventure left our screens with the epic finale of Golden Wind. Since then, fans have been eagerly anticipating the announcement of Stone Ocean's turn to get an anime. It might be a while until that happens, but it's safe to say no one saw this coming.

NHK have revealed that they're producing a live action TV drama miniseries called Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan, starring Diamond is Unbreakable's grouchy and eccentric mangaka, played by Issey Takahasi (Takashi Hayashida in the live action March Comes in Like a Lion and its sequel). The series will run for three episodes, each based on one of the many spin-offs starring Araki's self-insert. The first is based on the Millionaire Village one-shot manga (which recieved an OVA adaptation in 2016), the second will adapt the story Kushagara by Ballad Kitaguni from the first Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Short Story Collection novel, and the final episode is based on the DNA one-shot.

Rohan's already been the focus of plenty of stories, one-shots and OVAs outside of DiU and that kind of overexposure has put off fans of other characters and parts of the expansive series, but on the plus side Takahashi is an admitted fan of the character and looks pretty good in the role. JoJo's last attempt at live action was Takashi Miike's DiU movie three years ago, which I didn't think was too great overall but it did have some cool moments. While Rohan didn't make an appearance in it, it would be cool to see the actors who played Josuke, Okuyasu and Koichi reprise their roles here since those characters have a cameo in Millionaire Village. If they do, let's hope they look better than they did in the OVA.

In related news, an event called JOESTAR the Inherited Soul will take place on April 4 next year. As a celebration of the anime, it'll feature a  panel with the voice actors of all JoJos so far plus brand new art and merchandise. Take this with a grain of salt, but it sounds like the perfect opportunity to finally announce Stone Ocean's anime adaptation.

Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan will air on December 28-30 this year, with one episode per day. What do you guys think of JoJo getting another stab at live action? Are you looking forward to the miniseries? Do you think Rohan is overutilized? Sound off below!