Netflix's 'Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan': Release date, plot and voice over stars of 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' spin-off

Netflix's 'Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan': Release date, plot and voice over stars of 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' spin-off
A still from the trailer of the Netflix mini-series 'Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan' (YouTube/Netflix Anime)

Netflix has acquired the rights of ‘Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan’ – a spin-off from ‘Diamond Is Unbreakable’, the fourth part of Hirohiko Araki’s ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ series. The new anime series is something highly-awaited for the manga fans as they continue to wait for the release of the sixth season of ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.’ 

Release date

The mini-series will only have four episodes. Netflix revealed in its official press release that ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan’ would be arriving onto the streaming platform worldwide beginning on February 18, 2021.



‘Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan’ will feature the character Rohan Kishibe – a Manga artist who travels around the world to get the inspiration that he needs to complete his work. ‘Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan’ is set between ‘Diamond Is Unbreakable’ and ‘Golden Wind’ as it follows the life story of Rohan as he goes on an adventure to give his work more realism. He travels around the world and gets inspired by other people’s lives using his Stand ability – a manifestation of his inner strength, named ‘Heaven’s Door’, which allows him to learn everything about a person and alter their memories as required.



In ‘Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan’, Rohan would encounter some of the strangest Stand battles that any Joestar – the prominent family featured in ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures’ -- has faced in their respective careers.



Cast/Voices over stars

Takahiro Sakurai as Kishibe Rohan

Sakurai, 46, is an acclaimed Japanese voice actor who has portrayed Giyu Tomikoa from ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’, Tentomon from the ‘Digimon Adventure’ series, and Sasori from ‘Naruto Shippuden.’ Sakurai’s most famous work in anime is from the series ‘Psycho-Pass’ where he voiced Shogo Makishima.


Takahiro Sakurai (IMDb)

Hiroki Takashi as Young Man

Takashi, 46, is an acclaimed singer and voice actor whose significant roles include Hisoka in ‘Hunter X Hunter’, Takato Saijo in ‘Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu’, among others.


Koki Uchiyama as Yomo Hashimoto

Uchiyama, 30, played Roxas and Ventus in the video game series ‘Kingdom Hearts’. He has also voiced Gin in the anime film ‘Hotarubi no Mori e’. Uchiyama is famous for playing negative characters like Meruem from ‘Hunter X Hunter’, and Midnight from ‘Fairy Tail’.

Apart from these stars, several other noted Japanese voice-over artists have voiced in ‘Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan’ including Mai Nakahara as Kyoka Izumi, Kaori Mizuhashi as Ikkyu, Atsumo Tanesaki as Naoko Osato, and others.



Hirohiki Araki

Araki, 60, is a renowned manga artist, best known for his long-running series, ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’, which was first published in 1987 and has sold over 100 million copies in Japan alone.

Artist Hirohiki Araki (IMDb)


Apart from ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’, Araki is known for working on different other projects like ‘Poker Under Arms’, ‘Cool Shock B.T.’, ‘Boah’, ‘Deadman’s Questions’, ‘Kishibe Rohan meets Gucci’, among others.

Toshiyuki Kato

Kato has previously worked as a storyboard artist and director for several noted animes like ‘Captain Tsubasa’, ‘Cybuster’, ‘Fill Moon o Sagashite’, ‘Higurashi no Naki Koro no Kara’, ‘Hunter X Hunter’, ‘Kokoro Library’, among others.



Netflix released the first English dubbed trailer of ‘Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan’ on January 27, 2021, featuring Takahiro Sakurai as Rohan Kishibe.

Catch the video here:



Where to watch

Netflix acquired the roles of ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ spin-off ‘Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan’ in 2020, and all four episodes of the mini-series will stream on Netflix.

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