Rohan Kishibe accompanies Kyouka Izumi, a manga magazine editor, to a buy house at a village far off from civilization. They soon discover the village is home to a group of millionaires who had all mysteriously become rich at the age of 25. Rohan and Izumi enter one of the houses, only to realize they they are trapped by a mysterious power that won't let them progress unless they follow specific rules lest they suffer the consequences.
David Productions decided to give JoJo fans an Rohan OVA instead of any informations about the animated version of Vento Aureo, at first I was optimistic... until I saw the teasers and screenshots (Okuyasu what have they done to you). My pessimism was growing more and more until I actually watched it, and I was pleasantly suprised
I'll start with the best thing about the episode which is suprisingly the animation and music. Everything looks great, the animation itself is smooth and the overall style fits the tone of the story, especially the moments with the darker colour pattern look very nice. The Music... well it's
David Productions so there's not much to talk about, it's really good, especially the opening and the ending
After getting that out of the way let's talk about the story which is told using only three characters (not counting the final scene which is more like a cameo of the main cast of DiU). There's also not much to talk about here, the setup is pretty good, there is no deeper message in here, it's simple but also pretty interesting, if you're looking for action you won't find it here, the story focuses more on the mystery surrounding the "Millionaire Villiage". The previously mentioned characters are also nothing special (well maybe except Rohan, I think that guy's great but that's only my personal opinion).
Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan is nothing special, but it's a short really enjoyable episode, I recommed you'll give it a watch
Presentation/Animation 9/10: I'm very surprised how great this OVA looks. Adapting an art style like the manga's is a task I thought impossible, but David Pro actually did it. Each character, especially Ikkyu, looks fantastic and faithful at the same time. As "usual" now, the color pallet is an absolute joy to look at; and there are many points of creatively directed background animations. That's not all it has to offer, it even re-uses music from the DiU anime. It's technically lazy but the implementation is so great I have a hard time disliking it. The general tone of this was spookier than reading it
which was an alright change. Having Koichi and Okuyasu show up at then end was a neat closer, though notice how Josuke's back is in one of the shots yet his face is never shown, probably because it would've looked horrendous. The only downside is the pirated version on Youtube has chinese subtitles, and superimposing the (hopefully accurate) fan-translated subs on top of it looks pretty bad. That's obviously not the fault of the OVA though.
Story/Character 7/10: Rohan is basically the same as his DiU counterpart. The new addition of his manga assistant was pretty good. None of the characters every annoyed me, which is surprisingly rare. The concept itself of having gods controlling the village of which mansions of rich people reside was pretty hilarious to watch; and the testing of manners was also done pretty well. Insecurities of correct manners showed in both of the main cast. Compared to the batshit insanity of certain parts, this is actually one of the calmer yet paradoxically weirder stories in jojo as a whole.