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
Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai is a spin-off short series centering around the 6th main character from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure part 4, Rohan Kishibe. The person whose stand power was practically reading anything and anyone like an open book -- turning them into the given book first, of course.
The first story (5th in release order, 3rd in chronological order because sense) was originally released by David Production to reward those who bought the bluray releases for the main story. This episode centered around bunch of rich kids who all had become rich under highly similar circumstances. This type of event could -naturally- only be the
work of an enemy stando! And Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan, just like the English name suggests.
The second episode (which is the 2nd in all but original manga release order) was planned to be released to confirm season 05, but the plans apparently changed, as the first episode was shown already 2 weeks before the release of this OVA, confirming that the next part (Vento Aureo AKA Golden Wind) centering around Jojoverse would air in Fall 2018, making the hype real, and this OVA 2 only feeding the hype even more. The real crime here is the price, as 40 bucks just to see episode 2 legally is a robbery to say the least.
The story of the 2nd OVA is also heavily driven by money, in the beginning that is. Rohan has a problem here because the manga author life isn't bringing in enough income. He has to go as far as sell his Sailor Moon fig collection just to cover living expenses. What blasphemy! The actual plot centers around this woman who accidentally "kills" a man, but this dude doesn't really die, instead keeps on bleeding blood year after year. The ways in which she tries to block the blood flow as well seeing how much this ends up effecting her life, all are pretty fucked up, but also comedic in the Jojo style. Greatness that should be witnessed by every fan of the franchise.
As a conclusion, those who enjoy DP's adaptation of Araki Hirohiko's work, have little to no reason to not watch and not enjoy these specials. Knowing that even such short side stories are getting adapted, only give hope that future seasons will be as glorious as everything else has been thus far.
The world's most asshole JoJo character comes back again to draw on some faces and punch some children, These two OVAs are pretty interesting because David Production worked on this instead of making a good part 5 ed.
The two OVAs starts out in the town of Morioh where eagle eyed viewers will notice that this is actually a parallel universe to the Morioh from part 8 of JoJo. Other things eagle eyed viewers will notice are Rohan's headband and the appearance of Koichi's dad.
The story of these OVAs is secondary to the genius character of Rohan which successfully scared many people away from talking to
music returns from part 4 and I eat up part 4 like I overeat after having a bad day.
Art is slightly different from part 4 but still has the obvious JoJo style so anyone who complains is objectively wrong. I really enjoyed these OVAs, they're a fuck ton of fuck fun.
8/10 in the part 4 ed i thought that pink dark boy was gyro, eat shit and fall off your horse rohan.
The plot seemed too simple but at the same time confusing (Much like your average JoJo episode), and had the mood and bizarreness to it that part 4 had and had me wanting to know more, making things feel like a mystery. 'Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan' has basically zero context to it and tries to distance itself from the original universe and normally each chapter in the manga is unchronological and isn't linked to the next one. So watching this OVA starting at 'Episode 5: Millionaire Village' felt really weird it had zero context felt as if they just threw things at you expecting for
you to understand what's going on. I understand that 'Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan' is a series of one-shots but it still felt really confusing.
Personally, I'm not too much of a fan of the animation. It's a real pain to look at and looks horrible in motion, but I'll give it credit for looking very similar to its source material. On another note, I found the voice acting to be average/to what I expect from Takahiro Sakurai as Rohan; but I couldn't take the crying noises from Kyoka Izumi, seriously it sounded like the kind of crying you'd hear from a shitty school production. I really wanted to like this OVA, but in all honesty, it made me angry and upset that part 5 was delayed for this (My favorite part). I had a hard time understanding the plot. I mean this OVA is set many years after the evens of part 4 right? Why were Koichi and Okuyasu still wearing their school uniform?
The opening was nice and had some Harry Potter vibes to it. It sounded mysterious and creepy which really helped set the tone of this OVA until I saw the rest of the animation. Anyways, I really do appreciate the effort and time that David Productions put into making this. It felt new, yet it had a familiar part 4 style to it reminding us that it was still JoJo. This got me excited for part 5 and the future for JoJo OVA animated spin-offs, I hope David Productions doesn't just adapt JoJo one-shots but also adapt the light novels too, which in my opinion would help viewers transition a lot more easily from JoJo one part to another a lot without having the part that they were on feel incomplete. I hope in the future we get to see a 'Purple Haze Feedback' OVA animated adaption and a 'Dead Man's Questions' OVA to help make parts 4 and 5 feel more complete.
I give 'Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 5: Millionaire Village' a 5/10. I recommend only watching this if you want to satisfy that hunger for more JoJo content and if you're a fan of Rohan of course.
Presentation/Animation 8/10: 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 6/10: 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.
This is just going to be a quick review to give some context behind my rating, because I think the rating by itself is a little misleading.
The first Rohan OVA (Millionaire Village) was honestly nowhere near the quality I've come to expect from David Production's adaptation of Jojo's. The pacing was not very good and a lot of the animation looked pretty stiff. If I were to rate that episode by itself, I would probably give it a 6 or maybe a 7 if I was feeling generous.
The second one (Mutsukabezaka) stands in stark contrast as one of the best pieces of Jojo's materiel I've
ever seen. That episode I would easily give a 10 without a second thought. It's clear that DP recognized where they messed up with the first one and made a clear effort to improve for the second one, and it paid off enormously. The pacing is massively improved, the animation is smoother, and the tension is much more palpable.
My rating is closer to the 10 of the second episode than the 6 of the first for 2 reasons:
1) It's clear DP recognized their mistake, so I highly doubt any future episodes will suffer these problems
2) Even if that weren't the case, the second episode still more than made up for the first in my opinion
This review applies to the frst episodes of this series of OVA'S
The ambientation of the OVA is excellentely achieved, centering in the little details in the background, but unfortunately, this feels more like if it was there for making the OVA last longer and honestly it was boring. The conflict is preety simple and it was solved very fast. The exposition sometimes is ok, but other times it fails. For example, the explanation of the paranormal town is ok and involves Izumi deducing it, to be after revealed, but the scene were someone tells Izumi that her boyfriend and her mother died was based
only in telling the viewer that that happened, instead of showing it. If all this wasn't enough to make this OVA boring, there isn't any of the comedy that characterizes Jojo as a whole.
The redesings of the older characters look strange, but in movement they look fine. The animation is preety static because of how the OVA is more centred in the dialogue than in the fights, but where it needs movement it makes it really good. The coloring iss as good as it was in the DIU anime.
The music helps to the already good ambientation, by adding to the tension scenes (even if they're absurd situations). But it isn't that important.
Rohan is most of the time only watching what happens instead of being n active protagonist, Izumi doesn't get enough characterization and she isn't even important in solving the conflict, Ikkyuu fails as an antagonist by not having motivations and, again, not having enogh characterization. The older characters like Koichi and Okuyasu have barely any dialogue and didn't ddo anything for the plot, ad others like Josuke and Akira Otoishi only appeared as background characters.
If you like to see excellently made backgrounds and a good direction this can be entertaining, if not, then you'll probably find it boring.
The new characters fail by not having interesting personalities or motivation, the older ones do almost nothiing, the exposition fails sometimes and the conflict isn't interesting. It may have good visuals and good music, but overall it's worse than most DIU fights.
It's not the worst thing ever, but the villain is pretty fucking stupid. Maybe if the violation of manners were relatable I could understand, but they sound like something a 4 year old would come up with, which is just petty and feels like a waste of time. The basic concept of Rohan finding something to write about is fine, and the ending scene is alright, but everything else is a waste.
Wouldn't have finished it if it wasn't Jojo related.
Don't read the next bit, it's just a rant so I could fit the minimum. I just wanted to comment on this because I've
never been disappointed by something I really love, Jojo's that is.
Mal won't let me write a quick review for some reason. I honestly don't know if it's because the guy who heads this shit has his head up his ass or honestly believes long drawn out opinions are the only valid ones, but I don't really want to write about this forever. I was disappointed, so let me move on. Honestly if there's some kind of minimum on garbage mal reviews then there is a serious problem with this website, aside from the fact everything is rated higher than a 7. It feels like game scores, completely worthless but we need to jack ourselves off so we do it anyway. Gotta have that patrician taste right?
I took a quick peep at some other reviews, not to see what they actually said, but to see how long they were and it legitimately surprised me
how long a review needs to be. Well maybe if I write about something I like I could actually fill that much space.