Oct 18, 2017
anthonycu (All reviews)
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.

My first review.

- Loak