Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan
By Amanda Dyer,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Spin-off anime skews darker than original, has violence.
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The characters involved in each tragedy are often suffering as punishment for something they have done. This includes adultery, greed, and pride.
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Each character in the series is very flawed but they are often punished for their actions. These punishments are usually very violent and, at times ironic based on their crime.
Violence & Scariness
Characters are frequently killed by people and spirits in various ways, including being crushed and decapitated. Just as in the original series, this usually includes a lot of blood. A character drinks the blood of a corpse that will not stop bleeding.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
It is mentioned that a character is cheating on their partner with someone. There is an implied sexual relationship between a living character and a corpse.
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A character is called "bastard."
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Products & Purchases
A character attempts to purchase a property that is rumored to turn those that move in rich. A character goes bankrupt after purchasing a mountain range.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan is a spin-off miniseries of the popular Japanese anime Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. The series is a collection of short horror stories that contain some gory imagery including an instance of cannibalism. It follows the journeys of a comic book artist that travels the world to research rumors of spirits and gods possessing humans as inspiration for his stories. Older teens may find this collection of silly horror stories entertaining, but some of the imagery may involve too much blood and frequent death for younger viewers.
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What's the Story?
THUS SPOKE KISHIBE ROHAN is a spin-off of the popular Japanese anime Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. It follows Kishibe Rohan, a character from the original series, who has the power to open people like a book and read or edit their memories. Rohan works as a mangaka (Japanese comic book writer) and travels the world researching mysterious rumors he has heard for inspiration for his next story. During his travels he faces deadly challenges or learns horrifying stories involving malicious spirits, and gods playing tricks on humans.
Is It Any Good?
With its gloomy intro and tragedy-centered storylines, this series has a much darker tone than its predecessor. But, Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan preserves Jojo's overdramatic characters and art style. Each episode begins with Rohan having a lighthearted conversation with someone that eventually turns into a tragic story about one of his adventures. Despite the pattern of the series, the tragedy aspect still comes as a surprise, although some of the twists are so extreme that they are borderline comedic. Older teens may find this collection of silly horror stories entertaining, however, some of the imagery may involve too much blood and frequent death for younger viewers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the use of violence in this series. What is its purpose? How is it used to punish characters? Is violence ever warranted?
There is a character in the series that spends all of their time and money on exercising. How did reactions from coaches and loved ones influence their actions? What do you think the show is trying to say about body image?
- Premiere date: February 18, 2021
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Action
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: May 14, 2023
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