NHK announced on Wednesday that a three-episode live-action mini-series adaptation of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai), the spinoff manga of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, is in production.
Takahashi (Whisper of the Heart, live-action Ikebukuro West Gate Park, March comes in like a lion) will play the titular Rohan Kishibe. The episodes will premiere on the NHK General channel on December 28, 29, and 30 at 10:00 p.m (JST) / 6:30 pm (IST).
The first episode will be based on the manga's "Fugō Mura" story, where Rohan is dragged into an incident inside a millionaire's mansion. The second episode will be based on the "Kushagara" short story by Ballad Kitaguni in the novel spinoffs, where Rohan receives a strange request from fellow manga creator Jugo Shishi. The third episode is titled "D.N.A.," and is an original story where Rohan is investigating his editor's memory loss through hypnosis.
The cast includes:
* Marie Iitoyo as Kyoka Izumi, Rohan's editor
* Fūga Shibazaki as Ikkyū, a butler in the millionaire's mansion
* Mirai Moriyama as Jūgo Shishi, Rohan's colleague
* Kumi Takiuchi as Mai Katahira, a widow who lost her husband in a car accident six years ago
* Tomoya Nakamura as Tarō Hirai, a cameraman accompanying Kyoka
Kazutaka Watanabe (Only Yesterday live-action special) is directing the series, with scripts by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime writer Yasuko Kobayashi. Naruyoshi Kikuchi (Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt) is composing the music.
"Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan" is a series of Hirohiko Araki's manga one-shots starring his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable character Rohan Kishibe, who is also Araki's fictional alter ego. Shueisha published the first compiled book volume of the different Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai stories in November 2013.
Two previous "Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan" stories have been adapted as original DVDs by studio David Production.
The studio then produced two new episodes, "Zange-shitsu" (Confessional Room) and "The Run," which played at nine screenings at six cities in Japan between December 8 (Tokyo's TFT Hall 1000) last year and March 29 (Omiya's Sonic City - Large Hall) earlier this year.
Source: Natalie Comic