Character/Outfit Design Analysis (Rohan Kishibe) Part 2
Continuing from part 1, we have here the magnificent specimen known as Rohan Kishibe and more of his many outfits to discuss and analyze. Let’s just dive right into it then!
The first outfit on the agenda is the outfit Rohan wears during the fight with Ken Oyanagi during the Janken Boy is Coming arc and is also the first image in this post. This seems to have become one his most iconic and most recognizable outfits in general as it’s the default costume he is wearing in both JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven.
It’s a simple outfit with a crop-top undershirt/jacket combo and slacks with shoes. The jackets and underwear both have his signature pen symbol on them, showing his dedication to his craft once more. This outfit is his signature for a reason. It’s not as flashy as some of the others, but it makes up for that by being a true testament to the kind of person he is and the fashion sense he enjoys (midriffs <3)
Next up we have the outfit he wears during his “fight” with the Stand, Cheap Trick. It’s not really much of a fight, but it’s stressful and suspenseful leaving you guessing the entire time you watch it. Whoops, got a bit side tracked, let’s proceed.
He wears a shirt similar to the one in I Am An Alien minus the midriff (which is what helped that outfit even WORK imo…I’m biased towards midriffs if you haven’t noticed) with some very nice pants and some tall boots. He’s also rocking a pen tip necklace in the style of Flava Flav. In the image here, we can see him regretting that mistake as the rest of the outfit is actually amazing without it.
The Highway Star arc brings another fantastic outfit our way, with this interesting one button jacket with a long shirt underneath that looks suspiciously like a dress with a collar. He wears rather slim fitting pants with some boots that give him the feel of a stylish biker (fitting since he has a bike in this arc…wait, if he has a bike…why the hell was he on the bus?)
The outfit he wears here also gives him an air of a detective in a crime novel. This, along with the general mood of the introduction with him going into the tunnel to investigate the door and window he sees there while on the bus, it feels like we’re watching some crazy insane Sherlock Holmes story.
And here we are, the final outfit and boy, what an outfit it is! During what is quite possibly one of the best story arcs in not only part 4 of JoJo’s, but in JoJo’s as a whole, the Bites The Dust arc where the group finally begins to put the pieces together to defeat the serial killer plaguing Morioh Town, Rohan drives into town to locate a lead on the whereabouts of the killer (srsly…wtf was Rohan doing on a bus? This man has a motorcycle AND A CAR!!!)
What can be considered one of his most popular outfits overall, this get-up sees Rohan with another of his not-jacket jackets that he loves wearing (they may as well just be called capes), a midriff(<3) shirt with two pen tip symbols and pants that seems like they’re connected to his tall zipper boots. A pair of rider gloves complete the ensemble and give off the impression of somebody who’s ready for business.
This outfit is a perfect one to end the series on, as it has all the makings of a super flashy last battle outfit. Sadly, Rohan doesn’t end up doing much in this arc due to the focus on Josuke finding and fighting the villain, but it still gives off the impression of a final battle everyone wants to watch.
That about wraps it up for this post. I’ll be doing a post at a much later point about Rohan’s outfits in the side stories but I need to actually ready all of them first!! Till next time, Ciao~!!
Nyx was the goddess of the night, one of the primordial gods who emerged as the dawn of creation. She was a child of Khaos, and coupling with Erebos (Darkness) she produced Aither (Light) and Hemera (Day). Nyx was an ancient deity usually envisaged as the very substance of the night–a veil of dark mists drawn across the sky to obscure the light of Aither, the shining blue of the heavens.
There are two events in everybody’s life that nobody
moments experienced by every living thing, yet no one remembers
anything about them. Nobody remembers being born and nobody remembers
The dust in day, blinded slowly But give it into the view to make you feel alright And though it hurts, we keep on climbing ‘Cause our addiction takes us from inside A sturdy back but brittle bones Too weak to show
So the tuesjade folks announced that today’s theme is hairdye, and although I mostly play spectator for this stuff (esp. since the prompts are more suited for art) I figured that was a sign from the heavens telling me to dust this thing off, even if she only thinks about dying her hair and so I won’t bother dropping it in the tag.
I promise this is the last time you’re going to get whacked by any ‘kat writes fic’ monstrosities for a while (besides, you know, the inescapable AU comic). I’m just cleaning out a bunch of stuff that’s been sitting around for ages.
“Speak my friend, you look surprised.” “I thought you knew I’d come disguised.” “Name a pleasure; one… a few.” “I can make your dreams come true.” “What a couple, me and you.” “Your soul will be mine the day you die.” “I will show you everything so vividly.” “You can’t deny me.”
“With your hand upon the book would you swear that this is truth?” “But don’t we all want to be god?” “You will never really know my name without reflection.” “Was it all I had to tell?” “Was it all I could recall?” “She/He was so kind to me.” “Know that I broke her neck.” “In the moment, it’s so beautiful.”
Love You to Death
“What’s tomorrow without you?” “Is this our last goodbye?” “I will always be with you.” “Like a black rose blooming wild.” “This is when I die.” “The wounds would never heal.” “I love you; I love you to death.” “There’s no end to what I’ll do ‘cause I love you.”
“My wish is your command.” “Whisper in the dark; tell me what you see.” “No more wasted years of sacrificial bleeding.” “It wasn’t meant to heal; the cut is way too deep.” “Give the world to me.” “If you knew that I was lying, would you walk away or turn the other cheek?” “Fall down on your knees.” “I won’t compromise.”
“I will be there as soon as darkness falls.” “I’m sure that you won’t let me down.” “My life is but a heartbeat away.” “All you ever had will soon belong to me.” “My reflection lies to me.” “That is not the man I want to see.” “The sound I can’t forget.” “It always will remain.”
The Ties That Bind
“Nothing will disarm my mind.” “Hesitation’s for the weak.” “I have sold my soul.” “I trust you to lead when I’m blind.” “I am not afraid.” “I know what I must do.” “There is no looking back.” “I tell myself the end will justify my selfish means.”
Feast for the Vain
“Everyone is here; the feast can soon begin!” “My friend declares everything I look at could be mine.” “Come with me, my little ones.” “Raise your glass and praise the fact how easy life can be!” “By your hand, I’m truly graced.” “Vanity, we celebrate; my favorite of sins.” “Every star is like a newborn sun.” “May the life I knew be gone.”
“Burn the demons out.” “Won’t you let me ease your sorrow?” “You disbelievers; little do you know.” “Let me guide you through the night.” “Watch my each and every move.” “You know I’ll find you.” “All my methods, clean and thorough.” “There is yet a new tomorrow.”
Ashes to Ashes
“With a heart as black as cardinal sin.” “I try not to think of it all.” “I’ve been waiting a lifetime to show you.” “I’ve been waiting forever to witness your fading.” “Like ashes to ashes.” “So full of life.” “You’re returning to heaven like dust to dust.” “Hear this melody almost forgotten.”
The Black Halo
“I may be a liar but betrayal lies on you.” “This is where I will linger on.” “I have no fear of what you hold.” “Nothing can take my faith away.” “I have resigned myself to death.” “You could take me higher.” “I trusted you.” “You are the stories I’ve been told.”
I can’t believe in the God of my Fathers. If there is one Mind which
understands all things, it will comprehend me in my unbelief. I don’t know whose hand hung Hesperus in the sky, and fixed the Dog Star, and scattered the shining dust of Heaven, and fired the sun, and froze the darkness between the lonely worlds that spin in space.
“Who were killed by lightening May 20th
1766.” Two children killed by lightening.
“When unexpected troubles rise
And lay us in the dust
To Heaven we lift our suppliant eyes
And own thy chastning Just
Let us be wean’d from all below
Let Hope our Greif dispel
Death will invite our Souls to go
Where our best Kindred dwell.”
Incredible inscription found on this grave or tablet of the dead from the 1700s. I kept the original spelling of the words.
Old Center Cemetery Suffield CT 2016
I look at the mountains
I think to myself
‘I will walk to you
Until my feet run raw.’
Maybe every step is a prayer
Maybe every poem is a song
I hope you hum
When the darkest days come
And you run your heaven-dusted fingers
Over the beads that hug your pulse.
Know every thump
Of your heart pumping
That summer wine blood is a sound
I want to protect
Until I am old.
Oh, holy star eyes
I want to bathe in the light
Of your sweet smile and redemption.
Every rock that bruises,
All the miles that blister
I carry it all on my shoulders
My back wide-mouthed like a canyon
Hoping your love’s river cuts me
Straight through my spine.
When I reach you
I will fall to my knees,
Say 'Here I have come, for you.
Here, I will carry you, too.’
And you may acquiesce,
Or decline, perhaps choosing to walk by my side,
Or you may not walk at all.
Whatever you decide,
I will have peace in my mind,
For continents I have walked
Heavens I have climbed.
“No Man Can Move A Mountain, I Know I Cannot Do That For You; I Will Walk Through Them For You, With You” - Nishat Ahmed
By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.“
"I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered.
"The LORD will make the rain of your land powder and dust; from heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed.
2 Samuel 16:13
So David and his men went on the way; and Shimei went along on the hillside parallel with him and as he went he cursed and cast stones and threw dust at him.
When they lifted up their eyes at a distance and did not recognize him, they raised their voices and wept. And each of them tore his robe and they threw dust over their heads toward the sky.
"Kings will be your guardians, And their princesses your nurses They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth And lick the dust of your feet; And you will know that I am the LORD; Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame.
Your dead will live; Their corpses will rise You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, For your dew is as the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.
"Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.
1 Samuel 2:8
"He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with nobles, And inherit a seat of honor; For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, And He set the world on them.
The elders of the daughter of Zion Sit on the ground, they are silent They have thrown dust on their heads; They have girded themselves with sackcloth The virgins of Jerusalem Have bowed their heads to the ground.
"And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!’
Ok but one thing that really confused me was: Lyra and Will are around 12-14 at the end of TAS, right? Well, if they can only live in another world for 10 years, and they can't leave open a window because Dust, couldn't they just open a new window every 10 years or so? Even though that would create a Spectre, it would only create 1 and they'd only end up opening maybe 7 windows in their lifetimes. How bad would it be?
This has ALWAYS bothered me! Specters are only afraid of one thing: the subtle knife. Because of this, it seems only logical that the subtle knife can kill or damage specters. So if Will is in possession of the only thing in the universe that can kill or damage specters, he could theoretically devote his life to hunting and killing specters thereby making up for the approximately 7 or 8 specters he could expect to create by cutting holes so he could see Lyra. Additionally, it is stated that feelings like love and passion create Dust, and Will and Lyra being together would surely create enough dust to make up for whatever dust would escape into the void during the few seconds it took them to climb through the hole in the universe.
However, I don’t think this is a mistake on behalf of Philip Pullman.
I think that Will and Lyra care so much about the Republic of Heaven, Dust and the fabric of the universe that the idea of damaging those things, even just a little, for their own selfish gain seems repugnant to them; especially to Will.
Keep in mind also that Will’s mother’s mental illness was created by specters, so to him, creating more specters to see Lyra might seem especially unconscionable.
The fact that they made a sacrifice that was so great to avoid doing such a small amount of damage speaks to the morality that they developed throughout the series. (for example, do you think Lyra would have made such a sacrifice at the beginning of The Golden Compass?)
I think that the magnitude of their sacrifice in comparison to the minimal amount of damage that they would have done by allowing themselves to see each other is part of what makes their parting so unbearably sad.