Gen Urobuchi

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Gen Urobuchi
Born December 20, 1972
Tokyo
Occupation Writer, Scriptwriter
Language Japanese
Nationality Japan
Education Wakō University
Genre Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi
Notable works Saya no Uta
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Fate/Zero
Psycho-Pass
Kamen Rider Gaim
Notable awards 2011 Newtype Anime Awards - Screenwriter Prize
11th Tokyo Anime Award for Best Screenplay
Relatives Natsuko Sebata (mother)
Shū Wada (father)
Sunao Ohtsubo (paternal grandfather)
Tsunashirō Wada (paternal great-grandfather)
Gibi Wada (paternal great-uncle)[1]

Gen Urobuchi (虚淵 玄 Urobuchi Gen?, born December 20, 1972) is a Japanese writer for visual novels, light novels, and anime. He is known for his dark style, nihilistic themes, and tragic plot twists, earning him the fan nickname "Urobutcher." Some of his more popular works include the 2003 visual novel Saya no Uta, the 2011 anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the 2012 anime Psycho-Pass, the light novel and anime Fate/Zero, and the 2013–2014 Kamen Rider Series Kamen Rider Gaim. He currently works at Nitroplus.

Writing style[edit]

In choosing names for the characters he develops, Urobuchi has stated that he shies away from selecting generic names that would match their personalities and instead opts for more unique names that he believes would eliminate noise when fans try finding information on the characters with search engines. In a discussion with Urobuchi, manga writer Kazuo Koike contrasted this decision with the naming style in his own works, which emphasized more forthright names that were easier to remember. However, he praised Urobuchi's method for inviting viewers to "involve themselves deeper into the story and actively work to understand the characters."[2] Urobuchi also said he attempts to keep at least one trait in common between each individual character and himself so that he can always identify with them on some level.[3]

Work[edit]

Visual novels[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Hakubō no Dendōshi (with kamiwata & Akira Yasuda)[edit]

Fate/Zero (with Takashi Takeuchi)[edit]

  • Fate/Zero 1 - The Untold Story of the Fourth Holy Grail War. Type-Moon Books/Sai Zen Sen Publications (Star Seas). 2006/January 12, 2011. ISBN 4-06-138903-3
  • Fate/Zero 2 - The Gathering of Spirits. Sai Zen Sen Publications (Star Seas). February 9, 2011. ISBN 4-06-138904-1
  • Fate/Zero 3 - The Mad Feast of Kings. Type-Moon Books/Sai Zen Sen Publications (Star Seas). 2007/March 10, 2011. ISBN 4-06-138906-8
  • Fate/Zero 4 - The Scattered Ones. Type-Moon Books/Sai Zen Sen Publications (Star Seas). 2007/April 7, 2011. ISBN 4-06-138908-4
  • Fate/Zero 5 - The Quickening of Darkness. Sai Zen Sen Publications (Star Seas). March 10, 2011. ISBN 4-06-138910-6
  • Fate/Zero 6 - Flames of Purgatory. Type-Moon Books/Sai Zen Sen Publications (Star Seas). 2007/June 10, 2011. ISBN 4-06-138912-2

Black Lagoon (with Rei Hiroe)[edit]

Eisen Flügel (with Chūō Higashiguchi)[edit]

Kin no hitomi to tetsu no ken (with Yun Kōga)[edit]

  • Kin no hitomi to tetsu no ken. Sai Zen Sen Fictions (Star Seas). April 14, 2011. ISBN 4-06-138802-9

Anime[edit]

Series[edit]

Year Series Studio Role Episodes Scripts Genre
2008 Blassreiter Gonzo Series Composition, Script 24 8 (10-12, 15-17, 22-23) Action, Science fiction
2009 Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom Genco, Bee Train Original Scenario, Screenplay 26 3 (6, 18, 25) Action, Romance, Tragedy
2011 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Shaft Series Composition, Script 12 12 Dark fantasy, Drama, Horror
2011 Fate/Zero Ufotable Original Creator, Script Supervision 13 Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
2012 Fate/Zero 2nd Season Ufotable Original Creator 12 Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
2012 Psycho-Pass[4] Production I.G Story Concept, Series Composition, Script 22 21 (all but 12) Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Science fiction, Crime thriller
2013 Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Production I.G Story Concept, Series Composition, Script 16 2 (1, 13) Adventure, Science fiction, Mecha
2014 Aldnoah.Zero A-1 Pictures, TROYCA Original Creator, Script 12 3 (1-3) Action, Mecha, Science fiction
2014 Psycho-Pass 2 Tatsunoko Production Planning Supervision, Story Concept 11 Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Science fiction, Crime thriller
2015 Aldnoah.Zero 2nd Season A-1 Pictures, TROYCA Original Creator  ??  ?? Action, Mecha, Science fiction
2015 Gunslinger Stratos A-1 Pictures Original Scenario  ??  ?? Action, Science Fiction

Movies[edit]

Year Series Studio Genre
2012 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings Shaft Dark fantasy, Drama, Horror
2012 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal Shaft Dark fantasy, Drama, Horror
2013 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 3: Rebellion Shaft Dark fantasy, Drama, Horror
2014 Expelled from Paradise[5] Toei Animation Mecha, Science fiction
2015 Psycho-Pass: The Movie[6] Production I.G Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Science fiction, Crime thriller

Sound dramas[edit]

  • Fate/Zero (2008-2013) - Original Creator, Script (Fate/Zero BD boxsets bonus)

Video games[edit]

Tokusatsu[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kusaka, Sanzō, ed. (July 27, 2013). The Complete Works of Sunao Ohtsubo Volume 4 [零人 (大坪砂男全集4)] (in Japanese). Tokyo Sogensha. p. 601. ISBN 978-4-488-42514-2. 
  2. ^ Ransom, Ko (January 29, 2012). "Report: Kazuo Koike and Gen Urobuchi Chat". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ Sevakis, Justin (July 27, 2012). "Gen Urobuchi Focus panel". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Updated Psycho-Pass Promo Video Previews Song". http://www.animenewsnetwork.com. Anime News Network. 2012-09-13. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Expelled From Paradise Art Posted by Toei, Nitro+, Urobuchi, FMA's Mizushima". Anime News Network. 2012-09-20. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  6. ^ "Psycho-Pass Film Slated for January 9 With Gen Urobuchi, Makoto Fukami". http://www.animenewsnetwork.com. Anime News Network. 2014-09-26. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Madoka Magica Gets PSP Game with Gen Urobuchi". http://www.animenewsnetwork.com. Anime News Network. 2011-08-09. Retrieved March 27, 2012.