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

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."[1] 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.[2]

Work[edit]

Visual novels[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Fate/Zero[edit]

Eisen Flügel[edit]

Black Lagoon[edit]

Kin no hitomi to tetsu no ken[edit]

Hakubō no Dendōshi[edit]

Anime[edit]

Series[edit]

Year Series Studio Episodes Genre
2008 Blassreiter Gonzo 24 Action, Drama, Science fiction
2009 Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom Genco, Bee Train 26 Action, Romance, Tragedy
2011 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Shaft 12 Dark fantasy, Drama, Horror
2011 Fate/Zero Ufotable 13 Action, Contemporary Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
2012 Fate/Zero 2nd Season Ufotable 12 Action, Contemporary Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
2012 Psycho-Pass[3] Production I.G 22 Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Science fiction, Crime thriller
2013 Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Production I.G 15 Adventure, Science fiction, Mecha
2014 Aldnoah.Zero A-1 Pictures, TROYCA 12 Action, Mecha, Alternate history
2014 Psycho-Pass 2 Production I.G 11 Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Science fiction, Crime thriller
2015 Aldnoah.Zero 2nd Season A-1 Pictures, TROYCA  ?? Action, Mecha, Alternate history

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[4] Toei Animation Science fiction
2015 Psycho-Pass: The Movie[5] Production I.G Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Science fiction, Crime thriller

Video games[edit]

Tokusatsu[edit]

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