Ryukishi07

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ryukishi07
Born (1973-11-19) November 19, 1973 (age 40)
Chiba, Japan
Occupation Author, Artist
Nationality Japanese
Genre Mystery fiction
Notable works Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Ryukishi07 (竜騎士07 Ryūkishi Zero Nana?, born November 19, 1973) is the pen name of a Japanese man originally from Chiba Prefecture, and the original creator for the idea of the visual novel series Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Umineko no Naku Koro ni. He is the representative member of the group 07th Expansion. His pen name originates from the Final Fantasy series, "Ryūkishi" being the Japanese term for "Dragon Knight", and "07" goroawase for the name of Final Fantasy V character "Lenna".[1]

Career[edit]

Ryukishi07, who was interested in video games, anime, and manga, studied at a vocational school that specialized in art. During that time, he wrote doujinshi. During his time in college, he tried to write manga and novels, but he came to realize that "No matter your passion for something, without skill, you can never make it as a professional." One day, he met with a colleague from a theatre troupe, and he was inspired to write a play called "The Hinamizawa Bus Stop" (雛見沢停留所 Hinamizawa Teiryūjo?) which he submitted to a contest that he later lost.[2]

After graduating from the vocational school, he dreamed of becoming a video game developer, so he focused on finding a job at a video game manufacturer. However, none of his attempts at this were successful. Reluctantly, he took up a position at a menswear store, but after a few months, he tentatively took up an offer for a civil service position based on the civil service test that he had taken during the job search.[3]

Reactions to worldwide spread of his works[edit]

In a 2012 interview with Damien Bandrac for the Journal du Japon, Ryukishi07 said that:

Initially, my audience was otaku who attend Comiket, which are a very small fraction of Japanese otaku, themselves a small part of Japanese people in general! I never thought for one second that I could be read, published, edited at the other end of the planet, in France... As for Higurashi, I never thought that people outside Japan might be interested. Umineko in particular is a text that even Japanese people can have difficulty reading. So, to imagine that foreigners have made the effort to read it, understand it, and translate it, is an indescribable happiness to me.[4]

Writing process[edit]

Ryukishi07's writing has been described as alternating between "macabre scenes and schoolboy humor".[4] He has said that, "a story should be like a roller coaster. That is to say before writing a really cruel scene, I have to lift the people's spirits, for example, with a fun scene... Before writing a scene of pure despair, we must go through scenes of hope. And indeed, when I write, all of this amuses me very much."[4]

He has cited Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None as one of his major influences.[4]

Works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "スクウェア・エニックス MUSICパワード VOL.1". Gangan Powered (in Japanese). 2006. 
  2. ^ Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni production staff. "07th Expansion インタビュー"ひぐらしのなかせ方"掲載!" [07th Expansion Interview: How They Make the Cicadas Cry Published!]. TORANOANA (in Japanese). TORANOANA Inc. Retrieved December 24, 2004. 
  3. ^ 佐々木, 由香. "ビジネス★ヒーローインタビューVol.6:シナリオライター竜騎士07さん" [Business★Hero Interviews Vol. 6: Ryukishi07]. マイナビ (in Japanese). MyNavi Corporation. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Bandrac, Damien (2012-06-10). "Interview avec Ryukishi07, auteur chapeauté - Journal du Japon" (in French). Journal du Japon. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Higurashi's Ryukishi07 Announces Rose Guns Days". Anime News Network. January 31, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rose Guns Days Game by Higurashi's Ryukishi07 Outlined". Anime News Network. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 

External links[edit]