Fuyumi Ono

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Fuyumi Ono
Native name 小野 不由美
Born (1960-12-24) December 24, 1960 (age 57)
Nakatsu, Ōita, Japan
Occupation Writer
Language Japanese
Genre Fantasy, horror
Notable works The Twelve Kingdoms, Ghost Hunt, Shiki
Spouse Yukito Ayatsuji

Fuyumi Ono (小野 不由美, Ono Fuyumi, born December 24, 1960) is a Japanese novelist best known for writing The Twelve Kingdoms (十二国記, Jūni Kokuki), which was adapted into a popular anime series. She is married to Yukito Ayatsuji, the author of the horror novel Another.[1]


Ono was born in Nakatsu, Ōita, Kyūshū, in 1960. She graduated from Ōtani University in Kyōto with a degree in Buddhist Studies, and in 1988 was employed by the publisher Kōdansha. Her debut novel is entitled Sleepless on Birthday Eve (バースデイ・イブは眠れない, bāsudei ibu wa nemurenai).

Ono is married to Naoyuki Uchida (内田 直行, Uchida Naoyuki), a mystery novelist who writes under the pseudonym Yukito Ayatsuji (綾辻 行人, Ayatsuji Yukito).[1]

Before she started work on The Twelve Kingdoms, Fuyumi Ono wrote The Demonic Child (魔性の子, Mashō no Ko), a horror novel about a boy from another world. She later worked certain events from this novel into the Twelve Kingdoms series. Short stories set in the various kingdoms include: Kasho (華胥), Toei (冬栄), Shokan (書簡), Kizan (帰山) and Jogetsu (乗月). In February, 2008, a new Twelve Kingdoms short story, "Hisho no Tori" (丕緒の鳥) was published in Shinchosha's Yomyom magazine.[2]

On March 18, 2007, according to an interview at the Anime News Network,[3] she is "currently rewriting a girls’ horror series (she) wrote long ago".

Major works[edit]

  • Akuryo Series (1989–92, 8 light novel volumes, Kodansha)
  • Ghost Hunt (also known as Nightmare Dwelling) (1994, 2 light novel volumes, Kodansha)[4] – continuation of Akuryo Series but in a different setting
  • The Twelve Kingdoms (1992–2013, 8 novels and 2 short story collections, Kodansha)
  • Shiki (1998, 2 light novel volumes and 11 manga volumes)


Evil Spirit Series[edit]

Ghost Hunt Series[edit]

  • Ghost Hunt Series (ゴースト・ハントシリーズ)[4] A continuation of the Evil Spirit Series, but in a different setting
  • Nightmare Dwelling 1 (悪夢の棲む家(上)), 1994, Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-06-255156-4
  • Nightmare Dwelling 2 (悪夢の棲む家(下)), 1994, Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-06-255164-9

The Twelve Kingdoms[edit]

Other Novels[edit]

  • Can't Sleep on Birthday Eve (バースデー・イブは眠れない) 1988, Kodansha
  • Mephisto and Waltz! (メフィストとワルツ!) 1988, Kodansha ISBN 978-4-06-190249-7, Continuation of Can't Sleep on Birthday Eve
  • Evil Spirits Aren't Scary (悪霊なんかこわくない), 1989, Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-06-190257-2
  • Charmed 17 year old (呪われた17歳) 1990 朝日ソノラマ
  • 17 Springs Passed (過ぎる十七の春 Sugiru Jūshichi no Haru), 1995, Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-06-255201-1, an adaptation of Charmed 17 year old
  • Green Home Spirits (グリーンホームの亡霊たち) 1990年朝日ソノラマ刊
  • Home, Green Home (緑の我が家 Home、Green Home), 1997, Kodansha. ISBN 978-4062552943、an adaptation of Green Home Spirits
  • Strange Tōkei Tales (東亰異聞 - Tōkei Ibun) (runner-up for the 1993 Japan Fantasy Novel Award), 1994, Shinchosha. ISBN 978-4-10-124022-0
  • Shiki (屍鬼, literally Corpse Demon), 1998, Shinchosha. ISBN 978-4-10-397002-6
  • Island of the Black Shrine (黒祠の島), 2001, Shodensha. ISBN 978-4-396-33164-1
  • Kura no Kami (くらのかみ), 2003, Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-06-270564-6
  • Zan'e (残穢), 2012, Shinchosha. ISBN 978-4-10-397004-0

Short story collection[edit]

  • Ghost Stories Storybook (鬼談百景). Serialized since June 2000 in the magazine Yuu. published in 2012

Short story[edit]

  • London, 1888 (倫敦、1888) 10/1993 Logout


  1. ^ a b Takahashi, Yukari. インタビュー 綾辻行人 [Interview - Yukito Ayatsuji] (in Japanese). Edit. Archived from the original on June 3, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ Yom Yom Official site
  3. ^ "Fuyumi Ono Interview". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2007-03-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Ghost Hunt". Newtype USA. 6 (11). November 2006. p. 19. ISSN 1541-4817. 

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