Fuyumi Ono

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Fuyumi Ono
Native name
小野 不由美
Born (1960-12-24) December 24, 1960 (age 59)
Nakatsu, Ōita, Japan
GenreFantasy, horror
Notable worksThe Twelve Kingdoms, Ghost Hunt, Shiki
SpouseYukito 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 December 24, 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]

Her name after marriage to AYATSUJI Yukito, is UCHIDA Fuyumi, but she writes under her maiden name,[2] which is Ono Fuyumi.

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.[3]

On March 18, 2007, according to an interview at the Anime News Network,[4] 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)[5] – 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 novels and 11 manga volumes)


Evil Spirit Series[edit]

  • Evil Spirit Series (悪霊シリーズ - Akuryō series), Kodansha.
  • There are lots of Evil Spirits?! (悪霊がいっぱい!?) 1989. ISBN 978-4-06-190311-1
  • There are really lots of Evil Spirits! (悪霊がホントにいっぱい!), 1989. ISBN 978-4-06-190365-4
  • Too many Evil Spirits to sleep (悪霊がいっぱいで眠れない), 1990. ISBN 978-4-06-190417-0
  • A lonely Evil Spirit (悪霊はひとりぼっち) 1990. ISBN 978-4-06-190485-9
  • I Don't Want to Become an Evil Spirit! (悪霊になりたくない!), 1991. ISBN 978-4-06-190594-8
  • Don't Call me an Evil Spirit (悪霊とよばないで), 1991. ISBN 978-4-06-198575-9
  • I don't mind Evil Spirits 1 (悪霊だってヘイキ!〈上〉), 1992. ISBN 978-4-06-198696-1
  • I don't mind Evil Spirits 2 (悪霊だってヘイキ!〈下〉), 1992. ISBN 978-4-06-198697-8

Ghost Hunt Series[edit]

  • Ghost Hunt Series (ゴースト・ハントシリーズ)[5] 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 March 5, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "Baka-Updates Manga - ONO Fuyumi". www.mangaupdates.com. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  3. ^ Yom Yom Official site
  4. ^ "Fuyumi Ono Interview". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
  5. ^ a b "Ghost Hunt". Newtype USA. 6 (11). November 2006. p. 19. ISSN 1541-4817.

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