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Born (1973-11-19) November 19, 1973 (age 50)
Chiba Prefecture, Japan
OccupationAuthor and artist
GenreFantasy, horror, mystery fiction and science fiction
Notable worksHigurashi When They Cry
Umineko When They Cry

Ryukishi07 (竜騎士07, Ryūkishi Zero-Nana, born November 19, 1973; real name unknown) is the pen name of a Japanese writer who is the leading member for the group 07th Expansion. He is the creator of the When They Cry visual novel series, which includes Higurashi When They Cry, Umineko When They Cry and Ciconia When They Cry. His pen name is originated from Final Fantasy, "Ryūkishi" being the term for "Dragoon" and "07" a play on words for "Lenna".[1]


Ryukishi07 studied at a vocational school that specializes in art and wrote doujinshi, while having interests on anime, manga and video games. While in college, he tried to write manga and novels, but realized, "No matter your passion for something, without skill, you can never make it as a professional."[citation needed] He met with a colleague from a theatre troupe and he was inspired to write a play called Hinamizawa Bus Stop (雛見沢停留所, Hinamizawa Teiryūjo), which he submitted to a contest that he later lost.[2] His younger brother, Yatazakura, inspired by the success of Type-Moon's visual novel Tsukihime, suggested that he and Ryukishi create their own sound novel. Ryukishi restructured Hinamizawa Bus Stop into the episodic visual novel series, Higurashi When They Cry.[3] After graduating from school, he dreamed of becoming a video game developer. He focused on finding a job at a video game manufacturer, but he failed to do so. 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.[4]

Reactions to worldwide spread of his works[edit]

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

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.[5]

His writing has been described as alternating between "macabre scenes and schoolboy humor".[5] He has said, "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."[5] He has cited And Then There Were None as his influence.[5]



  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. Archived from the original on December 24, 2004. Retrieved December 24, 2004.
  3. ^ Szczepaniak, John (2014). The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Gold Edition. p. 322. ISBN 978-0992926021.
  4. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 2007-12-13. Retrieved January 11, 2013.[dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d Bandrac, Damien (2012-06-10). "Interview avec Ryukishi07, auteur chapeauté - Journal du Japon" (in French). Journal du Japon. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  6. ^ "Higurashi's Ryukishi07 Announces Rose Guns Days". Anime News Network. January 31, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
  7. ^ "Rose Guns Days Game by Higurashi's Ryukishi07 Outlined". Anime News Network. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-03-01.
  8. ^ "Ryukishi07's Hotaru-Bi no Tomoru Koro ni Manga to Begin in March". Anime News Network. December 27, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2019.

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