At Anime Expo in Los Angeles this past weekend, Mangagamer announced that they would be bringing episode one of 07th Expansion’s 2007 visual novel Umineko Ni Naku Koro Ni to Steam later this year under the title Umineko: When They Cry. The novel will feature the original Japanese soundtrack, the ability to switch between new sprites exclusive to this version of the game, and those found in the Japanese version, which were drawn by author Ryukishi07. The translation for this new version of Umineko will be provided by The Witch Hunt — a fan group which previously released a patch based translation for the Japanese version of the game.
With a name that roughly [...]
This weekend I had the honor of attending Anime Central, one of the largest anime conventions in the Midwest, as a press representative for APGNation. While this was my first time acting as press at a convention, everyone involved in ACEN’s Press Department was incredibly kind, and everything went extremely smoothly. However, I will speak more about that in my recap of the con. Today I’d like to talk about one of the guests of honor: Ryukishi07, founding member of 07th Expansion and the author of popular visual novels like Umineko, Higurashi, and Rose Gun Days.
Some of readers may remember the first interview with Ryukishi07 back in [...]
Today we have a very special interview for you all, as I sat down with Ryukishi07 to talk about his works, how a visual novel becomes an anime, and what it takes to become a successful writer.
But before we get to the core of the interview, I’d like to share with you all a bit about Ryukishi07 and his work. One of the founders of the doujin circle 07th Expansion, Ryukishi07 first rose to prominence for his work on the 2002 visual novel Higurashi, a tale in which a small town in 1980’s Japan is plagued by a mysterious disease, for which he not only wrote the the scenario, but also drew and designed most of the game’s characters [...]