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This is a page for listing interviews with Ryukishi07, 07th Expansion, or voice actors and affiliated staff in chronological order. Some other information revealed by Ryukishi may also be linked if they cannot be made into separate pages for whatever reason.

Interview Link Date Key Points
07th Expansion Toratsu Interview (Japanese source) 2004
Higurashi Booster Book Interview December 11, 2004
More Toratsu Interviews [1][2][3] [4] May 7, 2005
WSPlus Interview (archive) May 10, 2005
  • Preparations for Matsuribayashi's release
  • Imagining the Higurashi cast as adults.
Official Character Guide Interview June 24, 2005
  • How 07th Expansion first formed
  • Difficulties in Higurashi's initial development
  • Higurashi was originally going to have routes.
  • Reasons for Himatsubushi being written
Nikkei Software Interview (archive) November 24, 2005
  • Ryukishi's use of NScripter for Higurashi.
  • Ryukishi's desire to make games.
Higurashi i-mode Ports Interviews [1] [2] January 24-30, 2007
  • New characters and TIPs created for i-mode version.
Dengeki Online Interview (part a, part b) (archive a, (archive b) February 22, 2007
Freshers Interview (part 1, 2, 3, 4) ~2007
  • Ryukishi's life as a civil servant
Dengeki Online EP3 Interview (part 1, 2, 3) September 23 - October 7, 2008
Alone in the Dark: An Interview With the Creators of Higurashi When They Cry December 2008
  • Ryukishi's inspirations for Higurashi
  • His life before and after he formed 07th Expansion and his struggles with jobs
  • How Higurashi's story developed and changed over time
Ryukishi07 x KEIYA Special Talk ~2009
Interview with Ryukishi07 (2009) 2009
  • Talking about Umineko's world.
  • Lambdadelta's possible connection to Higurashi.
Dengeki Online EP4 Interview (part 1, 2, 3) March 11-25, 2009
Unnamed Post-EP5 Interview ~2009
Unnamed Post-EP6 Interview ~2009
Answer to the Golden Witch February 10, 2011
  • Answering various questions about Umineko no Naku Koro niafter the ending and expanding on some of the tricks and characters.
Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Episode 8 March 1, 2011
Saizensen Interview October 12, 2011
  • Anti-mystery vs anti-fantasy
  • Comparing the differences between Higurashi and Umineko and their fans
Ryukishi07 Interviews (Epitanime 2012) May 26-27, 2012
  • Ryukishi's life before When They Cry
  • Higurashi and Umineko development.
  • When They Cry's success.
  • Rose Guns Daysdevelopment.
The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers October 28, 2013
  • Ryukishi's thoughts on the doujin and visual novel community.
Special Interview with Ryukishi07 (April 22, 2014) April 22, 2014
  • Rose Guns Days inspiration.
Say It In Red! An Interview with Ryukishi07 January 29, 2015
ACen 2015 07th Expansion Panels (video links: 1 2 3) May 15-17, 2015
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni's development and inspiration.
  • Adapting Higurashi to anime.
  • Ryukishi's writing process
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni questions
Another Round of Red Truths with Ryukishi07 May 19, 2015
  • Umineko character inspirations
  • Why Ryukishi likes to use similar-looking character across works
Anime Expo 2015 (summary) (video link) July 7, 2015
  • Ryukishi might continue WTC.
  • Revealing some info about Higurashi characters.
  • Ryukishi oversaw the Twilight of the Golden Witch manga and wanted to reveal the answers.
08/03/2015 Interview August 3, 2015
  • Collaboration with Witch Hunt and MangaGamer.
  • Ryukishi's work on Rewrite.
Furyu Interview (archive) 2016
Higurashi Anime 10th Anniversary Event [1] [2] 2016
  • General age ranges for the club members
  • Clarifications regarding certain characters
Higurashi 15th Anniversary Interview (source) (summary) September 19, 2017
  • Ryukishi may write for Higurashi again if given the chance.
  • WTC5 coming soon.
Famitsu Special Interview 10/24/2019 October 24, 2019
Umineko Saku/Ciconia Commemoration Broadcast November 4, 2019
Ryukishi07 Project Livestream September 10, 2020
Higurashi: When They Cry - New Interviews October 6, 2020 - October 10, 2020
  • Ryukishi wrote the original script for Higurashi Gou two years ago.
  • The new anime is meant to be enjoyed by both new and old viewers.
LOOPERS Interview December 2020
  • Ryukishi was approached by Key to write LOOPERS because they thought he was a good fit to write a treasure hunting/horror/crying story.
  • There might be a demo release.
Higurashi Gou SP Live Talk February 22, 2021
  • Answering questions about Higurashi Gou.
Higurashi Gou Interview (3/23/21) March 23, 2021
  • Ryukishi wanted to surprise fans who wanted to experience Higurashi again.
  • Ryukishi sees Higurashi and Umineko as connected in a similar vein to Osamu Tezuka's "Phoenix".
  • Ryukishi feels that Satoko didn't get enough character growth in the original.
Tataridamashi BD Interview April 28, 2021
  • Satoko's voice actor Mika Kanai gives some insights to Satoko's character.
  • Kanai knew from the start that Satoko would become a looper like Rika.
Satokowashi BD Interview June 30, 2021
  • Explaining Rika and Satoko's relationship
Newtype August 2021 Interview July 2021
Higurashi: When They Cry- GOU Behind the Secrets July 28, 2021
  • Ryukishi, Mika Kanai and Mai Nakahara discuss several scenes in Gou and what Sotsu will bring.
  • Recording during COVID was difficult but they pulled through
  • Insights into Satoko's character
  • Eua was named the same in her previous world.