07th Expansion Wiki

This is a page for listing articles and pages 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.

*Asterisks mark articles that are untranslated or have partial translations.

Interview Link Date Key Points Magazine/Book Cover
*Elfics Vol. 1 Interview September 20, 2004
Higurashi no Nakasekata Part 1 2004
Higurashi no Nakasekata Part 2 2004
  • Discussions of characters' popularity
  • Insight into Shion's character after Meakashi and what future arcs will show
  • The switch from royalty-free music to composed tracks
Higurashi Booster Book Interview December 11, 2004
Higurashi booster book cover
*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.
*Faust Vol. 5 Interview (republished) May 17, 2005
  • Ryukishi's inspirations and writing process for Higurashi
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
Official character guide front cover
*Nikkei Software Interview (archive) November 24, 2005
  • Ryukishi's use of NScripter for Higurashi.
  • Ryukishi's desire to make games.
*Elfics Vol. 2 Interview 2005
*Elfics Vol. 5 Interview 2005
*Elfics Vol. 6 Interview 2005
*Isai Suko Interview 2006
*PUSH February 2006 Interview February 2006
Push feb 2006 cover
*Higurashi Grand Prize Long Interview May 26, 2006
  • Ryukishi's writing process.
  • His thoughts on Kataribanashi stories and to what extent the original Higurashi setting can be ignored.
*Higurashi i-mode Ports Interviews [1] [2] January 24-30, 2007
  • New characters and TIPs created for i-mode version.
*Dengeki G's Festival! Volume 7 Interview (Dengeki Online reupload) February 22, 2007
Dengeki gs festival feb 16 2007
*Dengeki Maoh Interview (Dengeki Online reupload) February 27, 2007
*Freshers Interview (part 1, 2, 3, 4) ~2007
  • Ryukishi's life as a civil servant
Famous Scene Investigation File 100 Q&A May 31, 2007
  • Ryukishi, Yatazakura, and BT answering 100 questions about their lives and Higurashi
  • Notes about various characters.
Higurashi famous 100 cover
*Famous Scene Investigation File 100 Interview May 31, 2007
Higurashi famous 100 cover
*Episode 1 Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Interview November 22, 2007
Skd 1 front cover
*Episode 2 Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Interview June 19, 2008
Skd 2 front cover
*Umineko Talk September 23 - October 7, 2008
Weekly Spa! October 28, 2008 Interview October 28, 2008
  • Discussions about Higurashi's supposed influence on real murder incidents.
  • Higurashi is meant to suppress murder, not encourage it.
Spa october 28 2008 (1)
*Episode 3 Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Interview November 25, 2008
Skd 3 front cover out
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
*Dengeki Online EP4 Interview (part 1, 2, 3) March 11-25, 2009
*Episode 4 Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Interview April 17, 2009
Skd 4 front cover
Unnamed Post-EP5 Interview ~2009
*Episode 5 Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Interview November 24, 2009
Skd ep5 outer front
*Episode 6 Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Interview April 25, 2010
Skd6 outer front cover
*Episode 7 Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Interview December 17, 2010
Skd 7 front cover
Answer to the Golden Witch February 10, 2011
  • Answering various questions about Umineko When They Cry after the ending and expanding on some of the tricks and characters.
*Harukaze no Fuku Koro ni: Ryukishi x Harukaze-chan Talk in Akihabara (part 1, part 2, part 3) March 2011
Episode 8 Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Interview March 1, 2011
Skd ep 8 front cover
*Saizensen Interview October 12, 2011
  • Anti-mystery vs anti-fantasy
  • Comparing the differences between Higurashi and Umineko and their fans
  • Next few works will be straying away from When They Cry
  • Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni is being worked on
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 Days development.
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.
What's The Secret Of Making Interesting Mystery Games? Masterpiece Creators Kotaro Uchikoshi x Ryukishi07 Special Talk June 2, 2016
  • Mystery works that influenced Uchikoshi and Ryukishi, and things that can only be expressed in mystery games.
  • Differences between commercial and doujin game making.
*Furyu Interview (archive) 2016
Higurashi Anime 10th Anniversary Event [1] [2] 2016
  • General age ranges for the club members
  • Clarifications regarding certain characters
*07th Party 5 Interview April 10, 2017
  • Ryukishi's thoughts on pachinko and his involvement with Higurashi pachinko games
  • Planning new WTC entry
Higurashi 15th Anniversary Interview (source) (summary) September 19, 2017
  • Ryukishi may write for Higurashi again if given the chance.
  • WTC5 coming soon.
Animecon 2018 Q&A July 20, 2018
  • Inspirations for Higurashi and Umineko
  • Teasing Iwaihime's upcoming release
  • New Umineko episode and When They Cry installment are being worked on
Famitsu Special Interview 10/24/2019 October 24, 2019
Umineko Saku and 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: When They Cry - 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.
Ryukishi07 Explains How Higurashi GOU and SOTSU Reinvent the Franchise September 30, 2021
  • Discussion of Gou and Sotsu's main characters and the themes different from the original story they explore.
October 8, 2021 Livestream October 8, 2021
  • Answering questions about Gou and Sotsu.
Animate Times Keiichirou Kawaguchi Interviews September 30, 2021

October 30, 2021

  • Directorial decisions and influences on the last two episodes of Sotsu.
  • Kawaguchi adapting the scenario from Ryukishi's original concepts.
October 23, 2022 Talk Show October 23, 2022
  • Details about Higurashi Gou and Sotsu and how they relate to other WTC works, including Another End.