Hello, hello. Just another fan from North America.
I’ve watched the anime of Higurashi and then Umineko years ago before moving on to the sound novels, and Umineko is my favorite of the two. I’ve also read Rose Guns Days and have been meaning to finish Higanbana. I’m greatly looking forward to his next work and hope to see it translated. I’ve also been trying to introduce some friends to the sound novels now that they’re being re-released in English.
I came across Rokkenjima months ago when trying to look for more news about Ryukishi07 and his works, and I have been lurking this website and its forums off and on since then. I figured that since I’ve been lurking for so long and with WTC5 finally on the way, I might as well make an account and maybe try to join some of the discussions and eventual speculations for the upcoming sequel.
I guess Ryukishi inspired me to try working with visual novels. So far it’s all just small private projects I’m doing all by myself and learning as I go, but it would be nice to work my way up with it. It’s been a fun medium to work with, tying in sound and visuals to tell a story and create an immersive experience. I still see myself as just an amateur writer and artist, but Ryukishi inspires me because he started off the same way and even found success overseas.
Visual novels aren’t exactly a popular thing over here, but who knows, maybe things will change someday.