Welcome to Rokkenjima! We are a community of English-speaking 07th Expansion fans from around the world gathered together to discuss and analyse Ryukishi’s works, report on the latest news, collaborate on various fan projects, and just generally hang out and make friends! Our ultimate goal is to unite the English-speaking 07th Expansion fandom under one banner, but more importantly right now, we hope to create a fun, dedicated and tight-knit community that everyone is happy to call home, and we’d love you to join us! Whether you’re a seasoned 07th fan, or you’re just reading one of his works for the first time, all are welcome among our ranks.
07th Expansion are a renowned Japanese visual novel developer, well known for their intriguing and evocative stories. Their most acclaimed, When They Cry (Higurashi and Umineko) showcase a blend of the mystery, horror, psychological thriller and supernatural genres, with an overarching philosophical atmosphere. What is the truth, and what does it mean to seek that truth? This is just one of the many questions When They Cry poses to its readers.
Here you’ll find a variety of attractions to help stave off boredom:
Our Blog highlights all of the latest 07th Expansion news of interest from both the industry and the broader community.
Our Forum is full of in-depth discussion of Ryukishi’s works, with topics for every series, every episode, and anything else you can think of. You want to talk about Ronove’s character? What about Chapter 3 of Higurashi? Maybe you want to share your Rose Guns Days fanart, or host a Gameboard for our forumers to solve. There’s a vast range of topics prepared for you, just click the search button in the top-right of the forum to find the topic you’re looking for! Alternatively, each series’ General Discussion topic serves as an index for all topics related to that series, so they are another excellent place to get started. We also split many topics into spoiler-free (up to midpoint of the series) and full series spoilers, so even newer readers can dive in without having their experience damaged.
Our Tea Parties & Bookclubs are big events which span several weeks and see the entire community unite to read, analyse and celebrate a Ryukishi work together through discussion posts and fanworks. Alongside forum discussion, a select few of our community also come together to record podcasts discussing the story in detail while incorporating the contributions of the community. We’d love for you to join us!
Our social media presence is dedicated to delivering all the content from the blog and highlights from the forum discussion to you guys. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter in particular, you can anticipate many 07th-related retweets, so we hope you’ll give us a follow!
Our Discord Chatroom provides a space for forum users to mingle and get to know each other in a less on-topic setting. We have a very active text chat and frequent voice calls too, so if you really want to make yourself known in the community and get to know the faces behind the avatars, we strongly recommend joining in!
Some features of the community, such as creating new topics and joining the Discord Chatroom are initially locked out to new users, but if you casually use the forum for a while, you’ll be granted the ‘Witch’ badge in no time and many features will open up to you. The Discourse forum software encourages that new users get to know the ropes of the community before being granted full powers, so we hope you’ll take the time to browse the community and get the most out of the existing forum topics. Once you’ve made it that far, you’re stuck with us forever! If you feel like you should have Witch rank, we recommend going over the Code of Conduct once more to see if you’re doing something wrong.
Rokkenjima may be small right now, as most of the fandom is eagerly anticipating future releases with bated breath, but it’s my sincere hope that Rokkenjima grows into a flourishing and tight-knit community of passionate and dedicated readers of 07th Expansion’s works. But that begins with you! As long as we work together, we can surely make Rokkenjima an amazing community. And who knows, you might just be the next member to apply to join our staff team.
To get started, first take the time to look through our Code of Conduct. It won’t take long and it’s full of very helpful information! Once you’ve managed that, you can find some topics of interest by either checking our front page or hitting the search button in the top-right. Each series’ general discussion topic also doubles as an index for all topics related to that series, so they’re a good place to start looking: Higurashi, Umineko. Come along, my brothers and sisters. Let’s create a miracle together!