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Creator / Gen Urobuchi

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"Failure is the mother of success; a long journey begins from the ground beneath his feet. I have nothing but contempt for the deceitful thing men call 'happiness,' and find myself with no choice but to push my characters, whom I pour my heart and soul out to create, into the abyss of tragedy."

Gen Urobuchi (born December 20, 1972) is a prolific Japanese author in the Visual Novel industry who currently works under nitro+. He is (in)famous for creating dark, tragic settings and plot twists in his stories, in part due to nearly dying in an epidemic when he was younger. (Indeed, as he put it in this interview, the experience gave him "eyesight of the dead".) The work which gave him this fame was The Song of Saya, an H. P. Lovecraft-inspired Visual Novel released under Nitro+. As a result, he has been given the nickname "Urobutcher" by several circles on the internet. That said, he may be trying to break out of this mold; given how he worked on a a tokusatsu series.note  Meanwhile, Thunderbolt Fantasy, is a puppet TV Series.

He and Kinoko Nasu of Type-Moon are known to be good friends, and have even collaborated on three Fate/ series projects, Fate/Zero, Fate/Apocrypha, and Fate/Grand Order; they also played together in the Tabletop RPG that would be adapted into Chaos Dragon. He's also worked with fellow writers Ichiro Itano (who co-wrote Blassreiter with him) and Yosuke Kuroda (who helmed the adaptation of Phantom of Inferno), and considers them both his mentors in writing and a major influence on his writing of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

He has worked on the scenarios of the following visual novels:

He also worked on the following light novel series:

And he has been involved in the production of the following series and films:

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