Ono Fuyumi Long Interview Part 3: Rewriting Ghost Hunt

This is the last part of the interview with Ono Fuyumi from Da Vinci‘s December 2010 issue, in which Ono talks about rewriting the original Ghost Hunt series. Please go to part one “The Ghost Hunt Series Reprint” to read the interview from the beginning.

Ono Fuyumi on rewriting Ghost Hunt.

Now it’s 2010. Approximately 18 years have passed since the completion of the series, and Shibuya Psychic Research returns in front of us. Though the fully rewritten edition keeps the atmosphere of the old series, it will also be able to put up with the aesthetic senses of adult readers. It will be finished into a long horror novel of extremely high quality.

Of course, I altered the writing style, but the vignettes and the composition were changed quite a bit as well. Due to the circumstances with the pages back in the day, I was only able to change the story once. In principle, the story should have been made to change once or twice. This time, I was finally able to write it how it should have been.

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Ono Fuyumi Long Interview Part 2: The Rules for Writing Girls’ Novels

This is the second part of the interview with Ono Fuyumi from Da Vinci‘s December 2010 issue. Ono discusses the rules and restrictions she encountered at the time of writing the original Ghost Hunt series. Please go to part one “The Ghost Hunt Series Reprint” to read the interview from the beginning.

Ono Fuyumi
Left: The galley proofs of the Ghost Hunt series and her favorite Japanese language dictionary. Right: The state of her work desk. It is decorated with a colored paper signed by mangaka Nagai Gou.

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Ono Fuyumi Long Interview Part 1: The Ghost Hunt Series Reprint

This interview with Ono Fuyumi is part of the Ghost Hunt Reprint Commemoration Special Feature. It was printed in the December 2010 issue of the Da Vinci magazine. The interview also includes some photographs of the author herself and her house. I divided the translation up into three parts. In the first part Ono talks about the reasons for the Ghost Hunt series reprint, and the origin of original series.

Ono Fuyumi Long Interview

Ono Fuyumi, author of Ghost Hunt

Timeless edition! The Ghost Hunt series Reprint Commemoration

The reprint of the Ghost Hunt series, long-awaited for by many fans, is about to turn into reality at last. Why did author Ono Fuyumi-san make up her mind about the reprint of the series just now? What are the differences between the old edition and the rewrite? This is a long interview in which we courageously asked about her memories at the time of the series’ creation, and her feelings on putting out the reprint. A large number of valuable remarks are revealed for the first time: a timeless edition!

I was confident that scary things are fun.

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Ghost Hunt Chronicle: A 20 Year Chronology

The following table from the December 2010 issue of Da Vinci captures the chronology of the Ghost Hunt series and some real life events. I have translated this along with a short introduction which accompanied the chronological table.

Ghost Hunt Chronology

Ghost Hunt Chronicle: Closing in on the Charms of the Series!

Since the publication of the series’ first volume Are there really lots of Evil Spirits!?, Ono Fuyumi’s horror masterpiece the Ghost Hunt series continued to captivate readers over a span of 20 years. First of all, let’s look back once again at its history along with the related chronology. The reason why the Ghost Hunt series is eternally loved across generations, should come to the surface from there.

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The Historical Context and Significance of The Evil Spirits Series

Ten years have already passed since the Ghost Hunt anime aired on Japanese television. It marked the beginning of its popularity in the international anime scene. In celebration of this anniversary, Story Unlocker turns the spotlight on Ghost Hunt, also known as the Evil Spirits series.

Mai and Naru (Shibuya Kazuya)Mai and Naru (Shibuya Kazuya)
An illustration by mangaka Inada Shiho of Mai and Naru, the main characters of the Ghost Hunt/Evil Spirits series.

The Ghost Hunt anime partially adapted the manga illustrated by Inada Shiho. Inada Shiho went on to adapt the entire Evil Spirits series by Ono Fuyumi. In 2016 she completed the manga adaptation of the sequel to the Evil Spirits series: Akumu no Sumu Ie. In the meanwhile, Ono Fuyumi took it upon herself to rewrite her debut novel series. Media Factory published the rewrite of the Evil Spirits series in 2010 and 2011.

In light of the rewrite, magazines like Da Vinci and Yuu featured several interviews and articles on Ghost Hunt. The December 2010 issue of Da Vinci celebrated the first rewritten volume of the Evil Spirit series with a special feature. The feature begins with a preface by Higashi Masao, an expert in horror and ghost stories criticism. In this short contribution, he highlights the historical context of the Evil Spirit series.

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