Otsuichi (乙一 Otsuichi) is the pen name of Hirotaka Adachi (安達 寛高 Adachi Hirotaka), born 1978. He is a Japanese writer, mostly of horror short stories, as well as a filmmaker. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of Japan and the Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan.[1][2]

He made his debut with Summer, Fireworks and My Corpse while still in high school. Major works include the novel Goth, which was adapted into a comic and a feature film (Goth: Love of Death) and the Zoo short story collections which were also adapted into a feature film. Goth won the 2003 Honkaku Mystery Award.[3]

Tokyopop has published English-language translations of his short story collection Calling You, the novel Goth and the comic adaptations of both. Another short story, F-Sensei's Pocket, appears in the English edition of the literary magazine Faust.

Works in English translation

Short story

Awards and nominations

Japanese Awards
U.S. Award


Novels or short story collections

Picture book


Uncollected Stories



His movie work is often done under his real name.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure novelization

In 2000, it was announced that Otsuichi would be writing a novel set during the fourth arc of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. The novel proved difficult to complete; in Kono Mystery ga Sugoi 2004, Otsuichi claimed to have written over 2000 pages, but thrown them all out.[7] Intent on writing a novel that lived up to the manga, it took him until 2007 to complete it.[8]




Drama CD

TV Drama


  1. "Otsuichi (List of members)" (in Japanese). Mystery Writers of Japan, Inc. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  2. "Members of the Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan" (in Japanese). Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 The Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan
  4. 1 2 3 Otsuichi.com | English-language website for works in translation by Japanese author Otsuichi
  5. The Shirley Jackson Awards » 2009 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners
  6. 1 2 Yamasaka, Clara. "Calling You". (January 2007) Newtype USA. Volume 6, Number 1, page 136.
  7. @Jojo article: Otsuichi struggling to complete novel
  8. @Jojo article: Otsuichi's novel finally solicited
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