09
Jan
10

Umineko no Naku Koro ni deculture!

Higurashi on crack!

In case you missed it, I’ve already covered Umineko back when it started airing. From the guys that brought us Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, this was one anime I had my eyes on for ages. The anime is quite similar to Higurashi, in that you have people getting brutally murdered, crazy talk, scary laughs, confusing plot holes and of course, killer lolis. Actually there’s just one killer loli, the others are your typical jailbait.

Following the game’s structure closely, the whole 26 episode series is broken down into 4 easily non-digestible parts. The basic story and structure are covered in the first arc itself. The whole Ushiromiya family is murdered by a witch named Beatrice as part of an old pact with the head of the family. One of the grandsons, Battler Ushiromiya, refuses that all the murders were caused by witchcraft. And in trying to solve the murders using rationale, he denies the existence of witches.

The whole point is this: in order for her to exist, Beatrice must convince Battler that witchcraft is real, and that she has been murdering all the people on that secluded island. Thus begins the challenge between Beatrice and Battler. If he wins, Battler’s family and everyone else on the island will be spared, if defeated, he will become Beatrice’s bitch. And everyone dies as well.

After the first arc the whole plot began weakening. I mean this dude knows the witch killed everyone, yet he’s going out of his way to provide dumbass reasons as to how the crime would be committed by an actual human, and not some witch and her freaky demons. However, the plot soon starts revolving around the other people involved, and how they try to escape the inevitable.

Here’s the bottom line: everyone in the Ushiromiya family is a backstabbing bastard, except Battler, whose ego matches the lofty heights of the crazy bitch witch Beatrice. Therefore everyone in the family deserves to die, including the pathetically obedient servants. Going batshit crazy is a recurring theme in the Ushiromiya family, where each and everyone of the family members has done something completely insane and without proper cause at least once.

What keeps a viewer going for more is how every element of the story is tied in together. It’s all a mess really, like a good train wreck you like to see in slow motion. Things seem to be going smoothly, and sometimes you can even empathize with the characters, getting you hopes up that this nightmare will end; a bright sun rises from the horizon and everyone will live happily ever after. Suddenly someone’s head explodes, or their guts hang out thinly veiled by a mosaic censor, leaving all the juicy details to the imagination. I’d love to see the uncensored version, but doubt there’s anything there actually brutal enough worth censoring. This ain’t no Gantz.

Bear in mind that every time you start feeling sorry for somebody, don’t. They’ll either die horribly or flip out and do a complete 180, leading to nothing but utter hatred. What you should do however, is to take things at their face value. Don’t think about where the story is headed, because whatever you thought won’t happen; just enjoy this bloody ride while it lasts. Also, try not to think about the plot holes or even try linking different threads of the overall story, you’ll end up with a tangled mess.

Here’s my final verdict on Umineko: avoid it. At least for now, until they announce the second season and it gets closer to release. The last episode provided a lot of answers that made NO sense since all of Battler’s suggestion on justifying the mysterious deaths were laughable at best. And just like the rest of the anime, once things start to look alright and you can see the sunrise on the horizon, shit hits the fan. Again.


9 Responses to “Umineko no Naku Koro ni deculture!”


  1. 1 Marion
    January 11, 2010 at 2:29 am

    I mean this dude knows the witch killed everyone, yet he’s going out of his way to provide dumbass reasons as to how the crime would be committed by an actual human, and not some witch and her freaky demons.

    If you have been paying ANY attention to the series it clearly states in the 3rd arc that the fantasy scenes we see of Beatrice killing people are fake. She made those to confuse Battler, so he would admit defeat. The culprit is a human, Beatrice is just covering it up with magical lies. If you haven’t realized this then I don’t think you even payed attention to the dialogue rather than paying attention to the magical scenes.

    And the game is not going to provide answers in the first four games, because they are question arcs. Umineko is not going to spell out the answers for you either – the crimes are solvable by the end of the 4th arc (where season 1 ends). Ryukishi said in an interview that he did not want to make the answers obvious and spell everything out for the viewers like he did in Higurashi.

    • 2 th
      January 11, 2010 at 10:56 am

      Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold up! You’re saying Beatrice knows that a human did those murders and is trying to cover it up?

      Assuming you DON’T know how the games end, like me; how can you be sure that none of the other witches had a hand in forcing this human (aka our killer) to commit those murders? Clearly a witch is involved in this scenario, even if a human did the murders. Although I cannot, for the life of me, remember there being even a hint of a human committing these murders and Beatrice trying to cover it up. Exactly which episode was this startling discovery made? what moment did I miss?

      All I remember is that towards the end of the 3rd arc Beatrice accepted that she was just feigning innocence so that Battler could sign that form which confirms that witches do exist.

      Also, I find it hard to believe that the young alter-Eva (aka new Beatrice) had anything to do with the real Beatrice’s plans. She has her own agenda, and I think the real Beatrice just took advantage of the situation and twist it to her own benefit and gain Battler’s acceptance.

      Regardless, my original point still stands. Witches exist, and despite ALL evidence to the contrary, Battler is still trying to deny their existence. Or maybe he’s just trying to deny Beatrice and accepting the existence of the other witches, since he does get help from Virgilia.

      • 3 Marion
        January 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm

        Please do not think Beatrice as ‘evil cacklecackle witch’ because she is not that one dimensional. The end of EP 4 makes it clear that Bern and Lambda are forcing her and are making her their toy, so they won’t be bored anymore. Battler is not trying to deny witches – he is only trying to prove that witches couldn’t have done the murders. He is not that stupid as to deny all witches, which is impossible at this point.

        Although I cannot, for the life of me, remember there being even a hint of a human committing these murders and Beatrice trying to cover it up. Exactly which episode was this startling discovery made? what moment did I miss?

        This was in EP 3, the episode where the 1st twilight was discovered. Virgilia made it clear that Beatrice was flashing around fantasy scenes to make Battler admit defeat, using the catbox metaphor. There are many hints of this. Example: In EP 3 Rudolf was seen shot in his chest by the Siestas. But when the body was found he had a stake in his forehead with no chest wound.

        Also in EP 3 was Kanon: He had his hand stabbed by Lucifer, but when the corpse was found there was no such mention of a hand wound.

        The fantasy scenes are metaphoric not literal. You should not be taking them literally or else you have already stopped thinking.

      • 4 moichispa
        January 12, 2010 at 3:36 am

        [i]If you have been paying ANY attention to the series it clearly states in the 3rd arc that the fantasy scenes we see of Beatrice killing people are fake[/i]

        mmm Did you any time read that cat methapor outside umineko? I thing you are a bit wrong about that. I said because I knew and have already understood it before umineko.

        Inside the box the cat is alive and death at the same time (Quantum superposition) So inside “uimneko’s box” there is a witch killing people and a human killing people at the same time both realities exist at the same time. However the one that Battler and us is trying to demonstrate is the human culprit one.

      • 5 th
        January 12, 2010 at 11:08 am

        A sound explanation, but this “clue” can easily be overlooked by anyone. 6 of my friends have seen the anime besides me, and not one of them caught this reference, although they seemed to be more satisfied with the end than me.

        Then again, none of us have played the game or the read the manga and visual novels, so perhaps we don’t have a deeper understanding of the finer points.

  2. 6 moichispa
    January 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    mm About wait for second season. Really DVD sales are low so maybe there is no Second season.

    I have to say that anime skipped some things.

    My suggestion: go read the novels, they are the original thing and also there is translation for episode 5 since a few days later the end of the anime.

    But if you want to wait you are free to do it

    • 7 th
      January 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm

      Anyone remember the gap between Higurashi’s first season ending and the announcement of the second season?

      Anyways, I’m willing to wait until summer. If they haven’t announced a sequel till then, I guess I’ll have to do with the novels as and when they are released and if there are translations available :p

      • 8 moichispa
        January 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

        The first season of umineko uses Episodes 1-4 of the SN. The Episode 4 of the SN were released at december of the year 2008.

        The season season will adapt for sure “Umineko chiru”. It said that umineko Chiru will be the episodes 5-7 (not sure). It is sure that it does not end yet in episode 6.

        The episode 6 was released this decenber and there is date yet for 7 (maybe in August but not sure) so an adaptation in summer is almost imposible.

        About translations witch hunt do the translations of the games. Episode 4 were released in 7 of june. Episode 5 on December, 26. Episode 6 wasn’t traslated yet . but it will end the translation in a few months. So probabily the game will be traslated before the anime

  3. 9 th
    January 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Thx for the info moichispa; guess it’ll be a looooong wait till I find out what really happens😦


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