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Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Alternate title : When the Seagulls Cry

Studio : Studio DEEN

Length : 26 Episodes

Year : 2009

Genre : Horror - Mystery

Synopsis :
Kinzo Ushiromiya, the rich owner of the isolated island, Rokkenjima, has only a few months to live. His children were thus invited to his private island to discuss the matter of inheritance, as well as the rumored hidden gold. However, things go awry as the people got murdered one by one, which seems to be related to the Legend of the Golden Witch.

NOTE: This is the second in Studio DEEN's horror-mystery series, after 2006's Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

Added : 2009-06-15
Synopsis by : kevinchaosvs
Last update : 2010-03-20
Last update details : Modifyinfo
Score : 5
Number of reviews : 1

Link(s) :

Official #1 : Official Umineko Website (Japanese)

Song(s) :

OP1 : Akiko, Shikata - Katayoku no Tori

ED1 : Jimang - la divina tragedia - Makyoku

Release(s) :

2010-01-10 -- Episode(s) 26 by gg. BT Link
2010-01-10 -- Episode(s) 21 by Lambda-delta. BT Link
2010-01-02 -- Episode(s) 26 by Hatsuyuki. BT Link

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Posted by : ErwinRommel
Posted on : 2010-03-16        


Umineko no Naku Koro ni is an adaptation of Agatha Christie's And then there were none but the results falls quite short. Originating from a murder mystery game with multiple endings, Umineko no Naku Koro ni, ironically, lacks the freedom in letting the audience create their own theories of the murders like it's predecessor Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Nor does it attempt to foster any continuity between the four acts. I cannot recommend the anime.

We are told that a massacre occurred at Rokkenjima, and that a witch Beatrice may be involved. The first act is great because the murders that occurred sets up a foreboding, and almost supernatural atmosphere. This is expected as it is copying a very good Agatha Christie novel. Addition of a supernatural legend involving Beatrice is welcomed. It gives the possibility that the murderer is either in the family or may not be human. The problem starts when the anime attempts to literally take it out of the realm of possibility by having the Beatrice vs. Battler debate.

While the intention of the anime is a monumental battle of wits, the result is a confusing mess where, like the protagonist, we are forced to accept rules, and what-if scenarios that are dictated to us without any justification. Why is it so important to have Battler believe Beatrice is a witch? Heck, isn't even the supposedly dead Battler having a debate with Beatrice already sufficient evidence? The anime plays out like a court drama in North Korea where paramount leader Beatrice will dictate the laws. This makes the four acts very hard to follow as Beatrice keep throwing out new rules. Even worse, unlike Higurashi no Naku Koro ni there does not appear to be any relations between the four acts.

The three acts after the first in the anime, are based on Beatrice's attempts to prove the existence of witches by explaining how the murders can occur. A problem is that they had no correlation to the first. Everything about them was different: from the sequence of murders to the addition of absurdities. Without any reference, there is no way of verifying whether Beatrice's point of view is valid or not. Nor does it help that the anime uses the worn plot device that the four acts are possible due to parallel dimensions that Beatrice can play with. It didn't work in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai, it's not going to work here.

Hence, 5/10



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