An Era is over!

Yesterday, I, a humble reader and gamer, succesfully finished the eight novel of Umineko no naku koro ni. I call absolute win! I got the extra ending, and I think I also got the perfect ending as well!

You might ask then, after four years of reading on my on and off time, did I feel pleased with the ending? Did this game novel deliver something fitting for people who must have used a awful lot of time on this, tossing away nights before the computer, while the music plays higher and higher as you put the volum up each time you know by the music that something epic is about to happen. HELL YEAH this delivered!

The seventh game gives us all the last clues off the tale of Beatrice and the reason for the birth of her game and what was Battler’s sin, and you might then have wondered what was left on the eight game? The eight game is made to lay Rokkenjima to rest inside the cat box, this is the last fight for rest from everyone that appeared on this island, and they will go out with magic and shotguns held high!

Like the 4th game, the 8th game once more focuses on Ange and her quest, and this time it is up to you as the player to lead her in the way you think is right. There is a riddle contest at first, where you have to collect enough medals to get a extra ending, then it is what probably everyone has waited for! A chance to take up the challenge and solve the murder! With a lot of clues and some  new rules, you are picking out the people you think did the crime for this special game. Later in the end, you will decide what sort of ending you want. If you want to keep beliving in a trick, or if you want to in the end believe in the posibillity of magic. You will get a good or a bad ending depending on your answer.

~spoiler thoughts~

I am not sure if I am right on this, but it sort of seems like while in Higurashi, where the miracle that they looked for where a fragment, or reality where everyone survived, and while it might have been hinted to the chance that this might happen here as well, it is in the end clear that there is no such thing as the chance of a world where everyone survived. It might be just this world that Ange was from that is locked, but it also seems like all the pieces and players also know that no matter what, they can’t return alive, they are all dead, and what has given them the chance of making all the differnt games, is the fact that the island is closed inside the cat box. Because no one knows what happened everyone can make their own tales of the island, and their own theories, and each of these tales becomes a fragment, and because no one knows who died in the explosion of the island, there is always the chance that some will return.

Ange’s search for the truth can destroy that hope, as the truth of what happened, if it is given to the present in 1998, will break the cat box apart and deny a chance for all of them to be alive.

So, while Higurashi were a search for a happy future where everyone lives, Umineko keeps up with the tema of illusion and mystery, and a happy ending is where everyone is still dead, but the mystery will create an illusion where they can all live forever in the Golden Land.

And even in the end it is never told to us who were the killer, something that will keep the cat box closed, and new tales will continue to be made by people that think they know who the killer were.(I believe in the Battler theory XD, because that is what makes most sense with the reactions from Ange. She would not have freaked out over the truth if it was not her family that did it. And also the reaction from Tohya makes more sense, as he might not have minded Battler’s memories so much if there was not something dark as a massmurder hidden inside them.)

But then again, I am not sure if this accouts for a ending to all the games Beatrice and Battler fought, or just the one where Eva returned home and had to adopt Ange. Either there are more realities, or this one world is the only truth.

I have thought too much over this XD. Well, I sort of hope there will be a finishing anime of this, but just because there are some scenes that will look fantastic animated! And if they put more effort into a Umineko anime and don’t just focus on the boobs, it could be amazing!

Umineko no Naku Koro ni

On the remote Island Rokkenjima, owned by the old and dying man, Kinzo Ushiromiya,  the annual family conferance is about to take place. One of the young cousins in the family Battler, is back for the first time in six years, and he slowly understands that a lot has changed there.

Battler’s father and his siblings quarells over the right to take over after their father, Kinzo dies, and there is also a new portrait in the main house, of a beautiful foreign woman named Beatrice, and under her picture, there is a riddle set up by Kinzo, and it is said that the one who solves it will become the new head of the family, and inherit the gold that Kinzo claims to have once gotten from the golden witch Beatrice.

“My beloved hometown, the sweetfish river running through it.
You who seek the Golden Land, follow its path downstream and seek the key.

If you follow the river downstream, you will find a village.
In the village, look for the shore the two will tell you of.
There sleeps the key to the Golden Land.

He who lays hand upon the key shall travel under the rules below.

At the first twilight, you shall lift up as sacrifice the six chosen by the key.
At the second twilight, the surviving shall tear apart the two who are close.
At the third twilight, the surviving shall praise my honorable name on high.
At the fourth twilight, gouge the head and kill.
At the fifth twilight, gouge the chest and kill.
At the sixth twilight, gouge the stomach and kill.
At the seventh twilight, gouge the knee and kill.
At the eighth twilight, gouge the leg and kill.
At the ninth twilight, the Witch shall be revived and none shall be left alive.
At the tenth twilight, the journey shall end and you should reach the village of gold.

The Witch will praise the wise, and should bestow four treasures.
One shall be, all the gold from the Golden Land.
One shall be, the resurrection of the souls of all the dead.
One shall be, even the resurrection of the lost love.
One shall be, to put the Witch to sleep for all time.

Sleep peacefully, my most beloved witch, Beatrice.

But as a terrible storm closes in, Kinzo yells out his challenge for the island’s ghost witch Beatrice whom he claims was once his true love, and the battle between illusions and reality begins.

The people on the island is killed one after another according to the riddle, and if they can’t figure out who the true culprit can be by the last twillight, the golde witch Beatrice will revive, and take the survivors to the Golden land.


What I love about Umineko is that it mixes two of my favorite genres, one is crime and the other is fantasy, but the big goal of this game is to be skeptic to the fantasy part, even as magic and witches seems so real, there is always ways of denying it and still claim that the killer or killers are human.

If you have any knowledge of Higurashi you know how this will go. As the two days in the secluded storm ends, none are left alive, and no one never finds out just what happened in the two days on Rokkenjima. But after entering the Golden Land, Battler still does not want to believe the witch Beatrice exists, and she challenges him to a game to either prove or dissprove magic, and if Battler can deny witches completely, Beatrice will die.

The chess board is set up for new games, and Beatrice sets up the murders and stories of alternative ways the two days played out, and Battler has to figure out who the killer is, before he has to admit that only a witch could have done it.

I have just come to the sixt game, and I just have to say that the ending of the fifth one was AWSOME!!!! Beside the visual novel games for this, there is also motion graphics that was sold at comiket, and I have watched all of them for a while now, and I saw the one with the story for the fifth game and it looked awsome! But it is twice as awsome when you read and listen to the visual novel! The music is awsome, the pictures are nice to look at, and the mood is set right from the start! It is true that the art for the characters aren’t that good, but you will get used to it right away and not really care about it. You can of course check out the anime or manga, I haven’t read much of the manga, but the anime was really bad X(. It cut out a lot, and if you just look at the anime I think you might lose a lot of the story and character development. (GOAT-KUN!!!)

I have a lot of Umineko videos in my youtube, and I’ll post some of them here! For me Umineko is a summer thing, since I started with it two summers ago, and I can also remember that I started to bond with one of the persons that later became a really good friend of mine because we both started to talk about Umineko and Higurashi=) Good and treasured memories thanks to blood and mutilations=) And it was thanks to the anime ending that I discovered Sound Horizon, since Jimang sings the ending song ^-^

This is the introes of the visual novels, and under here is the motion graphics, be warned that the motion graphics does contain spoilers! And just for the record, since the fifth motion graphic is mostly just a recap, the things that happens in the sixth motion graphic is acctually the story for the fifth visual novel! (I didn’t know this and was a little confused) and it does mean that none of these probably gives away what happens in the last episode.