Umineko no Naku Koro ni Episode 1-4 – When the Kanons cry.

Back for another week, Umineko no Naku Koro ni continues to surprise me yet again. Let’s waste no time and get into the meat of this thing, since there’s plenty of ground to cover.

The episode opens up with the remaining survivors discovering the corpses of Eva and Hideyoshi. George is of course the most affected by the death of his parents, and he goes into a state of rage and sadness at the sight of their lifeless bodies. Deciding to relieve his childhood memories one last time, he embraces his mother and stuffs his head right into her bosom, all the while screaming that he’ll kill whoever is responsible for this. God, if you don’t feel sorry for George at this point, then either your a heartless bastard or DEEN hasn’t established George as a sympathetic character properly yet (which is entirely believable). In only one day George lost his lover and his parents. Sure, Battler, Jessica, Maria, and Natsuhi have lost someone dear to them, but Jessica was the only one to show an emotional breakdown over it… and she got over that fairly quickly.

In the midst of all this, Natsuhi finds Beatrice’s letter under the door. Once everyone had evacuated the room, Genji locks the room, and Natsuhi states that it’s best to keep it locked until the police arrive. Maria suddenly complains about the stench (well, I’d figure it would smell like death at this point), an everyone else quickly picks up on the abominable odor. Being the brave chain cutter that she is, Kumasawa volunteers to investigate the source of the odor; however, Genji proclaims that it’s much safer if Kanon accompanies her.

Back at the parlor, Jessica is concerned about George’s well being, but Battler is more concerned about the mystery of the “perfect” locked room. Jessica brings up the idea of the killer knocking on the door and stabbing Eva when she answered it, but Battler steps on that train of logic because Eva’s corpse was on the bed and Hideyoshi’s was in the bathroom. Suddenly, Mariashi arrives on the scene, asking Battler if he is satisfied with this turn of events. Drugged up on things that she shouldn’t even be in possesion of at her age, she taunts Battler by saying that this murder was impossible to a human being to achieve, thus all clues point to Beatrice once again. She begins to laugh hysterically, but Battler smacks her upside the head and tell her that this is no laughing matter. He asks her what the weird markings on Eva’s and Hideyoshi’s door meant, and Mariashi responds by saying that it’s the First Circle of the Moon, a sigil that a allows someone to open any door no matter how it’s locked. She begins to laugh like a hyena again, but Battler drops his fist faster than DEEN could screw up her face, telling her that people die when they are killed to think about how the people around her feel.

Meanwhile, Jessica goes up to the now vegetable-like George and finally finds Maria’s behavior to be a little strange. REALLY? It took you this long to find out your cousin is hopped up on something illegal and has been watching one too many Higurashi episodes? I swear, it looks like Battler was the only one to get the intelligence gene in this family (but to be fair, Battler seems to be used to the idea of Mariashi being somewhat insane). Anyways, George asks if Jessica thinks Maria might be an accomplice in all of this, and Jessica claims that it’s entirely possible since she did meet Beatrice. When shit starts to hit the fan, blame the psychopathic loli, thanks guys.

Down the boiler room, Kanon and Kumasawa have determined that the stench is coming from here. A door suddenly slams shut as the descend the stairs, and Kumasawa lets out quite the hilarious yelp. Actress of the year Kumasawa, actress of the year. Kanon decides to abandon the hunk of old meat and run into the boiler room by himself, telling Kumasawa that a door in the boiler room leads outside, and that the killer will get away if Kumasawa continues to pursue a career in acting.

In the boiler room, Kanon automatically goes for the light switch… only to find out that it’s out of order. Moving on to plan B, he picks a cleaver hanging on the wall (they’re not even trying to hide it anymore) to defend himself with. He suddenly starts this long monologue on the basics of roulette while golden butterflies start magically appearing before him. Walking through the army of fluttering butterflies, he goes on to tell them that if Shannon were to die before himself, then he would sacrifice himself to take down this roulette that Kinzo and Beatrice have set up. He says that he is no longer furniture, and that he is ZERO! ZERO?! ZEROOOOOOOO!!!!!

Yeah, first Battler gets associated with Phoenix Wright, and now this. This makes quite a bit of sense actually, because both Lelouch and Kanon are both skinny to the point of unhealthy, and they’re both so over-the-top bishie that even sex wouldn’t be able to tell your their gender. Speaking of which, where the hell did all of this character development for Kanon come from anyways? He spent this whole series mumbling about how he’s furniture, and suddenly the possession of a cleaver makes him want to develop as a character. In a sense though, wouldn’t he have taken a step back as a character by becoming zero? Zero has even less value than furniture, good going Kanon, you keep holding on to the cleaver of de-characterization in hopes to actually get somewhere in this series. Beatrice also seems to realize Kanon’s error, and decides to throw a knife at his chest for his troubles. All that build-up? Gone. Kanon? Seems like he truly is Zero after all, as this was the poor man’s Zero Requiem.

I’m also quite certain now that “Kanon” is just another word for “bishounen”. Forget the Ushiromiyas, the Kanons have a much a much more sophisticated family bloodline, making the men they’ve slept with weep for generations and generations. Let’s take a look at the most memorable Kanon shall we?

Maldini Kanon.

AnCafe Kanon

AnCafe Kanon

VeeEn Kanon Sr. and Jr.

Lovely.

Sometime later, the survivors make their way hastily into the boiler room to discover Kanon bleeding, but still quite alive. Jessica runs up to Kanon’s side, calling out his name. Battler takes out a flashlight and investigates the room, finding out that the back door leading outside was left quite open. He quickly gives chase outside in hopes of catching the killer, but after a bit of wandering he realizes that the killer already got away.

Nanjo continues to attempt to save Kanon while everyone else takes a gander at the stake that the killer used to attack Kanon. They also seemed to have discovered a charred body with a stake in it’s head, finding out at the smell was coming from this disgruntled figure. They identify the burned corpse as Kinzo because of the fact that he has polydactyly down at his feet, but Genji seems more concerned about the missing “Head of the Ushiromiya” ring on Kinzo’s finger. I am concerned at the fact that the family seems to care about Kanon then they do than Kinzo. This family needs to get their priorities straight, because they didn’t give a rats ass about Kinzo being dead at all. I mean, at least the rest of the murders caused some reaction out of the survivors, pretty badly done reactions, but reaction nonetheless.

With everyone now at the parlor again, Battler is wondering where Jessica ran off to. Natsuhi tells Battler that Jessica wanted to help Nanjo in trying to save Kanon, and Battler wonders if Jessica liked Kanon, to which George nodded. The hell? This is George and Shannon all over again. They had like no interactions this whole time, and we suddenly find out that Jessica had feelings for Kanon. Drop some hints or something to make this more believable, god. Natsuhi asked Genji if the boiler room was locked too, but Genji says there was no lock on the door leading out into the courtyard. George finally accepts the idea of a 19th person on the island, but Battler has yet to give up on logic, throwing in the possibility of one of the first six victims still being alive. Because most of the faces were smashed in to the point of unidentifiable, it’s quite possible that one of the corpses was a fake to make them believe that the said individual died. This was an idea that I always speculated ever since the First Twilight happened, and I’ll put my thoughts into it more after the summary.

Nanjo returns with Jessica, but Battler’s sudden question on Kanon’s state breaks Jessica, causing her to fall on her knees and have an asthma attack (didn’t even know she had asthma until now). Battler speculates that the killer is able to move around freely because he/she has a master key, and Genji pitches in by saying the killer probably took the master key that Gohda or Shannon had. Kumasawa fears that because of this, no area in the mansion is safe; however, Genji reassures that there is one safe area in the mansion, and that’s Kinzo’s study. When they arrive at Kinzo’s study, Maria mentions that Beatrice wouldn’t be able to get into the room because of the scorpion symbol on the doorknob, similar to the charms that she gave Battler and Jessica the other day.

Once everyone got inside, the door automatically locked itself, and Genji says that he is in possession of the two keys to this room: one the Kinzo entrusted him with and one Kinzo kept with himself. Jessica has doubts since the killer was able to drag Kinzo out of this room, but Jessica tells her that this room should be safer than any other room, and Battler also reminds them about the scorpion symbol on the doorknob (even though he isn’t supposed to believe in magic and witches but okay). Natsuhi brings out the scorpion necklace that Jessica gave her, and Maria tells her that the charm was the reason Beatrice couldn’t get into Natsuhi’s room last night, much to Natsuhi’s surprise. Battler suddenly remembers the letter they found in Eva and Hideyoshi’s room, and Natsuhi opens it to find one sentence: “Glorify my name.”

Battler turns to Genji and asks him if the person known as Beatrice actually exist, to which Genji doesn’t exist. Natsuhi tries a different approach and asks if Beatrice was Kinzo’s lover, and that was enough to get Genji to start speaking. Genji said that Beatrice died long ago, and Kinzo devoted himself to black magic to find a way to revive her. Nanjo also adds that that Kinzo was forced into an arranged marriage previously, but he never loved anyone other than Beatrice. George and Jessica both understand Kinzo’s actions, as they probably would have done the same thing as well to revive Shannon and Kanon respectively. Battler asks Genji if he’s ever heard of a hidden child, but Genji hasn’t heard of such rumors. However, while on the same subject, Jessica mentions that she’s heard about Kinzo giving massive amounts of support to a orphanage for the sake of having guinea pigs for experiments and black magic. She’s quickly silenced by Natsuhi, who claims that it’s just baseless rumor; however, the talk of sacrifices remind Battler of the epitaph near the portrait. With everyone crowding around the epitaph, they are horrified to find out that everything is happening as the epitaph states, and that if things continue to follow the words of the epitaph, three more people will be sacrificed… but everyone will be dead at the end.

That sparks another Mariashi moment, as she points out the tenth twilight says they will reach the Golden Land, and they will obtain treasures such as the revival of the dead and lost love. While Natsuhi and Battler ponder the idea of someone following Kinzo’s epitaph, Mariashi points out that another one of Beatrice’s letters have been placed on the table, which causes a sudden realization in Natsuhi. She points the gun she’s been carrying around all this time at the servants who’ve been hanging out in the back, and she orders Battler to read the letter. The letter asks them if they are enjoying the riddle of Kinzo’s epitaph, and to abandon naive hopes of being able to escape the island when the storm passes. The letter finishes by saying that the game only ends with either the survivors or Beatrice winning, and Natsuhi concludes that the culprit has to be either one of the servants or Maria. Remember what I said about the seeds of betrayal and doubt being planted last episode, well there you go. Instead of working together to survive, they’re suspecting and threatening each other, and I don’t thing that’s the smartest thing to doing this situation. Mariashi smiling with a gun pointed at her face isn’t very surprising, but I love how calm and collected Genji is. Everyone else has this “woah calm down lady” look on their face, but Genji just doesn’t seem to give a damn. Him being best friends with Kinzo would probably explain it, as I’m sure he’s had years of experience with crazies thanks to that, it just doesn’t faze him anymore.

Kumasawa asks how they could have done such a thing, and Natsuhi explains that there was no letter when she placed the canned food on on the table. However, when she and the kids went to look at the epitaph, the letter was on the table, so the servants and/or Maria could have been the only ones to have placed the letter. Nanjo tries to calm Natsuhi down, but she doesn’t want anything but answers. She says that if they’re trying to tell her that no one knows who put the letter down, then they are all accomplices. Battler tries to bring up the idea of someone sneaking in while everyone was looking at the portrait, placing the letter there, then leaving, but Natsuhi tells Battler that’s impossible because the door is locked. Maria starts getting mad, and defends the existence of Beatrice once again. Battler asks how Beatrice got into the room, but Maria simply calls him a hypocrite, simply telling Battler that he only believes in Beatrice when he doesn’t want to suspect one of the survivors. I found it really amusing that Maria said exactly what I thought a few minutes before, and it honestly kind of makes me lose respect in Battler’s character. I thought he was supposed to represent the idea of logic, no matter the circumstance, but instead he’s just a guy who changes his beliefs depending on the situation.

Since no one speaks up about who put the letter there, Natsuhi concludes that all four of them are guilty, and they all have to leave the room. Not wanting to aggravate Natsuhi any longer, Nanjo agrees on leaving, beckoning the others to follow him out. Genji leaves his two study keys and the master keys behind before walking out, and Maria simply leaves them with the thought of everyone being revived once they reach the Golden Land, thus everyone being happy. Battler stops her before she leaves and tosses his scorpion necklace at her, claiming that he only lied about not having it to contradict Maria in the kitchen, much to Maria’s amusement.

With the four of them gone, Natsuhi finally feels that they’re safe. George wonders if what Natsuhi did was really a good idea, and Jessica worries that if one of the four was not guilty, then Natsuhi put them in danger. Natsuhi calmly responds by saying she has done something regrettable, but she would sacrifice everyone to protect her precious daughter. Relieving each other by saying that the police will come tomorrow (when the seagulls cry, how symbolic), Battler suddenly uncovers another paper hidden behind the letter, one with another magic circle on it. With a bit of research, the remaining four find out that the circle means it would bring the downfall of the enemy, thus sending the servants and Maria out of the room was exactly what the letter was meant to achieve. Flustered, the phone starts ringing after this discovery, despite that fact that it shouldn’t be working. Natsuhi says that Genji might have fixed the phone lines as she goes off to pick it up, but nothing can be heard from the other line other than a very creepy song sung by a very creepy loli.

Worried about the servants and Maria, the survivors burst out of the room with weapons in hand (am I the only one who laughed at Battler carrying that candle stand?) and rush to the parlor. However, they are too late when they arrive, as the corpses of Kumasawa, Genji, and Nanjo are sprawled all over the floor — their faces smashed in, and stakes piercing their leg, stomach, and knee respectively. And in the far end of the room stands Maria, her face facing the wall, singing the same creepy song that the four heard from the telephone.

Overall thoughts:

We’re trying a little something differently this time around. Koromaru is enjoying this series just as much as I am, so he decided to pitch in his own thoughts on each episode from now on along with mine. His thoughts will be represented with blue text of course, and mine in red. It’s just a little red vs. blue sort of motif, since our opinions on the recent events have been differing as of late. However, this red text by no means symbolize that I’m the bad guy in this continuous argument, in fact it’s the other way around.

Let’s see…let’s see…ah. First off, I must say these episodes just keep getting juicier and juicier as they keep diving into that ole epitaph. I eagerly await on how the others will die and the outcome of Mariashi (because at this rate it is only a matter of time)! But other than that, this episode really did impress me like the others have so far. I hope it continues to stay this way as it goes on.

And already the difference in our opinions begin to shine through. This was an enjoyable episode, but it’s nowhere near as enjoyable as the previous episode because it continues to follow the same pattern. Having a “surprising” death at the end of every episode kind of makes it lose it’s shock value, and the only reason it didn’t bother me too much this time around was because I thought the effect of creepiness was well done for this one. I have this feeling that DEEN has tried to implement a haunting atmosphere surrounding this mystery, but the build-up to this finale was the only time I’ve felt a shiver down my spine. Regardless, I hope it doesn’t continue to stay in it’s predictable pattern from now on, because it’s making the show lose a bit of it’s charm and fascination.

But on to the episode at hand. After speculating and talking over theories with Tamad it would seem this episode(Like the rest) crushed some theories and brought light upon old and new ones. More so regarding Mariashi but I’ll get to that one later. As of right now I’ll take apart each interesting scene that brought up my attention. Beginning with how the episode starts off.

The anime goes off in showing George and his lovely companion Despair as it has been accompanying him throughout this dreadful trip. Not only losing his lover that was spontaneously formed, but his loving parents! Of course I was already feeling bad for the poor guy when he lost Shannon given the fact that Shannon accepted his proposal for marriage from the night before. It really was awful to have that happen but then again…it just sprouted out of the blue so the impact of that was lessen to an extent. However, a son loving his parents is a given so the raw emotion he had to go and embrace his mother’s…well you see where I’m going with it but that definitely showed how much he loved his parents with avenging them deep in his mind.

I agree with a son’s connection with his parents being a given (and we’ve seen hints of how much Eva cares for George already, but it’s never enough), but that seen would have beena lot more heart-wrenching if they didn’t put so much emphasis on George stuffing his face into his dead mother’s bosom. Like Mariachi’s facial expressions, it just ruined what they were trying to accomplish, and thus I just couldn’t take the scene’s seriously. Have to give props to George though, I’m starting to get this feeling that people care about the fate of the other people on the island, but there’s still a while to go before I care about the fate of these people.

Now, after that heartwarming/dreadful scene, the cast (Mariashi notices it first) pick up a dreadful smell that just happens to be there as soon as they leave and locked the room with two dead corpses! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect too! I find this a bit odd giving the timing but eh, maybe I’m thinking too hard on it. The cast(except Kanon and Ms. Chaincutter) decide to talk about what has happened in the time span of one day. This is where Battler and Jessica discuss the event with Eva and Hideyoshi dying. And as quickly Jessica brings up the theory of someone knocking on the door, Battler dismisses it instantly as Eva was killed on the bed instant of dying when opening the door. However, even though that does make sense, couldn’t it have been possible of the murderer to bring the body to the bed after stabbing Eva’s forehead? Maybe the quick death could have prevented any yelping or screaming and then the killer could have proceeded to unlocking the door fully from the outside. Killing Hideyoshi wouldn’t have been troublesome either. But that’s just thinking too deep in all this and would be easier said than done.

But wouldn’t that contradict with the entire idea of a “perfect” locked room? The chain would be pretty pointless if it was easily detachable from the outside, and Kanon further proves this by requiring he chain cutter to open the door instead of just opening it when he and Genji were first there… and that guy is pretty skinny too. Because of the idea of the “perfect” locked room (remember that the windows were locked as well), the most logical conclusion would be for the killer to have been inside that room already, which is unlikely even in itself. If the killer did wait in the room and killed Eva and Hideyoshi, then how did he get out while locking the door behind him? The idea of a secret room leading out springs forth, but someone who knows the layout of the mansion is the only possible killer then. The problem with that? Kinzo and the servants are now all dead, so that idea is moot for now as well.

At one point, I had this theory that Eva was the culprit behind the murders even at death. It sounds crazy, but it would have answered the contradiction to the perfect locked room. There’s no real motive behind it unless she strongly believes in the epitaph, but it’s a thought that I never really went anywhere with… I just thought I should mention it.

And honestly, I’m more confused at the sigil that was in front of the door. We found out that the sigil is meant to open all doors, but why draw that after the murder was finished? You told me that Eva and Hideyoshi could have still been alive when Genji and Kanon arrived, but if we’re thinking logically, it would have been impossible to pull of that murder within the time frame unless the killer is some form of deus ex machina.

One of the scenes that really confused me was the boiler room scene with Kanon. It was amusing seeing Rena’s hatchet make a cameo but other than that, the mysterious butterflies, Kanon’s odd monologue, and Kanon being stabbed in the chest (no less the heart) with the same stake-like object used to kill Eva and Hideyoshi confused me deeply. Kanon talks about how Kinzo and Beatrice are betting on some slim chance in which would net them an astronomical outcome which could be labeled as “magic” to an extent with them winning being a “miracle” as Kanon states that Kinzo said such things as such. What doesn’t make sense to me as he soon states himself as being the “zero” pocket in which doesn’t mean anything positive or negative can come from the roulette landing on this “zero” pocket. Now, I don’t get why Kanon would call himself this “zero” pocket all of sudden when we don’t know much on his character to begin with. He has been calling himself furniture all this time and now he is now the “zero” in the roulette? Really? I have a hard time as to why he would label himself that other than him soon fulfilling the epitaph as he hears a noise behind him followed by the quick image of Beatrice which is then followed by a stake going into his heart. This scene could have been executed more clearly if we knew facts before hand, but given it seems to be taking a Higurashi route, I’m sure the answers to all this will soon follow and the reasoning for Kanon’s “zero” theory will shine. I also noted how Kanon is the only victim to have his face untouched.

I’m not touching Kanon with a ten-foot pole since his little scene here is one of the only things that I haven’t gotten cleared in my head yet.

What was brought to my attention after the scenes with Kanon and Kinzo (which could have been executed better with more emotions for the two or maybe no one liked Kinzo anyway and just wanted money) was why or rather how was Kinzo killed. As the group goes into Kinzo’s study, Maria points out that the doorknob is covered with a scorpion charm being similar to the charms she gave Battler and Jessica. This being the case, Kinzo must have left the room at some point and was killed at the moment Eva and Hideyoshi would have died but that brings up how no one could find Kinzo to begin with. Unless he was hiding in the boiler room, his death seems to be too random and oddly fitting. More so, his death was rather a plot device with Kanon’s holding all the emotion. Though, it could be that the body would be just a fake burnt one since the ring of Kinzo’s finger was missing when they discovered it.

This is actually a pretty good point that I didn’t think of until you mentioned it to me. Kinzo’s study has an auto-lock feature, and the only other key belongs to Genji. Unless the killer used the master key to get and and kill him, Kinzo really did leave at one point. The smell only reached everyone after they discovered Eva and Hideyoshi because that was when Kinzo’s body was burned, but Kinzo could have easily been killed and his body hidden long before that. Remember that he was already missing the day before, so we don’t know exactly when he died. I also agree with his death being very anti-climactic though. For being the head of the family, the rest of the guys weren’t shocked at the death of Kinzo compared to everyone else’s death, it felt cheesy and downplayed… and I have the feeling that there’s more to it than meets the eye. There’s also the reason as to why the killer decided to burn Kinzo’s body out of all the other bodies. It’s much easier to make an unidentifiable burnt corspe, and I think this too will have something to do with the mystery behind all of this. Perhaps Kinzo is just using his “death” as an alibi for murder.

With two more deaths added to the growing toll, the group decide to stay in the study under the protection of the charm and auto-lock system the door has. But this scene only brings up more chaos and despair. The group soon reads the letter found in Eva and Hideyoshi’s room stating to glorify Beatrice’s name which then develop into learning more about her. With learning about Beatrice being Kinzo’s only love, the epitaph stating the lost love coming back all points to Beatrice being reunited with Kinzo. If that is the case then the revival of Beatrice through the means of sacrificing also necessary? Is there more than one Beatrice? The human form one and the one they all know as the witch with her army of golden butterflies? With such questions in my mind, another letter is placed on the barren table that everyone wasn’t aware about. Natsuhi’s reaction I found to be understandable however it was what the contents of the letter that intrigued me. It regarded them trying to decipher the epitaph as they were reading it on the spot. If the servants would have placed it they would have had been quick in writing all of that plus drawing that circle but such reasoning was tossed out the window when you have a gun pointed at your face with one wacky woman eager to protect her child. Natsuhi makes the three servants plus Mariashi leave the room in which they realize was a mistake. Upon discovering a magic circle hidden within the letter, they learn it was all a set-up.

More than one Beatrice? Well I’ve always assumed that the Beatrice that Maria met in the Rose Garden was f ake, considering we’ve learned that the real Beatrice has no human form. About the letter, the servants or Maria could easily have written the letter and the circle beforehand, so I’m more curious as to who exactly put that letter there. Three of them seem to believe in Beatrice and witchcraft, but so far only Maria seems knowledgeable in the magic circle department. I think it would have been impossible for any of them to miss someone placing the letter there, so they were obviously hiding something from Natsuhi… but something just doesn’t fit.

The final scene in the episode shows the last three servants fulfilling the epitaph and one crazy loli singing with her face to the wall like some sort of punishment. Maybe Beatrice didn’t want her witnessing all of it and singing to drown out what was happening around her. Maria did have the scorpion charm as Battler gave her it when she was forced to leave so maybe that was her saving grace. Or maybe this was all a rouse?! Like I stated earlier, the possibility of Maria being used as a catalyst/being possessed/going insane is always a probability. With the epitaph slowly drawing in on the revival of the witch, does it look grim for our teenage/psychotic loli/wacky mom characters?!?

The idea of Maria being behind all of this from the start as a catalyst was always a waning possibility in the back of my head, but you reminded me that she got the scorpion charm back from Battler just a few moments before the murders happened, so that is most likely the reason why she was spared. As much as I don’t want to believe in Beatrice being behind this all, I highly doubt Maria would have been able to physically kill all three of them by herself (but to be fair, they are all pretty old). There has to be some sort of witchcraft going on around here…

Well anyways, to finish up, there was one point you didn’t bring up that I thought was interesting. Like I mentioned a little earlier, Battler lost a little respect from me, but I have a better understanding of what his character is trying to portray now. I was hoping that he was the kind of guy who stuck with logic until the very end, but this episode shows that he’s a very hypocritical person. Maria worded it the best, that Battler only believes in Beatrice when he doesn’t want to believe that one of his family members is the killer. He doesn’t want to believe in the idea of witches, and he doesn’t want to believe that the killer is one of them… so what exactly does he believe in? We also saw that he lied to Maria about losing the scorpion charm just to contradict her, so perhaps he has always believed in witches as well, but lied to himself with his “logical conclusions” and “turning the chessboard over” just to cover up his fear of the supernatural. Kind of disappointed really, I expected better out of Battler.

Well there you have it. Once again it was an enjoyable episode, but I do have some minor issues with it. The pacing feels kind of rushed now, I’m wondering if all those twilights really did happen in one day in the VN, because when this series started I expected “twilights” to be every night, not all in one night. The music could be tuned up a lot at times, but I don’t really mind them re-using the same songs for the same scenarios. Finally, I’m hoping that they change things up a bit plot-wise soon since the show is losing some steam, bu it’s pretty obvious that that’s going to be the case next week though, as they’re reaching the tenth twilight and there’s barely any people left to sacrifice. I actually wasn’t expecting a reset of sorts during this series, but as of right now I can’t expect anything but a reset happening next week. Regardless, I can’t wait, and I’m also hoping we get some answers to clear up my poor head.

8 Responses to “Umineko no Naku Koro ni Episode 1-4 – When the Kanons cry.”


  1. 1 klashikari July 24, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    All “Twilights” indeed occured during the same day, the pattern was kept intact.
    Remember the epitaph can be interpreted in various way, so “twilight” shouldn’t be taken to the first degree (as much as “tear” apart etc).

    Also, remember the typhoon only engulf Rokkenjima during the timeframe of 4th and 5th october 1986. Thus the culprit has to act during this timeframe or they will have to face police and the likes.

  2. 3 psypher28 July 24, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    Things are definitely going in a different direction than I thought they would. After the first 2 episodes, I thought all of the residents would be looking for the gold together. This obviously won’t happen since the majority of the cast died so quickly (Honestly, this shocked me) If there is a reset or something like that, I would be happy since I was really interested in some of the other characters such as Eva/Kanon/Battler’s parents.

    And I can’t wait to see how Natsuhi and the others deal with the Devil Child in the next episode.

  3. 4 Umineko July 24, 2009 at 1:22 AM

    Nice summary; lots of things I thought myself, and you wrote it down in an amusing way. Wonder how next episodes will be; now I’ll try downloading the VN. Thanks for the nice text! Was much fun reading it. Good night. (It’s 3:22 here)

  4. 5 Seinime July 24, 2009 at 3:54 AM

    Awesome writeup on your part. Was the first horror anime I really watched, and not regretting it in the least.

  5. 6 shugosha July 24, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    @”Battler asks how Beatrice got into the room, but Maria simply calls him a hypocrite, simply telling Battler that he only believes in Beatrice when he doesn’t want to suspect one of the survivors. I found it really amusing that Maria said exactly what I thought a few minutes before, and it honestly kind of makes me lose respect in Battler’s character. I thought he was supposed to represent the idea of logic, no matter the circumstance, but instead he’s just a guy who changes his beliefs depending on the situation.”

    Wait, you will get what you want, don’t worry. He’s not “a guy that changed his beliefs depending on the situation” at all. Battler’s denial of Beatrice existence is always one of the thematics of Umineko no Naku Koro ni. He will fight for that around the story.

    But Battler is a very emotional guy, so it’s kinda logical at this point. That’s a way to show his human side that the anime was skipping all along until now. Beatrice existance is like the perfect scapegoat, so it’s logical that unconciosly the guy don’t want to see his family culprits.

    Well, in next episode he will be back on track on that matter, so don’t worry about that.

  6. 7 shugosha July 24, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    And I want to empathize something, Battler never believed in the witch.

    Maria is not totally right, Battler actual line of reasoning is that indeed there is a nineteenth person named Beatrice, but not a witch, a human culprit named Beatrice outside the 18. Magic is out of question.

    • 8 Tamad July 27, 2009 at 3:07 PM

      Really? I have this problem with lumping both Beatrice and the witch together, when I know that just because someone named Beatrice is around doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be the witch. They just didn’t delve into it too well in the anime, and thus I thought Battler succumbed to the idea of magic.


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