If anyone remembers all the way back in 2012 I wrote a post trying to settle my feelings on the Umineko no Naku Koro ni game series. For those who don’t remember or never experienced the series, it was a spiritual sequel to 07th Expansion’s Higurashi. Umineko was a series of eight visual novels that were divided into four question games and then four answer games. They involved a series of close roomed murder mysteries as a backdrop of the logical battle between a witch who claimed to be behind the murders and one of the victims. The witch insists that all the murders were done by magical beings but the victim insists they have mundane explanations. The spirals out into an examination of the relationship between the mystery author, the mystery reader, and the mystery itself. As the story goes on the boundary between reality and fiction get increasingly blurred.
I proclaim that Alain Mendez (aka Hisui) is the detective. The detective is not the culprit. No proof is needed to show this.
I recently listened to the podcast review on the 2 Guys and a Mic podcast of the Umineko no Naku Koro ni anime. It was a good review but Jahmere and Mike only watched the anime. That is not a crime. An anime should be able to stand on its audience needing to lean on supplemental material or the original source product. The anime leaves out some major plot points and explanations so it makes sense they were a bit confused at points.
There is a distinct reason that the anime has the bad reputation it does.
In hopes of shedding a little light on the situation I decided to throw out some blue and red statements to clear up some things.
It has been a long journey so see the conclusion of Umineko no Naku Koro ni. The story started in 2007 and finally concluded with 8 visual novels being released over the course of 4 years with over a dozen extra side stories being release up until the last Comic Market in December. It was a fun journey along the way that allowed me to try and figure out what was real, what was fantasy, and where the truth lied on Rokkenjima in October of 1986. When I finished Requiem of the Golden Witch I was filled with a mixture of hope and dread. The penultimate game was amazingly powerful so that I was hopeful that the end of the series would be just a great but at the same time I was worried that it could not live up to the expectations it had set.
So when Twilight of the Golden Witch came out to some rather negative reviews it was hard to tell if this was part of the normal cycle of Umineko reactions or if it was a horrible ending. The problem was when a new Umineko game came out there was always a flood of spoilers. When everything was sorted out due to fake spoilers and mistranslations there was invariably a negative reaction that the story had gone down the drain. But usually when the translation patch came out most everyone saw the story in whole new light when they actual read the story. But this time that negative feeling did not seem to go away. Many people (including myself) seemed rather frustrated with the ending as provided by the spoilers for a lack of answers. But now that I have finally played the game and seen the ending through I am going to give my spoiler filled thoughts on the ending and the series as a whole. This is a mixture of catharsis and celebration for a pretty wild ride. If you were curious for a simple spoiler free review then it is simply that I do not regret playing this series. Continue reading