Umineko No Naku Koro Ni ep5

Gonna get right down to business. So 3 more people died in the end of the last episode. The only survivor out of the 4 people that were forced out of the study room is Maria. Unsurprisingly, when Battler and the others asked her about what happened she just said “Beatrice did it”. According to her, Beatrice didn’t kill her because of the scorpion charm thing Battler gave her before she left the room. Maria said she doesn’t know what happened and how the others died. Beatrice told her to face the wall and keep singing.

At this point all I wanted to see was for Battler to beat the crap out of Maria. Her face just pisses me off. Usually I am into this kind of stuff.  You know, the psychotic killer loli look. But not her.

Unfortunately that didn’t happen. So as they are questioning Maria, they soon realized Jessica’s mother is not in the room anymore. It turns out, she locked the others in the room and went out to confront Beatrice. Then a golden butterfly appeared and she shot at it. Just as Battler busted the door open, they see her fall down on her back with a bullet hole on her forehead.

Now everyone is all freaked out, and the clock hits mid night. Then a golden butterfly appeared once again.  Battler being frustrated and desperate, he started shooting at it.

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Umineko No Naku Koro Ni ep4

Time for a review+summary of another episode of Umineko no Naku Koro Ni. But this time instead of doing the usual way, which is to do the summary and review separately. I am going to just do both at the same time and make it up as I go. We’ll see how that plays out.

So the last episode, both of George’s parents died. So for once, finally in this series, someone actually look and act like their parents just died.

Although it may not seem like much, but this series so far fails to illustrate and depict the emotional pain one usually feels when they lose someone important to them. George’s reaction out of all the characters so far are the most realistic in my opinion. In the next scene, it shows George sitting by himself being depressed and stuff. At the same time, Jessica and Battler say stuff like “Oh man, he is so unfortunate. He lost both his parents and his lover on the same day”. They say it with a straight face as if it’s not even their business. This is especially funny and unusual considering Battler also did lose both his parents literally hours ago. Look at his face! Just look at it!. Does it look like this guy lost both his parents earlier that day?

So overall, I think Umineko fails miserably in this aspect. But one thing good that’s worth mentioning in this scene is that the annoying Maria brat got punched in the head by Battler.

Anyways, moving on.
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Umineko No Naku Koro Ni ep3

So far this series is nothing special for me. And there are many things that i hoped they could have done better on. Well I have now seen the third episode, so read the rest to see whether or not I think it got any better.

So as always, plot summary first. So A lot of people was brutally murdered and their bodies are placed in a shed in the last episode. Now Maria is being notified that her mom and many others have died. she didn’t cry and didn’t even seem surprised in any way. She looks more like she doesn’t care.

The servants realized that the radio is down, so they won’t be able to contact anyone outside of the island. Which also means the killer is still on the island. Then a series of investigation started, and there seems to be enough reasons to suspect the servants. Then Battler over heard a conversation between the servants about Beatrice. They all agree that Beatrice exists, and she sometimes go to them in the form of a golden butterfly. But Battler thinks its a bunch of crap (which is reasonable). Then some stuff happened and after a while, two more people were found dead.

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Umineko No Naku Koro Ni ep2

After the disappointment the first episode turned out to be, I am eager to see whether the second episode will be any better. So let’s get started with a brief summary of the plot.

So now everyone is eating dinner. After everyone is done eating, Maria (the UUUing loli) takes out a letter that she claims to be from Beatrice. Then her face suddenly turned all murdery.

The letter is pretty long. But I can sum it up in like 3 sentences. “I am Beatrice, I made a contract with the old man. I lend him a bunch of gold, but with conditions. He must return all the gold someday, and I will inherit all his assets unless one of you can find the hidden gold”. Something like that. Then a whole bunch of not very important things happened, except the glasses guy gave Shanon a ring and say he loves her and stuff. Then the next morning, some people went missing. In the end they found the missing people dead. Their faces are all smashed up. Shanon is one of the victims.

So it seems the anime starts to get more interesting. MURDER! What we all have been waiting for! Although I am very happy that the killing finally began, I am still not very satisfied with it. The letter was a necessary piece of information. But other than that, the entire episode feels a waste of time all the way until the last part. Even with so many victims killed at once, I did not feel the tension and suspense building up to this point, that eventually lead to murder.

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Umineko No Naku Koro Ni ep1

Yes, it is finally released. Another anime under the title of “Naku Koro Ni”. I liked Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni since it was a great mystery anime with lots and lots of murder. That is my favorite kind! Read the rest of the review to find out if I liked the first episode and whether or not it lived up to my expectations.

I will start with a little overview of the plot. So the anime is about a dying old man on a secluded island with only three more months to live. Every year, the Ushiromiya family will gather on that island to talk about their lives and other stuff, but the thing most of them are really after is the old man’s assets. Other than that, nothing much with any significance happened. Except a legendary witch named Beatrice is often mentioned. All we know about the witch so far, is the old man believes that she actually exists and rumors say that he sold his soul to the witch for lots of gold decades ago. And just a random note, everyone in this anime says “Beatrice” in a bizarre funny ass way. Be-a-tur-ri-chi or Biatch-tur-i-che. Something like that. Yeah I am aware it has something to do with the Japanese rule of pronunciation. But its still funny as hell.

So now lets talk about my first impression of this anime. The main character seems to be nothing special so far, and in my opinion, he doesn’t really look like much of a main character. But we’ll see how that plays out. The episode sets the pace and flow of the series. A rich family with a great amount of tension between each other over money on a secluded island. There is also this one creepy weird girl.

She makes the sound “ooo ooo ooo ooo” a bunch of times throughout the episode. Enough to make you want to slap her, but her mother actually does it for you. Twice! Thank God for that…

So far the first episode has not shown much that is especially well done. The setting and how the story is presented seems cliche and over-used in this kind of mystery stories. A bunch of old boring adults fighting over large sums of money owned by a dying old man, and a young man will be in the middle of the conflict and in the end somehow puts an end to it. Not very original at all. The thing i have most hope for in the story is the supernatural aspect of it about the witch. In the end, whether the witch is real or not I think it will still have great potentials to develop many twists in the plot, which is always good when it’s done properly. The first episode reminds me of Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo. Not sure how many of you are familiar with that, it’s pretty old. The art style and animation is mediocre. Nothing special worth pointing out. Overall, the first episode did not impress me. However, I still have high hopes for it. Its too early to judge, but so far its not great. I am expecting lots murder and intriguing plot twists from this anime. But we will have to see.

Episode Rating: 7/10

Screen Caps!!!

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