Title: Umineko No Naku Koro Ni
Eng: When the Seagulls Cry
drama, horror, mystery, psychological, supernatural, thriller, death, gore, who’s the culprit
Directed by: Chiaki Kon;
Studio: Studio Deen;
MAL: 6 (fine);
Based on game;
il: Kei Natsumi, Jirō Suzuki, Sōichirō, Taka Aki, Hinase Momoyama, Eita Mizuno (2008-…);
Manga: Umineko Biyori: Rokkenjima e Yōkoso!!
il: Makoto Fugetsu (2008-9);
Manga: Umineko Dōri no Peru-san
il: Satoshi Shinkyo (2008-9);
Manga: Umineko no Naku Koro ni EpisodeX Rokkenjima of Higurashi crying
il: Yuki Hiiro (2009 – …);
Novel; (how come they made so many mangas on the same time..?)
- Battler Ushiromiya – the read head guy;
- Ange Ushiromiya – his sister;
- Maria Ushiromiya – annoying girl;
- Beatrice – the witch bitch;
- Jessica Ushiromiya – the blondy;
- Kanon – the servant and her lover;
- George Ushiromiya – the brother of blondy;
- Shannon – the servant and his lover;
and so on… because there is just way too many..
now basically the story is a fight between human Battler (sounds like butler) and a witch Beatrice. She can become a witch (eternal one) if he acknowledges her, but he fights against her and proves that all that happens is real and no sorcery is used. The story it self is complicated and has a lot of different ways. All family of Ushiromiyas is killed… few times. they are revived and killed again, and then again in different ways. sometimes even tortured. Beato is kinda cruel (and even Battler says that in one part – he refuses to play with her because of that). Well in the end i can say that the story is just too long (though its only 26 eps) and too complicated to tell. and that’s not my purpose – I write this just to notice some points that i got my eye on, and to say may opinion.
First thing that got my attention was the portrait of Beatrice. It reminded me other anime “Le Portrait de Petit Cossette”. lets see:
though it looks different, but something was so much similar for me… Also in the middle of anime that picture changes depending on the active witch.. (you have to see anime to understand that)
The thing that i didnt like in this anime was cruelty of it. (though i was watching censored eng subbed version). All that killing in a lot of not so nice ways just wans’t my thing..and even worse that usually Beato was laughing about it, happy and so on.. no respect for life, death and humans at all.. like a real insane serial killer (there was one part were she was acting nice, though there was other Biatrice who killed even worse ways.
and actually their guts were out… and somehow censorship started only from here
and tam tararam… the winner of the most stupid killing:
she put a big jelly cake on to choke them, then revived them and squashed with other cake… yaaaa cooollll… not. (“so a witch with an army of goat people and two sleepy bunny girls as helpers is killing everybody using sweet, giant tasty food as weapon”
epic) ok enough of that.. its getting creepy.
now lets talk about the ones that killed those people (not mention the witches – two of them looked like kids or were kids. totally uncool.) the new meaning for “The army of goats”:
but they are not the best. Stand back for the most adorable killing machines ever:
ok we covered the ones who kill. (also there are a bunch of flying sister that can transform themselves into spikes, the butler looking guy that serves tea, some more witches and stuff like that.. also one minor detail. All servants are called furniture – like the things that are used and after that can be disposed of.. )
near all that killing there was one scene that i thought was ridiculously funny. In one ep after the bunch of goats kill all the family aunt Rosa shoots herself and her daughter in order not to become goat food. After that Rosa meets Beatrice and is made to eat (and drink) the peaces of her relatives bodies. And as a main dish there is a head of her daughter – Maria. Now lets see:
Maria. Lets talk a bit about her. She was really scary and annoying character at the beginning, because she was a friend of Beatrice and knew a lot about witches. Also had a creepy laughter and smile. Usually was in the middle of all things. But later anime tells all the story about her and she becomes more understandable. Her mother Rosa is a single mother who tries to find a man, but has no luck because has a daughter, so often leaves her alone at home and doesn’t really care about her. Has a short temper and as Maria has a hard personality (as a kid she is spoiled) often hits her daughter. Using violence at home is usual. Though she pretends to love her daughter very much (sometimes you really think so, so she even pretends that to herself). So Maria really has a tough time and life. She is treated as unwanted child – always alone. And her mother even kills (actually destroys) her only friend – Sakturo – the yellow lion toy, that she made by hand for Maria’s birthday. (and he totally is similar to the one from Bleach). Maria makes her own world full of magic, witches, talking toys and happiness. The world where her mother loves her.
Love stories. Here are two main. Shannon & George and Kanon & Jessica. Servents + masters. Shannon goes into the arms of George pretty fast, Kanon needs more time, but in the end he also understands that love is above all. Jessica makes him feel like a human not a servant. (as for all that killing not so much is left for true feelings and love.. they usually just die in brutal ways trying to protect each other – authors really know how to make a romantic atmosphere – what can be more romantic than pool of blood, attacking spear and a son of masters armed with candlestick. That is the best weapon if you didn’t know)
one more thing to say about the story and story line. I found myself wondering about it – Battler has to prove that witches don’t exist – that is the main purpose of the game right? but doesn’t all that game itself and other dimension where he fights with Beato prove that? how is it possible? how can such a world exist if there are no witches? something is not right…well enough bout that..
some things that are not connected to the story but got my eye on. The subs that I had for this anime.
I believe that’s all… and btw don’t expect too much out of the ending of anime. They either want to make second season, either want you to read all those mangas and play the game..
op: “Katayoku no Tori” (片翼の鳥) by Akiko Shikata [lyrics]
ed: “la divina tragedia ~Makyoku~ (la divina tragedia~魔曲~)” by Jimang (cool one) [lyrics]