Anime Review – Umineko no Naku Koro ni

I was referenced to this anime by Souza himself, yet again. I have to say it’s the craziest anime I’ve watched to date. As such, it will be difficult to review, so I’m going to give it my all.

The theme for this anime is magic and death. Lots of death. If you’re someone who doesn’t like blood, don’t watch it. It’s filled to the brim with it.

However, it will keep you on your toes and constantly thinking. It’s plot heavy, but not to the extent that .//HACK_SIGN was. It’s got a great deal of action to balance it out.

It’s going to be difficult to explain the plot without ruining it for anyone who’s planning on watching it. Basically, it centers around the Ushiromiya family and all of its wealth, seeing as how the head of the family only has 3 months to live. As such, the family gathers on a secluded island called Rokkenjima to discuss this matter. However, things go wrong. Horribly wrong. 18 members of the family exist on the island and few go without having their blood spilled on every available surface within a 3 yard radius. Few meaning 1 or 2 people. That one person is Battler Ushiromiya, who denies witches and magic by refusing to believe that everyone was killed with magic, which is the only explanation.

The show consists of the Golden and Endless Witch Beatrice in a contest with Battler to prove whether or not witches and magic are real. It has 26 episodes and a lot of them will make a person very confused, starting around the 5th episode mark. Through the confusion it’s still a great anime and I recommend anyone who likes things involving riddles, gore, and horror genre shows.

I apologize if the review was long, but there was so much to explain, and I left out as much as I could while still having a decent review.


5 responses to “Anime Review – Umineko no Naku Koro ni

  1. Great review!! Well written, without given out to much information. I shall have to pick it back up again and watch it again. thanks!

  2. Good for a spoiler free review. I personally think that this show was decent, at best. That’s only if you compare it to the visual novel, though. If you don’t want to read it though, then I would highly recommend this show.

  3. Viewing it simply as an anime, Umineko came out quite nicely. Comparing it to the source material, however, the Umineko anime could have been a bit better.

    The main problem with the anime is that it lacks some small details, which, despite their insignificance at the first sight, are actually quite important for the VN players because they give the VN an unique atmosphere. The anime is nice, too, but it gives a bit of a different feeling.

    Anyway, if you liked the anime, I highly recommend playing the VN. If you want to skip the episodes covered by the anime (I don’t recommend this, though), you can go directly to Umineko Chiru. Epic turns of events await. ^^

    Anyway, thanks for the review~.

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