The Facts are These:
The dying head of the Ushiromiya family calls up his family to their island Rokkenjima. Wanting to meet his beloved one last time he uses magic to summon the Golden Witch. Suddenly a hurricane hits trapping the family on the island, with nowhere to go it is a battle against magic. Who will win fantasy or reality?
This is different from any other anime that you have watched… Unless that anime is Higurashi no Naku Koro ni then you have experienced it before. Unlike Highurashi no Naku Koro ni though this anime has a mechanism to show the different paths in the visual novel with Battler fighting Beatrice in a game of wits to prove that whatever scenario Beatrice presents him can be solved with logic and not magic. It is okay, it is not amazing I have seen better mystery anime before and this does not compare. It is an interesting concept and I was hoping for something great after hearing that amazing opening.
Behind the Scenes:
Umineko no Naku no Koro ni is based off the visual novel series of the same name. The visual novel series was developed by 07th Expansion, who has worked on the games from this series as well as the predecessor’s games. Umineko is the third game in the series behind Higurashi no Naku no Koro ni and Higurashi no Naku no Koro ni Kai, while succeeded by Umineko no Naku no Koro ni Chiru. The series was directed by director Chiaki Kon, who has directed such anime as Higurashi no Naku no Koro ni, both seasons of Junjou Romantica and both season of Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi. The series has produced by Studio Deen and has been licensed by NIS America for purchase. The opening song for the anime is One Winged Bird by Akiko Shikata. Here it is for you to enjoy…
The opening of this anime is great, I mean it looks okay, but the orchestra and choir makes that much more impressive. Here listen to it here…
A Brief View of the World:
The world of Umineko is a world of logic versus magic with magic being represented by Beatrice and logic represented by Battler. The setting of the anime is on the island of Rokkenjima own by the Ushiromiya Family. It is a private island with a large mansion on it, and it is haunted by the Golden Witch Beatrice.
The series is okay and just that okay. I enjoy a good mystery and some horror and it didn’t live up to both of those genres expectations. It is okay but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
The show is somewhat rewatchable with a length of 26 episodes, but the problem with shows with a mystery elements is that when the mystery is not great and you already know the outcome it doesn’t have the pull it once did. So I wouldn’t recommend a rewatch.
Detective Conan – If you want content you got it, you can watch over 700 episodes worth of mysteries (Not including the movies) for a great psychological case.
Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro – For a more enjoyable attempt at the supernatural mystery anime, that I personally enjoy.
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