Every year I participate in the 12 Days of Christmas, and this year is no different. If I can do one thing, it’s this.
It seems right to start this off where I left off last year. Umineko was a big deal in 2010, and still was in 2011. The ambitious visual novel series came to a end. Kinda.
So I’m continuing this year the tradition that started at the blog Borderline Hikkomori, and I continued doing over here last year. Except I’m only doing 7 days this as opposed to 14, as, uh, well if you don’t know what last week was like for me by now, I’m not going to spell it out for you. As always, if you’re comment is to tell me how much you hate my ship, I reserve the right to mock you, and will probably block you from my blog.
I had two ships I wanted to do from Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, and it was really hard to choose one. In the end though, I went with the trolling witches. It’s hard not to ship these two. Whether or not they’re a couple is ambiguous, but between what they say to each other, and the official art out there, it’s near impossible in my opinion not to ship them.
Actual screenshot from the playstation remake of Umineko
Though when there’s a translation, figuring out what’s going on might be easier, but as right now…
WHAT THE HELL?!?!
Update: I’ve tried to come up with a coherent way to express my thoughts, and I just can’t. It’s a let down. I haven’t been trolled this hard since Endless Eight. To be honest, as much as I’ve enjoyed working on the mystery, with these results, and any possibility of a happy ending at any angle no longer existing, I’d rather magic exist. The big problem is, the ending doesn’t really work. Too much doesn’t make sense. And then any optimistic elements were crushed. All the characters I cared about were either dead or didn’t exist in the first place. Just dammit. There is no love in this ending. Just troll troll troll.
A quote from Animesuki:
“Suppose you are reading a detective story with an intriguing situation. A corpse (let us say) is found strangled, sitting in a chair by a window, and wearing a domino mask; and all the clocks in the house are found with their faces turned to the wall. You are carefully warned that the blazing clue to the truth is the fact that there is a teaspoon in the victim’s pocket, and that, without all these things being just as they were, the crime could never have taken place. … Now, suppose at the denoument the identity of the killer was revealed — for the simple reason that his fingerprints matched those on the collar of the strangled man. Would you feel cheated? That’s exactly what might happen in life; but would you feel cheated? You know damn well you would. … He admits the crime. Then he shoots himself. Consequently, you never know the significance of the mask or the reversed clocks, or what deduction you should have drawn from the teaspoon. Page 315, ‘The End’. What would you do? You would strangle the author, lynch the publisher, and shoot the bookseller.
MAGIC EXISTS. DON'T PROVE ME WRONG.
Merry Christmas to all my readers around the world. I hope you all enjoy the festivities!
Enjoy more Christmas pics under the cut.
Over the past year, the ShKanonTrice Theory in Umineko No Naku Koro Ni has really gained momentum as many people have attempted to figure out the mystery at Rokkenjima. As someone who’s more into the fantasy and drama of Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, when it comes to the mystery, I’m just along for the ride. It’s been interesting to watch this theory develop. At first, it seemed while workable, well, farfetched. But as more of the mystery has been revealed, it actually seems Ryukishi07 is dropping hints for this to be a possibility, and now it’s rare case when a discussion of Umineko No Naku Koro Ni happens, and the ShKanonTrice theory doesn’t get mentioned.
Although, there is one important question that hasn’t been answered. Is this indeed the answer to the mystery, or is it a red herring with Ryukishi07 trolling everyone?
Umineko no Naku Koro Ni has continued strong, set to release the final chapter at the end of December, bringing the long saga to a close. However over the year, it continued to tease and please fans. One thing I enjoyed was Umineko Motion Graphic Novel 7.
One of the trends with the Higurashi and the Umineko is to make these Motion Graphic Novels which are summarized artistic versions of the Visual Novel chapters. They are not meant to replace the chapters, but damn are they cool.
After the long existence of Umineko Visual Novels on You Tube, Witch Hunt has decided to take action in removing the videos from video hosting sites such as Youtube. Their announcement can be seen here. In it, they explain that uploading game with their patch without their permission is not okay as it’s there property. So much for goodwill among fans, especially as they’re the only people allowed by Ryukishi to translate the game. To be fair though, Ryukishi did explicitly state in the new episode of Umineko no Naku Koro Ni that it’s forbidden to upload the games, so I’d like to think they’re working to respect his wishes rather then getting super possessive of their translation. Yes, you really ought to buy these games, especially as they’re not that expensive, probably the biggest challenge you’d face is actually finding it.
For February over at Borderline Hikkomori, for the 14 days up until Valentine’s Day, we’d talk about our favorite pairings, and why we loved them. I decided I’d continue the tradition over here, as it’s something I quite liked. Note that shipping wank with be dealt with the rolling of eyes and laughing.
Now this is going to take some explaining…
For February over at Borderline Hikkomori, for the 14 days up until Valentine’s Day, we’d talk about our favorite pairings, and why we loved them. I decided I’d continue the tradition over here, as it’s something I quite liked. Note that shipping wank with be dealt with the rolling of eyes, and laughing.
Beatrice and Battler start off as passionately hating each other. However, if that passion was used for something else, it could make an interesting relationship…
I think the best way to really form a final impression of Umineko no Naku Koro Ni is to look at each arch and evaluate it from there.