Umineko no Naku Koro ni is a special visual novel to me. Upon my third playthrough of the game, it has come to my realization that this is the most time I’ve ever spent on a single series, be it anime, manga or VNs. Through his writing, Ryukishi07 has changed many viewpoints I have on life itself, teaching me many new philosophical concepts and applying them in complex ways. What makes Umineko a masterpiece is the fact that people will walk out of the game, some having gained nothing but frustration, yet some having reached a new state of mind (such as myself). The amount of knowledge I’ve extracted from this series is second to no medium on this planet except the Bible, and I thought it’s doing the franchise a great demerit should I not at least attempt to share some of this knowledge with everyone else who have come out of the game empty-handed.
So here I present to you Blickwinkel’s new series of posts: Answers of the Golden Witch! This series will be presented in 11 parts. Naturally, as these posts are published, links will be activated for the articles below. I always prefer quality to speed at all times so I cannot guarantee when I will be finished with these.
- World: An introduction to essential mechanics and terminologies of Umineko.
- Tricks: Establishing a non-magical foundation before tackling the contents of the catbox.
- Legend: The discussion and solution to episode 1.
- Turn: The discussion and solution to episode 2.
- Banquet: The discussion and solution to episode 3.
- Alliance: The discussion and solution to episode 4.
- End: The possible solution and discussion of episode 5.
- Dawn: The possible solution and discussion of episode 6.
- Requiem: The discussion of episode 7.
- Twilight: The discussion of episode 8.
- Mystery: A discussion of theories regarding happened on Rokkenjima Prime between October 4~5, 1986.
- Magic: A discussion about Umineko’s structure, and explanations of the “magical” elements of Umineko.
- Truth: What is the Truth that R07 wanted us to find through Umineko?
As R07 once said in his interview with KEIYA, “With Umineko, I have created a way to reveal everything in a way that could not be copied and pasted.” I don’t believe that the entire truth of Umineko can be merely expressed with blog posts alone. If someone ask me why I’m a Christian, it’s not something I can explain with words. The same thing goes for the Truth of Umineko. It’s not something that any amount of blog posts can explain.
Of course, for people who have only watched the anime, or played through the visual novels without love, the truths that they seek are trivial and that kind of truth is actually able to be put down with words on a series of blog posts. If the truth you seek is merely “Who’s the culprit?” or “How were the crimes committed?”, this blog series is written for you!
What this blog series aims to do is to provide answers to you people who finished Umineko with the wrong perspective, and still hung on what’s inside the cat box. I will do my best to put you back on track by first providing you with the trivial truths you seek, and hopefully allow you to realize that Ryukishi07 had intended for you to reach a final Truth that is more beautiful than anything you’ve been searching for. Naturally, I cannot help you with discovery of this final Truth. You will have to play through the games again and find out for yourself – but that’s where the joy of the whole thing is. I’m here to hopefully make you find that joy again.
It’s true that many people question Ryukishi07’s worth as a writer, but speaking from my limited scope of literature, he is the greatest author I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It has been almost two years since I finished Umineko for the first time, and only now do I have enough confidence to begin writing a series of blog posts outlining my thoughts. In fact, I can’t deny that even now, I feel intimidated simply by the idea that I will have to translate my interpretations of his work into words. The Umineko community is the most intellectual gifted group of people I have ever met on the Internet, and in no way can I even begin to compare myself to many of them whom I know. Am I truly worthy of writing these interpretations of this beautiful tale? That’s for you, the reader, to decide.
Ever since I finished Umineko, I have been thinking about it every day. New theories are formed while old ones go. Naturally, I retain the right to edit these blog posts at any time should my theories change or I feel a better alternative is suggested. Like all pieces of great literature, the interpretations of the piece is endless, and I expect Umineko to keep my brain busy for many years, or decades to come.
To conclude this introductory post, I would like to leave you with some words from Ryukishi07 himself:
If I reveal the truth within my games, that is also rude towards the people who arrived at the truth. I also wanted to write a story where you can only get to the truth by repeatedly reading and if you keep on thinking. The only guarantee I can give you is that if you read the thoughts of those who arrived at the truth now, even if you’re amongst the people who did not arrive at the truth can come closer to it. I promise you that if you don’t stop thinking, then you will arrive at the one single truth.
Let’s get right into it! Note that this series will incorporate everything we have learned from episodes 1~8 in every post so look out for spoilers! If you haven’t played ALL EIGHT games you should not keep reading. This applies to ALL posts in this series, even if it’s only the solution to one specific episode.