Umineko no Naku Koro Ni Episode IV-I: Higurashi all over again, eh?
At least from the looks of it…
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Allrighty, before the intro even starts, we get a glimpse of the 4th game beginning. The taxis arrive, in which none of them contain Canaan’s amazing Taxi Driver. Regardless, after Battler gives off his lolicon vibes to Maria again, the family gets in and they all ride off, but not before Battler bumps into a hot chick. He should’ve hit on her, even if he didn’t know it was his own sister. I would’ve. The unknown incest would’ve been quite thrilling for the Maury Show. Anyway, Bernkastel shows up as
Mao from Darker than Black a black cat and states the blatant obvious.
In the Meta-world, Ronove greets Beato and she asks how Battler is doing. He responds that Battler’s being a little bitch (to sum up what he said) due to her trick. Would’ve been better if he told her he was heartbroken. But it was all a trick on Ronove’s part when Beato sees Battler
trying to rape chasing ass-neechan Beelzebub around for a croissant. Right in front of Beato. He should’ve felt her up too since she’s wearing such a skimpy outfit. Beato gets mad at Ronove for tricking her and Battler calls her on that trick she pulled and asks her not to do it again since he understands that they’re enemies. Alas, before they can begin the 4th game, Ange shows up in the room and gives Battler some tough sibling him know he’s been slacking off. When asked for her name, Ange chooses an Alias, Gretel. I was almost expecting him to be Hansel. Either way, she lets him know someone’s waiting for his return home. *Flashback*
Ange remembers her past being trained by Eva to become the next head of the Ushiromiya family. Thing is, Eva has utter hate for Ange simply because she’s gonna be the next head instead of her dead son, George. How the hell did hot MILF Eva become a terrible looking old hag in 12 years?
Then we take a peek at St. Lucia academy, Which is the school Shion from Higurashi went to as pointed out by Rabbitpoets in his Umineko post.
Ange opens the book to Maria’s diary and reads it, which shows a flashback of a cuter much nicer Maria, celebrating her birthday. Rosa gives her a stuffed animal named Sakutaro. Seriously. As i said before in one my older Umineko posts, why can’t Maria look cute like this more often instead of showing those fucking blatant, unnecessary, ugly gremlin faces?
Then it turns out Rosa’s spending her time with some unknown guy who’s smoking in the background. Rosa’s probably slept around with these men alot. For all we know, she prolly doesn’t even know who the hell Maria’s dad is. =\ Bring his ass to the Maury show. it’ll be funny to see Magic spells cast on Maury and a cake dropped on the whole audience.
And it even turns out that Sakutaro can talk! I declare him to be Kon. Turn Maria into a Soul Reaper and make the Witches into Hollows. We have a Bleachy Umineko fusion which would prolly fail horribly.
Ange closes the book, Maria appears, and says Ange has the potential to become a witch. Looks like she believes in magic unlike her brother Battler. Makes me wonder why she’s really trying to help him deny witches. Which brings the question: Is Ange a witch? Or is she just a Meta-being like Battler? And am i the only one who thought FMA the moment Maria said Ange revived her soul?
We take a look into the current 1998 timeline and see Ange speaking with Okonogi from Higurashi about the Rokkenjima incident, wanting to know information about Eva. She suspects that Eva is the culprit, but Okonogi believes otherwise, thinking George and Hideyoshi definitely would’ve survived if she killed everyone. He then pulls an Alphard card, saying this is about Love and eventually gets a phone call. He lets Ange know that
Liang Qi Her aunt from the Sumadara family is coming with guards to bring her back, and allows her to escape. She jumped from said building onto a car and gets restrained but…
Low and Behold, she’s saved by a gangsta bishie. Yeah, he’s gangsta. See that hat and doo-rag? And them combat boots? Haha, turns out this nigga was hired by Okonogi to protect Ange. In the VNs, it was revealed he was originally Eva’s bodyguard and got fired for talking too much. Hell, this nigga even starts to hit on Ange a little saying he’ll take her anywhere she wants to go. Ange simply says she wants to investigate the Rokkenjima incident. As for
Liang Qi Kasumi (Kyrie’s younger sister), she scowls at her men for failing to catch Ange.
Meanwhile in 1986, Kyrie proposes a deal to Krauss, saying to fulfill some conditions which involve taking care of Kinzo until he dies and allowing them to investigate the death to see if it was a natural one. Simply speaking, she accuses Krauss and Natsuhi of hiding the fact that Kinzo’s already dead and not telling anyone.
In the meta-world, Battler and Ange suspect the same thing and uses that as a loop-hole to include an unknown person X into the 18 people. Battler asks Beato to repeat in red that Kinzo is among the 18 people on the island, but she refuses, due to her not doing the ‘repeat this’ game. Ange then calls Battler on his slacking off and Beato on her bullshit and unfair game, which pisses her off. However, she allows Battler to use the blue Truth, which is for theories that deny witches, and the witch who claimed to commit the murders with magic will HAVE to respond eventually. Battler learns from Ange that instead of attacking with one theory at a time, hit the witch with several of them so he’ll score a hit no matter what. Battler finally tries out the Blue truth, declaring that Kinzo is already dead and the true number of people on the island is 17, but adding an unknown person X, the total of people becomes 18. With that, all crimes can be explained, even if all 17 people have alibis!
Meanwhile on the gameboard, Krauss agrees to convince Kinzo to come see the others. Of course, surprisingly, Kinzo turns out to be alive and well. A little TOO well. Kinzo must’ve been working out to pick up Krauss like that. Looks like Kinzo’s gonna attend the family conference himself. This I’ve got to see.
Now this was a great episode. I have to say, the whole Blue Text thing might’ve been confusing, but Ange calling both Battler and Beato about this whole game was a good way to finally move things forward and hopefully lead to a conclusion of this whole loop. I’m staying behind Battler on the whole Dead Kinzo theory. Realistically, an old man should not have that much strength. He’s not Heihachi Mishima… or is he? >_> OH SHIT. Umineko’s about to go Tekken on us!
Also, I think i’ll just post the youtube link here. Cuz I’m feeling lazy about putting up several Youtube embeds. I will reveal these tidbits though that i noticed DEEN leaving out
- Kasumi Sumadera is Kyrie’s younger sister
- Battler giving Ronove a thumbs up for tricking Beato
- Battler being perverted to Beelzebub saying he’ll “eat” her
- Battler and Beato somewhat getting along. AGAIN. wait, why?
- Ange revealing that she’s hated Eva from the beginning.
- Battler suspecting “Gretel” may be Ange (He suspected this when she first saved his ass)
As for my speculations…
- I still stand by my Rokkenjima isn’t a closed Circle theory. How else would you be able to add Culprit X in the head count?
- To supplement the theory, 18 people on the island, meaning the head count would have to go down each time a person dies. The count can stay at 18 if you add an unknown person after each death.
- Dead Kinzo. Well, if he’s alive here, then he obviously can’t be the real Kinzo right? Either that or he faked being sick in the first place. If it’s the latter, then it’s DEEN’s way of making Battler look more of a dumbass then they make him out to be. (Yes, I’m bothered by this. Compared to the Sound Novels, Battler shouldn’t come off as a dumbass at all. I like Battler, but the Anime Adaption is doing a pretty good job of making him into an annoying and stupid person. Well, don’t get me wrong, I still like the guy and he’s still a cool guy to me.)
- The Sumadera family having those kinds of guys going after Ange like that reminds me of Higurashi’s TOKYO or the Yamineu. They could totally be the unknown Culprit X’s. Though that would also make Kyrie the mastermind or a heavy hitting accomplice… Hmm…
- It’s only a matter of time before the show goes Halo Red vs Blue on us.