Umineko no Naku Koro ni – Episode 2

Shannon

first move

This was the high point of the episode for me.

Impressions

Letter

This is the last sane moment you’ll see from Maria

Compared to the first episode, this one really picked up the pace… or so it seems. If you look at it from the manga’s perspective, episode 01 went over chapters 00 – 04 while episode 02 gone over chapters 05 – 08. Disregarding the prologue, they have the same amount of chapter coverage. It’s just the content within that makes the difference.

Maria Eyes

I swear this is not Rena but Maria…

Maria Scary

Somehow, this seems 10x worse than Higurashi…

Everything from Beatrice’s letter to the scene at the storage shed is covered. There was some awkwardness with George and Shannon’s story since it’s the only joyous part of the episode. It’s stuck right between the creepy letter reading and the bloody murders.

Walking

I can understand why Battler is jealous…

One of the bad things about knowing the source is that you’re already spoiled. However, that doesn’t mean it’s any less painful to watch your favorite character(s) meet tragedy. Such is the case for the Ushiromiya maid.

Something there

Golden Butterfly

Poor Shannon

As for the ending, Studio Deen did pretty well, aptly capturing the despair in Battler, George, and Jessica. The gore seems toned down by the shadows but I think it got its point across.

Storage Shed

Despair

Gore I

Gore II

Gore III

Jessica

Snap

As for George, I think they’re saving the part about “her beautiful smile” for the next episode. If not, they really cut down on his story.

Engagement Ring

Broken

A great episode that just leaves me wanting more. As for the series, this is one of the more eagerly anticipated releases for the summer. With its grandoise opening and ending, Umineko no Naku Koro ni definitely leaves an impression. The plot is rich and each character holds a bit of mystery, most notably Maria. Definitely a strong start and hopefully, its suspense will carry though the entire season.

4 Responses

  1. Oh my… Maria is really scary D:

    Poor maid :(

    So who will survive in the end?

  2. When the seagulls cry, no one will survive

  3. Tips for the first twilight, translated by Witch Hunt. Taken from http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?t=82558

    Ushiromiya Krauss:
    His corpse was found inside the storehouse of the rose garden.
    The direct cause of death is unknown but, it seems the side of his head was destroyed after his death.

    First of all, it’s the beginning of everything.

    Ushiromiya Rudolf:
    His corpse was found inside the storehouse of the rose garden.
    His face is believed to have been damaged after his death.

    He has the right to lament his bad luck.

    Ushiromiya Kyrie:
    Her corpse was found inside the storehouse of the rose garden.
    Her face is believed to have been damaged after her death.

    The Devil’s roulette chose.
    It’s that simple.

    Ushiromiya Rosa:
    Her corpse was found inside the storehouse of the rose garden.
    Her face is believed to have been damaged after her death.

    Another meeting is possible. So, no sadness.

    Servant Shannon:
    Her corpse was found inside the storehouse of the rose garden.
    The side of her head is believed to have been damaged after her death.

    It’s alright. Everyone will resurrect in the Golden Land.

    Servant Gohda:
    His corpse was found inside the storehouse of the rose garden.
    His face is believed to have been damaged after his death.

    Such a pity. The truth is that it seems he was on duty at the guesthouse.

  4. @Kitsune
    No one.

    @crimson_moon
    UUuu~

    @Veldril
    Interesting… but I’m trying not to spoil myself too much. The manga’s enough.

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