This was the high point of the episode for me.
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.
I swear this is not Rena but Maria…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.