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Umineko When They Cry - Answer Arcs

うみねこのなく頃に散

Developer / Publisher: 07th Expansion
15 August 2009
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The second part of Umineko is a conclusion to all the questions that were posed in the previous arc. The mystery finally unravels and the motives behind Rokkenjima become more clear.
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why is anime game rated so highly?
tldr: umineko the greatest. overlooked because of the format it is presented in. go in blind

to everyone whos come here wondering looking for the answer for the question i posed in the title, with all the reviews being something along the lines of "this is the greatest piece of fiction ever" ive come here clarify some stuff. to start off, umineko is an experimental mystery visual novel, which features narrative text over images or animations. in that sense its better to think of this as a book or a long form cutscene rather than a traditional game. this is a the second entry of the when they cry series. reading the previous instalment isn't a requirement, but is strongly recommended. if this is your first time getting into anything anime-esque, it might be hard to sit through the first episode, but the quality of the story has led to some classical literature reviewers comparing it to some of their favorite classics.

i have to preface this by saying that its pretty hard to talk about what makes this game good without giving away the game completely, but ill do my best regardless.
reception for this game is pretty divisive, because the nature of the story changes in its second half. some hated it because of how different it was from the first half, and others like me greatly enjoyed it. i can confidently say that if you are a fan of stories with complexity or a fan of the mystery genre this game is definitely for you. it is however a pretty massive time sink. maybe about 80-100 hours of reading. but i can assure you that this isn't a case of obsessed fans jacking the ratings.

umineko features thought provoking writing, memorable characters, great music, and some of the most well thought out complex mysteries i have ever seen. kind of like a weird blend of agatha criste with some touches of dante allegri in there. going through umineko, i was skeptical that it would dethrone every other game, and story that ive experienced. it was good for sure, but not top 1. by the time i finished i more than sold.

to conclude, umineko is not for everyone. if you're impatient like me you'll probably have a hard time getting into it, even more so if you're not into anime stuff. but in it there's an amazing narrative that's grossly overlooked because it is a visual novel. if you do read umineko keep an eye out of anything that might solve the mystery. you'll find out soon that no theory is too absurd. there is a reason everyone who finishes this says that its life changing, or that it's the greatest of all time, you name it. it changed the way that i looked at stories, and made me appreciate life a whole lot more.

if you do decide to embark on this journey, you're in for a damn good ride. be sure to go in blind.

make sure to never neglect the heart.
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The character development, exploration of humanity, emotional connection, and the sheer force of the writing astounded me. Yes, Umineko sometimes was excessively dramatic and repetitious, but it still managed to wow me consistently to a point where it's unquestionably a 5/5.


I will also mention one thing I read in one of the comments on this page quoted from beautifulideachild

Both Ange and Battler realizing they can be functional adults that carry that trauma with them without enacting it on others after having grappled with the entirety of their family history (Battler does not even know if he wants to visit Ange's orphanage at first because he doesn't know if he wants to remember any of it!) is the entire point of the ending.

thank you ryukashi
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Best piece of fiction, or even art, ever created. Please read, you will see the world and yourself entirely differently.

Thank you.
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The best story ever told in a videogame (by a fairly substantial margin). The best cast of characters ever in a videogame (by a fairly substantial margin). A strong contender for richest atmosphere ever in a videogame. A strong contender for best soundtrack ever in a videogame.

The Answer Arcs in particular are some of the finest works of narrative fiction ever made. Catch-22, The Wire, Watchmen. That is the territory here.

What are you waiting for?
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The conclusion of what is personally my favorite narrative I've ever experienced, the Answer arcs wrap up the mysteries established in the first series with perhaps the most soul-crushingly beautiful, unforgettable ending ever. More incredible music, more development for each character (you will still come to love them all by at least the third chapter in the previous installment), and other treats await you here.

This series' eclectic nature is easily one of is strongest suits. Both the first and second installments feature remarkable romance, horror, mystery, and even action, the reading of which is far more thrilling than one might first anticipate.

This series clocks in to around 100-120 hours and features some honestly irritating repetition at times, but I can't recommend it enough.
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Also known as
  • Umineko When They Cry - Answer Arcs
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru
  • When the Seagulls Cry Breakdown
  • When They Cry 4
  • うみねこのなく頃に散 - Episode 5 - End of the Golden Witch
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru - Episode 5 - End of the Golden Witch
  • うみねこのなく頃に散 - Episode 6 - Dawn of the Golden Witch
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru - Episode 6 - Dawn of the Golden Witch
  • うみねこのなく頃に散 - Episode 7 - Requiem of the Golden Witch
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru - Episode 7 - Requiem of the Golden Witch
  • うみねこのなく頃に散 - Episode 8 - Twilight of the Golden Witch
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru - Episode 8 - Twilight of the Golden Witch
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  • henryvines 2023-10-15 06:33:16.172377+00
    Does anyone who actually gets this website understand why the Umineko games are so high on the charts, despite the lower and less ratings than the games surrounding them? No hate, I just don't understand what's up.
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    • warioman 2023-12-25 01:08:10.896566+00
      supposedly theres a bug thats causing this to appear higher in the charts than it should
    • SongityBoy 2024-03-10 04:46:37.365591+00
      i recently came up with the idea that releases with more highly deviating ratings get a score boost, but i could be wrong
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  • Drawdler 2023-10-27 02:56:38.409431+00
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    • Drawdler 2023-10-27 02:57:13.155311+00
      If ur going to do spite ratings give it to nft games or some shit that actualy has consequence lol
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  • pink_9320 2023-11-11 23:29:43.169068+00
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  • ricopomelo 2023-11-27 23:12:50.006259+00
    which version should i read? ps3, steam, windows, switch or ps4
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    • Turton 2023-12-05 00:54:05.124758+00
      The original sprites seem ugly at first but I warmed up a lot on them very quickly. They're super expressive and I can't imagine playing it without them, so I'd recommend just playing the Windows version.
    • crypton42 2023-12-06 07:15:11.947083+00
      Voice acting from characters like Battler and Beatrice really elevate many scenes. I also find that the ps3 art is faithful to the intent of the original.
    • shunkhood 2023-12-06 15:06:58.976691+00
      Steam version with Umineko Project, voice acting is ++++++ its worth it
    • you_destructive 2023-12-15 22:23:55.828977+00
      i'm a hardline OG sprites person for higurashi, still prefer them for umineko but i'm a bit less of a hardliner. they fit higurashi so well imo because the super caricatured style sells Big Teenage Emotions better than more professional art. i still think there's something to ryukishi's sprites in umineko but there are moments i think hit harder with the ps3 ones.

      it's really a personal preference thing. regardless you can mod the steam version however you like so just play it on steam.
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  • leaud 2024-02-02 01:19:14.284663+00
    Is the LGBT tag for Yasu/Bea gender dysphoria arc or did I miss something?
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    • Sylveonis 2024-02-03 02:36:10.340756+00
      yeah pretty much
    • hagha 2024-02-07 09:07:30.538189+00
      sayo is bi as well, also bernkastel and lambdadelta are lesbian as fuck
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    • justadice 2024-03-01 16:07:31.672706+00
      joke's on you I already knew what girls last tour was before I even made that comment

      I deleted it because I thought the comment was stupid
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  • salem_3 2024-03-18 10:23:21.931194+00
    does this feature any actual gameplay or is it a glorified manga that you click through without actually doing anything
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    • salem_3 2024-03-24 23:50:42.195346+00
      then why is it in the database? if sound and kinetic novels are nothing more than interactive books then why are they here? last time i checked video games had to have some sort of gameplay element
    • shunkhood 2024-03-25 18:04:39.48388+00
      chapter 8 has some interactive stuff, otherwise:

      the definition of video game is
      a game played by electronically manipulating images produced by a computer program on a television screen or other display screen.

      visual novels fit this description
    • salem_3 2024-03-26 00:55:19.045122+00
      "a game played" you dont play visual novels you read them, if they fit that description then ebooks and webcomics would also be considered video games
    • Sylveonis 2024-03-26 05:08:51.42748+00
      semantics. it's a game because it's an interactive novel utilizing a controller/keyboard+mouse. It's a video game in the same way Night Trap is a video game, it's a pretty broad definition.
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  • Yattaze 2024-04-12 09:50:09.448725+00
    "supposedly theres a bug thats causing this to appear higher in the charts than it should" LMAO this site is hopeless
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