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Umineko When They Cry

うみねこのなく頃に

Developer / Publisher: 07th Expansion
17 August 2007
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While arguing over an inheritance, the wealthy Ushiromiya family is trapped by a typhoon in their private island of Rokkenjima. The alchemy councilor of the family, Beatrice, then suddenly appears to challenge the family members to solve a riddle within two days or she will claim the inheritance and become the family successor.
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The head of the wealthy Ushiromiya family is gravely ill, and his relatives gather at their private island of Rokkenjima to split the inheritance. A sudden typhoon traps the island's inhabitants, and a mysterious woman named Beatrice threatens to reclaim the family's assets, promising to step down only if the family can solve a riddle that grants its solver the right to succeed the family head.
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Most likely the best piece of media ever made
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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.

I remember discovering Car Seat Headrest's 2010-2014 music. It was (and still is), some of the most gorgeous, moving, profound, infinitely rewarding art I'd ever experienced. Life changing. I couldn't (and still can't) fathom how little interest it receives. I can't fathom living without it, either.

That's exactly how I feel about this game.

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The unbelievably compelling first half of the Umineko series. Forewarning for the interested: Be prepared for a lengthy read, at least 45 hours even for a speedy reader. Also, this is a doujin series, so despite the fact that it grapples with adult subjects like finance, inheritance, legacy, love, body image, and death, there's some otaku stuff in here.

The game features almost no interactivity, save for menus that allow you to confirm whether or not a character has died, as well as descriptions of those characters and other key information. You're essentially invited to either attempt to solve the mysteries using the clues the game gives you, or to simply enjoy the story as it happens, which is just as enjoyable considering how wonderfully written and detailed it is.

The game features a soundtrack arguably as jaw-dropping as its mysteries; if you didn't have an interest in trance music before playing this, you certainly will after it.
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This VN made me trans fuck you Ryukishi you little shit I’m going to come over and show you what a real witch can look like
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Great story, great writing and characters. Wonderful music, and mindblowing plot. Impossible not to recommend, but it's important to understand that there are no actual choices made by the player in this one. It's just a linear story - however, there are a lot of ways that the game uses its writing to make the player feel involved. Something like this really shows what the Visual Novel genre can do when in the right hands.
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Lamourderer うみねこのなく頃に 2023-02-01T08:29:23Z
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44ng33lic44 うみねこのなく頃に 2023-01-29T19:58:42Z
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charredwind うみねこのなく頃に 2023-01-23T17:12:34Z
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foreskai うみねこのなく頃に 2023-01-23T08:45:10Z
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dmnx うみねこのなく頃に 2023-01-21T19:29:16Z
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MundanePotatoes うみねこのなく頃に 2023-01-19T17:58:58Z
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teddyfrozevelt うみねこのなく頃に 2023-01-18T20:07:39Z
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Also known as
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni
  • Umineko When They Cry
  • When the Seagulls Cry
  • When They Cry 3
  • うみねこのなく頃に - エピソード1 - Legend of the Golden Witch
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 1 - Legend of the Golden Witch
  • うみねこのなく頃に - エピソード2 - Turn of the Golden Witch
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 2 - Turn of the Golden Witch
  • うみねこのなく頃に - エピソード3 - Banquet of the Golden Witch
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 3 - Banquet of the Golden Witch
  • うみねこのなく頃に - エピソード4 - Alliance of the Golden Witch
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 4 - Alliance of the Golden Witch
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  • pink_9320 2022-10-20 19:27:20.938796+00
    as fantastic as this series is, i wish higurashi got the same level of praise even though it's the more popular one
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    • okayfrog 2022-11-15 19:22:16.789927+00
      higurashi vibes >>> umineko vibes
    • pink_9320 2022-12-28 21:19:10.26302+00
      @jakothy you know what else grinds to a complete halt? umi 6
    • breakdownbbe 2022-12-30 21:25:39.869819+00
      Man I thought this obliterated higurashi. Although I'd still call higu a classic
    • jakothy 2023-01-01 18:06:19.810578+00
      "you know what else grinds to a complete halt? umi 6" nope nothing in umi even comes close to the pain i experienced reading huge chunks of higu 8 and probably the *majority* of higu 7
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  • tdstr 2022-12-29 06:33:17.461331+00
    it's aight. gets better and better as it goes on, and ends really solid which'll motivate me to read answer arcs, but starts in a pretty sorry state. also really weird pacing, sometimes im on the edge of my seat and sometimes im on the edge of falling asleep
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    • tdstr 2022-12-29 06:34:14.67679+00
      4 (back half) > 3 > 2 >>> 4 (first half) > 1
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  • leaud 2023-01-06 19:02:42.010777+00
    EPISODE 4 TEA PARTY

    OH MY GOD
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    • leaud 2023-01-06 19:02:48.929115+00
      i have no idea what to expect in answer arcs
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  • ... 2023-01-07 06:59:41.425529+00
    Can you not be into anime/visual novels at all and still enjoy this? I'm not asking this rhetorically as an insult to the game, I'm genuinely curious because I'm fairly interested in playing but I'm worried that it might be written in a way that leans towards a style I'm not particularly interested.I'm not talking about stereotypes like fanservice and cringe humor and etc. more so just the general approach to writing; my best comparison would be other visual novels like steins;gate and fate/zero
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    • tdstr 2023-01-07 12:32:19.872673+00
      it wavers but umineko is pretty damn anime at points. the fanservice and etc isnt bad at all but the grandiosity of it at points does feel pretty anime, and the slice of life stuff that pops up occasionally is also very anime. if you're ambivalent maybe give it a shot but if you hate the style probably not. umineko will probably reward once you get into it but getting into it may be a challenge

      as someone who has a tenuous enjoyment of anime-y style writing 428: Shibuya Scramble [428 〜封鎖された渋谷で〜] or The House in Fata Morgana [ファタモルガーナの館] were much easier to get into. also they're about 100 hours shorter, so there's that
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