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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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blossomburst うみねこのなく頃に 2024-05-24T22:29:19Z
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profty うみねこのなく頃に 2024-05-14T12:49:34Z
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Loveless01 うみねこのなく頃に 2024-05-13T11:23:24Z
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respectwhatever うみねこのなく頃に 2024-05-09T08:27:56Z
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torreslmao うみねこのなく頃に 2024-05-08T09:55:59Z
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marblemorble うみねこのなく頃に 2024-05-05T20:43:25Z
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Glore うみねこのなく頃に 2024-05-02T14:00:34Z
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landschneckt うみねこのなく頃に 2024-05-02T09:17:25Z
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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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  • babyclav 2024-03-28 15:34:23.104403+00
    If you didnt play this with Ryukishi sprites, you didnt play the game. I don't make the rules
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    • Crazystone 2024-03-28 20:23:02.771404+00
      there are much more translations for umineko project
    • Sylveonis 2024-03-29 05:17:21.480768+00
      ryukishi sprites are actually legendary, nothing else compares
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  • SunlitSonata 2024-03-31 13:06:41.951485+00
    Just finished all the Question Arcs


    It has its issues; the anime humor is near universally bad and leads to some character traits I feel could've been removed, the start is slow, the logic of how different realms work can be kind of annoying to follow, some plot points/confrontations are weirdly contrived but everything else is special and cool.

    I love its premise, the push/pull of its main dynamic, the music, the constant intrigue of new identity mysteries, a lot of the character arc concepts I've seen so far, any time something it’s doing reminds me of another thing I enjoy as a means to dig deeper, and Sayaka Ohara’s voice performance as Beato is simply divine. Brainrotting hard about it since finishing and this is the “worse” half.
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  • Mado 2024-04-24 17:27:50.045378+00
    About halfway through episode 2; I'm digging what I've read so far, but something that sorely sticks out is how badly this needed an editor. I'm 25 hours in and I don't feel like anything I've read so far feels justified to be that goddamned long. There's so much prose that feels clunkily written and padded out; like there's this section in episode 2 that talks about a character's failing business, and I'll paraphrase roughly the way it's written:

    "(Character)'s business was like a seesaw. In a seesaw, you can go up and down, and to go up, you need someone else on it. (Character)'s company was like this. Now imagine a seesaw in a playground where no kid was interested in playing with it. Without another kid, the seesaw would never go up. (Character) couldn't find someone else to participate in their business, so it wouldn't get off the ground, hence why their company was like a seesaw."

    Like yes lmao thank you, I get the metaphor already. That's a particularly egregious example but there's a lot of overstuffed roundabout narration that's like this, and it's taxing getting through it all. I'm not sure if this is a product of translating the original Japanese script or what.
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    • SunlitSonata 2024-04-24 18:19:11.533999+00
      If it wasn’t a character’s direct voice lines I usually read through all the extraneous descriptive text pretty fast but your mileage may vary depending on read speed and which characters you want to hear actually say their lines most
    • Mado 2024-05-10 22:21:20.122213+00
      That's roughly the approach I'm starting to take and it's making things a bit better. I'm in the middle of episode 3 now, and it's night-and-day compared to episode 2, like the pacing is way better in 3 and there's far more interesting reveals going on. I honestly feel like episode 2 should have just been scrapped entirely, and have some of its plot beats integrated into 1 and 3.

      Overall so far, I'm not entirely convinced that this VN is "peak fiction" or whatever, but I can definitely see why people like it. The writing is a little too rudimentary for me, and the whole game has that uniquly theatrical anime-melodrama vibe that I find grating. But I'd be lying if I said it hasn't been engaging; it's stylistically bold, and the core mystery - though somewhat overly opaque and sloppily developed - has kept me theorizing and thinking about it. It sure takes its damn time, though!
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  • Nergal997 2024-05-24 11:57:53.072499+00
    "people say it's a life-changing experience, but bear in mind these people are anime fans"
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  • cassio_ 2024-05-25 03:56:43.325655+00
    a visual novel in the top 50 that's so embarrassing
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    • BoreCanal 2024-05-27 19:25:16.30667+00
      Embarrassing genre elitism
    • cassio_ 2024-05-27 21:10:03.234339+00
      it's like having an audio book in the top 50 albums lol
    • BoreCanal 2024-05-27 23:38:29.991129+00
      If the audiobook is released in the form of an album and is meaningful enough to people that they think it deserves to be in the top 50, then yes, it should be there.
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