Hi, Mow here! I am from the USA. I am a huge umineko fan, I am also reading rose guns days (I’ve been stalling a lot but I will finish it) and also higurashi as it releases on steam. I saw all of the higurashi and umineko anime as well… (well not kira shivers.)
How did I find this place, well it is actually kind of a long story, sure I could just say I found it through kazamatsuri but that wasn’t really the true start.
My very first encounter was with higurashi. This may sound strange as hell but it was in school. Why some guy was watching higurashi in school is beyond me. Anyways he showed me a rather violent part and that is when I said to myself, “I will NEVER watch this anime.” fast forward to today and somehow that anime is sitting on my shelf along with a signed umineko. So yeah what happened between back then and now? Honestly why I changed my view from saying “I will never watch it” to lets give it a try, is a mystery. I think it was just a spur of a moment thing, I figured I wouldn’t like it at all because I am not into horror what so ever. But the thing is I DID give it a try for some reason and I am glad I did. Cause damn once I started watching it I could not stop.
So then one day I discover these things called “vns” So there was like this big list of vns, this was a long time ago when I really didn’t care about downloading games, mainly cause I really didn’t know where to buy them, without getting massively ripped off. But the two I decided to get was Umineko since I was watching the anime and people kept telling me I should read the vn, and Little Busters cause I was a fan of key. (well later I bought them both so it is okay right?)
So then there was the fairly large time frame I like to call the great wait. It was sort of painful at the time but looking back it was fun. Neither umineko or little busters was anywhere near done translating. So first off the thought of not waiting for the patch came to mind, machine TL and learning some japanese sounded good at the time. But then somewhere on the internet somebody said something, just some random person. It was you shouldn’t machine TL, you should think of the vn as a work of art and read it in your native langue. That and also umineko has some tricky wording in it for sure, plus I am not really a person who reads anything expect vns, and I am just not very good at English anyways so learning another language that well is too much for me. So I waited, not just for umineko but for Little Busters as well. Plus when I started he had only written up to ep 5. But since I had to wait it felt like it was growing on me even more, because I could stop and think for a long time about what happened rather than just going through from start to finish, and the the wait ended, I still find it so odd that the two vns I started first would finish tl within 24 hours of each other, still blows my mind even today. Probably one of my best days of my life tbh lol. Also the fact that I find them linked, cause I started them together.
It is pretty strange how when you think about my story I start as pretty closed minded not wanting to watch higurashi, but at the end of reading umineko, I feel the vn opens your mind to think in different ways. So I really feel that is what I will remember the both as; the time I opened my mind to new things and ideas…
Oh and one more thing, I really feel like 07th expansion and key are extremely connected, and mind you not just cause of rewrite or whatever. The fact that this new website exists born from a key one just strengths that thought for me. I feel even more so connected with umineko and little busters.
Welp I think I wrote more than enough, I always get carried away when I talk about how I got into vns/umi/LB.