I wanted to revive this thread because I think it’s a really interesting thing to discuss.
My favorite thing about Ryukishi’s writing is his ability to take themes he’s previously established and reanalyze them from a different lense under a different context. For example, in Higurashi, Teppei is painted as an abusive character who doesn’t really get any sort of human characteristics attached to him whatsoever. Therefore, we (and by extension of us readers, the characters in Higurashi) are able to hate him because there is absolutely nothing justifying his behavior.
This changes when we meet Rosa in Umineko who is also an abusive character, but we can see why she chooses to abuse her daughter. By no means are her actions justifiable either, but she’s painted in a much more human manner than Teppei is. We can see what contexts drove her into her abusive behavior, as well as how she’s able to justify her own behavior. We never see this in Teppei, and it makes him a weaker character/uninteresting because of that.
I truly think his writing has improved over time, and that can be seen reading the various things he’s written. I’m excited about the topics he will take on in the next WTC, and I really hope he continues to challenge the morals/themes that he’s established in previous works.