My circle of friends consists of mostly very busy people who enjoy working on their own thing or just get easily distracted. And if I have friends who are not busy, they either are very squeamish about gore or horror shenanigans or they really can’t get into VNs. So most of my attempts probably come off as annoying.
I did manage to get one friend into Umineko. I sold him with the mention of how fantastic the music was. And he likes music a lot in general. He finished reading and every time Umineko is mentioned we just gush about it and cry. And shitpost, of course.
There’s also my boyfriend, who has only finished reading EP1. Though he has been very busy with his studies so it’s been impossible for him to continue reading. Granted, I did spoil him most of Umineko, but considering how dense it is, he still gets really immersed into the characters and keeps forgetting who the culprit is, haha.
There’s also this one friend I really REALLY wish could read Umineko, because for one, similarities about the characters and this person, for two, he writes his own characters so well, especially assholes that I just end up caring about and relating to, and I would love love LOVE for him to see the characters in Umineko at their full splendor. He has seen the anime, and surprisingly he liked it and the idea and all, 'cept for the final after credits scene of course. But maaan he has like a million projects and I don’t think he’ll ever have the time to ever read umineko fully. Nor the VN, or the manga. Man he would have loved the manga because the expressions are amazing…
If only umineko had a good anime… then most of my friends could multitask by working and keeping the anime on a second screen or something.