Hello one and all, and welcome to the birthday thread of one of the most revolutionary Visual Novels of all time.
After creating Higurashi, many in the VN community wondered how Ryukishi would surpass the surprising success of the iconic mystery-horror, and during the hustle and bustling on a summer night during Comiket 72, it was noted that one VN sold out in 30 minutes-its name was Legend of the Golden Witch, the first novel in Ryukishi’s new WTC series known as Umineko:When They Cry.
While the plot initially appeared to be little more than an “And Then there were None” ripoff, a surprise twist at the end of the first novel revealed what would be the beginning of an intrinsic meta murder mystery that would challenge its readers to become detectives, and what began as a regular murder mystery evolved into a game between the author and his readers.
As the series progressed and the mysteries became more and more complex, the inclusion of themes and messages that many praised the Higurashi series for became much more integral to Umineko’s story. Themes of love and examinations of what constitutes a mystery took hold in Chiru, but unlike Higurashi, the prominence of these themes in the plot seemed to polarize readers who favored the simple ‘logic battle’ approach the earlier novels had, and in a result that seemed to echo the ending of Neon Genesis Evangelion or The Great Gatsby in the west-many fans became detractors after the series end.
And yet, seven years after the final novel’s debut, people in the visual novel community have once again taken an interest in Umineko, and a revival of sorts has taken place within the fandom-especially after Mangagamer announced it would arrive on Steam after Higurashi’s updated re-release.
Often compared to Neon Genesis Evangelion or Revolutionary Girl Utena, Umineko is an ever evolving series that perhaps could be set alongside the greats in western canon, and certainly has a story to tell for the ages. Happy 10th birthday Umineko, and may you continue to live on.
-The Witch will praise the wise, and should bestow four treasures.
One shall be, all the gold from the Golden Land
One shall be, the resurrection of all the souls of the dead
One shall be, to put the witch for all time
Sleep peacefully, my most beloved witch Beatrice.
As usual, this thread is one to celebrate all things Umineko related whether its fan art, retrospectives, essays, music, or posting images of the manga, or people reading the Visual Novels. Just don’t forget to tag your spoilers.