I’m a bit late, since I finished this episode a few days ago, but I figured I should finally just post my thoughts here, but, sadly, I’m not good enough with theories to form one.
Before I say anything else, I have to say, I was not expecting Beatrice to show herself like that. That immediately threw me for a loop.
First up, I want to talk about the Red Truth, and those sort of third person analyzations of the mysteries at hand. The entire idea of the Red Truth is something I’ve found really, really interesting. Seeing Battler trying to escape a sort of logic maze every time Beatrice says something in red really added to how much I enjoyed Episode 2. The whole idea of a step back from the story to analyze the locked room is interesting enough, but the Red Truth is likely the most interesting thing I’ve seen in the mystery genre. (Not that I have much experience with the mystery genre, but you get the idea )
Now, onto the relationships between George, Shannon, Kanon, and Jessica. Episode 2, quite early on shows how Beatrice supposedly fits into these relationships, and the idea that building them up, only to tear them down again is something she finds “entertaining”. I wanted to say I had no idea any sort of romance or talk of love was going to be a theme in Umineko. We saw a glimpse of it in Episode 1, but I expected that to be about the limits of it. Although, I’m actually quite glad I was wrong on that, as I feel like the beginning of Episode 2 really gave these characters some depth. Especially Kanon and Shannon. Shannon, who’s experiencing love, sees the dull, grey sea as blue. Kanon, however, sees it as grey, and nothing but grey. But he was curious as to how Shannon could possibly see blue in that dull sea. That sort of idea worked out really well in summing the two up, I think.
Speaking of the “furniture”, I had figured from the first episode that Kanon and Shanon were special in some way, and went beyond simple servants, but I had no idea they were that special. This applies to Genji as well. Originaly, when they started calling themselves furniture, I didn’t think much of it. The word “furniture” was thrown around a lot in this episode. My mind has a billion questions about Episode 2, but the one at the forefront is: Just what the hell does “furniture” really mean? It was referenced that they were “made” or “crafted” by Kinzo. What the hell?! I thought you were human, Shannon! And now there’s shields and giant arm blades? AND EVEN WEAPONIZED DEMON GOATS, TOO?
It’s pretty easy to tell my jaw was on the floor with a gigantic question mark over my head for a lot of that. In a good way, that is.
Moving on, I need to talk about Rosa. Rosa had a large part in Episode 2, which was something I was a bit surprised to see. In Episode 1, she hardly had a presence at all outside of her interactions with Maria. Seeing her put into a role at the forefront, like Natsuhi in Episode 1, started giving me the idea that there is no such thing as an insignificant character in Umineko. Whether or not this proves to be true has yet to be seen, but I definitely believe that will be the case later on.
(Skipping over a lot here, sorry about that, couldn’t really get my thoughts together) The Tea Parties this episode were definitely more interesting than in Episode 1, in my eyes. The Tea Party, delving into Rosa’s relationship with her siblings, and just how cruel Beatrice can be. Rosa’s memories of her siblings stuck an odd chord with me, and I almost felt as if it was sort of demonstrating one of the major flaws with humans. If we are in a position of power, or are put down to seem lesser than those with power, we will try to put down the next person lower than us. If there’s no one lower than you, you’re put into a very tough position, and this is where Rosa found herself when she was born into the Ushiromiya family.
The Ura Tea Party felt as if it was a base for answers to questions that have yet to arrive, or the beginning to questions I already have. The sort of rivalry between Berkastel and Lamdadelta seems to be over, what I’d assume, are the events of Higurashi in some way. In any case, it’s quite obvious that Bernkastel has some sort of relation to Rika.
Now, I had a lot more I wanted to say, but I think I’d better stop before this post becomes any more of a mess.
(Side note: The scene with Maria and Rosa, with Worldend_dominator playing was definitely the most intense scene so far, at least to me. Absolutely brilliant.)