There are a ton of characters I absolutely love in Umineko for so many reasons. I could go on for hours for a lot of them I think, so I’ll just give my top 3 here.
3- Erika : Just because she’s the best. Starting Chiru by introducing her character was the best thing Ryûkishi could have ever done to give the series a new dynamic, and he did it. I love her because she’s pure entertainment. She is selfish, but in the end she just wants to catch people’s attention and deliver the cool catchphrase when it’s her time to shine. Yes, she does horrible things, she’s an antagonist, but at the heart she’s just a real child who has been allowed to play in the game and enjoys playing her role to the fullest. I mean, who else could have been THE detective? In that sense, she’s close to Bern and Lambda, and I also love those two. The same way there’s no epic fight in EP8 without Lambda & Bern, there’d also be no epic trial, no logic error without Erika. And man, the logic error may just be my fave thing ever, so that tells a lot. Of course, there’s also a lot to say about her as a plot device, on how she mirrors some aspects of Ange, etc… But that would not be enough for her to be up there in the top 3 if she weren’t such a cool, fun, epic by nature character at the core.
2- Battler : “The incompetent man who struggles all over the tale to reach salvation at the end of it all.” I think that’s almost it. If I love his character so much, that’s because of the journey he goes through and how it changes him. From his determination at the end of EP1 to deny witches, to him breaking down crying in EP2 not wanting to suspect anyone anymore and surrendering. When he starts falling in love with Beato in EP3 (all over again) and when he realizes that Beato is a really broken person by the end of EP4 and swears to kill her. When he understands the truth at the end of EP5 and just breaks down crying at his own incompetence, apologizing for everything even though it’s already too late. When he creates EP6 as a huge puzzle made for showing he has understood every bit of Beato’s heart, a game so overflowing with love. And then there is the final twist of EP8 which just makes it all perfect. Of course, Battler is really cool right from the start and as the main character (at least for the most part) he has a lot of time to shine and a lot of epic moments. But the way he grows really makes it for me.
1- Beato : BEST CHARACTER EVER. Let’s face it, she is the absolute queen. And when I say “she” I mean all of that she is at the same time, because the nature of the character itself is already so unique that it’s pure genius in my opinion. And so, there is so much to say about her since she’s at the core of the story, and the fact that I love every of her different aspects and have loved them even before understanding the link between them tells how much I feel connected to her character. As Battler’s opponent in the question arcs, she is the greatest troll ever, yet she is also that innocent and pure girl at times. She is the best waifu, she can make you feel the greatest of hype, but she is also the most twisted and broken character ever written. She is the character hidden among the characters, she is the ultimate riddle of the tale, she is the one waiting at the top of Mount Purgatory for the person who will go on a journey to reach her heart, understand her, accept her and lay her to rest. She is love and hate, delusion and reality, mystery and fantasy. She has to be understood as a whole, and she reigns. She haunts my every thought ever since I finished Umineko for the first time, or maybe since I first saw her portrait, which is now proudly hanging above my bed. And there is still so much to say about her. I didn’t want to write about her in such a passionate fashion, but in the end it seems it can’t be helped since that’s just the way I genuinely feel. Riposa in pace, Beato.
Wow, I’m kinda tired so I hope what I wrote makes sense. I’ll try to talk about the other characters I love in their own threads when I have some time.