As i said before, but I doubt you read everything. You’re completely wrong here. I was truly aware of the Shaknontrice theory, even the first time I read the novel (and I’ve continued thinking Shannon/yasu was the culprit even 3 years after I read it for the first time)
As you said, I was also thinking about Shannon being the culprit and this is were you don’t understand.
I went back through the story to test the limits and then I noticed ALL the hidden hints.
Don’t take it wrong here : Umineko is obviously more than just a story and the beauty of the story of Yasu (mentally and psychologically) I understood that.
BUT, if you go further, read it again, try to find additional clues, you’ll see that actually the story of Yasu is something … I don’t know how to say … it’s way too easy and it’s really like the truth is given on a silver plate.
How many people said to me “Episode 7 shows the truth of Shkanontrice, you don’t have to think anymore, the culprit is given, …”
For the 200 hours of reading and all the references, there were things missing in this story compared to the rest of Umineko.
For example : No one ever paid attention to the music. But the music went really really far actually and it’s giving you so many hints. … Well, if you really understood the true story of Umineko you would instanly have known that the music is one of the main keys. That’s the first thing that is missing in Yasu story : the link with the music, there, is … obviously wrong. No, in fact it’s done on purpose.
I feel a bit like Lambda in EP 8 : when Featherine asks her what’s the best script between hers and Battler’s, she says “I’m sorry but Battler’s is 100 times better”.
This is my feeling. But as it is shown, I’m nothing compared to all the shkanontricers who will “protect” this truth until they die.
Oh and, saying that Episode 7 is wrong. It’s not free like that, there are really concrete clues which show that and explain why Episode 7 was written (there is obviously a goal). And obviously, there are clues that the whole Episode 7 is a game without love = yasu story is not the truth (link it with the “something is missing”)
I would like to finish on Clair’s song : der Vorleser, because I was tallking about music.
“It’s the star’s final act. This is my exit, but still, I cannot sing the truth”
“Footsteps ring across center stage that just plays a song of beautiful illusions.”
“Even if the blade reaches my lungs, I will NEVER speak the truth.”
“I am just a reticent reader”
This song is truly a confession : she is confessing that what she was reading is not the truth. I’m really open minded concerning interpretations but here it’s written clearly : "I will never speak the truth"
Meaning that the story of yasu she told is a lie …
“I am just a reticent reader speaking after the witch, reading aloud from the witch’s script”
“My hair flutters, and when I open up my mouth, I tell a red-stained fantasy.”