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Umineko No Naku Koro Ni Episode 19

November 5, 2009

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The playing field has been wiped clean, the pieces reset. After Beatrice’s conniving attempt to win last time, it’s clear she shouldn’t be taken lightly. The stakes have been increased now that the vicious 12 year cycle is known, but Battler has Ange’s help for this fourth game. Beatrice also arrogantly grants him the use of the “blue truth”, which may just come back in her face once Battler learns how to use it properly.

With the introduction of Ange and the revelation of the 12 year endless hell, the stakes have been put into perspective along with hope to pull through. The motifs that this series emphasizes can no longer be perceived as one-sided; there’s every reason to believe that Beatrice can be beaten at her own game. We know what’s on the line, we believe Battler can win, and we’re starting anew. Now this is exciting. While I’m fully aware that I probably wouldn’t be feeling this way without all the previous build-up, I wanted to reiterate why I hadn’t been enthralled by Umineko up to this point. I made the comparison to Higurashi not because I wanted to see the same thing, but because it exemplified how the recurring nightmare approach can pull viewers in right away. There, the murders were shrouded in complete mystery, leaving you with the impression that anything could happen next. Plus, they had the whole Oyashiro curse thing going on, along with the constant horror stories to keep you in suspense. As such, things were really entertaining right from the get-go, whereas Umineko needed more arcs to really draw me in. It was a retrospective look on things, seeing where we are now with the story.

With the game reset and Ange in the planar world with Battler (under the alias “Gretel”), we’re first given a look at the outcome of Rokkenjima that she knows. While Beatrice and Battler are still going at it in yet another game, Eva came out as the sole survivor as far as Ange’s concerned. Having lost her immediate family — Rudolf, Kyrie, Battler — in the incident, Ange is taken in by Eva and educated to become the next Ushiromiya heir. She enters a difficult stage in her life, where she’s despised by others at school for “snatching” the inheritence rights from more befitting candidates, despite having no involvement with Rokkenjima. Ange’s able to get through her days with the help of a diary left behind by her “older” cousin Maria, whom she’s able to talk to because she also possesses magical powers. However, she’s more concerned about finding out what really happened on October 4th, 1986.

Seeing as Eva was found 2km away from the mansion on a stormy night, Ange naturally suspects that she killed everyone to claim the head of the family and the inheritence. A family friend and company president, Tetsuru Okonogi (Kosugi Juurota, Okonogi in Higurashi), highly doubts that though because of Eva’s genuine remorse over the deaths of Hideyoshi and George. Instead, he conjects the possiblity that Kinzou had everyone try to solve the epitaph to decide his successor, but was actually using it as a ploy to give it to Eva since he thought she was qualified. And while everyone was being killed off in accordance to the epitaph, he had Eva hide in the secret safe house Kuwadorian that only the head of the family knows about. Back to Ange’s tough life, she also has to put up with her other aunt Sumadera Kasumi’s forceful ways, but has a bodyguard named Amakusa Juuza (Yusa Kouji) on her side thanks to Okonogi. (Kasumi is Kyrie’s younger sister and also voiced by Tanaka Atsuko.)

716bcd0a919dcb1316e33f4404e798a41254320169_fullAs for the current game in play, the family is once again restless about Krauss and Natsuhi’s refusal to let them meet with Kinzou. To circumvent the issue, Kyrie proposes that they won’t ever ask to meet with Kinzou until he passes away, provided that Krauss upholds his responsibilities as his representative. Failure to do so means he has to revoke his rights to the inheritence, which includes allowing Kinzou to die from anything but a natural death. Since everyone’s been kept in the dark regarding the inheritence details, Krauss quickly catches on to this as Kyrie’s way of suggesting that Kinzou’s already dead and that he killed him to claim the inheritence all for himself. Hearing this possibility, Battler quickly challenges Beatrice to try repeating in red that Kinzou is among the 18 people on the island, implying that there’s someone else he’s never accounted for. She refuses though, having grown tired of giving him that card to play. Ange soon points out that Battler implicitly accepted Beatrice’s rules by using the red truth, which is why she’s so annoyed with his previous attempts at this stupid, unfair game.

Taking offense, Beatrice offers Battler the use of blue text instead, which he can use to theorize as long as the theory outright denies the existence of witches. While Battler’s confused about its usefulness, Ange suggests that he change his gameplan from a careful dissection of the mystery to a head-on one and bombard Beatrice with so many possible truths that she won’t be able to refute them all. Rejuvenized by this “shotgun approach”, Battler starts off by saying in blue that Kinzou is not among the 18 people on the island. Back on Rokkenjima, we continue to follow a perspective where Kinzou is alive. He’s pissed that the others forced Krauss into a corner though, and says he’ll attend the family meeting to settle everything personally.

The introduction of the blue text is huge, because it allows Battler to impose numerous possible truths on Beatrice, which she has to somehow counter. Her trump card of course is her red text, provided that she can actually say what she needs to. Thus, we have our battle of roundabout arguments, where you win if the other person can’t disprove what you’re suggesting. The rules are that Beatrice can’t acknowledge the existence of witches with her words since she can only speak the truth, and Battler can only deny their existence with his words within the confines of those truths. Now with the tool he’s been lacking to fight evenly, Battler can win the game by cornering Beatrice with enough blue explanations, whereas she needs to exhaust his imagination in order to win. It doesn’t even matter which of Battler’s theories is correct — he simply needs to show that one’s possible and place doubt on Beatrice’s explanation with witches.  Who will come out on top?

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13 comments

  1. YESSSHHHH!!! This has become even MORE delicious! Want the episode naow!


  2. Battler has leveled up! Learned Talk in Blue! Maybe he will finally get off his ass and defeat Beatrice.. which I doubt lol.


  3. If anyone noticed:
    there are 3(three) siesta sisters shown in the OP and maria was holding eva-beatrice’s staff… a possibility that she could turn into another ‘beatrice’ in the future?


  4. I’m pretty sure that the authors are drawing an analogy between Beatrice and Jesus; this is where the red text came from (many versions of the Bible have the words of Jesus in red). I had suspected this connection for some time, and when she used red text the very first time I considered it to pretty much be the final confirmation of my suspicions. However, I’m less clear on where the blue text idea came from.


  5. This episode makes me wanna rewatch ep 2. I forgot how Kinzo died. It does raise an interesting question that Kinzo could’ve been dead for all this time. If I remember correctly ep 1 and 3 he was burnt. ep 2 they didn’t show so that means so I’m thinking he went missing. Ohhh.. Now I’m pumped up!!! This is by far the most interesting ep in Umineko. XD


  6. Haha nice job on spotting the new differences. I was looking out for new stuff in the opening but didnt managed to catch all of them! Thanks for the juicy info haha. Makes me look forward to how things are going to progress!


  7. Well, to be honest i don’t really care whoever wins in the end so long as i get to hear more of beato’s deranged laughter. if there’s one thing that amuses me in this anime, despite the absurd battle of wits, it’s beato’s insane laughter X3


  8. Im waiting for all of the beatrice’s to be revealed. Im anxious to see what the anime is going to do for that.. since it apparently doesn’t follow the visual novel to a T lol. Also… I can’t help but feel that Beatrice is actually on Battler’s side and is doing all the psycho stuff she’s been doing till now only because she needs an evil facade for Lambda and Bernkastel to believe that Beatrice is trying to win, when she’s really discretely stalling (by repeating the game over-and-over) long enough for Battler to assemble all his resources (e.g. Ange-Beatrice) to finally win the game.


  9. I think what you said about Beato’s battle being one-sided is true. One-sided for her. Battler has to prove magic can’t be the culprit, even in the slightest way.
    Beato has to prove magic is the culprit, which is impossible to do. Beato never had a chance of winning from the start, especially with the introduction of red text.


  10. Please after the red text, wich was ludicrous enough itself, we have the blue text. And a couple more chars. This serie continues going on throwing in decoy elements and leaving unrevealed what really matters. I hope the final revelation where the truth will be taken out of the blue (litterally) will be satifying enough to avoid some big LOL, such as the nice act Beatrice set up last arc and nobody believed unless Battler.


  11. Sadly, I didn’t even notice the opening was changing for the longest time before, mainly because I was skipping over it. -_-


  12. I never noticed Maria holding eva-beatrice’s staff till you said that omg! I had to go back and watch the opening.. I like her outfit O.o xD


  13. Ok so I went back and watched this episode again and from the looks of it.. Maria’s outfit resembles Virgila’s outfit alot doesn’t it seem like that? The sash the ruffles the hat/like thing. Only thing she has different is eva’s staff.. What if Maria-Beatrice is a mixture of many of the witch characters? xD not really but that would be great!



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