Game Log: Umineko no naku koro ni session end Episode 1
Nemuiwanko here! Not much of a game log if I finished the game and don’t publish any of the journey. However, I’ll save that for the next episode. I got too caught up in trying to find out what happened in the story xD; So the following will just be my concluding thoughts and mini-review. The game is full of questions that I’m more confused than I ever was in Higurashi >___<
Umineko however exceeded my expectations as it weaved a nice tale of mystery that has been lacking recently in my anime and shows. It’s not a complete game as there will be more story arcs and episodes to show different scenarios in order to reveal the truth behind the events. Therefore this is more of an introductory episode, which will more or less acquaint you well enough for the next game. However, what interested me most was the following questions that developed in the story. Was everything that occurred in this story supernatural? Or did it have a basis in reality? Does the golden witch exist? Will Micchi-sempai take Maria home?
Hit the jump for more! Which is full of spoilers and thoughts about the game o_o;;
Each of the individual families has their own quirks and differences. As the story unravels bits of their past, the friendly atmosphere that takes place in the beginning slowly dissipates. Like Higurashi, it’s all fun and games in the beginning until someone dies ;_; Although predictable for now, as it is the introductory game, it sets up a set timeline of events that each game will supposedly follow. Just as how Higurashi went, each game will differ like a parallel world. To go further, there is an epitaph that the game follows. It details the sacrifices and deaths that take place that will lead to Beatrice’s (The Golden Witch) resurrection. The death of six people mark the start of game and the search for the hidden gold.
Once the game gets going, we all know more people are going to die. But how do they die? Closed room murders occur, and without much information we’re led to believe that they are caused by the supernatural. That of which being the Golden Witch. With Maria propagating such a message over and over and acting strangely at times, what is overall connection with Beatrice? Battler on the other hand with inspiration from his stepmother Kyrie, believes that everything that occurred was manmade. Given Higurashi’s story, the only supernatural elements had to deal with Rika and Hanyuu. Everything else was done by man, compared to what we were led to believe in the beginning. Is Ryukishi07 aiming for something similar again? Why in the story was such an idea proposed by Kyrie and Battler? Could it truly have relevance to the murders, despite the hints so far that the witches may indeed exist? So many questions… so little answers!
Personally I would like to fight against the notion of the supernatural. Just because it’s something that people tend to associate with when they can’t reason why some things happen. Umineko goes into this and it’s an important idea that is repeated and mentioned often from Battler. Despite all that’s happened though, I don’t really know what to think if you consider the existence and introduction of..
At the end of the game, in the hidden tea party (A segment that looks over the end of game’s events in some sort of commentary mode.. not sure what to make of it really..) Bernkastel appears! Well it’s kind of.. Rika… a bit hard to explain unless you’ve watched Higurashi, but the introduction of these elements make things even more complicated. I’ve spoiled myself with a bit of the second game and third, but not enough to conclude anything.
One more thing that came to mind as I was writing this. These new repeats of the Umineko world, how are they occurring? In Higurashi, Hanyuu was the one using her power to restart the worlds. I’m pretty confused about this, but I think I’ll replay the tea party segment sometime again to see if I can gleam anymore information. But I’ll hold off on spoilers until I play the second game.
Overall from my babbling, it seems like my initial goal of doing a nice summary didn’t work out but I did write out some thoughts about the game. I am still new to visual novels, but so far the integration of audio, and visual elements in this story made reading this more enjoyable. With the music changing to fit the mood of certain situations, it clearly surpasses the experience of reading normally reading a book! I think these types of games give the creator a lot of freedom in determining what he wants the readers to imagine and feel. For anyone that reads this, you should give it a try sometime ^_~