Ranked #1790
Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Alternative Titles

English: Umineko: When They Cry
Synonyms: When They Cry 3, When the Seagulls Cry, When They Cry - Seagulls
Japanese: うみねこのなく頃に


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2009 to Dec 24, 2009
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.421 (scored by 48114 users)
Ranked: #17902
Popularity: #289
Members: 98,660
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Considered as the third installment in the highly popular "When They Cry" series by 07th Expansion, Umineko no Naku Koro ni takes place on the island of Rokkenjima, owned by the immensely wealthy Ushiromiya family. As customary per year, the entire family is gathering on the island for a conference that discusses the current financial situations of each respective person. Because of the family head's poor health, this year involves the topic of the head of the family's inheritance and how it will be distributed.

However, the family is unaware that the distribution of his wealth is the least of Ushiromiya Kinzo's (family head) concerns for this year's family conference. After being told that his end was approaching by his longtime friend and physician, Kinzo is desperate to meet his life's true love one last time: the Golden Witch, Beatrice. Having immersed himself in black magic for many of the later years in his life, Kinzo instigates a ceremony to revive his beloved upon his family's arrival on Rokkenjima. Soon after, a violent typhoon traps the family on the island and a string of mysterious murders commence, forcing the eighteen people on the island to fight for their lives in a deadly struggle between fantasy and reality.

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Episodes  0 / 26
Aired  Jul 2, 2009 to Dec 24, 2009
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch, Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 2: Turn of the Golden Witch, Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 3: Banquet of the Golden Witch, Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch, Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Alternative setting: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Spin-off: Umineko no Naku Koro ni Specials

Characters & Voice Actors

Ohara, Sayaka
Ohara, Sayaka
Yun, Mi Na
Yun, Mi Na
Kobayashi, Yuu
Kobayashi, Yuu
Lee, Ju Chang
Lee, Ju Chang
Kugimiya, Rie
Kugimiya, Rie
Bae, Jeong Mi
Bae, Jeong Mi
Ushiromiya, Maria
Ushiromiya, Maria
Horie, Yui
Horie, Yui
Jeong, Mi Sook
Jeong, Mi Sook


Kon, Chiaki
Director, Storyboard
Gouda, Hozumi
Sound Director
Yoshida, Shunji
Episode Director
Kawase, Toshifumi
Script, Storyboard, Series Composition

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Nov 10, 2010
A few things before reading this review:
-yes, I am one of those who have played the sound novel before watching the anime;
-no, I will not make this an essay of comparison between the two, nor will I praise the novel over the anime; however, it is inevitable that certain comparisons will indeed appear, in order to explain the flaws of the anime;
-this review might seem a bit unfriendly to someone who has no clue what Umineko is about. In fact, it's much more addressed to those who have partially or completely watched the anime/read the manga/played the game.

Let me begin with a simple assertion. Umineko read more
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Sep 3, 2014
Umineko huh...., probably one of the most dissapointing adaptation that ever made

Let's get started, Umineko basiclly have an interesting and unique plot when you started to watch. It's full of excitement and surprises. But, the story evolve to the wrong direction, there is some point that makes the audience confuse within the story. The story completely losing way in the center, and came out with no finishing, with plenty of mysteries still hidden.

Next is the characters, with SO many characters that the story have, and not even one of them get a single meaningful development at all. All day, they just killing each others, read more
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Mar 6, 2010
Something has to be wrong with the author of both Higurashi and Umineko no naku koro ni, since both series are extremely twisted, violent and have some kind of sick focus on violence against kids...

...BUT, at the same time this guy has quite a talent to get people hooked up to his visions of mystery and horror and that's what makes his works pretty outstanding from many other mystery anime series. Once you started the first season of Higurashi no naku koro ni you were fascinated by the tension surrounding the secrets of Watanagashi. That's exactly what happened to me watching Umineko, I was completely read more
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Jan 2, 2010
One must remember that the Umineko no Naku Koro ni anime is an adaptation. While the anime in itself may not necessarily warrant harsh scores of 2 or 3, in comparison to its source material, it is extremely, extremely lacking. I find it inconceivable that anyone could give this series, even if they never read the sound novel, a 9 or 10 out of 10 rating. While the sound novel may not have been a masterpiece, it was intriguing, exciting, and, at times, moving. In its adaptation into an anime, the entire thing was turned into something disgustingly shallow and one-dimensional.
I doubt that any read more
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Both made by 07th Expansion and has the gore and time travel thing going on.
They are really similar since it's by the same guy, Ryukishi07.
And I mean.. the titles..
So, they are extremely similar.
Both of these anime involve a very simular style. The clothing worn by the characters is very Victorian age, one series taking place during such an era and the other being influenced by said era. Both involve mystery, though Umineko runs more long the lines of actually having supernatural overrtone, while Gosick has a supernatural undertone.
Both are about a group of people trapped in a closed area trying to find the killer among them.
Both have logic and psychological fights and death involved
Both series contain plenty of mystery revolving around mysterious deaths and suspense. Both series' plots are twisted and contain plot holes as confusion and horror spreads as the episode progresses.

Both series contain a cast of characters that begin to lose themselves in hopelessness as the murders continues in unfit matters. Additionally, some of the murders are graphic and increasingly violent as the death count toll piles up.
When I saw the first epsode, it feels like Baccano! Lots of characters are introduced. And, with same dark and comedic feels to it.

No witch in Baccano though.

Opening Theme

"One-winged Bird (片翼の鳥; Katayoku no Tori)" by Shikata Akiko

Ending Theme

"la divina tragedia ~Makyoku~ (la divina tragedia~魔曲~)" by Jimang

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