Ranked #1873

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
Premiered: Summer 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Visual novel
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.401 (scored by 51,838 users)
Ranked: #18732
Popularity: #337
Members: 108,063
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

Ohara, Sayaka
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Ushiromiya, Battler
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Ono, Daisuke
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Ushiromiya, Maria
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Horie, Yui
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Ushiromiya, Ange
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Satou, Rina
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Kon, Chiaki
Kon, Chiaki
Director, Storyboard
Gouda, Hozumi
Gouda, Hozumi
Sound Director
Yoshida, Shunji
Yoshida, Shunji
Episode Director
Shimo, Fumihiko
Shimo, Fumihiko

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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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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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Jul 2, 2015
Please, do yourself a favor and avoid watching this anime. Even if you have zero interest in VNs (I was like that), just forget about the series, since you might someday change your mind.

The original is a masterpiece. I personally gave it a 10/10 in vndb; the story is probably the best I've ever seen in any medium. The anime, on the other hand, is nothing special; you'll run into entertainment of similar value everywhere. It's barely worth 6/10.

I was introduced to Umineko through the anime. I had watched (and liked) Higurashi and had never read VNs before, so the idea of doing read more
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Sep 3, 2014
Umineko huh...., probably one of the most disappointing adaptation that ever made

Let's get started, Umineko basically 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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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 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. 
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