In this chapter, and for the first time, the residents attempt to solve the riddle of Beatrice's epitaph rather than determine the true identity of the murderer. The pasts of Eva and Beatrice are also highlighted in this chapter, as more magical details are being introduced in the story.
Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 3: Banquet of the Golden Witch was published in English in two omnibus volumes by Yen Press on January 21 and April 22, 2014, respectively, as well as in eBook format on April 22 and 29, respectively.
It's strange that there are no reviews for this manga. So let me explain why this episode of the story stands out more than the previous two and deserves 9/10.
Story - 9
The plot continues to show the great confrontation of minds, but in this episode we receive something slightly different. Instead of focusing only on battle where Beatrice and Buttler are trying to defeat one another, story provides us with Eva's and Beato's past. Without going to spoilers I want to say that their backstories are key features of this episode, because we get explanation of characters' motivations. This leads to a huge development of
the overall story, where readers have to deal with plot twists.
Art - 8
Just like in the other episodes art is very good. Emotions of despair, fear, horror and madness are drawn in way that you will get shivers. There was a moment, where I turned over the page and got scared.
Characters are interesting as always: Charismatic Buttler, foxy Beatrice, ambitious Eva and etc. You get attached to them pretty quickly. And also we get development of those characters, which really makes your reading experience more enjoyable.
Enjoyment - 10
Personally, I really enjoyed this episode. It gave me sleepless nights, because I wanted to know what happens in the next chapters (thanks to cliffhangers).
Overall - 9
I think it is a fair score for such nice experience. I can't wait to read next episodes. If you read this review without being acquainted with the Umineko No Naku Koro Ni series, try to give it a chance. It will definitely leave you enjoyed.
The 3rd installment of the Umineko series and an episode which is more enjoyable than the previous ones in many ways .
Story - 8
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON ??????????????????????????
That's probably what a completely new reader to this would ask on more than one occasion .Which is pretty understandable .Weird "furniture" being summoned with absolutely no explanations .No answers to the matter of what exactly "witches" are and no proper bearing of the situation as a whole being given by the author .
It is fucking lovely .
Okay so I might seem pretty biased since I've already finished it (the entire
series) but I'm really not .Umineko is a weird story you see so when ,as a person who's finished it , read through and see the "extremely" subtle foreshadowing and clues I can't help but smile to myself as I read .The weirdness is not a bad thing though .Stuff like that gets revealed later so if you judge this chapter individually then you're being unfair .Umineko has to be seen as a collective series even though it's broken into parts .
My lord the plot twists in this are amazing .
So wonderful and so unexpected .If I want to teach someone how to troll I'd tell them to go read Umineko .The approach to solving mysteries is very intriguing as well .Various concepts like "Hempel's Raven" and "The Devil's Proof" being applied to the point of abuse (which isn't a bad thing at all) .
If I were to have a problem with it it would be that the story is sort of hard to follow a times .There's a point near the middle where an explanation of the epitaph (you should be well acquainted with this by now) seems to be slightly hard to follow even as a rereader .I understood what was being said but it didn't seem to stick .As though understanding one part of the dialogue would mean that to understand the next one you'd lose the current understanding you have .
Slightly hard to understand what I'm saying isn't it ?Well ,reading it would give you a better idea .It's hard to put into words .
But it was okay and it was only for a few moments so I'll let it off for that .
Art - 9
I've read other reviews on this series and to be honest I'm amazed when I see people rating Umineko's art so far a 6 or 7 I mean....
Is there any other manga that does panel arrangement as well as Umineko ?
Is there any manga that does troll expressions as well as Umineko ?
Is there any manga that can do shocking page transitions as well as Umineko ?
NO .No to all of those questions .The art itself even without all that is pretty damn decent .Too decent .How do you not clap for it ?It perfectly represents the emotions so well this thing should deserve an award ...
Okay so let's talk about the bad stuff about the art .Sometimes it feels a bit over the top with it's expressions .Some panels (few if I might add) also seem to have less work put in them than others .There's also.......................................................................................................................................................................................
Nope there isn't anything else .That's pretty much it .There aren't any other problems with the art .You all should be bowing down to the paperback that you bought or your computer screen .
Character - 8
We have some cool moments for Kyrie and Rudolf who were killed off too early for any character expansion in the previous episodes .A bit of Kyrie's past is expanded upon as well .I must say that the Ushiromiya family has some badass members .
The main focus of this episode though ,is Eva Ushiromiya ,eldest daughter of the family .She does her part quite well (especially at the end when she trolls someone) .Her background and reason's for disliking Klauss are all shown in this episode .
"It's useless .It's all useless"
Why is it that I find myself smiling whenever Battler says this line ?When you add this kind of powerful quote with an awesome panel/page transition and amazing art then you'll know that some shit is going down for real .
Beatrice is as wonderful a troll as ever and we get a small glimpse of her true nature at the end (after one of her glorious moments though) .She takes an odd ,refreshing turn in character during the middle of the episode as well .
Enjoyment - 8
Well this is pretty funny .
I rated this an 8 before writing this review but now that I'm done writing so much cool stuff I have this urge to go back and rate it a 9 instead .Only the knowledge of the glory that is Episode 5 can hold me back .
Also this review is spoiler free so don't worry about anything that seems like a spoiler .It isn't .
Now that you've spent three minutes of your life reading my ode to Umineko if you don't upvote this review and immediately add it to your PTW I'll get mad......