Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch
Umineko When They Cry Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch
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Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch

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English: Umineko When They Cry Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch
Synonyms: When Seagulls Cry Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch
Japanese: うみねこのなく頃に - Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch


Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 23
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 22, 2007 to Aug 22, 2009
Genres: ComedyComedy, MysteryMystery, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror, SupernaturalSupernatural, PsychologicalPsychological
Authors: Natsumi, Kei (Art), Ryukishi07 (Story)
Serialization: Gangan Joker


Score: 7.951 (scored by 77977,797 users)
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Ranked: #7842
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Every year, the Ushiromiya family attends a gathering held by the eccentric family head, Kinzou, on the island of Rokkenjima. As his health is failing, most of the family believe he doesn't have much time left. So as a typhoon rages on outside, so too does the storm in their hearts as they squabble amongst themselves over the inheritance and the claim of being Kinzou's rightful heir.

Battler, Kinzou's grandson, has returned to Rokkenjima after a six year absence, expecting the gathering to go smoothly. However, his eccentric grandfather has other plans; he enacts a bizarre game, challenging everyone to find his hidden gold. The one who finds it also receives the most coveted reward of all: the leadership of the family. However, their game is beset with violence and murder when the participants are used as "sacrifices" to revive the Millennial Witch of Rokkenjima, Beatrice.

Ever the skeptic, Battler doesn't believe in the occult. But when so many around him turn up dead, he is forced to question whether it was the work of magic or the machinations of someone among them.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch was published in English as in two omnibus volumes by Yen Press on November 20, 2012 and February 26, 2013, respectively, as well as in eBook format on April 22, 2014.

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There are lot of longer series that are dull and uniteresting at the start, but with a huge fanbase spamming "Bro you gotta keep reading/watching bro I promise it gets better after 200 chapters/episodes bro trust me please don't drop it". Fortunately, Umineko is not one of those. And I don't mean that it starts great only to get weaker later. It starts great and keeps getting even greater. And it goes even beyond that, the later parts are so great they make the already good start even better. But more about that later.

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Jun 24, 2011
bizarrequazar (All reviews)
Like it's spiritual predecessor Higurashi, Umineko no Naku Koro ni is split into eight arcs, with the first four being question ones and the last four answer. This is a review of the first arc, Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch, often refered to simply by the series name, like on here, due to it being the first arc.

As a forewarning, I may end up comparing this to Higurashi a lot due to them being very similar, but I'll try to do so as little as possible.

Ah, the story. In this we get Ryukishi07's usual style of telling you as little as read more
Mar 28, 2014
Alencia (All reviews)
“Does the Witch exist?”

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni also known as When the Seagulls Cry is a story about a closed circle mass murder mystery. 18 people on the Rokkenjima Island, which includes the Ushiromiya family, servants and a doctor are slaughtered one by one through gruesome methods. There are an amount of locked room murders that seems impossible to be done by humans, which brings up the question: “Is the Golden Witch Beatrice responsible for the murders?”

First of all, the pacing of the story is done pretty well. The author spent the first six chapters to mainly focus on the characters. As I read more

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