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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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
English: Umineko When They Cry Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 23
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 22, 2007 to Aug 22, 2009
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Mystery Mystery, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Serialization: Gangan Joker
Authors: Natsumi, Kei (Art), Ryukishi07 (Story)


Score: 7.801 (scored by 1237312,373 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #12512
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #567
Members: 31,612
Favorites: 661


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Chapters: /23


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.

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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.



Jun 2, 2010
When They Cry 3, dubbed Umienko no Naku Koro Ni is considered the spiritual sequel to Higurashi (direct in my opinion). Like Higurashi, its a mystery/thriller but with more emphasis on the mystery aspect. The state of affairs for the adaptions of the Umineko Visual Novel are pretty damn messy at the moment. There's the anime, which is a godawful piece of crap that's worth no one's time. Than there are the manga adaptions which are still being published. Simultaneously no less. Needless to say, it can get pretty confusing but that's what this review is for.

The premise is typical stuff for a murder mystery. ...
Oct 23, 2023
Mixed Feelings
*Note: This is a review of all eight episodes of the manga. Not just the first.*

tl;dr: A very unique story that tries to slowly weave an intricate build up to something grand, but slowly starts falling apart in the second half.

Umineko is a bit of a strange story. I suppose it has mysteries in it, but overall, it’s less of a mystery than it is a story about people playing a game based on mysteries. And furthermore, the key trick in the mysteries isn’t something that’s found by analyzing the details of the murder themselves, but rather by analyzing how said details are presented to ...
Aug 2, 2021
Umineko no Naku koro ni - Episode 1

Right. I wasn't expecting much from the beginning. I actually had no idea what Umineko was about, but I knew it had a witch, a family, and a mansion. I went to see the anime, but it was so horrible that I preferred to erase it from my memory and start the saga adapted in manga. I will start with the elements that I thought were cool.

Basically episode 1 is a battle of the protagonist, Battler, with himself, in his quest to find the assassin inside the mansion, and, most importantly: to deny the existence of the Golden ...

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