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Overview

Umineko: When They Cry (When the Seagulls Cry) is a Japanese murder mystery dōjin soft visual novel series produced by 07th Expansion. The first game in the series, Legend of the Golden Witch, was first released at Comiket 72 on August 17, 2007 playable on the PC; the game sold out in thirty minutes. It's somewhat of a spiritual successor to Higurashi: When They Cry, and even has a few characters cross over in new forms.

Square Enix, Ichijinsha, Kadokawa Shoten, and ASCII Media Works all published various manga adaptations of the series. It was also turned into a 26-episode anime by Studio Deen, which aired in Japan between July and December 2009. A series of novels written by Ryukishi07 are published by Kodansha Box. A fighting game based on the franchise named Ōgon Musōkyoku was released by 07th Expansion on December 31, 2010.

Plot

The story focuses on a group of eighteen people on a secluded island for a period of two days, and the mysterious murders that befall most of the people. The goal of the game is to discern whether the murderer is human or of some other supernatural source. Umineko is the third title in the When They Cry series, preceded by Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, and followed by Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru.

Power of the Verse

Umineko is one of the most powerful franchises out there. Especially Featherine Augustus Aurora, the creator of the whole Umineko story. Umineko's characters also have many abilities like reality warping, time manipulation, regeneration, resurrection, etc.

Explanation

The cosmic hierarchy of the When They Cry series (including Umineko and Higurashi) is based on perspective. The strength of an individual depends on the height of the realm/world/layer that it exists on. Anything (even infinity and violation of logic) within a lower layer is limited when comparing it with a higher layer.

Characters can have multiversal abilities (like Battler's Endless Nine) within their own layer of existence, but in the higher layer they are just characters or chess pieces from stories/books or chessboards. Stories of lower worlds (including all characters, universes, physical and spiritual realities, afterlives, mirror realms, pocket worlds, higher dimensions and all fates in linear time and even timeless events) are visualized as tiny crystals (called Kakeras/Fragments/Pieces). And even ordinary people (such as Rika) within a higher layer can literally move, merge and change these small kakeras with just their hands.

To higher layer beings these lower worlds are simply records of information. Some kakera may contain countless worlds, or endless worlds/kakeras can exists as a limited amount of regular matter of a higher layer (it is not actually physical matter, just visualized concepts, much like everything else in the higher worlds).

However, even higher beings and realms where they exist are just characters and stories to creatures from even higher layers. But these creatures are also limited compared to beings that are even higher. The upper world is an infinite hierarchical ladder. Outside of that ladder is the boundlessness that is the lack of even perspective, the status of the Creator (the identity of a being that reaches this status disappears completely, because it is not limited to even its own life, death, or anything else).

Here are a few relevant scans that explain some of the Umineko concepts for you.

We also have a more in-depth explanation blog.

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Character Profiles

Almighty Beings

Almighty Beings
The Creator (Umineko no Naku Koro ni) Featherine Augustus Aurora
God The Witch of Theatergoing,

Drama, and Spectating

The Creator Featherine Augustus Aurora

Voyagers

Voyagers
Bernkastel Lambdadelta Piece (Umineko No Naku Koro Ni) Santa Claus (Umineko no Naku Koro Ni)
The Witch of Miracles The Witch of Certainty The Witch of Pieces Lord Christmas
Bernkastel Lambdadelta Piece Santa Claus

Witches

Witches
Beatrice Battler Ushiromiya Erika Furudo Eva-Beatrice
The Golden Witch The Golden Sorcerer The Witch of Truth The Witch of the Future
Beatrice Battler Ushiromiya Erika Furudo Eva-Beatrice
Ange Ushiromiya Virgilia Maria Ushiromiya
The Witch of Resurrection The Finite Witch The Witch of Origins
Ange Ushiromiya Virgilia Maria Ushiromiya

Angels

Eiserne Jungfrau
Dlanor A. Knox Cornelia (Umineko no Naku Koro Ni) Gertrude
Chief Inquisitor

of Eiserne Jungfrau

Third-Class Priest First-Class Priest
Dlanor A. Knox Cornelia Gertrude

SSVD
Willard H. Wright Diana (Umineko no Naku Koro Ni)
Chief Inquisitor

of the SSVD

Heavenly Cat
Willard H. Wright Diana

Furniture

Furniture
Wild Cats (Umineko) Theory Goats Ronove Gaap
Bernkastel's Familiars Low-Level Furniture 27th Ranked Great Demon 33rd Ranked Great Demon
Wild Cats Theory Goats Ronove Gaap
The Seven Stakes of Purgatory Shannon (Umineko no Naku Koro Ni) Kanon Flauros
Purgatory Sisters Kinzo's Furniture Kinzo's Furniture 64th Ranked Great Demon
The Seven Stakes of Purgatory Shannon Kanon Flauros
Zepar Furfur
16th Ranked Great Demon 34th Ranked Great Demon
Zepar Furfur

Humans

Ushiromiya Family
Kinzo Ushiromiya Krauss Ushiromiya Eva Ushiromiya Rudolf Ushiromiya
Head of the Ushiromiya Family 2nd Ranked of Ushiromiya Family 3rd Ranked of Ushiromiya Family 4th Ranked of Ushiromiya Family
Kinzo Ushiromiya Krauss Ushiromiya Eva Ushiromiya Rudolf Ushiromiya
Rosa Ushiromiya Jessica Ushiromiya George Ushiromiya Black Battler
5th Ranked of Ushiromiya Family 6th Ranked of Ushiromiya Family 7th Ranked of Ushiromiya Family Forgery
Rosa Ushiromiya Jessica Ushiromiya George Ushiromiya Black Battler
Natsuhi Ushiromiya Hideyoshi Ushiromiya Kyrie Ushiromiya Lion Ushiromiya
10th Ranked of Ushiromiya Family 11th Ranked of Ushiromiya Family 12th Ranked of Ushiromiya Family The Successor of the

Ushiromiya Family

Natsuhi Ushiromiya Hideyoshi Ushiromiya Kyrie Ushiromiya Lion Ushiromiya

Servants
Terumasa Nanjo Genji Ronoue Chiyo Kumasawa Toshiro Gohda
Doctor Head Buttler Elderly Servant Ushiromiya Family's Chef
Terumasa Nanjo Genji Ronoue Chiyo Kumasawa Toshiro Gohda


Discussions

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