Umineko no Naku Koro Ni ep 25: When one’s journey ends, the journey of another begins

despite running for 23 mins, this episode felt extremely short. i guess this will be the last time we’ll get to see the 12 years after timeline. it still didn’t explain what the F*** was in the sack in the previous episodes. a pity since ange seemed to realize something from it but whatever it was that she realized, it all comes down to her realization of how love weaves a path of miracles and how the white witched maria was stronger than her evil counterpart. as for the talk with bernkastel, i believe she foresaw beato’s resignation of the game and planned to have ange drag her back by regaining her powers. that or maybe there are other motives lurking behind the scenes.

i should honestly be excited since the finale is coming up but after seeing this episode, i lost my will to be up and giddy. after all, it’s evident that ange will die (not only did wiki said so) but im curious if they will decide to have an anime original end. maybe the anime end of needless left me unsatisfied.

regardless, i’ll be looking forward to it. how the mysteries will add up and how the conclusion is drawn.

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  1. violinkit
    Dec 18, 2009 @ 19:48:47

    They have a ridiculous amount of material to cover next week, and I’m starting to wonder just how much they’re gonna cut, especially since the last parts of arc 4 are so crucial and amazing. In fact, I’d rather they have dumbed down the fantasy killings even more, and maybe reduced a little bit of the Ange bit so they could take their time with the final episode, but it seems like everything is going to be really rushed and glossed over…

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  2. Keiri
    Dec 19, 2009 @ 12:39:20

    That’s a pity. Sounds like a need for a Season 2 or an OVA series, I guess?

    For some reason, Kasumi’s sudden appearance felt somewhat “meh” to me, even though she already showed up a few episodes back chasing Ange. I guess her involvement in this episode was to act as a trigger to “awaken” Ange’s sense of being a witch but even so, the old lady’s scene was so short it felt kinda anti-climatic overall. But anyway, Kasumi and her lackeys freaking deserved what they got. Couldn’t stand watching them beat up Ange but when Envy took the first assassination initiative, everything just got better from there. Speaking of which, I find it ironic yet amusing at the same time how the Stakes who represent the seven deadly sins support Ange’s notion of white magic to bring happiness to people. 🙂

    as for the talk with bernkastel, i believe she foresaw beato’s resignation of the game and planned to have ange drag her back by regaining her powers. that or maybe there are other motives lurking behind the scenes

    Maybe a resignation in Umineko’s game can’t exactly be seen as a default victory in Bernkastel’s view? I reckon she wanted to defeat Beato in the game so having the latter resign from it won’t exactly work out in her favor.

    OFF TOPIC//
    baka~, have you listened to “Passionate squall” (Qwaser’s ED)? It’s pretty good. I was actually expecting it be something like Needless’s ED which has an ironic image to its series, sounds pop and perhaps visually plastered with fanservice but to my surprise, “Passionate squall” is very rock and has a dark theme (as expected of a dark Anime like Qwaser, I suppose?). But imho, out of the 5 seiyuu performing the song, I think only Hikasa Youko, Hirano Aya and Chihara Minori’s voices fit when they’re singing the solo parts. Or perhaps making the song into a duet between Hikasa and Hirano is best seeing how these two have voices made for hard rock music.

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  3. baka~
    Dec 19, 2009 @ 22:06:57

    I find it ironic yet amusing at the same time how the Stakes who represent the seven deadly sins support Ange’s notion of white magic to bring happiness to people.

    im beginning to think that the sisters are actually a name for their group. think of it as a mercanary group for instance, it doesnt matter who they serve so as they do their job. but coming from someone who doesn’t have read the VN… that’s most likely fictitious :p

    Maybe a resignation in Umineko’s game can’t exactly be seen as a default victory in Bernkastel’s view?

    if there’s one thing, witches have huge amounts of ego in this anime. it’s not complete victory until someone starts licking somebody’s toes

    ut imho, out of the 5 seiyuu performing the song, I think only Hikasa Youko, Hirano Aya and Chihara Minori’s voices fit when they’re singing the solo parts

    youtube aint spilling shit X_X

    so they released the ED song early? i would be very obliged if you would share me the link XD

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  4. Keiri
    Dec 21, 2009 @ 00:28:57

    im beginning to think that the sisters are actually a name for their group. think of it as a mercanary group for instance, it doesnt matter who they serve so as they do their job. but coming from someone who doesn’t have read the VN… that’s most likely fictitious :p

    When you put it that way, guess you’re right. The only traits which liken the Stakes to their namesakes are their individual personalities but otherwise, their belief is to follow whatever their master decides. 🙂

    so they released the ED song early? i would be very obliged if you would share me the link XD

    Ahaha sorry to get your hopes up but they didn’t release a clean version of it anywhere. You’ll have to bear with the radio broadcast of it. Maybe you’ve heard it already if you’ve been following the radio series? Anyway, you can listen to it here. Just scroll to around 30:03 to listen to it but you’ll have to bear with Toyosaki and Hikasa chatting in the foreground. LOLOL @ Pikasha getting the title of the song wrong. XD

    I’ll be screening other radio shows where listeners usually request Anime songs. Sometimes they will broadcast songs which aren’t even released yet.

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  5. baka~
    Dec 21, 2009 @ 01:49:43

    WOOT thx for the link!

    it’s hard to determine how good the song was since their commentary overlaps it but after having another go, it had a Gundam SeeD feeling to it. i really like the upbeat rhythm but am curious since you mentioned it was dark. im thinking the lyrics had some dark meaning to it.

    and LOL at pikasha! did she say “Oh shit” after mentioning the title of the song wrong?

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  6. Keiri
    Dec 21, 2009 @ 21:18:24

    i really like the upbeat rhythm but am curious since you mentioned it was dark. im thinking the lyrics had some dark meaning to it.

    I can’t hear the lyrics very well so it’s hard to judge whether the lyrics have a dark undertone. I got the feeling of it being a somber song from the music alone but the lyrics could prove me wrong. Qwaser’s OP/ED lyrics were written by Hata Aki after all, so I’m expecting something good along the lines of lyrics like Haruhi’s “God knows…” and CANAAN’s “mind as Judgment”. Speaking of the music, I find it interesting how “Passionate squall” was composed and arranged by Tom-H@ck, the same dude who wrote the music for K-ON!’s “Cagayake!GIRLS” and a few other K-ON! character image songs like “Let’s Go” and Ritsu’s “Girly Storm”. Quite a vast difference in genre I must say but yes, he has written a number of other heavier songs too.

    and LOL at pikasha! did she say “Oh shit” after mentioning the title of the song wrong?

    Nah, that was Toyosaki :). What she said was “Oshii” (惜しい) which means “So close, but not quite” in this case when Hikasa nearly got the title correct. Pikasha, as usual, was the rowdy one who was laughing and going “YAAAAYYYYY!!!” lol.

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