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Banquet of the Golden Witch is the third episode and Question Arc of the Umineko When They Cry series. It was released at Comiket 74 on August 16, 2008 and is followed by Alliance of the Golden Witch.

The original release of Banquet of the Golden Witch includes the previous two chapters.

Introduction

Good morning. I'm quite surprised to see that you still haven't surrendered.
The Golden Witch has extremely high hopes for you.

Have you figured out the structure of this world by now?
You have no chance of victory unless you know the rules.
Please, enjoy your game with the Witch to your heart's content.

The difficulty level is equal.
Equal for both you and the Witch.

Plot Summary

Main article: Banquet of the Golden Witch/Plot Summary

The episode continues the battle between Battler and Beatrice, with the events on the island having a special focus on Eva Ushiromiya. Battler's debate against magic is further complicated by the introduction of new witches and demons, and as the Ushiromiya adults make a serious attempt to solve the epitaph, Battler starts to learn more about Beatrice's past and the state of the island.

Characters

Main Characters

New Characters

Ushiromiya Family

Furniture

Witches

Release History

Original Release (Comiket 74)

Banquet of the Golden Witch first released on PC at C74 on August 16, 2008.

Comiket 75

This arc was rereleased with Alliance of the Golden Witch at C75 on December 29, 2008.

English Release

The Question Arcs were officially translated to English and released by MangaGamer on July 8, 2016.

Saku

Umineko no Naku Koro ni Saku released as a compilation of every arc on PC on October 4, 2019.

Ports

This arc has been featured in the following console ports:

Adaptations

Anime

The 2009 Umineko: When They Cry anime by Studio DEEN adapted Banquet of the Golden Witch in Episodes 12 to 18.

  1. Castling (aired: September 17, 2009)
  2. Gambit (aired: September 24, 2009)
  3. Positional Play (aired: October 1, 2009)
  4. Isolated Pawn (aired: October 8, 2009)
  5. Queening Square (aired: October 15, 2009
  6. Promotion (aired: October 22, 2009)
  7. Swindles (aired: October 29, 2009)

Manga

The manga adaptation of Banquet of the Golden Witch was illustrated by Kei Natsumi and serialized in Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine from October 2009 to July 2011. It was later collected into five volumes. Yen Press published them in English in two omnibus volumes.

  1. Banquet of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 1 (JP: April 22, 2010; EN: January 21, 2014)
  2. Banquet of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 2 (JP: August 21, 2010; EN: January 21, 2014)
  3. Banquet of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 3 (JP: December 22, 2010; EN: January 21 / April 22, 2014)
  4. Banquet of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 4 (JP: April 22, 2011; EN: April 22, 2014)
  5. Banquet of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 5 (JP: August 22, 2011; EN: April 22, 2014)

Novels

Kodansha released two volumes adapting Banquet of the Golden Witch:

  1. Umineko no Naku Koro ni Episode 3: Banquet of the Golden Witch volume 1 (released: March 2, 2010)
  2. Umineko no Naku Koro ni Episode 3: Banquet of the Golden Witch volume 2 (released: April 2, 2010)

Openings

Original Version

Umineko_no_Naku_Koro_ni_OP_EP1

Umineko no Naku Koro ni OP EP1

Umineko no Naku Koro ni by Akiko Shikata. The original opening for the first three arcs of the visual novel.

Umineko_no_Naku_Koro_ni_OP_v2

Umineko no Naku Koro ni OP v2

Umineko no Naku Koro ni by Akiko Shikata. An alternative opening used as a promotional video but not found in the visual novels.

PS3 Version

Umineko_no_Naku_Koro_Ni_PS3_OP_EP1-4

Umineko no Naku Koro Ni PS3 OP EP1-4

Senkyou no Igreja by Asriel (KOKOMI). Used for the PS3 remake Rondo of the Witch and Reasoning and contains spoilers for all Question Arcs.

Anime Version

Umineko_no_Naku_Koro_ni_Opening_3_HD

Umineko no Naku Koro ni Opening 3 HD

Katayoku no Tori by Akiko Shikata.

Credits

  • Screenplay and Graphics: Ryukishi07
  • Directing and Scripting: Yatazakura
  • System, Scripting, and Web management: BT, Tokika
  • Music Chief and debugger: dai
  • Management and Coloring: Tsubaki Naruse
  • Mastering Assistant: pre-holder
  • Backgrounds: Kameya Mannen-dou, Yatazakura, Nekozakura, MALI., ALL Season Shikinoirodori
  • NScripter Naoki Takahashi
  • NScripter Extension Effects: Koubou Kimikagesou
  • Portraits: Takahito Ekusa (Alchemist)
  • Opening Movie: Yoyu (RMG), Nanagi (Hightension wires)
  • Opening Theme: Umineko no Naku Koro ni
    • Composition and Arrangement: Akiko Shikata
    • Lyrics: Noriko Mitose
    • Vocal and Chorus: Akiko Shikata by the courtesy of HATS UNLIMITED, INC.
    • Recording and Mixing Engineer: Minami Chokko
    • Acoustic Guitar: Jura
    • Bouzouki, Irish Bouzouki: Koichiro Tashiro
    • Violin: Seiko Onuki
    • Electric Guitar: Hiroki Ito
    • Percussion, marimba: Marie Oishi
    • Base: Koki Ohno
    • Recorder, tin whistle: Takashi Yasui
    • Studios: BS&T RECORDING & REHERSAL STUDIO, Rabbit Hole Studio, SOUND INN STUDIO
  • Music and SFX: -45, dai, M.Zakky, pre-holder, SB YUNE, zts, U2 Akiyama, Eriya Arai, Mizuki Kitaoji (grasun cat), sumiisan (Kaminoke Records), Hironori Doi, Pureco, Luck Ganriki, Kino Nei, sunny (Roundbooster Architexture), xaki (Roundbooster Architexture), cap (Roundbooster Architexture), Kazumi Kimura, Motoki Zakuro, Ryu-Ga, NYO (Silver Forest), bit (Silver Forest), Kana (Silver Forest)
  • Special Thanks: General (GML), Shigeru Nakagawa (Alchemist), Kiichi Kanou (Alchemist), Michiko Koyanagi (5pb), Atsushi Seto (HOBIBOX), Hiroshi Nakamura (WAYUTA), Yasuyuki Hirata (Avex Entertainment), Takeshi Hiradate (Avex Entertainment), Tomoko Shinoda, Mariko Terashita
  • Produced By: 07th Expansion
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