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This article is about a character in Umineko no Naku Koro ni.

"......Hmmmm? Me? *cackle*cackle*cackle*cackle*! Yes, of course I once had the same question thrust upon me. Because I splendidly answered that devil's question, I was able to obtain gold and honor, and that witch as my possession. Which answer did I chooooooooooose? ......Do you really need me to say it out loud? Wahhahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...!!!"
— Kinzo in regards to his grandchildren's tests, Alliance of the Golden Witch

Kinzo Ushiromiya (右代宮 金蔵 Ushiromiya Kinzō), also known as Kinzou in the Yen Press manga translations, is the head of the Ushiromiya family and the summoner of the Golden Witch Beatrice.

Profile[edit | edit source]

The aged head of the Ushiromiya family.

Even though it has already been announced that he has just a few months to live, he is brimming with energy. Though he amassed a vast fortune in the past, he never made any announcements regarding the inheritance, which worries his children.

He is strongly influenced by the West, and is a rabid fan of the occult.
His study is packed with of mysterious grimoires.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Kinzo appears as a very old man with a receding hair line with a small beard and mustache. He wears a white suit with a One-Winged Eagle on his pants and a red undershirt, also imprinted with the One-Winged Eagle. He is also always seen wearing a long black cape with gold lining and the One-Winged Eagle imprinted near the top. While it is not shown, Kinzo is said to wear the Head's Ring on his finger. Kinzo is also said to have six toes on each foot as a result of his polydactyly.

When he was younger, Kinzo still had his white hair but wore a tan shirt and white undershirt, with a belt and tan pants to match. Young Kinzo has a strong resemblance to Battler.

Personality[edit | edit source]

As a young man, Kinzo was a rather jaded and lethargic individual, due to being used as a puppet by the elders of the Ushiromiya family to play the role of head most of his life. After meeting Beatrice, he was driven mad with love and sought to obtain her for himself.

As an old man, Kinzo appears to be rather insane, saying that "jumping out into the rainy sky on a mad night is nothing more than a bit of fun to go with a drink". His insanity and obsession with the occult, however, stems from losing Beatrice, who had died so long ago. He immersed himself in the occult in an effort to discover a way to revive her.

He dislikes his children because he knows that they will feast on the inheritance once he's died. However, in Twilight of the Golden Witch, Kinzo is shown to love his children, even going as far as to settle the inheritance issue. He also seems to care about his grandchildren, however he was furious when Battler left the Ushiromiya family six years prior.

Skills and Abilities[edit | edit source]

Kinzo displays proficiency in firearms, especially with Winchester Rifles which form much of his gun collection.

Kinzo is also a magician and an extremely powerful summoner, taking on the name of Goldsmith. His summoning skills are shown in Alliance of the Golden Witch where he summons Chiester 00, 410 and 45 simultaneously; after a few minutes he summons Ronove, Virgilia and Gaap.

Despite his powerful summoning skills, he doesn't have any magical defenses or attacks. Beatrice still proves more powerful than Goldsmith as she burns him down with a thought.

Background[edit | edit source]

Kinzo was born from the Ushiromiya family. He spent most of his childhood in a hometown in Taiwan, having a childhood friend in Genji. At the time, the Ushiromiya family could not decide who the head should be, so the elders decided for Kinzo to play the role of head as their puppet for their own gains. As a result, Kinzo became a jaded person and described those times as "extremely long and gray days". He eventually married the daughter of a high aristocratic family from somewhere the elders forcibly chose for their own convenience and before he knew it, she bore him Krauss, Eva and Rudolf. Despite that, he did not care for them and begins to behave in a very abusive and misogynistic way towards them.

Soon after, Kinzo met Beatrice and received a mountain of gold, which he used to make many investments; he purchased the island of Rokkenjima and built a mansion on it. He also became immersed with the occult and black magic, eventually coming up with Beatrice's resurrection ceremony and creating the epitaph. Over time it became known that he and the witch became lovers until the latter's death. However, Kinzo continued to sleep with his other wife, leading to Rosa's birth.

At some point he took Natsuhi into the Ushiromiya family to be Krauss's wife.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Family

Other

Role in the Story[edit | edit source]

Legend of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

Kinzo is first introduced in the prologue, where he cries out to see Beatrice one more time and is willing to give up everything for her. On the night of October 4th, Kinzo takes off his Head's Ring and throws it into the rain, returning it to Beatrice.

On the morning of October 5th, Natsuhi meets Kinzo in his study and is given a pep talk by him; Kinzo sees Natsuhi as a valued member of the Ushiromiya family.

Shortly after the discovery of the first twilight, Natsuhi and Eva return to the study to talk to Kinzo only to find that he had disappeared. His absence leads Eva to suspect that Natsuhi killed him and hid the body.

Disappeared from his study unnoticed. Kinzo's study has everything from a bed to a toilet to a bathtub, so it is extremely rare for him to go outside.

However, he does occasionally go out for a walk on a whim without telling anybody, and his disappearance invariably leads to a huge uproar throughout the house. He usually comes back as soon as he gets hungry... usually...

After the second twilight, Kinzo's corpse is found burnt inside the boiler room with a stake embedded into his head. His corpse is noted to be his because of the extra toes on each foot.

Burned in the incinerator, with a weapon resembling an ice-pick sticking out of his forehead.

The old sorcerer's wish vanished before it could be granted. He always knew that this was one possible result of his risky gamble.

Turn of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

After the first twilight, Kinzo calls Shannon and Genji to his study so he can write a will.

After Beatrice revives, Kinzo rejoices and is invited to her party, where he is torn apart by goats.

Missing.

He finally reached the Golden Land he so desired to see. However, since a fool was unwilling to accept it, the magic was wasted once again.

Even so, he was probably happy. After all, he managed to be reunited with the Golden Witch, if only for a brief time.

Afterwards, he was crushed to bits and eaten by demons and went to hell.

Meta-World Profile
A self-taught human sorcerer. His natural talent and level of knowledge are nothing special, but when his nearly insane powers of concentration and dedication were transformed into magical power, he awakened as a great sorcerer.

His power is at least great enough that he was able to summon Beatrice and form a contract with her.

Though his power is great, it is also extremely limited. He specializes in summoning and barriers, so perhaps it is fitting to call him a summoner.

Banquet of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

Kinzo dies as part of a closed-room chain for the first twilight. His corpse is found burnt in the boiler room.

His body was found as a burnt corpse in the underground boiler room's incinerator.

No evidence of a struggle was found inside the incinerator, so it's probably reasonable to assume that he was burned after his murder.

Too bad this time. It was game over right from the start.

Glimpses into Beatrice's past are shown, where it's revealed Kinzo had built a hidden mansion on Rokkenjima called Kuwadorian. Kinzo trapped Beatrice in a human form, with Kuwadorian being surrounded with a giant fence. Beato notes that Kinzo would pay her visits regularly, with days passing between visits.

Alliance of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

Meta-Battler and some of the other family members begin to think that Kinzo was dead all along and that his death is just being hidden. To dissuade these claims, Beatrice makes Kinzo exit his study and greets the adults in person.

Kinzo announces a plan to use the family as sacrifices for Beatrice's resurrection ceremony. He shows off his magical prowess and summons various furniture, including the Chiesters and Gaap, killing six people and sending the survivors to Kuwadorian. Kinzo then issues tests to his granddchildren to determine who will be fit to become the next head of the family.

Kinzo's ceremony is successful and he finally revives Beatrice, but his euphoria is cut short when Beato murders him, burning him to a crisp.

In the Tea Party, Battler investigates the island and finds Kinzo's burnt corpse inside the boiler room.

His body was found as a burnt corpse in the underground boiler room's incinerator.

No evidence of a struggle was found inside the incinerator, so it's probably reasonable to assume that he was burned after his murder.

Dust to dust. Ashes to ashes. The dead to the dead.

Later in the Tea Party, Battler pursues the theory that Kinzo is dead all along and an 18th person X is taking his place. Beatrice counters this theory by summoning a ghostly Kinzo who transforms into a giant dragon, but Battler strikes him down. Beato then confirms with red that Kinzo really is dead, and there are no more than 17 humans on Rokkenjima.

End of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

It's revealed that Kinzo already died in 1984. Natsuhi and Krauss kept him alive with a closed room illusion. They claimed that Kinzo was too busy with research to come out, with all of the servants except Gohda playing along.

On the night of October 4th, Battler attempts to solve the epitaph and witnesses Kinzo's spirit, who guides him to the correct place and answer.

The next day, Erika tries to prove that Kinzo doesn't exist when she investigates the entire mansion, and Kinzo's spirit becomes trapped in his study by Eiserne Jungfrau. Piece-Beatrice and her furniture try their best to protect Kinzo, but it seems hopeless until Battler manages to create a theory explaining how Kinzo could've escaped, allowing his spirit to disappear into the forests of Rokkenjima.

During the witch's courtroom, Erika uses Kinzo's disappearance as basis for a theory that he and Natsuhi were having sexual relations. Erika also claims that Natsuhi killed the victims of the first twilight and that Kinzo hid their corpses. Kinzo objects to this theory and tries to reinforce Natsuhi's spirits, but he is struck down.

In the ????, Battler manages to create a theory to overturn Erika's Natsuhi culprit theory. He confirms that Kinzo's corpse is indeed his, using Golden Truth to guarantee it. Erika is thus forced to revise her theory.

Dawn of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

He is already dead, but was kept alive with a closed room illusion created by Natsuhi and Krauss.

Requiem of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

Kinzo is alive in the special Fragment created by Bernkastel. Using the theater-going ability given by Bern, Will learns about Kinzo's past and the true origin of Beatrice.

WWII

When World War II broke out some years before the birth of Rosa, Kinzo enlisted himself to the military in order to die in a plausible way. He was stationed on a Japanese base on Rokkenjima, then-called Akujikishima, but never went into actual combat, much to his dismay. During this time he wished that a bomb would drop on him, but the US air forces never took notice of Rokkenjima. In the meantime, he spent his days training for combat.

One day, he was called in by Lieutenant Yamamoto, who needed an interpreter for a group of Italian soldiers who were taken into the base on a damaged submarine; Kinzo was the only one who could speak English. When the Italians disembarked, he met their own interpreter, Beatrice Castiglioni, and they soon became close friends. 

The Italians were found to have gold bars stored on their submarine. Lieutenant Yamamoto asks Kinzo to negotiate on how the gold should be split. However, Yamamoto comes to the decision to steal the gold by attacking the Italians. 

After a failed sneak attack, a skirmish erupts between the Japanese and Italian soldiers, and Kinzo witnesses a man die for the first time. Kinzo then realized that he wanted to live with Beatrice, and so he searched for her. He finds her about to be shot by Yamamoto, and Kinzo kills him before he could do anything. Kinzo and Beatrice become the only survivors, with the Italians' gold is still intact. They escape the island and take a few bars of gold with them, heading to Nijima to have Beatrice's wounds treated; it is here that Kinzo met Doctor Nanjo for the first time, giving him a bar of gold in exchange for secrecy.

Kinzo uses the last of his gold to support Beatrice, hiding her from his real family, and revives the Ushiromiya family back to its former glory. He establishes strong connections with numerous companies and becomes rich in an instant. A few years later, he and Beatrice had a child, with Beatrice dying soon after.

Secret Child

Kinzo brings his illegitimate child, named Beatrice after her dead mother, to be raised in the hidden mansion Kuwadorian. As Beatrice II grew and began to resemble his dead lover, Kinzo believed her to be the reincarnation of her mother. He began having sexual relationships with her (against her will), while at the same time indulging himself in the occult to have the memories of Beatrice return. Eventually, he and his daughter had a child together. Beatrice II gives birth but dies later on, leading Kinzo to hang a portrait of her in the main hall of the mansion. He later asks Natsuhi to take care of the newborn child; upon hearing that this child also died, Kinzo laughs with glee, immersing himself even more in his occult studies.

Unbeknownst to him, the child had really survived and later on became a servant in the Ushiromiya household under the name Yasu. Kinzo later discovered a scar on their foot where their sixth toe would have been and begins inviting them to shoot guns with him. At some point, he bought fake paperweight stakes that would eventually become the vessels for The Seven Stakes of Purgatory.

The Epitaph

In his final years he made the epitaph in the hopes that Yasu would reveal themselves to him, as his suspicions over seeing their scarred foot made it clear that this was Beatrice II's child. As such, Yasu solves the epitaph and is brought forth before Kinzo, dressed in their mother's clothing. Kinzo recognizes Yasu to be the child he was searching for and apologizes to Beatrice, telling Yasu that their birth name is 'Lion'. He dies afterwards, ecstatic that he no longer has any regrets. His death would be covered up by Natsuhi, Krauss, Kumasawa, Genji, Shannon, Kanon and Doctor Nanjo in 1985 and 1986, to create the illusion that he was still alive.

The Tea Party shows the real events on Rokkenjima, meaning Kinzo has already died.

Twilight of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

Battler creates a new gameboard for Ange where all the Ushiromiya family members are having fun together, with Kinzo being alive and acting very cheerful. Kinzo's presence is what causes Ange to start having doubts about the purpose of Battler's game.

When Erika attacks the Golden Land, Kinzo and several others are able to land a few hits on her.

Twilight of the Golden Witch (manga)[edit | edit source]

The Confession of the Golden Witch chapters reveal that Kinzo's corpse was being kept in a freezer with preservatives.

Other Appearances[edit | edit source]

Forgery of the Purple Logic[edit | edit source]

In this special game created by Beatrice, Kinzo is alive at the start. However, he is killed on the first twilight.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • He likes chess, booze and Beatrice and dislikes incompetence and defeat.
  • He and Genji call each other Kin-chan and Gen-chan when playing chess by themselves.
  • He uses reading glasses.
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