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Legend of the Golden Witch is the first episode of the Umineko When They Cry series, and was first released at Comiket 72 on August 17, 2007. It is the first of four Question Arcs, and is followed by Turn of the Golden Witch.

Introduction

Welcome to Rokkenjima. The Golden Witch extends her heartfelt greetings. Please, take it easy and relax for the time being.

There's no need to think overly hard about any of this.
Quietly accept all that is about to happen.
That is all that is being asked of you.

The difficulty level is standard.
We might as well at least start by taking the easy road.

Plot Summary

Main article: Legend of the Golden Witch/Plot Summary

October 4 and 5, 1986. The Ushiromiya family has gathered on the private island of Rokkenjima for their annual family conference. Chief on the agenda concerns the struggle for the inheritance assets of the ailing family head, Kinzo. But as the family is trapped on the island by a typhoon, they receive a letter claiming to be from the rumored witch of the island, Beatrice, and mysterious events begin to occur.

Characters

Main Characters

Ushiromiya Family

Supporting Characters

Ushiromiya Family

Attending physician

Servants

Witches (Spoilers for the tea parties)

Release History

Original Release (Comiket 72)

Legend of the Golden Witch first released on PC at Comiket 72 on August 17, 2007.

Comiket 73

This arc was rereleased with Turn of the Golden Witch at C73 on December 31, 2007. The ???/Hidden Tea Party, which originally had to be unlocked via a special method[1], was changed to where it unlocks after completing the regular Tea Party. This would be the case for future rereleases.

Comiket 74

This arc was rereleased with Banquet of the Golden Witch 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

Manga

The manga adaptation of Legend of the Golden Witch was illustrated by Kei Natsumi and serialized in Square Enix's Gangan Powered and later Gangan Joker magazines from February 2008 to September 2009. It was later collected into four volumes. Yen Press published them in English in two omnibus volumes.

  1. Legend of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 1 (JP: June 21, 2008; EN: November 20, 2012)
  2. Legend of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 2 (JP: December 22, 2008; EN: November 20, 2012)
  3. Legend of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 3 (JP: June 22, 2009; EN: February 26, 2013)
  4. Legend of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 4 (JP: December 22, 2009; EN: February 26, 2013)

Novels

Kodansha released two volumes adapting Legend of the Golden Witch:

  1. Umineko no Naku Koro ni Episode 1 Legend of the Golden Witch volume 1 (released: July 1, 2009)
  2. Umineko no Naku Koro ni Episode 1 Legend of the Golden Witch volume 2 (released: August 4, 2009)

Anime

The 2009 Umineko: When They Cry anime by Studio DEEN adapted Legend of the Golden Witch in Episodes 1 to 5.

  1. Opening (aired: July 2, 2009)
  2. First Move (aired: July 9, 2009)
  3. Dubious Move (aired: July 16, 2009)
  4. Blunder (aired: July 23, 2009)
  5. Fool's Mate (aired: July 30, 2009)

Stage Play

The stage play adaptation of Legend of the Golden Witch was produced by Shingidan and released in theaters on March 31, 2022-April 3, 2022.

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 played 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_OP_Anime

Umineko no Naku Koro ni OP Anime

Katayoku no Tori by Akiko Shikata.

Credits

  • Screenplay and Graphics: Ryukishi07
  • Directing and Scripting: Yatazakura
  • System, Scripting, and Web management: BT
  • Music Chief and debugger: dai
  • Backgrounds: Kameya Mannen-dou, Yatazakura, Nekozakura, MALI. ALL Season Colors of the Four Seasons
  • 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
  • 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

External Links

  1. "Umineko Episode 1 Original: Unlocking the ???/Hidden Tea Party": https://youtu.be/mByyRJEW9_Q
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