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Volume 1

Legend of the Golden Witch Vol. 1 is the first volume of the Legend of the Golden Witch manga adaptation and the first overall volume of the manga adaptation of Umineko When They Cry. The volume was released in English by Yen Press in an omnibus format with Volume 2.

Publisher's Summary[]

Each year, the Ushiromiya family gathers at the secluded mansion of its patriarch, the elderly Kinzo. It has been six years since Battler joined his cousins at the annual event, but their happy reunion is overshadowed by worsening weather and an eerie premonition from his youngest cousin—not to mention their parents’ feud over the inheritance. Battler doesn’t hold much stock in dark omens, nor does he believe the tales of the witch rumored to have given his grandfather a fortune in gold…and who walks the halls of the mansion to this day… But when the eighteen family members and servants are trapped on the island by the raging typhoon, the grisly events that follow leave Battler shaken to his core. Is one of his relatives desperate enough to kill for the family fortune? Or is this the work of the Golden Witch?

この島にいるのは18人? 年に一度の親族会議のため、六軒島を訪れた右代宮一族。台風により閉ざされたこの島で、次々に起こる不可解な事件。浮かび上がる19人目の存在、魔女ベアトリーチェ。連続殺人幻想「うみねこのなく頃に」、ここに開幕――…。




Does the Witch Exist or Not?

Hello, I am Ryukishi07.

It brings me great joy to present to you another story, going from the world of Higurashi When They Cry to this new world of Umineko When They Cry. I truly hope you will enjoy this one just as much as the previous.

In Umineko, events will unfold similarly to those of a mystery novel, but the issue in question is not quite the same as the traditional "Find the culprit" narrative. In this case, the question is, "Does the witch exist or not?"

When it comes to mystery-suspense stories, the distinction between an occult tale and a mystery tale is a major one. However, because the answers to virtually all stories in this realm follow boilerplate mystery tropes, readers are able to pigeonhole what is presented ("It's just another one of those mysteries, after all"), which has caused much of the genre's original appeal to be lost.

Looking back, the blurring of the line separating occult and logical mystery,, which was a much greater part of mystery-suspense novels in the early twentieth century and before, created a much more exciting and vervous atmosphere for the reader. I wrote Umineko When They Cry with the hope of providing readers with that same tension and excitement.

Enjoy the rich and vivid witchly atmosphere at much as you can.

It's obviously just another mystery story, you say to yourself. Try to follow along and pick apart the mystery, and we'll see how far you get. The witch's torture has already begun.

Kei Natsumi[]

Nice to meet all of you. I am Kei Natsumi, artist for Episode 1 of Umineko. Thank you, everyone, for reading. As a huge Higurashi fan, I've been on cloud nine ever since my editor told me I'd have the chance to draw this series. Thank you, Ryukishi07-sama and BT-sama, for checking my drafts every time despite how busy you both must be. Thanks go to my editors Nozaki-sama and Koizumi-sama. Let our collaboration be long and fruitful.

So, we have our stage set with eighteen people trapped in a mansion on a tiny island as a typhoon rages outside. From this point, the story takes some hard and fast turns toward tragedy. I will draw this comic adaptation of the story to the very utmost of my ability! I hope you choose to share your time with me.

Special Thanks
Hinata, Rodriguez Nagai, Suzuka Asamine, Waon Peko, Asaka Horiuchi, Aya "Tomisho" Hosoyama, Sayuri "Akkiri" Akiyama, Hako Itagaki, Kai Yuna, Hiroko Watanabe, Midori Imai,
& You.


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