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Volume 4

Legend of the Golden Witch Vol. 4 is the fourth volume of Kei Natsumi's manga adaptation of Legend of the Golden Witch and the fourth overall volume of the manga adaptation of Umineko When They Cry. The volume was released in English by Yen Press as an omnibus with Volume 3.

Publisher's Summary[]




Six people are dead, and Battler and his remaining relatives slowly come around to addressing the terrifying reality of their situation: Either one of their number is a murderer, or there is a nineteenth person on the island who wants the Ushiromiya family dead. Regardless, the killer seems to be following the inscription beneath the portrait of Beatrice, the instructions for finding the elder Ushiromiya's vast treasure of gold. But each line of the inscription calls for more death, more blood...and the revival of the witch Beatrice herself... Will any remain alive to see the end of this mystery?


Chapter 17: Chessboard Logic[]

Chapter 18: Confinement[]

Chapter 19: Separation[]

Chapter 20: Discord[]

Final Chapter: Golden Land[]

Tea Party —Episode 1—[]

Secret Tea Party —????—[]



Looking Forward to the Reunion

Hello, I am Ryukishi07.

Welcome to the world of Umineko When They Cry...This is a classic "closed circle" mystery, combining a string of murders at a mansion of an isolated island with an eerie legend of a witch that surrounds the incident. After hearing that description, most people will say to themselves, "Oh, I can tell without reading it that there will be witchy, spooky things going on that turn out to be a series of tricks perpetrated by a regular old human." And who can blame them? Everything that's been put out with a similar description is just like that, so it's no surprise that anyone would assume those were just the rules for this kind of thing.

Was it the work of a witch or of a human? Of course, these outcomes are not compatible. If it's the work of humans, the story is a mystery, and if it's the work of witches, it can't be a mystery. In other words, at the point you define the story as a mystery, it's possible for the reader to say, "There's is no such thing as a witch.This is all the work of a human." That would mean that I've already lost the reader's participation in the line of thinking I most wanted to evoke: that of the balancing act between occult fantasy and logical mystery. In other words, I began writing Umineko When They Cry so that the reader would be lost no tin the identity, the trick, or the alibi of the killer, but in the step that comes before; whether or not the crime was even possible for a human to accomplish.

Nearly all readers having just finished Episode 1 should feel certain that these murders were acts of man dressed up to look like the work of a witch. True, there are plenty of spots that are hard to explain, but you should be able to convince yourself that there's some fancy trick behind them. And I want to shake that certainty to its core in Episode 2...

When we meet again in the afterword of Episode 2, I will be very interested to see how many of you still insist that this could be the work of human beings...After all, don't you find it very...arrogant to assume that all things that happen in the world can be explained by humans? Heh-heh-heh. Are you starting to lose that confidence already?

Since you're all so certain that "the killer must be a human," why not uphold that logic as far as you can take it? The golden witch will take many wicked steps to break you down. Will you still be detectives when we reunite? Or will you have sunk to being the witch's furniture? Until we meet again...

Kei Natsumi[]

Hello again. I'm Kei Natsumi.

We've finally finished the manga version of Episode 1 of Umineko When They Cry. Thank you for following along until the end! Only the deepest thanks to Ryukishi07-sama, BT-sama, Yatazakura-sama, my editors Nozaki-sama and Koizumi-sama for their help and patience.

Episode 1 is now over, but I'm delighted to say I've been allowed to draw Episode 3 as well. Jiro Suzuki's Episode 2 and Souichirou's Episode 4 are already beign serialized. The world of Umineko continues to expand! I implore you to keep following along. The fight against the witch has only just begin!!

Special Thanks
Hinata, Rodriguez Nagai, Rin "Tomisho" Kuroki, Mai Horiuchi, Midori Imai, Riuna Mizuzaki, Mikuko Satou, Chiyo Watanbe, Suzuka Asamine, Natsuru, Hako Itagaki, Chikako Nozoki, Sasara Kazesaki,
& You.


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