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Letter from a Summoner (召喚師からの手紙) is an extra arc from Umineko no Naku Koro ni. It was first released as part of Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Episode 3 on November 25, 2008.

This page features a partial Japanese transcript and English translation from lparchive.

Release History

Original Booklet

This arc was first released as part of Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Episode 3 on November 25, 2008.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni: The First and the Last Gift

This arc was rereleased in Umineko no Naku Koro ni: The First and the Last Gift on December 16, 2015.


Symphony of Catbox and Dreams adapted Letter from a Summoner into visual novel format for the first time, featuring voice acting.


English Transcript

The various miracles brought about by magic are literally "miracles" in the human world. Moreover, miracles in the human world could perhaps be compared to needle ice on a midsummer day.

Needle ice in the summer is already a miracle by itself. As such, it would be possible to create needle ice under the scorching summer sun by means of a magical miracle. But of course the ice would instantly melt due to the midsummer sun, and both its shape and the miracle would be lost.

As that would be regrettable, we need to search for magic to create even larger needle ice and to make it last even longer under the sun. Making the needle ice larger requires vast amounts of magical power. Keeping the needle ice frozen for longer requires vast amounts of magical power.

In other words, when it comes to magic that causes a great miracle in just an instant, versus magic that persists forever with just a tiny miracle, it would seem at first glance that the former kind is much flashier and superior. However, the amount of magical power required is exactly the same.

In that sense, it has to be said that the latter, more subdued kind of magic called 'summoning' by great magic practitioners, has not been very popular in the history of magicians.


The main fuel of magical miracles can be supplemented with a fuel of madness called magical power. If that is difficult to understand, it's usually simple enough to think of it like physical strength. Imagine that in front of you there is a heavy baggage that you're supposed to move somewhere else.

If you simply lift the burden up and carry it as it is, that would certainly require considerable strength and endurance.

However, if you used something like a cart or a lever or attached something to it to get a better grip, you could lighten your load quite a bit.

The same applies to magic.

This is why things like magic circles and catalysts are prepared.

Many of these preparations take a huge amount of work.

That should be no surprise. After all, the preparations are meant for supplementing the missing parts of one's magical power with labor.

Those who aspire to be magicians should not forget this.

Magical power is not only what one was born with. A fanatical tenacity of purpose is also "work" that leads to magical powers.

As an aside, I had no magical talent when I was born.

Nevertheless, I was able to gather enough magical power to call myself a magician.

It could be said that magical power is not necessarily a matter of talent, but rather a matter of how much madness "one can maintain for a long time" as well.

Particularly those who desire the magical art of summoning which "allows miracles to forever persist upon the earth" should not forget this.


Also, according to my experience, a certain preparation is indispensable for raising the success rate of summoning. It is what we call a vessel.


A vessel is, in simple terms, a "dwelling" for visitors from different worlds.


Let us return to the matter of the needle ice. It is only natural that needle ice, if simply left as it is, will melt away in no time under the blazing midsummer sun. However, one could prepare a cooler box that blocks sunlight and heat and put the ice in there. Compared to when these preparations are not made, the ice should certainly last for much longer even in the midsummer.


The vessel should be appropriate for the summoned visitor. The more appropriate it is, the more power it manifests.


Those who aspire to be summoners should take an interest in not only training but vessels as well. For those who think they can accomplish anything with their magical power alone, know that that is nothing but juvenile carelessness. I would like you to heed your elder summoners and make careful preparations, with not just any kind of passion but the unending passion of a summoner, and perform a magnificent summoning.

I have no doubt that meeting with yet unknown visitors from other worlds will be a most valuable experience in your life.

Japanese Transcript

魔法が起こす数々の奇跡は、人間界において文字通り"奇跡"で ある。



だから魔法の奇跡にて、真夏の炎天下に霜柱を生み出すことも 可能だろう。

しかし当然ながら、真夏の太陽の前に瞬時に溶けて、その姿と奇 跡を失ってしまう。

それでは悲しいから、より大きな霜柱を、より長い時間太陽の下に 留めようとするのが魔法の求道というものだ。

霜柱を、より大きく生み出そうとすれば、それには大きな魔力を 必要とする。

霜柱を、より長く留まらせようとすれば、それには大きな魔力を 必要とする。

つまり、一瞬だけの絶大なる奇跡を起こす魔法と、ちっぽけな奇跡 であっても永遠に残り続ける魔法は、一見すると前者の方が派手で 優れているように見えるが、魔法としての何度や必要とする魔力にお いては全く同じなのである。

その意味で、後者の地味なる大魔法の最右翼である「召喚術」は、 魔術師たちの歴史において、非常に人気がないと言わざるを得ない


魔法の奇跡の主たる燃料は、魔力という名の狂気的燃料で補わ れる、 理解に難しければ、普通に腕力を想像してくれても良いだろう。


それを愚直に担ぎ上げて運んだなら、それにはかなりの腕力と体力 を必要とするだろう。

しかし、例えば荷車とか、てこの原理とか、持ちやすく取っ手を付 けるとか。いくつかの準備と要領で、その負担はかなり軽減できる。














また、私の経験によるならば、 召喚術を行う上でその成功率を上げるために欠かせない準備 がある。






真夏の炎天下に、そのまま霜柱を放置すれば瞬く間に溶け去って しまうのは当たり前だ。

しかし、日光と灼熱を遮るクーラーボックスのようなものを準備し、 その中に霜柱を紹介したならば、その準備がない時に比べ、はるかに 長い時間、霜柱を真夏に存続させることが出来るはずだ。





召喚術を志す者は、修練だけでなく、依り代にも感心を持っ てもらいたい。

自分の魔力だけで何でも成し遂げようというのは、若者的な短絡 だ。

ここは老境の先輩召喚師の小言に耳を貸し、一種の情熱でなく、 召喚師らしい永続的な情熱で入念な準備を行い、素晴らしい召喚を 行って欲しい。

異世界からの未知なる客人が、君の人生に生涯貴重な経験を 与えてくれることを、私は信じて疑わない。