Twilight of the Golden Witch is the final installment of Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru, and the eighth and final episode of the main Umineko When They Cry series, concluding the story. It was released at Comiket 79 on December 31, 2010.
The original release of Twilight of the Golden Witch contains the previous 3 episodes. In other words, it is effectively the full Chiru release.
To think that this is goodbye brings me great sadness as well.
I have prepared a farewell party for this night.
There will be a game tournament as well, so I ask that you participate with vigor.
Like pepper, the difficulty comes in tiny yet spicy grains.
Why not participate yourself, now at the very end?
- Main article: Twilight of the Golden Witch/Plot Summary
The final episode focuses on Ange, who in her quest to discover the truth behind the events of the Rokkenjima Mass Murders is given the chance to go to Rokkenjima as a six-year old by Battler. The central conflict revolves around the struggle between Battler and Bernkastel to convince Ange of their own perspective towards how she ought to approach the truth and her quest for it.
This episode is the first episode with features that require direct interaction from the player, allowing the player to unlock extra scenes as well as make the choice between two endings.
Original Release (Comiket 79)
Twilight of the Golden Witch first released on PC at C79 on December 31, 2010.
Chiru was officially translated to English and released by MangaGamer on November 17, 2017.
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Saku released as a compilation of every arc on PC on October 4, 2019.
This arc has been featured in the following console ports:
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru: Nocturne of Truth and Illusions
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni Saku: Symphony of Catbox and Dreams
The manga adaptation of Twilight of the Golden Witch was illustrated by Kei Natsumi and serialized in Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine from February 2012 to July 2015. It was later collected into nine volumes. Yen Press published them in English in three omnibus volumes.
- Twilight of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 1 (JP: August 22, 2012; EN: April 30, 2019)
- Twilight of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 2 (JP: December 22, 2012; EN: April 30, 2019)
- Twilight of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 3 (JP: August 22, 2013; EN: April 30, 2019)
- Twilight of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 4 (JP: December 21, 2013; EN: August 6, 2019)
- Twilight of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 5 (JP: August 22, 2014; EN: August 6, 2019)
- Twilight of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 6 (JP: December 22, 2014; EN: August 6, 2019)
- Twilight of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 7 (JP: April 22, 2015; EN: June 23, 2020)
- Twilight of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 8 (JP: August 22, 2015; EN: June 23, 2020)
- Twilight of the Golden Witch Manga Volume 9 (JP: August 22, 2015; EN: June 23, 2020)
Kodansha released a single light novel volume adapting Twilight of the Golden Witch.
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni Episode 8: Twilight of the Golden Witch (released: September 30, 2018)
The manga version of this arc began serialization in February 2012, and was drawn by Natsumi Kei. While the general plot of the episode is still the same, the manga version contains substantial changes, adding additional scenes and providing more explicit answers to the mysteries of the story.
Major changes are as follows:
- In the Halloween party (after Ange and Eva got almond in their cake) as a winner who gets the almond, Ange decides to do hide-and-seek, not a quiz party. Similar to the original game, Eva helps Ange to find the others.
- In this hide-and-seek, the relationships of the Ushiromiyas and servants is shown deeply; such as mother-daughter relationships between Rosa and Maria who are hiding in a room full of dolls (where one of the dolls is shown to be one Rosa owned in the past, revealing more information about her relationship with her siblings); and a conversation between Beatrice and Natsuhi about 'their past' where Natsuhi accidentally made the servant who was holding the baby Beatrice fall to their "deaths", which Natsuhi holds a deep regret for.
- The fight between Battler and Erika was changed to Erika solving Battler's closed room in Episode 6 and the entire mystery in Episode 5, revealing what made the game 'without love'.
- The manga features a completely new mini-story known as Confession of the Golden Witch that details the darker parts of Yasu's feelings, expands on their character, and shows the two years that were omitted from the story they told Willard.
- The manga version also ties up all the loose ends and reveals the solutions to the mysteries that weren't given in the sound novels and Our Confession.
- Screenplay and Graphics: Ryukishi07
- Overall Progress and Music Chief: dai
- Progress Management and Directing: Nekozakura
- General Affairs and Scripting: Kagami
- Graphic Design: Anzu, Tsubaki Naruse
- Scripting Guidance: Yatazakura
- Management and Debugging: Tokika
- Mastering Assistant: pre-holder
- System: BT
- Backgrounds: Kameya Mannen-dou, Yatazakura, Nekozakura, MALI., ALL Season Shikinoirodori
- NScripter: Naoki Takahashi
- NScripter Extension Effects: Koubou Kimikagesou
- Jackets and Portraits: Takahito Ekusa (Alchemist)
- Opening Movie: Yoyu
- Opening Theme: Kiri no Pithos
- Ending Theme: Byakumu no Mayu ~Ricordando il passato~
- Composition, Arrangement, Lyrics, Vocals and Chorus: Akiko Shikata
- Irish Bouzouki, Acoustic Guitar, and Portuguese Guitar: Koichiro Tashiro
- Piano: Satoko Tanaka
- Oboe: Masakazu Ishibashi
- Recording and Mixing Engineer: Naoyuki Minami
- Recording Studio: STUDIO Dedé
- Mixing Studio: Rabbit Hole Studio
- Sound Editor: Tomoko Shinoda
- Music Production: Akira Yoshikawa (Frontier Works)
- Special Thanks: Hirofumi Ikeda
- 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, Fuga Hatori, Pureco, Luck Ganriki, Kino Nei, E. Kida, Nakao Boushi, Asami Masuda, sunny (Roundbooster Architexture), xaki (Roundbooster Architexture), cap (Roundbooster Architexture), Kazumi Kimura, Motoki Zakuro, pyon (Roundbooster Architexture), amiry, IZNA, Sakura Kanae, Ryu-Ga, NYO (Silver Forest), bit (Silver Forest), Kana (Silver Forest), Yuudai, Rekka Katakiri
- 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