Umineko no Naku Koro ni (うみねこのなく頃に lit. When the Seagulls Cry) is an anime adaptation of the visual novel series of the same name, first announced by 07th Expansion and animated by Studio DEEN. The series aired in Japan on Chiba TV from July 2, 2009 to December 24, 2009, and would air on additional stations at later times. It contains 26 episodes, encompassing the Question Arcs.

The anime was licensed in the US by NIS America under the English title Umineko: When They Cry in 2012.


The affluent Ushiromiya family patriarch, Kinzo, is on his deathbed, and his family has assembled at their private island to discuss the division of his estate. As they bicker over their father's immense inheritance, a typhoon closes in, trapping them on the island. They suddenly receive an eerie word of warning...and then, in the dead of night, the murders begin.

One by one, family members are discovered murdered in bizarre and inhuman ways. Some within the family turn to superstition, blaming it on a witch rumored to inhabit the island. But one of them - the young Battler Ushiromiya - refuses to accept the supernatural and vows to uncover the real killer behind the seemingly impossible slaughters. He soon finds himself confronted by the apparent witch, and enters into a life-or-death battle for the truth.[1]

List of Episodes

Episode Cover Name Release Date

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Opening July 2, 2009 (TV)
October 23, 2009 (DVD)
2 First Move July 9, 2009 (TV)
October 23, 2009 (DVD)

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Dubious Move July 16, 2009 (TV)
November 26, 2009 (DVD)
4 Blunder July 23, 2009 (TV)
November 26, 2009 (DVD)

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Fool's Mate July 30, 2009 (TV)
December 23, 2009 (DVD)
6 Middle Game August 6, 2009 (TV)
December 23, 2009 (DVD)

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Early Queen Move August 13, 2009 (TV)
January 22, 2010 (DVD)
8 Weak Square August 20, 2009 (TV)
January 22, 2010 (DVD)

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Skewer August 27, 2009 (TV)
February 24, 2010 (DVD)
10 Accept September 3, 2009 (TV)
February 24, 2010 (DVD)

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Back Rank Mate September 10, 2009 (TV)
March 25, 2010 (DVD)
12 Castling September 17, 2009 (TV)
March 25, 2010 (DVD)

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Gambit September 24, 2009 (TV)
April 21, 2010 (DVD)
14 Positional Play October 1, 2009 (TV)
April 21, 2010 (DVD)

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Isolated Pawn October 8, 2009 (TV)
May 26, 2010 (DVD)
16 Queening Square October 15, 2009 (TV)
May 26, 2010 (DVD)

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Promotion October 22, 2009 (TV)
June 23, 2010 (DVD)
18 Swindles October 29, 2009 (TV)
June 23, 2010 (DVD)

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End Game November 5, 2009 (TV)
July 22, 2010 (DVD)
20 Zugzwang November 12, 2009 (TV)
July 22, 2010 (DVD)

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Prophylaxis November 19, 2009 (TV)
August 25, 2010 (DVD)
22 Problem Child November 26, 2009 (TV)
August 25, 2010 (DVD)

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Breakthrough December 3, 2009 (TV)
September 23, 2010(DVD)
24 Adjourn December 10, 2009 (TV)
September 23, 2010(DVD)

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Forced Move December 17, 2009 (TV)
October 22, 2010 (DVD)
26 Sacrifice December 24, 2009 (TV)
October 22, 2010 (DVD)


Key Staff

Voice Cast

Character Voice Actor
Kinzo Ushiromiya Mugihito
Krauss Ushiromiya Juurouta Kosugi
Natsuhi Ushiromiya Emi Shinohara
Jessica Ushiromiya Marina Inoue
Eva Ushiromiya Miki Itou
Hideyoshi Ushiromiya Masashi Hirose
George Ushiromiya Kenichi Sumahara
Rudolf Ushiromiya Rikiya Koyama
Kyrie Ushiromiya Atsuko Tanaka
Battler Ushiromiya Daisuke Ono
Rosa Ushiromiya Ami Koshimizu
Maria Ushiromiya Yui Horie
Genji Ronoue Masato Funaki
Shannon Rie Kugimiya
Kanon Yuu Kobayashi
Toshiro Gohda Hitoshi Bifu
Chiyo Kumasawa Yasuko Hatori
Terumasa Nanjo Akihito Ishizumi
Beatrice Sayaka Oohara
Lucifer Yuka Saitou
Leviathan Madoka Yonezawa
Satan Youko Hikasa
Belphegor Seiko Yoshida
Mammon Ayano Niina
Beelzebub Yuri Yamaoka
Asmodeus Aki Toyosaki
Bernkastel Yukari Tamura
Lambdadelta Fuyuka Ooura
Ronove Tomokazu Sugita
Virgilia Kikuko Inoue
EVA-Beatrice Miki Itou
Gaap Yuki Kaida
Chiester 410 Eri Kitamura
Chiester 45 Mariko Mizuno
Chiester 00 Shion Hirota
Ange Ushiromiya Rina Satou
Amakusa Juuza Kouji Yusa
Tetsuro Okonogi Juurouta Kosugi
Kasumi Sumadera Atsuko Tanaka
Sakutarou Minori Chihara
Professor Ootsuki Takayuki Kondou
Masayuki Nanjo Akihito Ishizumi
Sabakichi Kumasawa Hideyuki Umezu
Captain Kawabata Daisuke Matsuoka


According to the anime made 96.1 million yen (US equivalent: approx. $1,032,000, taking into account 2009 conversion rates) from DVD and Blu-Ray sales on its first release.[2] 62% of its initial sales were DVDs while the rest were BDs.[3]

As of December 16, 2020, the anime sits at a score of 7.14 on MyAnimeList and an average score of 65% on AniList.


  • All of the episodes are named after moves in chess.

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