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.

Plot Summary[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Legend of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

  1. Opening
  2. First Move
  3. Dubious Move
  4. Blunder
  5. Fool's Mate

Turn of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

  1. Middle Game
  2. Early Queen Move
  3. Weak Square
  4. Skewer
  5. Accept
  6. Back Rank Mate

Banquet of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

  1. Castling
  2. Gambit
  3. Positional Play
  4. Isolated Pawn
  5. Queening Square
  6. Promotion
  7. Swindles

Alliance of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

  1. End Game
  2. Zugzwang
  3. Prophylaxis
  4. Problem Child
  5. Breakthrough
  6. Adjourn
  7. Forced Move
  8. Sacrifice

Voice Cast[edit | edit source]

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

Differences Between the VN and Anime[edit | edit source]

Legend of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

  • When Maria is looking for her rose, Beatrice is seen in the background holding an umbrella. Beatrice originally did not appear in person until the Tea Party.
  • The cousins see Natsuhi fall after being shot, which means they should have been able to see her attacker.

Turn of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

  • Beatrice summons a horde of goats to fight Kanon instead of just one.

Banquet of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

  • Beatrice and Virgilia's fight is trimmed down considerably. Before her final attack, Virgilia summoned more than one Smothered Mate and impaled Beatrice with those instead of Gungnir. Also, she doesn't summon Odin.
  • Several red truths are omitted, including Beatrice's confirmation of the deaths of the first twilight and EVA-Beatrice's web of red.

Alliance of the Golden Witch[edit | edit source]

  • In the first twilight, Chiester 00 kills Rosa by slitting her throat. She was originally killed by having half of her face destroyed.
  • In the final episode, the first half of the Tea Party is completely omitted, where Piece-Battler was investigating the crime scenes.
  • The window in the garden storehouse is big enough to fit a person inside, when in the visual novel this should be impossible.
  • A significant amount of red and blue truths were omitted, including Lambdadelta's corrections to Battler's theories in the ????.

Anime DVD volumes[edit | edit source]

Volume Cover Gold Edition Cover Release Date Episode
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October 23, 2009
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November 26, 2009
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December 23, 2009
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Umineko Gold Edition DVD Box 4.jpg
January 22, 2010
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Umineko Gold Edition DVD Box 5.jpg
February 24, 2010
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Umineko Gold Edition DVD Box 6.jpg
March 25, 2010
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Umineko Gold Edition DVD Box 7.jpg
April 21, 2010
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Umineko Gold Edition DVD Box 8.jpg
May 26, 2010
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Umineko Gold Edition DVD Box 9.jpg
June 23, 2010
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Umineko Gold Edition DVD Box 10.jpg
July 22, 2010
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Umineko Gold Edition DVD Box 11.jpg
August 25, 2010
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Umineko Gold Edition DVD Box 12.jpg
September 23, 2010
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Umineko Gold Edition DVD Box 13.jpg
October 22, 2010
Complete series
N/A December 07, 2016


Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

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