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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 originally 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

A total of 13 home video box sets, each containing two episodes, were released between October 23, 2009 and October 22, 2010.

Main article: List of Umineko home video releases
Episode Name Release Date Preview Narrator
1 I-I: Opening July 2, 2009 Jessica Ushiromiya
2 I-II: First Move July 9 Maria Ushiromiya
3 I-III: Dubious Move July 16 Shannon
4 I-IV: Blunder July 23 George Ushiromiya
5 I-V: Fool's Mate July 30 Beatrice
6 II-I: Middle Game August 6 Kanon
7 II-II: Early Queen Move August 13 Battler Ushiromiya
8 II-III: Weak Square August 20 Maria Ushiromiya
9 II-IV: Skewer August 27 Toshiro Gohda
10 II-V: Accept September 3 Chiyo Kumasawa
11 II-VI: Back Rank Mate September 10 Rosa Ushiromiya
12 III-I: Castling September 17 Krauss Ushiromiya
13 III-II: Gambit September 24 Ronove
14 III-III: Positional Play October 1 Virgilia
15 III-IV: Isolated Pawn October 8 Rudolf Ushiromiya
16 III-V: Queening Square October 15 Eva Ushiromiya
17 III-VI: Promotion October 22 Lambdadelta and Bernkastel
18 III-VII: Swindles October 29 Ange Ushiromiya
19 IV-I: End Game November 5 Seven Stakes of Purgatory
20 IV-II: Zugzwang November 12 Sakutaro
21 IV-III: Prophylaxis November 19 Kinzo Ushiromiya
22 IV-IV: Problem Child November 26 Gaap
23 IV-V: Breakthrough December 3 Chiester Sisters
24 IV-VI: Adjourn December 10 Juuza Amakusa
25 IV-VII: Forced Move December 17 Beatrice
26 IV-VIII: Sacrifice December 24 -


Key Staff

Voice Cast

Main article: Voice cast of Umineko


According to someanithing.com. 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.


DVD Bonuses

The Collector's Edition DVDs each contained episode audio commentaries by voice actors, a series of discussions called Special Talk in Rokkenjima (スペシャルトーク in 六軒島) between Ryukishi07 and voice actors, and Uraneko shorts.

DVD Set Episode Commentary and VAs Special Talk VAs Uraneko Episodes
Note 01 Episode 1 (Daisuke Ono and Marina Inoue) Special Talk in Rokkenjima Part 1 (Daisuke Ono and Marina Inoue) 1, 2
Note 02 Episode 3 (Daisuke Ono and Marina Inoue) Special Talk in Rokkenjima Part 2 (Daisuke Ono and Marina Inoue) 3, 4
Note 03 Episode 5 (Kenichi Suzumura and Yui Horie) Special Talk in Rokkenjima II Part 1 (Kenichi Suzumura and Yuu Kobayashi) 5, 6
Note 04 Episode 7 (Kenichi Suzumura and Yui Horie) Special Talk in Rokkenjima II Part 2 (Kenichi Suzumura and Yuu Kobayashi) 7, 8
Note 05 9, 10
Note 06 11, 12
Note 07 13, 14
Note 08 15, 16
Note 09 17, 18
Note 10 19, 20
Note 11 21, 22
Note 12 23, 24
Note 13 25, 26


Uraneko (うらねこ) is a parody series that consists of 26 episodes included only in the home video releases of the anime. It contains dubbing by the original Japanese cast. Each episode only lasts a minute or less.

See Also


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

External Links


  1. Official page on NIS America
  2. https://www.someanithing.com/series-data-quick-view
  3. https://www.someanithing.com/139
  4. "TV Anime "Umineko: When They Cry" will be broadcasted from 1L00 PM on September 4: https://dengekionline.com/elem/000/001/353/1353284/