Umineko no Naku Koro ni

うみねこのなく頃に

TitleUmineko no Naku Koro ni
Original titleうみねこのなく頃に
AliasesWhen They Cry 3, When The Seagulls Cry
LengthVery long (> 50 hours)
Developer07th Expansion & Alchemist
Publishers07th Expansion & Hobibox & Alchemist & Kaga Create Co. & Aibee & MangaGamer & Entergram, Inc.
Witch Hunt & Tweaking Umineko Wiki & MangaGamer & Umineko Project
MMR Liu Xuan Dao Diao Cha Dui
Furude Project
07th Drill & 07th Inquisition
Ars Magica
Visual Test
Honyaku-Subs & Umineko Project
Knox Translations
Relations
Alternative version
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Sequel
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru
Same series
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
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Related anime[DB-ANN] Umineko no Naku Koro ni (TV Series, 2009)

Description

Umineko no Naku Koro ni takes place in the year 1986 during the time frame of October 4 and October 5 on a secluded island named Rokkenjima (六軒島). The head of a wealthy family named Kinzō Ushiromiya, who lives on and owns Rokkenjima, is near death, and eleven of his family members arrive on the island to discuss how Kinzō's assets will be divided once he is dead. Also on the island are five of Kinzō's servants, and his personal physician. After the eleven family members arrive, a typhoon traps them on the island and shortly after people start to get mysteriously murdered.

[From The Witch Hunt]

Murder Mystery 3.0 Major Antagonist 3.0 Colored TextsS 3.0 Open Ending(s) 3.0 ADV 3.0 Fantasy 3.0 Protagonist with Voice Acting 3.0 Other Perspectives 3.0 Episodic Story 3.0 Battle of Wits 3.0 Kinetic Novel 3.0 Unreliable NarratorS 3.0 Single Ending 2.9 Villainous HeroineS 2.9 Detective Work 2.9 ConfinementS 2.9 Western-style Mansion 2.9 NVL 2.9 Witch HeroineS 2.9 Ambient Sounds 2.9 No Sexual Content 2.9 Character Profiles 2.8 Death of HeroineS 2.8 Island 2.8 Linear Plot 2.8 Philosophy 2.8 Protagonist with a Face 2.8 Proactive Protagonist 2.8 Time LoopS 2.8 Family 2.8 MagicS 2.8 Death of ProtagonistS 2.8 Death of HeroS 2.7 Desperation 2.7 Fear of Death 2.6 Descriptions of Violence 2.6 Alternate DimensionsS 2.6 Photographic Backgrounds 2.5 80's 2.5 Violence 2.5 Varied Title Screens 2.5 No Event CGs 2.5 Suspense 2.4 MetafictionS 2.4 Male Protagonist 2.4 Bloody Scenes 2.4 Drama 2.3 Traditionalist Family 2.3 Built-in Encyclopedia 2.3 Multiple Protagonists 2.3 Genre ShiftS 2.2 Rain 2.1 Pretending HeroineS 2.0 Magic/ESP CombatS 2.0 Butler Support Character 2.0 BetrayalS 2.0 Child AbuseS 2.0 Flashback 2.0 The Seven Deadly Sins 2.0 Protagonist with a Sprite 2.0 Thriller 2.0 Mind Screw 2.0 UtsugeS 1.8 Maid Heroine 1.8 Student Heroine 1.8 Natural Disaster 1.8 Destiny 1.7 Autumn 1.7 Combat with Bladed WeaponsS 1.7 Horror 1.7 Heroine with Tattoo 1.6 Shota Support CharacterS 1.6 Combat with FirearmsS 1.6 RomanceS 1.5 Breaking the Fourth WallS 1.5 Spontaneous Power-upsS 1.5 BullyingS 1.4 Fictional Modern Day Japanese Island 1.3 Third-person Narrative 1.3 Roses 1.3 Graphic Violence 1.0 Lots of Character Sprites 1.0 ParodyS 0.4 Childishly Violent HeroineS 0.3

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Protagonist

Ushiromiya Battler右代宮 戦人O
AliasesUshiromiya Batora
Birthday15 July
Age18
HairParted to Side, Red, Short, Spiky, Spiky Bangs, Straight
EyesBlue, Tsurime
BodyPale, Slim, Tall, Young-adult
ClothesCross Design, Jacket, Necktie, Shirt, Suit, Trousers
PersonalityHotblooded, Ore, Outgoing, Proactive, Rebellious, Smart, Stubborn
RoleCousin, Grandson, Hero, Non-blood-related Son, Older Brother, Son
Engages inInvestigation, Planning
Subject ofPhobia
Voiced byOno Daisuke

Description

Battler is Rudolf's son. Although stubborn and hotheaded, he is a very compassionate young man. He tends to flirt with young women and has a perpetual fear of "shaky" transportation, thinking he may fall out of a plane or boat depending on the turbulence.

Due to his father's remarriage, Battler rebelled and went to live with his maternal grandparents for the next six years, cutting all ties to the Ushiromiya family. After his grandparents' deaths, he returned to his family, though he had not fully reconciled with his father.

[From Wikipedia]

Main characters

Gouda Toshiro郷田 俊朗B
AliasesGohda Toshiro
Birthday10 December
HairBlack, No Bangs, Short
EyesBlack, Hosome
BodyAdult, Muscular, Pale, Tall
ClothesBow Tie, Pocket Square, Suit
PersonalityCoward, Proactive
RoleCook, Servant
Engages inCooking
Voiced byBifu Hitoshi

Description

Gohda is the head cook of Kinzo's mansion. Unlike the other servants in the mansion, he had been hired by Krauss and Natsuhi. Due to this, his rank is very low. He is extremely proud of his culinary skills.

He was previously employed at a hotel, and due to his experience, he is ostentatious and looks down upon Shannon and Kanon. However, while this seems apparent at first glance, he is actually quite concerned for them, and is very reliable when it counts.

[From Wikipedia]

Kanon嘉音O
AliasesYoshiya
Birthday6 October
HairBlack, Curtained, Parted to Side, Short, Sidehair, Spiky Bangs, Straight
EyesBlack, Tsurime
BodyAndrogynous, Average Height, Pale, Slim, Teen
ClothesBeret, Cuffs, Shirt, Shorts, Tie Pin
PersonalityBoku, Low Self-esteem, Opposite Gender Voiced, Reserved
RoleOrphan, Servant
Engages inCleaning, Gardening
Voiced byKobayashi Yuu

Description

Kanon is a young servant of Kinzo's mansion. He is a serious and fervent servant, carrying out his master's orders thoroughly.

He is a bit frail and antisocial. Kanon thinks of Shannon as his elder sister and highly disapproves of her feelings for George, as he believes she should not feel love as she is only furniture. He also denies any human emotions in himself because he thinks of himself as only furniture. This brought problems to him later since he has a crush on Jessica.

[From Wikipedia]

Kumasawa Chiyo熊沢 チヨA
Birthday19 July
HairGrey, No Bangs
EyesBlack
BodyOld, Pale, Short
ClothesSandals
PersonalityFunny, Kind, Outgoing
RoleMother, Servant
Engages inCleaning, Cooking, Teasing
Voiced byHatori Yasuko

Description

Kumasawa is a part-time worker who assists with domestic chores in Kinzo's mansion. She often shirks her responsibilities and likes to tell stories and jokes, especially outrageous ones involving mackerel.

[From Wikipedia]

Nanjo Terumasa南條 輝正O
Birthday5 April
HairBald, Moustache, White
EyesBlack
BodyOld, Pale
ClothesLab Coat, Necktie, Shirt, Trousers, Vest
RoleFather, Friend, Grandfather, Medical Doctor
Voiced byIshizumi Akihiko

Description

Nanjo is Kinzo's personal physician and close friend. He is also Kinzo's opponent in chess. He is one of the few people Kinzo, who has grown fanatical in his suspicions, opens his heart to. He has a bighearted disposition, and has come to the island for a long time, never getting upset by Kinzo's hot temper. He owned a clinic on Niijima, the island closest to Rokkenjima, but he resigned in favor of his son Masayuki.

[From Wikipedia]

Ronoue Genji呂ノ上 源次A
Birthday10 June
HairGrey, Short
EyesBlack, Hosome
BodyOld, Pale, Slim
ClothesBow Tie, Jacket, Pocket Square, Suit, Trousers
PersonalityLoyal, Stoic, Strict
RoleButler, Friend
Voiced byFunaki Masato

Description

Genji is the head butler of Kinzo's mansion. He is the person Kinzo trusts the most.

While it is shown very briefly, Genji is very skilled with knives.

[From Wikipedia]

Shannon紗音O
AliasesSayo
Birthday25 May
HairBrown, Parted to Side, Shoulder-length
EyesBlue
BodyAverage Height, Pale, Slim, Tattoo, Young-adult
ClothesMaid's Dress
PersonalityClumsy, Hardworker, Kind, Naive, Reserved, Watashi
RoleFriend, Girlfriend, Maid, Orphan
Engages inCleaning
Voiced byKugimiya Rie

Description

Shannon is a young maid of Kinzo's mansion. She has a habit of making mistakes and blunders when she is nervous, despite being an extremely talented and hardworking servant.

She thinks of Kanon as her younger brother and like him, she feels she is inferior to humans, as she is only furniture. Despite this, she has fallen in love with George; Shannon's main story revolves around her love and engagement to him. <hidden by spoiler settings>

[From Wikipedia]

Ushiromiya Eva右代宮 絵羽A
Birthday21 October
HairBlunt Bangs, Brown, Bun, Sidehair
EyesHosome, Violet
BodyAdult, Pale, Slim, Tattoo
ClothesBracelet, Chinese Dress, Decorative Belt, Earrings, Evening Gloves, Hair Tie
ItemsHand Fan
PersonalityArrogant, Cautious, Cruel, Selfish, Sharp-tongued, Sly, Strict, Watashi
RoleAunt, Daughter, Full Sister, Mother, Older Sister, Younger Sister
Engages inCooking, Martial Arts, Sarcasm, Teasing
Voiced byItou Miki

Description

Kinzo's second child and eldest daughter. Eva is hostile towards her older brother Krauss out of discontent for her family's patriarchal tradition, which places her in a position inferior to her brother in the family hierarchy, and constantly attempts to upstage him by all means. She rallies her younger siblings against Krauss to try and extort money out of him, though with limited success. She is skilled in various forms of martial arts, and is said to be excellent at cooking.

Despite her insidious personality, however, she treasures her husband and son dearly.

[From Wikipedia]

Ushiromiya George右代宮 譲治B
Birthday16 March
Age23
HairBlack, Curtained, Parted in Middle, Short, Straight
EyesGreen, Hosome
BodyAverage Height, Pale, Young-adult
ClothesGlasses, Jacket, Necktie, Pocket Square, Shirt, Suit, Trousers, Vest
PersonalityBoku, Hardworker, Kind, Reserved
RoleBoyfriend, Cousin, Grandson, Son
Engages inMartial Arts
Subject ofArranged Marriage
Voiced bySuzumura Ken'ichi

Description

Eva and Hideyoshi's son. He is the oldest of Kinzo's grandchildren, and an exceptional and diligent young adult. He was brought up by Eva specifically with the family headship in mind, works at his father's company as an apprentice, and is a skilled martial artist like his mother. He respects his parents greatly, though he admittedly finds his mother overbearing.

George is admired by everyone in his family, especially his cousins, who view him as their older brother and peacemaker.

[From Wikipedia]

Ushiromiya Hideyoshi右代宮 秀吉B
Birthday25 November
HairBlack, Moustache, Short
EyesBrown
BodyAdult, Overweight, Pale
ClothesSuit
PersonalityCarefree, Hardworker, Kansai-ben
RoleFather, Husband, Uncle, White-collar Worker
Voiced byHirose Masashi

Description

Eva's husband. Hideyoshi is a very jovial man whose cheerful nature manages to tone down the tension between the siblings during their various meetings. Having lost his family in World War II, he willingly adopted the name "Ushiromiya" when he married Eva. He is the successful president of a chain of fast food restaurants, but seeks Kinzo's fortune due to people trying to buy all the shares in his company.

He speaks with a fake Kansai accent, which he is said to be too embarrassed to use against actual people from the Kansai region of Japan.

[From Wikipedia]

Ushiromiya Jessica右代宮 朱志香O
Birthday25 August
Age18
HairBlond, Ponytail, Spiky Bangs, Wavy
EyesBlue, Tsurime
BodyAverage Height, Pale, Young-adult
ClothesJacket, Miniskirt, Necktie
PersonalityEnergetic, Outgoing, Short-tempered, Tomboy, Tsundere, Watashi
RoleCousin, Daughter, Granddaughter, High School Student, Student Council President
Engages inSinging
Subject ofAsthma
Voiced byInoue Marina

Description

Krauss and Natsuhi's daughter. Although Jessica is the heiress of the Ushiromiya family after her father, she is an energetic and tomboyish young woman who lacks the more refined behavior expected of such a role. Due to her rebellious nature, she is resentful of her parents for the pressures they place on her regarding the family headship, but still shows concern for them.

She has a habit of faking asthma attacks as a means of escaping from tense situations. She has a crush on the servant Kanon.

She is also proficient in the use of brass knuckles.

[From Wikipedia]

Ushiromiya Kinzo右代宮 金蔵O
Birthday17 August
HairBeard, Moustache, Short, White
EyesBlack
BodyOld, Pale, Tall
ClothesCloak, Suit
PersonalityCruel, Hardworker, Short-tempered, Strict, Stubborn
RoleFather, Grandfather, Head of Household, Wealthy
Engages inAlcohol Abuse, Drinking
Voiced byMugihito

Description

Kinzo is the elderly head of the Ushiromiya family and the owner of Rokkenjima. He holds his children in contempt, viewing them as vultures ready to feast on his inheritance as soon as he died (or at least when word of his death spread out). He would rarely leave his large study, which contains various commodities such as a bed and bathroom.

He is also a rabid practitioner of black magic and the occult, his shelves lined with volumes of grimoires. One of his most prominent obsessions is Beatrice, a witch he is said to have summoned and contracted for ten tons worth of gold.

[From Wikipedia]

Ushiromiya Krauss右代宮 蔵臼O
Birthday26 February
HairBrown, Short
EyesBlack
BodyAdult, Average Height, Muscular, Pale, Tall
ClothesNecktie, Suit
PersonalityArrogant, Selfish, Sly, Strict
RoleFather, Husband, Older Brother, Son, Uncle, White-collar Worker
Engages inBoxing, Sarcasm, Teasing
Voiced byKosugi Juurouta

Description

Kinzo's first child and eldest son. He is the current heir of the Ushiromiya family, and leads the family conference on Kinzo's behalf. He is a real estate investor and plans to turn Rokkenjima into a resort, but has wasted most of his funds due to poor marketing and business decisions.

Due to his arrogant and bullying nature, he has made himself something of an enemy to the siblings. His daughter, Jessica, also has little respect for him, particularly due to the pressure he places on her to become (or at least marry) a suitable successor to the Ushiromiya family after him. Despite always swaggering about, Krauss holds genuine remorse for all the troubles he put his family through. He is known to have taken up boxing in his youth, and still possesses quite a bit of skill in that area. Unlike his siblings, he lives on Rokkenjima with his father, wife, and daughter.

[From Wikipedia]

Ushiromiya Kyrie右代宮 霧江A
Birthday8 November
HairParted to Side, Short, White
EyesBrown, Hosome
BodyAdult, Pale, Slim
ClothesBelt, Coat, Necktie, Suit
PersonalityCautious, Smart, Watashi
RoleMother, Non-blood-related Mother, Wife
Engages inPlanning
Voiced byTanaka Atsuko

Description

Kyrie is Rudolf's second wife. She is also one of Rudolf's business partners, always assisting him in shady dealings and keeping him in line when he gets out of hand. Kyrie and Battler have bonded more as close friends with a sibling-like relationship rather than mother and son. She has a "flip the chessboard" mentality to work out mental problems, and influences Battler in this regard.

[From Wikipedia]

Ushiromiya Maria右代宮 真里亞O
Birthday29 March
Age9
HairBob Cut, Brown, Shoulder-length, Sidehair, Straight, V Bangs
EyesTareme, Violet
BodyKid, Pale, Short, Slim
ClothesClothing with Ribbons, Crown, Dress, Shirt
ItemsHandbag
PersonalityChuunibyou, Honest, Made-up Words, Naive, Short-tempered, Stubborn, Third Person, Word Repetition
RoleCousin, Daughter, Granddaughter, Lonely
Voiced byHorie Yui

Description

Maria is Rosa's daughter. She has a long-standing habit of uttering "ūū" (うーうー?) whenever excited or upset. She is very honest and naïve, as shown by her tendency to easily believe lies and take jokes very seriously. While she loves her mother, Maria subconsciously resents that Rosa's long and frequent absences have made her lonely and wishes Rosa would spend more time with her.

Having no interest in friends or studies, Maria has an extensive knowledge of the occult.

[From Wikipedia]

Ushiromiya Natsuhi右代宮 夏妃A
Birthday30 July
HairBrown, Long, Sidehair, Side Tail, Spiky Bangs, Wavy
EyesBrown, Hosome
BodyAdult, Average Height, Pale, Slim
ClothesDress
PersonalityConfident, Emotional, Protective, Refined, Strict, Watakushi
RoleAunt, Mother, Rival, Wife
Subject ofHeadache
Voiced byShinohara Emi

Description

Krauss' wife. Born into a family of Shinto priests, Natsuhi discarded her old life when she married into the Ushiromiya family. She is a very proud woman who holds her new family's name in high regard, and is in charge of managing the family head house and family conferences. However, her efforts are undervalued by her husband, and she is often afflicted with headaches.

She holds a bitter rivalry with Eva, who mocks her for not being related to the Ushiromiya family by blood. She is also incredibly strict towards her daughter Jessica, but only out of concern that she becomes an ideal heiress to the Ushiromiya family.

[From Wikipedia]

Ushiromiya Rosa右代宮 楼座O
Birthday3 June
HairBlunt Bangs, Brown, Hime Cut, Long, Straight
EyesBrown, Hosome
BodyAverage Height, Pale, Young-adult
ClothesBoots, Dress
PersonalityShort-tempered
RoleAunt, Daughter, Divorcee, Mother, White-collar Worker, Younger Sister
Voiced byKoshimizu Ami

Description

Rosa is Kinzo's fourth child. As the youngest of her siblings, she has the least influence at the family conference. Her husband abandoned her shortly before the birth of her daughter and only child, Maria.

Rosa is the president of a small design company, "Anti-Rosa", which has begun to flounder, and thus seeks out Kinzo's inheritance to pay off her co-endorsers.

[From Wikipedia]

Ushiromiya Rudolf右代宮 留弗夫O
Birthday29 September
HairBrown, Short, Slicked Back
EyesBlack, Brown, Hosome
BodyAdult, Olive, Tall
ClothesNecktie, Pocket Square, Suit
PersonalityCarefree, Hardworker, Outgoing, Womanizer
RoleFather, Full Brother, Husband, Son, White-collar Worker, Widower
Voiced byKoyama Rikiya

Description

Rudolf is Kinzo's third child. He was known as a philanderer in his youth and had impregnated his business partner and old girlfriend Kyrie before he married his first wife Asumu. After Asumu's death, he immediately remarried with Kyrie, leading to a falling out with his son Battler, who ran away from home to his maternal grandparents for six years.

Rudolf is still known to chat up young women from time to time, though this does not seem to disturb Kyrie. He seeks Kinzo's fortune to settle a court case in America. He is an avid lover of Western films and an impressive marksman.

[From Wikipedia.]