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Umineko no Naku Koro ni – Episode 15: isolated pawn

October 11, 2009
Beatrice makes Eva-Beatrice (The younger side of Eva) the new Beatrice, and passes down both the title of the Golden and Immortal Witch to her. We get to see tsundere Beato, even to the point of stealing repeating “Urusai” three times, and Battler using magic to teleport out of the room, annoyed. But the best thing about the episode is that we finally get to see some more Lamdadelta and Bernkastel. Yays for Umineko becoming more awesome week by week.
Eva was now in the room where the gold was stored. Without noticing, Rosa also enters and congratulates her for being faster to solve the epitaph’s riddle. Had she been five minutes faster, it would be her to be awarded the Ushiromiya head title. They both know they can decide the winner by shooting each other, but that’s out of the question since it’s too risky of the police finding out. They now move out where it’s raining, and instead, Rosa asks Eva to share only a bit of the gold with her, namely 150 million yen, by March. To that, Eva replies that she also have something to ask from her. She wants Rosa to wait a little before announcing they found the gold, as she wants to think of a fitting way to dethrown Krauss and Rudolf of their Ushiromiya head titles.
Back to the room, the other side of Eva (Future Eva-Beatrice) is complaining about how she should be the one to recieve the gold, and not them. Beatrice, who aknowledges that, appears before her and tells her she’ll be giving the gold, along with her title of the Golden/Endless witch to her, leaving her surprised. Beato congratules her on solving the riddle by giving her the Ushiromiya head ring and transports them to another room, where Ronove, the Sisters of Purgatory, Lamdadelta and Bernkastel are waiting to celebrate. Following, Eva kneels before Beatrice as she passes her titles and powers to her. The portrait of Beatrice in the background changes, and the new Eva-Beatrice appears into it as Eva accepts and takes the magical stuff from Beatrice’s hands.
Ronove, the Sisters, The Witches and the Goat Headed servant, all of them clap to congratulate her. The first to talk is Ronove, who introduces himself as her new personal assistant. Lamdadelta, reintroduced as the Witch of Certainty, furiously gets close to her and tells her to thank her for reccomending her to become the new Beatrice. Beato explains how Lamdadelta reccomended Eva to become the current Beatrice and how she became her guardian. Eva-Beatrice thanks her, kinda scared, something that displeases Lamdadelta who wants to take her reccomendation back. Bernkastel joins the conversation and tells Lamdadelta to take responsibility for what she’s done. She also says that from her point of view, Eva’s succession is more of a coincidence than a miracle, and thus, not worthy of her recommendation. Well, since she’s not too talkative, Beatrice makes the introductions instead. She says that Bern is very hard to please, and that Eva is lucky just to have her joining the celebration party. Bernkastel clears things by saying she only came because this is a rare event which only happens once in a thousand years. The Sisters of Purgatory have now the chance to introduce themselves too, to the new Beatrice. The kneel down and ask her to order them however she wants.
Time freeeeeze~ Back to the game room, Battler is confused once more. After all, his Aunt has just became the new Beatrice. Beato tells him she was also surprised by this; she never thought anyone would solve the epitaph. Battler asks for Virgillia to clear things up for him. She asks him to calm down, for starters, and then explains that this is just the way of passing down the title of the Golden Witch to Eva, and that everything the say up untill now is nothing more than a performance which shows how that title was passed on in a way that fits with her interpretation. A phony ceremony, as Battler calls it. It’s true that Eva solved the epitaph’s riddle and achieved becoming the Ushiromiya family headship and so, Beato acted that out as a succession ceremony. Putting that aside, he asks who that person who looks like a younger version of Eva is. Beatrice refuses to tell him, as he doesn’t believe in magic anyway. Ronove and Virgillia suggest that the most approporate way to think of her as of now, is as a representation of a being inside of Eva for now.
Since Beato has passed down her name to Eva, she must think of a new name for herself. For that, she stands up and asks for Battler’s suggestion. Her name has to be refined, elegant and just a little cute, as she says. Battler finds ‘Beato’ just good for her and decides to go by that, much to her displeasance.
Back to the Ushiromiyas now, Rosa and Eva return to the rest of the group, who have all woken up by now. Eva excuses themselves as being late because they were talking outside for a minute. Since she didn’t look really well, Hideyoshi checks for her temprature only to find out she has a fever. The two of them leave the others and head to their room so Eva can rest.
In their room now, Hideyoshi is trying to cool down Eva with his hands. Eva comments on how his hands are so cool, and that have never failed to make her fevers disappear. She wonders if magic exist. Hideyoshi replies that it exists for those who believe into it. Eva never believed in Beatirce. She though that if a witch did, in fact, exist in Rokkenjima, it would be the witch inside her heart. Hideyoshi listens to her explanation confused, as she keeps talking. That witch is nothing more than another part of her, who has always encouraged her. She’s scared because she knows that the witch has been provoked by Beatrice, and is becoming stronger and stronger, changing her to something she really isn’t, ready to swallow her. Screams can be heard from the outside and Hideyoshi leaves to check out what’s going on.
Of course, it was Maria, who was crying over her rose again, and Rosa who was trying pointlessly to make her shut up. Hideyoshi asks them what’s going on. Rosa relpies that Maria is worried about the rose in the garden and won’t listen to her. Hideyoshi leans forward and asks Maria kindly to be quiet, since Eva is trying to rest in the other room. Unwillingly to listen to him, she keeps on crying and Rosa breaks down and decides to do what she wants.
They are now in the gardens and Maria searches for her rose. Ultimately, she finds her. A beautiful flower with a golden tie tied around it. A lightning strikes, and Eva appears out nowhere. She tells Rosa she wants to talk about Kinzo’s gold again. Rosa asks her not to do it in front of her daughter and says she’ll keep her promise, so the only thing Eva has to worry about is giving her the 150 million. Upon hearing that, Eva bursts into laughter and Maria asks her who she is.
Back in Hideyoshi’s room, Eva is screaming in agony and asks him not to let her hand go. She says it feels like she’s been kidnapped by someone who isn’t her.
Returning back to the gardens now, Eva -who’s in two places at the same time, guess who’s the witch- refuses to give Rosa any money. She turns into her witch form and introduces herself as the Golden Witch, Beatrice. She’s no longer the one who was Rosa’s sister, and as a new Beatrice, she plans on making her own resurrection ceremony. For that, she asks Ronove for information about her powers, who tells her she can do whatever she feels like. Firstly, she sends Maria and Rosa into flying, and then crushes them to the ground -killing them. Afterwards, she ressurects them and makes them nearly drown in a sea of jelly before throwing a huge cake over their faces.
In the game room, Beato is enjoying the show put up by Eva to the fullest, something Battler is not. He asks her to make Eva stop but she refuses, saying she reminds her of when she also started using magic, messing around with everything. Desperate, he now turns to Virgilia to save Rosa. She tells him they can’t interfere with the game board, as they only exist outside of it. Beato pushes her luck further and asks them why are they making such a fuss over it, betting they both love this sort of thing which is happening. Battler had enough of her and slaps her, telling her he thought she might’ve been a little fun, but after this, he completely stopped believing it. He tells her never to appear in front of him again as he leaves the room. Beatrice wonders why did that happen. In a kinda childish way, she asks Virgilia’s opinion about it. Her teacher replies she has nothing in particular to say other than she may continue to watch this if she finds it fun. She leaves the room. Beato now asks Ronove who starts laughing. Even as a demon he is, he actually understands Battler’s feelings to a degree. Beato wonders if Battler really hates her that much… Is this the start of a new romance?!  Ronove calls her thick headed for not understanding Battler, and she replies somewhat tsundere-ish, repeating “Urusai” three time. She points at Ronove and dismisses him.
And now, back to the gardens for our finale. Maria is crying while Eva-Beatrice is making fun of them and wonders what they should play next. Beato comes to the rescue and tells her to be a little more elegant about her killings. Eva wonders where did that come from, as she heard from Ronove a while back that Beato’s magic was much more brutal. Beatrice replies that she might’ve overdone it a bit. She tells her to step back and let her handle it for this once. As Beato gets ready to kill them, Rosa begs her to at least spare Maria. Maria cries and asks her what’s gonna happen to their promise about going to the Golden Land together. The witch says she can no longer keep that promise, now that she isn’ Beatrice anymore. The only thing she can do as an apology is take Maria’s life peacefuly, using the same technique Genji used for Shannon and Kanon. For Rosa though, her death is a bit more brutal. Beato lifts her to the skies and drops her to the fence which pierces her.
Eva is disappointed by Beato’s use of magic, which she now calls elegantly. Nevertheless, Beatrice decides to take leadership for now and show her how things are done. Followingly, she summons Ronove and the Sisters of Purgatory to announce them her decision about how killings will now be taken out -less flashy, that is. With that, she dismisses everyone and asks for Eva to be a litte more reasonal before leaving the area.
My thoughts:
First of all and most important: I was really looking forward for more witches, or rather, more Bernkastel. Seems like my prayers were finally answered. Those few minutes she got on screen were perfect for my eyes.
Moving onto the new Beatrice, this is something Beato didn’t plan. I wonder what is she gonna do now and perhaps, if she’ll fight against Beato at a certain point.
And talking about Beatrice, she seemed a little childish in this episode and less serious, as we’ve seen in the past. Is she undergoing some character change or something? Oh well, again, nothing new about her eyes this week either.
Generally, this was a really nice episode. We got to see more witches than ever, more Lamdadelta, Battler getting pissed of at Beatrice, Eva torturing Rosa and Maria (Why do these two always have to die like this?) and of course, Frederica Bernkastel!
Oh well, that’s all for now. Perhaps I’ll be blogging the rest of Higurashi before next Saturday but meh… See ya~
Akio~
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episode III-IV: isoalted pawn

Beatrice makes the other Eva (The younger side of Eva) the new Beatrice, and passes down both the title of the Golden and Immortal Witch to her. We get to see tsundere Beato, even to the point of repeating “Urusai” three times, and Battler using magic to teleport out of the room, annoyed. But the best thing about the episode is that we finally get to see some more Lamdadelta and Bernkastel. Yays for Umineko becoming more awesome week by week.

Eva was now in the room where the gold was stored. Without noticing, Rosa also enters and congratulates her for being faster to solve the epitaph’s riddle. Had she been five minutes faster, it would be her to be awarded the Ushiromiya head title. They both know they can decide the winner by shooting each other, but that’s out of the question since it’s too risky of the police finding out. They now move out where it’s raining, and instead, Rosa asks Eva to share only a bit of the gold with her, namely 150 million yen, by March. To that, Eva replies that she also have something to ask from her. She wants Rosa to wait a little before announcing they found the gold, as she wants to think of a fitting way to dethrown Krauss and Rudolf of their Ushiromiya head titles.

Back to the room, the other side of Eva (Future Eva-Beatrice) is complaining about how she should be the one to recieve the gold, and not them. Beatrice, who aknowledges that, appears before her and tells her she’ll be giving the gold, along with her title of the Golden/Endless witch to her, leaving her surprised. Beato congratules her on solving the riddle by giving her the Ushiromiya head ring and transports them to another room, where Ronove, the Sisters of Purgatory, Lamdadelta and Bernkastel are waiting to celebrate. Following, Eva kneels before Beatrice as she passes her titles and powers to her. The portrait of Beatrice in the background changes, and the new Eva-Beatrice appears into it as Eva accepts and takes the magical stuff from Beatrice’s hands.

Ronove, the Sisters, The Witches and the Goat Headed servant, all of them clap to congratulate her. The first to talk is Ronove, who introduces himself as her new personal assistant. Lamdadelta, reintroduced as the Witch of Certainty, furiously gets close to her and tells her to thank her for reccomending her to become the new Beatrice. Beato explains how Lamdadelta reccomended Eva to become the current Beatrice and how she became her guardian. Eva-Beatrice thanks her, kinda scared, something that displeases Lamdadelta who wants to take her reccomendation back. Bernkastel joins the conversation and tells Lamdadelta to take responsibility for what she’s done. She also says that from her point of view, Eva’s succession is more of a coincidence than a miracle, and thus, not worthy of her recommendation. Well, since she’s not too talkative, Beatrice makes the introductions instead. She says that Bern is very hard to please, and that Eva is lucky just to have her joining the celebration party. Bernkastel clears things by saying she only came because this is a rare event which only happens once in a thousand years. The Sisters of Purgatory have now the chance to introduce themselves too, to the new Beatrice. The kneel down and ask her to order them however she wants.

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BERNKASTEL FOR ONCE AGAIN!

Time freeeeeze~ Back to the game room, Battler is confused once more. After all, his Aunt has just became the new Beatrice. Beato tells him she was also surprised by this; she never thought anyone would solve the epitaph. Battler asks for Virgillia to clear things up for him. She asks him to calm down, for starters, and then explains that this is just the way of passing down the title of the Golden Witch to Eva, and that everything the say up untill now is nothing more than a performance which shows how that title was passed on in a way that fits with her interpretation. A phony ceremony, as Battler calls it. It’s true that Eva solved the epitaph’s riddle and achieved becoming the Ushiromiya family headship and so, Beato acted that out as a succession ceremony. Putting that aside, he asks who that person who looks like a younger version of Eva is. Beatrice refuses to tell him, as he doesn’t believe in magic anyway. Ronove and Virgillia suggest that the most approporate way to think of her as of now, is as a representation of a being inside of Eva for now.

Since Beato has passed down her name to Eva, she must think of a new name for herself. For that, she stands up and asks for Battler’s suggestion. Her name has to be refined, elegant and just a little cute, as she says. Battler finds ‘Beato’ just good for her and decides to go by that, much to her displeasance.

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How about "Fishface"?

Back to the Ushiromiyas now, Rosa and Eva return to the rest of the group, who have all woken up by now. Eva excuses themselves as being late because they were talking outside for a minute. Since she didn’t look really well, Hideyoshi checks for her temprature only to find out she has a fever. The two of them leave the others and head to their room so Eva can rest.

In their room now, Hideyoshi is trying to cool down Eva with his hands. Eva comments on how his hands are so cool, and that have never failed to make her fevers disappear. She wonders if magic exist. Hideyoshi replies that it exists for those who believe into it. Eva never believed in Beatirce. She though that if a witch did, in fact, exist in Rokkenjima, it would be the witch inside her heart. Hideyoshi listens to her explanation confused, as she keeps talking. That witch is nothing more than another part of her, who has always encouraged her. She’s scared because she knows that the witch has been provoked by Beatrice, and is becoming stronger and stronger, changing her to something she really isn’t, ready to swallow her. Screams can be heard from the outside and Hideyoshi leaves to check out what’s going on.

Of course, it was Maria, who was crying over her rose again, and Rosa who was trying pointlessly to make her shut up. Hideyoshi asks them what’s going on. Rosa relpies that Maria is worried about the rose in the garden and won’t listen to her. Hideyoshi leans forward and asks Maria kindly to be quiet, since Eva is trying to rest in the other room. Unwillingly to listen to him, she keeps on crying and Rosa breaks down and decides to do what she wants.

I guess thats a no...

I guess not...

They are now in the gardens and Maria searches for her rose. Ultimately, she finds her. A beautiful flower with a golden tie tied around it. A lightning strikes, and Eva appears out nowhere. She tells Rosa she wants to talk about Kinzo’s gold again. Rosa asks her not to do it in front of her daughter and says she’ll keep her promise, so the only thing Eva has to worry about is giving her the 150 million. Upon hearing that, Eva bursts into laughter and Maria asks her who she is.

Back in Hideyoshi’s room, Eva is screaming in agony and asks him not to let her hand go. She says it feels like she’s been kidnapped by someone who isn’t her.

Returning back to the gardens now, Eva -who’s in two places at the same time, guess who’s the witch- refuses to give Rosa any money. She turns into her witch form and introduces herself as the Golden Witch, Beatrice. She’s no longer the one who was Rosa’s sister, and as a new Beatrice, she plans on making her own resurrection ceremony. For that, she asks Ronove for information about her powers, who tells her she can do whatever she feels like. Firstly, she sends Maria and Rosa into flying, and then crushes them to the ground -killing them. Afterwards, she ressurects them and makes them nearly drown in a sea of jelly before throwing a huge cake over their faces.

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Why do they always have to die?!

Orange...?

What is this, an amusement park?

In the game room, Beato is enjoying the show put up by Eva to the fullest, something Battler is not. He asks her to make Eva stop but she refuses, saying she reminds her of when she also started using magic, messing around with everything. Desperate, he now turns to Virgilia to save Rosa. She tells him they can’t interfere with the game board, as they only exist outside of it. Beato pushes her luck further and asks them why are they making such a fuss over it, betting they both love this sort of thing which is happening. Battler had enough of her and slaps her, telling her he thought she might’ve been a little fun, but after this, he completely stopped believing it. He tells her never to appear in front of him again as he leaves the room. Beatrice wonders why did that happen. In a kinda childish way, she asks Virgilia’s opinion about it. Her teacher replies she has nothing in particular to say other than she may continue to watch this if she finds it fun. She leaves the room. Beato now asks Ronove who starts laughing. Even as a demon he is, he actually understands Battler’s feelings to a degree. Beato wonders if Battler really hates her that much… Is this the start of a new romance?!  Ronove calls her thick headed for not understanding Battler, and she replies somewhat tsundere-ish, repeating “Urusai” three time. She points at Ronove and dismisses him.

Yuji is pissed off

You pissed Yuji off again, Shana!

And from a closer point of view!

And from a closer point of view!

And now, back to the gardens for our finale. Maria is crying while Eva-Beatrice is making fun of them and wonders what they should play next. Beato comes to the rescue and tells her to be a little more elegant about her killings. Eva wonders where did that come from, as she heard from Ronove a while back that Beato’s magic was much more brutal. Beatrice replies that she might’ve overdone it a bit. She tells her to step back and let her handle it for this once. As Beato gets ready to kill them, Rosa begs her to at least spare Maria. Maria cries and asks her what’s gonna happen to their promise about going to the Golden Land together. The witch says she can no longer keep that promise, now that she isn’ Beatrice anymore. The only thing she can do as an apology is take Maria’s life peacefuly, using the same technique Genji used for Shannon and Kanon. For Rosa though, her death is a bit more brutal. Beato lifts her to the skies and drops her to the fence which pierces her.

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Yah... boring...

Eva is disappointed by Beato’s use of magic, which she now calls elegantly. Nevertheless, Beatrice decides to take leadership for now and show her how things are done. Followingly, she summons Ronove and the Sisters of Purgatory to announce them her decision about how killings will now be taken out -less flashy, that is. With that, she dismisses everyone and asks for Eva to be a litte more reasonal before leaving the scene.

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Good thing we have you to entertain us then

My thoughts:

First of all and most important: I was really looking forward for more witches, or rather, more Bernkastel. Seems like my prayers were finally answered. Those few minutes she got on screen were perfect for my eyes.

Moving onto the new Beatrice, this is something Beato didn’t plan. I wonder what is she gonna do now and perhaps, if she’ll fight against Beato at a certain point.

And talking about Beatrice, she seemed a little childish in this episode and less serious, as we’ve seen in the past. Is she undergoing some character change or something? Oh well, again, nothing new about her eyes this week either.

Generally, this was a really nice episode. We got to see more witches than ever, more Lamdadelta, Battler getting pissed of at Beatrice, Eva torturing Rosa and Maria (Why do these two always have to die like this?) and of course, Frederica Bernkastel!

Oh well, that’s all for now. Perhaps I’ll be blogging the rest of Higurashi before next Saturday but meh… See ya~

Akio~

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5 comments

  1. uwah…what turndown episode…
    Not only do I hate that second Eva, she’s only been there for like 1-2 episodes? She now also the new Beatrice?!
    What a letdown to see Beato undergo such a drastic character change… I’d prefer her to getting beaten by Battler in her hysteric character, not like this…
    One more thing… how many more incomprehensible stuff will they add in here? Battler’s really getting a tough job to explain everything here…

    Rating for the episode 6/10 for me (the 6 is mostly because I saw Maria getting killed :D)


    • Hooh~ Six out of ten?!

      I think Eva-Beatrice is pure win, so moemoe. But yeah, Beato has been undergoing character change since the first arc…

      In arc one she seems ruthless, in arc two she seems to be playing the game excitedly in order to win and in arc three she seems to be playing it only to cure her boredome.

      I believe she doesn’t enjoy killing people, and the only reason she’s doing it is to ease her boredome.

      As for the existence of magic, I don’t think Battler can disprove it. Remember, we also have Frederica in there, who’s a well known witch from Higurashi…

      I can see Umineko doing an 180 degrees turn in the near future. Only one arc left before the end of the first series!


  2. Wow.. people sure do hate change.

    Beatrice is no longer super evil like she was before and people instantly hate it. When Beatrice first started killing people then people hated it too, because it was such a sudden change from the first arc.

    You eventually get comfortable with the show, thinking you know how it’s going. Then it suddenly turns everything upside down on you.

    People may hate Beato being moe now and Eva Beatrice taking control but you’ll grow to like it, just like you grew you to like Beatrice being evil and killing everyone.

    Then after you get used to it, the show will change everything again. *cackle* *cackle*


    • Heh, I can’t say I hate the new Eva-Beatrice. In fact, I like her, I find her moe :p

      But Beatrice suddenly changing into tsun/moe is really something… I wonder what are we gonna see in the next arc :x


      • “Then after you get used to it, the show will change everything again. ”
        That’s the point…
        I think Umineko fails there, there’s no need for that. I wanted another mystery/horror series like Higurashi.
        I’m starting to miss my Watanagashi…



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