12 Days of Visual Novel Reviews – Day 1: Umineko
I’m going to do the 12 days of Christmas thing this year, although it’s really just an excuse to get through my backlog of reviews faster so it won’t be any different to my normal posts.
This review covers all 8 episodes of Umineko, so both Umineko no Naku Koro ni (Episodes 1-4) and Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru (Episodes 5-8). I should also probably mention that I used the patch which adds the PS3 sprites, backgrounds, CGs and voices. (Which everyone who decides to read Umineko should use, because the original version looks terrible.)
I’m not going to write much because I honestly can’t think of where I want to go with this review.
Umineko focuses heavily on the mystery genre (especially during the first few chapters) by referencing it constantly and exploring the various rules of the genre. Closed room mysteries are used pretty often. But to put it simply, Umineko is mainly about Mystery vs. Fantasy, where mystery is agreeing that one of your family members is a murderer and fantasy is where you surrender to the witch.
My thoughts on Umineko are pretty mixed. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I didn’t like it as much as other people seemed to. I’d already seen the anime, so the first 4 chapters didn’t add anything to what I already knew. When I got to the final 4 chapters, there were some good additions to the story (as well as most questions being answered) but ultimately it didn’t go in the direction I would have preferred it to, so despite some pretty cool scenes and cool new characters, I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed.
Sorry to everyone who actually wanted to read a detailed and coherent review of this visual novel, for some reason I really can’t think of much to say. But for what it’s worth, Umineko is a pretty cool visual novel. I had lots of problems with it at times, but it has its moments. As long as you can justify the time required to read it, and are aware that it can be tedious and repetitive at times, it is probably something worth reading.
- Battle of wits.
- Fights against the various witches were generally pretty cool.
- Insights into the mystery genre is enlightening, especially as I never really have explored mystery novels.
- Some of the characters are cool/likable. (Unfortunately there are more silly/unlikable characters than not though.)
- Really good soundtrack.
- Ange is very annoying
- Pretty much every character related to the witch/magic side is incredibly silly (there are a few exceptions though).
- As the story goes on, it seems to lose sight of what it was aiming for.
- Sections where there is build up for ages, and then sometimes the climax of that part was just really average.
- Ambiguous open-ended conclusion where every viable ending is dumb.
Posted on December 14, 2015, in Reviews and Impressions, Visual Novels and tagged 07th Expansion, 12 Days of Christmas, Ryuukishi07, Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.