Umineko: When They Cry is an anime adaptation of the Umineko no Naku Koro ni visual novel series, 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. The anime has been licensed in the US by NIS America.
It contains 26 episodes, encompassing four of the games of the Umineko no Naku Koro ni series.
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.
List of EpisodesEdit
Voice Cast Edit
|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|
|Toshiro Gohda||Hitoshi Bifu|
|Chiyo Kumasawa||Yasuko Hatori|
|Terumasa Nanjo||Akihito Ishizumi|
|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|
|Professor Ootsuki||Takayuki Kondou|
|Masayuki Nanjo||Akihito Ishizumi|
|Sabakichi Kumasawa||Hideyuki Umezu|
|Captain Kawabata||Daisuke Matsuoka|
Differences Between the VN and Anime Edit
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 volumesEdit
|Volume||Cover||Gold Edition Cover||Release Date||Episode|
|Note.01||October 23, 2009|
|Note.02||November 26, 2009|
|Note.03||December 23, 2009|
|Note.04||January 22, 2010|
|Note.05||February 24, 2010|
|Note.06||March 25, 2010|
|Note.07||April 21, 2010|
|Note.08||May 26, 2010|
|Note.09||June 23, 2010|
|Note.10||July 22, 2010|
|Note.11||August 25, 2010|
|Note.12||September 23, 2010|
|Note.13||October 22, 2010|
|Complete series||N/A||December 07, 2016||
- All of the episodes are named after moves in chess.