An anime adaptation of the Umineko no Naku Koro ni visual novel series was 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.
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. The head of a wealthy family named Kinzo Ushiromiya, who lives on and owns Rokkenjima, is near death, and eight of his family members arrive on the island to discuss how Kinzo's assets will be divided once he is dead. Also on the island are three family members who live there, five of Kinzo's servants, and his personal physician. After the eight family members arrive, a typhoon traps them on the island and shortly after people start to get mysteriously murdered.
List of Episodes
- II-I Middle Game
- II-II Early Queen Move
- II-III Weak Square
- II-IV Skewer
- II-V Accept
- II-VI Back Rank Mate
- III-I Castling
- III-II Gambit
- III-III Positional Play
- III-IV Isolated Pawn
- III-V Queening Square
- III-VI Promotion
- III-VII Swindles
- IV-I End Game
- IV-II Zugzwang
- IV-III Prophylaxis
- IV-IV Problem Child
- IV-V Breakthrough
- IV-VI Adjourn
- IV-VII Forced Move
- IV-VIII Sacrifice
- Battler and George being approximately the same height, whereas in the visual novel, Battler is 180 cm and George is 170 cm.
- The cousins saw Natsuhi fall after being shot, which means that they should also have been able to see Sayo.
- The island blows up before any of the survivors have a chance to see Beatrice.
- When Shannon's corpse is found, the stake is pierced in her forehead, not by her side as it should be since she commited suicide. Thus, this closed room is impossible to solve.
- In Beatrice and Virgilia's fight, Beatrice didn't float in air and even retreated her towers.
- Before her final attack, Virgilia summoned more than one Smoothed Mate, and impaled Beatrice with them instead of Gungnir. Also, she didn't summon Odin.
- When Virgilia realized she had been killed, she had two Smoothed Mate pierced through her instead of the lots of magic beams. And during Beatrice's explanation, it was shown that Virgilia was killed right before her final attack, and not before the start of the battle.
- EVA-Beatrice met Rudolf in a corridor, while she should be in front of Beatrice's portrait.
- EVA-Beatrice commanded the Chiester Sisters to kill Rudolf and Kyrie and bring their corpses to her. However, when they were killed, she teleported to them.
- Rudolf and Kyrie were killed in a corridor. But then they and EVA-Beatrice (wanting to "play" with the corpses) were shown in the hall.
- EVA-Beatrice and Chiester Sisters are less agressive and more respectful with Beatrice when sending her away.
- Hideyoshi should arrive to scold EVA-Beatrice after she sent Beatrice away and after she "played" with Rudolf and Kyrie countless times. However, that didn't happen. Beatrice appeared right after Hideyoshi was killed.
- After Chiester Sisters killed Krauss and Natsuhi, it was not shown their corpses being carried out to the outside.
- In the first twilight, Chiester 00 kills Rosa by cutting her throat. She was originally killed by having half of her face blasted, which is correct, as Sayo and Genji were using only the rifles in the first twilight.
- In the final episode, the first half of the Tea Party was completely ommitted when Piece-Battler should have been seen investigating the crime scenes.
- A significant amount of red and blue truths were removed from this arc alone.
- Also, Kumasawa and Gohda were bloodied when found dead. Originally they were only killed by being shot in the heads. Moreover, the window in the garden shed was big enough to fit a person inside, but in the visual novel, this should be impossible.
- In the ??? Scene, the red truths that Lambdadelta made to correct Battler's mistakes were completely removed.
Anime DVD volumes
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- All of the episodes are named after moves in chess.