Umineko no Naku Koro ni episode 4 – review

Umineko no Naku Koro ni episode 4

I will make it short today, because I’m dead tired. A lot of things happened in this episode, though. So let’s get on to it quickly.

The episode starts where the previous ended. All the remaining people are looking at the atrocious scene in the room that Eva and Hideyoshi went to rest in. George breaks down after seeing his parents dead and says he will kill those behind it.

Battler and Jessica back in parlor are trying to figure out how the latest crime occured. Maria then joins that conversation saying that it was proof about existence of magic, which Beatrice gave him. Maria makes Battler angry and she punches her for the way she’s been talking and reasoning.

After that, Maria explains what the scribble on that door was. She says it’s the First Magic Circle of the Moon. And the text is from the Old Testament, Psalm 107:16. It can open any door.

Kanon and Kumasawa are looking for source of a terrible smell some moments later. Kanon enters the boiler room, where he sees golden butterflies. After some shouting that he will stop Beatrice, he lays down on the floor. However, he dies some few minutes later. Others finds the source of the smell, Kinzou’s burnt corpse in the furnace.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni episode 4

Umineko no Naku Koro ni episode 4

The remaining living go to hide in Kinzou’s study, which should be the safest room in the mansion. There they discuss about the epitaph. They talk about Kinzou’s research into black magic and that Kinzou really had a lover called Beatrice. Genji says that she is dead though, and Kinzou has devoted his life to finding a way to resurrect her.

Battler asks if Kinzou had a secret child with Beatrice, but gets a negative answer. But Jessica then says that he contributed a lot of money to an orphanage and used some of its children for black magic experiments.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni episode 4

There suddenly appears another letter from Beatrice on the table. Natsuhi points her gun at Genji, Kumasawa, Nanjo, and Maria, because noone else, from the 8 people in the study, could lay it there, as she explains. The 4 people are driven out of the study.

Battler finds the meaning of magic circle in that letter after searching in Grandfather’s books. Its effect is: “Discord. Fan up internal divisions, and make the enemies destroy themselves.” They realize it must have been a trick to divide them. Right at that moment, the supposedly not working phone is ringing. All they can hear is just Maria singing a song though. They immediately leave the room and head downstairs… where they see Nanjo, Genji, and Kumasawa with disfigured faces and gouged knee, stomach, and leg, respectively.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni episode 4

I think this episode was done quite well, and I’m really looking forward to the first end, which will come next episode. The number of sacrifices according to the epitaph was satisfied, after all. They left a lot of time, one whole episode, for the very ending, so I’m sure it will be very interesting. Those who’ve read the visual novel know what I mean, don’t they? Well then, let’s look forward to it.