Umineko – Legend of the Golden Witch – 10/5, 6 AM to 1 PM

Last time, midnight passes with a whimper.

It’s still pouring rain the next morning. Kanon and Genji head to the main house to open everything up. Kanon is surprised that Gohda isn’t already up making breakfast and such. Kanon tries to call to Gohda’s room to find out where he is, but the phones seem to be down. He runs to the servant’s quarters to check on him instead. Is he dead? I feel like he’s dead.

Over with Natsuhi, she’s wishing she didn’t have to leave the room, but she does. As she heads out, she sees the scorpion charm on the door and remembers she said she’d give Jessica a gift.She finds an old mirror she inherited from her grandparents.

She had heard that this mirror was a spiritual mirror to ward off evil spirits, and she had been given it specially by her Grandmother when her grandfather’s mementos had been distributed. It had been believed since long ago that a strange power slept in that mirror. It was believed that, in the same way it reflected light, it also deflected misfortune and malice.

Genji knocks on the door, and tells Natsuhi that not only are all the phones out, Gohda is missing. Natsuhi is like you have to be freaking kidding me.

Natsuhi goes to close the door behind her and notices…something.

Jessica is so dead.

She assumes there’s a joke being played on her, orders Genji to clean it, and heads off.

Eva and Hideyoshi are down in the dining hall waiting for food. Natsuhi sighs and tells Kanon and Genji to forget about Gohda and just make breakfast. Then Kanon gets a weird look on his face.

It turns out, Krauss is missing, too. And further, so are Rudolf, Rosa, and Kyrie.

Wait, how many people are supposed to croak as per the riddle?

On the first twilight, offer the six chosen by the key as sacrifces.

Okay so:

Gohda
Krauss
Rudolf
Rosa
Kyrie

So we’re one short. Has to be Jess. Also, that everything happens at twilight explains why midnight was so uneventful. The second one is about the ‘two who are close’ being torn apart, incidentally.

The only explanation Natsuhi can come up with is that Rosa, Krauss, Rudolf and Kyrie are still up talking about money, and Gohda is attending them, wherever they are. Because she’s not genre-savvy, she feels better that more people are missing instead of just one or two.

Hideyoshi suggests they could be up in Kinzo’s study, and although Natsuhi doesn’t think so, Eva goads her into going to check. Feeling bad for her, Genji sneaks Natsuhi the key to the study.

Over with the kids, Maria wakes everyone up. Hmm, Jess is alive. I guess Kinzo is the sixth? We also haven’t seen Shannon. She could be gone if the torn-apart people are one of the adult married couples. Oh! And Kuma and Nanjo. Forgot about them. I imagine at this point it will be another minor character, actually. Nanjo and Kuma seem the most likely. I think I’ll go with Nanjo.

Anyway, they notice that Rosa is MIA, but assume she’s over at the mansion. They head over themselves.

We jump to Natsuhi at Kinzo’s study. She’s knocking on the door with no result. Finally, she unlocks it… and Kinzo is alive, awake, and staring out the window. He asks how she got in, but doesn’t seem mad, just curious. She asks him to come down, but he says he’s not interested in listening to his kids squabble about how to divide up his life when he dies. Natsuhi thinks that’s fair, and goes to leave. But, as she does, he calls her back.

He also implies that if she were a man, and Krauss the wife, he would be happy to leave the family to her. Natsuhi is so touched she feels like crying. The whole scene is so sweet. It’s nice to get a glimpse of Kinzo as a human being, and even nicer to see Natsuhi validated. In fact, when Natsuhi runs into Eva outside, she’s able to brush off the insults, and Eva dejectedly realizes Kinzo said something good to her.

When Natushi gets back to the group, Genji says that Shannon is gone, too, and Kuma is preparing breakfast. Still not convinced it’s Shannon; like me, everyone seems to have forgotten about Nanjo.

Nanjo was sitting in the sofa, gazing blissfully at the children while reading a book. It must have been a book about chess.

This was literally the next line. WHELP.

The only couple left is Eva and Hideyoshi, so I s’pose they’re the ones screwed at the next twilight. No two other people seem particularly close.

Anyway, Natsuhi goes to make tea, and then Kanon runs in and says, Something looked odd about the rose garden storehouse. Probs corpses. Everyone but the kids  rush off to see what it is.

Incidentally, what is it with this series and creepy garden sheds?

They get there, and all Kanon can do is point.

That sounds about right.

Kanon says he was out here the previous night before the rain, and this wasn’t there. Genji and Eva agree they have to paint over it, and there’s paint inside the shed. Those poor fools.

Genji realizes this is related to the handprint on the door to Natsuhi’s room. Oooh, is he going to suspect her?

Aww, we don’t get to see what’s inside the shed. Instead, we jump back to the kids.

Everyone is chilling when Genji runs in, asking for Nanjo to come with him immediately. Well, at least we don’t draw it out too far.

Genji whispers to Nanjo and Natsuhi, and the three go running out of the house. The kids see them running through the rain, something obviously wrong. The three older ones decide to go check it out, and Maria wants to stay and watch TV, thank god.

When Natsuhi sees the kids coming, she runs over and tries to block their view, yelling at them to go back. But it’s too late. All three of them scream. Eva joins Natsuhi, yelling that they need to leave.

Oooh, some really intense music.

Jessica screams for her father and Natsuhi grabs her. Hideyoshi grabs George. Bat walks up slowly. Apparently the faces of the corpses have been brutalized. Bat names Gohda, Kyrie, Rudy, Rosa, and Krauss, but oddly not Shannon, though he says there’s another.

Battler has a complete breakdown, crying and screaming that they have no faces. As he and Jess scream and cry, the scene fades out.

We jump over to George, who’s realized the sixth corpse is Shannon. He asks to see her, but his father tells him it’s better he remembers her smiling the last time he saw her. He cries quietly. I don’t like him, but this is so sad.

Hideyoshi looks at Shannon, who is missing half of her head. He knows it’s better George doesn’t see. Kanon is looking on in horror, too.

Trying his best to burn the image of the remaining half of Shannon’s expression into his eyes, was Kanon. Kanon was not crying. Tears had risen to his eyes, but they did not drip down. But that didn’t mean that he wasn’t feeling as much sadness as everyone else. Losing Shannon, who had lived with him in the same orphanage, who he had loved as a sister, must have been just the same as losing a blood relative…

DDD:

“…Father. I have a request.”

“What…?”

“…I want you to look for me. Is there… a ring on Shannon’s finger…?”

Fuck this is brutal.

There is. She said yes.

Fuuuuck.

The kids pull themselves together enough for Natsuhi to tell Kanon to take them back to the house. When they leave, she orders Genji to contact the police via the emergency radio. I really like Natsuhi.

They close up the storehouse, trying to not disturb the crime scene. Natsuhi says they should change the lock, since the murderer obviously was able to get in. Genji says there’s only one key, which means someone took the key from the servant’s quarters, did this, and then delicately put it back where Kanon found it moments before.

The adults left the storehouse.

…The ghastly magic circle drawn on the shutter, still swallowing the six bodies, loomed eerily, occasionally lit up by the lightning……

That’s a good line.

The scene ends, and we advance to 8:30 AM.

The character profiles in the TIPS menu have updated to creepily reflect the deaths…it even creepily reflects the mutilation.

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I doubt the way their faces were destroyed was random, but I can’t imagine what the significance could be. I also wonder what Rosa’s line about meeting her again means.

Ugghgh now someone has to tell Maria. Unless Beatrice already did, and she already knows.

The older kids sit in the room in stunned silence as Maria laughs at the TV. Hideyoshi is muttering incoherently at Nanjo, who just keeps repeating that nothing can be done.

Natsuhi stands up and takes charge. She reiterates that Genji should call the police, and says she’ll go speak with Kinzo.

I wonder if you would allow me to tag along, Natsuhi nee-san? Since Krauss nii-san is now gone, the task of aiding Father has been left to me. It would be improper of me to relax here while relying entirely on Natsuhi nee-san.”

Natsuhi was struck speechless by Eva’s aggressive actions in a situation like this.

Same, Natsuhi.

Natsuhi just tells her to do what she wants and walks away.

As soon as the two leave, Kuma runs in, shouting that there’s blood in the dining hall. Not that it matters at this point. Oh god, is it the rest of everyone’s faces?

George runs ahead, and everyone follows. In comparison, the scene is tame — just blood pools. Nanjo says it looks old, and probably happened last night. Come to think of it, he sure knew a lot about rigor mortis and such for a PCP, didn’t he?

Battler says they should leave the room for the police, and Nanjo agrees. Everyone is looking like hell.

Back in the living room, Genji arrives to say, predictably, that the radio didn’t work. Hideyoshi starts freaking out. They’re trapped because of the storm and can’t contact anyone.

Battler realizes that means that the murderer is trapped on the island as well.

Jess starts flipping out, and finally Maria notices something is up, and asks what happened.

“They all died, everyone, everyone!! My dad and Battler’s parents!! Gohda-san and Shannon!! And even your mother, too!!”

Bat starts to comfort her, but first she asks, How many people died? Clever girl, Maria.

“….the culprit isn’t human. It’s just the **** chosen by the ****.”

[…] Maria had just said something, but since the words were so remotely separated from the flow and context of the conversation, for a second, I couldn’t understand them. When I tried to ask her to repeat it again, I was shocked by the sudden sound of aunt Natsuhi’s loud voice coming from the entrance to the parlor. 

It turns out Kinzo is nowhere to be found. Even Genji is flabbergasted and can’t think of why he’d leave the room. To look at Beatrice’s handywork, maybe.

Natsuhi says they have to secure the premises and do a comprehensive search for Kinzo. She tells everyone but the servants to stay put, and goes out with Genji and Kanon to do just that.

The kids can’t help but talk.

 “……And then, Shannon, …………even though she hadn’t been on duty there, she went to the mansion, …and helped Gohda-san with his job, ……………and got caught up in this case……… If only I hadn’t, on that day, in that place, given her that ring……, Shannon wouldn’t have, ……Sayo wouldn’t have, ……been caught up in that case…! …Whaaaaaaaaaa!!”

D:

Bat asks Eva if she thinks this is all related to the letter, and she says she has no idea, but she doesn’t think there’s a 19th person, and she thinks Kinzo was behind ‘Breatrice,’ the umbrella, and the letter.

Bat realizes this implies the murderer is one of them as well. Eva indicates that’s what she believes. Further, it was someone familiar with the estate, she argues. She implies the servants are in on it, but won’t commit to the opinion. Further, she points out:

“The culprit… no, culprits in the plural, would have more than enough weapons in their arsenal if that were the case. You see it, don’t you? They had to assault the four in the dining hall and kill them, drag a total of six bodies all the way to the storehouse beyond the rose garden, and scribble that disgusting makeup on their faces. There’s no way that a single culprit could carry all of this out on their own, right?”

So she seems to think Kinzo is ringleading and the servants are carrying it out.

What she’s saying is logical, but Battler can’t quite agree with it.

Because it was an easy guess to reach. A guess that anyone could reach. And I just couldn’t accept that.

He has a good point.

Bat namesdrops Higurashi, hehe.

Right now, no one knew where Grandfather was. We didn’t know whether he had already become a victim, or if he was one of the culprits, but this state of confusion had to be beneficial to the culprit. By showing us the bodies that obviously, and making us all realize there is a murder case going on, the culprit had absolutely nothing to gain. Right, that was where we could ‘turn the chessboard over’.

So the culprit’s goal was to clearly show us the bodies. So, at the very least, to the culprit, the appearance of the corpses there meant more than the deaths themselves.

Yes, this is rather obvious.

At the current time, none of us could grasp anything from this vulgar mass murder except malice. Malice… toward… all of us, is it?

This is also a good point: this setup ensures they all turn on each other.

Battler realizes only Hideyoshi and Eva weren’t emotionally affected by the deaths. I appreciate the game recapping the obvious conclusions so we’re all on the same page going forward – this is a clever way to make sure no one gets lost during a complex story. Of course, that also means these conclusions are only important insofar as they lay the groundwork for other conclusions; that is, that they’re explicitly laid out likely means they aren’t full truths in and of themselves.

Eva sizes up Bat, and says she realizes she’s the most likely suspect, as she gained a ton from the deaths and lost nothing. Battler asks her for details about the night, and she says Genji can vouch for her and Hideyoshi going back to the guest house around midnight.

“However, let me say this for my honor’s sake: if my goal was the inheritance, I wouldn’t have needed to commit this weird kind of murder, right? After all, if I just wanted to make them forfeit their rights to the inheritance, the method of their deaths wouldn’t have mattered. On the contrary, you’d expect that I would try to make their deaths look like an accident, wouldn’t I? If I had roped in the servants, and carefully planned everything out, I would be even more capable of doing that.”

Mmm.

The scene breaks, and there’s a TIP update:

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Bat goes to find everyone else. Hideyoshi is explaining the weird pentagramish thing to Maria to see if she knows what it is.

George says it looks like a Templar cross. Maria is oddly quiet.

When I looked over at all of them, preparing to jump into the discussion, something shocked me. Maria was smiling, an eerie and incomprehensible expression on her face.

[…] “Kihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihi. You people aren’t even close. Kihhihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihi… Can’t you tell just by looking? Kihhihihihihihihihihi.”

While everyone was scared out of their wits, Maria, alone, kept on cackling happily… After a while, that laugh was suddenly and abruptly cut off. But her expression was still like someone completely different from Maria.

“This is the seventh magic circle of the sun. The characters are written in Hebrew. Give it here.”

According to my Googling, the symbol in question is from a Renaissance-era book called the Key of Solomon. It’s basically a spell book, where each spell requires the drawing of these symbols, certain items, and the invocation of God to cast a spell.

Maria explains what the Hebrew letters mean — mostly the names of angels — and then elaborates on its purpose:

“It’s a magic circle to borrow the power of the sun. He who wears it as a talisman drawn in gold shall be able to break free from the bonds of any prison, and receive the power to gain freedom. […] “The word ‘bonds’ is not limited in its interpretation to some kind of physical object. Therefore it does not only hold meaning for people locked up in an actual jail. It can also refer to the release from mental bonds such as ties of obligation and inescapable fate.”

She says the outside ring is Psalms 116:16-17, which is:

16Truly I am your servant, Lord;
    I serve you just as my mother did;
    you have freed me from my chains.

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
    and call on the name of the Lord

Basically, they were sacrifices to call upon the freeing power of the circle.

Battler can’t cope with this and walks away from everyone, thinking that ever since the letter from Beatrice, it’s like they’re trapped in bizarroverse.

That’s right, right now, on this island, now that the witch has sent her letter, having sacrifices offered for a magic circle is perfectly natural.

Welcome to the genre, Battler, enjoy your stay.

So what will happen next? Will some weird people wearing goat masks start doing the Bon Festival dance or something…?! 

Beatrice isn’t that garish, Battler.

Battler takes a deep breath and remembers his father assuring him the supernatural was fake when he was little, and how much better it made him feel. That snaps him out of his panic, and he tries to look at things logically.

This is a battle of wits between us and the witch. Will we be sucked up by her occult game first? Or will we pull off her fake skin first? There’s a whole day until the typhoon passes. Why not enjoy ourselves…?!

Still slightly unhinged, but more methodical about it!

He goes back to the sitting room.

I stared at each person’s appearance in turn. If there wasn’t a 19th person, the culprit must be in this room. 

Uh, no? Natsuhi, Genji, and Kanon are all elsewhere, to say nothing of Kinzo.

He immediately corrects himself and amends it to ‘in this mansion’ so IDK what the point of that line was.

Natsuhi and the servants come back, and Natsuhi has a rifle. That’s good. What could go wrong there.

Natsuhi sinks into the couch, exhaustaed, and says they should all stay put until tomorrow. Eva agrees — after all, what better way to keep an eye on each other?

The scene breaks, and we advance to 1 PM.

21 Comments

  1. Falconix says:
    There really is very little I can comment on here, beyond how some passages become hilarious – and others very sad – after knowing the truth.

    Really loving the tension from 8:30 onwards, how Battler’s trying to find the thread that unravels this mystery.

    At the moment, Eva seems the most suspicious, which she cops to, and her alibi seems flimsy (if Genji is in on it, he would be lying to cover for her).  Also, unlike Kyrie, she would probably have gained a taste for theatricality from Kinzo.

    Also, how to keep your audience from noticing George’s flaws too much: fridge his girlfriend as soon as the bodies start dropping.




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  2. illhousen says:

    Oooh, some really intense music.

    As I recall, the song playing during that scene is goldenslaughterer. You should be able to find it in BGM folder in game files (though the file name is something like rh_goldenslaughterer).

    Or you can listen to the orchestral remix here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH2p8S5GNAM

    I also wonder what Rosa’s line about meeting her again means.

    Most likely the same thing as Shannon’s entry: once the ritual is complete, the witch would be revived and grant the resurrection of all the dead.

    Natsuhi and the servants come back, and Natsuhi has a rifle.

    I’m going to whine about anime again, because the scene was just so different there. As you see, Natsuhi actually comes across as badass in those scenes, taking charge and organizing everyone. In the anime, however, she comes across as positively unhinged, screaming and waving the rifle like a maniac.

    Anyway, any thoughts on how the murder could be accomplished by human hands, who is the culprit and what is the motive? Umineko definitely benefits from thinking about it and doing some detectiving.

    Also, some of your comments are hilarious in retrospect, but we’ll have to wait for future episodes for you to get why.




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  3. CrazyEd says:
    As she heads out, she sees the scorpion charm on the door and remembers she said she’d give Jessica a gift.She finds an old mirror she inherited from her grandparents.

    See, Natsuhi, it’s not hard to have a positive relationship with your daughter. Good for you. And now Jess will be protected from bad things too, and hopefully, survive!

    We also haven’t seen Shannon.

    Aww, man, I was gonna guess Shanon was one of the first dead last time, but I went with George at the last moment. Both of them were away from the group (and thus murderable), but Shanon was more connected to the murdering through her association with Kinzo, so I guessed the first death would be George.

    It’s interesting that Shanon was alive at midnight, but dead at 6 AM. The epitaph says dead at twilight. I assumed it’d be just after dusk, because that’s spookier, but it seems like the deaths are going to happen at just before dawn? Or, possibly, we get two twilights a day, so the Witch’s Epitaph will play out over five days instead of ten. Hm…

    Natsuhi is so touched she feels like crying. The whole scene is so sweet. It’s nice to get a glimpse of Kinzo as a human being, and even nicer to see Natsuhi validated.

    Aww. I hope Natsuhi and Jess get an epilogue where Natsuhi shows up unexpectedly at the finals to the big soccer tournament and gets to see her daughter win the big trophy and Jess realizes she really does care in her own way.

     

     

     

    it even creepily reflects the mutilation.

    This probably would’ve been more effective if it wasn’t reflected with MS Painting.

    He has the right to lament his ill fortune.

    … Well, gee, I’d hope so. Dude gets half his skull crushed in with a rock. I’m glad the game feels like it’s okay for him to not like this turn of events.

    That’s all there is to it.

    “Welp, stepmom’s dead too, I’m technically an orphan now. Oh well. Guess I just gotta deal.”

    (Kyrie’s weird shirt-thing looks even weirder in the full length sprite.)

    I also wonder what Rosa’s line about meeting her again means.

    Someone needs to reread the epitaph, uuu.

    Come to think of it, he sure knew a lot about rigor mortis and such for a PCP, didn’t he?

    … Huh? What do you mean by this line? A PCP?

    Bat starts to comfort her, but first she asks, How many people died? Clever girl, Maria.

    Man, Maria’s going to end up solving the mystery just because she’s the only one who believes the magic part of it isn’t just the metaphor of a crazy dying eccentric reverse-weaboo, isn’t she? It’s amazing how Ryukishi managed to make Maria completely fine with hearing her mother’s dead, without making her seem stupid, callous, or too young and innocent to know what’s going on.

    The witch will praise the wise, and should bestow four treasures. […] One shall be, the resurrection of the souls of all the dead.

    She knows that the first twilight will take six people, and the tenth twilight will give them back. Her reaction makes perfect sense, in an “autistic nine year old witch” kinda way.

    Maria had just said something, but since the words were so remotely separated from the flow and context of the conversation, for a second, I couldn’t understand them.

    Urgh, c’mon Ryukishi, you’re better than this.

    Shannon wouldn’t have, ……Sayo wouldn’t have

    Oh hoh, now what do we have here? Could George know Shanon’s pre-creepy-maid-renaming name? I wonder if he’s supposed to know that. Seems like it’d be the kind of thing Kinzo wouldn’t like.

    One shall be, the resurrection of the souls of all the dead.
    One shall be, even the resurrection of the lost love.

    I feel like it’s important to remember that the resurrection of those who died, and the resurrection of probably Shanon, are two different things. There’s gotta be a reason why.

    On the contrary, you’d expect that I would try to make their deaths look like an accident, wouldn’t I? If I had roped in the servants, and carefully planned everything out, I would be even more capable of doing that.

    … Uh… Eva? Were you… planning anything that got interrupted by this murder mystery? You seem to have thought this out a bit.

    “Kihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihi. You people aren’t even close. Kihhihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihi… Can’t you tell just by looking? Kihhihihihihihihihihi.”

    See, told you. Maria’s totally gonna eat someone by the end of this game or something. Oh shit, what if she believes in Beatrice because she is Beatrice (or possessed by her or something)? Uuu, no, Maria. Don’t be evil.

    According to my Googling, the symbol in question is from a Renaissance-era book called the Key of Solomon. It’s basically a spell book, where each spell requires the drawing of these symbols, certain items, and the invocation of God to cast a spell.

    Uuu, the Key of Solomon is a 14th century grimoire attributed to King Solomon purported to teach how to cajole spirits and demons, through the power of God, to perform a variety of tasks. Just in case the demon-controlling part turns out to be important. The spells aren’t just a special way to ask God for something. They’re to control evil things through the invocation of the name of God.

    (I love how no one reacts to Maria going from “cutesy kid who likes magical girls” to “straight up knows the Key of Solomon by heart”.)

    Therefore it does not only hold meaning for people locked up in an actual jail. It can also refer to the release from mental bonds such as ties of obligation and inescapable fate.

    Hm, this actually kind of implies it might’ve been Kinzo, doesn’t it? Who else would want to escape these kinds of metaphorical bonds? Maybe the epitapth is really just the means by which Kinzo must free himself from his obligation to his magic loan shark.

    Basically, they were sacrifices to call upon the freeing power of the circle.

    Technically, I think they were sacrifices (ostensibly to God) to give thanks for the power the caster received through the pentacle.

    Beatrice isn’t that garish, Battler.

    I dunno, have you seen her dress? She walks around in that. As a choice. I wouldn’t put goats past her. Maybe that’s what crushing the victims’s heads was for. To better fit in the goat masks.




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    1. illhousen says:

      Oh hoh, now what do we have here? Could George know Shanon’s pre-creepy-maid-renaming name?

      It was established in their previous scene, actually. Presumably, Shannon just told him. As for Kinzo, he probably wouldn’t like it much since the whole setup with the servants reeks of objectification, considering their “we’re furniture” thing combined with “professional” porn star names, but then, I’m not sure he would care about George or Shannon that much to begin with, not in his current state.

      I feel like it’s important to remember that the resurrection of those who died, and the resurrection of probably Shanon, are two different things. There’s gotta be a reason why.

      It should be noted that line could just as easily refer to Kinzo/Beatrice pairing. I mean, Kinzo was the one who wrote the epitaph (possibly even before George and Shannon were together), and he’s always going on about how he wants to see Beatrice’s smile one more time.

      He’s basically writing a fixfic about his waifu. With blood and miracles. Because that’s the reverse weeaboo way.




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      1. EnviTheFool says:

        Rating: M

        Tags: Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Poetry, Romance, Supernatural, Western

        Pairing: Yes (Beatrice/OC)




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        1. CrazyEd says:
          Major character death.



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          1. Falconix says:
            Please, like Kinzo thinks any of the characters involved are major.



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            1. Keltena says:

              Besides, he’s definitely a Choose Not To Warn kind of guy. Only if you risk reading something with greatly upsetting content will you had a chance at a great reward!




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            2. illhousen says:

              I don’t know, the epitaph actually provides a list of trigger warnings alright.

              TW: gouging of the chest, gouging of the head, gouging of the knee…

              The issue is that it ommits less obvious, subtle warning like mutilation of faces (an easy mistake to make), which trips some people up (like Battler).




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        2. illhousen says:

          Tags: OH DESIRUH, demon roulette, You, the one reading it, you too shall attempt to solve my riddle and find the promised gold! The more people waste their lives in this way, the greater miracle I could achieve when they fail!, Will the miracle be fulfilled first, or will those fools expose the gold first? What a sight. If those fools solve my puzzle, at that time I will be completely defeated. They can suck my corpse down to the last fragment of bone. Great magic can house a miracle from the fools’ greed. And yet!! If the fulfillment of the miracle comes first… If it comes first! Beatrice will be resurrected again!! That smile which I have been chasing half my life will be restored…! The sacred night when the miracle is wagered will come, and the devils’ game will begin…! I will definitely win, and will definitely remain alive!! I’ll give up the other people’s lives! I don’t need wealth or honor or assets or gold or anything! I only want to see your smile one more time!!




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          1. CrazyEd says:
            It would not be the worst tag I’ve seen on AOOO.



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          2. Keltena says:

            My favorite thing about this is that that “You” tag means Kinzo’s murder ritual fic gets sorted with every other reader-insert fic on AO3.




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            1. CrazyEd says:
              I’ve been getting the feeling that I’m going to figure out the mystery just based on the fact that, like Kinzo, I’m also a magic obsessed nutter. I have a book on feng shui, the tarot, the teachings of the Order of the Golden Dawn, and a witch’s cookbook within arm’s reach of me. And… I could’ve sworn I had a second witch’s cookbook around here so- oh, it’s in the box about a yard and a half from me, I think. So, it’s not within reach; doesn’t count.

              Just coincidentally. In fact, I just realized I left my Key of Solomon pentacles lying around all willy-nilly in a stack of stuff I wanted my brother to look at after checking how legit Ryukishi’s use of it was (100% legit, though my translations of the hebrew are slightly different). So I’ve even got that part of being a wizard down.

              But this just tears it. Never befor have I identified more with Kinzo. First person narration has a lot of problems that could easily be solved with just telling the YA demons to fuck off and writing it in third person, but there is a special hell saved for second person fiction.




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            2. illhousen says:

              Kinzo vs Undertale crowd shall be amusing.




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            3. CrazyEd says:
              Yeah, Kinzo’s crazy, but he’s not that crazy.



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            4. This line of conversation amuses me for reasons.

              #OHDESIRE #BEATORIIIIICHEEE




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  4. Keltena says:

    Yeah, I remember also wondering what the significance of Shannon and Krauss having their heads half-smashed in instead of their whole faces smashed could be, since they specifically draw attention to it. So far I’ve come up with nothing, though (though admittedly “so far” is only “a little ways into EP2”).

    Oh, also, I mentioned a while back that there was one instance where the PS3 port’s CGs (probably unintentionally) added a layer of subtext to a scene that I actually liked better than the original? It’s in the scene where George finds Shannon’s body. In the PS3 version, there’s a CG during the scene where George proposes to Shannon, which looks like this: http://i.imgur.com/XP0izAY.jpg

    Later, when he thinks back to the last time he saw her, they flash back to that CG… except it looks like this instead: http://i.imgur.com/VmRou1m.jpg

    Considering that the CGs were added totally after the fact, that scene was probably not _actually_ intended to carry the subtext that memory is unreliable and self-serving and that George’s memory of how Shannon felt about his proposal is a bit selective/revisionist. (Or even intended on the part of the CG artists, considering what a mess they managed to make of at least one other scene.) But it sure was what I got out of that scene from playing it blind without realizing the CGs were a later addition (especially because it really seemed like the kind of thing this game would do), and—barring any later developments that could make even that small change in subtext incompatible with the story—is probably going to stay my preferred reading to some degree.




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  5. illhousen says:

    Also,

    Battler has a complete breakdown, crying and screaming that they have no faces.

    At least he didn’t go the Shinji route and decided that now he must cut off everyone’s faces.




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      We’re only two updates in. He can’t break until at least the second act.



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  6. I’m following with great interest. I’m also not commenting on anything cos all the spoilers I know informs everything I’d write and it’s all friggin spoils. That said,

    some really intense music

    would be goldenslaughterer and should be somewhere in the game files as illhousen said. It’s one of the better known seacat musics and sort of a mild warmup to the awesomeness to come.

    The character profiles in the TIPS menu have updated to creepily reflect the deaths…it even creepily reflects the mutilation.

    Always remember to check that whenever something happens to someone and possibly post it for posterity. Experts agree that it’s at least as cool as FSN character sheets.

    Lastly, LOL. LOLs everywhere.




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  7. Act says:

    Forgot this was going to post while I was away — oh well. I’ll fix all the links and such when I get back.

    I’m not checking my comment emails which means THERE ARE NO RULES.




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