Sunday, January 3, 2010

[Ended] Umineko no Naku Koro ni: No, Not Again...

It seems 07th Expansion can't get away from the habit of not completing the story in one shot while making an anime. The end of Umineko no Naku Koro ni is just like the ending of the original Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, there isn't a closure at all to the story.

Format-wise, Umineko is actually quite similar to Higurashi: short arcs that are slighly different from each other told from different perspective. The difference, though, is that Umineko explained what's behind everything early on in the series while Higurashi kept everybody in the dark until the second series.

But if you're expecting something similar to Higurashi, then you're wrong. For one, because of the background is introduced so early, the shroud of mystery is lifted early on. So instead of trying to figure out what's happening, the audiences are tasked to figure out how everything is happening. Also, due to the fact the background story is occurring the same time the surface story is, there are much more superficial elements such as witch and witches and magic. On top of that, there's a lot less comedy here comparing to Higurashi.

Final scoreboard:

Drama: 81 (Somewhat confusing)
Comedy: 80 (Not much)
Action: 84 (Bloody)
Art/Animation: 82 (Typical 07th Expansion style)
Sound/Music: 87 (Matches well)
Character: 81 (Too many, not enough time to develop them all)
Plot: --
Ending: --

Re-watch value: --

Overall: 81 - Incomplete

Recommendation: If you want to watch it, go ahead. But without seeing the second series, I really can't give any recommendations about this series.
Let's just hope they're making the second season sooner rather than later.

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