Ange enters the Golden Land and gets Maria back by reviving Sakutaro. Beatrice is shocked that Ange has been able to do something she couldn’t. Ange corners Beatrice by declaring that because she couldn’t she is not a real witch. By granting Maria’s wish Beatrice is forced to leave the Golden Land since it was created by Maria and herself. What an inconvenient heaven.
Beatrice is really forced to come back to the game. Trollbadelta appears and tells Beatrice that running away is useless. In the game she actually puts frozen chain on Beatrice’s feet so she is literally unable to leave the game. Beatrice is forced to continue the game but in actuality the game cannot resume unless her opponent shows up or is acknowledged by her.
Bernkastel appears and she brings Battler from god knows where. Battler is sitting there but he’s like dead. Gretels declares in blue that ‘The one qualified to be Beato’s opponent must be Kinzo’s grandchild, Battler Ushiromiya. But it doesn’t matter whether he is Asumu’s son or not” Beato is unable to fight back since they saw through her obvious trick. That’s why I said that it didn’t matter whether he was or not Asumu’s son. Everything is fine as long as he is Rudolf’s son.
Gretel encourages Battler to continue playing who has lost his soul because identity has been denied by Beatrice. She tells him no matter who his real mother is he is still part of his family and that it’s the bonds the make a family not necessarily blood.
Battler comes back to life like a phoenix. Here comes one of the many parts where Studio DEEN epicly failed. Ange comes behind and hugs Battler to give him the final push. She reveals that because of Beatrice she (Ange) has been left all alone in a horrible future where no one except Eva comes back. Ange starts bleeding badly and she finally disappears by the time Battler turns back leaving only her two hair ornaments. Battler turns to face Beato and points his finger at her again. There is no doubt in his mind that Beatrice must be defeated in order for him to get his family back and to return to Ange.
What is this? This scene was way too anti climactic compared to the game. Here is how it happened. After Battler comes back to life he’s all paranoid because he’s being so epicly trolled before by Virgilia and Beatrice (he remembers the third arc) thus he cannot trust Gretel and starts freaking out telling everyone to leave him the hell alone. It is then that Ange comes from behind and tells him that she is her little sister. Ange declares in red that she is Battler’s sister Ange therefore Battler has no doubt of who her identity is. In addition, Battler is unable to turn back at all. No, there is no damn camera showing Ange’s back so we have no idea what exactly they did to Ange until much later. When Battler turns back he see that Ange is gone but he sees that Bernkastel and Lambadelta are next to each other acting all normal. Battler then sees pieces of flesh and a lot of blood on the ground. He asks the two of them what just happened but they remain silent like hiding a secret. It is then that Beatrice explains to Battler what happens to Ange. Her description of the scene was so gruesome that will make your skin crawl. Battler is furious about how no one did anything to help Ange and is more furious on how Beatrice keeps mentioning Ange’s name and making fun of the way Ange died thoroughly the rest of the game. That’s how he got fired up. What the hell DEEN!? This was supposed to one of the most dramatic moment EP 4! You just ruined it like many of the scenes in this anime.
<There is a huge gap here that the anime does not cover all. I’ll make quick post about later when I finished reading the novel. I believe that this is crucial information that will help anime watchers with the mystery. Check back much later>
They skipped a hell lot of red and blue statements in the anime but I think that they kept the most crucial ones. Here is the basic rundown. ”Ushiromiya Kinzo is already dead when the game starts. Therefore the true number of people is 17. By adding in an unknown person X, it becomes 18. Because this X exists, it’s possible for a culprit X to commit all crimes even if all 17 people have alibis.” Beatrice counters with how it was not possible for the culprit to kill George and Shannon in the second arc. Battler responds claiming that Rosa is the accomplice. She helped the culprit by giving him/her the keys in some way. ~Noryon-ron.
Third Game: It is possible to explain this if Aunt Eva is the culprit’s accomplice. Also it is possible to explain Dr. Nanjo’s murder with an unknown 18th X person!
I seriously thought he was gonna go Kinzo Rocket on Battler
4th Game: There’s nothing strange as long as the 18th person X went crazy with the gun! And murdered George, Shannon, and those who escaped from the dungeon. Beatrice responds that all Battler’s claims are possible because he trust that the unknown person exists because he believes that Kinzo is already dead. Kinzo’s ghost appears defending Beatrice, he transforms into a dragon (lord Pendragon?) and tries to devour Battler. Battler defeats Kinzo with his blue, claiming that :
“Kinzo is already dead. However, someone inherited that name, and everyone acknowledge it! In this way, everyone at the family conference acknowledged the existence of Kinzo!” Kinzo is unable to deny the possibility that there are characters who posses a variety of different names and is finally put to rest. Well, does that sound cheap or what?
Battler goes on declaring that in the 4th Game it was the unknown X who killed George, Jessica, everyone that escaped Kinzo’s cell, and Gohda and Kumasawa. Another stake pierces thoroughly Beato’s chest making her want to give up and give the victory to Battler. Battler does not accept this hollow victory and keeps the game going by not declaring that ‘therefore witches don’t exist’. Beatrice laughs at Battlers’ foolishness for not seizing victory and she comes back with her red disproving Battler’s noobish theories. Yes, here it comes!
Beatrice says in red that “Kinzo is already dead by the time all the games begin. No more than 17 people exist on this island. So no 18th person exists. This applies to all games.” By saying this Beatrice destroys the theory that there is an unknown X and the Kinzo exists by the time they arrive at Rokkenjima. Doesn’t it mean that whoever spoke with Kinzo has been utterly lying? And just like that we’re back to square one. Let’s take it from the top.
1st Game: someone in the first arc faked his death on the first twilight. That person is the one that kills everyone. Gohda, Kumasawa and Genji were killed by the person who faked his death or they killed each other simultaneously. After that Maria hid the guns. I can’t believe that claim. Why would they kill each other in the first place? Nevertheless, Beatrice surrenders that game to Battler because his argument is too funny. Perhaps, I think this was one of his most valid argument except for the part where they kill each other.
2nd Game: Battler claims that the first six were killed using small bombs put in their meals. What the hell? I have to agree with Beatrice (I was actually saying the same thing) That is the most ridiculous theory I’ve heard since the aliens theory in Higurashi. Again, nevertheless, Beatrice hands over that game to Battler because it was just that funny. You’re making this too easy for him, Moetrice. Fight back already! Fight back damn it! Why the hell put this game on easy mode?
3th Game: Pretty much whoever killed the first six is the only who found the key so he lied about finding the key on one of the bodies therefore it isn’t a closed room. On Dr. Nanjo’s death: whoever played dead in the early part of the game is the only who killed Nanjo. That person died for some reason later and it is only after that Eva Beatrice claims in red that that person is dead. A great loophole. Clap clap. This is not such a bad theory.
Beatrice must be some sort of C.C
A giant stake pierces through Beatrice’s body. Although she is so much pain she is unable to die. Battler thinks that this is an appropriate way for her to understand the pain she caused other people and stares at her. I kind get what he is saying. Beatrice asks Battler to help her die and shows her real form (heart/soul) to him.
Beatrice tells Battler one last riddle. She says that Battler is the only person in Rokkenjima and she (Beatrice) is about to kill him. Also Beatrice is not Battler, in case you even considered that – then Beatrice asks “who am I?” Battler boldly declares that he’ll solve that last riddle that Beatrice gave him and kill Beatrice once and for all. No wait, why is the screen going dark? Credits? See you again. Have a nice day! Never mind there’s more.
Bernkastel and Lambadelta are shown lying on bed next to each other talking about this last game. Bernkastel revealing how ultimately it was too much of a hassle to prepare Ange to get Battler back on track and Trollbadelta claiming how utterly wrong most of Battlers’ blue claims have been. In the end, none of the mysteries was really solved. As the Witch of Miracles Lady Bernkastel and the Witch of Certainty Lady Lambdadelta declare that “Beato certainly cannot win, and a miracle certainly will not occur.” You lose. The Witches win.
~ Turning the Chessboard Over ~
<Warning. Warning. Warning> Long post is too long
On Battler! Pffft, what with this half assed reasoning? What’s with this weak Moetrice? Some of his theories were Ok but other just sucked. I feel like I should be disproving his theories rather than supporting them. Battler used the most obvious theories to break through Beato’s defenses like nothing. Rosa is the culprit for the 2nd game? Eva is killer for the 3rd game? Are you kidding with this? The show practically tells you that they are the culprit for those arcs! Those theories are what just about anyone could have come up with it even if they didn’t pay attention, Battler just ignored all possible theories where they aren’t the culprits for those arcs. Way to go. Battler’s reasoning is so over the top that I’m not even sure I said that sarcastically or not. There are some claims that are just plain on confusing so don’t be surprised if I got one of them mixed up with one another. This might seem long but it really isn’t taking into consideration I left out a lot of theories. So here we go. One last time. Turn the chessboard over!
- They finally revealed that there are no more than 17 people on Rokkenjima and that Kinzo is dead by the start of the game. Note that they never said how long Kinzo has been dead. His death assures us that none of the crimes that are committed are done by him. Therefore, even though he may have given orders to someone to carry out the ceremony. It was not Kinzo who carried them out. The big issue for me is the reason why Kinzo’s body is always found burning. Here are more theories spawned from the fact that Kinzo is dead.
- The real culprit knew that Kinzo was already dead. This means that culprit was in Rokkenjima long enough to know this for a fact otherwise he would not use a fake corpse to simulate that he was killed. This goes in two different paths either the culprit was the only one aware that Kinzo was not dead thus preparing a fake corpse so everyone would think he was killed or he did it because he thought that not everyone knew Kinzo was already dead out of consistency.
- If Battler’s claim is right at all I believe that not everyone knew about Kinzo’s death i.e. the grandchildren didn’t know. Did they? What I think is that only certain people knew that Kinzo was really dead. If the culprit knew that everyone was well aware that the real Kinzo was already dead, the culprit would have no need to prepare a fake corpse in each arc. By doing so the culprit would only shocked those who knew for a fact that Kinzo was dead. Either the culprit was unaware of that fact, he/she wanted to get a reaction from them, or not everyone knew Kinzo was already dead. There is just too much of a contradiction here to get a clear view of the situation. So everyone knew that Kinzo is dead and didn’t do anything about it? I can’t accept that everyone did know he was dead. Plus this is so wordy and confusing that it can easily messed up a whole theory because of the way this claim is presented.
- The Ushiromiya would stop having feelings of hatred and fear towards Kinzo if they would know that this is not their real father. The way they behave towards him is the same way they always do. Take your pick. If their original biological father is dead then the headship would go to Krauss or any other siblings, right? Why would they put somebody else that is not related to the Ushiromiya as head instead of them? Moreover, the contract that Kinzo made with Beatrice a long time ago should start triggering the moment he dies and goes to hell. There should be no exceptions. I’ll say this in blue: Because a witch has not started collecting what is rightfully hers it means that witches do not exist. There should not exceptions as the contract terminates the moment Kinzo dies. Yes, this claim is just plain weird. It’s just strange that Kinzo is dead yet this whole revival of the witch is still going on.
- All the people who entered Kinzo’s study are considered culprits by default. This includes everyone who lied about meeting with Kinzo in or outside the mansion. Because he was dead in the beginning of all the games: all the orders, actions and claims related to him are all lies. All who acted on Kinzo’s behalf and followed the orders of a dead man are accomplices. Right now even Battler’s meeting with Kinzo in the 2nd Game is put in doubt. Can his drunkness explain him seeing Kinzo near the end of the 2nd Game? If there are only 17th people Kinzo or the fake Kinzo should not exist.
- The inheritance discussion should have started the moment they knew the real Kinzo was already dead. If they were well aware that Kinzo was already dead then this inheritance discussion concerning Kinzo is pointless. It should be about the siblings asking Krauss to give them their share of the fortune like in this 4th game. Moreover, there would be no need to kill everyone over the inheritance, they would only need to expose that Krauss and his family knew that Kinzo is already dead if they want their money so badly. The only people who should be afraid are the ones who know well that Kinzo is already dead and wish to keep it a secret for their own reasons. Moreover, Dr. Nanjo has been lying about Kinzo’s disease and that he might die at any moment. He should have spoke up and reveal that Kinzo is already dead. He says that he is his closest friend yet he does not recognize that the fake Kinzo (if that claim is real at all) is not him?
- In addition, Dr. Nanjo is responsible for giving a wrong diagnosis for all people that faked their deaths. +20 years of experience my ass.
- The anime version of Beatrice is too Moetrice. I declare that with keikaku doori Certainty. Strike me down if I’m wrong.
- This theory that a name is passed down also involves Beatrice whose real name is unknown. Presumably, it was Virgilia who had the title of Beatrice and when she retired she gave Beato the title of Beatrice. It is somewhat possible for ‘Beatrice’ to be dead yet be alive using this crazy logic.
- Battler if you’re going to doubt Kanon as an accomplice then doubting Shannon is a must for crying out loud. Also you’d be forced to add the other furniture Genji to the group because he’s also furniture and could have easily been given a fake name. Genji Ronoue? Also add Maria ‘cause it’s a common name in anime. Oh, did you notice I was not being serious already? C’me on, Battler. There are more holes in these theories of his than there are in a Swiss cheese and in the ozone’s layer. Some of these claims are just plain laughable! Start fighting back, Beatrice!
- I have no major problems with the way the 1st Game is explained except for Gohda and the rest killing each other. Why would they do that in the first place? And no, I still don’t understand why they even think Natsuhi committed suicide. It just doesn’t make sense.
- Rosa would be an accomplice if there was a way that she could give the keys to the criminal, for that it will require for Battler who has been close to her 24/7 or the rest of the servants not to notice anything.
- Small bombs? Lolwut? Are you fucking kidding me? If I accept this I don’t know what I won’t accept.
- I was surprised that there are no signs of Beatrice’s furniture in this last episode. No Harem of Purgatory, no siesta sisters, and no demons and witches to help Beatrice at all. Usually Bronove would be by her side helping Beatrice in some parts but all of them are gone for good in this scene. Did Beatrice purposely call them all off? That would actually explain why she’s being so weak. Is this part of her plan?
- Beatrice proclaiming that there aren’t anyone on the island aside from Battler himself. The fact that none of the furniture are shown at all made me consider that they might be all be delusions of her mind that are projected on other people. They would be similar to what Sakutaro is to Maria in terms that they would fill their respective roles in her life. Having a nice older person she could look up to (mother?) as Virgilia, a close girl friend – Gaap, a funny servant like the one she had at her home – Ronove, and the way she uses to get revenge on people she hate – the Sisters of Purgatory. Her life doesn’t sense that strange when one considers what they may represent to her. Of course, this is only a speculation. I call Devils’ proof on this one.
- Beato’s real identity – It was already discussed last week the nature of the Black Witch. While its real existence cannot be explained by logic, its nature can be considered as the ‘evil’ in people’s hearts. Where exactly does Beatrice’s power come from? Beatrice’s last riddle is hard to answer using normal logic. If there aren’t any more humans around then it means that Beatrice was never once considered to be within the 17th people limit. As we all know Beatrice’s real identity is shrouded in mystery but it’s almost for sure that she isn’t any of the 17 people on the island.
- For now I’ll think of Beatrice as a force pulling the strings on this game making people do things they normally wouldn’t. In other words, while she does not commit the crimes herself she might affect the human culprit and how things play out. That’s why she knows how the crimes are committed. In other words, she’s the player. She controls the pieces but does not commit the crime herself. While this contradicts the theory that magic or the supernatural are not involved at all, it does not contradict the theory that the crimes were done by a human as the culprit would still be human.
- The reason why Beatrice could not revive Sakutaro is because Beatrice has no power outside of the game board. Whether or not she purposely not help Maria because she couldn’t or to get her on her side is not important. No matter how powerful you claim you are Beatrice. You are not an omnipotent existence. A real witch’s powers should not be this limited. If you are indeed not able to revive Sakutaro then you have no powers outside the game board and thus you are a real witch.
- The scene where Lamdbadela and Bernkastel are shown lying in bed is similar to Maria’s own party when she was deep in her own delusions to keep herself happy. I wonder if there is any further connection than showing witches showing child-like behaviors because they’re eternal. Oh, did you not love the epic trolling?
The most evident thing on this episode was the lack of comebacks from Beatrice herself. She didn’t even attempt to disprove that stupid crazy theory that small bombs were responsible for the 1st twilight on the 2nd game. All she needed to say ‘A’ argument isn’t true because of ‘B’ also because I proclaim with red ‘C’ is also not possible either. The few times that Beatrice used red were just too little compared to the number of times Battler used blue. This cannot be all you got Beatrice!
Finally, what bugged me the most is that Battler merely covered up the most basic mysteries and skipped other parts that needed much explanation. Also he never made sense of the whole ‘magic exists if at all’ or why was his sister even in this game if magic does not exist. As I said before the big mystery did focus on ‘crimes are not committed using = therefore the culprit is human and not a witch, Umineko’s mystery is not supposed to explain the other parts of the mysteries in case you were wondering.
If you have trouble understanding magic in the world of Umineko is because the show isn’t supposed to fully explain those things. Whether magic exists or not outside of the game board or whether or not Battler believes it exists it’s not related to the killings that occur in the Beatrice’s game. The different mysteries and contradictions that arise in believing in one and not believing in the other is an unrelated subject for the ceremony. “— Without love it cannot be seen.” Magic exists only if you believe in it.
~ Final words~
So what did you think of the ending? What did you think of Umineko TV? It was something else. Those are my thoughts. Well, thanks for reading! To all who commented on this blog giving their own theories, clarifying things, providing facts, and giving their impressions and thoughts for each episode to RP, Unraveltruths, Taiyaki, Jubbz, Moichispa to all who regularly and not so regularly commented, and to those comment shy who enjoyed reading my reviews, rants, and theories. This was most fun I had blogging about a show. Thanks for reading! Have a good day! See you next time!
Hmm, did you actually think it was over ? Nah, it isn’t over. Umineko is a game that is still ongoing. This is not the end of Umineko. There might be a second season later on but for now there are games that you can play to understand the story better. Of course, this blog is not done talking about Umineko so expect Umineko related entries to pop up every now and then. Also expect a nice gift after I finish reading the EP 4 novel tomorrow. Also a review on Umineko TV (expect some bashing) and other stuff the following days. See you next time!