You STILL have not solved this riddle, reader-san? Sigh, and I’ve told you so many hints..
Without a doubt, If you want an EP to massive mindrape you then DAWN is for you. It’s just that DAWN both amuse and piss you off on a higher plane level because of too many twisted developments in the tale that range from metaphoric to I don’t even ones. The level of mindrape level top tier that I could only picture Ryukishi doing it. Me? I’m just here to help you , on both departments, that is.
Huh, what is this? You’re probably thinking. Did I guess right? EP 6 DAWN blogging part will consist of two elements and have two goals which are basically the same : To assume and to enlighten. I can so much treat (especially this EP) extremely serious for so long. It was an OK EP however it had its awkward and dull moments which is why I’ll try to “liven things up” with my metaphorical deviation ramblings JAP is characterized for. There are times that may even seem like plain ranting but it really isn’t since that’d indicate I don’t approve of the author’s work. I doubt someone as I, that has spent this amount of time on this mystery could seriously come to dislike it that much. That’s why I can criticize and “make fun” of it, because I understand this tale extremely well to the point I can take this liberties unlike others. This also applies to all past and future entries, okay? Also, it wouldn’t be Just as Planned if I wouldn’t be constantly screwing with your mind, right?
That being said, you’re free to skip to the “Let’s reason this out” section where I tear the mysteries to pieces if you’re looking for theories only. Still, I’d encourage the readers to not skip the Blogging section and read my thoughts OUT LOUD when I was reading the novel. I’m sure that same as my blogging, you’ll be able to find them most amusing. Let’s start.
“IT IS BECAUSE OF LOVE!”
“The Witch of Theatergoing”
“Oh, Bern. I love you. Everything you do is so twisted”. I have to agree with Lambda for a change, but I don’t mean it in the same way she does. This is truly insane. A wedding? Ha! Similar to End of the Golden Witch we see the final scenes of the EP spoiling part of the fun. Battler is forced into a demented demon marriage to give the position of Game Master to Erika and with nobody to save him. The trappish demons Furfur and Zeppar are the priests of this insane wedding. Battler has lost.
Someone is imprisoned in a room recalling unwanted childhood memories over all and over of when the family conference was held. This room is no ordinary room and is more like a prison one that we hardly know that horrors it holds at this point. The door just won’t open. It’s a chain lock that doesn’t open.
Out of all people we could image in the story the story is about Ange. She who just woke up is in the company of her bodyguard Amakusa and they can be seen in a mysterious house waiting on someone. Ange doesn’t recall for a long time where she is and even who she is.. just exactly what happened and why is she here? Why doesn’t she remember?
Well, we wouldn’t know either, the story just started. Btw, does this EP have no OP added or something like that? I don’t think I accidentally skipped it. It just never popped up.
They’re welcomed by a mysterious woman named Hachijo Tohya and the game explains how Ange manages to contact her by noticing that her pen name “Itouikukuro Reigonmua” was a strange name, when she matched the Japanese syllables to numbers. It also tells us that we can read it as 11019960576, which it is also equal to 18 to the eight power, in other words, ‘Tohya no Hachijo’ in Japanese. All I have to say here, Oh c’mon! Japanese again? It is truly frustrating how parts of the mystery still have to do with the Japanese language. I linked it to the standard English alphabet but it didn’t make much sense. Well, I’m glad I didn’t pay it much attention anyway. My other guess was that it was a phone number.
With her introduction as Hachijo Tohya the one behind the fake messages in a bottle that the 4th game speaks of, Hachijo Tohya claims that she has discovered the truth herself, that unlike other bottle forgers who apparently only write their own theories and interpretation of the mystery making them past as the real deal, Hachijo is dead certain that her ‘truth’ is the real one. That’s the reason why she has written many literary pieces (from Banquet till End of the Golden Witch) Anyway her attitude, the fact that she has ‘endlessly’ killed her family, and passes herself as her Maria onee-chan infuriates Ange greatly. Still Hachijo and Ange herself knows that she has come down here to hear the ‘truth’ that this mysterious person named Hachijo has reached. What a damn tease, does it remind you of someone?
While Hachijo was talking Ange’s mind once again goes hazy recalling parts of the 4th Game in her journey to Rokkenjima. She recalls that she tried to contact the publisher to contact this mysterious author. Ange realizes that she never met any person by the name of Hachijo at all. The more she recalls, the clearer it becomes that this impossible memory of something that never happened before. That very fact that she could be able to met her would seem like a miracle to her. Ange feeling more certain of what’s really going on openly tells Hachijo to put an end to this farce and asks her who is she really. Looking old Hanyu I’d say.
clearly this game needs moar older people
Ange is right and when she mentions Hachijo reeks of Witch. No longer her figure can be seen and instead there’s an image of a Witch with horns -like on her head is seen rocking on her chair – the name is“Witch of Theatergoing, Drama, and Spectating” Augustus Aurora Featherine. Such as long-ass name that she’s just called Featherine by Ange. Battlers’ sis who has already realized that she is in another Witch game and that it was expected that she wouldn’t be let go so easily even after death by them, questions Featherine of what they’ll have her do. Of course, everything is for her Onii-chan. I think I’d like Ange more if she’d move on from that phase, but I guess that’s asking too much of her character.
In actuality, Ange’s situation is different than it previously was, Featherine proposes Ange a deal of being her Reader and Miko by reading out the new tale woven, that is Dawn of the Golden Witch. Being as unfriendly as usual Ange initially refuses the request but quickly grows interested once she learns that Battler is the new game Master of the story (all of people!) of this game which has kept going after she was killed by the witches. Upon accepting the Witch of Theatergoing’s request, Ange is given protection by Featherine swearing that no harm will fall on Ange while she works under her and bring calamity to anyone who hinders her task as Reader. Wouldn’t that mean she’d be abandoned after her job was done? What exactly is supposed to happen to Meta Ange after this?
It is then than Ange is giving the position of her personal miko. It just illogical that Ange isn’t wearing a proper miko attire. Clearly, Featherine does not really respect protocols. From this evidence we can gather that this Witch is up to no good. Foreshadowing, I tell you. Also Ryukishi-san, don’t be lazy on this important issue.
“I thought I told you to say in your room”
Battler, I had no idea you were into that. Also that cape makes you cooler than you really are.
The Witches can be seen relaxing on Beatrice’s tea room waiting for Battler to appear and start the sixth game. I also had my tea and wine ready with me at all times to go with the atmosphere. No, I’m serious about that.
Lambdadelta is also there, as usual close to Bernkastel lesbianizing one another. Bern can be seen in high spirits (that’s considered high?) eagerly expecting her final revenge to be carried out soon by her piece Furudo Erika. Another hilarious moment appears when they emphasize how Bernkastel made so many faces in the past game (which I have to totally agree) that she might get wrinkles for it. Their idle talk stops when a strange Beatrice appears before them. This person resembling Beatrice ignores or rather is unable to feel the atmosphere and all the nasty remarks being made by the witches at all, almost like it is a total different person.
Golden butterflies gather and a certain red-headed objection fanatic Ushiromiya appear before the witches. It’s BATORA, but this time he has a CAPE meaning that he mastered everything that game has to offer. But to completely master a game you have to beat it in all different difficulty levels. Someone has to tell Battler that! This is why you get trolled so often, bro.
Weird Beatrice starts spouting more weird things calling Battler ‘Master’ and ‘Father’ which seriously gave me the creeps. Just what the furniture is that supposed to mean? Bernkastel’s group are dumbfounded as I was, thinking that this surely is another strategy to throw them off like the Sun North and Wind strategy. Battler acts like “there’s nothing to see here, guys!” and asks them to ignore whatever they heard. Well, this was a Cannot Unsee moment if you ask me.
Battler says he’s all done and that his new game as the one who mastered all mysteries from Beatrice’s game will prove to them that he is not to be messed with. After being complimented by Erika that at least his title is GOOD. The sixth game Dawn of the Golden Witch starts. Oh, silly Battler. You don’t know what awaits you yet.
Back to Ange and Aurora who I’ll start to abbreviate into “AA” everyone now and then. Cleary seeing Beatrice acting all love-dovey and all NICE without any faking is as shocking as finding out that this EP is about the least interesting characters of the story. Ange is confused of what is wrong with this Beatrice as so I am. Featherine explains that as we know Beatrice we know was killed in the last game therefore this isn’t Beatrice per se. So what exactly is death in this world?
There are two types of death – the first one is the death of a piece meaning when you die in the game board in one of the many Witch games. The piece is killed but the person can be revived over and over without fearing of ever breaking it explaining why the Witches are so ruthless. The second type is death by the player, meaning that the player itself dies (assumes outside the game board) so it’s impossible to be revived because that person is no longer within the bounds of the game board. Instead of giving us a more concrete example of it the game uses Maria to explain that the ‘player’ Maria can also die when she stops believing in Magic meaning when UU Maria finally grows the hell up thus that ‘old’ Maria from the game will cease to exist. Also they mention Sakutaro and how he couldn’t be revive because he had a vessel and that vessel was destroyed.
Ange : goddammit. Stop child of man’ing me.
Speaking of which, they didn’t give Sakutaro a ‘character’ section on this game even though he makes a quick appearance here.. Featherine also mentions it to Ange that it was Super Paper who showed some generosity upon seeing Battler show such great determination when she saw that Battler understood Beatrice’s game and was burning with desire to push on. Of course, to Ange it was only a Witch’s fickleness to remain entertained. Ange might not be that wrong but I still have to give it to Lambdadelta for keeping the game going. What, I’m actually liking Lambda now? I thought she was just here for the massive lulz. Ok, we all knew that wasn’t the case, right?
‘That Beato’ has no chance of reviving the Witch of Doorama says, however, that doesn’t’ mean that it is impossible for “Beato’ to be born again. Heh, I see, we’re playing with words again. What she means it’s that although that Beatrice know has certainly been killed it is possible for a new Beatrice to be born and that Beatrice may someday turn into the old Beatrice. As it was revealed by Bernkastel, Beatrice is an “incarnation of the rules” (make sure to remember that term) therefore in the same way Beatrice may be able to be come back again.
Ange knows that there was some obvious ‘antagonism between Beatrice and Battler’ as we seen in the 4th game, btw Ange has been reading all the games she missed and is well-informed of what happened and what didn’t. God, is there no privacy in this game or what?
Battler and his CAPE are in Kinzo’s study which has become his new hangout place in the magical world. Battler asks GENJI what he thinks of the game he created, according to Genji he says that it’s a great game. Well, he’s a servant, of course, he can’t say it’s not so awesome as he thinks it is. I’ll give you a C since it’s your first time, bro. Add more of your aunts to the story and I’ll give you a “B”. Work more on the mystery and I’ll see what I can do.
Battler buys that his game is perfect and calls it a day. He inquires Genji about Beatrice’s situation and we learn that sleeping Beauty just woke up 3 days ago but they didn’t tell Battler because he was busy preparing the 6th game. Back to AA, Ange has no idea what to make of the hate that Beatrice has for Battler since ‘according to the tale, it was denied by the red truth, “Six years ago, no person called Beatrice existed for Battler’ so where is this antagonism coming from?
Ange mentions how exaggerated Beato’s reaction was as surely there was no way her ONII-CHAN would do something so horrible to deserve such response from anyone. They start connecting the dots and they come to a conclusion that if we assume that it was ‘because of Battler’ sin’ and that Beatrice was created because of it then it is as though Beatrice was Battler’s piece. Meaning that in a way that Battler is killing everyone. But here is the thing, if Beatrice is such a horrible person then why is Battler acting so friendly towards her now, huh. What exactly did he find that at the end of his journey for the truth? If only a tiny bit of this was explained I could understand Battler better, otherwise he’s just acting foolish to me. I don’t think I’d take being killed over and over very nicely.
Back to Battler’s Batman Lair. Holy magical problems! Battler goes to meet Beatrice and he finds her but Battler is quickly creeped out by her so un-Beatrice speech. It only makes things when Beatrice says that “Beatrice (she) was born for your sake”. Battler freaks out because the story is seriously turning into something weird, no, because it’s because he can’t revive the old Beatrice like he thought he could with is powers. Hey, isn’t this the same as Kinzo? You know, without a creepy (very) old guy being in love with a young woman.
Once again back to AA but this time back to the human counterparts, Hachijo Tohya is still talking with Ange but nothing about her being a witch is actually mentioned in that world. Hachijo is still looking down and going on about how Crappy her regular readers are and how actual readers are as an endangered species. Well, I never thought I’d be glad to a minority.
Ange defends the Readers, as reader herself, and tells Hachijo to not underestimate the readers, “They aren’t just reading. They read.. and They think.” Featherine makes the claim that it’s possible for anyone who knows the truth to become an Endless Witch. Interesting way to look at it. What would that make me?
Battler is in his world of delusions reminiscing and acting as though old Beatroll was there but the situation is very different. That ‘chick Beato’ is not the 1000 old witch that he knew and expecting the new one to behave as the old one is not possible. Whatever will be of Beatrice?
Frankly, I’m in for the Shannon X Kanon route instead
It’s the day of the family conference and everyone is as busy as ever probably revising the plan to kill everyone. Natsuhi is revising her plan so no one will learn that Kinzo is gone, meanwhile Krauss has a tummy ache. Oh! Shannon and Kanon are checking that everything is ok on the guest house and nothing is missing. As usual Kanon scolds Shannon for her clumsiness when it comes to this type of things. The discussion takes a different turn when Shannon starts with ‘let’s have a chat’ statement. That usually can’t be good, even outside of the game board.
Everything starts with Shannon pushing Kanon onto the bed and being dominant when it comes to the affair of love. That sounded strangely weird. Ok, Shannon keeps talking about George and her soon engagement to him, everything while giggling all the way. Meanwhile, Kanon accuses Shannon that she’s only been ‘tricking’ George and that she hasn’t had the courage to openly tell him that she’s ‘furniture’ etc etc. What’s that supposed to mean? Are we supposed to assume they’re some life human size Rozen Maidens or something? I bet both Kanon and Shanon share a Rosa mysticae then.
As you can see this is totally illogical.
Shannon’s comeback is that they’re only furniture because they ‘think’ they are more than anything, which is similar to my theory that it’s a state of mind rather than an actual “condition”. Kanon is still not giving in to Shannon’s 2:00 p.m soap opera but after hearing something about Shanon knowing everything about him since she’s his Big Sis, Kanon finally breaks and confess that he is in love with Jessica. The truth is that Jessica is TOO DAZZLING! (in his own words) for him and that’s why it was so difficult for him to accept his feelings. Kanon stops being furniture he’s been for most of the past Episodes. Shannon mentions that once she engages and all that she’ll leave the island and never come back (not even to visit?) and forget all about Kanon. Well, what a bitc.. becoming twist.
Kanon knows that this means that it’s the time to ‘settle things between them” once and all for all. They both know that their own selfishness might keep one another from their happiness, however, they both must pursue and fight for their happiness at the same time. They go like Optimus Prime “one shall stand, one shall fall” closing this with an open declaration of war saying that “they’re not furniture” anymore.
Yeah, you guys aren’t suspicious in the bit..
Kanon and smiling. They do not go well
This ‘new’ Kanon goes to greet the guests at the port. Everyone takes notice that Kanon is in high spirits today and they all comment on it. Kanon is simply shocked (when he asks Kumasawa about it) that it was the change was so obvious, perhaps like he mentions his past emo self was so obvious that this ‘slightly’ in higher spirits Kanon seem cheerful in comparison. What a total change. On their way back, Kanon meets Jessica in the rose garden. Kanon soon starts pouring his feelings about how dazzling Jessica is and ends up confessing that he likes her. Long story short Kanon tells Jessica how pathetic he’s been and they tell each other how DAZZLING both of them are. Jessica wants them to have more normal relationship and wants Kanon to call her by her name, the same way she’ll do for him whose real name as we know is Yoshiya.
I think Kanon has a better ring to it and so does Shannon but it’s not like they’re asking.
Someone has been spying on this scene.. it’s not other than Chick Beatrice who has been turned into a sentimental weeping machine. Beatrice tries to make sense of the situation of them and compare it to why her ‘Father’ gets angry whenever she calls him that. At least, chick Beatrice is aware that she is not what Batttler asked for.
Ange is feeling overemotional to and starts pitying Beato which Featherine shares the same impression as me. Shocking. But Ange knows that it wouldn’t be fair to blame this Beatrice for what Beato did since they aren’t exactly the same. Beatrice’s character has been made from many and many experiences and the old and new Beatrice can’t be same. Ange mentions something we all (I would think) doubted since the game started – this ‘1000 years old’ witch deal which is something hard to believe and seems more like a metaphor for a long time. As explained by Featherine we can interpret this as a very long time or when one is closer to the higher beings time and space aren’t measure the same way.
I seriously hope you didn’t actually believe that all the witches have lived for that long.
Kumasawa appear and tries to comfort chick Beatrice but it’s clear that by herself she can’t exactly help her. Beatrice feels as powerless and as useless knowing that she is no good after all because like she says, “I was born for Father’s sake. So I want to become the Golden Witch Beatrice that Father desires.” Kumasawa upon hearing Beatrice’s words, changes into her tutor of the past Virgilia to help her out once again. Meanwhile, Featherine has agreed to allow Beatrice into her realm and gives her access to the archives of the past games in order for Beatrice to learn more about the person she used to be. Featherine’s miko, Ange, who is now in charge of things gives Beatrice’s protection in her journey to find herself. One of the many trials Beatrice must undergo is solving the epitaph’s riddle to become Beatrice.
It’s getting late, there’s a storm is coming Rokkenjima and with it is brings Bernkastel’s piece Furudo Erika followed by a mandatory <GOOD> while laughing and coughing , indicating that the curtains to the mystery are about to being in the sixth game.
Time to get the game going. Next time in Umineko.. They’ll talk about cheese. I’m not kidding. More importantly, there’ll be some Erika.
Let’s Reason this OUT
Hachijo Tohya as the Writer – After Beatrice turning into an emotional machine, the biggest shock is Hachijo Tohya revealing that she is author behind the following tales of Umineko. She claims that she made those tales after the 1st bottle (supposedly what really happened in Rokkenjima) and she found the “truth” to the story. As a result, Hachijo made the tales we know from 2nd and so on.
Let’s look at it this way. We have quirky writer’s intent to “enlighten” and reach those 20/100 readers and give them extra hints so they can find the truth for themselves. If Hachijo made the following tales BASED only the 1st Tale it’d mean that the “truth” she found (assuming she had and read only 1 bottle) was obtained only with the clues of the 1st EP. We could say this is still strange because the following tales depict certain characters as possible culprits and deal with other parts of the story that aren’t close to the 1st one. Of course, this is probably to keep the true culprit hidden like any mystery novel.
We can say that the following stories sprang out of the 1st tale information and the story was formed after we are introduced to premise that will hold the next tales. Assuming the author intent (Hachijo) is to give more clues to what the answer is, means that throughout all EPS preserves a certain “pattern” that should be related to the real “truth” she wants the reader to find. “Love”? I don’t see this Hachijo person doing that.
Furniture’s situation – This completely didn’t make any logical sense. Never mind, it did, but once both go extreme as to say something like their lives (happiness) will end if X thing were or not to happen is totally irrational. I’ll attempt to explains things rationally without the existence of magic.
I’ll explain Kanon’s situation logically what way I see. Kanon is a total mess and has no chance of making it in the real world without someone there to support him because simply there’s no real meaning to his life. Shanon’s “I’m leaving you” sounds like (practically it is) an ultimatum that she’ll leave Kanon alone forever as she’ll never return to Rokkenjima after she goes with George. Basically, because Kanon will be alone thus “he won’t ever change” , his life will be a mess and he’ll die or kill himself eventually. I’d say it’s likely for him as I mention in my Are there even suicides cases in Umineko? post. Shannon knows that she can’t bear that burden for all her life to take care of him since she has plans of her own and she decides to pressure “her little brother” into confessing his love for Jessica, thus the responsibility rests on Jessica rather than on her and at the same time Kanon will be happy on his own. This makes sense to me.
Shannon’s situation is hard to explain because it sounds the less logical of all. There is no real reason why both “Love pairs couldn’t be happy” and why one pair must be doom in this tale as result. It’s not like this is a “love triangle” or that Shannon and Kanon are only ONE person, right? This is not what the Game practically tells you, right? Let’s see. What exactly could happen anyway as a result of one of them being happy?
Let’s think a bit. If Kanon and Jessica made their relationship obvious to everyone then the family (I mean Natsuhi mostly) would try to break them up without a doubt. Probably both of them would leave the island if necessary and never see them again. Probably by now Eva would’ve taken notice of this and guard up so it doesn’t happen the same to George. Not to mention that with Jessica out of picture George would be taking her position as head. That’s about it. One side wouldn’t let the same thing happen to their children. A day or two or when they make their relationships known doesn’t make much of a difference. Those days they stayed in Rokkenjima shouldn’t affect the outcome for both pairs unless we’re blowing things out of proportion. Shannon’s reaction seems the most exaggerated of all. She talks as if they’d be forced to go against one another and kill themselves so the other could be happy.
Logically, her “exaggeration” would be view as encouragement on her part so Kanon would make a decision once and for all, however, the rest of the things she mentions about being forced to go against the other’s throats comes out of nowhere. One’s action should not affect the other one unless their objectives are the same, then it’d make sense that they’d collide as result. Believing that the brooch can bring love is utterly ridiculous. This is something I can’t believe in unless we refer to this brooch as simply a “mean” for the lovers to be brought together but not a definite factor.
As you can see, everything starts to fall off after Shannon starts with her rambling about only one of them can be happy. It is then when things get complicated.
Magic characters representation – everyone must’ve made the connection between Ronove and Genji and Kumasawa and Virgilia. There’s this blatant switching between one to the other in Dawn that I didn’t think they’d do it so openly. We also saw it on EP3 when Virgilia first appears and she takes the form of Kumasawa but because of the whole “North Sun wind” strategy this was a bit lost. Genji and Ronove relationship is similar but their relationship is mentioned as something like a “little brother”. But here is the thing.
Genji serves Battler in the magic world. Logically, neither Kumasawa or Genji should even be let on the meta world unless it was Court of Illusions trial, however they are there. Yet we see them. Let’s analyze this. When Beatrice was in charge of the Game board everyone looked like Witches, demons and furniture, however when Battler is in charge they don’t show up a whole lot (if any). Why exactly do you think this is? Because this is not the way how Battler sees those around him. See, he has a different perception than Beatrice has, therefore, his “perception” of the game board and his current “reality” are both different.
I’m sure Battler by now gets along fine with Beatrice’s furniture so there would be no reason why he would not let them come to play to his new shiny game. You see, Battler’s view of a loyal servant is Genji and of a fun and reliable maid servant is Kumasawa. This is contrasted with Beatrice’s view which is clearly different from his. Human Battler is more familiar, or rather he ASSOCIATES these positions/roles to the people he KNOWS, therefore Ronove’s butler position and also as Kinzo’s right hand after becoming the new “head” IS associated with Genji. The same applies to Kumasawa for Battler. Shanno isn’t included because she is already represented as one of the new Demons in the story in case you were wondering why Battler (or the author) didn’t pick her.
In my opinion, this has to do with a very very long speculation about Beatrice and what exactly she is “supposed to be” and how this “magic” world, no, rather how her own game board operates. I mentioned a long time ago about this. Beatrice’s furniture possibly SYMBOLIZE people from her previous life as a human. A close best friend as feisty as her such as Gaap, a fun servant she never had at her strict household such as Ronove, an ideal mother-like figure and at the same time teacher such as Virgilia, the stakes as friends to keep thing alive to keep her entertained when she was alone.
All of Beatrice’s furniture symbolize somebody that Beatrice either knew before or they fill roles of friends/etc Beatrice may or may have never had as this was wishful thinking or an idealized version of somebody’s life. I think Battler’s claim of how “alone” Beatrice was in reality when she brought all those demons to come play makes it seem like the Game master (in this case Beatrice) acted as puppeteer would the whole time. You do know how it works, right? They don’t move unless you control them.
Battler controlling this old illusion of Beatrice is disturbing because he is playing, basically desperately trying to “amuse” himself with this delusion. What would happen if he’d keep playing like this? Would a made up “world” be created as a result? Therefore, it’s possible to once again make my claim thanks to EP 6 “magic beings don’t really exist” outside the catbox or even in the magic realm. They are figments of one’s imagination. Disturbing, isn’t it? Ah, looks like I just denied everyone’s existence with this move. I suppose I shouldn’t have said that. *giggle*giggle* Oh, please do forget about what I just said, okay?
Kanon/Shannon reaction – I think I found how they changed from being normal furniture to rebels a bit rushed. Still, I wouldn’t want it to drag for so long taking in consideration they practically take the whole EP to themselves so I suppose it’s all good. A couple of things here. For starters, I didn’t know Shannon already KNEW that George was going to propose on that day. It always seemed like she was shocked but not exactly expecting it. EP1 made it seem like Shannon never thought that this could happen so we assume she really didn’t know, what EP6 tells us is that Shannon ALREADY had a pretty good idea what George was going to do on that day. She had prepared herself for that day already, unlike Kanon who was just informed by Shannon that he could also be happy.
What I think is this. Why did exactly Kanon change so suddenly? Well, let’s ignore that “it’s because of the premise of Dawn” obvious answer and think of it a bit longer. Kanon decides to change because he received an ultimatum from Shannon who was going to leave the island NO MATTER WHAT so Kanon was going to be left alone no matter what. The only way to prevent her from going was going to be preventing George of proposing to her so Kanon could continue having that life he enjoys. Kanon killing the others (precisely George) would be accordance with his wish to keep living the same life with Shannon, however, I’m sure that Shannon would be too miserable to be herself ever again. Kanon’s change is only created once he realizes he is in love with Jessica as a result that Shannon was already gone (killed) or was going to leave him.
So, are we to assume that Shannon either never told him or that she never went that far when telling Kanon about George’s plans for that day? That seems to be the case.
The Impossible memory – I mentioned in my Dawn review that this is an extremely rare case where magic interfere with the human world. This has to do with a complicated real/meta/fictional world almost like time traveling that it’s too complex to decipher. One is that Ange from the future didn’t go anywhere, her meta part was simply controlled in a way that made her believe that she was still alive by retrieving her old memories and granting one of her wishes. Therefore, this “human world” in which Ange goes to visit Hachijo doesn’t actually exist and this was done for the sake of meeting with Featherine. As you can see, this puts greater importance on meta Anger than human Ange since we are assuming that there is only ONE Ange. The human world matters not from this perspective as “this” Ange will die or isn’t supposed to have that meeting anyway.
The other one is that magic WAS indeed able to mess with one of the many kakeras. Featherine is mentioned as being way more powerful than all the witches we know. So unlike Bernkastel who could only mess with them so much she couldn’t distort reality that much, only screw things up for people and “setting them up”. The impossible memory talks of moving a character between fragments (Ange does recall things from her OTHER self) like going back on time or putting them on a different kakera all together. Yet the end, and possibly all other fragments, are the same for her. Ange meets the same fate of Rokkenjima even if she was to meet or not this odd author who claims to know the truth. It’d probably make no difference for her after she was killed because she’d be forced to “reset” this 12 years time period of being all alone all over all. Magic can mess with the fragment as long as the result is always the same. Ange could be repeating this same trip over and over with a few changes but basically ending with the same thing. Similar to her family Ange would be trapped in a similar never-ending tragedy.
Featherine the Witch – I wonder where could possibly Virgilia know Featherine from? Virgilia didn’t seem aware of that Featherine was probably another Bernkastel in disguise. That’d mean that she wasn’t like that when she first met her or that Virgilia chose to ignore this fact to help Beatrice. I have no idea how old Featherine is and what exactly she is. Featherine calling everyone “child of man” (even Bernkastel) makes her sound like her origins and existence are so different than of humans that she isn’t one. All Witches for what I gather used to be humans a long time ago and even though we could say that they are no longer humans they used to have the same origins. We could say that she has lived so much longer than all Witches that she could no longer be considered of human origins. That’s just stretching things a bit from her part but it’d still apply. Or B, Or that Featherine is of a completely different origin like a real God would. This is all speculation, of course.
1000th year old – and probably even more. For this we’d have understand the nature of Witches and whether we believed in them at least on a small level. What do you think? That a made-up being with half-existence can exist? Just because something has been there but never has been discovered does it mean it didn’t exist before that? Certainly, they existed way before they were found but since no one knew of their “existence”, to us they just begin to exist that moment they are found. Following this idea if none of us have ever seen a Witch does it mean they don’t exist? Unless you are able to believe in something you haven’t been shown proof of then you could believe in it. However, for the rest such irrational entity can’t possibly exist because it isn’t scientifically proven. Then a Witch whose origins are unknown and whose existence can’t be 100% proven but instead are questioned over and over it’s simply impossible to “acknowledge” their own existence. The moment you believe in them and acknowledge them then they are certainly “real” to you.
I think they nailed it pretty well and take this “1000 old” business as simply a metaphor. They said that Beatrice could’ve been born after she met Battler and he sinned, thus the “Witch” was created. Of course, that simple claim would make her less than 1000 years old, implying that Beatrice is lying about her origins. The game even mentions how Beatrice has “19 years” old at some point later so I assume that after 19 years had passed her life as a human ended and she became a Witch. To be a hundred something old she’d have to have lived back in 1800’s. That.. is something I never bought.
For characters such as the Voyagers witches and now Featherine who are mentioned to be older than any Witch in the game right now is impossible to know how old they really are. Why? For one we don’t know their origins and when their lives as Witches started which could’ve been only 20 or 50 years ago or hundreds like they claim. Two they do not have the share the same perception of time and space that humans do. They mention in the game how a few days (or even hours) could be months or years to a Witch considering how they spent that time. Lambda claims in an EP mentions how the Romans prayed to her for victory or something like that. That’d make Lambda’s age to be B.C. and Featherine’s age would be as old as earth itself. This could mean exactly that. That they are right and they’ve lived hundreds of years. Or a simple way of telling you that they none of them have actually lived THAT long and that same as their existence; they are full of lies and delusions of grandeur to hide their pitiful real forms. Leading us to once again deny their existence. Hey, aren’t some of you just playing make-belief, dear Witches? Oops, once again. Pay no attention to THAT! I’m probably wrong everyone, riiiiight?
Beatrice as the “incarnation of the rules” – This is basically the same thing I just said. Beatrice’s “character” was formed as a result of all “hints” in the 1st Game. She makes her grand entrance by the end of the 1st Game after her character was materialized (I mean it mostly metaphorically) after all hints of the story and when basically almost everyone believes she is responsible for all killings because “a witch could’ve only done it”. What I mean is that everything in the EP, all this spooky stores, and crimes that could’ve only been committed by a witch make Beatrice “real”. Before that what exactly was Beatrice? For all we know she might’ve not existed at all. Or if she did, she wasn’t the “Golden Witch” she presents herself as.
This character she plays as is the Golden Witch of Rokkenjima but that doesn’t mean that real Beatrice and this Witch Beatrice are the same. Beatrice, a Witch, is born as a result of the rules. She is born after premise of the story, the hints and these strange stories that give life and make room for a Witch to exist in a closed circle. As a result a Witch serves as a cover-up for a criminal committing a seemly perfect crime to exist at the same time. Or is it the other way around?
The World is one huge Cat Box – this serves to give the Witch’s stories and the mysterious “resets” an equivalent in the logical human world. Hachijo made those stories because she knew what happened in the 1st tale and this is her way to giving more clues and wanting the readers to dive deeper into the mystery. Looking at it from the inside the “closed circle” Beatrice’s magic and killing are real because they never find the truth or what is happening outside in the world. From everyone’s else view, this is not the case. We are not on Rokkenjima on that day, therefore, these “truths” do not apply to us. We cannot accept a witch or magic exist. We are not affected by it as the people on Rokkenjima are, thus time does not stop for us. It keeps going. We are outside of the cat box. Not inside of it. Same is for Ange from the future who was left alone because her family never came back. She doesn’t know the truth thus all this time reset and magic acts may seem impossible. There was only one killing on October 4th-5th.
For the same reason that we aren’t inside the Cat box and aren’t affected by it, we don’t know what is going on INSIDE of it. There might be time reset inside of it and people dying over and over again, however, we’d never know about it because we cannot enter the box. Only when it is finally open we’ll be able to know the truth as this was a game of choosing a Red Box and Blue Box. That’s where Hachijo comes in to make sense of Beatrice’s time resets and the multiple killings and make it seem like a fictional world because that’s what logically is supposed to be to everyone outside of the cat box. This begs the question, does magic really exist? What do you think of all of this, everyone?
Game Master thoughts
Here is the Game master talk section where I explain a few things that I didn’t cover in either the blogging or the analysis part and mostly about where I’m going with this. Also what I may cover next in JAP or in Tea Party more or less. It’s strongly encourage that you read EP 6 DAWN review that I made, to understand the whole point of this, otherwise, you’ll have trouble understanding it and may still feel lost. Also it saves a lot of time for everyone.
– Compared to the 5th Game blogging where I didn’t know what was going to happen next, in this 6th Game I finished the game before deciding to blog it meaning that the experience is obviously different. I already know the complete 6th Game and I reached yet another “truth” of the multiple ones I’ve reach throughout this game. Unlike past games DAWN is extremely different (and weirder) as it doesn’t exactly pose a level of difficult on the killing mystery part, instead we are to supposed to make sense of the overall situation and what the game is trying to tell us this time. Btw, I’m fine with talking about “future” events in the story since I already knew what’s up, however, keep in my mind that it’s not always possible to totally explain a few things before I had already explain why I think so. For that you’d have to listen a lengthy string of theories what might become lost if I always skip too often.
– episode 34 is a LIE. Nah, I’ll just switch it to a lengthy review of the 5th Game instead when the time comes. Everyone already knows what happens, right? I think I’m still a bit worn-out after Dawn review so it’d might take a while. As for how this DAWN Blogging will be, I think I’ll try to keep them once a week on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Why do you think that’s so? I think that’s very easy to guess. I’d be disappointed if you couldn’t guess. In case I don’t release an episodic of DAWN for that week it means I’m still working on it and I’ll probably post it the following week. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to see a third-rate analysis anyway, right? There’s Tea Party if you’re feeling impatient.
– Like I mentioned multiple times, I’ll try to tackle the mystery as humanly logical as possible making sense of all mysteries and situations. I’ll tell you my thoughts on certain parts of the story how I interpret them. I think I cover each part of the game well and I’m very thorough on my analysis, however, there could be still points that I don’t mention or that you may have doubts about so don’t be shy about asking I’m sure I or other people can answer those questions for you. Check Dawn review first just in case. What you’re asking may have been already answered there.
I’m open to answer whatever questions arise in the mystery as I go along and proceed to say how I interpret it what I believe the author’s intent was. Your reasoning is different from mine and my reasoning is different from yours, so we can’t exactly reach the same conclusions. One could be closer to the truth than the other. But that’s the fun part, right?
However, I’m here to prove that the “truths” I’ve reached are the correct ones and the my white text can become as good as red. The question as usual is how much you actually believe in them or wish to challenge them. Are you a 75/100, 50/100 or a 20/100 out of the many Readers out there that Ryukishi talks about? What will it be? At any rate, let us have once again an elegant and most intellectual game.