“Have no fear. No matter how difficult the crime, I will solve it. That’s a detective’s job.”
Most noble, I know. I know! Mind you, that is followed later by Erika’s facial distortion and brutally sending murder doll Dlanor to destroy a feeble truth. You’d think that normally two Beatrice would equal twice the trolling, huh? However, most unfortunately that isn’t the case. We have chick Beatrice and Elder Beatrice and no signs of Beatroll. That’s simply too frustrating. Me? I’m cornered about the dilemma between choosing simply <good> or very <good> Both sounds great but very has that additional part. See? What to do?
Y’know, it’s really a bad habit of yours to run away from arguments you can’t handle, ~ Battler?
“The annoying guest”
That’s kinda mean, ain’t it? Hold and behold. Erika once again arrives to Rokkenjima on the day of the family conference. All of this is similar to 5th Game in which the Ushiromiya take her in and allow her to stay until the typhoon passes. While in the parlor Erika as usual brags about her immense knowledge on the mystery genre which surprises even Nanjo himself, whose character has moved from being Kinzo’s chess partner to mystery avid reader. Her bragging goes as far as claiming that the real “mystery genre” died half a century ago and that all tricks nowadays are nothing recycled tricks from past works. Eh, that almost sounds like a great deal anime is nowadays.
GEORGE tries to stir the conversation in another direct (I see they’re already giving him lines) making Maria’s picture book the point of attention. Not the best move. Erika once again has the opportunity to show off her amazing deduction skills with it. Clearly this low level challenge is nothing to her and she answers all the questions but her attitude pisses off everyone at the parlor.
They specially center on a problem about cheese and the question is on what’s the less numbers of cuts it can be cut using a knife. Everyone seems to get the answer right away minus Battler who apparently can’t handle this simple problem. After giving him plenty of hints, time, and telling him how he’s a moron, Battler comes forward with his answer claiming that it’s “one”. Everyone dumbfounded but Erika who knows that that’s ALSO the correct answer besides “three” and is more surprised that there was someone besides her who come up with the same answer. On meta world, AA are still spying on this fragment and Ange is also confused how this was even possible. HOW FOOLISH, CHILD OF MAN.
Battler uses a napkin to show Jessica how it was possible to do it by folding it in parts and cutting from the very top to get the parts needed. As a result that some info was mentioned and other wasn’t, Battler’s idea was plausible. The answer is quite simple, there was a clear misinterpretation of the problem. Even though the problem clearly provided restrictions to the problem such as the straight cuts, there was a clear and most crucial piece evidence provided by the book that was ignored – the definite shape of the cheese provided by the book, which Maria forgot to show leading to this “hole” in the problem. Yes, they all were stiff-headed people who could ONLY think “outside the box” like Krauss mentions (though I don’t think he had the right to) but they couldn’t think BEYOND THAT. As mentioned, Erika’s and Battler’s reasoning was on a different level than theirs.
You sure did get the answer before they told it, right? It wasn’t that hard using simple assumptions.
They go to the next problem involving putting “X” number of coins in 3 cups and how it’ll work out if you have fewer coins than normally required. Of course, this is nothing but another clique problem to Erika but stays quiet because everyone is already getting mad at her. The conversation is later changed by George again (sure is getting his screentime) about food manners and utensils meaning CHOPSTICKS! which unlike forks aren’t totally barbaric. All of this drastically improves Erika’s mood even reaching pure fascination mode. Poking and cutting.. Well, when you phrase it like that..
The strong wind blowing outside, the darkness, how terrified Battler (they never mentioned his name actually) was excellent in DAWN. Battler locked in a perfect closed room is trying to desperately find a way out. First thinking of the closet as a coffin then checking out the bathroom only to find the bathtub and have disturbing thoughts about escaping through that tiny hole. Finally, Battler grabs a chair and attempts to break the windows only to partially accomplished this. Shards poking into his flesh and feeling a slimy hand touching his hand when he tried to break the window from the outside using his hand. The stranger’s hand caressing his hand then biting off his finger EEEEEEEKKKK! Umineko sure worked on its horror on this one. Too bad, I’m sure the anime version will totally screw these scenes up. /End Red claim
The weirdest thing is the sound provoked by Battler’s scream is heard a bit by Erika and the others when they’re on their way to the guest house but it is quickly dismissed it as the sound of the wind or strange sounds in an old mansion like this one. Well, that’s just highly disturbing. I even thought for a moment that there was someone being actually imprisoned on the mansion. Now, then! Wouldn’t that be creepy? Good thing that these two events can only be possible if they are disconnected as mentioned at Tea Party.
Based on what’s being mentioned here Erika says that it’s most likely that it’s impossible to hear what’s happening on the main mansion from the guest house because of the distance. See? this is what I meant by DAWN referring to things I’ve already considered a long time ago and starting to say saying it directly. Erika is already starting to switch to detective mode as they head to the guest house where she’ll battle in a duel to deny magic against someone who is the total opposite of herself – Maria.
They actually stopped by Beatrice’s portrait on their way out and we hear all common theories about the Witch of the forest plus other info. That’s just about enough for Erika to understand everything. Battler jokes about the detective being killed FIRST to which Erika doesn’t seem to have an actual counter saying that’s also possible to happen. Knox’s rules does not prevent the detective of being killed after all. A mistake or not? I’d say that they don’t include it to keep the possibility of something bad happening to the detective in the story and that’s why. Wouldn’t it be completely boring if the detective of a mystery were to be killed before the killing even started? Who would solve the crimes then? We all know that Meta Battler did all the work while game board Battler just waited to be killed. Damn foreshadowing.
Maria once again takes out a scorpion charm. Shannon mentions that spiderwebs are useful for repelling evil spirits. Maria mentions that it’s probably because “Beatrice is the incarnation of a butterfly.” That makes you think, doesn’t it? Jessica once again mentions the story about the evil spirits of Akujikishima which I suppose she heard from Kumasawa as seen in previous games. Mission accomplished. Erika has a vast understanding of the situation and they all leave to the guesthouse. This is really like a quick brief of all tales so far.
This is obviously confusing to Babytrice who has been paying attention to the whole thing. Why would she be affected by spiders and such things? Chick Beatrice sees the person on the portrait who it’s her yet it isn’t her. She touches the portrait and enters another dimension where only darkness can be seen and as if hatching from her own egg she wakes up and leaves to the other side of the portrait going back a few years ago. There she meets with her other self, another Beatrice who looks like her but we can tell they aren’t the same at the same time. Upon being questioned her other half, chick Beatrice realizes that the “mission to live for battler’s sake was probably born later on because this Beatrice doesn’t know what she means by that though this Beatrice knows of Battler’s existence. After a few exchanges they realize that both of them are but fragments of each other, thus neither of them can be considered completed after they meet. Totally crazy impossible theory. Beatrice was clone.
Also the game mentions how the portrait wasn’t there while they were talking. In other words, did that mean that this was at least 2 years in the past..? The game says. Hmmm… elder Beatrice accepts chick Beatrice and reveals her masterplan to her other half about how to gain her power back little by little. Elder Beatrice considers herself to be “ghost wandering” around the mansion atm. They both turned into golden butterflies and disappear into the night. Ushiromiya should really buy some cameras and monitor the whole thing.
<No thank you>. I’m having a seriously intellectual discussion over here.
“The Source of Magic”
Best phrase ever. Meanwhile back to the game board Shannon tells the cousins about these ghost stories where Beatrice was not probably involved. Shanon undermines herself by mentioning she’s a total klutz. I face palmed myself there. Chick Beatrice and Beatrice who I’ll refer as BB from now on start to talk and elder Beatrice mentions how human toxic works. Basically witches can’t be seen or sensed by humans because it’s the same as being denied if they do. Sounds like a excuse for witches don’t exist outside of the game board to me. Just as I was thinking that, Erika totally tells off Shannon by calling her a list of synonyms disproving this silly it’s “all done by a Witch” claim. Tell it like it is Erika! George who is getting upset because someone is messing with Shanon, mentions how it also happened when other servants were doing rounds. Not convincing enough. Shanon tells Erika a quick story about an incident where a magic circle/scribble in the kitchen was found. Of course, this also is disproven by Erika just after Shanon is done talking after hearing that it was reported by a kid servant who later quit and Shannon never saw it herself. Erika concludes that servants like to have a little fun telling ghost stories (Kumasawa seems to fall on this category) about the mansion, reason why they play tricks and lie. There’s no way something as the witch of the Forest exists.
This is clearly a U mad? for Maria who rages over anyone who denies Beatrice’s existence. Erika and Maria argue, actually it was all Maria out of control and Erika wanting to crush the illusion of the Witch. Maria is challenged to recreate the magic Beato used to give her candy. No one can stop the loli fight, not even the maid who Erika pushes to the side saying one of the most remarkable phrases I’ve seen in Umineko “No Thank you. I’m having an intellectual conversation over here!” Both Erika and Maria bump heads and they clash as reality distorts around them.
About time the Fantasy vs. Anti-fantasy battle started! They move to the Golden Land, Lady MARIA and the Witch of Truth are about to battle. Dlanor appears and claims Maria is not WORTH of Erika’s time but all Erika wants is to crush the illusion of the Witch and wont’ listen to anyone. Erika sends Dlanor IN with a “Beat her to death!” role. This is going to be massacre. It’s like putting a extra lightweight against a heavy weigh champ.
Erika starts right away with a magic is impossible claim. “You might be telling a lie about something that never happened!!” followed by Dlanor’s demanding Lady Maria to answer. Failure to respond will be a violation of Knox’s 7th. Maria believing she is right, answers with her red “this story really happened.” Erika wouldn’t possibly give up after such red claim and counters “this wouldn’t have anything to do with a trick in actual cup of table, making this just a sleight of hand, right? ” That’d be against the rules. Dlanor follows again with a “However if only if foreshadowing has been presented these are permitted by Knox’s 8th.” Tricky 8th commandment as usual.
Maria is still as emotional as ever and goes on “they had no such tricks in them!! It was just an ordinary table and ordinary cup!!” Clearly, this is not enough to win. Dlanor claims that by Knox’s 9th they acknowledge that lady MARIA witnessed MAGIC. Pffft. Not even enough, POV can easily destroy this claim any day. Then one of the most hilarious lines they’ve given Jungfrau are uttered by Gertrude, “.. let it be known that this fight has no point..” That seems to be the case at first glace.. but I disagree.
Because this trick was supposedly be done with magic and BECAUSE Beatrice was a Witch who could use magic, the claim itself would be destroyed if a normal human could do the same trick. Lady Maria doesn’t believe and wants to see Erika even try. As the trick called Magic is being done, Maria closes her eyes when the incantation is recited. Erika goes <Stooops> asking Lady MARIA why does she close her eyes when she says the incantation? Why not witness the miracle of magic? I know! Illogical, huh. According to Maria it’s because lowly humans have to close their eyes when using magic otherwise they’d spoil it. Looking very credible there MARIA.
While Maria was busy being emotional and all, Erika had already finished with her Magic… when she turns over the cup..and.. CANDY CAN BE FOUND. She really did it. That.. intellectual rapist… That Erika really can use wonderful magic same as Beatrice.. Lady MARIA is left speechless.
“everything that you ever thought was magic was just a trick that you didn’t get!!” “There’s no way that it was magic! There’s no way magic exiiiiists!!”
NOT! DID YOU REEEEEEEEEEEEEEALY BUY IT!? They even changed the music. The bastards. Now, enters the brutal Mirage Coordinator as background. Everyone knows what that music indicates. Someone is about to get own’ed and that person is not Erika.
Erika’s brutal comeback comes with a “You’re a mooooooron!!” and starts beating Maria to the ground with her most logical claims how Maria was fooled by such third-rate trick and magic couldn’t possibly be involved. She gives her blue truth as the detective “While you had your eyes closed. I just lifted the cup up and tossed a candy in!!” As it wasn’t enough she merciless gives then her red truth as the Witch of Truth, “your so-called candy magic is nothing more than a sleight of hand!! Just a sleight of hand that the fake witch calling herself Beatrice or whatever claimed was!!” then
“everything that you ever thought was magic was just a trick that you didn’t get!!” “There’s no way that it was magic! There’s no way magic exiiiiists!!”
Goddammit, I knew that Chris Angel guy was just trolling us.
Sakutaro appears and puts some order. Fuck yeah, Sakutaro is back! even though I’m not even cheering for Maria. The stuffed animal claims is that “p,putting the candy in this cup might have been your sleight of hand, but that doesn’t prove that Beato’s magic was also a sleight of hand” (Uryuu–! Included) Clearly, it could have been. Erika counters with “however, you also can’t prove that I could only have been done with magic!! You rotten stuffed animal!!”
Dlanor stands in the middle and kinda throws everyone away to separate them and stops the fight reminding Erika that Maria and the others are small fry and not even enemies of them thus saving Maria from complete defeat, which is followed by a “know that this is meaningless battle” by Cornelia. Sakutaro wants to add that “however, it might really have been magic when Maria saw it..! Just because it can be done by a sleight of hand doesn’t disprove magic” Dlanor offers Erika some congratulations on crushing Lady MARIA’s Illusion of Witch. Erika is pissed that their interference ultimately killed her fun and didn’t let her utterly destroy the Illusion of the Witch. Just a bit more. Sakutaro is done too and uses the Diplomatic immunity to declare that this battle is over..! Eh, why does that work again? Erika or Eiserne Jungfrau aren’t bound by any Alliance or contracts related to Beatrice as far as I can tell, y’ know?
Before going Erika hits Maria where it hurts her the most. She does the detective I’m going but I’m coming back to get you, she turns around and says her trademark to Maria with a slight variation, “simply by the existence of the overturned tea cup, this level of reasoning is possible for Furudo Erika. What do you think, everyone?” Maria is utterly defeated by Erika. Didn’t you see THAT coming?
Maria, the loser, stays in the Golden Land crying.. with Sakutaro consoling her telling that Beatrice’s magic is real and it was no trick like Erika claims. Back on the game board, this was translated to exactly what we saw in the magic realm without the magic elements, of course. Erika showed that it was possible for her to perform “magic” and brutally proved Maria wrong. Everyone is mad at Erika for crushing a kid’s dream in believing in magic. Erika apologizes in a disdainful manner and doesn’t let her get to her. All cousins are more than ready head to upstairs and leave Erika alone to play cards. Before they go game board Maria turns into creepy Maria and tells Erika how she is the same as people who don’t believe in magic who are full of anti-magic toxins. Both of them wish to have another duel in a near future. *Kihihihihihihi.* I suppose it was only time creepy Maria had reappeared
Kumasawa, who was apparently taking a bath, appears now that everyone is gone and finds only Erika. That’s fine actually because it was her who called her to ask her about the legend of this island. You’re probably asking where in the hell is Kanon at? It’s been ages since he appeared after the game started. Someone is sure working hard on these SKanon theories and it isn’t me.
Next scene is but a long story about George having character depth which I refer to as a way to put some background to characters where there really isn’t one in the first place. This time George yaps about how useless he used to be back then and because he got jealous of Battler he changed and became a better person for Shannon. Then he goes on how they’ll be super happy and that he’ll tell the family about the engagement the next day. Back to AA they’re just watching this soap opera which Featherine happens to enjoy, on the other hand Ange is NOT amused and not digging George’s tired act about being nice gentlemen and then something about virgins trying too hard (for Ange I guess) I just had to quote her. Some major virgin hating going on in this tale lol. It was simply priceless. Also 101 guideline to be liked by Ange – actually don’t be nice to her and do the total opposite OR be called Battler. Just as they’re about finished and George has finished his speech of why Shannon should marry him and taking on everyone as his enemies if necessary. As if he could really kill anyone irl. They leave the garden shed.
Erika is simply bored out her mind as I am with these developments too and quickly makes sense of it by theorizing that George is a presumed criminal and also this was to give Shannon more screentime. Battler is extremely super touchy lately about his lovey-dovey mystery being mocked and it being yawn inducing. Hey, don’t look at me. Your the game master on this one. To counter her claims Battler claims that Erika has no love. Well, well, isn’t this the all time debate about Pathos and Logos? Dlanor already read the situation and tells Erika to ignore Battler and that these scenes are better finished QUICKLY. The game continues. Btw, Battler, you never really answered any of the questions you were asked and only chose to play defensive here. Way to defend your point. Unless we understand what type of “truth” you found to forgive Beatrice we’ll never be able to understand you in this Game.
Shannon comes to the servant room where Genji is there waiting and so is Kanon who has been hiding since he got his (still weird) smile back. When alone both of them once again talk about their battle royal for love in this story. Kanon who was also invited to play cards with the cousins is heading upstairs. The chick Beato and Beatrice are watching this scene too and comment on how she had no idea what they had kept the brooch even after broken, emphasizing once again how powerful the brooch is.
Meanwhile, we reach the last part of this entry with the two final events : Kumasawa being interrogated by Erika and Beatrice’s contradiction on her existence and origin. After listening to the stories about the island Erika points out the multiple contradictions on both the Witch’s and the Island’s legends then cleverly reaching a conclusion that it’s more than clear that both of them have been combined into one by the people who believed in them. The idea of the Witch was enhanced by Kinzo’s madness, the portrait, and the odd history of the island believed to be a place where evil spirits gathered. Everything fits. Kumasawa knows herself that Erika is right about both legends being too inconsistent so there’s nothing she could really say. Once again turning and facing the room Erika utters her favorite catch phrase. – What do you think, everyone?
As to match the scene both Elder Beatrice and chick Beato are there. Elder Beatrice tries to do exactly what the legends say about her being weak towards Spiders’ webs and touch it only to have her finger burned. When asked by 2nd Beato she categorically denies the possibility of being an evil spirit. The other Beato tries the same and nothing happens to her. To go even further they go to Kinzo’s study room and elder Beatrice tries to turn the knob with the magic repelling knob but as expected she only gets badly burned. On the other hand, chick Beatrice can touch the knob just fine just like she was a real human. What ARE you, Beatrice? Finally, both Beatrice try to join together and become one but nothing happens at this moment. Maybe it really isn’t the time like elder Beatrice claims.
Let’s Reason this OUT
As mentioned since DAWN doesn’t exactly has to do with any “real” murders but rather provides hints and other red-herrings to the story, therefore I am in the position of making the most sense out of the situations and to filter out whatever isn’t actually related to the mystery and to deeply question details of why this and that occur in the story. Blue Truth equipped.
Who is the Witch outside? – The eerie scene in that “perfect” closed room where Battler’s hand gets caught while he was trying to break the windows. Let’s think of some hints. This figure was WHITE. The fact that it was practically laughing at him. Also the fact that Battler doesn’t mention Beatrice’s name ever yet called it Witch due to being scared. Not to mention how his finger is precisely the object of the torture. Lastly, how it doesn’t provide any help. Who do you think that is?
We could simply theorize that this is in fact the Witches’ doing who have entered his mind and borrowed the most traumatic events from his childhood when Battler feared the image of the Witch and mashed them all of this together. However, based on the evidence and assuming it was one of the characters in the story I believe that the “Witch” he *think* he saw was no other than Erika.
The Magic Trick – I’d like most to disagree with the (though funny) statement that that was a pointless fight. It was so rich not to mention EPIC. It was the best moment of these 3 parts of this entry. The battle certainly proved that while it could have still been done by Magic, it could have also NOT been done by Magic, thus Magic was denied. NOW, I’d like to make you remember of where exactly did Maria get her candies from in past EPs? She usually get hers while she was in the rose garden when her rose was lost/stolen by god knows who. So we could theorize that whoever gave Maria candy did a similar trick to cheer Maria up.. What about these letter she receives magically appearing out of nowhere? Maria can be easily deceived under the pretense of magic. Maria demonstrated once again the fact that everyone knows. That her POV is untrustworthy because she can be so easily tricked.
Maria and rose garden – This as we can see was a battle between Lady MARIA and The Witch of Truth in the magic real in the Golden Land. What was most interesting was how the final result was the same as in previous arcs – In the game board Maria is left alone crying in the rose garden because she was stubborn to forget about the rose or about magic, which was extremely similar to Lady MARIA crying after being defeated by the Witch of Truth by denying the miracle of magic. Both of these scenes end once again with Maria crying in a garden-like place. Not necessary a piece of evidence but I found it very unique how Maria always get a scene in the rose garden place no matter what Game we are on. This I already mentioned in End of the Golden Witch posts but it’s still amusing to see how DAWN handled this one giving it this variation including Erika.
the truth with most votes wins
George’s past / as Culprit – Everything here looked to me as “Let’s get George some story!” type of approach. George has only shown this “strong” side to him in EP4 then acted weak in past EPs and being totally forgettable in EP5, therefore these “George might be evil/mastermind/strong” titles never fit him well. Sorry, but I’m 100% with Erika on this one, Batora. I’d take it a bit better this wa a relatively new development but almost all Game somehow show these scenes that has been covered so many times that you can’t help but saying inside your head “Get it over with. There’s a mystery somewhere in this story!” I think I even liked Jessica and Kanon’s relationship better. And that’s saying something.
Before Battler gets all touchy on her, Erika mentions how this served as foreshadowing for possible motives for George to commit murder. Most logical. However, I can’t think of George as the culprit and I think Erika knows it too. George is simply too dull. I know that later on he takes this trial and *kills* you know who but was still all symbolic to me. George can struggle and fight, but also possesses too many morals and he is ultimately unable to become a “demon” like he claims. In other words, he’s still too limited yet is under the illusion that he is ready, which is quite foolish. I’d be damned if George could turn out to the criminal. He hasn’t suffered enough in this tale to deserve such position. Compared to what others have suffered, rich boy George’s type teenage crush story and taking on the World as his enemy is nothing but bravado where the consequences to him don’t go further than losing his rich status. Even the position of accomplice is more than enough for him. Seeing it logically this scene was meant to give George’s character larger depth, be sympathetic towards the couple, and to hint further towards Shanon’s involvement in DAWN. Should anyone be suspected in that relationship is Shannon. George is simply too unfit to be the killer for too many reasons including being a terrible twist. No to mention it comes way too later on in the story and violates Knox’s Decalogue. Is this logical enough, Battler-san?
SKanon theory – GET. Well, I still don’t believe in it because I never believed it in the first place. One is because it simply ignores common sense and becomes too ridiculous. To me, DAWN to me is simply rubbing it in our faces how tricky these mystery can get. I’m sure there’s a logical solution and that Kanon and Shannon are still two different people. Meanwhile, since I have already been made self conscious of this unwanted possibility. I caught this disturbing screen shot. I just had to find amusing how Kanon was nowhere to be found until Shanon reached the guesthouse and met both Genji and supposedly Kanon waiting on the servants’ room.
Sakutaro theory / Where? – on the other hand, Sakutaro was pretty epic. So about where Sakutaro is – If you’ve read Sakutarou to Purgatory mountain before then you’d know that there’s some interesting ending there. The part where it says, “He could hear someone’s voice. He could hear the sound of someone descending wooden steps” ties very well with future Ange finding him on the captain’s boat when she was heading to Rokkenjima.
A possible theory Sacchi mentioned while the anime was airing that maybe Rosa was bringing Sakutarou to Rokkenjima as a surprise present for Maria. What I concluded after reading this TIP the other day was that it was only possible for her to do it because she was the only one in possession of it after it was taken away and torn apart and who else will have it? It’s likely that Rosa was patching him up when she calmed herself. Sadly it didn’t look as great as it once did. “Will I be recognized as Sakutarou? And then,… will I be taken, to where Maria is?” This fits with Sakutaro doubting Maria will recognize him because of the condition he is in. The last part of the puzzle is that Rosa forgot the stuffed animal on the boat which is why both of them are never able to truly make up as this game keeps repeating and why future Ange later finds Sakutarou on the Captain’s boat. It fits perfectly.
Beatrice and her shenanigans at night – she refers to herself as something as a “ghost wandering” which sounds most precise because that’s what normally people think if something of paranormal nature were to happen. I like Featherine’s most logical claim that, “if one wishes to have them be accepted in a certain manner, they must first create a suitable environment.” This is true. There wouldn’t be all these ghost stories and legends around the world if people wouldn’t be afraid of what they don’t know and they wouldn’t care to pass them on. For Beatrice’s case the reason why the locks and windows are left unlocked could always be attributed to someone playing pranks same as a Witch doing it.
I even have additional claims of my own, for example the kid servant or in general the servants did it to play a trick on the masters (I can totally see this) Or because they wanted to get themselves fired. Why? They saw something that shouldn’t or didn’t approve of (Kinzo comes to mind). Were tired or they simply couldn’t take it anymore and decided to leave even under the excuse. Also in response to why “Beatrice didn’t use fire or more drastic measures to prove her existence” That’s easy too. It’s because they didn’t want to pull such a huge prank so the police or other parties would get involved and eventually corner the culprit. See? There’s many ways to deny the existence of Witch I could go on, but I’ll stop myself here because it doesn’t get me closer to finding the culprit.
So who could have done them? – Well, if these “pranks” were done by a human(s) and regardless whether it “seemed” impossible for a person to be able to do them without being noticed or not, then I’ll ask this. Wouldn’t it make sense if the person or Group who did it was the same over the years? If the servants/Ushiromiya are lying about not being involved then that’d mean that at some point they “played” Witch. First of all, I can’t see why ALL of Krauss’ family would lie about it or even do it. It’s not like all of them believe in the Witch. Actually Natsuhi only believed in her existence in EP5 and then completed denied her in the others so it’s not clear where she stands here.
Second, since the only Ushiromiya who live in there are Krauss’s family and the other siblings only visit on the day of the family meeting on certain days. Not to mention it’s an island not exactly easy to reach, it’s just too ridiculous to think they could be directly involved in these pranks, meaning that it was done by “other people” rather than themselves. Unlike the Ushiromiya/siblings, the furniture covering up one after another sounds extremely convincing if not the only answer if aren’t afraid to jump the gun. The servants did it and they’re lying. We have the old servants who did it to play pranks and we’d have others who did it for their own reasons possibly to create the illusion of Witch on Rokkenjima. It matters not, the result is the same – thus a Witch existed.
Beatrice and Chick Beatrice – This part intrigued me greatly. We listened to a lengthy conversation between Beatrices with her other self wondering who they really are. That didn’t intrigue me as much as the very fact that Beatrice was talking to herself and I reach some conclusions based on that. First, imagine you’re in a similar position as Beatrice and you meet your other half or something like that and you tell *yourself* a story about your possible origin. What do you expect to hear? Is it reliable? Biased? Deceitful?
My point is that the conversations between these Beatrices come as a surprise because technically, there should not be a real reason for Beatrice to lie to HERSELF. … And I just went against my deep anti-fantasy nature. Who would they try to deceive.. the reader? It’s impossible but both of them seem to be seeking answers and being told lies by the other party does not add and defeats the point of these Beatrice trying to help herself which is basically the whole point of the DAWN. What’s the point in lying to yourself? To protect yourself?
Elder Beatrice seemed as lost as chick Beatrice and unaware of the future events or of Battler. This to us seemed truthful. So what about all those stories about losing her body because of Kinzo then messing around the mansion and playing tricks for the past 2 years? Are they true and not lies? While Erika’s truth contrasts with Beatrice’s claims thus cancel each other out, it’s highly interesting how these conversations between Beatrices should be regarded as “truth” in some way by the fact that Beatrice would fall in a total contradiction of herself by pointless lying to herself. Is even her other self as delusional as her own existence? Am I suppose to accept something such as this as “truth” because of this reasoning?
Just added all TIPS I could find under the TIPS menu. Make sure you read whatever TIPS you didn’t. So I already dealt with two cases suicides and recently with Accidental deaths in Umineko. Also you can find that post about debatable Logic Error in DAWN where “what if’s” are involved in which nitpicking of the mystery can be found.
Possible future entries : “Of Natural death” and its implications, finally finish post about “Cannibalism in the When they Cry series”, and an “inconsistency (of the many) between EP3 and Hachijo Tohya’s tale” which just happen to contradict one another. Am I missing something here?
Game master thoughts
Pretty good scenes in DAWN. I wasn’t overly interested in the rest of the story but I already explained how I interpreted and what got from them. On the other hand, I so thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and magic battles and how smooth they switched between them especially on Maria and Erika’s scene was perfect. Beatrice’s journey to find herself and how complex her existence is was very interesting, however by the theories I mentioned I find myself denying and accepting her more than usual. A dilemma.