Blogging Umineko Chiru DAWN – 37 – LOVE LOVE LOVE


Totally. I also hate it when nosy random transvestite demons get in my private affairs and start giving me advice. When they Cry 4 has now made traps to be both magical on top of being metaphorical but who is who and what it what? It should be more than clear that this part of the story tells you that simple reasoning isn’t enough. Then how much is it required?

Oh yeah, that’s the part where I come in.

Added *Twist*

“Because there is no actual need for the detective at this time of the mystery, it is no longer a “Theory” but a multiple “Interpretations” of the mystery. Although this section presents alternative believable truths and interpretations it purposely doesn’t provide  final theories of its own. Since there is no actual active Detective in this section, this time final interpretations are left to the Readers’ discretion”

– Keikakudoori

Let’s sort this OUT

Magic of a Different Interpretation _________________Sat, Oct 4 1986 10:59PM

We’re back to the room of terror which Meta Battler has been thrown in. After calming himself down Battler is able to unset the chain and leave through the door. Ecstatic that he’s finally able to leave that horrible room he runs towards where he can hear the voices of his family. It couldn’t possibly be that easy as Battler is stopped by the very same chain of the door now connecting to a collar to his neck. His screams can’t be heard and he is once again thrown into the dark room. There’s a message left with blood on the walls : “The chain lock must be set. You’re allowed to unset it, but it must then be reset. Unless it is set, this exit of yours will be unusable.” If the problem is unsetting the lock once he’s out then he thinks that he must do it from the outside using a tool. Using a wire hanger he positions himself outside the door and attempts to do the trick. Suddenly, the Witch appears from the other side of the door and over and over tries to take it away the only hope Battler has away from him. Laughing and cackling the Witch is able to destroy Battler’s last hope. A horrible message with blood like hands where Battler’s hands were. A message  is there it says : “It’s impossible to set or unset the chain lock from the outside by any means.” Battler screams but there’s no voice coming out. The game once again leaves this scene with Battler struggling once again in this closed room.

[1] This scene reminded me so much to exactly what Erika was asking Shannon about the long distance between the guesthouse and Mansion and how it’d be impossible for the noise to be “heard”.  The part where it mentions the bloody marks on the door also reminded me of the “Bloody hands” theory about Natsuhi’s door on EP1 and/or from EP2 when they found Shannon, George, and Gohda’s bodies. It also emphasizes it’s  prohibited to for closed rooms to be solved by unsetting (and resetting it) or manipulating a chain lock from the outside to break a close room. There must be another trick to it.

After these disturbing scenes the game usually shows what the cousins are doing. George, Kanon, Jessica, Maria and Battler are playing cards upstairs on the 2nd floor of the guesthouse after leaving Erika alone.  George (teaming up ith Maria) has been going all out and has utterly defeated everyone. This scene shows Kanon acting more human by trying to win and not being all that comfortable with losing. Then after that Kanon asking Jessica what she like about him, Jessica is unable to give him a real answer.

[2] He mentions, and this I found interesting, that “he wasn’t used to playing”. Taking it literally I thought wouldn’t it imply that Kanon didn’t take part in the “the Witch’s ceremony” and attempted to win aka being the killer. That’s stretching things a bit. Kanon (and Shannon) usually accepted their fate  (i.e EP3) and were simply murdered later on. Other times they struggle before they’re killed (EP2). So is Kanon’s talk related to previous game? Not being used to playing statement made him (at least HIM) seemed like he never really thought of “taking extreme actions” and having more of a passive role in the story, well except for the few occasions we saw him in previous Games struggling.

The next part emphasizes how Kanon is changing and mentions his “growing up” as a person, which was impossible for furniture. Actually, I found it strange how Jessica couldn’t come up with anything AT ALL. There should be “something”. It was more like she couldn’t or she herself didn’t know better. Even Kanon also had a reason to like Jessica. On the other hand, Jessica is the weak link here. Either hinting that the brooch had “a bit more to do” or more likely that Jessica is not that prepared. Just saying, I just found it strange.

Ange (still with Featherine) reach similar theories and Ange doesn’t understand at all why magic is required. Of course, there’ll be problems (as she mentions) when both pairs make their relationships known but there isn’t any logical reason why it’d be impossible for their love to succeed. Ange even mentions “social status” which was the first thing probably on  everyone’s mind but it was easily shot down as not being the main answer here.  Over and over Ange struggles but she is unable to get it, meanwhile Featherine as usual already knew Ange would reach this point (see? she’s like R07) and is having a blast seeing Ange trying to reason it out. Next Featherine after being asked some more she puts Ange’s doubts and the reader’s into a simple statement  the question, “why love is not permitted without the miracle known was magic.”The other part show the two Beatrices on golden land, the elder explaining the brooch and mentioning how “the power of belief becomes magic” and “Those who make others believe ..are witches.

[3] These words are interesting. They mentioned how medicine would work better if one would read the label but also how the brooch isn’t something as simple as ‘charm’. I’d like to add another one. What about a having a great day? I usually hear that if a person thinks he’s going to have a terrible day he usually does. Why? Because he, in a negative way, already “programmed” himself that way. It refers to the idea once again to the power of the mind, at least for this example. Also it refers back to how magic can be involved yet not completely affect the human world. Maybe it’s related. Maybe it’s unrelated. It depends on how the person views it. It’s almost sounds like “superstition” and how  it only applies to people who believe in it.

“Those who make others believe ..are witches.” I thought was a characterization of a “human counterpart” of this supernatural beings known as Witches. It may refer to great geniuses, spiritual/world leaders who had charisma and leadership skills. Also it may refer to the “bottle Forgers” who the Witch hunters started to refer to as “Witches” because of their ability to fabricate and add additional info to Beatrice’s story. Bottom line is that the interpretation of what a “Witch” is not that easy to get since it’s such an ambiguous term. For example, the “making others believe” can be both interpreted in positive or negative way. If the Witch is evil she’ll twist the truth and make people believe in lies. If the Witch is good then she’ll make others believe in the positive side of the Truth and magic. As you can see this once again comes back to Black magic vs White magic and the true nature of Witches Umineko brings us.

The next part is but a assertion of  the existence of magic by showing Newborn Beatrice doing magic of her own by repeating the same procedure Beato did with a slight variation. Elder Beatrice congratulates her:  “you used magic to create a golden flower petal inside an overturned cup. It was a splendid bit of magic” as we can see. What to make of this?

[4] This to me was an example of how Beatrice used to practice innocent magic way before. We could interpret this scene as new Beatrice asking for reassurance that her magic meaning Elder Beatrice. Also there’s an interesting shift between roles here. Elder Beatrice at this point taking the role of “Virgilia” by being her tutor and teaching magic to chick Beatrice once again. As we saw in the flashbacks in EP3 Virgilia didn’t teach Beato any ill magic but magic to bring happiness. It shows us how old Beatrice started as a Witch’s apprentice with simple magic like this before everything else came later.

As for the Golden truth – it was something that the first time I read it I didn’t see coming.. the Golden being used like this. Someone using the red or golden Truth to accept something like magic was considered to be forbidden move on this game which would end in a stalemate making the whole scene unexpected. If New Beatrice can used that sort of magic (referred to it as “bit of magic”) from the beginning and is accepted as “Pure truth” with no tricks whatsoever involved then it begs the question of “what is real magic?”.

So why can she use Golden truth here you ask..? Well, if you’re that interested then I’d say why I think so. It’s because this magic is the real and pure “magic” of the story – magic that isn’t evil and brings no misfortune to the world. I gather here that because it’s pure “white magic” possibly the “only acceptable real magic” which shouldn’t be denied.

The conversation between Ange and Featherine keeps heating up and reaching different topics. Featherine puts a special emphasis on:  “There is no way to say it except that love and marriage are very different things.” Ange not getting it at all and I’d say she is practically banging he  head asking .. “what kind of magic are those furniture expecting from that brooch”

[5] This one of the hardest parts in the DAWN – how much it pushes it the notion that Kanon and Shannon are furniture created by the miracle of magic a.k.a not regular human beings and making us question “why is magic necessary for their love to succeed?” There’s a huge stress on how much Ange is unable to “understand things” and how “somebody pure like her” wouldn’t know. It clearly refers to the feeling of Love/the act of falling in Love.  That’s fine if that were the only reason for Ange to not get it but later Featherine switches “– except the Love and Marriage are very different things.” What’s the difference between them? I’d say the commitment and also how intimate couples are with each other.

Based on how oddly lewd Featherine’s attitude was and how embarrassed Ange was  (she practically calls Ange a virgin the whole EP). Put simply, this may refer to taking love to the next level making the subject  most likely sex. If you’d notice (Id’ be astonished if you didn’t) there is a HUGE emphasizes not only on pure love but on Lust in Umineko.  That’s probably what “marriage” refers to as in “having a family” of one’s own. I take this as an interpretation of how deep love will eventually become.

I’d say next to Greed and Envy (maybe Wrath too), Lust are the three huge sins Umineko centers around that are involved in the multiple tragedies. So we could interpret this “marriage” as the eventual culmination of Love for humans and also in negative light as an extreme way to seek for affection, which may end up on a tragic end resulting in more tragedies. For example in Higurashi Rena’s parents seek new partners and forgetting about her thus bringing tragedy to her life. An example for Umineko – out of the many – would be Rudolf who hurt Battler by marrying Kyrie after Asumu died. So we always come back to the very roots of human nature and what they expect of life, happiness and love and hinting back to all those events in Umineko.

It also easily explains Ange’s position as a Miko in DAWN.  If you recall correctly a Miko is defined as a “shrine maiden; virgin consecrated to a deity”, leading us once again to the theme of love and sex, and back to “There is no way to say it except that love and marriage are very different things” statement. Even a bit later Eva is furious when she suspects that George got Shannon pregnant. As you can see Love is basically tackled in ALL ways in DAWN, which puts a rather odd twist to the story. Though it makes more sense since Higurashi’s ‘love” was based on friendship, while Umineko deals with more adult characters and their lives who fight to protect or to gain love back. Also as Beatrice and the story mentions how – love is the one element  in the world – This probably sounds crazy if you didn’t think of the When they Cry series of ever having such themes. To finish up this is not a theory but rather a interpretation of many factors in Umineko where “love” is involved in happiness and tragedy. Even if this is not necessarily the case it’s too difficult to not notice all the hinting and probably even more intriguing how it may give the readers such ideas if it isn’t the case.

* How you really think this is answer to this part of the mystery may be something to consider if not a hint to theory you haven’t thought of yet. I’ll leave this topic alone for now because I think I already provided enough help. Keep thinking.

Outside of the cousins’ room after being done playing cards, Kanon and Jessica are still having that conversation. Kanon shows and explains to Jessica the charm that Beato first gave Shannon (for exchange for smashing the mirror) then later he obtained it but because it was broken the power diminished. Finally Kanon mentions how without the power of the brooch neither love would ever succeed.

[6] Not a whole to say about this part. Well, after this I wasn’t 100% sure of even the existence of the Butterfly Brooch. They received it from someone named Beatrice and NO ONE except the two furniture has ever seen it. Of course, there’s no red claiming that Shannon/Kanon has a brooch. The butterfly brooch plays a huge role on this EP and is mentioned in past EPs too. Nevertheless, its existence could’ve been only symbolic, for example, both Shannon and Kanon having a 50% fair chance of being happy (actually I’m sure it also means that) but it wasn’t debated much if such jewel even existed. Although Jessica is obviously another POV character (not the detective) it was the first time another character except the furniture who could see the magical brooch.

By now it’s almost impossible to deny its powers but if you ask me I think that the Butterfly brooch may represent “something else” and not necessarily an earthly brooch as it mentions. So its “miracle” is probably real but it also shouldn’t be much of a problem to view as a concept if I wanted, only leaving you to question why the furniture need it.

Zepar and Furfur

This scene tells us how much Chick Beatrice wanted to help BATTLER even a little bit by preparing him some cookies. Battler acting out, having a hard time put up with it, and struggling with his own feelings of seeing his old rival and the one he wanted to resurrect turning out to be completely different from the original Beatrice he knew. Ultimately, Battler forcing Chick Beatrice to take the cookies she made away and pushing away the new Beatrice, not to mention ending up as a huge A-tier hole.

[7] Kumasawa did not like this one bit. No, she did not! There’s a special part where Genji makes a huge reference to Kinzo’s situation on the day of the family conference when Kinzo doesn’t want to see anyone. Also how Genji shows his “sympathy” by “lending the key” to someone (in EP1 it was Natsuhi) to enter the study, in this case, it is the GM’s study room which was already referred to in the first part of the Game as a study room resembling the Lord of the game board. Also for whatever the reason would they put a lock or a key be needed on the magic world?

Lastly, this scene is like a darker version of the  Beatrice’s White Day TIP when Beatrice wants to give Battler some chocolate but there’s a huge fight and Battler doesn’t want them anymore, more trouble ensue. For those that read it were probably more familiar with this scene. Interesting enough, Kumasawa’s role was very VERY similar to how she saw Natsuhi trying to reach out to Krauss but she is also pushed away  by him being sent to “cool her head off” from the distance and see her crying. The major difference is that Kumasawa is there for Chick Beatrice while she isn’t there for Natsuhi and only sees her from a distance – understanding her suffering.

Surprisingly for the first time we can see Ange actually not being on Battler’s side and saying something like if she wasn’t her little sister then she’d probably see him as the enemy of women by now. Still of all this talk about Battler and new Beatrice being so nice makes even Ange show sympathy for the former cruel Witch. She ponders why were they acting so friendly in and after EP5 after Battler learned the “truth”? Ange also views Battler and Beatrice’s relationship as friendly foes and her reasoning goes based on that, however, nothing really new is reached so she calls Babytrice to explain a few things to them.

New Beatrice mentions how she although she refers to him as Father he was not the first one to create her but it was the FIRST Beatrice who made the Game Board who did, however, because it  weren’t for BATTLER her turn would’ve never come (same as END) thus she is very grateful. That’s why she wants to help him in all possible ways and has turned it into her personal goal – “to bring happiness to his life”. Chick Beatrice refers to her once again a piece then basically the game once again refers to her a “piece” or a “tool” . The huge difference is that this Beatrice wants her efforts to be acknowledged making her more than mere furniture.

[8] Many concepts here. I’ll handle the whole “BEATRICE who created the game was the one who created her”   + “A piece acting as a tool”. If Beatrice refers to the Witch who lived many years ago and died then this is reference to an intent to have a backup of herself, no that isn’t so, there’s something more. New Beatrice (and Featherine explains) that she is a “tool” and it’s mentioned how same as furniture they just obey and serve their purposes and whether they’re used “good” or “badly” doesn’t make a difference for the tool. The key part is later when it’s mentioned once again about chick Beatrice’s “goal” being the one that would come later on to be created for Battler (‘s sake). This, the game makes a connection that this was after the FIRST Beatrice gave the piece Beatrice that goal.

So what I’d think it’s that this, I’ll refer to as FIRST Beatrice who did it because she “knew she couldn’t do it herself”.  Because it was physically impossible (maybe she knew she was going to die. Also there’s the “witch” can’t be seen part). Maybe it was forbidden (X reasons thus the game board version where they could finally meet), or maybe …

She…  couldn’t because…. “Battler stopped believing in Magic a long time ago and denied Beatrice’s existence along with it. Therefore, it was only impossible for her to fulfill the role because of it, thus  it was only possible on this game board. This refers to the whole point of Umineko of “Battler won’t believe in the Witches and magic” and why this Game Board was created in the first place! Also – ”

<Blue truth ends> I should stop here. I probably said more than I think you should be able to reason out the rest.


BATTLER despairs. Ronove, Virgilia, The seven sisters of Purgatory and old Beato appear in front of him and act like old times. Both Battler and Old Beatrice (.. but she’s dead) had a rather deep conversation. Beatrice here mentions the whole how the new Beatrice could be considered her “daughter”, a child she left behind after my death. Also how she is “entrusting” her to him.  Battler finally understands how much of a jerk he’s been to chick Beatrice and changes his ways from this point. Although the cookies are no longer there BATTLER picks up the letter Chick Beatrice left him and is unable to make out the words because of the tears.

[9] This is the part where the connection between daughter idea comes from in most part. The part of the illusion is still connected to my theory about how the Game Master has vast (if not total) controls over the pieces like a puppeteer role. How powerful and the negative effects of this state affect an individual’s psyche probably would explain how messed up Beatrice was getting and let’s not even mentioned Bernkastel and Lambda who are in these games long enough to become extremely broken. In most part it depicts Beatrice giving more interpretations to Chick Beatrice referring back to her as her double, a separate version of herself, possibly this could be interpreted in addition to other theories as a representation of who Beatrice was prior to becoming the cruel Golden Endless Witch we are familiar with from the first part of the story and where something “went wrong” at some point in the story.

“People live for the sake of love! This world is love itself!” Oh, how great is the power of love…! Love is everything!!”

The cousins and furniture are transported to the magical realm by the power of the butterfly brooch. Everyone is still too confused to know where they are, especially Jessica who Kanon didn’t explain much about the situation. As the furniture join both parts of the brooch the queerest duo of demons appear by the names of Furfur and Zeppar before as the music starts to play. キ・ナの香リthe most mesmerizing and mad track DAWN has. Also get these round of applauses follow the duo whenever they make big announcements follow by their strange dances like this is a play.

With their exaggerated movements they call out for the Witch who created them to give them orders and so both Beatrices appear so they can get on with the Lovers Trial. E. Beatrice  claims that those gathered here are the ones cursed to have unsuccessful love unless a miracle occurs. “The power of the golden butterfly brooch, which can grant this miracle, is your last chance, and like it or not. This chance is limited to this evening! This miracle can be given only to a single pair!” are spoken by Furfur and Zeppar. Basically Elder Beatrice explains the situation to Jessica who is rather put off by this bizarre play in front of her and can’t believe a word they’re saying.

[10] Here is something very important that I don’t quite know how to explain it. This both of the new demons mention how “the brooch.. our vessel, has already been destroyed!” in other words, our role is finished after this!”  I know how and why it was destroyed but it keeps ringing in my head the part of the day. Why exactly is this day so crucial and how is still related to Furfur and Zeppar’s vessel being ‘destroyed’ (keep in mind I still view the magical brooch in most part as a metaphor which should bring about a miracle). I think they mentioned it before how the brooch’s powers goes away after a certain amount of time. Simply accepting it indicates that magical powers will be lost because it’s been a while since it was given + it was broken etc. No trouble there. Simple. Actually many things here are rather simple if you plainly accept them as it is.

Let’s play with some interpretations.

How would I interpret it? This part is practically impossible to deny the involvement of magic but that doesn’t imply I can’t interpret it on a similar yet different way as long as the final result are the same and there are no big contradictions in reasoning. So rather than thinking of as an object I concentrated on the “meaning” of the object instead. Once again I refer to the brooch as more of a symbolic element in the story. That if they succeed in their goals it’ll become a “miracle” of magic and one pair will be happy. What is important is the “miracle” the brooch will bring about. Not the brooch as an object, thus why I can play with some interpretations.

What I think it’s that the magic of the brooch refers to possibility, such in luck for example when you believe you have more chances of winning than in others. So that’s how I’d try to interpret it because it sounds a bit more reasonable. That they must do the Trial to have a chance at being happy. The part where the powers to make their love success is fading away is because THIS is one in once life time chance that won’t be repeated – whatever they actually plan on doing is a different matter btw. Both parts of the brooch  and obviously represent that both Kanon and Shannon have a 50% chance of winning at this, both furniture used to be only cocoons without dreams trapped inside their own doubts, the final form of a butterfly (brooch) represents their dreams being fulfilled and the bad state of the brooch as if about to break is how this will be their last chance. Easy. Surely, you picked up on these small details.

Next part is Jessica objecting and she is the only one there who doesn’t believe in magic and isn’t getting it why it is necessary to get in the way of their happiness. The demons claiming that it isn’t up to them but put simply the Love between furniture and humans is forbidden thus, “however, without our blessing, your love will banish, disappear, wither and decay.”Because it’s fate! You may choose not to accept it, you may chose not to resist it!”

Elder Beatrice chips in attempting to convince Jessica that her future is far more tragic than she realizes and that if she doesn’t gain the miracle of magic, despair will most certainly befall her, explaining it to her that the two will “eventually be split apart” and lastly telling Jessica something she already feared, “Kanon will stop being a servant and will leave the island. For all eternity”. Not so shocking but still terribly irrational how once again (even she corrects Jessica here) is how that “without the power of the golden butterfly brooch neither love is fated to bear fruit.” This part ends with chick Beatrice being let in on the Love Trial.

[11] Ange had already had her say about the furniture and the Trial and with it it went the most reasonable theories. Though unsurprisingly, Ange never comes up with the Skanon  theory maybe because it’s because it’s everywhere. She also didn’t mention my Pathological theory to explain this matter. Actually I found it amusing how Ange could find it difficult to accept that magic needed to be involved for furniture to be happy her being a Witch and all that. Well, that’s still irrelevant. What’s important is something else.

The part where they mentioned “The Lovers (this time referring to Jessica in this case) will eventually be split apart.” Beatrice says later that “Kanon will stop being a servant and will leave the island. For all eternity” Here I separate the “eventually” part from the “for all eternity”. Eventually is referring to a future event that it will happen no matter what the other couple does. They strongly stress how “it’s fate” and unless they receive the brooch’s blessings their relationship will be doom to fail. For what I gathered here it’s that they didn’t say that their relationship was going to die right away but that it’d be a process in which both (or at least one) the lovers will be unable to return the feelings of Love, maybe stop loving the other person ending up with the relationship with a mutual or a break up from one party – in this case they refer to Kanon as being the one leaving Jessica  (I assume once again that Kanon (and Shannon) IS the problem) and Jessica hating herself for not doing anything and letting her chances slip by.

Hmm.. It’d probably be easier if we interpret the love in general or a pair of lovers’ relationship as a flower. Is that easier? Maybe a rose, maybe Maria’s weak rose which represent the present state of their relationship. If the rose gets enough water and is taken care. It’ll grow strong, live and blossom. If the opposite is done. We forget about it, neglect it or simply not work on it – it’ll wither and eventually die. Isn’t that the whole point of both sides working on the relationship to succeed? Coincidentally, Kanon is the one who takes care of the rose garden and George is the one who puts a wrapper around the weak rose in EP1 when the rose first makes its appearance. Once again, the theme is the same – Love.

Now that you understand the point better and why this “eventually” might be interpreted as Love “dying out” in the long run because one side couldn’t do his/her part. We now hit a dead end (in addition to the “magic is 100% needed part) when they mentioned the whole “for all eternity” part. The example they provide isn’t very broad, Elder Beatrice specifically warns Jessica that Kanon will leave the island (as it was mentioned) after Shannon would do it (after she reached her own happiness).

What I can tell you is about the “for all eternity” part is this. The whole conversation centers around how doomed their relationships are if magic isn’t there to help. I interpreted the “for all eternity” part as the final result in one of the siding losing heart and giving up on Love for all their lives. For the furniture this magic from the brooch is very real so unless they come victorious from the trial they cannot be happy. I don’t know about Shannon but assuming that Shannon wins then Kanon will be devastated, lead a terrible life, all alone – in a few words he’ll have a bad end. Kanon is the one that needs this more badly if you ask me. Jessica won’t be able to find him ever again either because he went far away or ceased to exist. Sounds logical but as it’s mentioned it still doesn’t explain why they must take such extremes measures. The biggest question is in this part “Why can only one couple succeed and the other fail?”

That aside, what made a big impression was the possibility that perhaps without magic not only they’ll be unable to be together but simply for the furniture will be impossible for such life to continue and abruptly reach an end. Isn’t the big hint here that their lives depend on it? – in this “miracle” – Do you know it now? Any idea what I might referring to? Now can you take this concept a bit more –? Well, got it? Well, that, of course, is only a possibility.

Self-Reliance

The next scene takes place in Erika’s room accompanied by Dlanor A. Knox after being done talking with Kumasawa and getting all the facts to deny the existence of the Witch. After getting her plan destroyed by BATTLER by making all the duct tapes useless on the island, the following scenes feature Erika showing her human side prior to becoming the Witch of Truth by disclosing part of her past to Dlanor who picked up on certain things from the duel with MARIA and how overboard she went with the denial of Magic. Temporarily, Erika is shown as vulnerable and miserable after being heavily betrayed but after rid of such things after becoming the Witch of Truth, even if momentarily such state of happiness is perfect for her. The story continues with Erika asking Dlanor to play the role of her rival, one that ‘that useless man’ didn’t dare to play when confronted.

[12] Right from the start based on the conversation with Dlanor we know that Erika knows herself that she is someone who isn’t liked, probably hated and has accept it as a fact, as she lets Dlanor go until it’s time to fight and is already used to it. Erika’s suffering is reflected on this section first by telling her story from her side, later by destroying all possibilities that otherwise it was possible for any “holes” to exist in her perfect reasoning that she wasn’t betrayed or still loved.

The story stresses the role of the detective of the story that looks for clues and trust people as much as they can throw them because from someone looking for culprit it makes sense not too easily trust words spoken instead of hard facts, taking things to the extreme. It also shows the “ignorance is a bliss” concept when Erika’s great intuition senses end up backfiring and make her experience firsthand an illusion of happiness which turned out to be a momentarily fake one.  It shows that Erika already had these detective abilities prior to the Game. Lastly, how probably for the first time these skills were used in a negative way which ends up in the worst scenario with Erika “being right” where she probably wished the detective version of her was wrong, resulting in the reason for brutal approach to denying everything that clouds the real truth seen throughout Umineko.

In the reenactment of Erika’s game against THAT man, Erika presents a huge amount of evidence to prove her claim while Dlanor (who was let in on all the facts of that game) only posses a few ones to counter. Dlanor and Erika battle with blue claims taking both the respective positions, reach perpetual checks, and ultimately Erika is able to defeat Dlanor in a few more moves by presenting over and over more evidence that she can’t possibly be wrong. Dlanor is done but before going as the protector of truth wishes to let it be known that although Erika is right she hasn’t been able to completely defeat the few pieces she had as evidence that Erika was still loved regardless whether or not she was cheated on. Erika’s final move even after the game was over. It’s that one of the things she did was use the detective authority to obtain a 100% reassurance than in fact her lover cheated on her and no longer loved her and by doing so freeing her of any doubts.  The scene ends with Erika alone in her guest room after Dlanor leaves her to prepare for the next day with a bitter laughter and bitter smile.

[13] The way I view this scene was Erika’s reliving this scene and asking for a question which she already knew the answer to. It’s important here how Dlanor takes two different roles – one of a character acting as a “friend” (at least as close as it could possibly get) who Erika lets in on her secret and asks a question she already knows the answer to as if looking for a different answer that doesn’t exist. The second one is exactly what Dlanor represents – Logic and reasoning. These commandments of the mystery genre. Erika’s actions can also be interpreted as viewing her own prior life as a Game, a mystery she couldn’t properly solved because she was human, and tackling it in a Witch’s game against the great  known commandments so everything ‘makes sense’ and in order, in which she ultimately has a bitter win.

Dlanor as the “protector of truth” can be viewed as her wishing for Erika to not arbitrarily deny something while there’s still a 1% error of chance on top of trying to give her a bit peace of mind. Erika’s final actions in this section serve to represent human’s doubts of everyone who looks for an actual reassurance in life. Only a higher being such Witches who are not bound by human laws, in her case after becoming the Witch of Truth she was able to finally give Erika peace of mind she always wished for in a world where the Red Truths don’t exist.

George’s confronts his own mother in the Love Trial Game. First having a normal but heated talk with her about his and engagement with Shannon. Later it switches to a Meta fight once Eva’s mother figure is gone and the Witch-like form EVA appears. EVA’s attacks consist of all things she has done for George since he was born, mentioning all almost of days of the week in which George took classes in order to become the next head.  EVA compare George’s unrealistic goals to go against her to “Journey to the West story” she used to read to him when he was little about Sun Wukong who tried to become God but was ultimately “taught a lesson” when he realized how powerless he really was. The first half of the scene ending with EVA beating George over and over with all her “love” for him in hopes he’ll come to his senses and letting him to be keep being nurtured by her.

[14] This was similar to Higurashi Keichi’s situation before his family moved over to Hinamizawa. He mentioned how stressed out he was with “cram school” and ultimately became unable to fit in and became an outcast. I think the Journey of the West worked great (had no idea about the days of the week) and shows that George had more to him than he wasn’t telling. This scene makes the last one with Shannon had a bit more of an impact when we learned the whole story. Also it is consistent with the whole “King” concept in EP4.

In the last part George fights back and starts countering EVA’s attacks after having paid  back what he owed his mother for doing for him with blood. George can be seen deeply resenting all those times he spent being controlled by Eva but still knows that she did it for him, of course, emphasizing the martial arts part which both of them are clearly using to fight by now. George puts an end to EVA with a final kick to her heart which by the power of the Red magic around him kills her.

Gaap then congratulates him for a great battle even though it was EVA prior to succeeding Beatrice. EVA’s body is sent to the VIP room instead of Kinzo’s study by George’s orders because it symbolizes someone who wanted to be head but followed a misguided path, thus concluding his Trial part. George returns to the magic realm. The scene ends with Jessica (though still hesitant)making up her mind to go with her own trial and nobody knowing what’s going to happen next.

[15] The concept that all mothers know and want what’s best for their children is clear here and it is depicted in an extreme way.  The back into my womb part was outrageous and more than enough did the trick to show how obsessed Eva is with George to make him become head and also how despite having taught and saw his progress as man, still sees him as a small boy.

The game represent this scene as a way of showing George being hurt by Eva in the past and repents for what he’s about to do next after he has paid for all the efforts she did for him. Also, it shows much Eva found it problematic to do  all of this, but still knew she had to for him to succeed in addition to her still clinging to her own dreams and also that George himself  isn’t oblivious about them. The part where George kills Eva is symbolic to George “breaking her mother’s heart” by going against her and separating himself from her to follow his own path. The whole scene tresses both Eva and George’s strong desires to not lose in their respective games. Probably if it can down to it, it proved that George would be able to stand up to his mother if the worst happened by showing both of Eva’s sides and George’s resolution in Umineko no naku koro ni’s mystery.

<DAWN 37 END>

Tea Party about natural death case and with it finally covering the whole 3 possible topics about death rather than homicide in a story. Also a TIPS story about similar to the Valentine event called Butterfly Kiss ep 1.5 can be found there in addition to the rest. All other topics mentioned last time and more DAWN related posts are still due.

Overview

15 points! Oh, you’d better not Tdl;dr’ed this one. I went out of my way to present this episodic in more Tea party-ish way by including a general overview of the main events and giving it alternative meanings for different interpretations for different reasoning. I stumbled hard and in other it was easy to know the big themes and came up with total different analysis of some events that I did the first time I read DAWN. The downside is that this set up is clearly more complex and takes a long time to piece together. The upside is that in this way I was able to particularly focus on certain events that I found crucial rather than only making a reference to them.

We could interpret this whole approach as extremely more detailed, polished, in-depth than any other for a section of the mystery which couldn’t have been handle properly otherwise, resulting not precisely in a “theory” but in a in-depth interpretation and touching the cores of the mystery itself. Still this a special occasion in which I let you  fully read into real train of thought. What do you think, everyone?

*NEWS*

There will be no Episodic for DAWN next WEEK. This will be done so I can have an easier time finishing up entries. Not to mention I wanted to re-read (if possible finish it again) ahead of the story so I gain further understanding of the mystery, connect clues that I didn’t pick up on the first time. So instead of that episodic which should be DAWN episode 38, there will be a new Chess Move (the 9th) which will cover one of the most controversial topics since CHIRU started – How much of a “proper” mystery Umineko is? *Hint*

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2 thoughts on “Blogging Umineko Chiru DAWN – 37 – LOVE LOVE LOVE

  1. Jessica falling in love with Kanon, yet still not being able to provide at least ONE reason, like “You’re attractive” or “You have pretty eyes” or anything seemed extremely weird to me. It made her seem that she only fell for Kanon for the sake of falling in love and not for the sake of loving a person. Like those people who love the ideal of love. Her “love” seems so shallow, that I even though that young male Random Servant No. 37 could have come to the island instead of Kanon and she’d fall for him.

    As for Love and Marriage, I think that another difference is that Marriage doesn’t necessarily involve love. Eva, Natsuhi, and Kasumi Sumadera were forced into arranged marriages. Natsuhi even has a diary where she states that she hated her life at first because of this and how she was used as a political and economical tool. Eva doesn’t seem to take it that bad, like Natsuhi and she even tells George in some episode, that arranged marriages aren’t bad. They just don’t necessarily mean “loving from the start”. With time, the couple might fall in love. Kasumi is the other end of this Marriage thing: Since Kyrie left her family, Kasumi was forced to marry the man Kyrie was supposed to, leaving her bitter the rest of her life and obviously unhappy. For her, this marriage didn’t have a single ounce of love and it ended up hurting her a lot. Also, there’s the marriage of Kinzo and his former wife. If I recall correctly, it has never been stated that he loved or even liked his wife, the whole time his only love has been Beatrice. However, in all of these examples, a common denominator has been “Duty” or “Compromise”. Unlike this idea of Love, Marriage involves compromising to this, hence for the Catholic Church and all that Marriage is unbreakable and can’t be undone. Despite whether they liked it or not, they ended up HAVING TO getting married. However, they could eventually change (or not) their views about their partners. Proof is Natsuhi eventually changed her opinion about her marriage and know works hard for the same family she previously cursed on, while Kasumi simply tried to spread the same misery she was forced to endure.

    As for the “couple without the miracle having their love doomed to die” thing, considering that Jessica pretty much lacks an opinion about Kanon, he’d really make good use of this “love miracle thing”. Also, this whole Shkanon fight to death thing reminds me of the movie Identity, but simplified.

    • I felt bad for Kanon. I thought, is this acceptable? Probably the idea here is that because Jessica and Kanon relationship was still fairly new so they couldn’t possibly beat Shanon and George, which later happens in the story. But supposedly killing others (though pieces) when she isn’t that sure, did sound too strange. Well, I rather liked Jessica in this section because she was the only one sound enough in the group to actually question the whole “why is magic needed?” part. At least on that part, she seemed the most normal even though she is later talked into it.

      As for marriage, that’s true. Marriage doesn’t necessarily imply that people must love each other but it is also possible that real love may eventually exist. It usually is the case but there are a lot of people that just marriage because of economic reasons or because of their status which is pretty miserable if you ask me. Funny though, how Eva probably married Hideyoshi because she loved him rather than having Kinzo picked someone for her, which I’m sure he would’ve (in case he didn’t) tried yet she wants George to marry that random rich girl who we’ll probably never see a sprite of her. Still this part did show Eva in a more positive light by showing that she also didn’t enjoy it either and had a hard time all this time.

      Duty and compromise in marriage sounds about right. Not to mention the whole Batter is “chained” part in the last part of the story does gives us how twisted and drastic things can become.

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