Clap. Clap. Clap. Earth to earth. Dust to dust. Illusions to Illusion. Illusions of a witch. Illusions of a crime. Time to take out the black sword that cuts through all the Witch’s illusions. After this see you in two weeks for the final two parts of the 7th Game.
The man who elucidated the mystery and brought to a close that palimpsest of horror was, curiously enough, in no way officially connected to the game; and in all the published accounts of the murder his name was not once mentioned. And yet, had it not been for him and his novel methods of criminal deduction, the heinous plot against the Ushiromiya family would have been conclusively successful. The police in their researches were dealing dogmatically with the evidential appearances of the crime, whereas the operations of the criminal were being conducted on a plane quite beyond the comprehension of the ordinary investigator. This man who, of sedulous and disheartening analysis, eventually ferreted out the source of the horror. His name I am not at liberty to divulge, but for the purposes of these chronicles I have chosen to call him – Willard H. Wright.
The last chapter of Requiem next to The Best Tea Party is certainly the best section of the Game. Will solves all four games in one go. Commentary follows each section while throwing some theories and speculations of the crimes. Note that there might be some contradiction with the red truths however they’re made to point out that there must exist a hole in those claims. These claims are in no way final since it isn’t impossible that some evidence might’ve been overlooked. Also not to mention, Will’s claims can be interpreted in different ways. This entry should clear and reinforce some points already made in this mystery.
Dust to dust, earth to earth, illusions to illusion.
The 1st Game – The general idea is that someone WAS faking his/her death in the 1st twilight. That’s what generally one would think after the later events. Will speaks of a corpse that cannot return to earth meaning that it isn’t real, cannot die, or it hasn’t been completely killed yet I presume. The corpse returns to being an illusion. Key moment is the cousins reaching the garden shed, George asking Hideyoshi about Shannon. Also without a doubt the fact that ONLY Nanjo and Hideyoshi entered the garden shed and were the ones who confirmed (according to them) everyone’s identities. The first crime in Rokkenjima 1986.
“Illusions to illusion. .. A chain of illusion can only hold back illusions.”
Illusion of a closed room. It’s possible the chain was never set properly set, or rather that the furniture lied about the chain’s state. Genji and Kanon are the ones who noticed something was wrong inside of Eva and Hideyoshi’s room as they were not answering when they knocked. Both of the furniture go to bring cutters and to call Natsuhi leaving the door unattended. Kanon (along with Kumasawa) are the ones who reached the room first and cut the chain. When they came back they found a magic scribble that wasn’t there when they first arrived.
Going by what Dawn told us a double closed room of a chain set + locked door meant that victim was faking his own death. Assuming that both Eva and Hideyoshi cannot be faking their death it should mean that, A) the culprit was inside the room and escaped afterwards (What do we do about the chain?) and that group that entered later failed to catch him. B) The moment Kanon cut the chain it meant the closed room was destroyed at that time. I stress that that’s probably the most important part because without the chain set it is no locked room as the culprit must’ve had a master-key at this point to open and lock the door. Kanon and Genji’s testimony that Eva’s room had the chain set on is the illusion here because Kanon is the one cuts the chain himself. The chain is the illusion. The chain has been tampered with after the culprit killed both Eva and Hideyoshi inside their room to make it look like a closed-room.
4th twilight: “The old Head from the closed room study, confined in a scorching furnace.”
Kinzo is, as everyone knows, dead before the start of all games. The man of illusions is him who no longer lives. It isn’t completely clear if Natsuhi gave the order to have Kinzo burned or not; it sounds desperate I’d say and not much like her though not impossible. Possible suspects who threw Kinzo’s corpse into the fire are the ones who along with Natsuhi knew Kinzo had died. That’s just about almost all the servants minus Gohda at the mansion. What we got from this is that this is indeed Kinzo’s body and not a fake. Destroying any possibility that there is another person who suffers from polydactyl on Rokkenjima, it must mean that this is kinzo’s body.
Note that at this point Genji mentions the Ushiromiya ring is missing. Also later in the game Genji mentions that was when he recovered the 2nd key to Kinzo’s study. A lie because a dead man has no need for keys meaning that either Natsuhi or Genji were in possession of the keys. The illusion Genji and Natsuhi created was that Kinzo was alive. Illusions to illusion, Kinzo is dead.
Did it really happen? This claim refers to Kanon as the illusion and the illusion he sees, someone who is there. By the following it means that Kanon was pierced by an illusion implying that he was not attacked by anyone. The sound of the door closing before he came down to the basement says otherwise, but there was plenty of time before Kumasawa and the rest got to Kanon’s body – anything could’ve happened in that time.
Going by the assumption that Kanon was in fact attacked it (“All of the survivors have alibis! Let us include the dead as well!! In short, no kind of human or dead person on the island could have killed Kanon!”) it means the illusion of Kanon is destroyed at this moment. The concept of Kanon is “dead” at this point. The stake is a metaphor that kills Kanon’s personality but does not kill him physically for it makes the reader doubt the injury is real despite what the rest sees. It’s greatly emphasized that Kanon was carried to another room to be taken care of by Dr. Nanjo and a few more. Natsuhi, Battler and others do not corroborate Kanon’s death. Nanjo announces there was nothing he could do. By his statement and those who followed him, Kanon is thought to be dead. There is no other proof other than their word. “Kanon did not commit suicide” (Beatrice) Illusion to Illusion – Kanon did not commit suicide because Kanon is not Dead!
“Maria, who was in the same room, did not kill them!”
“And of course, the three were killed by other people!”
“Regarding the unidentified corpses, all of their identities are guaranteed. Therefore, no body double tricks exist!”
Once again the illusion of the closed room means it was never a real closed room. Maria never witnessed the killings because she was facing the wall according to the story. The big three, Yasu’s accomplices, are murdered in that room which is the last sacrifice for the witch to resurrect. When it is assumed that Maria did not spend her time singing facing the wall from the beginning to finish it destroys the closed room. Maria or a servant opened the door to the culprit and at that point the culprit shot the three. It works the same way theorizing that Beatrice and Maria already had a worked out a plan (Maria is believed to have wished to watch TV) as to where the group that was going to be separated from the others should go. The culprit was either inside the room hiding or was let in by someone in the group. Judging why the position of the corpses it is presumed the culprit was near the door when s/he shot the three. When a person is alive in the closed room, it is no closed room. Maria singing is a possible solution because it creates the illusion she never moved away from the phone meaning she didn’t witness the murder meaning she never took part of it. The crime must’ve happened before Maria called Natsuhi because shots from the Winchester would’ve been heard otherwise. Moreover, it’s unlikely Maria knew the extension to Kinzo’s study unless this information was revealed to her, which means a servant or more likely the culprit is who dialed the number himself after committing the murders. The illusion is destroyed at this moment.
Illusions to Illusion, the illusion of a closed room is created by Maria’s testimony. Even though the parlor was locked when Natsuhi’s group arrived, Maria’s testimony is invalid because there is a possibility she locked the door herself after Beatrice left. Moreover, she claimed she never witnessed the crime itself or had zero part in it. The only evidence supporting this claim is her own word.
” That was a risky game from the very start. What if the guy really wanted to see that dead face just stepped inside?”
That’s what it means to abandon one’s self to fate.
“.. and that’s the roulette you were talking about.”
Out of the men remaining the only ones who did not enter the shed were Battler and George. Based on Yasu’s story she refers to Battler at this point and that if he would’ve entered the garden shed he would’ve noticed something off. This something refers to Shannon’s body. Btw, NANJO and Hideyoshi were the ones who looked at Shannon’s corpse and could verify her identity. Assuming Shannon was not there it means both of them lied for a reason. The emphasis is put in Shannon having half her face destroyed which was either truth (a lie if Shannon is alive) or something Hideyoshi made up at the moment.
What the reader sees after 24:00 PM is fiction as the bomb explodes killing everyone.
2nd Game _ Turn of the Golden Witch
“Illusions to illusion. .. The gold truth lock of illusions.”
The six people were already dead by the time they were discovered!
All were killed by other people!
All six were genuine victims, and did not take part in a mutual murder!
There was no simultaneous murder!!
There was no one hiding in the chapel.
As the events of Requiem Tea Party would later indicate the famous shoot-out occurs in the underground VIP room when the money is found. We have to doubt if there was any shoot out here according to the red. Answer. There wasn’t one unless we assume that all the shots hit the victims in the stomach. That’s impossible unless the victims were unable to move or were unconscious. By the following it is theorized that, the victims were drugged had their stomachs opened after they were killed by the culprit. The killer either lured the victims to the chapel to kill them or had them killed somewhere else (the dining room according to the blood stains found) and dragged them to the chapel. What the reader is left is with guessing how the key the witch gave Maria, which was the only key to the chapel, played its part here…. after all, “Starting when Maria’s key was received, and until the instant Rosa unsealed it the next day, it passed through no one’s hands!!”
“Kanon was killed in this room“
Jessica who is a regular human is dead at this point. There’s no other way around it. Kanon who was also killed along with Jessica is the illusion. Kanon is the illusion that once dead never leaves a corpse for a reason. Once Kanon is killed his role is fulfilled he disappears.
Shannon, Gohda and George are killed in this twilight. I’d have to mention this: What exactly “Earth to Earth” means and what does it mean comparing it to “Illusions to Illusion”? Earth to earth would imply that this event really happened. The interpretation might be different but it is closer to reality than illusion to illusion. Moreover, the result is the same and there’s a no trick other than the one the culprit created. In case SKhannon (Yasu) is completely dead it means the Bomb device has already been activated to go off at 24:00. Accepting that this is indeed a closed room it means that all the three has been killed.
*Note. Rosa stops Battler from touching anyone to not disturb the crime scene, but not before Battler moves Shannon’s body and sees that there’s a stake going though her forehead. Suffice to say, neither Rosa, nor Battler nor Genji undergo a serious inspection to check their status. They all immediately leave the room.
Kumasawa and Nanjo’s death is classified at the 7th and 8th yet they supposedly died when “ghost” Kanon was found in the kitchen by the servants. Kanon supposedly killed both of them leaving Gohda, Genji and Shannon alive. The bodies of Kumasawa and Nanjo are found dead later by Rosa’s group outside in the heavy rain after Genji informs them he has found Kumasawa and Nanjo’s body. No illusion can create a corpse refers that Kanon the “ghost” was not Kumasawa and Nanjo’s killer but somebody else. These statements about magic which allowed a phantom to exist are false.
3rd Game: Banquet of the Golden Witch
The order in which it is explains puts Shannon as the beginning and Kanon as the end. Evidently, no one killed Kinzo therefore there had to be someone who locked him up. At this point, the game can go several ways; one of them being Natsuhi being the one who initiated the “game” such as Battler did in Dawn himself. The existence of Kinzo’s body is what puts a hole in this theory as Natsuhi would not shove him in some room for the sake of it. As we recall the plan was to make Kinzo “go missing” to avoid explaining when he died a year ago, among other things. Moreover, whoever made the linked closed rooms had already found Kinzo’s body. We remember in Dawn the whole 1st Twilight was made up of people creating fake closed rooms for themselves. Should there be any red confirming their deaths it means they were finally killed by the culprit after the survivors checked their deaths. This red (“The six people died instantly!”) contradicts that claim. Ignoring that red it means the culprit killed the other 5, only locked the doors using a single master key, then after s/he was done with the others came back to put the keys inside the envelope next to the victims or a similar method. The order of the murders and order the envelopes were placed is the solution to the riddle. Illusion to Illusion, Shanon (at the parlor) was the first and Kanon (at the chapel) was the last one. The end and the beginning do overlap
“Rosa and Maria died”
“Rosa and Maria were killed by other people”
Earth to Earth both Rosa and Maria are in fact dead without a doubt. As the red states they were killed by other people. The culprit was the one who faked his/her death and created the linked closed rooms of the 1st twilight and (same as Battler did in Dawn) left the room and slipped away afterwards. Maria clearly mentions she sees “Beatrice” when she meets Eva B. Maria refers to Eva B as the same Beatrice she knew when she visited the family conference. Eva B at this point is also an illusion that doesn’t necessarily represent Eva, but the illusion of the culprit. Judging by Maria’s statement in Requiem, Beatrice’s identity is furniture. Beatrice has to be SKanon assuming that Beatrice is the only one Maria acknowledges as the Golden Witch and no one else. Mind, at this point most of the siblings were together inside the guesthouse making it harder to think any of them were responsible for Rosa and Maria’s death at the rose garden.
Maria and Rosa’s killer is the survivor of the 1st Twilight. The culprit pushes Rosa to her death while they were arguing. Possibly the culprit saw her chance when Maria distracted Rosa with her claims about Beatrice being real. The culprit took out Maria as there could not be any survivors.
Hideyoshi, Kyrie and Rudolf make up this twilight. According to this claim there are no “falsehoods” in their final movement. I have an incredibly hard time accepting that all of them are completely dead as it contradicts EP7 Tea Party’ culprit(s) theory. According to EP3, Kyrie suspected something therefore she had to go to the mansion, of course she had to go with Rudolf just to be safe. Hideyoshi is the one who should be outgunned and outnumbered in case he was the culprit, but he’s also dead. According to evidence, they were all killed, however it is never stated they were killed by different people. It’s possible Kyrie or Rudolf killed Hideyoshi then the culprit who followed them to the mansion shot the one who didn’t fire the gun (see EP7 TP), then proceed to kill Hideyoshi’s murder. There are many ways this scene coud’ve played, however it isn’t easy to picture all three (two with guns) being taken out by a single enemy unless there was a scenario that gave the culprit the upper hand.
I’m just about to fully exonerate Natsuhi and Krauss as being the culprits in this episode seeing that it is impossible for them to move around to freely to carry out any of the murders. The culprit who as I mentioned faked his/her death in the 1st twilight (despite the red), who killed Rosa and Maria and who ambushed 4th-6th Twilight group was the one who possibly killed Krauss and Natsuhi. The murder weapon should be a rope or something similar judging by the marks. However, the possibility that two grown people were killed by a sole person is implausible moreso when there were people upstairs. That can only mean Natsuhi and Krauss were killed by: A) Two culprits who were necessary to subdue Natsuhi and Krauss otherwise the ruckus would’ve surely been heard by the cousins upstairs. And B) the possibility of them were killed separately, one after the other then carried them outside to the rose garden.
Onto the last game.
4th Game: Alliance of the Golden Witch
1st Twilight – Here what exactly does “gold truth” refer to? In the context I’ve seen it possibly refers to the magic side, the illusions we see while the real stuff is happening that has to do with the inheritance. These are the fabricated stories by the survivors of a tale that never happened the way they claimed it did. What I can say is that there was a massive shoot out. One of the possibilities is that the reason behind it was Yasu’s identity being revealed, which does corroborate the claim that they “acknowledged” Kinzo (the successor I presume and possibly the motive). The other one is that the culprit and its accomplices killed everyone who got in the way or disagree with the plan. Then the culprit had his/her accomplices to fool the survivors into believing the story of witches and magic. As mentioned before, the trials are meant to trick the survivors into leaving the safety of the guesthouse.
2nd Twilight – The call was obviously a set up by the culprit’s orders. Notice that at this point only Kyrie and Krauss are presumed to be still alive as they hold full conversations with their children. George was ambushed by the culprit and so was Jessica. There’s no way around George being alive after Battler saw half of his face destroyed after he found George’s corpse in the middle of the rain. Jessica was murdered by the culprit who was already waiting insider her room.
Fiction is the key word. They were murdered at different times, not necessarily in the same order. Shannon is shot, Kyrie is shot, and Krauss is also shot. Kanon who is also shot disappears. Silent corpses must mean they were never able to tell what they saw and more importantly knew. The culprit killed them so her identity would never be revealed.
Illusion to Illusion. The World of Rokkenjima 1986, the bomb that destroys all evidence and creates a world of multiple realities inside a cat box.
“Who.. aam I…?”
“Illusion.. to illusions. ..the promised reaper lowers the curtains on the tale regardless of the witch’s will.”
The reaper possibly refers to the bomb activated by someone who knows of its existence or an action that causes it to go off. The “promised” reaper also can refer likely to a person that dictates the witch’s fate and why the tragedy repeats over and over. As the word promised implies that person it refers to is possibly Battler.
Solving the riddle is one thing, watching someone else do it flawlessly is another. Will completely defeats Beatrice in one go. Throughout the whole Illusion to Illusion I got goosebumps. Is Ryukishi07 really doing it? Can it be? Is that riddle being solved right in from of me? That’s how epic, and I’m not using the term loosely, it was. Clair Beatrice leaves the stage completely and disappears from the game after Will has understood her heart and carried out her funeral.
The legendary detective solves the Rokkenjima case and we’re going home.
One of the most intriguing parts is that Will mentions this. Will should’ve completely cracked the case because he knows the who, why, and how on top of solving the epitaph yet he mentions there isn’t a clear answer to the endless taste. The world Umineko is based on makes it almost impossible to believe in one side unless you deny the other. And that’s one of the biggest questions of this game – What is real? What is not? What does this world mean? What is the Truth? As this part is concerned Will probably means he had solved the riddle of the game Bernkastel put before him and one a possible solution to that riddle. Implying that there could be other solution to it, which we may not know about. Truly, a cat box.
Bernkastel’s job is done. It goes without saying that Requiem was an exquisite logical Game to be enjoyed, though most of the job was done by Will and I had to sit back and let him handle the mystery. A strange and mixed feeling I’ll say. I spent my time figuring out the fantasy part of the story and translate it into a logical argument such as the ghost story, the missing keys, Yasu’s actions, Yasu’s identity, and also learned the solution of the epitaph and had some of my theories corroborated. It should also go without saying that I’m vastly interested in these observer witches Bernkastel mentions as I’m interested in reading Twilight of the Golden Witch right now.
Will totally wronged Bernkastel, right? This was an amazing game. With the puzzle solved, the tale is over. Everyone gets to go home. Aurora is satisfied, Bernkastel leaves and this game board is folded. That sounds like a good ending. Let’s hear the applause for the actors of this play as we lower the curtains of our 7th Game.