Umineko Twilight 51 – The Last Battle of the End of a Certain World (Row Row Fight the Power)

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Do the impossible. See the invisible. ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER
Punch the unpunchable. Break the unbreakable. ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER
Solve the unsolvable. ROW ROW FIGHT BERNKASTEL
Troll the untrollable. ROW ROW FIGHT THE WITCHES
"what you gonna do is what you wanna do
 just break the rule, then you see the truth"

> Battler you magnificent son of a bitch. Continue reading


Umineko Twilight 49 – Intellectual Masturbation (Adventures of the Cynical Detective)

A full game of chess explained. A full mystery narrated and solved.

I remembered the good times, I remembered the mystery, I remember locked rooms, I remember duct tapes. I remember glorious EP5 and its mystery-centric doses. Whatever happened to that? Right after EP5 I’ve been thinking how much I wanted the guy to write a straight-up mystery for his next work. It’s not everyday that an author provides an actual mystery in order for the readers to crack in order to move forward. There is something truly lost in the process of the art of theorizing in these mysteries when most of the time one only gives a shorter version of the reasoning done. Explaining your whole train of thought in the most detailed manner possible is a challenge. Why did that person say that? What are his reasoning? Umineko Twilight has no questions and has no mystery solving scenarios like the question arcs do but all the same provide one final solvable for the readers to solve. Step by step guide to what goes on. Continue reading

Having run-of-the-mill mysteries as Openers hardly work

Mystery shows don’t often believe in making great first impressions because they don’t tend to gradually build up to it. If I were in charge of a mystery adaptation I’d put some thought on thinking up ways to avoid massively focusing on a mystery and all the investigating procedures from the get-go because as an opener these method hardly works.

The difference between the books and the adaptations is an immense gap, a race to fit everything into a 25 minute show where the reader becomes a watcher connected to the story mostly visually and where only the most crucial, rudimentary information is provided. UN-GO is another mystery that falls prey to other similar mystery anime adaptations that had similar lackluster first episodes and sometimes similarly eventually becoming lackluster series – they do poorly what they’re supposed to do best – handling mysteries. They do poorly more than often by putting their flimsiest mystery as openers for their series and thus failing to get the viewer’s attention. Continue reading