Now that the first arc for Umineko no Naku Koro ni is over, this might be a good time to organize a timeline of events. Perhaps this might be useful in figuring out what is going on. Probably not: we still have not even learned the rules of the game.
Episode I-V of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “fool’s mate”, begins with Battler matching up the deaths of Genji, Nanjo, and Chiyo with the sixth to eighth twilights in the inscription. (Incidentally, this confirms that 足 in the inscription indeed refers to the leg, not the foot, which makes me puzzle about the redundant twilights.) When Battler tries to pry out who killed them from Maria, she still insists that it was Beatrice, and Battler is really having none of it this time, going beyond the exasperation from the previous episode into a fury.
Episode 17 of Shangri-la, “Dark Night, Defiant Road”, continues from the previous episode with Takehiko pointing a gun at Kuniko’s head. A demand for an explanation has Takehiko revealing that Kuniko has rank AAA in the ATLAS hierarchy, and that he was assigned by ATLAS corporate headquarters to be a bodyguard for Kuniko. He reveals that countless children were sacrificed to suppress the inherent vibrations of ATLAS, which would otherwise destroy the structure. Takehiko used to believe the sacrifices were worth it.
In episode I-IV of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “blunder”, everyone had come to see the room where Eva and Hideyoshi were killed. George grieves over the death of his parents, swearing that he would kill whoever was responsible. Not only did he lose the woman he loved the previous day, but now he has lost his parents as well, joining the other grandchildren of Kinzou who have lost their parents. At least Maria does not quip about Beatrice, nor does she smile about it. Natsuhi notices the letter on the ground and picks it up. The time is just before 7:30PM.
At the start of episode 16 of Shangri-la, “Insane Hell”, it turns out that Miko was arrested just because Ryouko wanted Mikuni to be lonely. Hiruko’s vessel has also been weakened during Medusa’s hacking attempt in the previous episode, and Ryouko gets the idea of using Miko as a new vessel, despite the fact that the vessels for Hiruko are supposed to be young girls. Ryouko is also looking forward to Tarsian’s reaction when he learns of this, who I guess is currently under house arrest or something similar.
Episode I-III of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “dubious move”, begins at the murder scene with its six victims. Hideyoshi seems to know about his son’s feelings for Shannon as he prevents George from seeing her dead body, thinking it better that George remember Shannon’s happy face rather than a half-destroyed face filled with fright. The fact that Shannon accepted George’s proposal isn’t much of a comfort, and while Eva is unhappy that George had proposed to Shannon, Hideyoshi is wise enough to make it a non-issue given the circumstances.
Episode 15 of Shangri-la, “Straying Defeat”, begins with Zhang trying to rein in Karin and Klaris. He is not so narrowly focused on the markets as the other two, and he doesn’t like the way Karin and Klaris are making money like bandits when violence and death are occurring not far from Karin’s abode. However, Medusa takes its own initiative to cut off access to Zhang, since his sentimentality is only a detriment to making money. Karin and Klaris do not disagree with Medusa at all.
Episode I-II of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “first move”, begins with dinner for the Ushiromiya family and others, where they discuss from whom Maria may have gotten the umbrella at the end of the previous episode. No one really believes Maria’s claim that it was Beatrice, but no one else admits to giving it to her, either. And there’s no reason to suspect anyone is lying, with the older adults having been talking together, the employees all working in the kitchen, and the doctor having been playing chess with Kinzou.
Episode 14 of Shangri-la, “Transfigured City”, begins back in Duomo, where people are worrying about how well Metal Age’s invasion of ATLAS is going. But presumably some time later, we see the Metal Age members remaining in Duomo being alarmed by attacks similar to what we saw at the end of episode 1. Furukawa is pretty sure that “the people Takehiko contacted” are not responsible for the attacks. I don’t remember Takehiko contacting anyone besides other Metal Age branches: I wonder who they could be?
I really loved watching Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, so it’s no surprise that I’m looking forward to watching Umineko no Naku Koro ni. As far as I know, there is no direct relationship between the stories, even if they are similar in that there is going to be a lot of dead people. However, rumor has it that a couple of archetypes formed during the hundred years of subjective time in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni play an important role in Umineko no Naku Koro ni.