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Umineko no Naku Koro ni IV-IV

Kinzo

We are finally back to the Rokkenjima of 1986 in episode IV-IV of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “problem child”, where Kinzo supposedly participates in the family meeting. The time is now 10:10PM. While some of the parents are surprised at how hale and hearty he is, with particular focus on the surprised Eva and Rudolf, Kinzo is disappointed that no one has solved the mystery of the inscription so far and decides to cancel his little game of choosing the next family head based on who solves it first. In fact, he decides no one will be inheriting the wealth and family headship, not even Krauss.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni IV-III

Sakutaro's harem

Episode IV-III of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “prophylaxis”, begins while Ange is still in high school, where at the moment she is trying to study in her dormitory room. The keyword being “trying”: the stake sisters are goofing off loudly in the background, although Ange doesn’t mind at all. In fact, it seems the stake sisters are more concerned about Ange’s academic studies than she herself is. And when Maria and Sakutaro show up, the latter to the delight of the stake sisters, Ange starts goofing off as well.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni IV-II

Ange

Episode IV-II of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “zugzwang”, begins on Rokkenjima during the evening of October 4, 1986, with Rosa drying off Maria after the latter’s excursion into the garden. There are no histrionics from either Rosa or Maria, and in fact it’s a rather heart-warming moment. However, this prompts Ange to leave the meta debate, claiming that it is a “boring” moment. Meta-Battler is confused, since this should be close to the moment where Maria would reveal encountering Beatrice and getting an umbrella and a letter.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni IV-I

Bernkastel and Ange in 1986

Episode IV-I of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “end game”, begins with members of the Ushiromiya family having just arrived at the airport. Maria must have tormented Battler throughout the flight about the plane crashing, and she is still doing it to the amusement of the parents. This is when Battler accidentally collides with a girl before chasing after Maria again. The girl is actually Ange, and Bernkastel appears after the Ushiromiyas leave. The grown Ange does not actually exist in 1986, but she is still happy to see her family alive and well.

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Timeline for Umineko no Naku Koro ni III

Acting?  Or real feeling?

Now that the third arc of Umineko no Naku Koro ni is over, it is time to organize the timeline for what had happened as I did for the first arc and second arc. Given that we cannot trust what we see on screen, the exact times when certain events happen may not be reliable. The timeline below is constructed assuming that the specified events did happen based on what we were shown, but its unreliability should be kept in mind. It’s not even certain whether certain people were murdered or committed suicide, and in all cases I just say they were killed.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni III-VII

A ghostly Kanon

Episode III-VII of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “swindles”, begins with a blind Jessica being scared out of her wits. This is when she hears Kanon’s voice: he’s still dead, but he was able to appear thanks to Beato, and he offers to be Jessica’s eyes. Kanon leads Jessica to the parlor where she should supposedly be safe, where they encounter Beato. While the whole mess is Beato’s fault, they still thank her for her good deed. Beato begins to lock the door to the parlor with its 07151129, not just by setting the lock but applying her magic as well, which is when she’s attacked by EvaBeatrice’s furniture.

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