Archive for December, 2009

Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya trailer

A trailer for the upcoming Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie is now available. As someone who has read the novels, I feel duty-bound to reveal what is happening in each scene of the trailer.

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Timeline for Umineko no Naku Koro ni IV

Continuing the tradition of setting up a timeline as I did for the first arc, second arc, and third arc, here is a timeline for the fourth arc of Umineko no Naku Koro ni. As always, it is based on what was shown on screen, which cannot be trusted. In fact, certain red truths make it clear that some of the events described in the timeline could not have happened, at least in a literal sense. This story arc is very different from the others in that almost all of the significant events in the real world occurred in the first day.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni IV-VIII

In one line: Battler beats a woman into a bloody pulp.

Episode IV-VIII of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “sacrifice”, starts out in the Golden Land where Beatrice and Maria intend to hang out forever. The suspension of the game does not sit well with Ange, however, so she shows up to convince them otherwise. Interestingly, Beatrice does not seem to be quite sure how Ange got into the Golden Land. Maria is quite content to stay with Beatrice in the Golden Land where all her wishes can come true. Ange begs to differ.

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Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ is a story about assassins and what they kill for. It starts out with a young man who should have been eliminated as a witness to an assassination but instead had his memory erased and recruited as an assassin with great potential. I totally failed to foresee how it would end with the protagonist bloodily conquering the entire criminal underworld with his killer harem, though.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni IV-VII

In one line: In 1998, guns are overrated.

En route to Rokkenjima

Episode IV-VII of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “forced move”, begins at the Rokkenjima of October, 1998 with the arrival of Ange and Amakusa on Kawabata’s boat. While still en route, we get to eavesdrop on some interesting revelations. It turns out that there is a secret dock on the island besides the official one we have already seen. A surprisingly large number of people are known to have known about it: Kinzo, Genji, those who worked on the boat, Nanjo, and other servants, among them being Kumasawa.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni IV-VI

In one line: Something actually bothers Beatrice.

"We're human"

Episode IV-VI of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “adjourn”, begins in the underground dungeon of the Quadorian. With the three goat servants watching the prisoners having been summoned by Gaap, it’s a chance for the prisoners to escape. The prison cell isn’t so flimsy that the prisoners can just shake the bars loose, however, and apparently none of them have lock picking skills, so there is no escape through realistic means. But the bars are no obstacle to Kanon’s magic power: when the others are shocked at what just happened, Kanon and Shannon simply declare that they are human.

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni IV-V

Letter contents

Episode IV-V of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, “breakthrough”, begins in 1998 on the island of Niijima, where Ange is investigating certain aspects of the Rokkenjima incident. Her first stop is the Nanjo Clinic, operated by the son of Nanjo Terumasa. Of particular interest is a letter with the Ushiromiya seal, which was supposedly sent to Nanjo Terumasa by the son Nanjo Masayuki on October 3, 1986, right before the Rokkenjima incident. The receiving address was fake and the letter was returned to the son about a week later: it was a roundabout way of sending the letter to the son.

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