|Izu archipelago, Rokkenjima Island
This island 10 km in length does not appear in any sightseeing pamphlets. That is because it is a
personal island owned by the wealthy Ushiromiya family.
Relatives come to this island for the annual family conference.
The topic of discussion is the problem of dividing up the inheritance of the family head, Kinzo, whose
remaining life was announced to be very short.
Even if the weather report did not warn of a typhoon approaching the island, dark clouds would still
The Rokkenjima Mass Murder (October 4-5, 1986)
18 people were confined to the island due to a slow-moving typhoon. Both the phones and radio had
broken down, and they were trapped on an isolated island.
They are assaulted by blood-chilling serial murders, mass murders, bizarre murders. When the
typhoon passes, a boat will probably come. The police will come as well.
Even the seagulls that enliven the docks will return.
That's right, when the police come, they will resolve everything.
Even if we do nothing, when the seagulls cry, everything.
That is, if even one of them is left alive when the seagulls cry...
What is expected from you is neither a search for the culprit nor detective work.
When will you believe in me?
That is all that matters.
If you want to do some detective work, go ahead.
If you believe that there is an answer, go and continue to search.
This is eternal torture that will not end until you can believe in witches.
Welcome to the world of "Umineko no Naku Koro ni"
(When Seagulls Cry)
Welcome to the Rokkenjima of October 4, 1986.
You have been given a chance to catch a glimpse of the family conference held annually by the
The remaining life in the old family head who has built up a vast fortune is very slim.
To his children, the greatest point of contention at this family conference is the distribution of his
Everyone desires all that money, no one relents, and no one believes.
Who will gain the old head's vast inheritance?
Where is the 10 tons of gold that the old head is said to have hidden?
Can the unnerving riddle of the epitaph which is said to point to the location of that gold be solved?
In the midst of this, a suspicious letter is sent from one claiming to be a witch.
The presence of a 19th person on this island, which should only have 18, begins to hang in the air.
Brutal murders repeat, and unsolvable riddles are left at the scene.
How many will die? How many will live? Or will everyone die?
Is the culprit one of the 18, or not?
Is the culprit a "human", or a "witch"?
Please, enjoy this isolated island, western mansion, mystery-suspense gadget of the good old days to
Is guesswork possible or impossible in Umineko no Naku Koro ni?
The genre of this work is probably a serial murder mystery.
However, that does not guarantee that reasoning and guesswork are possible.
Those who enjoy stupid puzzles that are made to be solved can leave now.
Umineko no Naku Koro ni is the worst kind of tale, created without any intention of letting all of
you solve it.
However, to all of the worst kinds of people, who hear that and just want to challenge it more,
I am myself sending out this tale to make these worst kinds of people surrender.
No matter what kinds of strange events occur, all of you will try to explain it with humans and tricks,
and deny all mysteries, as the worst kind of human supremacists.
Please, try to explain each one of the many baffling cases with humans and tricks as best you can.
I want to see how far I can penetrate everyone's human supremacy.
The culprit is a witch. All alibis and tricks are magic.
This is not a mystery, but fantasy!
I want to see you surrender and say that while crying bitter tears.
I do not expect a line of reasoning leading to the truth to appear.
I want to find out just how many people can deny the witch until the very end and maintain a 'human
In short, this is a tale of a battle between humans and witches.
Serial Murder Illusions, "Umineko no Naku koro ni"
This is a sound novel without choices, where you search for the truth yourself.
Is guesswork possible, or impossible?
Will you surrender to the witch, or stand up and face her?
How you enjoy it is up to you.