The witch claimed more and more victims. As the door of the Golden Land is about to open, unyielding wills are confronting Beatrice, but it is all vain. Until…
After Gohda’s fall, Beatrice barges with her furniture before Shannon and George, declaring with glee that the lovers were chosen by the roulette.
As George is desperately trying to open Natsuhi’s chest, Beatrice is sneering at Shannon, as she is probably having regrets she couldn’t live to her fullest her happiness with George. As Beatrice is about to kill them, George manages to open the chest and the sacred mirror is indeed inside. All of a sudden, Shannon raises a magical barrier, repelling the butterflies and goats into nothingness.
Beatrice isn’t surprised by this, remembering Shannon is also one of Kinzo’s furniture. Shannon is indignate after what Beatrice has done to Kanon’s honor. Of course, the witch doesn’t feel any guilt and just goes further, summoning forth another Kanon impostor.
Resolute, Shannon doesn’t yield and maintains her barrier against fake kanon’s attacks. In the end, he is also destroyed by the maid’s absolute defense. Amused by this turn of events, Beatrice figured out that Natsuhi’s sacred mirror is lending its powers to Shannon. As Beatrice is still ridiculing her as furniture, Shannon claims she is human and thinks the witch is pitiful. She doesn’t have any regret as she already exchanged her vows with George, sealing their eternal love.
This persistent human and love speech irritates a lot Beatrice. Fed up by this, Beatrice wants to finish it off and relentlessly assault Shannon’s barrier. Unable to contain the attacks of the butterflies, Shannon apologizes to George but the latter doesn’t worry about it. As a last request, Shannon would like George to tell her he will love her forever, but Beatrice doesn’t let them go as they please and kill them before George could finish his sentence.
Although I didn’t expect Shannon’s barrier being designed like this, it was just working as intended, so no worry. I would however complain a bit that Beatrice’s assaults were kinda tame: she was just screaming, but aside, she remained motionless, with mere butterflies “pushing” the barrier. I would rather expect her to extand her arms, and the butterflies CRASHING like a rain of spikes, really smashing the barrier to pieces instead.
Anyway, my real complain here would be how they kinda dragged this scene (despite I’m sure people already got the picture regarding Shannon and George), but also the nonsensical part with Beatrice “preventing George”. I mean, she is screaming for 1 second, and the stakes weren’t instant. Are you telling me George couldn’t finish his sentence within this long time frame? Allow me to doubt so.
I think they just had to do it in a more subtle way: as George is about to say, we got a black out and THEN we hear Beatrice “as if I would let you do, dumbass!!!”. Basically an obvious “bad end” without being corny or inconsistent. Also it would just make wonder people about “how will they be killed?”. Ah well…
Genji is doing his usual round and finds Kumasawa and Nanjo’s corpses in the courtyard. He quickly goes to the parlor and reports his discovery to Rosa. Everyone follows Genji and they see the corpses, with wounds that were probably done with a very sharp blade. Maria is again acting all creepy and explains these are the seventh and eighth twilights. Hearing this, Battler is worried that 3 twilights were “skipped” and ask Genji where George, Gohda and Shannon are. Since they left to Natsuhi’s room for already 2 hours, the chance they have been killed is very high so Battler press on this matter.
The survivors go to the mansion and they are startled to see onimous bloody hand prints on the door. Genji tries to open but it is locked, so Battler has to unlock the door with a master key Rosa had lent to him. Once the door is open, they find Gohda gouged in the chest, George gouged in the stomach and Shannon gouged in the head. Completely dejected by this gruesome discovery, Battler is absent mindedly wondering about the next twilight, and after Maria’s answer, he just indifferently concludes all of them will die in the end.
There isn’t any complain regarding the scene itself, though I don’t get why they didn’t press on the “issue” of Natsuhi’s room… I mean the information regarding this closed room is also relevant, and they completely skipped the “you are incompetent!” scene.
By the way: it seems the quality checkers sucked even more this time. In the last episode, Rosa was shown clearly with a barricaded door, with many furniture. And all of a sudden, the door is magically free of such obstacle…?
Everyone go back to the parlor but Rosa doesn’t invite Genji to come with them. Of course, Battler can’t agree with this but has to abide nevertheless. Once inside, Rosa is checking the windows. However, Battler is startled to see that another envelope from Kinzo was left on the table. As expected, it is again another message from Beatrice.
Maria notices that and wonders what it is about. At this point, Rosa is asking Maria to stay close to her and points her gun towards Battler, declaring he is a wolf. Of course, this ridiculous situation makes Battler angry, but Rosa is serious. Annoyed, Battler exposes his arguments that she is much more suspicions than him, considering she is get her hands on the whole inheritance of the family. As the argument goes hard, Maria is crying out loud, begging them not to fight as it is Beatrice’s doing. Maria’s action was pretty effective and Battler slumps in despair, yelling Beatrice to show up.
Nothing too problematic here either, though I’m sure people would be curious how Rosa could conclude that quickly. The thing is that Rosa was checking the door, so no one could have slipped in aside of the three of them for this letter, hence why she believes Battler was the one behind this.
Kudos to Ono for Battler’s anger and also despair.
Oh wait, there IS something, and quite silly: not like I want to go like Maria, but did they understand what circle they just used here? The first one, the one related to the “freedom”, not “discord”. And no, it wasn’t like this in the vn. Duh.
Kinzo is once again in front of the portrait of Beatrice in his room, wailing. The old head of the Ushiromiya is desperately conveying all his feelings, ultimately admitting his love towards the witch.
As if it reached her, someone knocks his door.
Moments later, Battler is just waiting for the culprit, drinking alcohol to his heart content.
Someone knocks the door of the dining room and it is Genji, who came to beckon him to learn everything from “them”.
Once they made their way to Kinzo’s study, Battler is unable to comprehend what is going on: the room is filled by countless golden butterflies and Kinzo is playing Chess against… “someone”.
This person is no one else but Beatrice. As the door of the Golden Land will open soon, she is fine to answer everything to Battler, as long he becomes her furniture should he recognize her existence.
Recycled footage huh… well short and it is Kinzo anyway, so no big deal though it would be bad if they go on with that kind of cheap tricks.
Meanwhile, I would expect them to make Battler a bit groogy… I mean, he’s just drunk quite some strong liquor from the family’s cabinet, so him being totally normal just doesn’t make much sense.
Meanwhile, for Beatrice’s showdown, it is just like how I imagined but… did they really have to inflat her bossom by 1-2 cup? I know she is well endowed, but it becomes almost as stupid as Natsuhi’s chest.
Rosa and Maria make their way to the chapel. Once inside, Rosa takes a gold ingot, but Maria is again creepily waiting impatiently for Beatrice and the Golden Land.
Rosa tries to know more from Maria, but it is useless since the little girl is frantically obsessed about the Golden Land.
Gremlin will really be Maria’s official nickname at this rate…
By the way, another poor quality job if you just focus on Rosa’s design, totally inconsistent between the sub scenes in mere seconds.
Back in the mansion, many guests were invited in the hall, all of them wearing goat masks. Genji is then introducing their host, the Golden Witch, Beatrice.
Beatrice then goes downstairs, but accompagnied with new furniture… and it is Battler, lifeless, stark naked and chained as if he was a pet.
Bernkastel is among the guests and can’t help but feel pity for Battler, leaving Beatrice to her “nice” hobby.
Midnight is coming closer and Beatrice is about to open the door of the Golden Land. However, Kinzo makes his entrance, zealously hoping for the Golden Land as well.
He is then suddenly attacked by the goat guests and devoured alive.
And soon enough, Battler shares the same fate…
Probably the scene I would complain the least: the banquet.
I didn’t expect them to let Bern’s little screentime, but it is sure a good way to hint few things. Meanwhile, I’m glad DEEN didn’t abuse the gore for Kinzo and Battler’s deaths. One thing though: Is Battler affected by denutrition or something? I mean he is supposed to be well built, but his body frame is super thin as seen in the last screenshot.
Also: please DEEN, you should realize blood CANNOT splat like this, unless the patient has an inhuman blood pressure… (I mean, it isn’t Mortal Kombat… people don’t become blood fountain).
In the rose garden, Rosa and Maria try to flee, but they are chased by Beatrice’s furniture. Maria stumbles midway, obviously leading to her being assaulted by a goat butler.
Without any delay, Rosa shot it down, prepared to defend Maria at all cost.
After erasing several goats, Rosa dashes towards the rest of them with the gold ingot, while Maria is reloading the rifle.
Once Maria is done, Rosa takes back the winchester and readies herself, facing countless goat butlers. In this desperate situation, Rosa wonders if Maria still wants to remain her, despite she is a bad mother. Of course, Maria is fine to remain by her side, which pumps Rosa up.
Probably one of the scenes most fans were looking forward the most. As far as I’m concerned, it is “cool” but nothing that godly either. Anyway, I’m fine with the time they allocated to it (though it is still kinda short). However, I’m just giving up about the emotion side: they just didn’t portray Rosa’s struggle about her “love” for Maria. Originally, she was carrying both gold and the gun, and only a few moments later, she realized herself that none of her hands was holding Maria, so she basically chose the gold over her own daughter, shaming herself.
The other issue is that the Goats really became cannon fodder. Ever since Kanon’s fight, they seem to vanish after the slightest damage, which just cheapen the struggle of the characters. Therefore, I couldn’t sense any tension or “life and death situation” mood: the execution was pretty dull on that aspect, so basically, even without any ammo, Rosa could simply swing wildly her ingot, and voila…
There was no need to keep the foutain pen first brawl thing, but showing goats as PROPER TANKS would really give an impending doom impression (goats can take injuries pretty well: they can stay still even after being shot 2-3 times, so long it isn’t their head). And without the whole “Maria or the gold?” or the ankle problem, it just looks like Rosa is about to have an endless frag score…
Despite these valiant efforts, both died.
In the Meta-world, Rosa is restrained by Beatrice, who is “rewarding” her for her efforts. However, as far as Beatrice seems to understand Rosa’s pain, she serves her with quite gruesome dishes: a wine made from Krauss’ blood, a salade with Eva’s tongue, a pie with Rudolf’s face skin and an apple baked pie with Maria’s head.
Much to her horror, Rosa is shocked to hear that Maria is wondering if she was in her mother’s way. Although Rosa assures it isn’t the case, Maria mentions she was in the way when her mother was with a man.
In a hysteric fit, Maria asks Rosa to eat her.
Beatrice asks Rosa to surrender, which the latter does immediately, tormented by such torture. Ecstatic, Beatrice savors her perfect victory.
However, much to her shock, Meta Battler appears, far from yielding to her. Even when his game self did surrender and he was on the verge on doing so, his soul was inspired by Rosa’s last ditch efforts to protect Maria. Hence, he declares he cannot surrender now. Beatrice is however fine by this and accept this challenge, once again.
While some people hated how Rosa Musou scene was watered down, I was particularly angered by this one:
I know they didn’t have time to show Rosa’s past, so even if it didn’t make much sense, it was fine to see Beatrice “feeding” Rosa with such gruesome dishes.
However, I was disgusted about what they have done to Maria. Instead of keeping her innocent and desperate attempt to be “useful” to her mother, they made her completely psycho with the “EAT ME!”, with the worst expressions she could ever have. Honestly, I couldn’t take this serious, it really made me wonder if they really just want to show Maria as a psycho girl, without some slight depth shown here and there.
If you are curious how it happened, Maria was actually with some goats. A bit like in the anime, she was wondering if was in the way etc. Rosa was still stuffed by the foul food but she struggled to say it wasn’t the case. So Maria was regretful and announced she is okay to be baked, saying in tears she is sorry for being born.
And in fact, it was Beatrice who said “baked apples and your daughter make the best dessert. You managed to raise such delicious ingredient. Aren’t you the best mother, Ushiromiya Rosaaaaaaa?!”. Then, Maria says “…..Mama, thanks for everything. Bye bye”.
I mean… for goodness’ sake… why? Why the hell? *sigh*
To twist the cruel fate even more, after Rosa surrendered, Beatrice was as ecstatic, but then orders her goats to bring Maria (in dessert of course)…
And then we have Battler… Okay, they kept his line but… Why didn’t they make him slamming Beatrice on the table?
I know this might sound like a little detail, but Meta Battler’s come back wasn’t that expected at that point and with this ridiculous torture, the whole retaliation was a big “FUCK YES!!!” moment. But here, Battler shows up like a smart ass… hah?
At least they finally used dread from the grave.
After the game, Beatrice is having some tea with Bernkastel. The Endless Witch wonders how the Witch of Miracles thought about this gameboard. Bernkastel shows no particular concern about this, mentioning how the game is boringly one sided. However, Beatrice takes it that Bernkastel implies she doesn’t have proper chance to win because of this. Bernkastel tries to play dumb but Beatrice is certain her opponent isn’t a mere observer. As Bernkastel doesn’t deny this, Beatrice is looking forward having Bernkastel as her opponent.
All of a sudden, another witch shows up in Beatrice’s tea parlor: the Witch of Certainty, Lambdadelta.
Still bitter about her loss during their previous game, Lambda sides with anyone who is Bernkastel’s opponent. Not bothered by this at all, Bernkastel has no choice but to go full force after being exposed.
Lambda’s introduction was poor: they just have shown her for the kicks, that’s it.
Cutting the ura tea party was a pretty bad move in my opinion: not only it doesn’t really give any impact (random new witch whatever), but it also shorten big time the “concepts” hints given by Bern. Thus, it is harder to make a theory regarding Beato’s goal and more importantly: her pattern.
Without Lambda’s comment, it isn’t anything easier either…
I don’t care if “niipah” wasn’t included, but the hints were as important as the red text.
Because the last 2 episodes were a bit too slow, this episode was really rushed. It is quite ironic that DEEN was crafty enough for the start of Episode 2, then just crumble everything by the end of it… complete opposite of Episode 1, may I say.
A barely average episode (6/10), considering how they just unable to give a proper pace, nor a good execution to the majority of the scenes.
Starting with Shannon and George was already bad, but being persistently one dimensional regarding this franchise will just pull misunderstanding regarding the genre of Umineko (a bit how Higurashi was plauged by “KILLER LOLIS” trend).
I hope they will find a compromise, because the next arc is my top favourite, so I might just do a mass slaughter should they screw up OTZ.
By the way, I didn’t forget about the analysis of Episode 2-5. In fact, because of time constraints and 2-5 being rather straightforward, I decided to do a double analysis entry, combining 2-5 and 2-6.