With the six sacrifices of the first night claimed, Beatrice, the Golden Witch, turns her attention to selecting the sacrifices for the second night: the "Two Who Are Close." As the corpses begin to pile up, Battler struggles to disprove that the deaths can only be explained by the existence of magic, and the crafty Beatrice is using every strategy in her playbook to tripWith the six sacrifices of the first night claimed, Beatrice, the Golden Witch, turns her attention to selecting the sacrifices for the second night: the "Two Who Are Close." As the corpses begin to pile up, Battler struggles to disprove that the deaths can only be explained by the existence of magic, and the crafty Beatrice is using every strategy in her playbook to trip him up. Logic and truth perform an acrobatic dance in which a single misstep could spell certain death. Can Battler defeat Beatrice in this match of wits and wills? Or will he find himself kneeling at the witch's feet?!...
|Title||:||Umineko WHEN THEY CRY Episode 2: Turn of the Golden Witch, Vol. 2|
|Number of Pages||:||544 Pages|
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Umineko WHEN THEY CRY Episode 2: Turn of the Golden Witch, Vol. 2 Reviews
Well, that was disturbing and gory.
Well, this is why high expectations tend to lead to disappointment. I think I've finally figured this mangaka's style out. It's very good for dialogue-heavy scenes (Her facial expressions - though over-exaggerated, which they must be in any When They Cry installment - are phenomenal as far as impact is concerned). This led to some really good scenes, such as the exchange in the servants' room and the two tea parties. This worked really well in the first volume of this arc because the core scenes of that volume are very dialogue-heavy, with emotional attachment being the most important thing. However, the core scenes in this volume - Jessica's and Kanon's deaths and George's and Shannon's deaths, as well as the famous Musou Rosa scene - are all very action heavy. And I'll be blunt - if I hadn't already read the VN of this arc and seen the anime, I would not have been able to follow exactly what was going on a few times. I'm not talking about explaining it - god knows you shouldn't be able to do that by this point - but simply seeing the actions that the narrative was trying to show. This volume really suffered from that. It led to a really anticlimactic feel to some of the most important scenes, not just of the arc, but really of the entire series, as far as demonstrating Beatrice's motivations.
The rules have changed! While the cast, and setting remain the same, roles switch because of Battler's and Beatrice's chess match. Events play out completely different as they try to outwit one another. This variation is immensely more intriguing than the one-sided nature of Episode One, for it actually feels like Battler is facing an opponent, and the chess reference allows for back and forth play. Against such an overwhelming foe though, the chance of victory is slim, and hope quickly fades. This brutal play means the return of equally brutal murders that are depicted in quite a bit of detail. Both shadows and highlights are beautifully, or disturbingly effective, depending on the context. On the one hand the magic butterflies are enchanting, while Beatrice's twisted glee is the complete opposite; this artist is brilliant in both spheres.
Part two of two of the Turn of the Golden Witch chapter turned out a bit better then the first part in my opinion. In his chapter the overly resistant and appropriately named Battler continues his resistance to the Golden Witch Beatrice's insistence that the entirety of the first chapter was indeed her doing and it was done with magic(or at least that is what I got from it...it can be a little confusing at times.)Just don't be surprised that the book will have plenty of gore.One thing I can cling to in this chapter is the stories revolving around the relations of certain characters as the second reliving of night of the story comes to an end. It is interesting to be able to tell a character's point of perspective from different angles and not knowing who will die in the next chapter when it comes out. Battle on Battler-kun...the Banquet is soon upon us.
This round is a bit cruel and, indeed, one-sided. Rosa holds on to the end and protected Maria the best she could. The meal Beatrice prepared for her is by far the cruelest I've read (unlike Thomas Harris's Hannibal's cuisine which is completely different).And in the end we are introduced to Bern and Lambda! These two are scarier than Beatrice...
This was another really great volume. It was also a really sad one, I cried a few times. And we finally see the Stakes of Purgatory in flesh instead of the daggers/stakes they normally are.What happened to Battler near the end was quite disturbing, though I expected it, since I saw some wallpapers/scans with that art, but nonetheless still disturbing.Can't wait for the next book!
Rereading this makes my head hurt