Umineko: When They Cry Anime To Be Released By NIS America

By Ishaan . July 28, 2012 . 10:29am

NIS America have licensed the anime adaptation of Umineko no Naku Koro ni (titled Umineko: When They Cry) for release in North America, they announced at Otakon this weekend. Originally aired in 2009, the series adapts the visual novel of the same name by 07th Expansion into 26 episodes.


Umineko When They Cry will be released in two Premium Edition volumes on Blu-ray this December. An exact price and release date have not yet been announced.

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  • Ace

    :D While the anime doesn’t hold a candle to the original sound novels, I hope this boosts the fanbase in the West and makes a possible official release of the sound novels (PS3 or PC version) more viable. Maybe NIS America is already planning on localizing the PS3 Umineko? :O

    • Barrylocke89

      The PS3 version seems a bit unlikely to me…but maybe they could release the PC version on Steam or something.

      • Guest

        and the fighting game

      • amagidyne

        I don’t know, Steam doesn’t seem to have any (Japanese) visual novels so far. Whether that’s because nobody wants to publish them or because Steam isn’t interested isn’t something I can prove one way or the other, but it’s probably the former.

        I guess it would be possible through the Greenlight system as long as they didn’t run into any licensing problems. Even if they didn’t, though, it seems very unlikely for this series. Think about it: The first chapter is five years old and the series already has (what looks like) a full fan translation readily and legally available online, endorsed by the author himself.

        For a title like this, the only western market will be a niche within a niche, and most of the people in that niche will have read it already.

        • Dokurochan

          It isn’t the former as both Jast USA and Mangagamer have admitted to contacting Steam in the hopes of publishing some of their visual novels there and so far neither company have heard back from Steam.

          If anybody were to officially license Umineko though, I’d say it would be Mangagamer simply because they already have a working relationship with 07th Expansion from having previously released Higurashi.

          • mangagamer butchered higurashi beyond repair by removing key pieces of soundtrack, background music, and extra features…I kinda hope they don’t license it.

          • They had no choice. All about copyrights. They didn’t butcher anything, they just released what they could.

          • cj_iwakura

            There’s a very likely urban legend that Valve do not like visual novels.

  • DarkWaterClone

    I hope this sells well so then NISA will bring out the Visual Novel next. I am a big fan of When the Seagulls cry. So this is cool news.

    • Guest

      and the fighting game

  • I can’t wait!! >W<


    • Alex Sargeant

      Well.. all the games are already translated with the blessing of 07th Expansion so that might be a bit odd.

      With that said, if they can strike a deal between the three to release a commercial version of the translated script that would be really awesome. Unless you mean the PS3 game and the fighting game, in which case you are absolutely right.

      • I basically mean the PS3/PSP games for PSN and the fighting game, yes.

        While the PC games would be cool, I think they’d get more worth out of the updated games. They might be able to at least collaborate with Witch Hunt in order to ease the translation process, as well.

        And the fighting game? Definitely. In fact, I think that’s exactly where NISA should start, since the normal games are rather non-game entities.

  • Xapth

    I’ve gotta say, the opening to the anime is one of my favorite openings of all time.

    Also, yay!

    edit: Woahhhh woahhh woahh, totally thought this was news about the visual novels.
    My brain was seeing what it wanted to see instead of the reality. ಠ_ಠ

  • ivanchu77


    Now let´s hope it becomes successful so we can get the PS3 game too

  • Nicolas Vasquez

    i had an orgasmic sensation when i missunderstood this as NIS bringing the PSP or PS3 novel,or maybe the figthing game, but while the novel is a masterpiece, the anime is one of the worst adapted to the point they considered to not release all the DVD/BDs.

    • Locklear93

       That’s unfortunate.  They made a similarly bad choice with Persona Trinity Soul.  I couldn’t force my way through that.

    • malek86

      They didn’t want to release all the discs? What was the deal with that?

      • Nicolas Vasquez

         poor reception and sales, the story was messed up, and the animation had lot of issues that were not fixed in the disc releases, i can see here that some people did enjoy it, and its okay, but the general opinion was the opposite.


     Hmmm havent bought any NISA anime yet… thinking about kimi ni todoke and pandora hearts though. :P

    • Toradora is pretty solid. That reminds me, I still need to finish the last 2 episodes… 

      • Zonic505

        Agreed. Toradora is a pretty good anime. I’d totally recommend it.

  • riceisnice

    Do these DVDs actually sell well enough over here? I mean… You know why…


    Good god, why. Just… why.

  • Ricardo C

    My first reaction to this made me think they’re going to release the PS3 games but when I looked more closely it was an announcement to the anime. Grr. I was fooled xD

  • AzuNo17

    Get in here if you haven’t yet. Releasing the anime first… NISA you’re just asking for it.

    Edit: First time I saw this it wasn’t that big of a movement. Seeing it now as the biggest thread in the Game Request forum for NISA. *_* hot damn

  • Darkrise

    I felt a jolt in my head when I first read it as the VN being released. But that’s too much to hope for I guess.

  • SupaPhly

    I know i’m going to sound like a hipster or something, but just play the sound novel instead. The anime is probably one of the worst adaptions I’ve seen.


  • Rocket D

    Great, I really enjoy this series. Looking forward to this release. Now if we could just get the games localized…

  • AJ

    I find it kind of funny that NIS decided to bring over an anime adaptation that was panned not only by critics, but fans alike.  In addition to that, it sold worse than deep fried toilet paper in Japan.

    I hated this anime, I didn’t like the sound novels overall either, yet the sound novels would have been a better choice to localize.

    • Agreed. It’s one of those things when fans put Studio DEEN on quarantine, because of their weird direction in producing an anime. Everyone and their dog knows about the FSN anime, which was still serviceable in the end. The movie….Jesus…

      Oh, and just in case you wanted to forget: Endless Eight.

      Still, the anime was still “okay” to me since I’m wasn’t a fan. Probably won’t be though…

      • Andrew Strozier

        I remember watching Endless Eight week after week, and I kept thinking that this is all some huge joke, and the REAL episodes are being aired on some other channel, or they’re going to make the season 6 episodes longer to make up for it. I still haven’t watched anything else Haruhi-wise after that second season, even though I was a massive fan of the first.

        •  I don’t mean to be pedantic, but Haruhi Suzumiya was animated by Studio Kyoto, not DEEN.

    • Erica Lovelace

      I’m not going to deny that the anime was completely awful. Hated every second of it, and I’m glad they never tried to do Chiru. But at the same time, this is probably a sounding board to see if Umineko’s popular enough to bring the other merchandise over. I’ll still buy it just for the possibility of getting Ougon Musou Kyoku or the PS3/PSP novelizations in the future.

      • Morricane

        They did not try to do Chiru *yet* :)
        If my memory serves correct, the last episode of Chiru wasn’t even out when the anime was running…?

        • cj_iwakura

          Maybe they’re looking for a studio that doesn’t suck.

        • Erica Lovelace

          Neither 7 nor 8 were out at the time, but they’ve had plenty of time between now and then to do the rest. I agree with cj_iwakura, they’re probably looking for someone not Studio DEEN to do it.

      • Speedo Redempteur

        Chiru is probably impossible to animate .

        Spoilers below

        Infinite library ?
        Featherine killing people and deciding afterward how she did it ?
        The golden land fall ?
        The wedding ?

        ^^ all very hard to impossible to animate.

        NOt to mention all those freaking twisted closed rooms in ep 7 & 8

        yes those are spoilers

        • Erica Lovelace

          Difficult, but not impossible. I don’t know about you, but when I was reading it, I could picture it pretty well.

          !! More spoiler talk !!

          An infinite library’s easy to do if you get some sort of fractal going if someone looks over the railing. Otherwise, just show the specific part that the characters are in. No need to zoom out to show just how far it goes on. Just have someone comment, as I believe someone did in the VN, about how infinite it is.

          Featherine’s bit would probably be something along the lines of freezing time, then show the body dying in whichever way is up as she’s talking. Or freezing time, showing the body dying, then having her say what a good idea it is and have a floating quill write it in a book.

          The Golden Land part would just have to create a big scar in the fabric of the metaworld, and that’s just like animating any old portal.

          As for the wedding? Come on. It’s pretty much the Chiru version of Turn’s ending banquet. Have a whole lot of goats and witches, some Siestas hiding up in the chandeliers, a zoom in on Battler’s hand to show the ring’s thorns biting in, and all that jazz. The characters handle the rest of the exposition about what the wedding symbolizes.

          The closed rooms would be tricky, but also doable.

  • You know the fans might lynch NISA if they don’t release the game in some incarnation beyond the horrible anime. Especially if a bunch of them buy said anime in the hopes of getting a license…NISA probably got the licensing rights to Umineko for almost nothing as well and what people don’t realize is that the anime itself is incomplete. I’ll be one of the ones to buy it but I’m not going to give myself false hope.

    • Erica Lovelace

      Well, a lot of people who only know the localized versions of anime don’t know that Higurashi isn’t complete either. I’ve had to explain it to a handful of people before, and it’s frustrating. Low sales killed that, and they’ll kill this one too if people don’t support localization of any Umineko media.

      • Ricardo C

        It’s really Funimation’s fault for not doing anything to promote Higurashi in the first place. Yeah sure there was some little still ads on the net but they never made a single effort to promote it like they do with most of their anime like make a trailer for example. They never once updated the official website they had for it with the exception of character bio/profiles.

        I remember reading at CruncyRoll that they said they wont be releasing any “horror anime” anymore and wont be releasing any Higurashi related series like Umineko, Higurashi Kai, etc, what the hell do they think Shiki is? A anime where everyone is happy running around saying “kawaii desu” and showing their boobies and fan-service crap? Hell no, it’s a freaking horror anime for crying out loud! You lie so much Funimation xD

        •  That wouldn’t stop most of Geneon’s title’s from going out of print, especially Higurashi.

        • ZEROthefirst

          <.< Don't remind me of Higurashi's English dub. I don't want to scratch at my ears again to get those horrible VAs out of my head.

  • I love the Higurashi & Umineko franchise, both visual novel and anime. I’m glad the Umineko anime is finally licensed! Unlike some people, I enjoyed it and it’s one of my favorites.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Considering, i watch the anime first and then moves to the VN there, i kinda like the anime here lol and owning the anime set here should not be bad thing.^_^

    Well hope that this release will increase the number of fans for the series and allow more of the series being translated here.^_^

  • This I will be buying =)

    • Testsubject909

      I saw random clips on Youtube and damn, this show is morbid as all hell.

      Sadistic, gruesome, disturbing… Makes me want to watch it.

      • cj_iwakura

        Don’t. Play the VN. The anime butchers the story.

  • Morricane

    Another half-assed (=overly rushed) adaption of a VN…so far, the best VN adaption is probably Steins;Gate. That one was fun *even though* I had already read it.

  • Anesia Hunter

    They’re kind of late, since everyone watched it years ago and just been waiting for umineko no naku koro ni chiru to be made into an anime.

    i think it would have been better for them to localize the ps3 version or the VNs.

    • That’s probably not going to happen. Either, that is. Visual novels, even ones that have a gameplay element like 999, don’t do well outside of Japan and as far as I have heard from people in Japan there isn’t much interest in making a second season, especially after so long.

  • klkAlexar

    So I guess I’m in the minority when I say I did enjoy the anime, but then again I’m not familiar with the original source. 

    • mirumu

      I enjoyed it a lot too despite Studio Deen’s antics. Hope it sells well enough to encourage a localization of the PS3 game.

    • artemisthemp

      Enjoy the Anime also and would like the PS3 Localized

    • For the most part the animated series was alright, but for reasons that completely escape me they decided to keep the last few episodes of the series exactly the same as the fourth game even though that was the part of the story that really dragged things down and made it boring.

  • cj_iwakura

    Oh god, why. The anime is HORRIBLE. Someone localize the VN, please. Save yourself the trouble of localizing this tripe.

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