While North America still have not had the concluding season for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai | When They Cry 2) released to its market, NIS America have today announced at its Otakon 2012 panel that they have acquired the licence to Umineko no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry 3).
This is an anime adaptation of the first four arcs in Ryokishi07′s mystery series where 18 people attend an annual conference on Rokkenjima Island and are subsequently murdered in a set of supernatural murders….. leaving the viewers to determine if this is done by the witch Beatrice or is done by human means.
This series will be released as Umineko: When They Cry, following the naming system of Yen Press’ manga releases of both Higurashi and Umineko. The 26-episode season will be released over two Premium Edition volumes starting this December on blu-ray. Expect to hear more about this soon…. but I am personally very ecstatic about this release!
Considered as the third installment in the highly popular “When They Cry” series by 07th Expansion, Umineko no Naku Koro ni takes place on the island of Rokkenjima (六軒島), owned by the immensely wealthy Ushiromiya family. As customary per year, the entire family is gathering on the island for a conference that discusses the current financial situations of each respective person. Because of the family head’s poor health, this year involves the topic of the head of the family’s inheritance and how it will be distributed.
However, the family is unaware that the distribution of his wealth is the least of Ushiromiya Kinzo’s (family head) concerns for this year’s family conference. After being told that his end was approaching by his longtime friend and physician, Kinzo is desperate to meet his life’s true love one last time: the Golden Witch, Beatrice. Having immersed himself in black magic for many of the later years in his life, Kinzo instigates a ceremony to revive his beloved upon his family’s arrival on Rokkenjima. Soon after, a violent typhoon traps the family on the island and a string of mysterious murders commence, forcing the eighteen people on the island to fight for their lives in a deadly struggle between fantasy and reality.
and who knows…. first step the anime series…. next step they manage to release both of Alchemist’s Playstation 3 game releases!