Awesome Music: When They Cry
This series has its roots in sound novels, which is a subset of visual novels that puts extra focus on the music, so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that they have a lot of great music. Here's some of the top stuff.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni / When They Cry 1 & 2
Umineko no Naku Koro ni / When They Cry 3 & 4
- The defining song of the series would have to be You ~Destructive~. For added awesomeness, watch Akasaka's fight scene with this music.
- Of the Dear You character song remixes, Dear You ~Kizuna~ really stands out as the most beautiful and moving.
- Runner up is Kokoro Musubi for most emotional, especially Shion's part at the end.
- Yui is pretty powerful.
- Assault Operations is Awesome Music for Akasaka and Kasai, but Funny Music for Tomitake.
- The reason some of the scenes in Tsumihoroboshi were so powerful was because of Birth and Death. It got an equally heartbreaking remix in Umineko as My Dear.
- That, Uro and LIVE from Minagoroshi are otherwise known as TearJerking Music. (And yes, Uro was in the fanmade Onikakushi video.)
- Naraku no Hana is one of the most powerful and epic Anime Theme Songs ever.
- The two songs played in the climax of Tsumihoroboshi: Mienai Nanika ni Obieru Yoru and Samayoi no Kotoba wa Ten ni Michibikare.
- Or Zero, which played at the end of Tsumihoroboshi.
- Two of the most touching pieces in the soundtrack - Tsugunai no Kotoba and Hitori.
- Fearlessness lives up to its title.
- Incredibly badass music titled Cross-Examination? It seems Umineko isn't the only part of the series that's been playing too much Ace Attorney.
- The first opening, appropriately titled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, shows exactly what the mood of the first season is like.
- Kizuna's Angelic Bright and Matsuri's Complex Image.
- Also from the original visual novel, we have Gear, Rainy Days (for the feeling of "something's fishy here" done very, very well), and Silver Mirror, and Demonic Institute.
- "Dancers7". You can really feel your mind running at the speed of light along with with Keiichi's, when it plays during his planning of Teppei's murder in Tatarigoroshi.It is surprisingly cold and dark, with a hint of fury, as a murderer needs to be.
- Saigo No Cyclenote from Matsuribayashi is pretty epic, and Shukusai from the nail-ripping scene in the Visual Novel is ear-gratingly awesome.
- Utu helped make already creepy scenes that extra touch to really scare the players.
- Many of the image songs are also Awesome Music material, like Rika Furude's Mugen Kairou between the cute beginning and end note . Bon Karma is the Big Bad's Image song note , and also qualifies. Rena and Hanyuu's songs are perhaps more cute than awesome.
- Matsuribayashi's Being Shows Hanyuu's determination to fight fate and Takano in the final world, while Festival is the theme of the Watanagashi festival that arc.
- From Matsuri, "Free" is a HUGE Tear Jerker when it's played. "Hitori" is cute, but is just depressing when played in the Matsuri-only Taraimawashi-hen when Mion becomes a Comatose Canary, and in the end of Tatarigoroshi-hen.
- Shirokiri no Itadaki -Blanc Pur- (White Mist Peak -Pure White-) is cold, ominous, and incredibly fitting for the Yamainu's attack in Minagoroshi-hen.
- "Solitude from Meakashi-hen" gives off exactly the described feeling.
- "Confession" stands out as one of the most tear-jerking songs to incorporate You into it.
- And then there's "Conviction", which has the most beautiful and tear jerking piano opening ever.
- Depressive Paranoia gives you a hint of what it feels like to be in a dark room filled with torture tools, listening to the gruesome stories of a Nightmare Fetishist Psychopathic Womanchild. A background music in all its glory: it's discreet but it doubles the tension.
- In the MangaGamer version, Track 15 (replacing Dancers 7) and Track 16 (replacing Lies Lies Lies) do their job extremely well. The former as a cold-blooded, fast and furious murder theme, the latter as a downright depressing funeral song. They arguably work better than the original musics in their respective contexts.
- Ode to the Moon, a truly epic piano piece playing during Takano's A God Am I speech in Episode 7.
Opening and Ending Themes
This wouldn't be a proper listing of all the awesome music in Umineko without getting into its epic opening and ending themes.
- Il giudizio vien dal mare e sta per essere emesso! Nessuno può liberarsi dal peccato, che scorre nelle vene!
- Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, pure epicness (full version).
- Episodes 5 and 6's opening: Occultics no Majou (Occultics Witch).
- Kiri no Pitosu (Pithos in the Fog), opening for Episodes 7 and 8, and the full version.
- The ending themes in the Visual Novel:
- Bring the Fate (main story ending) and Prison STRIP (Tea Party ending) from Episode 1.
- The ending of Episode 2, Senritsu ~ shirabe. A slow, mysterious and enchanting song, quite in contrast with the endings after that.
- The ending song of episode 3, activepain is pretty cool and catchy.
- Discode, the ending from Episode 4, is oddly catchy.
- Tsubasa, version Hope from Episode 5.
- Suspicious Aroma from Episode 6.
- The ending theme of EP7: Namae no Nai Uta (The Song Without A Name). There's also its full version from the Noblesse Oblige album.
- And the grand ending theme, ''Byakumu no Mayu -Ricordando il passato-'' (Cocoon of White Dreams ~remembering the past~), a very beautiful and touching song that perfectly captures the Bittersweet Ending. If you don't end up in a sobbing mess when this song plays in the drowning scene, you're officially not a human being. Reading the lyrics just makes it worse.
- The opening of the fighting game, Ougon Musou Kyoku ~ Konjiki no Chi ni Somaru Mae ni (Dyed with Golden Blood).
- If there is ever a reason to be excited for the upcoming PS3 re-make, Majou to Suiri no Rondo, it would have to be its opening, Chikai Hibiki no Igreja.
- Ougon Musou Kyoku X's opening theme, Ougon no Kiseki wo Kanaeru Made (Fulfill the Golden Miracle), and its full version from the Dear Golden Witch album is just as epic as the opening of the PC version. It's instrumental version also serves as Black Battler's boss theme.
- And now we have the opening theme, Inanna no Mita Yume (Inanna's Dream), to the Chiru PS3 remake, Nocturne of Truth and Illusions. Its full version and the instrumental version from CROSS are equally awesome as well.
- Ougon's CROSS Expansion introduces It's Golden Showtime!, a song many would say is even better than its two predecessors.
Dai is the music director for the When They Cry
series, so unsurprisingly, several of the awesome tracks in the series also come from them:
- Happiness of Marionette.
- "Umaretekite Kureta Arigatou" ("Thank you for being born").
- And as of Episode 6 it has been epically remixed in Rebirth.
- Ride On.
- Mortal Stampede - simply epic.
- Tsubasa was mindblowingly awesome. The vocal version is the ending theme for Episode 5, but when you change those vocals to electric guitar you get a different but equally awesome remix.
- Endless Nine aka "Battler gets dangerous". Featuring Microsoft Sam!
- Dancing Pipe from Episode 3.
- The often forgotten OTHER piece from Episode 3's climax - the one that isn't Tsubasa, but is just as good: Lost Paradise. (Or is that Paradise Lost?)
- Revolt from Episode 4.
- Umineko is also so good at this that it makes piano-driven pieces into epic CMOA. See Answer (just wait about 40 seconds if you don't hear it) and dir.
- Answer got EXTENDED by about 40 seconds in the PS3 version.
- For more piano-y goodness, EP6's "Life".
- Another really wonderful one from the same game is ALIVE. There's a third track too in this game called "Rebirth." You noticing a pattern here?
- Promise, from Episode 5. Given it's less Awesome Music and more Tearjerking Music, if you know why...
- A great remix of "Happiness of Marionette" (with some "Promise" thrown in) called "Engage of Marionette". It's the last music you hear before the final credits roll.
- Final Answer from Episode 5.
- Still from Episode 5 is JUSTICE, which notably plays when Battler revives and ascends to the rank of Endless Sorcerer in the the Hidden Tea Party.
- Sakutaro's theme, Sakutarou no Ganbarimonogatari, which incorporates a marimba version of Door to Summer and happiness of marionette for a BGM so adorable that just listening to it will give you diabetes.
- And to be sure diabetes kill you for good, there is little Ange's theme, Nuigurumi, playing during the quizz mini-game in Episode 8.
- Dai's half of the OST, "Musicbox Blue" and "Musicbox Kiri no Pithos" (shared with Luck Ganriki), have a load of tracks that weren't used in the games yet at the time of its release; several of them have shown up in the games since, so the others may yet be used. Unfortunately, Oku and Black Knight were not among those that get into Twilight of the Golden Witch, but Hishou (Soar) did in Episode 8. Also, Black Knight is used in 7th Expansion's next big work, Rose Guns Days.
- Similarly, the previously unreleased track Mata Umarekawaru Hi Made (until the day we're reborn), a beautiful mix of Umaretekitekurete Arigatou and happiness of marionette.
- A song the title of which may be a thank you to all the readers of Umineko: Thanks of all people.
- From episode 6 we have the beautiful yet sad Loreley.
- Tomorrow's awesome orchestral arrangement in the Fighting game Ougon Musou Kyoku.
The doujin music composer ZTS also makes several tracks in Umineko, and they have the trademark of making at least one incredibly epic piece per episode.
- goldenslaughterer from Episode 1.
- worldenddominator from Episode 2.
- miragecoordinator from Episode 3.
- dreamenddischarger from Episode 4.
- resurrectedreplayer from Episode 5, a remix of goldenslaughterer with some bits of "Far" in the middle.
- Episode 6 brings us liberatedliberater.
- Another remix of goldenslaughter is the fantastic the_executioner in EP 7. The beginning sounds like the awakening of a dragon, prompting you to start running for your life.
- lastendconductor from Episode 8.
- From Episode 3, Far. Starts slow and sweet, then ascends to a really heartwarming violin piece. Its Episode 7 piano remix, Far (Flat), is equally awesome.
- Deadangle, and its breathtakingly pretty remix, Discolor.
- Death (from Stupefaction).
- Rain from EP7, a heartbreaking, melancholic song that fits its title.
- Ridicule, a fantastically creepy track from EP7.
- Dive to Emergency from EP4 wouldn't sound out of place in Naruto Shippuden.
- How about orchestral remixes of already fantastic tracks by Glasun-Neko?
- To start off, we have Organ Short #600 Million in C Minor, Beato's Leitmotif, and its remixes.
- HIBUTA from Episode 4 and its Ougon Musou remix, HIBUTA 2011.
- Smile-less soiree is a musical illustration of the stifling atmosphere on Rokkenjima from Episode 5.
- Deep Blue Jeer (Ao Shoku no Reishou), the leitmotif of the man from 19 years ago in Episode 5.
- Birth of a New Witch from Episode 6.
- Beatrice's Image Song, Golden Nocturne is pretty awesome by itself. So why not make it even more awesome by stripping the vocals and turning it into an awesome BGM?
- Usan no Kaori (Suspicious Aroma), and the vocal version used as Episode 6's ending theme.
- And of course, Happy Maria and its infamously incomprehensible lyrics (which, incidentally, has a totally badass rock version. Kihihihihihi!).
A composer from the Glasun-neko circle. Seems to provide mostly awesome orchestral themes.
And in a different register:
- First off, there's Dread of the Grave, Dread of the Grave -more fear-, Dread of the Grave (Rhythm), and Dread of the grave -more fear- (Remix).
- From the very beginning of episode 1, you have the heart-rending stillness of Slow Motion which feels like looking out a sunlit window, and catching sight of a solitary butterfly. Tekuteku Captures the regal, somber air of the Ushiromiya household.
- Among the epic piano music in the Umineko series, special honor goes to The End of the World.
- There's a vocal version as well that adds awesomeness to awesomeness.
- Kin'iro no Choushou ~Uruwashi no Bansan~. Basically, if Akiko Shikata sings it, it's guaranteed to be awesome.
- Proud Dust.
- Rog-Limitation is a very awesome piece from Episode 6.
- Black Liliana from Akiyama Uni, starting in Episode 2. With a impressive fan-made vocal version. And the equally impressive Melancolia version by Akiko Shikata (yes, her again).
- From the same composer, the tense and hot-blooded Nighteyes.
- Silver Forest's battle field, which plays during Kanon's Moment Of Awesome in Episode 6.
Nakanai Kimi to Nageki/Aganai no Sekai/Gensou
Doujin, but these music videos' (and their B-tracks') distribution is so commonplace among the fandom that they're somewhere between Fanon