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: When They Cry / When They Cry 1 & 2

Umineko: When They Cry / When They Cry 3 & 4

    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.
  • Katayoku no Tori features impressive Japanese and Italian vocals, lyrics that effectively match the imagery of the seriesnote  and an overall catchy tune. As one commenter put it, "Is this where the whole budget went into?"

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:
  • 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?)
  • Really, all of the songs with little parts of "Hope" are good. More precisely: Tomorrow, Core, White Shadow, and My Dear.
  • 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... The PS3 Version has a new remake of Promise.
  • 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.
  • 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 07th Expansion's next big work, Rose Guns Days.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Luck Ganriki 

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  • Solitary Deep Sea Fish, which plays when Battler utters his catchphrase in EP5 after everyone in the parlor labels Natsuhi as the culprit.

     Kitaōji Mizuki 
A composer from the Glasun-neko circle. Seems to provide mostly awesome orchestral themes.

  • 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.
  • En-Counse, the slow, sweet, and melancholic piece used for Tohya/ Battler in the eighth game.

  • Surrounding is one of the most badass pieces in the game's music history, as it feels like that moment when the character is going to reveal their true strength and start kicking ass. The piano chord at 1:25 is the best part of the song.
  • A Single Moment, Featherine's Leitmotif besides Love Examination.
  • Where creates the feeling of wandering through a mystical jungle late at night.

    Other composers 

    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 and Canon.