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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.

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Higurashi: When They Cry / When They Cry 1 & 2

    Higurashi: When They Cry 
  • Rainy Days (for the feeling of "something's fishy here" done very, very well)
  • Orange-Colored Time is perfectly representative of the peaceful, happy days at the start of the Question Arcs, and makes you regret that they can't last any longer.
  • Demonic Institute really gets intense terror across.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • Mienai Nanika ni Obieru Yoru is a rocking tune that first plays during the water gun fight at the start of Tsumihoroboshi. However, it is at its most awesome when it plays during the fight between Keiichi and Rena on the school's rooftop at the end of that same arc. The action, excitement, and hint of fun it conveys perfectly fits how the "fun" Rena has fighting with Keiichi manages to restore her sanity.
  • 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.
  • Mienu Mirai, an intense rock track with Japanese flute that plays during the breakout at the start of Meakashi and perfectly captures Shion's determination to escape the school.
  • For Rei, there's the OP "Super scription of data". Ties in to Rika's desires to find a world where she can beat fate.
  • For Gou, we now have the OP "I Believe What You Said". While it returns to the slightly creepy feeling of past openings, it keeps the rock ballad style to tie in with Rika, who had previously escaped her fate, once again being forced to fight for her life.
  • Gou's ending, "God's Syndrome," is an epic and mournful number about the helplessness and exhaustion Rika has come to feel on this endless journey she has gone through for all these years, with gorgeously rendered pastel illustrations depicting the joys and miseries of Hinamizawa in time with the music.

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.
  • The anime adaptation intro, Katayoku no Tori, features impressive Japanese and Italian vocals, lyrics that effectively match the imagery of the seriesnote  and an overall catchy tune.

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 (and Tear-jerking) 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.
  • goldenslaughterer, the "corpse discovery" theme. The deep synth at the start is the feeling of discovering the corpse of a loved one would sound like made into sound, while the orchestral strings, hard-hitting drum rhythm, and synth captures the feeling of dread that grows into a desire to find the culprit and tear them a new one.
  • resurrectedreplayer from Episode 5, a remix of "goldenslaughterer" with some bits of "Far" in the middle, combines synths, harpsichord, violins, and piano to make the perfect background music for a battle of wits.
  • Another remix of "goldenslaughterer" 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. The rest of the song also lets you know the characters are up against a massively powerful being.
  • 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.

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  • Infant Queen Bee from Episode 6 is equally awesome. The song plays during some of the most tragic situations, when all hope seems lost, and the truth of just how dire things are weight heavily on everyone involved. Notably, it plays right at the end of episode 7 during the tea party, in which the true story of what happened on the island is gleefully revealed to Ange by Bernkastel, who proceeds to gut Clair for good measure.
  • 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.

  • 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.

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