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Starting from the end of the third arc, Umineko: When They Cry introduces characters from the year 1998 which are observing the game board of Rokkenjima, 1986. These characters cannot interfere directly with the game board, but help put into perspective the effects of the events on the island on the future. Naturally, major spoilers for the third arc onward.


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    Ange Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP)
"Leave the jokes to your hairstyle."

Battler's half-sister. She was only six in 1986, and didn't go to Rokkenjima with the rest of her family due to flu. The one we see has grown up in a world where everyone except Eva died in the Rokkenjima incident. She started to learn some magic from Maria. After the third arc, she becomes Ange-Beatrice and in a deal with Bernkastel, agrees to travel back to 1986 Rokkenjima in order to change the events to make it so that everyone does make it back. She later on serves as Featherine's miko, which for the most part consists of reading Featherine the stories of Rokkenjima.

  • Action Girl: Heck, she doesn't even need her magic to beat down a horde of Mooks in EP3, and that's just her introduction.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was mercilessly bullied and shunned by her schoolmates at St. Lucia Academy.
  • Always with You: In EP8, Ange comes to understand that even though her entire family is dead, they will forever be watching over her in spirit, so she now knows she will never be truly alone and she must live a happy life on their behalf too. This is what allows her to resurrect everyone in the final battle and defeat Bernkastel.
  • Angst Coma: After denying the Stakes of Purgatory.
  • Anti-Magic: One of her powers in the Meta-World, expecially when she allies with Erika as the Witch of Truth.
  • Audience Surrogate: In Dawn, with Featherine playing the part of the Author Avatar.
  • Alternate Timeline: Due to the VN's Multiple Endings, Ange essentially meets one of two fates. In the "Magic" ending, she averts her suicide attempt, cuts a deal with Okonogi that allows her to leave her Ushiromiya name behind, and goes on to become a successful children's author who reopens the Fukuin household. In the "Trick" ending, Ange returns to the EP 4 timeline, but catches on to Amakusa's plan to murder her, so she murders him and the boat captain instead, choosing to live on as a ruthless intellectual rapist. The manga follows the "Magic" ending timeline, with the wrinkle that Ange actually did unsuccessfully attempt suicide before the events of the ending transpired.
  • Big Brother Attraction: While Ange doesn't display this in the series proper, bonus material such as this one and manga omakes sure like to have its fun parodying it.
    Unlike back in onii-chan's time, girls nowadays send chocolates to even just normal friends.
    My chocolate is handcrafted, and for some reason I've shaped it into a heart, but don't overthink… there's nothing special behind it.
  • Big Brother Worship: Despite not getting to see Battler much when growing up due to his conflict with their father, Ange clearly adores her brother and holds her memories of him dear.
  • Big "NO!": Cuts off Bernkastel's declaration of "This is the truth—" regarding the play that was just shown to both Ange and Lion. Bernkastel later clarifies that what she meant to say was "This is the truth, but not necessarily so", so but given that she's...well...Bernkastel...
  • Biting the Handkerchief: In one of the endings of Golden Fantasia.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Being that she is Battler's sister, there's "Ah, dame da. Zenzen dame da" (Ah, it's useless. All useless) and "Mata ja. See you again" or in the anime translation "Au revoir". Also in the Trick ending, just before shooting Amakusa: "Just by the presence of this gun, see how far Ushiromiya Ange's reasoning can take her. What do you think, everyone…?". Soon followed by a tagteam "GOOD!!" with Erika.
  • Break the Cutie: She already went through this when she was younger after finding out her family died, but she continues to be broken even after she stops being a "cutie".
  • Broken Bird: Long ago, she was a cheerful little girl. Losing her family at a young age, a miserable relationship with her aunt and caretaker Eva and horrible bullying from her classmates made Ange into a stoic and lonely Deadpan Snarker obsessed with the truth of the Rokkenjima incident.
  • Bullying a Dragon: She is alone, unarmed, without her bodyguard, surrounded by an aunt who thoroughly hates her and seven of her armed henchmen. What does she choose to do? Insult said aunt and push every Berserk Button she can find on her. And she continues even as she is beat up on the ground. A few minutes later, the situation is reversed.
  • Bungled Suicide: In the "future" segments of EP4, it's said Ange survived her jump from the building thanks to being caught by a safety net. However, given the heavy mixture of fantasy in those segments it's very hard to tell how much of what is happening there is true or whether Ange is even still alive or not. The Magic ending of the VN averts her suicide attempt entirely, while in the ending of the EP8 manga, Ange gets caught by a safety net when she attempts suicide in the real world and everything we see her go through is her Near-Death Experience.
  • Butt-Monkey: Seriously, from a fantasy perspective the series for her can be summed up as "get your life ruined, make a contract with a witch, die a horrible death, be revived, rinse and repeat."
  • Car Cushion: During her escape from Okonogi's office.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the manga of Episode 4, she makes a complete fixation on Battler whenever she remembers her family. She also gets a major Big Brother Attraction case parodied in the "story so far" segments in Episode 6 and other extra materials.
  • Character Name Alias: Gretel, when she has to hide her identity to Battler in the Meta World.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the first two arcs, Ange is only offhandedly mentioned as Battler's half-sister who is sick at home and couldn't go to the family meeting because of it. It's until the end of the third arc that she starts to take an important role in the story.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Beatrice makes some remark about this in Episode 8, when little Ange clings to Battler's leg while staring suspiciously at her.
    Beatrice: Oh? I see, she may be 6 years old, but she's still a woman.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: One of the biggest ones in the series, which is saying something. Towards the end of EP4, as punishment for exposing her true identity, Ange had her body plucked from behind bit by bit with painful tools that picked at her flesh as they twisted and tore it off until she was nothing but a pile of meat scraps. To say Battler was pissed at his little sister being put through this is a big understatement.
  • The Cynic: She only sees the worst in people and doesn't let herself be fooled by Maria's sugar-coated fantasies in the latter's diary, always interpreting them in the most negative way possible.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: While she was already sad and lonely from losing her family and her relationship with Eva, Ange really got her cynical outlook after her classmates' merciless bullying forced her to recognize even her "magic" wouldn't change the cruel reality she lived in.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: In Ougon Musou Kyouku, X and Cross. And the manga.
  • Dark Messiah: What she becomes in the "Trick" ending by murdering all her possible opponents and choosing to become an intellectual rapist, just like Erika.
  • Dead All Along:
    • Or something… in Episode 8, Bernkastel states clearly that Ange surviving her jump is a miracle that cannot possibly occur, implying that everything Ange did in Episode 4 was All Just a Dream. But the 1998 part of Episode 4 can hardly be dismissed as just someone's imagination, let alone Battler's, considering he knew nothing of Ange's situation, the Sumadera, Okonogi or Amakusa. Made even worse by the manga, which confirms in red that "Ange Ushiromiya dies without fail in 1998".
    • The manga makes it more clear near the end: Ange did jump off the building, but she indeed was caught by the safety net and survived. Everything she goes through in the Meta world is her spirit which ended up in Purgatory due to her Near-Death Experience. Bernkastel's statement in red refers to Ange abandoning the Ushiromiya name and becoming Yukari Kotobuki.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Under her Stoic facade she's extremely angry and bitter at pretty much everything, and this is how she chooses to show it.
  • Dead Person Conversation: She has conversations with Maria's ghost. However, from a mundane perspective, Maria is just her Imaginary Friend.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: She remembers her parents dearly and part of the reason she refused to accept Eva as her new mother was because she doesn't think anyone could ever replace her parents. Subverted to the maximum in EP 7, and reconstructed in EP 8.
  • Dramatic Irony: The audience knows from the outset that "Gretel" is Battler's little sister from the future, Ange. The Reveal is suitably shocking to Battler.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: Back at St. Lucia Academy, Ange spent lunchtime all by herself, with only Maria and the Stakes of Purgatory (who clearly weren't real) to make her company.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her entrance at end of EP3 ????, and later jumping out of the skyscraper and surviving or so it seems.
  • Evil Costume Switch: The PS3 version gives her a dress fitting the name "Beatrice" during her little rampage. It wasn't kept in the manga, though. What the manga did however, was to give her a Good Costume Switch during the Episode 8 climax (a similar dress, but golden instead of purple).
  • Exact Eavesdropping: In the manga only; in Episode 8, she overhears Rudolf telling the truth to Kyrie about Battler's birth, during the game of hide-and-seek. This is where it's confirmed that Ange already knew she and Battler are full siblings and about the baby switch made by Rudolf since it was no longer a secret in 1998.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Has a brief one in EP8, when Battler tries to prevent her from discovering the One Truth about Rokkenjima and she allies with Bernkastel and Erika.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: She's not Battler's half-sister, but his full sister. Battler's real mother is Kyrie, but Rudolf switched Battler with Asumu's stillborn child.
  • For Happiness: Ange decides this must be her purpose to live on in Episode 8. Ange realizes she must live a happy life on behalf of her deceased family and she must use the magic she learned from Beatrice and Maria to better her life and make others happy with it.
  • Fountain of Youth: She spends a good chunk of the eighth arc as her six-year-old self, symbolically representing her lack of ability to move on from the Rokkenjima murders.
  • Friendless Background: Ange grew up with no friends because every girl who was around her age only wanted to bully her. The only friends Ange had were Maria and the Stakes of Purgatory, until she recognized they were mere delusions she created to support herself and denied them.
  • Friend to All Children: In the epilogue, Ange is sponsoring the reopened Fukuin House. She's shown to be good with the children there and teaches them about magic to find happiness.
  • Future Badass: The cute little six-year old grows up to be Ange-Beatrice, the Witch of Resurrection.
  • Game-Breaker: Invoked. The reason for the condition of not telling her name to Battler is that Lambdadelta considered her as this. She wasn't far from being right considering the effect of her Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Ange is a masculine name in France, although giving it to a girl would probably not be shocking.
  • Girlish Pigtails: The variation mentioned on the page. She had them when she was little and she still wears her hair that way now, which is noted as being odd.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Upon learning the one and only truth of the Rokkenjima incident, Ange completely loses it, refuses to acknowledge it and commits suicide by jumping off the building. In the visual novel, she just sort of gets over it immediately, but in the manga she only gets better thanks to Sayo/Beatrice's Rousing Speech to inspire Ange to find the strength to live on even after finding out such horrible truth, unlike what Sayo did.
  • Gratuitous English: Have a nice dream. See you in hell.
  • Greek Chorus: With Featherine in EP6.
  • Hair Decorations: Ange's pink double-orbs which aren't just for show and supposedly hold her magical power which is, of course, just a delusion.
  • Happily Failed Suicide: The manga reveals Ange's suicide attempt indeed failed and she was caught by a safety net. Despite now having no family left and knowing the truth of Rokkenjima, Ange's experiences in the Meta world and knowing her family will always be watching over her give her the will to live on and find happiness.
  • Heroic BSoD: In EP7 when she finds out that according to Bernkastel her parents are heartless, greedy murderers, her mother has never cared about her and only saw her as a way to keep Rudolf in line and also that Eva, who she had despised for twelve years because of the neglect and abuse she was put through, only acted cruelly to keep her from finding out this truth.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: As a last-ditch effort to snap Battler out of the funk caused by him finding out that Asumu isn't his mother in EP4, Ange reveals herself as his little sister from the future who has always been waiting for him to return home. By the rules of the game, Ange is then brutally ripped to shreds and thrown out of the game board.
  • Hime Cut: She has the traditional hairstyle one would expect from the member of a prestigious family like the Ushiromiya.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Ange really seems to hang out with the wrong crowd. First Bern and then Featherine. Not to mention, apparently Amakusa. And according to EP7, even her own parents. She also terribly misjudged Eva, it would seem. Finally in EP8, she teams up with all the established metaworld villains, if only to fulfill her own needs. Needless to say, she is wary of them this time around.
  • I Reject Your Reality: After learning the truth and being told in red that it's the truth, she denies it anyway. Whatever it is, it's that horrible. This becomes very important in the ending. See Story-Breaker Power below.
    • The manga goes for a more complex and profound take on it: Ange does accept the horrible truth of the Rokkenjima incident. However, from it and understanding the truth of her family's hearts, Ange creates her own truth of how she understands her family wasn't perfect, but she knows they weren't monsters and they will live on inside her heart.
  • Ill Girl: She was this when she was younger, as she would fall ill quite often. This is the reason why she's the last surviving Ushiromiya, since she was too sick to go to the family conference with everyone else that year.
  • Image Song: entreat.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Ange attempts to throw herself off a building at the end of EP3 to be with her dead parents and brother, but Bernkastel stops her.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": French readers will likely read her name as "anj" (which is a real French name); it's actually pronounced "enjé".
  • It's Personal: In EP8, Ange's motive begins to change largely from finding out the truth to exposing Eva's crime, and she begins to admit that she will devote her life to getting revenge on Eva.
  • It Was a Gift: Her pink double-orbs were given to her by Battler, who won them from a crane machine game, and despite how cheap they look she still wears them in memory of him.
  • Jerkass Realization:
    • As Ange comes to understand what Maria's "magic" really is, she realizes how cruel she was to Maria when they were children. Ange mocked Maria for keep acting like her stuffed toys are her friends when they aren't even real. Ange gets to see how that must have deeply hurt Maria's heart given that she attacked Maria's one coping mechanism.
    • In the final arc, Ange understands she was horrible to Eva for rejecting her and placing all the blame on her when she finds out Eva was the one protecting her from the truth all along.
  • Kick Chick: Ange almost exclusively uses kicks on Ougon Musoukyouku, somewhat justified in that her hands are occupied with Maria's diary, which doesn't really makes a good weapon.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: How she comes across in EP8, especially in the manga. She refuses to accept the version of the Ushiromiya Family presented to her, exclaiming over and over again they were not like this. Battler, who created this board, asks how she could really know what they were like since she was a six-year-old the last time she saw all of her family together, and that all her knowledge of the family comes from Silent Scapegoat Eva, Creepy Child Maria's diary, and everything else was provided by nasty gossip and slander. She's basically let her bitterness warp her perception of the Ushiromiyas, even if pretty much all of them have done things that make their image absolutely justified.
  • Last Request: In EP4, right after her Heroic Sacrifice, she only asks Battler to make sure to win the game and return home to where his little sister is.
  • Laughing Mad: Episode 8, after learning the truth of Rokkenjima.
  • Leitmotif: The heart-tearing Wingless. In Episode 8, little Ange has Nuigurumi (stuffed toy).
  • Lethal Chef: Implied in the TIP "Beatrice's White Day", when Beatrice orders the Chiester Sisters to destroy Ange's pancakes.
    Ange: That's me for you… I didn't know that over-cooked pancakes could explode. No wonder I had terrible grades in cooking classes.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Despite her social standing and wealth, she is shunned and bullied by everyone in her class.
  • Mad Dreamer: She tries to be this in EP4 under Maria's guidance in order to cope with her troubles at school, but it doesn't end well for her.
  • Magic Skirt: Expecially notable in the manga and in action scenes.
  • Male Gaze: Considering that her skirt doesn't cover much, her appearances in the manga have a suspicious amount of low angle shots behind her. Some of them can make you doubt that she is wearing anything under there (let's not start about the cover of the first volume for Episode 8).
  • Meanwhile, in the Future...: In Episode 4 there are two incarnations of her, one with Battler on the gameboard of 1986 (if you suppose the meta-world is real), the other getting info and travelling to Rokkenjima in 1998. And in a weird take on the trope, her actions in the future impact her "piece" self in the past, rather than the opposite… Episode 8 is more ambiguous, as the gameboard seems to be out of time rather than in the past.
  • Miko: She becomes Featherine's miko.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: The option she takes in the Trick Ending.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In EP8, she pulls a Face–Heel Turn and nearly destroys the Golden Land that Battler and Beatrice created together in order to obtain the truth. However, she eventually realizes the damage she is causing by throwing away her only chance at happiness, and teams up with Battler and Lambdadelta to keep Bernkastel from completing that damage.
  • Mysterious Protector: An oddball female, non-romantic example. Although the non-romantic part is arguable.
  • Nephewism: After her parents died in Rokkenjima, Ange was put under the care of her aunt Eva. Eva initially tried to be good to Ange, but Ange rejected Eva and accused her of being the killer of her real parents. This caused their relationship to fall apart and both ended up hating each other until the end.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: It's actually not so much her hair that she's sensitive about, but rather the hair ornaments, which are her main mementos of Battler. The effect is the same in the manga, though.
  • No Infantile Amnesia: In the EP8 manga, Ange has a brief flashback of the good moments with her family when she was still a baby.
  • Not So Different: To Sayo Yasuda/Beatrice, lampshaded heavily in the manga. Both wanted to be the closest women to Battler and be with him forever, but are abandoned and possibly forgotten by him. Both resent and blame at least one of their parent figures (Kinzo for Sayo and Eva for Ange). Both were severely bullied. Both used "magic" as escapism. Both have given up on life and wanted to commit suicide. In the manga, Beatrice lampshades the similarity herself, saying both of them could have had a happy life had they faced reality and chosen a path they could not see.
  • Off to Boarding School: Eva placed her in St. Lucia Academy, the same school Shion escaped from.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Her life has been a living hell ever since her parents died and she was raised by her abusive aunt instead. Not helped by being surrounded by Jerkasses in a Boarding School of Horrors.
  • Parental Abandonment: She lost her parents when she was six years old.
  • Pen Name: After becoming a writer, Ange assumes the name Yukari Kotobuki.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Thanks to the rather difficult life she's had, she hardly ever smiles.
  • Plot Coupon: The key Battler gives her in the eighth arc.
  • Redemption Quest: Ange eventually decides that this is her purpose for going back to Rokkenjima.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Averted. From the beginning, Eva acknowledged that she couldn't be a replacement for Ange's parents to her anymore than Ange could be a replacement for George, but that they should try to be happy regardless. And then Bernkastel came into the picture
  • Schrödinger's Butterfly: There is some ambiguity as to whether her adventures with Amakusa are real, written by someone else or she is just imagining the whole thing at the top of the skyscraper. The manga sort of confirms it was all her spirit adventuring in the Purgatory as a result of her Near-Death Experience when she jumped off the building.
  • Secret Identity: In EP4, Ange is brought to the Rokkenjima game board by Bernkastel, but she's forbidden from telling Battler her true identity because Lambdadelta thought that it could make Ange too much of an advantage for the anti-fantasy side. When she does spell out the truth, Cruel and Unusual Death ensues.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Her reason for traveling back in time was to change the events of 1986 so everyone could come back. Ultimately subverted: by the end of the series, most of the people who were on the island are dead and nothing will change that. Ange comes to accept this and makes her personal mission to make the best out of her future despite all the tragic events that lead to it.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Battler. Aside from the obvious Hot-Blooded / Sugar-and-Ice Personality difference, they view the Rokkenjima scenario in completely opposite ways. Battler refuses to accept any magic explanation, yet doesn't naturally suspect anyone he knows and resists accusing when the circumstances try to force him to. Ange accepts the existence of witches, but is naturally suspicious of everyone and determined to indict Eva for everything that went wrong with her life.
  • Significant Anagram: In the hidden Tea Party of Episode 8, decades later, she becomes a famous fantasy author, "Yukari Kotobuki" (寿 ゆかり). Considering "Yukari" can also be spelled as 縁, if you do that and switch it around with 寿, you get "Ange" (縁寿).
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Ange speaks to Beatrice during their fight in EP8 that she understood all along that Battler was trying to teach her that keeping the memories of her family in her heart meant they would always be with her - only so she can then say that it's pure idealistic bullshit. It isn't.
  • Sins of Our Fathers:
    • A lot of the reason that Eva becomes so miserable toward Ange is because Rudolf and Kyrie—Ange's parents—were the ones responsible for killing the entire rest of the family.
    • Kasumi mercilessly beats up Ange due to a grudge over how Kyrie treated her.
    • A big epiphany for her in Episode 8 is understanding that the whole Rokkenjima massacre is the result of a long chain of this, instead of being the work of a single villain.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: A good half of her dialogue with Erika in Episode 8 consists of this.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: After her Heroic Sacrifice in EP4, Ange apologizes to Battler for in the end not having been able to help him in the game as much as she would have liked.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The translators had a debate on how to spell her alias "Yukari Kotobuki", debating on whether to preserve the wordplay in the original Japanese in the translation or keep it as it is without an explanation.
  • Stepford Snarker: While she's very snarky and indifferent most of the time, as the series goes on it becomes clear that she acts this way to hide a lot of her issues.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Her witch powers evolve into this near the end of the eighth arc during the fight with Bernkastel. Just like Battler's fervent denial of the existence of magic affords him Endless Nine, Ange's refusal to accept everyone's deaths causes her to realize her power as the Witch of Resurrection and bring every character back, even making them immune to the red truths that stated that they died. This culminates in a unified assault that finally defeats Bernkastel.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's often aloof, cynical and sarcastic, but she reveals a much more human and compassionate side as you get to know her. In the Magic ending and its epilogue, her personality softens considerably, and she becomes a warm-hearted person throughout.
  • Summon Magic: Ange can summon the 7 stakes and Sakutarou to fight for her on Ougon Musoukyouku.
  • Survivor Guilt: She often thinks that it would have been better for her to have gone to Rokkenjima with her family and have died with them.
  • That Woman Is Dead: This is what Bernkastel's statement in red "Ange Ushiromiya dies without fail in 1998" in EP8 manga really meant. After returning to her future, Ange decides that the Ange who is obsessed with the past has to die to give birth to a new Ange who looks into the bright future. Ange then abandons the Ushiromiya name and becomes an author under the name Yukari Kotobuki.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers an utterly scathing one to Kasumi in the fourth arc.
  • Throw the Book at Them: One of her attacks on Ougon Musoukyouku — it must be heavy, because it has a slow wind-up and a heavy whallop.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: By the end of the series, Ange has gone from a bitter Perpetual Frowner to a much more lively and open-minded girl who smiles often.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: In Episode 8, Ange learns to let go of the past and all her suffering so she can finally move on with her life and become happy because she now knows her family will always be with her in her heart.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her barrettes, which were a prize Battler won for her.
  • Tritagonist: One could say that after Battler and Beatrice, Umineko is also Ange's story. She's the main character of the "future" part of the story, in which she's looking for the answers of what really in Rokkenjima. The final arc in particular is centered around giving Ange some closure regarding her obsession with the truth and the loss of her family, as well as her finding the resolve to finally move on with her life.
  • Try and Follow: Ange appears to have a penchant for this. She does it on at least two separate occasions, although on the first one she really was, initially, Driven to Suicide.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Three times, as a matter of fact. She gets turned into meat scraps at the end of EP4 and EP7 and once again after she commits suicide in EP8. And the next time we see her she's fine and well. This might be justified because all this happens in the Meta world, though the manga claims that she did in fact unsuccessfully attempt suicide.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Bernkastel in EP4 and EP8.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Cheerful and ridiculously cute when she was 6. The death of her family and her strained relationship with Eva afterwards made her the cold, bitter and sarcastic young woman she is now.
  • The Watcher: Featherine delays Ange's arrival on Rokkenjima (and eventual real-world death) so that she could observe Battler's game and read it to her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ange accuses Battler of hiding what really happened on Rokkenjima from her in EP8, as she is far more interested in learning the truth than remembering the happy times she had with her family. She eventually takes it back when she realizes that he wasn't as completely in the wrong, and she in the right, as she first thought.
  • When She Smiles: Her smile is noted by Amakusa in the sixth arc.
  • White Magic: She started to approach magic after finding her cousin Maria's diary and, thanks to the spirit of the latter infused inside it, she managed to get all her powers as a Witch of the Resurrection. After the final battle against Bernkastel Ange promises, as the last surviving witch of the Mariage Sorciére, she will use her magic to bring happiness to the hearts of others just as Maria taught her.
  • Worth Living For: In Episode 8, through the encouragement of everyone in her family and learning to understand their hearts, Ange finally finds the will to live on and become happy because it's her family's wish for her to live out a long and joyful life on their behalf and Ange now knows her family will forever live on as long as she carries them in her heart.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: In Episode 8, she apparently wakes up Battler with a Diving Elbow Drop on the morning of the conference. And in Ougon Musoukyoku she has her DABURU JAAMAN!
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Played for Laughs in her and Virgilia's ending in Ougon Musoukyoku CROSS and in the TIP "Angel of 17 Years".
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Ange helps even knowing that going back in time to help Battler won't fix her own timeline: just the one that Battler will now go to. In the end she can't fix his timeline either. And while Battler does survive the events on Rokkenjima, Ange doesn't meet with him until many years later, though by that point she's moved on from her past obsessions and is a successful children's author.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • As of EP6, a large conspiracy has been revealed that places Ange in the middle of this: Okonogi is working for the main Sumadera family and had been tasked to eliminate Kasumi and her branch, and hired Amakusa for this job specifically. Ange was to only be protected until Kasumi could be brought out into the open and eliminated. Amakusa killed everyone present when Ange went to Rokkenjima, killing Ange last as she had been regarded as a liability if she were to live any longer.
    • Even her Meta-World version is treated like this.
      Bernkastel: Go back to being scrap meat.
  • You Killed My Father: Since she was a child, she was sure Eva is the culprit and screamed "give me back my parents!" And her relationship with Eva went to hell from there.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wears Grade A thigh high stockings.

    Jūza Amakusa 

Voiced by Koji Yusa (JP)

Ange's bodyguard in 1998. He was assigned to guard Ange by Eva, but was later fired because he was flirting with her. He is apparently blacklisted in France.

  • Bishounen: He's a long-haired pretty boy.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: In Episode 4, he is the one who kills Kasumi and her mooks, as well as Ange. It was only made clear in Episode 6 since the credits of Episode 4 just mentioned "died in 1998".
  • Bodyguard Crush: Okonogi suspects him of having this for Ange in Episode 6. He promptly denies anything of the sort. And indeed, a crush he has not; see above.
  • Catchphrase: Cool!
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He was initially fired by Eva because even though he was instructed not to talk to Ange, he not only talked to her, but tried to flirt with her.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: He wears one conspicuously as a fastener for his coat. There are also some on the soles of his boots in the anime design.
  • Drives Like Crazy: In his defense, it was in a Chase Scene.
  • Expy:
    • Some Epileptic Trees have popped up that he's supposed to be a redoing of one of the Yamainu from Higurashi: When They Cry, named Hibari 13 (An odd one, as in the game, he was a character without a sprite), due to his name, which is made with the kanji for "Thirteen." And when Hibari 13's appearance was confirmed in Matsuribayashi-hen Manga, he's indeed identical to Amakusa.
    • His outfit and appearance also bear a striking resemblance to Sho Minamimoto from The World Ends with You.
  • Foreshadowing: What is "Eva"'s last word at the end of the 1998 part in Episode 4? "Cool!" Not something you would expect to hear from Eva's mouth. And then a gunshot is heard, before Ange is back at the skyscraper, floating in the night sky with Bernkastel. From all that, you can already guess what really happened.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the Trick ending, Ange kills him.
  • Hot-Blooded: According to his character notes.
  • Leitmotif: Like The Gale, which he occasionnally plays in his car.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has a long ponytail.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever got him banned from France.
  • Older Than He Looks: If he really was the Amainu codenamed "Hibari 13" in Higurashi set in 1983, even if he was the youngest member of the group it'd be improbable for him to be younger than mid-thirties by 1998. And even without that, his substantial curriculum as a soldier and mercenary shows that he can't be that young. This would make his flirting with Ange even creepier.
  • Old Retainer: He becomes this for "Yukari Kotobuki" (Ange) at the end of the manga. What he becomes in the VN is unknown, though the manga mostly follows the events of the Magic ending.
  • Only in It for the Money: It seems that as long as he gets paid and has some action, he's not picky about his jobs. They may include shooting down an 18 year old girl for the sake of a faction in a clan war. Or hunting down a little girl so that she can be eviscerated alive by a psychopathic nurse.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Part of his hair covers one eye.
  • Persona Non Grata: According to Ange, if he's caught back in France, he'll be arrested.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite being assigned the job of killing Ange, his speech about child soldiers in Episode 6 and the parallels he makes with Ange's situation sound like an attempt to dissuade her from going to Rokkenjima, and apparently he stayed quite long at the phone with Okonogi, like he was having some hesitations about killing her.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: Too bad for him, Ange did her research about guns.
  • Private Military Contractors: Supposedly, his job before Okonogi hired him was training Blackwater troops.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Named after the Japanese Christian saint Amakusa Shiro.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: He has a somewhat weird speech pattern, using polite forms (desu, deshou, etc.) yet punctuating them with the very familiar particle "ze". It's a bit like "I would advise you to take care of yourself, y'know". Same with his way of adressing Ange: he calls her "Ojou", but without any honorific, which is completely unusual. It's actually the kind of speech used by characters related to The Mafia.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Though he seems amiable towards Ange, it's shown that he wouldn't hesitate to kill her. However, it might be subverted because the events where he kills both Kasumi and Ange may have never happened and be a fruit of Ange's (not unjustified) paranoia.

    Kasumi Sumadera 

Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (JP - anime), Sumi Shimamoto (JP - visual novel)

Kyrie's younger sister. She was forced to marry Kyrie's previous fiancee when Kyrie ran away and married Rudolf, so Kasumi has never forgiven Kyrie for it. After Kyrie dies, Kasumi takes out her frustrations on Ange, since she's Kyrie's daughter.

  • Arranged Marriage: To make it worse, she was forced to break up with her fiancé and marry the man her sister was supposed to marry before running away.
  • Ax-Crazy: She tries to hide it under a Stepford Smiler facade, but it quickly becomes very obvious.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Kyrie's Abel.
  • Deadly Euphemism: If she says she wants to make you some matcha tea, then (a) she does not mean that literally, and (b) you might want to run in the other direction.
  • The Dutiful Daughter: After Kyrie ran away, Kasumi was forced to take up the responsibility as the Sumadera heiress, including Kyrie's Arranged Marriage.
  • Evil Aunt: Wants to find her beloved niece Ange so she can finally torture her to death to get back at her dead mother.
  • Family Theme Naming: Her name is written 霞, the "kiri" of Kyrie's name is written 霧. Both are characters for "mist".
  • Foil: Both to Eva and to Rosa in different ways.
    • To Eva because both were the last living relatives of Ange and had become the heads of their respective family business, however both Eva and Kasumi, because of the anxiety and stress derived from their unhappy lives, acted like aunts abusers against their only niece establishing with her a relationship of mutual hatred that lasted until their death. Furthermore, they also shared a profound hatred for Kyrie. As for the differences which separate them there is to mention that Kasumi had poured his hatred for her sister on Ange since the birth of the latter, while Eva initially tried several times to rebuild a new life with her niece trying to be a good mother for her. It must also be considered that Eva craved her position as head of the family, unlike Kasumi.
    • To Rosa mainly because they both found themselves stuck in a context in which they have constantly accumulated so many of those pressures to go crazy and their respective older sisters are, in part, indirectly responsible for this (Rosa has been mistreated by Eva since childhood while Kyrie, marrying Rudolf, has discharged all her responsibilities as the firstborn of the Sumadera on Kasumi). Both were once in love and engaged but, because of the difficulties of their lives, they found themselves inconsolably alone (Maria's father has abandoned a pregnant Rosa due to some loans that have indebted them to while the family of Kasumi has forced her to leave her boyfriend). Both ended up mistakenly downloading their pain and their anger against Maria and Ange respectively, and both of them, if they were not constrained by circumstances, would willingly stop working to live if they could. What diversifies their is that Rosa, despite being an abusive parent, never hated her daughter as Kasumi hated her niece. In addition Rosa, as both a woman and a fourth of four children, almost never would have become the head of the family and the sole heir of Kinzo's legacy.
  • Freudian Excuse: She hates Ange and wants to take revenge on her because Kyrie ruined her life by running away and forcing her to take up her place as the Sumadera heiress.
  • Jerkass: An utterly unlikable, stuck up jerk who insults and bellitles everyone around her and relishes the chance of torturing her own niece to death.
  • Laugh with Me!: While she's torturing Ange both physically and emotionally.
  • Leitmotif: Over. You'd better run.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: How she dies at the end of EP4.
  • Rich Bitch: Outside of her own family (maybe), she treats everyone she talks to like crap, not even bothering with honorifics with Okonogi.
  • Signature Laugh: Ufufufufufufu…
  • Stepford Smiler: She tries to hide behind a polite smile the fact that she's completely and utterly insane.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Already starts off unhinged, but manages to get even more unstable with each successive appearance until she's reduced to a screaming, near incoherent mess.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Despite leaving quite an impression, she only appears for a small portion of Episode 4 before being killed by Amakusa. After which she is never seen and barely ever mentioned again.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She has white hair and is definitely not a nice person. It seems to run in the family, if what's revealed about her sister Kyrie in EP7 is any indication.

    Tetsurō Okonogi 

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), Ken Narita (JP - visual novel)

An old business partner of Hideyoshi's. After the Rokkenjima incident, he was one of the few people Eva still trusted (although the term "trust" is being generous). After she died, he was put in charge of her company until Ange could take the reigns on her own. Ange approaches him in order to learn more about Eva, whom he says he does not think is the Rokkenjima murderer. He hired Amakusa, who was indebted to him for undisclosed reasons, to serve as Ange's bodyguard and protect her from the Sumadera family.

  • Expy: Of the other Okonogi from Higurashi: When They Cry (who may or may not be the same person).
  • Pointy Ears: For some reason.
  • You Owe Me: Okonogi is evidently pretty good at this. It's part of the reason Amakusa is rehired to help Ange, and Amakusa speculates that Okonogi did this to later be able to get some favors from Ange.
    • Also supports the idea that he is the same Okonogi from the Hinamizawa incident and Amakusa was one of the men that worked for him.

    Professor Ootsuki 

Voiced by: Takayuki Kondonote  (JP)

A college professor who is a member of the Rokkenjima Witch Hunt, a group of occult enthusiasts who attempt to look at the Rokkenjima murders from an occult perspective. Ange interviews him in order to learn more about the Rokkenjima incident.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In the EP 8 manga he's among the crowd pleading with Ikuko Hachijo to reveal the contents of Eva's diary after she announces she won't be opening it.
  • Mr. Exposition: He tells Ange about the Witch Hunt and several other things about the aftermath of the Rokkenjima incident.
  • Occult Detective: He belongs to a group of them.
  • Shout-Out: His group, the Witch Hunt, is a shout out to the group of fansubbers who translate the VN series into English.

    Masayuki Nanjō 

Voiced by: Akihiko Ishizumi (JP)

Doctor Nanjo's son. A rather reclusive person who has tried to move on with his life after the Rokkenjima incident, but who has had trouble doing that thanks to a badgering news media that he believes has dragged his father's reputation through the dirt. He had a daughter, but she was terminally ill and died at a young age. It's from him that Ange learns about the mysterious letters that were sent to surviving relatives of the Rokkenjima victims.

  • The Caretaker: To his daughter while she was still alive.
  • Paparazzi: Is particularly angry with them (similar to Eva).

    Sabakichi Kumasawa 

Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu (JP)

Chiyo Kumasawa's son. He is a fisherman who fishes off the coast of Niijima. He is another one of the people Ange talks to in order to try to understand what happened on Rokkenjima.

    Captain Kawabata 

Voiced by: Daisuke Matsuoka (JP)

The captain of the speedboat that went to and from Rokkenjima. He is the one who takes Ange to Rokkenjima.

  • Ascended Extra: Kawabata actually appears since EP1 as the captain of the boat that takes the family to Rokkenjima, but it was not until EP4 that he got an actual portrait and a name. Subsequent appearances of him use his actual portrait.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Think about it. In Episode 4 and 6, Ange is killed on the island; in the Trick Ending, he is killed by her. And in the Magic Ending she supposedly doesn't go back to Rokkenjima. You have to feel pity for the poor guy.
  • The Mole: Ange accuses of him being this in the Trick Ending. Then she shoots him.
  • Punny Name: His name contains the kanji for "river".
  • Redemption Quest: Seems to consider taking Ange to and from Rokkenjima as a type of this as atonement for what had happened there 12 years prior. Unless you go with the trick ending, that is.

     Tooya (Ikuko) Hachijō 

Voiced by: Michiko Neya (JP)

"I cannot show myself before all those dirty readers."

A mystery writer who wrote three "forgeries" of Beatrice's original message bottles, called Banquet, Alliance and End. Ange meets up with her before going to Rokkenjima in Episode 6, even though Ange herself remembers that she didn't. She claims to have reached a certain level of truth, and invites Ange to read her last forgery, Dawn.

  • Ambiguously Human: If you take a pro-fantasy perspective, she is the human form of the witch Featherine Augustus Aurora. If you take an anti-fantasy perspective, she's a normal mystery writer and Featherine is her Author Avatar in her forgery. However, she appears in the epilogue, which takes place in the 2030s, looking like she hasn't aged a day since 1998 and calling herself a witch. This may support the idea that she is really not human.
  • Auntie Pennybags: She is supposed to be the daughter of a very well-off family, but she doesn't act like it. She is considerably eccentric, and 'various mischievous incidents' had apparently got her almost disowned.
  • Bookworm: She loves reading mystery and detective novels. This allows her to easily bond with Tooya Hachijo/Battler.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: It's sometimes hard to keep up with her train of thoughts, as a few unfortunate publishers experience when they ask her to write a new manuscript for their publishing house.
  • Collective Identity: Episode 8 reveals that "Tooya Hachijo" is actually two people:Ikuko Hachijo, the writer, and Tooya Hachijo/Battler, the story writer.
  • Commonality Connection: She and Tooya bond thanks to their shared love for mystery and detective novels.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and eyes.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: One day, she found a badly injured, amnesiac Battler on the side of the road while driving. Afterwards she brought him into her home and had him attended. She let him stay with her until he got better and gave him the name Tooya. They soon became close and bonded over their love for mystery novels. By the time of the epilogue, they are still living together.
  • Greek Chorus: With Ange in EP6, as they read and comment the story of the episode itself (which she has written).
  • Hime Cut: Has this hairstyle to underline the implication that she comes from a high-class family.
  • I Have Many Names: She wrote various novels under different pennames, to give herself an aura of mystery. Her real name is Ikuko Hachijo.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Tooya Hachijo/Battler. Ryukishi had originally planned for them to be married, and by the end of the series, they have lived together for at least forty years.
  • Jerkass: To anyone who is not Tooya/Battler her character is… unpleasant at best. Hard to deal with in any case. If one considers Featherine is her Author Avatar, that also tells you something about the size of her ego.
  • Leitmotif: Love Examination
  • Literary Agent Hypothesis: All of her forgeries are written as if "Maria Ushiromiya" wrote them and they apparently describe the events that occur from "Banquet" to "Dawn".
  • Loners Are Freaks: Although she's not a bad person, she doesn't have a single friend, barely ever meets anyone, and looks down on the few people she meets except Tooya.
  • Ojou: She says she is the daughter of a very wealthy family and big land-owners.
  • Older Than She Looks: In the Epilogue, Ange lampshades that even though Tooya is supposed to be much older than her (and Ange is in her late 40s or 50s by that time), she naturally looks like a young woman.
  • The Omniscient: Well, she is one of the authors, after all. Whether or not she actually knows everything, or else is incredibly mistaken, is up to the audience.
  • Purple Eyes: Add to her Ambiguously Human appearance.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: During the ending of Twilight she delivers a small one to the people who arrived at the unveiling of Eva's diary. As everyone begs her to show them the inside of the diary, and also accuse her of being a fraud, she chastises them for not being able to understand the suffering of those left behind by the Rokkenjima murders, as well as her own hand in popularizing the deaths with her writing.
  • Reclusive Artist: An In-Universe example. She doesn't have any friends and hardly ever ventures out of her home to meet anyone.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The classic transliteration issue of the とお copula. Tooya? Tohya? Tōya? Toya? Technically, all of these are correct.
  • Vague Age: Very deliberately. When Tooya asks her about her age, she just says that she is "at an age where she is isn't really old, but calling herself a young girl would be a bit ridiculous."
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her purple hair adds to her Ambiguously Human appearance.

Alternative Title(s): Umineko No Naku Koro Ni 1998 Humans


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