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30 Day Anime Challenge Day 23: Most Hated Character (Kinzo Ushiromiya of Umineko no Naku Koro ni)

Kinzo. Fuck you.

Kinzo Ushiromiya; the patriarch of the (in)famous multi-billion dollar Ushiromiya family. He’s a superior demon summoner and black magic user, owner of the private island of gold: Rokkenjima, diligent businessman, and an abusive, psychotic piece of shit.   This man, boy.  Let me tell you why I hate this  how horrible dude.

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Prior to the Umineko series, he lost his lover, Beatrice Castiglioni (who died during childbirth) and was grief stricken.  Honoring her, he named their (illegitimate) daughter “Beatrice”, after the mother. Cool.  Whatever helps you overcome grief . What’s not fucking cool was Kinzo raping and impregnating his teenage daughter – because she resembled his lover.

That’s fucking sick.

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Beatrice Castiglioni.  Kinzo’s late mistress.
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Beatrice Ushiromiya – daughter of Kinzo. She’s a lovely, charismatic  young lass with cowtits and is a huge fan of weird, outlandish kinky BDSM play.

Oh, it gets worse. This wouldn’t be the last time he abused his children.  Yes.  Children.  I did say Beatrice was his love child.  So, what about his real children? Well,  to “toughen up” the others  (Kruass, Eva, Rudolf, and Rosa)  for the real and business world, he  physically, emotionally and psychologically abused them. Naturally, his abusive ways caused his children to disdain him.  Worse, his children would pass down the cycle of abusive towards their own, and in many causes, the siblings would abuse each other – Kruass (the eldest) being the worst offender.

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Third Generation Ushiromiyas.  From left-to-right: Eva (2nd child) Rudolph (3rd child), Kruass (Eldest Child), and Rosa (youngest child) 

 

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Kinzo lifting and chocking Kruass

Due to Kinzo’s abusive parenting and teachings, Krauss emulated his dad’s abuse. He would emotionally bullying his little sister, Eva  (as well as being sexist towards her).  This created much disdain in and anger in her heart, which she passes down to her husband, the kind-hearted Hideyoshi (who loves Eva to death), and her only child, George.  Further in the future, Eva passes the abuse down to her niece, Ange, but more on her later. Let’s focus on Eva’s sister, Rosa.

Rosa (just like her only sister Eva), was too abused by not only Kinzo and Krauss, but her other siblings as well (due to her status as the youngest).  Lacking someone to hurt in their family to soothe her rage, she had nobody to further the chain of abuse, until she had her daughter, Maria. Rosa (never recovered or attacking her pain in a healthy matter) starts to abuse Maria, verbally and physically beating her.

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See how Kinzo’s chain of abuse goes further?  Kinzo abuses Krauss, whom abuses Rosa, who in turn abuses her daughter, Maria.   Now his grandchildren are affected by the abuse her created.   Speaking of his grandchildren, let’s go back to series best girl Ange.

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Ange smiling for once in her life.

So Ange. Her entire family (sans Eva) was massacred on Rokkenjima (due to Kinzo’s bullshit), leaving her orphaned.  Eva, being the “good” aunt that she is, adopts Ange.  The two somewhat got along, until the stress  of her family’s  deaths (as well as the media accusing her for their murders) took its toll on her.   Eva in turn, took her anger out on Ange, putting her through the same abusive treatment as her father did her.  This ruined Ange’s  already troubling mental state.  Due to Eva’s abuse (among other things), Ange  would grow to hate herself, becoming suicidal.  In one scene, Ange is seen lashing out on her best friend, Mammon and her sisters.  She calls them “useless” and wish that they all die.

Even after his death, Kinzo’s abusive cycle  continues.

 

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Remember how I said that the massacre  of Rokkenjima was due to Kinzo’s bullsht in the last paragraph?  Well, Kinzo is not above having his own family members killed for his own desires.

As mentioned earlier, Kinzo dedicated his life  to learning summoning and  black magic, and studying occult spells. His plan was to master black magic in order to revive Beatrice.  Not his lover Beatrice, but their daughter.  The same daughter that he raped.  He wants to see her once more So, he successfully revives Beatrice, right?  However, as exchange for her revival, Kinzo must sacrifice a few people.

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Six members of the Ushiromiya family sacrificed to Beatrice 

Kinzo selects his own family members as sacrifices. He seems them as vultures after his riches.  He believes his nether children nor his grandchildren gives a damn about him (as they rightfully should not), and wants them all dead.   Beatrice kills them for him, nad in turns – kills her abuser Kinzo.

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Kinzo burning alive by Beatrice;s magic.

Kinzo if you think about it, is the main source of his entire family’s pain and suffering, from him raping his daughter, abusing his children.  The same abuse in which was passed on to his kids down to their own.  By direct and indirection action, he ruined his family.

Fuck you Kinzo.

AFTERWORD

Whew.  I didn’t expect this post to go on that long, but I figure I would provide details and proof to show how much I despise this dude.  This would had been much longer if I would had gotten drunk  to write about how much I hate Kinzo as I originally planned lmfao (all the liquor stores in my area were closed at the time of writing the first draft..  You know those 3 o’ clock A.M.  alcohol laws can be.

 

Fuck you, Kinzo.

Ushiromiya FAMILY art source:

https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=7436300

Further Reading on the abusive cycle of Umineko:

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Day 2 – Anime You’re Ashamed You Enjoyed: Umineko no Naku Koro Ni

One should never feel ashamed for enjoying an anime (well, unless it’s some sexualized loli crap, then you should be ashamed and arrested). You shouldn’t feel embarrassed by it – even if it’s a terrible, flawed adaption.  You enjoy it regardless.  This is how I feel about Studio DEEN’s infamous animation adaption of the visual novel series “Umineko no Naku Koro ni” (When The Seagulls Cry).  Despite the disrespect towards the original source material, such as key story elements left out (creating loose ends untied) and animation errors, I hold a small space in my heart for Umineko.

A space I use to make fun of shitty adaptions, but a space nonetheless.

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Nigga how?
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Seriously nigga how?

The Umineko anime is garbage compared to the original visual novel and amazing manga counterparts. I can’t deny that Studio DEEN did a horrible job on it. Even if visual novels are awkward to adapt (I assume it’s hard to animated scenes from a source material that only has a static image, character sprites, and background music) , Studio Deen is known in the anime community for being lazy with their work and  creating horrible adaptions (see: their version of the Fate/Zero anime). Umineko isn’t exempt from DEEN’s laziness.

The Umineko VN is heavy with detailed dialogue scenes which were omitted from the anime (which I can assume DEEN was being lazy). Any mention of kid Ange’s sickness preventing her to attend the Ushiromiya annual family meeting by her parents from Episode 1 in the anime?  Nope! Did you love how Rosa barbarically jammed an ink pen in the eyes of a Goat Butler and  saying her saying her epic line ‘I’ll show you how lukewarm the hell you came from is!’  before blowing it brains out with her gun in the visual novel? Well, DEEN decide to not add that in.

Reflect on how sorrowful  you felt for Ange when she revealed her true identity  was to her brother Battler, pleading to him to defeat Beatrice and return to Kid Ange to prevent living the lonely, depressing life as her future self as she was dying in the visual novel. Remember man?

Well, It’s in the anime, but DEEN managed to ruin that with one simple frame:

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Oh the jokes the fanbase were cracking with this awkward shot. 2009 was an amazing time in the Umineko fan community.  

Because  of Deen’s  hilarious errors , the Umineko fanbase straight up loathe the anime.  The very mention of  the anime and anyone admitting that they enjoy it will trigger even the most chilliest Umineko fan. You’ll get attacked with great vigor by the diehards.  It’s not worth it unless you like creating conflict.  Go on the Umineko tag on tumblr or /jp/, say you think Studio DEEN did nothing wrong with the anime,  sit back and watch the rage.

Despite the  flaws of the anime, I still love it as  it’s special to me.

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Ange (best Umineko girl) and one reason why I love the series

 

There’s something about the anime that I can forgive its awfulness.  It made me aware of narrative themes in anime such as abuse (sexual, emotional, and physical), the past returning, revenge, and suicide.    Umineko (both the visual novel and anime) shows how abuse can be passed down within a family, as we see patriarch figure Kinzo passing down his abusive ways to his children. This results in mother Rosa abusing daughter Maria.

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Hell, this gets worse with Eva (suffering from being the sole survival of the massacre of her family in Episode 4) abusing her niece Ange (who too was suffering from losing her love ones).  The abuse from her aunt, the impact of losing her family (who was involved in some pretty illegal shit mind you), and being bullied in school drove her to become suicidal. Even with the awfulness of the anime, it made me aware of narrative themes within the story-line which got me hooked into the series.

I do not feel ashamed about my love for the Umineko anime.  In fact, I feel given it got me into the original visual novel and the manga (which is a superior adaption compare to the anime),  Yea, it’s garbage, but it made me notice themes in anime.

But seriously, you fucked up Studio Deen.

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Rika to Bernkastel (Freewrite)

NOTE: This freewrite is based off memories of my experience with the  When They Cry series (Higurashi and Umineko)  I am too lazy to check if what I said are correct .  I may have some information wrong.

I’ve always enjoy characters that started out as heroes, but grew into villains.  It’s interesting to see what  events have such an impact on them that they decided to say “fuck it”,  evolving into a villain.  Some become villains due to an incident.  Others as a result of losing their hope and giving up on their goals.

I feel like Rika Furude from Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni (When The Cicadas Cry)  is such a heroine-turn-villain by the factors previously mentioned.  Tragic factors that caused the young child to become the sadistic witch, Bernkastel.

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Oh innocent Rika. So full of hope and optimism despite a fucked up life.

Rika had a pretty fucked up life despite being so young.  She’s theorized to be the queen carrier of the Hinamizawa Syndrone (a virus that cause victims to go into a psychiatric rage, increase anxiety, and commit violent homicidal and suicidal acts), her parents are dead, she can’t escape a timeloop that ends with her death,  is an alcoholic at the age of 9, and she also tried to stab Santa Clause to death.

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Seriously she really did try to murder Santa Claus. 

Initially, Rika started out as an optimistic and happy child, She  believed she could prevent the endless June 1983 tragic events.  She wouldn’t give up, no matter how bleak each situation felt.  Even when Hanyuu (her ancestor ghost or  whatever the fuck she is) flat out told her in the Massacre Arc that she and her friends will die, she just simply brush her aside, stating that she will defeat fate.

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Rika in her alcoholic rage.

Of course, Rika failed and Hanyuu was once again right.  Her friends got gun down by Miyo (the series’s true villain, who also had a fucked up childhood) and Rika got gutted by the crazed nurse-turned-terrorist.  Rika was proven wrong once again.  Don’t have hope children or you’ll end up like Rika.

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Keep thinkin’ that kiddo.

After a few oh let’s say hundred years’ worth of  losing and watching her  friends and love ones die , Rika’s mind and views changed. Once a girl full of hope was slowly becoming hopeless. Overtime, she stop caring about fighting against fate and saving her friends.   She became numb and cold.  Emotionless even.

She became Bernkastel, the witch of Miracles; A collection of hopeless Rikas from different worlds and timelines fused into one sadistic being.

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‘Lord, I don’t cry no more
Don’t look to the sky no more
Have mercy on me
Have mercy on my soul
Somewhere my heart turned cold’

“Many Men” by 50 Cent (American rapper)

Bernkastel is one of the main villains of Umineko no Naku Koro ni (When The Seagulls Cry), the spiritual successor to Higurashi (which I’m not gonna go into in-depth details with both series about their relation.  It’s fucking crazy). Simply put, Bernkastel is a piece of shit. She loves fucking with people, playing mind games with them.  She use people for her personal gain.  She’ll act like she’s your friend and ally, only to fuck you over at the end.   Ange Ushiromiya (a girl with her own tragic past and pain) had to learn that shit the hard way.

Boy did she learn the hard way.

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Best Umineko girl

Simply put, Bern doesn’t give a fuck about you.  Only herself.  Maybe her lover Lambdadelta and her teacher Featherine. But that’s it.  Bernkastel is the type of person who has clearly been through some shit. Horrible shit that changed her.  The way she deals with that shit is by passing her own pain upon others to make her feel better about herself.  She wants others to experience the pain she went through from her past.  A past she really hates.

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To conclude this unorganized freewrite, horrible events creates horrible people who started out nice and heroic. Rika was an innocent carefree girl, and yet due to being a victim one too many time, became a horrible corrupted being who had her point of view destroyed.

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ART SOURCES:

Shut the Fuck Up Hanyu:
http://kyousgayart.tumblr.com/post/89109835477/serious-higurashi-fanart

 

Rika and Bernkastel

https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=28677576

 

Feature image:
https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=207464