The newest adaptation of the series by 07th Expansion (if you hadn’t guessed, the guys who brought us Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) looks to be the first show this season that we’ll watch more than two episodes of! Despite the boob-groping antics and unholy loli wailing, the show promises to have all of the complexity, horror, and mystery of Higurashi, with somewhat higher (read: still not all that great) production values. To my mind, Higurashi’s greatest weakness (besides the final arc, which was so bad that I now pretend it doesn’t exist) was that it sabotaged its own atmosphere of horror with zany ‘hauu hauu’ antics between characters who you really just wanted to start killing each other ASAP. Will Umineko fall prey to the same mistake? From the first episode, absolutely yes! But we’ll be following the series to see whether shooting itself in the foot proves fatal (but no we won’t be blogging each individual episode, that’s just silly. When we have something substantive about the series to say we’ll make another post).