It was announced early this morning via 07th Expansion’s official Twitter account that an anime adaption of Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru would air in January of 2016.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that Umineko’s second half will be animated in January of next year. (-_-)” tweeted 07th Expansion founder and scenario writer, Ryukishi07. “I hope that our fans will watch even if the final product isn’t so good. > _ <”
A second tweet later confirmed that animation duty for the new project will be handled by longtime 07th Expansion collaborator Studio DEEN, who had previously worked with the doujin circle on several thousand different versions of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni between 2006 and 2013. Studio DEEN also produced an animated version of the first part of Umineko ni Naku Koro Ni in 2009 that managed to win the less then coveted title of “worst anime of the year” from users of the Japanese language internet forum 2ch.
When asked to comment on the announcement, a defeated and completely apathetic representative of Studio DEEN told Anime Maru: “Yeah, we’re not quite sure how this happened either. I think it it was part of the contract we signed a few years back with 07th Expansion that everybody just forgot about until just now.”
After releasing a desperate sigh and seemingly collecting himself, he continued. “But I can say this: you guys can relax, because we’ve got everyone here working as hard as they can to bring Umineko‘s fans the sort of quality they’ve come to expect from Studio DEEN.”
Originally released in four visual novel episodes between 2009 and 2011, Umineko Chiru is the second half of the story that began in the original Umineko, and provides readers with the clues they need to unravel the complex web of events surrounding the murderous games of the Golden Witch Beatrice. A manga adaptation of Umineko Chiru also ran between 2011 and 2015 in Gangan Joker magazine that expanded greatly upon the story told in the original visual novel. According to sources close to the DEEN, this additional content would most likely be “thrown into an OVA or something.”