Rabu, 03 Agustus 2011

Poems by Frederica Bernkastel

Is anyone alive out there?

First of all, who is Frederica Bernkastel?


Frederica Bernkastel (Frederika Berunkasuteru) is a mysterious character, appearing only once in person in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, in the last episode of Matsuribayashi-hen. There she speaks to a young Takano Miyo, as she now enjoys travelling to different worlds and playing with the "pieces" in them. Frederica looks very similar to Furude Rika, and it has been suggested she and Rika are either the same person, or she is a compilation of all the past Rikas who died. This is implied in Matsuribayashi-hen that when talking about Rika she refers to Rika has "I" or "me".

There is also a theory that states that Frederica was born from Rika's despair, hopelessness, and loss of interest in breaking fate after Tsumihoroboroshi-hen, since in the sound novels, Frederica tells the reader, "Eventually, she started giving up, and lost interest in those worlds. That's how I was born...". If this is true, it also relates to Bernkastel of Umineko. This would directly explain Bernkastel's declaration of being a separate person from Rika, Bernkastel's empty eyes (a.k.a. loss of humanity, she has no glint or life in her eyes), and her (ironic) title as the "Witch of Miracles" (Bernkastel says that she is named the "Witch of Miracles" because she is the only one who truly knows that miracles cannot occur out of the blue by mere praying ((this concept is proven by Maebara Keiichi in Minagoroshi-hen)), while Rika used to immaturely keep praying for miracles to come her way without taking action). Either way, she and Rika have a close relationship.

There is a possibility that Frederica was involved in putting Rika through the terrible fate of a perfect world. When she appears for her first (and only) time in Kai and meets the younger version of Takano Miyo, she asks Takano whether she wants to "live or die"; Takano first tells Frederica that she wants to live, so Frederica told her, "You may go to your friend's house. However, she will not be there." Upon hearing this, Takano changes her mind and says she wants to die, so Frederica tells her to go follow her parents, so Takano can earn another flag from a mall restaurant to add to her collection. The "live or die" part may have meant if Takano wanted to "live" a new life as Miyo Takano, or let that identity "die" and stay as Tanashi Miyoko. Takano says she wants to "die", so she continues on to the mall with her parents. It is revealed in the last episode of Kai that Takano and her parents boarded a different bus than the one fated to crash. Thus, Takano and her parents are not led to their deaths, Takano does not change her name to "Takano" or ever meet Hifumi, which may have been a trigger to the perfect world where the Irie Clinic is never established, Tokyo never involves itself in Hinamizawa, and none of the characters suffer any tragedies. Saikoroshi-hen could possibly be that world where Frederica stepped into, and could also be interpreted as Bernkastel experimenting a fate where she got rid of Lambdadelta's major piece (Takano) beforehand as a pre-emptive move to create a desired heaven for Rika (of course, even so, things don't happen as nicely as expected for her).

In the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei novel Saikoroshi-hen, Rika uses the name 'Frederika Bernkastel' for the first time, in order to distinguish herself from the 'Rika' of that world. However, at the end of the novel she undestands the meaning of Hanyuu's power, and gives up on it, choosing to go back to being just 'Furude Rika', a normal girl with no powers. She also said that the part of her who lived for 100 years and pulled the strings of fate—Frederika Bernkastel—will continue to exist in an higher world. In Higurashi, she writes poems that appear at the beginning of every arc, though they are absent in the anime and therefore many people have never heard of them. Her poems give the over-all theme for the upcoming story and document Rika's struggle through the different worlds. It is shown in the manga at the start of Minagoroshi-hen that Frederica meets Rika in the world of kakera, where they discuss the three rules that constantly appear throughout the universes:

  • Rule X: A random person in Hinamizawa succumbs to Hinamizawa syndrome and is driven to acts of violence by extreme levels of paranoia. Keiichi, Rena and Shion are the most prominent victims of this rule, as at least one of them develops Hinamizawa syndrome in most scenarios. For example, in Onikakushi-hen, Keiichi becomes suspicious of his friends and comes to the conclusion that they are the perpetrators behind Oyashiro-sama's curse, causing him to beat Rena and Mion to death out of what he thought was self-defense. In Watanagashi-hen and Meakashi-hen, Shion becomes suspicious of the Sonozaki family's involvement in Oyashiro-sama's curse, and is convinced that they were responsible for the disappearance of Satoshi, causing her to kill Oryō , Mion, and anyone else who she considered to be responsible for amplifying Satoshi's pain(including Rika and Kimiyoshi, who she believed were also involved in Oyashiro-sama's curse, and Satoko, who was a burden on Satoshi). In Tsumihoroboshi-hen, Rena also becomes suspicious of the Sonozaki family's involvement in Oyashiro-sama's curse, causing her to take the school hostage. She then threatens to blow up the school in an attempt to force the police into negotiating with her.
  • Rule Y: Jirou Tomitake and Miyo Takano are killed on the night of the Watanagashi festival without fail in every scenario. Frederica considers this rule to be more stable than rule X, as the method of killing is consistent in every universe, meaning that this rule is absolute, caused by a powerful and unwavering will. Although this rule is independent of rule X, the deaths of Tomitake and Takano usually act as a catalyst, which causes paranoia in Keiichi, Rena, or Shion, and triggers rule X. This occurs because they try to relate Tomitake and Takano's deaths to their own perception of the curse. For example, in Onikakushi-hen, Keiichi believes that Tomitake was killed by the villagers because he was an outsider, and that he will be next, because he just moved to Hinamizawa recently. In Watanagashi-hen, Meakashi-hen, and Tsumihoroboshi-hen, Shion and Rena believe that Takano was killed by the Sonozaki family for knowing too much, which fuels their suspicions. The person with the strong will that causes this rule is later revealed to be Takano, who kills Tomitake and fakes her own death in every scenario.
  • Rule Z: Everybody in Hinamizawa believes that the Sonozaki family is responsible for the series of mysterious deaths. The Sonozaki family actually has no control over the deaths, but uses Oyashiro-sama's curse as a bluff to scare everyone. However, because of the assumption that they are controlling everything behind the scenes in Hinamizawa, everyone immediately comes to the conclusion that the seemingly coincidental deaths are all connected, and that Oyashiro-sama's curse is a system created by the Sonozaki family to eliminate the village's enemies. It is the very existence of the "curse" that causes mistrust amongst the villagers. The mistrust breeds suspicion and paranoia, which ultimately leads to the acts of violence caused by rule X. Though they may differ somewhat, Keiichi, Rena, and Shion's perceptions of the curse all have one thing in common; they all suspect the Sonozaki family(or in some cases the entire village). This rule is enforced by Oishi and Takano, who contribute to fueling paranoia in Keiichi, Rena and Shion by telling them about Oyashiro-sama's curse and the Sonozaki family's apparent involvement in it.

Frederica as she appears in Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Frederica also appears as the Witch of Miracles in Umineko no Naku Koro ni, the sequel to Higurashi. In Umineko, Frederica explicitly states that she and Rika are not the same person, and anyone who thought so is silly. She also denies that she is Oyashiro-sama, but refuses to introduce the real one, on the grounds that it is easily frightened.

Though largely unknown, the Bernkastel in Umineko no Naku Koro ni is never confirmed to be the same being as Frederica Bernkastel whom Furude Rika previously described herself as, and only goes only by the name 'Berkastel'. It is possible that 'Frederika Bernkastel' is meant as FURUDERIKA-Bernkastel, judging by the nature of human-witch names in Umineko. Some believe that Bernkastel from Umineko is actually Ouka Furude but this is never proven.

Taken from : whentheycry.wikia.com


Come on... no need to read it all.

Summary, Frederica Bernkastel is a Fictional (maybe) character from Higurashi series. She is a poet that usually represents a poem before an arc in Higurashi is started.


Here are her poems


Please do not deplore yourself.

Even if the world does not forgive, I will forgive you.

Please do not deplore yourself.

Even if you do not forgive the world, I will forgive you.

So please tell me.

What will it take for you, to forgive me?


Do you know what is the sin?

It isn't because you ate the forbidden fruit.

Do you know what is the sin?

It isn't because you listened to the serpent.

You still don't know what is the sin?

Then, that itself is your sin.


I cannot quench your thirst

Because even if you yearn for the truth, you refuse to believe in it.

I cannot quench your thirst

Because no such truth exists that you are in anticipation for.

But I still want to quench your thirst.

Because I am the one that put you into the desert.


The most intricate thing to find in this world.

Is it a needle that you lost in the desert?

The most intricate thing to find in this world.

Is it a crow's feather that you lost in the darkness of the night?

The most intricate thing to find in this world is,

Realizing your own erroneous contemplation.


The frog in the well was happy.

It wasn't interested what was outside the well.

The frog in the well was happy.

It was recluse to anything that happened outside the well.

And you were happy.

Because you didn't know what occurred outside the well.


I was the most unfortunate.

I knew that there was no exit out of this maze.

Then, he was the next unfortunate.

He did not know that there was no exit out of this maze.

But all the rest weren't so unfortunate.

They didn't know that they were in the maze in the first place.


So who is the culprit, you ask?

Finding that out is part of the story, right?

So who is the culprit, you ask?

Do you even know what is the culprit in the first place?

So who is the culprit?

Who is the culprit that's gonna kill me?!


What is it that I seek?

Perhaps it is a knight from a far away land.

What is it that I seek?

Perhaps it is a shore that will save me from this eternal swamp.

There is only one thing that I seek.

What I would obtain will either be the kishi (shore), or shiki (my death).


The little girl cried when she lost her marbles in the desert.

She searched the desert for one hundred years.

The little girl cried when she thought she might've lost them in the sea rather than the desert.

She searched the depths of the sea for one hundred years.

The little girl cried when she thought she might've lost them in the mountains than the sea.

How long will it take till she begins to doubt whether or not she actually lost them to begin with?


At the first time, I do my best to try again

against the inevitable tragedy.

In the second time, I become disgusted

towards the inevitable tragedy.

The third time, disgust is overwhelmed into painfulness.

But by the seventh time, this all becomes a farce comedy.


She wasn't discouraged nor did she cry at her fate.

She was beautiful.

She didn't fawn anyone and fought them all by herself.

She was noble.

She shined brightly, like a divine figure.

I needed someone like her.


I wanted to know the world that was outside of the well.

So I tried hard to get out from the bottom of the well.

I wanted to know the world that was outside of the well.

So I climbed up numerous of times despite falling down over and over again.

But then I realized it.

The higher and higher I climb, the pain increases when I fall down again.

When my interest in the world outside of the well began to equal the amount of pain,

That was when I finally realized the meaning of the story to Der Froschkönig.


Please tell me what happened in this night.

It's like the cat inside the box.

Please tell me what happened in this night.

You don't know if the cat in the box is dead or alive.

Please tell me what happened in this night.

The cat in the box was dead.


What kind of world lies outside of the well?

Is it something that is worth struggling for?

What kind of world lies outside of the well?

Is it something so attractive enough to fall and try over and over again?

What kind of world lies outside of the well?

Let's enjoy taking the pains of finding that out.

If I reach the world that yearn for, it must be a spectacular world.

Even if that world was another pit inside a well.

The key to the new world is the resolve to get out of the well.

Being able to get out or not,

A new world awaits...


Everyone has a right to pursue a happy life.

The difficult part is to be given that right.

Everyone has a right to pursue a happy life.

The difficult part is to fulfill that right.

I too have a right to pursue a happy life.

The difficult part is to work out a compromise for that right.


That's because

I'm gonna become much much more happy from now on.

I'm not gonna compromise with just this.

We are gonna take back all of our happiness that we lost.

For me, that's about a hundred year's worth.

For you, a thousand year's worth.



Message From Frederica Bernkastel

I am who I am; Frederica Bernkastel.

Furude Rika and Frederica are different. Shame on you if you thought so.

My age? I've gotten bored with it, so I've quit counting.

Huh? Are you speculating that the real identity of the Oyashiro-sama is me?

Giggle giggle. You are so insolent.

The Oyashiro-sama is the Oyashiro-sama. You want me to introduce it to you? It's rather shy.

It gets frightened easily so don't scare it, okay? However, it seems that you are the one that's scared.

Giggle giggle giggle...


Well, that's it!

What do you think? ^^

I think it's beautiful... I love them...

I don't really understand some of them, but I understand most of course...

I really like poems, after all...


Well, that's it from me, after haven't posted anything at all this long...
See you another chance!!