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Thank you for translating! This is, sadly, that part where people watching a stream for the first time just collectively go ‘nopenopenope he’s bonkers, kill it with fire’. By virtue of having finished the game or having been heavily spoiled, we are able to look back and understand Ouma’s true intentions and goals. There really is no way to deny that he’s intentionally taking up the villain act so he can ultimately become a hero in the end. I wonder, did you go through the game completely blindly? At this point, did you already know what Ouma was planning and why he’d been acting so antagonistically?
I went through the game quickly the first time with roughly no real information other than a handful of spoilers which mostly turned out to be fake (including a few gems like “Amami actually survived and was hiding in the school until the end” and “Yamada timeline VR world,” which I hope never ever dies because that was the most ridiculous stupid beautiful fake spoiler ever)! So pretty much everything about character motivations and plans was in the dark for me.
Still, I think When They Cry just trained me too well for this. I couldn’t bring myself to think of Ouma as an antagonistic figure ever since Chapter 2, when I looked at him long and hard and it was really, really apparent that he was feeding them hints and saving the whole trial singlehandedly. He pretended he was enjoying the chaos, yes, but I figured at that point that that’s exactly the point of making him a “liar character”–after all, if he’d really been enjoying the chaos and suffering, he would’ve just let them stew with no hints about the motive videos.
Both Higurashi and Umineko in When They Cry are full of characters delivering really ominous, hostile-sounding phrases which actually have an entirely different meaning if you pick them apart and ignore how they were delivered. I couldn’t ever really bring myself to think of Ouma as evil, and certainly not as the mastermind (not least of all because why reveal it in Chapter 4?), and it’s all because I’ve read way too many Ryukishi novels. I could tell what Kodaka was trying to make people think, for sure, I just always suspected there was some twist or hidden meaning to it!