no one can stand up to Bernkastel
THIS is one of the things I was interested in the most since EP7 started – exactly how they were going to handle Van Dine rules.
The first time it was used was with “the culprit cannot be a servant” which with it Will makes his appearance with and strongly objects to SSVD’s brutal methods. Later he mentions how there must be a body in order for it to be crime and of course how clues must be PRESENT in order for the mystery to make sense.
*Spoiler for EP7* don’t read unless you’re fully done with EP7
As we can gather there are ways to get around the Rules. There were methods to get around Knox this was shown in EP5 by Battler therefore it wouldn’t be inconceivable to come to the conclusion there could also be ways to get around Van Dine’s rules.
Willard was able to (implied and believed) solve Beatrice’s riddles from EP1-EP4 and thus we assume he found the truth. He came back because he couldn’t let the following game that was shown that depicted this sort of truth that Bernkastel showed to be real.
The gist of it is Willard stays behind so Leon can escape. Will fights Bernkastel. Leon keeps running until she gives up, Leon appears and saves her. They’re both destroyed by Bernkastel in the end. Before this Will was already beaten up badly, having lost even an arm in the battle but he catches up to Leon then later both of them devoured by cats.
There are two ways to go about it with Van Dine Rules after this.
Will was utterly defeated by Bernkastel. She was able to counter all Van Dine’s rules in her own way. Bernkastel’s approach to the story has a great deal of the time been mystery related therefore I gather she didn’t resort to the Fantasy argument to defeat Will. In fact she makes fun of Will’s attempt to disqualified what Bernkastel showed him (though she wasn’t the GM as she claimed) because he viewed it be fantasy because the *evidence* was destroyed (because of the bomb) and call it Fantasy rather than a mystery. I still think Bernkastel would find it more interesting to end it as a mystery as it could provide the *best* outcome for her. Will on the other hand denies it because he finds this truth to be false.
What we can come to assume based on Will’s defeat is that in truth Van Dine rules had plenty of loopholes and weren’t as mighty as Will thought. Bernkastel being a far more powerful boss outdid Will and defeated him. Will stuck to disproving that it wasn’t a mystery but fantasy. Bernkastel showed him that it was indeed a Mystery. Consequently we could also reserved their fantasy and mystery claim and Van Dine’s rules would still lose to Bernkastel’s approach. Lastly, Will then realized that if he stayed he was going to be destroyed by Bernkastel no matter what and after that she would also get Leon thus why he decides that running away is the best choice thus what happens next.
A more positive take on it. Will fought Bernkastel with the 20 stakes of his (which we’ve seen only a few). He was aware of the several loopholes in the Rules but it was the only way to buy time for Leon. For most part he was able to hold Bernkastel off but Bernkastel proved to be far superior than him. The is the same for scenarios.
A couple of Van Dine rules were effective but others weren’t.
We can see the fact that Will has even lost as arm that Bernkastel has been considerably destroying most of his claims even though he had previously *solved* Beatrice’s mystery. Let’s point out that Bernkastel doesn’t appear to have even broken a sweat.
Will never intended to win from the start because he knew he couldn’t possibly defeat Bernkastel (whether this is due to a the fact that a furniture < Witch isn’t known but I doubt it has anything to do with it) Will considered both the fact he was eventually going to lose and the thought that Leon was going to give up (which he was right) therefore he went for her for those two reasons – the first that he was being overwhelmed meaning Van Dine rules weren’t as *effective* as he thought. The outcome is what we see. Why? This is because otherwise he could’ve put an end to Bernkastel right there and there’d be no reason to worry about Leon. And the second is that he knew that he had to be there to save Leon as eventually she was also going to be overwhelmed same as him.
Conclusion – the second scenario is more likely. The fact remains that Van Dine rules aren’t as powerful as implied. Bernkastel defeating Will is a blow to Van Dine’s rules. Umineko however doesn’t go into detail of the type of counters existed to disproved these rules.
It is however worth mentioning that Will hadn’t been completely defeated yet therefore it is likely he still had a couple more wedges to go, this is corroborated by the fact that Bernkastel advises Will to draw his sword again so he could fight continue fighting her.