“I face palmed myself hard at this when I played EP7”
I believed there’s something seriously wrong with all the characters in Umineko no matter who they are. Some of these happen to play on creating the Illusion of the witch and or a crime. Jessica might not exactly be one but this revelation disturbed quite a bit.
Frankly, I had to different thoughts. The first was that I wanted to destroy this claim the moment I saw it because this is.. so.. This is so bogus. The second was the it was truthful therefore it should apply to all episodes. Hold that thought – I said.
Am I really doing this?
EP7 had plenty of logical explanations to the tale such as Beatrice and the gold. However there were many claims that were made that I either didn’t believe or much doubted their truthfulness because of how they were constructed and under “what” context.
Jessica always felt (in fact she was) always compared to George. In EP7 Lion is going to be the next head so the pressure goes to him, still everyone likes him and Jessica once again is compared to him to no end. Now let’s add George, who I take it, is still the (now 2nd) favorite cousin. Put simply Everyone > Jessica according to her parents. Lion took George’s position. Jessica still isn’t “acknowledged”.
In past episodes it was always Jessica isn’t ladylike. Jessica doesn’t get perfect +A grades like George (or Lion in EP7). Didn’t join X club, Jessica isn’t this or that. Jessica, etc etc. Jessica is treated unfairly by her family. In a few words, she’s always put down. In EP5 Krauss makes a nasty comment, something along the lines of Erika being his not illegitimate daughter or that he wouldn’t bother having someone like Erika (implied) instead of Jessica. Even Rudolf tells him that’s going too far. Of course, I’m positive this was another reason why Jessica gets riled up and gets in an argument with Erika once the topic of the inheritance and the gold come up.
Jessica feels the pressure accumulating and lies about this illness to have an escape from all of this. I’ve never been in a position where I’m destined to be the next head of a super rich and influential family.. However not that I’ve never been compared to others, which I believe most people experience at some point in their life. Advice. Never do that to anyone. It’s not actually encouraging. Will even mentions something similar when they get on the topic of Maria.
“My problem with this claim.”
“How did Jessica have her parents believe it? How did the doctor buy it? Did they not ask him? Did he not notice? Didn’t they consult others? Why isn’t anyone else questioning her condition? How was she able to pull it off for so much time? How is it possible in the first place?“
I’m not saying is “impossible” but there’s plenty of holes to poke on how difficult I can see it actually happening. One thing is faking a cold to not go to school because you’re tired or not feel like going, it is a whole another to fake a long-term illness to get off the hook. How did the parents of the person to be the wife of whoever she married in the future to be the head of the family NOT bother to look harder into this? I believed all these points to be importance. Making everyone worry about an illness she doesn’t have? I get her point but I wouldn’t think Jessica should go that far assuming she does fake it in all episodes. Her “rebelling” is common among teenagers but implying that because of it she’d get people killed over it? I don’t think it should would reach that levels. This goes along with my claim that Jessica isn’t (or shouldn’t) be the culprit. I don’t dislike her character but I found her motive to be petty in comparison to the others’.
Explaining how it is possible in the first place, Jessica wants attention badly and to be noticed by her family. Krauss is busy. Natsuhi As we can guess mostly “nags” her daughter because she’s worried about her future and the future of the Ushiromiya family. Assuming this claim is true then it’s possible she develops a type of Factitious disorder along the way a psychological problem followed by her “two separated me’s” way to live. Assuming it is false we can assume this is ONLY limited to EP7 where the stress increases with Ms. Perfect Lion and discard the possibility it was true in past EPs.
I think it can get more technical and I neither have the authority nor capacity to attest for the rest of the facts. This is simply reasoning on my part and how I’m connecting past evidence with the recent ones.
What difference does it make? I didn’t consider Jessica to be a perfect healthy person thus I didn’t think it was possible for her to be able to single-handly do the crimes therefore her role was the killer was heavily undermined and she was reduced to be accomplice at best. Assuming she was faking her illness in ALL episodes it means that the habit might’ve become real. This depends on how much she actually believe her own lies. We can explain this as an extreme form of “Factitious disorder” and spiraling into a psychological disorder if we so wish for those who want to make a case based on that. Then again I’m not Erika –
Though it’d be easy to put together a case using the evidence of a possible factitious disorder, the need to create an ideal self, being discontent with her family, love, and freedom AT LAST.
Still, I personally don’t believe Jessica to be the culprit. Maybe because I underestimate her character from the culprit angle and because of her motives aren’t that strong. She even loses the Lovers trial implying in part she didn’t have what it took. Jessica should be an accomplice at best, should she be one.
There’s a scene I recalled the second I found out Jessica was faking her illness according to EP7 which was this. In EP2 after the 1st Twilight when Jessica goes to the VIP room to take revenge on the guest, the “human”, Beatrice on that game as she believes her to be responsible for the deaths of her parents and relatives. All she finds is Beatrice’s letter mocking Jessica’s lack of intelligence among other things, as a result Jessica is upset again, has an asthma attack, and Kanon offers (and does) to take Jessica to her room. Gohda leaves and joins the others then finally moments later Jessica is found dead in her own room. Something about the keys. Kanon is gone. Implied to have been killed. And is the 1st suspect according to Rosa because he’s missing.
* The rest is more theorizing on what happened at the moment. “Was the asthma attack real in the 1st place (assuming Jessica is faking it)? Isn’t Gohda the only one who SAW the asthma attack (therefore why Jessica went to her room with Kanon) and thus it would be FALSE assuming Jessica never had an attack in the first place? Is it possible Jessica only faked the asthma attack so she could be alone with Kanon? Is possible Kanon only wanted to get Jessica to the room to kill her, or the other way around? Isn’t Gohda..?”
— It does get interesting when we analyze past evidence.
The next post should mention the “theatergoing ability” I had some thoughts on it because it is closed related to this entry.