NIS America announced the license of Umineko no Naku Koro ni (Umineko: When They Cry) at its Otakon panel this morning, with plans to release the series in two premium Blu-ray volumes this December.
Volume one will include 18 episodes with an MSRP of $79.99, with volume two containing the final 8 episodes at $49.99. In addition to clean openings and endings, the sets themselves come packed with hardcover artbooks.
Umineko is directed by Chiaki Kon (Junjou Romantica, The Twelve Kingdoms), with script supervision by Toshifumi Kawase (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing) and animation production by Studio DEEN (Is This a Zombie?, Rurouni Kenshin). Based on the mystery visual novel by Ryukishi07 and 07th Expansion, Umineko follows eight family members who head to an island to discuss how the head of the family's assets will be divided. Once they arrive, they're trapped by a typhoon, and mysterious murders start occurring one after the other.