Other routes essentially consist of you pressing skip and then reading a few lines in between until you hit the end. Needless to say I was not entertained. To be somewhat more optimistic we can say that they managed to integrate the routes together somewhat decently but really, it’s more like there isn’t much content at all to begin with. As far as I can see playing it one time is sufficient unless you like the heroine in question. Which I don’t.
I guess I’m lucky to have picked the heroine which dies straight off the bat, though it’s not much better, still less fuss than the other routes, at least that’s what I feel.
And then came the final route which… was really more of a dream “what if?” scenario for Nagi. Meaning Nagi gets no good end ;_;
First the ending of Joker and now this, why must the best characters get shafted in Akabeisoft3 games? Hope this trend doesn’t continue.
At least unlike Joker, in this case there’s some sort of hope for a fandisk/sequel of sorts to give Nagi a route, however unlikely it may be when considering the context of the story.
So final thoughts:
Aerial is something that you’re probably better off going in after reading Artemis Blue to appreciate it more (alternatively I guess reading it after Aerial works as well since my memory of the details for Artemis is vague at this point). With that said, contrary to the great characters Artemis Blue had, most of the characters, especially heroines, aren’t very likable. The only character I could bring myself to care about was Nagi but well, as said she ended up getting shafted.
That said, not liking the heroines isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Because actually liking the heroines can backfire in this case. The story is full of suffering for Shin which consequently means that the suffering extends to the heroine in question as well. There’s some degree of NTRing along with that particular heroine which immediately kicked the bucket after you entered her route. In that sense, it’s probably a blessing that I don’t care about them.
In addition, there are little differences between the heroine routes as all it does is replace certain points of the story with a different heroine and the names in certain lines with a different heroine. The difference is subtle for the most part and has minor impact on the overall story therefore once you finish one route, it’s on par with finishing it all.
Shin also spends most of the story suffering in one way or another, which makes me somewhat pity him, he just can’t get a break. I don’t know what’s with mecha stories and making the protagonist suffer but anyway, because of that you can expect to see him mop around quite often. Thankfully it doesn’t get dragged around for too long, though he almost immediately runs into another arc of suffering anyway.
On the merits, if you ignore the bad characters, suffering protagonist and NTR, the story can actually be somewhat enjoyable. I don’t know how others will take it but I found the action to be pretty well done. Had it not been for that I would have some serious doubts on being capable of reading it to the end.
In the end, it was an enjoyable story for the action and some of the character interactions, namely the ones in relation to the survival of humanity, but it’s probably better if you don’t get attached to the heroines, really.
Next up I’m going to read 平グモちゃん, I’m not quite sure what to expect but It’ll hopefully be a nice break before I go into what I’m looking forward to the most for the month.