さくら、咲きました。 – Miu route

Much better. Or rather, at least it’s a step up from Miyako’s route.

So, in this time we follow the route of someone who feels the world can go blow up for all she cares. Well there’s people like that too.

I liked this route far more than the previous route, half because to begin with Miu was one of the more likable characters (though all of the characters in general are pretty pleasant) and other half because of Serika getting some development which I presume will branch into her route when backtracking later. The two probably take the top two positions in likability for me in SakuSaki. Therefore this route was pretty much as good of a combination as it gets.

Going to the story itself, finally they bought up some points showing that the world isn’t really all that peaceful after all with riots occurring and internet access/phone calls being greatly restricted in order to prevent the organization of riots and whatnot. Though I don’t like how they refused to show even a tiny bit of the ugliness and simply stop at mentioning that such a thing is happening (despite the protagonist supposedly rushing straight to the center of it for the sake of his beloved Miu at some point, they decided to just cut to 2 weeks later when he returned, that just felt wrong).

On the character development side, it’s revealed that Miu ages as normal as she has extremely rare DNA which causes her to be unable to stop aging. A pretty tragic twist of fate for the daughter of the people who developed the technology. That’s part of why she feels the world can go blow up for all she cares but more importantly for that reason, she was (more or less) abandoned by her parents after being told the promise that they would definitely develop something to allow her to stop aging as well.

Since the promise however, she has more or less never seen her parents. She has received letters but the content is more or less the same and she’s given clothes that don’t even fit her size as a birthday present. Like such she had more or less given up on her parents. Even though somewhere in her mind she wanted to continue on believing that her parents would come back one day.

The only relative that she liked was her uncle who, while wasn’t very sociable, played baseball with her and took her out for baseball games here and there as he was a great fan of baseball. In a sense he was more like a parent to her than her actual parents who vanished soon after they realized her DNA problem. Even that came to an end however as her uncle died.

It’s for that reason as well that despite being the daughter of the people who developed anti-aging, she wasn’t selected for the space immigration.

Well, we’re still talking about relationship drama when the Earth is less than two months away from going to hell but it’s an improvement from Miyako route, somewhat. Besides it can’t really be helped unless they decide to come up with a wonderful plan to illegally immigrate into the spaceship… I’d actually like to see a story about that but anyway returning to the topic.

In a nutshell, love happened, the protagonist with the power of love and help of his friends, tracked down the location of Miu’s parents and decided to traverse through the now dangerous zones of chaos because of the whole situation and meet with her parents in order to find out the truth— for Miu’s sake.
… Though we didn’t get to see his glorious trip that apparently lasted 2 weeks. We skipped right to the end of the world with Miu and the protagonist hiking up a mountain to enjoy the sight of the world ending.

There with some convincing, protagonist shows Miu a video that was made as an answer to Miu. The person who appeared in the video was none other than the supposed-to-be-dead uncle of Miu.

As it turns out, 8 years ago not long after making the promise with Miu, his younger brother— Miu’s parents died in an accident in the laboratory. On her fathers deathbed, he entrusted her uncle with developing a way to allow Miu to stop aging. Like such, her uncle feigned death and buried himself in research. He was also the person sending the letters to Miu after her parents died. As he wasn’t exactly the most sociable person, he always had a headache when deciding what present to give to Miu during her birthday, going to the point of consulting his coworkers as well.

Just as results of his research was beginning to show up… the meteor was announced and it was no longer a situation where they could peacefully research. Even if he wanted to remain on Earth, he had no veto power in his immigration to space. He originally intended to tell Miu everything after the results were out but needless to say, that’s no longer possible.

And there we go, the truth is revealed.

Unfortunately in this story there doesn’t quite seem to be any mahou shoujos who will appear and save the world from the impending crisis so things go as expected, the world (probably) ends. With the protagonist and Miu watching from the front row seat. While full of regrets as there’s plenty of things they couldn’t do, what do you expect to do? Use a baseball bat and pull a smashing home run on the meteor? Though the ending was admittedly somewhat ambiguous I think there’s little doubt to be had of what the result was.

Overall it’s definitely a step up but I’m hoping it can do better, at least it’s more readable at this point. That said, with the current heroine lineup I’m more or less only looking forward to Serika route.

Hoping to get another route done today and then wrap things up tomorrow if possible but it’ll depend in how my schedule goes.

 

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