東京バベル – Impressions

Annnnd here we go!

Its been a while since I got to read a story that makes me sit on the edge of my seat to see what happens next, feels pretty good.

For now at least, Tokyo babel has sufficiently met my expectations, though as much as I’d love to ramble on about it, I would sort of rather spend the valuable time continuing reading the thing so… yeah.

For those who have read other Propeller works of this genre, it’s more or less exactly as you would expect, minus the fact that there’s no ero. I’m still undecided on what I should be feeling about that but… perhaps sad? Well anyway.

To round up the storyline it’s like this:

In this world, there are various parallel worlds which resulted from great changes in human history. Typically human history follows a similar trend of events, even if someone insignificant dies it won’t necessarily branch into a parallel world. However it is another story if a large historical event plays out differently. For an example in some worlds, a simple misunderstanding may become the spark of world war III, and that would be a great turning point in history. In some parallel worlds there are espers, in some parallel worlds animals rule the world, in some parallel worlds the world has been mostly destroyed by nuclear warfare. Well there’s a lot of parallel worlds.

Above and below these parallel worlds exists heaven and hell. Here is the typical story so I’ll omit explanations.

The story begins here.

One day, parallel worlds began ruining. While the world ruining isn’t all that surprising, the issue is that they were ruining irrelevant to humanities doings. In addition they were ruining at a fast pace. Soon after it began, angels were thrown out of heaven and the doors to heaven were promptly shut. In hell, the demon king Lucifer went missing, because of the chaos a war was about to erupt when great flooding occurred in hell, essentially sinking it.

With humans, angels, demons in ruins, the remnants of them gathered at the dimension which is neither heaven nor hell and not a parallel world either— the purgatory, namely living in Tokyo Babel.

Well omitting some more details, various historical figures kicked the bucket or went missing, including all four of the great angels below god. I’ll note here that I’m frankly not too familiar with Christianity and the likes beyond the level of mentions in stories and daily life so excuse me if something comes off the mark.

Before Michael died, the messenger of god appeared before them. She told them that heavens gates will open if the humans go on a pilgrimage to the top of Tokyo Babel. Setting aside whether or not it’s worth believing, they had little choice as they were cornered so for time being they summoned various humans from the remaining parallel worlds.

All of them were special in some way, be it having esper powers or perhaps they were heroes that achieved a great feat, even a superhero who saves the day. Well there’s many parallel worlds so yeah.

But there’s a problem you know, it’s like you can just go “hey we need to go climb the tower so go get going”. Of the 100 million humans, around half if not more of them were sunk in despair for one reason or another. Well the angels and demons weren’t in much of a better state either.

In the end the first pilgrimage winded up consisting of 10,000 people. Even so, the heavens gate did not open. Not because nothing happened, but because no one made it past the fourth floor.

Had that not been enough, a certain phenomena occurred. To the people who set out on the pilgrimage, those who had their minds broken degenerated into those that they now call “rulers”. These rulers as their name implies, essentially decided to treat the floors of the tower as their own little kingdom to do whatever they want. Well the goals are spread out but you get the point. There were even rulers who attacked the school the humans reside in— Pandora. The notable trio that did whose names I don’t recognize took out hundreds of thousands of lives before falling. The losses were great and because of that, the pilgrimage attempts for the most part hit a stalemate.

Enter Araragi… er I mean Setsuna, summoned by Lilith at the point of which his world had already ruined, he accepted her offer to help them and arrived at Tokyo Babel.

I think that will do for an impression.

Ah well what do I say, that was very enjoyable, yes. Though I find the character art outside of cgs to be a little low in quality, outside of that there’s absolutely no complaints. It’s honestly unsurprisingly similar to other Propeller games of the genre but as I enjoyed most of them, I have no problems. From what I see, some if not the entire story consists of unique storyline meaning there’s little to no common route and I love stuff like that as I get to watch things play out far differently from the previous routes. This is part of why I liked Evolimit as it followed a similar trend if not a step below Tokyo Babel since it still had a common route.

All in all it’s a great start, hopefully it won’t lose its steam half way through as some stories do. Now, back to enjoying my reading time. Have some pictures before I leave. Take a guess of the context yourselves.

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