You really don’t see yanderes *that* often in VNs unless you go out of your way to look for them. I mean, they do exist, and there’s a good few of them with yanderes overall. But they’re definitely not at the level of tsunderes and whatnot, those archetypes exist in every other story.
That said, if one yandere wasn’t enough then…
As it turns out our dear protagonist Ayato has what looks to be an artificial intelligence that’s bent on “protecting” him. Apparently the “protection” seems to include attempting to exclude people like Renka who get near him in other words, though it’s pretty arguable, we might as well say that there’s a yandere AI lurking around Ayato.
I mean, surely daily silent phone calls and your PC getting remotely controlled to type “AYATOAYATOAYATOAYATOAYATOAYATOAYATOAYATO” in the notepad qualifies as yandere actions right?
Since the heroine is also crazy in her own way… We have a battle of two yanderes on our hands. Now that’s something you don’t often come by.
So to briefly sum up the situation…
Ayato lives in 2034 where there’s practically a world war going on and as with every other war, technology tends to increase for the sake of war. Though it’s true that technology tends to get the most improvements during the time of war, it’s again a pretty sad thing when hearing it again. Makes it sound like we have to go and kill each other in order to get some large technological advancements— anyway I’m not here to talk about that so it’s fine.
Omitting some things in the middle, Ayato ends up attending classes with the all girl military engineering school with his two childhood friends thanks to his connections, namely that his mother works in a military base and because she doesn’t often come home, Ayato doesn’t have a very good relationship with her or as his best friend Kentarou puts simply: Oedipus complex.
While that’s fine and dandy, as they attend the school Kentarou begins to become suspicious of the situation as various doubts are raised. The school is fairly strange and indeed, soon enough things happened, it’s revealed that the all the students are participating in a secret experiment and Kentarou also points out that it’s flat out strange for there to be an AI from a frozen project to be walking around freely in school. Later on various doubts also show up but for time being, not long after attending the school the oldest student of the class, Sayaka goes missing after two planes had a battle in the skies, resulting in one of the planes crashing into the mountains.
This is around where route split happens, Renka’s route didn’t reveal all that much outside of seemingly confirming the truth that Sayaka is actually an AI and that the experiments they participate in don’t seem to be that abnormal… or well, at least in Renka’s case it appears that her experiment simply involves training with a new model of powered exoskeletons.
Regardless, they did a pretty decent job in keeping the mystery in the air unlike other stories, as in multiple cases with Ayato going for the most straightforward answer under the assumption of trusting Renka, he gets denied by Kentarous more logical thinking pattern. In the end even after everything was over there were still some mysteries up in the air though. At some point the AI or at least someone attempted to frame Renka to make it look like she’s doing various things just to get attention from Ayato. Which, considering she at one point stabbed herself is actually pretty plausible.
The problem even after pointing at the AI and saying it was the culprit is that it’s still not really known how it would have been able to observe Ayato throughout the story as some of the events happened at all too convenient timing. To be honest I would say the mystery is hardly completely revealed yet, there’s still too much up in the clouds. On another note, it appears that so far Ayato really is going to stay playing the role as a civilian as they seem to be stressing the point that “you can only do so much as an outsider unrelated to military affairs” a lot with Kentarou slamming down what Ayato tries to do.
This would usually be somewhat annoying but Kentarou basically represents the voice of reason, he states what would be the obvious results when thinking normally so it’s pretty acceptable, unfortunately not everything in this world can be solved by rushing straight forward. Also I wonder if they’re going to give us more mecha battles at some point. It seems a little wrong if they go out of their way to give briefly animated scenes of the mechas but then barely use them at all. It’s like, why did they even bother then?
In any case, much to my regret the remaining heroines don’t have characters I really like… especially Shino, I don’t like her personality in general at all, so hopefully their characters won’t get in my enjoyment of the story later on. Next up is Mashiro’s route which is probably second or third in terms of heroine likability for me.