Let’s see… this story greatly fits the whole “fate”, reincarnation cycles and whatnot into things. In a nutshell all of the characters have a certain bond with each other. These bonds persist even after they’ve died and reincarnated.
Unfortunately knowing this actually only makes some of these heroines all the more tragic. Especially Nayu. Though I think, or rather hope it isn’t so, it seems to imply that these characters have the terrible fate of getting winded up in some tragedy with every reincarnation they go through. At the very least, history repeats itself with the story beginning and 1200 years prior to the story start.
First you have Mihaya committing suicide out of depression. The reason varies but… yeah.
Finally you have Leia and Nono in a master-servant relationship with Leia stuck having a terrible father and Nono getting the short end of the stick because of that.
Thankfully with the protagonist powers we manage to send all of the heroines towards a happy ending… Well, Nayu is inevitably going to die anyway but at least she’ll have a slightly happier death…?
That’s the individual routes revealing their wonderful lives.
And then came the true route.
Our protagonist, Karma isn’t human so hes been alive for well over 1000 years. And so, when he was still little, he was taken to the human world at some point to look around. Being the young boy he is, he immediately escaped and went to explore. That’s where he met the (human) main heroine, Kuon. Not long after this encounter he had to return back but skipping forward 10 years, he sneaks out and once again arrives in the human world, meeting a more mature Kuon.
Things are all romantic up to here but this time around, Karma spent a longer period of time in the human world and encountered various people. Namely, the past lives of the other heroines. Well I’ll skip past the setting and frankly state that this is where the tragedy all began.
I don’t really want to remind myself of the details so to explain things simply…
For certain reasons Kuon is going to be murdered by a bastard who also happens to be Leia’s father. The entire village that Kuon lives in is burnt to the ground, everyone is murdered. Leia arrived at the village in order to stop her father, only to be killed by him.
Nono, who served Leia was shocked hearing about this, alas…
Thankfully Karma managed to get to Kuon in time to protect her from a barrage of arrows.
… She did not make it and died crawling her way there.
Mihaya who was conflicted by the situation and “did not do anything” or rather made things worse in some points of view, after seeing Nayu’s corpse on the roadside despaired and chose to commit suicide.
Karma, enraged by the events tried to kill the root of the entire mess, however he was stopped and could not do even that, it’s forbidden for them to interfere with the lives of humans, much less killing them.
And that was the past of Karma and the heroines. The only thing I have to say about it is well, fuck you too.
On the bright side the story actually ended up on a pretty happy note. Not an all around happy ending but still relatively bright to what the ending could have been. After all, the story cornered Karma to a position where, after recalling his past with Kuon and the others, he’s forced to erase Kuon’s existence from the world by his own hands. Of course in the sense of complete erasure, zero, nothing, nada.
In any case, I’m glad I bothered to give this a chance as I honestly wasn’t expecting much out of it. In the end I received a fairly decent story. Much better than the average romance you find here and there at least.
Next up is Leyline, let’s see if it has gotten any better, though it won’t end. Actually forget that, I don’t mind that it’s a multi-part story but the way the previous one ended was just stupid. Look at Grisaia, Ikusa Megami, Rance or any other of the stories that consist of many different VNs, you never get an abrupt ending out of nowhere leaving you hardly satisfied. That’s pretty much how you should handle things like this seeing as there can be well over a year in between releases.