ハピメア – Thoughts

These siblings are quite awesome nonetheless.

These siblings are quite awesome nonetheless.

Alright, I already expected this so I’m not as mad as I could’ve been. In part because reading some comments about Hapymaher already vaguely prepared me for this. However, even then, EVEN THEN, let me say this before starting:

Go to hell.

For the most part the story was, from start to end, a very fun read. Mostly because of the setting revolving around lucid dreaming, there was a lot of room for flexibility in scenes because it was a dream and anything, no matter how strange, is okay.

It was entertaining how the story went up and told you “this is a dream”. The characters then “woke up” but wait, that is also a dream! Then when they truly woke up, by the end of Alice’s route it’s revealed to you that that’s also a dream! And that they’ve been stuck in a dream loop ever since the start of the story. Similar to a time loop in concept as in reality, the entire length of the story only lasted one single night.

It was just one really, really long dream.

Though at the end of all sub heroine routes they technically “woke up” for real, in that area it can only be left to the readers imagination as to what happened I suppose. In story they basically don’t know themselves though it’s said that you can call it parallel worlds. Parallel world theory sounds about right so we can leave it at that.

These sub heroine routes were generally all entertaining in their own ways. Mainly thanks to Maia. The story seems to never be boring when Maia is around.

Which, arrives us at the two unlockable routes, Maia and Alice’s route. First of all, Alice’s route is probably the most canonical and “true” heroine route. Except her route is… relatively confusing. Can you even call it Alice route?

It’s revealed that the true owner of the dream is a sickly girl who Tooru met during his childhood when he was hospitalized during the Maia incident and is technically his classmate but basically never shows up because she’s busy being hospitalized.

That’s fine and all but here’s the thing: she’s not Alice. Well okay, she is Alice in a sense. Alice is a double created by her and is the vision of her “ideal” self. Her actual personality is much more pessimistic but I actually like the real her more than Alice. Well my personal preferences aside, the point is that Tooru technically fell in love with Alice making a… relatively confusing relationship.

Well skipping the developments, we arrive at the ending of which… we combine both together.

Sudden heterochromia doesn’t make much sense but with this we get the best of both worlds so I’m okay with this.

So far so good, the story ended perfectly fine… well, I sort of want to see what happened afterwards but it’s nothing unusual for the story to end after the main problems are solved. You can just picture that they lived happily ever after and leave it at that.

But wait, we’re forgetting someone: Maia.

Maia’s route can be summed up in two words:

BAD END

Fine, I know it can’t be helped because Maia is already deaaaaaaaaaaaaad in reality but come on. The indisputable best heroine in the story and she gets a “route” that amounts to about 10 minutes of reading. It’s fine even if it’s a retcon, give me a proper Maia route you bastards.

Because of that, while the story was for the most part satisfying, the part of me that wanted to see a proper Maia route is not even the slightest bit satisfied. I pray they decide to make a FD for Maia as it desperately needs one.

That aside, before I forget, gender bent Tooru is pretty great as well.  I guess I should say as expected from Maia’s brother.

With Hapymaher finished I have nothing left from February releases, whatdo? March doesn’t look particularly interesting so I think I’ll immerse myself in anime/manga/LNs for a while. Playing some games for once doesn’t sound too bad either.

Or I can just work on my backlog for once.

Ah well, I’ll decide tomorrow.

6 thoughts on “ハピメア – Thoughts

  1. I just finished Saki Route, and now going through Yayoi Route
    So Far this game is very good for me, And i can’t stop playing this game since yesterday lol

    I look forward to playing maia route, and little disappointed when hearing maia route is so short
    WHY WHY WHY WHY
    And why there’s no harem route ?

  2. Purple Software announced Hapymaher Fairy’s Dream at Comiket, apparently. Whether it’s a sequel or fandisc, though, I’m not sure. But still, this means there’s a chance for a good Maia end after all.

  3. No true Maia Route was a real shame. She really properly deserved her own story and a more dramatic ending. I guess the ending was a rational one though. She is a bit like Mal in Inception in a sense.

    The dream in a dream in a dream thing kinda confuses you.

    Alice ending i sorta guessed. When i was playing other routes they sprinkled, no, showered at you all these little hints about Alice not being normal, and I guessed that it was someone unconscious, probably really sick in bed, creating an alter ego. The persistent dream world also means that =someone= has to be the “server” of the MMORPG they are in.

    Overall, very fun and the art is quite unique. I’ve been a fan of Purple Software ever since Mirai Nostalgia. Hmm, some sort of similarity between the main heroines of the 2 games…?

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