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.
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:
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.
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.