Frankly the SF went over my head towards the latter half so I won’t bother explaining much.
Everyone with the exception of Himeka are existences that are known as “Man Eaters”. They are a subspecies of homo sapiens probably born from a mutation and while they don’t literally eat people, they cause normal humans to instinctively fear them as they are recognized as a “predator” for humans much in the same way as a tiger is. There’s various traits of man eaters that make them special which we get to learn very well through experience… including that even the cutest ones will go yandere and murder if pressed to.
In addition they also have the ability to control gravity!
Yes you heard me, they can control gravity.
I didn’t quite like this part as it felt like it was treading into fantasy zone despite seemingly being a SF but at least they tried to explain it later so that’s fine I suppose.
Also it’s a natural trait of the species to age slower and appear much younger than they actually are. They’ll look young even after they’ve properly grown up and the reason for this is simply so that they can absorb more knowledge and also an advantage when killing others as people would find it difficult to kill cute children.
This means that they don’t all look like lolis as a simple preference but there’s an actual reason why all of the heroines are lolis. Well Himeka is, again, an exception as she’s not a man eater.
The mysterious disease causing people to commit suicide doesn’t actually exist, it’s just a farce as the school actually gathers man eaters along with random humans. The stress of living with man eaters in turn causes them to commit suicide so although indirectly, the man eaters have actually been killing people all along.
With the end of every other route you’re shown a strange spectacle and a mysterious voice which sounds exactly like Shiho’s talking about the world “ending” and that Shin will now go to the “next world”. Well thinking normally it’s a time loop.
The execution of the time loops were very well done. With every loop the things known from the previous loop were incorporated into the setting. Meaning that the loop starts with the things you learned before as a “fact” and the story develops from there.
This saves you a lot of time with dealing with the same reveals being done over and over again or alternatively stories conveniently ignoring other parts of things when changing heroines. Some key events still remained but regardless I think it was handled quite well. More time loops should learn from how they handled this one, really.
The story… is… pretty crazy, yup. Most of the routes round up in just about everyone except Shin and the heroine the route is about kicking the bucket. It was only at Kashima’s route where things took a different turn.
Once you’ve finished all routes and finally enter the last route…
The SF goes into full power and I… I… couldn’t really keep up with it. No seriously, that’s a bit too much. I almost felt like I was listening to an abstract physics lesson or something half way in.
To somehow make sense of things we can say that…
Shiho… is someone from 10^72 years in the future. The strange spectacle we see is the event horizon of a super massive black hole… Shiho’s objective is to save humanity which went extinct far in the future and for that she went back to the past and discovered the possibility of survival which is the existence of man eaters.
In real history, man eaters would go extinct by the year 2100 and in order to not let them go extinct, Shin is the key. When Shiho first discovered Shin he was terribly weak so she even went to the level of creating a traumatic older sister Reika that exists solely to train him.
And the loops were essentially experiments to test a variety of things and… and… ah whatever.
The point is for Shin to be true to the other name of man eaters— Gravity Walkers and sort of… turn into gravitons and cross dimensions and overwrite the other space to save the world from some photon collapse.
Please. Don’t ask me. I did my best to make sense out of it, honestly.
Well let’s just say Shin succeeded and they lived happily ever after.
However it’s not as if Natsuyuru didn’t have its faults. I think the emotional build up towards the end paled in comparison to Harukuru, though the final battle with Reika was pretty nice as Reika was an existence that doesn’t die even if killed to Shin and the epilogue was pretty nice as well but that’s about it.
Maybe it’s because that unlike Harukuru it wasn’t a harem end and that the title, Natsuyuru didn’t feel like it had as much as an impact as the meaning Harukuru had or perhaps it’s none of that and it’s simply the fact that Harukuru was more impacting in that I went in expecting some harem end moege and not a crazy SF but regardless, in some areas I still felt Harukuru to be more impressionable than Natsuyuru was.
That doesn’t mean that Natsuyuru was bad though, it was still exceptionally good and exceptionally crazy making for a great ride from start to end.
In any case I’m satisfied with how things turned out and I’m glad that Natsuyuru was enjoyable regardless of whether or not you already knew the SF twist was coming. I was also surprised that the ending lines were in English and didn’t have anything extremely wrong with it. It’s amazing how many stories ruin things with Engrish.
Next up I’ll try out Alicesoft’s new game どらぺこ. Not sure how it’ll turn out but we’ll see.