The story is generally a case of the protagonists getting suddenly thrown into a life or death crisis with incomprehensible happenings occurring one after another. Both protagonists, Souji and Souichi, were made to learn how serious the situation is as people they were familiar with died in front of their eyes.
Just like Gensou no Idea, it tells the story through two protagonists. In this case, Souji tries to unravel the mystery from being stuck inside the school while Souichi, who was outside of the school when it happened, is faced with a large set of problems himself. Neither side gets to relax as the situation gets more and more grave by the minute.
For time being the story is full of incomprehensible events that apparently get written off as “It’s ESP power, deal with it”. I have the same problem here as the one I had with Natsuyuru, namely that it feels stuck in between trying to believable and dropping the ball entirely.
At times it feels like it can’t decide between trying to be realistic or just walking right into fantasy region. I mean, in Souichi’s side the entire city is apparently under mind control which assaults Souichi and the others on sight but the city is otherwise “normal”.
Meanwhile in Souji’s side we get to see random ESP disasters happening left and right and eventually even Souji awakened to ESP powers. It’s like anything flies in the story as long as the writer feels like it so it’s hard to feel that it follows a straight logic.
To be fair, they made some rudimentary attempts at explaining ESP powers. Such as the school they attend being a giant research facility for ESP powers and that the mind control device is something developed by the mother of the protagonist/heroine in Owaru Sekai but was deemed a failure as it wasn’t possible to realistically achieve and thus scrapped.
I liked how we got to know the mothers side of the story and how she’s involved in research to reproduce Iri in Owaru Sekai. That may have been the most enjoyable part of the story for me actually.
In any case I still don’t buy the setting. In Owaru Sekai I could accept things fine since well, virtual reality fits finely into the SF region but ESP powers is another story entirely.
Setting aside, the story telling is passable but slightly annoying in the sense that it took a preference to frequently switching between perspectives. If you know those moments where the story tries to briefly tell two different sides of the story at the same time, that’s how the story is like. Just that instead of only being a brief part, it consists of the entire story.
It was especially annoying at the start where they decided to switch between two protagonists and a flashback at the same time. I mean, god damn, just get the flashback over with at least.
Well it’s not too bad when you get used to it, I get slightly annoyed when it keeps cutting you off from continuing after hitting a cliffhanger on one side and forces you to read the other side first.
Finally, the characters aren’t particularly interesting. At the very least so far I haven’t grown much of an attachment for them. I actually felt bad in Owaru Sekai where all of the heroines were shafted in favor for Iri in the true ending. It clearly, with no doubt, strikes down any possibility of their routes being another “possibility”.
As a matter of fact, during this particular scene I was actually cheering.
I don’t think you could make a character any more annoying. American stereotype, spouting random ENGRISH and broken Japanese, samurais, ninjas, the list goes on. I was quite glad when he died since it meant that I wouldn’t need to hear him speak again.
Overall my impression of the story so far is… “so-so”. The story is more interesting than your average moege and people die when killed (that is, unless they want to pull something similar to the virtual reality twist in the end) but the heroines aren’t particularly likable. Though the protagonists are great.
I don’t like how they’ve played the ESP thing so far as well. Maybe this impression will change by the end as it did with Natsuyuru.