As I mentioned in impressions, I didn’t quite like how they handled the ESP part of things so the first half of the story was quite bothering to me.
However it actually did follow the same trend as Natsuyuru and once the explanations started kicking in, things made more sense and well, you could indeed nod to what was occurring as something that made sense.
In this case, it made use of an existing urban legend and placed its own spin on things. It felt like it went a little far to even bring the soul business into things but well, that’s the joy of the story being fictional.
But anyway moving on, once those explanations began coming in I could accept the ESP part a bit better. From there however, the story actually moved away from the ESP part of things… or well, moving away is a little inaccurate. While ESP still plays a role in the sense it’s how all of the happenings are explained, the focus of the story became something else entirely.
The story became heavily focused on time travel and parallel worlds which of course, eventually led to paradoxes as well.
This came as a pleasant surprise as the story winded itself all the way back to 1940 to tell a story of the origins of the incident and what this has to do with the protagonists.
It was surprising when it turned out that Souji and Souichi aren’t twins but the same person. I mean, who would have saw that coming, really?
In any case, the time traveling was a little complicated at times because it involved parallel worlds and jumping back and forth from the 1940s, 1960s, 1980s and all the way to modern age. It didn’t help that our antagonist was equipped with an ability to change the age of things as well as the entire soul business. Despite all of that though, I think they handled the time traveling quite decently.
Things came together quite well and made sense, there were surprising twists revealed along the road as well, appearances can truly be deceiving indeed.
The final twist of (time traveled) Souji being right around the corner since the very start of the story was pretty damn predictable once enough foreshadowing piled up but it still made the twist quite a glorious moment regardless.
Now as for the characters…
Souichi got the short end of the stick with the undoubtedly most boring half of the heroines. Or rather, I’m not even sure if Telsa could count as a heroine for Souichi considering the context meaning all he got was Haru. Souji got the better side which… really isn‘t all that better either.
Natsu was pretty cute and well, standard tsundere so I have no real complaints in that area but Ao was terrible.
Seriously, who the hell wants to hear the heroine throwing a tantrum about her father and how he DIEEEEEEEED in the middle of a life or death crisis? I don’t god damned care if your father died a few years ago or not, pick a better TIME and PLACE to throw a tantrum at.
Alright, let’s be fair here. You can’t really throw out her reasoning as something you can’t comprehend. When considering her obsession with her father as well as the situation she’s placed in, it was nearly as if fate was teasing her by showing her peeks of how life could have been like. It’s not so surprising for her to throw a tantrum or two after seeing such a scene.
But I don’t buy it. That doesn’t justify going on about not wanting to destroy the machinery responsible for more or less the entire incident just because she wants to time travel back and change the past. If that wasn’t enough, later on she threw another tantrum at a crucial time which led to a big battle and actually, at one point she practically dropped the ball and wanted everyone dead period.
That, my friend, is not quite the sort of heroine I enjoy watching.
Well at the very least, the entire conflict which led to a 3P end between Natsu and Ao was entertaining. It sort of made me wonder that if they were going for 3P anyway, they might as well had included the yandere vice president. Well, side characters be side characters, that’s their unfortunate fate.
Oh right, speaking of which, in the end as I had vaguely expected: people don’t die when killed. Things just reversed themselves and everyone lived. There were just about no deaths except from people (namely the antagonist) who should’ve kicked the bucket far back. Speaking of the antagonist, while he was an extremely detestable existence as shown in the flashback…
That also made it interesting to see how things played out for him in a parallel world where his ultimate goal— Tesla died 10 years before the start of the story. All that was left for him at that point was regret, he became a fairly pitiable existence in a certain sense. Well not really but it was nice to get to see things from another point of view. It was also a huge tease that it was revealed in that particular parallel world Iri was alive and well. These Owaru sekai references really are quite…
Well in any case, a lot happened and the story deviated quite a bit from the original, being some sort of thriller with bizarre happenings and plenty of side character deaths. Both sides were enjoyable in its own way but well, when thinking of it, Ao’s route could really pass as a horror in a sense. I mean, god there was quite literally an empty doll that was stated to have been possessed by a soul. That’s already going past ESP zone and waltzing right into horror. How terrifying.
And then there was this scene…
But yeah, while I may not be standing up from my seat and giving it a large round of applause, it was still fairly enjoyable in its own way. Had the heroines been more likable I would probably enjoy it even more than I did. The protagonists were great however, especially Souji. I’m also glad that it actually ended happily unlike the bittersweet ending Owaru sekai had. I was afraid that it would follow the same trend at the end considering they even share the same setting.
Now with this story over I’m officially done with the month, nothing left to read. All that’s left is to wait for next month releases which…is…right around the corner. Or rather, tomorrow. I’m unsure on what I’ll read first and to begin with there’s only a handful of candidates but I’ll decide when the time comes.