Himawari is split into 3 chapters with one flashback in between chapter 1 and 2.
In the first chapter it’s terribly generic for the most part. There’s a lot of bad endings littered about but other than that while you get some ominous foreshadowing nothing of particular interest happens
It begins with looking like some generic “MAGICAL LOLI FALLS FROM THE SKY, IS IT AN ALIEN!?” with SoL hijinks including a childhood friend archetype, best friend character and so on.
First and foremost the story is completely a SF story as it’s revealed that they are not aliens from space but simply fell from a space station.
By the end of chapter one things get wrapped up decently with only a few questions remaining. Frankly it’s not too interesting as there weren’t any shocking twists… until the epilogue.
This continues onto a long flashback arc where you return to 2 years back, away from the protagonists perspective to see what happened in the past surrounding the cast.
Put simply… tragedy happened. And not just one, several tragedies that built up over the years collided into one huge mess and what we got to hear in chapter one was merely the tip of the iceberg.
We get to see many new faces to the characters that showed up in chapter one and overall, the entire impression the cast gives changes greatly as you find out that about the meanings behind their words and actions.
It’s indeed amazing how different an impression of a character can change by hearing their backstory.
After seeing how messed up their stories are, I truly wondered how they they intended to wrap things together but… hey, they managed to do so quite well.
Even though in terms of Aqua route I can’t say that it was a genuine happy ending. To some extent it feels like they were simply saying: Well shit, life sucks but there’s no use dragging on the past forever. Might as well move on. The chemistry between the protagonist Youichi and Aqua was also quite nice so I enjoyed this route.
But the story doesn’t end here, after that there’s Asuka’s route.
Asuka’s route essentially served to tie up loose ends on the “other” side of the story. I didn’t quite like this ending when compared to Aqua’s but I did like the development they did with Akira since it smoothed out his character a lot as well as clarifying Asuka’s circumstances seeing as all the flashback mentioned of her is that she was shipped off to live somewhere else as soon as she was born.
For the most part everything has been solved by the end of this route but during the epilogue you get foreshadowing for more conflict which is talked about in the afterstory game that apparently follows Aqua but…
Somehow I’m not quite in the mood to continue reading, at least not for now. I just sort of felt “Hey, this ending is good enough, I’ll just leave it at that so that I don’t have to suffer through more tragedies”.
All in all it’s a good read if you’re looking for a SF story that deals with A MAN’S ROMANCE, general space hijinks and some awfully heavy drama in the middle.
However I have to say, every other woman in the story appears to come with a large baggage of problems in one way or another. And some of them go borderline yandere at times. Frankly if I had to choose between them I’d definitely take the same path as Ginga. Screw that. I did quite enjoy how they handled the drama though as we got to see them cope with their losses in present time.
That’s the difference between well written drama compared to shoehorned drama which is simply frustrating and nothing more I suppose.
Around a week left until November releases, just a bit more to go…