神咒神威神楽 – Impressions

Let’s see, to update on what happened with Love Replica…

I dropped it.

and now moving on to a much more entertaining story.

When I think of it, it’s pretty rare for me to drop something in the middle of reading it. I mean, I’ll “stop” reading it since I lost interest in reading other routes or if I drop, I’ll drop it within the first few hours of reading but rarely spending several days reading something and then dropping it in the end.

In a nutshell I couldn’t handle all of the love triangle drama it generated and gave up towards the end. Anyhow I’m not here to talk about that right now.

KKK is something that I vaguely held interest in but never got around to reading, what stopped me was namely that I never enjoyed Dies Irae as much as others have and this turned out to be vaguely related to it. In addition since it has been quite some years since Dies Irae, I don’t even remember the characters very clearly anymore and I have little interest in rereading it as I do for some other stories to refresh my memory.

Well in the end I decided to give it a spin so here I am.

I haven’t gotten particularly far, or at least I don’t *feel* like I’ve gotten particularly far because of long winded conversations which are by no means bad but in any case, long. Looking at the clock I quite likely spent over half an hour reading a single conversation from the story and that along with the vertical text is something that reminds me of when I read Muramasa.

Now, this is the type of story is much more fun to actually read than to come along and read a makeshift summary of here so I generally won’t cover much more than my thoughts about reading it here.

My general impressions from reading it for a few hours is…

Lots of entertaining characters and lots of battles. The power balance in the story is already far beyond the level of shooting some flames here and there right at the start of the story and there’s no doubt that it’s only going to progress beyond that. When asked whether or not it’s a chuuni story I don’t quite feel that way either. Then again, arguably any story with elements like these can fall into that category.

The pacing feels somewhat fast in terms of story developments but that might slow down later as it almost feels like if it kept going along with things it would end the entire story within 10 hours of reading. I’m also not exactly sure what relations it has with Dies Irae yet either but I assume I’ll find out some time later.

Whats interesting about the story is that instead of the story being centered around one protagonist, the position is scattered about with many characters or rather, pairs. Sort of like how Gensou no Idea had dual protagonists each with their own heroines but in here it goes beyond that. It sets things up for some pretty interesting dynamics so I’m looking forward to how things unfold.

I always love it when stories opt to have many characters with their own little story to tell instead of centering events around one character, to go with this, much of my favorite stories happen to feature this so this is a nice plus in my eyes.

I suppose the reason it isn’t seen as often is that it can be much more difficult to write (without the entire story collapsing and/or dragging on for years anyway). That’s just a guess though, anyway since it’s not as if I have any grounds for it.

In any case, the characters are great, the story is intriguing and the setting is interesting. Nothing more I could ask for.

Now to continue on with reading the story…

One thought on “神咒神威神楽 – Impressions

  1. I finished Dies recently and I have yet to read KKK, though I already have on my pc for quite some time… KKK is setting in a different feudal Japan and it’s the direct continuation of Marie route (bois de justice).

    Yeah and the have 4 couple/protagonist pairs thing is really interesting, though in Gensou I’ve to say I got kinda annoyed with one of them because Himawari, anyway, looking back in Dies Irae the majority of the history is also counted by another person eyes, not necessarily they being the protagonist or at his side, but at time they were narrating that part of history in their point of view, which was interesting and that’s what seemed to motivate them do that system you mentioned in KKK, though now with Senshikan release in next month, next novel by the author of DI/KKK/light, they’re bringing the Dies formula back, with a central main character, at least on paper so far, and a group of friends.

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