ルーパーズ ♾ Chapter 7 (Visual Novel Book Club)

Current chapter start date: August 26, 2022
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Hope everyone’s enjoying their reading! I’ll leave my thoughts for later, though I’m liking this chapter, other than it definitely needing the usual volume warning haha. Bit of a busy day for me today, just wanted to check in and say I read ~3600 characters and the chapter is not over yet. Most have been longer so no real surprise there. If no one else has done it, I’ll hopefully be able to get the character count tomorrow (though that’s also a day with limited time for me so no promises :crossed_fingers:).

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Oof, I haven’t read the chapter, but I did a quick click through and got just under 10k characters. I guess we’re making up for the shorter ones earlier. There’s multiple transition screens too, so I seriously thought I was going nuts for a bit there.

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Welp, I’ve been clearing my log recently because I keep switching between a few VNs and of course I just immediately hit that button by reflex (and also didn’t remember in time to undo because I’m super scatterbrained haha), so thank you so much for this! I could add but knowing me I’ll delete it again. I’ll go add 10,000 to the list.

I should’ve expected I’d end up spending all of my free time on Splatoon Splatfest premiere anyway so I probably won’t finish reading today either :sweat_smile:

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Done, quite the long chapter!

Spoilers!

For better or worse, the length of visual novels really allows for drawing out the time spent hanging out with the characters and just kinda vibing. This VN is still on the relatively short end compared to most, but that was how I felt about タイラ time in this chapter. A break from the action to just feel the characters out for a bit.

It’s interesting how we have a half answer about レオナ and 探し女. For the former, it makes me wonder if it’s a future occurrence. Perhaps レオナ is going to wake up before the end somehow and be in that sort of frenzied, loss of self-control state? I guess since she always resets to getting a headbutt it could’ve been a former loop where she went off once or twice, since it doesn’t matter in the end, but the degree to which creepy レオナ seems unhinged makes me wonder about those people who lose themselves. 探し女 could be something from the past, but it also adds an interesting way for someone to be potentially correct amid our theories that she might be a character we already know :eyes:

I figure 胡蝶の夢 is a Daoism reference to the Zhuangzi (great read by the way), so that was really cool to spot!

Once upon a time, I, Zhuangzi, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Zhuangzi. Soon I awakened, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.

I don’t think this game’s gonna dig deep into this stuff but we do hit on attitudes about how much harming others is bad when they’re guaranteed to not hold onto that memory. Not exactly a deep question cause it’s certainly bad, heh. But they do gloss over that hard, at least for now. I mean, タイラ’s antics seem to just be a little joke while he gets that out of his system, but that time he died must’ve been pretty traumatic for those watching him, for one day. Goes to show what tone and presentation does when ultimately that didn’t make me half as uncomfortable as that bit where they got clothing for ミア…

This didn’t really sell me on the other members yet, but I wonder how much they’ll be off the side since they’re still primarily not focused on. ミア is likeable anyway. Certainly an odd hobby she mentioned having. Wonder what ヒルダ has been spending the last few days on…

Anyway, there is virtually zero chance we don’t have some sort of emergency make some people nearly fail to escape in the end, y’know? Luckily, if the whole gate thing is in a sense a treasure hunt, they have just the guy for that.

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A long chapter this time for sure!

Spoilers

A majority of this chapter felt like some slice of life character interactions you’d get at the beginning of a visual novel instead of in the middle. I guess since the two main characters only recently realized they are looping its not deep into the plot yet despite being chapter 7 but yeah.

I was kind of hoping サイモン was gonna say tough luck to タイラ and ヒルダ when they went to that restaurant and ordered a bunch of food just to realize that they don’t actually have enough money to pay for it :sweat_smile: サイモン has that kind of rude “smart” guy look to him, but so far he seems nicer than I thought he’d be. I’m definitely starting to think ミア is my favorite character now though.

I felt really bad for レオナ when they mentioned that. That has to be an awful way to start every day for how long she had been looping. I can definitely see why that could make her go crazy after a while.

I wonder how long タイラ and ヒルダ will be stuck in this time loop and if we’ll get a “time skip” at some point saying they’ve been repeating the same day for years etc or if something will go down before then. It is a Key game so I am expecting something bad to happen eventually (probably to ミア since she seems to be getting more focus now?), hard to say for sure though.

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This was a long one but I read it faster than others at 1h 20 min.

About the chapter

Agreed that this was mostly a… chill with the characters and get used to the consequences of the loop kind of chapter, but it was interesting to see. It also got me thinking about what I’d do with all those possibilities but I realized I’m a very boring person and I’d probably spend all that time studying stuff and I’d just buy all the expensive online courses since you can’t really change your body so exercise is a bit pointless sadly. I’d also probably eat really tasty stuff every day. I don’t really think you can get bored of that.

And boy ミア having to watch タイラ get crushed on the floor… not cool man.

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無駄. Everything you buy will disappear at each reset - including online things. Whole state of the world gets reset except Loopers’ memories. I guess that could work if you had exceptionally good memory and do them in a little chunks each day - carefully keeping track of what you learned :wink:

Yeah, this loop is ideal setting for that - especially with no side effects next day :smiley:

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Simon, I like your character, but any time you open your mouth to fill the whole text window with words I have never seen I think of stopping here for the day. :frowning_face:

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Finally got around to finishing this. On one hand it’s nice to see the story going somewhere on the other I really want Simon to shut up already. Let someone else speak! Two chapters of exposition-chan going at it made the last third feel really nice. However, as much as I like the whole gothic lolita style dresses and costumes, they made that scene pretty creepy yo. I won’t bother starting on chapter 8 until tomorrow, but I really hope they branch out and give the other characters some air time. We’ve been with our main clique for a while and I’m kind of tired of them (screaming in my ears).

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Same here. It would have been a good way to teach them a valuable lesson. Especially with the way Tyler acts afterwards it just feels kind of brushed off a bit even if he was kind of justified with the card.

That she seemed so used to it kind of scares me. Mia isn’t entirely emotionless, but she took that way too well ><

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