Everybody should feel free to post and ask questions–it’s what makes book clubs fun! But please do not post until you are familiar with Spoiler Courtesy!
Please follow these rules to avoid inadvertent ネタバレ. If you’re unsure whether something should have a spoiler tag, err on the side of using one.
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Bit late, but all the good things in life come at least 1 or 2 days later than they are supposed to, like all the packages I am foolish enough to order locally.
Very cute part. Absolutely love the idea of loving each and every possibility of someone else, that’s just a good phrase even for us (possibly) non parallelized individuals. This is sofar my favourite part of the entire book, actually properly mixing together romance and sci-fi concepts.
Interesting take about how fixing the IP number in place (I usually do that in my router, but the tech mumbo jumbo they came up with about recording spin vectors and the 1984 they decided to enact on the subatomic particles of someone could also work) makes the whole universe basically deterministic. That’s a proper though inducing idea. Though if apparently universes don’t drift apart (guessing from how Calendar said that he already met 001 Kazune), that still sounds somewhat deterministic.
One thing I noticed is that the author seemingly stretches the meaning of being one parallel world apart. Like it started with an eraser being placed in the left cupboard instead of the right. Then there was the 20th birthday explanation of placing the table or wine glass or whatever on the table in a slightly different location. But now someone from the neighbouring universe might have completely different breakfast in the morning. Like correct me if I’m wrong, but that sounds way more serious than an eraser being misplaced.
Love the series, can’t wait until everything goes to s**t. This ending phrase already seems ominous enough.
I am actually liking where the story is heading and I think it’s finally picking up pace in terms of suspense.
On voluntary parallel shifting
I think the scientific explanation behind shifting in and of itself is quite reasonable, but considering that as it was explained before that only the person’s conscience shifts, it doesn’t really make sense, unless we’re attributing physical properties to consciences and entering Ghost in the Shell levels
The other problem I see is that the moment the voluntary shifting tech enters testing phase, things can go to shit, because if someone decides to conduct the experiment in universe 0, any of the other universes can do the same and our 暦 0 can end up literally anywhere. This is way better explored in one of Philip Dick’s stories where he points out that the mere conception of the technology already has an impact on the timeline.