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It’s been quite a while since the last parallel shift.
While reading about the incident at the shrine and its lucky outcome I kept fearing that they would soon notice that the happy outcome happened only in a parallel world, and in world 0 something more terrible had happened. But so far everything is well …
Calendar used to be distraught over the thought of himself being a Chad 85 parallel worlds away. In this chapter, he learned that he was the Chad all along. /s
Oh, that’s an interesting idea 2000kanji! He did make it seem at the beginning like this would have bigger implications, so I’m wondering if we’re not out of the clear yet. Not that I want the characters to get hurt but I am hoping for a bit more of a payoff/climax for this story.
I can practically smell the end of the book already, only a quarter of it left over.
This was a weird mix. That will be the summary of my thoughts.
First we get a jargon heavy first half, where all that happened was the establishment of a few government agencies with ridiculously long kanji names (I mean, come on 国立研究開発法人虚質科学研究所, really, 15 characters, with some repeated ones even).
After that I guess we got an “action” scene. Not gonna lie, I’m kinda annoyed by things just happening and then not having any lasting effects. The toy gun from the beginning, the accidental long shift, now a masked rampager that went nowhere. All of these seemed like events, that could have caused issues, a part of me even imagined a scenario, where Calendar would’ve lost his son and then optional shifted into far away worlds, just so he can see him again.
The book definitely has strong points, especially when it talks about the ways parallel universes, and moving between them changes the every day life of everyone. However these uneventful events are not that. Still a good book, still enjoying, but could do without these.
Also, I have some thought experiments, what happens if a serial killer does their killing by shifting into a different universe, doing the deed and then shifting back? Would there be any sort of evidence? Like sure, if you do something, shift away and leave your parallel universe self behind, you can tell where the culprit is by checking the number on their monitor. But if you shift away first, nothing.
Part of it is kind of explained I believe. If you shift away in an attempt to escape from a crime, your IP gets blocked and you stay in the faraway parallel universe. However, that sounds like a terrible idea, considering that A) the “criminal mind” is still on the lose and B) police probably would want to actually catch the culprit .
But in general I agree with a lot of your comments 100%. The book could explore the idea of parallel universes a lot more (and a lot of more seriously, considering the complexity), but instead we have things happening and the main protagonist repeatedly spoiling future events for the reader . Like for instance, Koyomi just “throwing it out there” at a end of one of the past chapters that eventually he and Kazune got married. Like c’mon, them trying to figure out whether they even can get married was a key plot point for several pages and a critical aspect of the clinical trials for optional shifts they both underwent…
Yeah, it definitely sounded weird when I read it. The original issue was exactly that the criminal shifted away and fixed his position in place. So to make it easier to catch them you… fix them even more in place? Who does that help and how?
I actually had to re-read that part a couple of times to make sure I’m not misunderstanding (my reading comprehension per JLPT standards is not the best ), but after the explanation there is a clear example and a follow-up so I think we’re both on the same page with it. Except as you say, it sounds weird .