Really enjoying reading this! Loving all the fantastical elements and Kasane is really sus.
Like everyone else said, I think she might be related to the bug somehow, but I kind of think she might actually know something more about it than what she’s giving away? At least that’s how I felt from the really weird way she, as a researcher, was like “oh, maybe I’m the only one” (without even asking why that might be the case that she doesn’t bug out).
I don’t know if she’s causing the bugs herself (like, being the “magician” or related to the “magician” behind them), but I do think she ties into the bigger plot somehow. I also don’t think she causes them directly because it doesn’t seem like she knows the extent of the bugs.
Edit: Shame and suffering, need new eyes
Question: The kanji combo “恒成” comes up, but I couldn’t find it in my dictionary. Any help? I kinda got what it meant in context, but I’m just curious.