This is being read as an offshoot continuing Episode 1, which was previously read as part of the Visual Novel Book Club.
Current week start date: April 28, 2023
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We’re aiming to read approximately 22.5 - 25k characters per week! A suitable enough end point will be selected each week and posted within the thread.
This week's endpoint: 21.8k
Scene transitions and character count (Steam version)
|Kakeru’s home (Beginning of 5/09)
|Kakeru’s home (Beginning of 5/10)
|Kakeru’s home (Beginning of 5/11)
|Kakeru’s home (Endpoint)
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Just a little more to go…
I guess Sora kind of took over the week’s reading, but before that…
Kakeru, why didn’t you wrap yourself in a blanket like a sick person? He goes through all that trouble later to hide his petrification, but he loses his composure from… Satsuki teasing him at the door? Oh well, I guess it’s better than the part where mom seems to ignore his perfectly normal speaking voice.
The references in this section were interesting. As always I had to rely on the translation to figure out what was going on (I swear, Katakana is still the last boss of this language). Sora, how could you even joke about deleting data from what sounded like Final Fantasy Tactics? Those battles take forever to finish! And was that a Terra Formars reference? How can anyone dunk on that series? I’ve never seen such immaculate censorship bars in my life.
Back to Sora, that was a really enjoyable read. For all the silliness it was nice to dive into their relationship like that. The situation is really cruddy, but I really loved how they were dancing around the topic and finding ways to maintain the status quo. One thing that kind of bothered me was what was going on with the other artifact users. I kind of would have liked to see more of their involvement instead of glossing it over. Kakeru mentioned Kujou reacting oddly in a previous scene, but I was probably floundering with the reading too much to pick up on it. Come to think of it, I don’t remember Satsuki responding to the story despite him seemingly telling the whole tale behind the artifacts and his petrification. I guess she was close enough to maintain her memories longer, but I think that conversation was the same day Sora went to visit their parents.
I might have misunderstood, but I thought in the first episode it was the act of forcibly stealing his artifact that lead to his eventual death. Regardless, that was something only known in the bad end version of the first branch so he still should have popped the question. Then again, Kakeru swings between complete idiot and expanding brain meme whenever the story calls for it… As for the medicine, I thought the explanation was that it would put people in a fake near-death state which would more or less trick the artifact into finding a new contractor. Or I guess in this case, let them cancel the contract for Sophie to collect it.
(dumb r18 question) Is it still incest if the parents don’t recognize and acknowledge her as a duaghter? Unrelated, but I love how the youtube results for “sweet home alabama” have been taken over by memes.