9-nine-そらいろそらうたそらのおと 9️⃣ Week 7 (Visual Novel Book Club, offshoot)

And another week done.

mild thoughts

Overall I had a hard time of this ending. Reading it was… difficult language wise for me, but even past that I can’t say I really enjoyed the fight scene all that much. Getting all of the users together was definitely better than shounen willpower bullshit, but I just don’t see how they could have all gathered at the shrine that quickly even under the best of circumstances. I thought Sora was supposed to be asleep for up to a few hours, Kujou was something like a 20 minute ride in the opposite direction, and Noa didn’t even go to the same school, right? Even if it was cool getting the band back together it just felt a bit too forced to me.

I’m guessing with the contract revoked Sora could use her phone again and everyone got their memories back. I didn’t understand how Sophie’s stealth mode works, but it seems weaker on ability users and everyone already seems to respond to her so I’m guessing it didn’t matter or she could turn off the stealth regardless… At the same time I’m not even sure I want to dwell on it too much. I was really enjoying the parts that focused on the relationship between Kakeru and Sora, but like I mentioned in the last post the writers seems to love retconning random shit in to justify whatever deus ex advancement they want at times and it gets old.

Yall have already read the ending, but I’m guessing the epilogue is just going to give some really contrived explanation for what happened. Personally, I think I just want to see what happens with Sora and find out what our new antagonist will be if they tease it.

I was really excited for tonight’s reading, but honestly after the Sora parts it fell super flat for me. I read a little under 20k tonight, but it was just kind of disappointing in the end T_T