Yeah AIR’s format is very noticeable weird. (Overall VN spoilers) Like, if Yukito’s journey is searching for his girl with wings, it’s very strange that the first girl he meets is obviously that person. By going into the other routes, you have to knowingly avoid Misuzu. It’s like you’re going out of your way for something you know isn’t what you’re looking for. It could’ve been done a lot better.
Speaking of, I just finished my readthrough of common. It was actually a lot shorter than I was expecting, so I was a bit taken aback by how sudden it was. Going back to how AIR is formatted weirdly, I guess a lot of these ‘common route’ scenes are in part broken down into the Minagi and Kano branches, which makes things weirder again. I still think this was the best way to tackle it for the bookclub though. I’ll save most of my thoughts on the route for the podcast.
So, how far through common are all of you?
I’d actually like it if you guys could remain conscious of something. I decided to make it 2 weeks per route to give members plenty of time to read, but it’s quite possible that in future bookclubs we’ll need to cut down the reading time to one week per route. (looking at you CLANNAD.) With that said, I have a request.
If you can, try to get each route read within a week. I’d like for you guys to help me judge whether a week per route is a reasonable amount of time or not. I know everybody has different lifestyles, so the time it takes everyone will differ from individual to individual. But I’d really like if I could get some kind of understanding of how long people are taking to read each route.
If you can’t squeeze it into a week, don’t force yourself! Basically what I mean is, if you can, avoid loafing around just because you have two weeks to spare. If a lot of people show me they can get the reading done in the timespan of a week, that will be quite reassuring.
Let me know how you go.