Having seen the Summer arc first through the anime, that felt at first like a really jarring shift in the story but I did come to appreciate it a lot and with the OVAs concentrating on the fun parts it was very enjoyable. So, armed with that I went into the VN Summer arc with much anticipation - and it did not disappoint.
We have three new characters who are thrust upon us, taking us out of the contemporary story and into the pre Shogun age. I’ve never been much into Samurai tales so it pleased me very much that what had was strongly character based and seeing the trio develop the bonds and camaraderie while dealing with the dangers and in Kanna’s case simply a world away from all she knew was riveting. Kanna also being our eyes into this world is the butt (ahem!) of some very funny ribbing but nonetheless we gain a true sense of the injustice of her, well, “Protective Custody” and persecution of the Winged People; that building of empathy helps to make her ultimate sacrifice much more poignant. Each of the trio has a crucial role to play.
BUT - how does it all tie in with the Dream arc? It’s all - well mostly all - explained in a way that has been hinted at even if it leaves some questions as per previous posts. I can very much enjoy this arc as an entity in its own right. The near H-scene and actual H-scene felt intrusive ( maybe it lost something in translation) but still 5/5