So I finally finished reading Subarashiki Hibi. I can’t help but feel this was really overrated, but part of the reason is probably because Sakura no Uta was so much better. That said, it was still really good. Probably around an 8.5/10 if Sakura no Uta is a perfect 10. The tricks it used were pretty well done and I loved the way the writing misled you at certain parts. The second chapter was very reminiscent of Umineko where you completely lose the ability to tell what is real and what is fantasy. The way the hints were dropped to lead you to the correct answer was great, especially with how simple lines in retrospect carry great meaning. Still, I can’t help but feel some of the explanations were very lackluster. Especially the Tsui no Sora 2 ending which is very open ended in a philosophical kind of way but it honestly left me feeling a bit cheated. Again, I think back to Sakura no Uta where everything is connected perfectly and then I look at this where several parts are either left open ended (because yay philosophy) or have unsatisfying explanations. I almost want to say Sca-Ji wrote himself into a corner with some of mystery but the internet will crucify me if I say something like that. (It wasn’t bad enough to be inconsistent or anything, but I do take issue with how things played out)
If we’re talking about the philosophical aspects, which seems to be its biggest point of praise, I can see it. There’re a lot of interesting things going on that you don’t find in other VNs, and I appreciate some of the things it has to say. But I really feel lots of people are glossing over the weaknesses when they praise this. BTW, there is a lot of super disturbing content. I get why it’s there, and some of it is definitely necessary thematically, but wow I had to stop reading several times because I could not handle it. This is not for the faint of heart. So as far as my personal opinion goes: anyone who is hyped for this game should just transfer that hype to Sakura no Uta, which is even better. Subarashiki Hibi is good, great even, but it definitely has its flaws.