Helios asked for someone to revive this topic so I’m back to talk about Planetarian. Because this is about Planetarian, I always end up talking about Christian beliefs, especially my own, somewhere down the line. I try not to make it too awkward but like, it’s just how I am so bear with me.
I have no idea if @Totoro_Futaki is even here anymore but I have to disagree with your opinion that the bgm’s in the final chapter don’t have enough impact. I believe they do, and here’s why. (I guess Planetarian spoilers) Most of the journey outside of the planetarium has no bgm and just is the sound of rain. Actually to be more accurate, there is only the sound of rain whenever Yumemi isn’t with the Junker. Which I just found really interesting. It says something here, but that interpretation can be different for everyone. For me though, I interpret this as follows. Its not immediately obvious, but the basically the sole purpose of the Junker in this game is to meet Yumemi and eventually be given purpose by her display of the stars. If Yumemi is not around, there is no longer light in this world. Instead of light though, the novel chooses to use sound instead. There is no longer purpose. Like sure, Yumemi is still around, but this is the only time in the novel where Yumemi isn’t by his side. In this way, the absence of sound is powerful.
Entirety of planetarian vn spoilers At the end of the fight, Yumemi is almost dead and Perfectly Human plays. I think one of the coolest things about this track is it’s naming convention. IIRC it can be translated as Perfectly Human or Perfect Human. One references the fact that Yumemi is essentially human, and not a robot. The other references the fact that Yumemi is comparable to Jesus, the perfect human. I think this song is really good also because it seems almost hopeless, but yet as we see later (kinda) Yumemi still lives, even if its only in our hearts (or maybe even more so?).
Then before the credits, the last song that plays is Itsukushimi Fukaki, the Loving Depths, or also an instrumental version of What a Friend We Have in Jesus. The only audio that goes along with this is the sound of rain and Yumemi inviting all to the planetarium. As a Christian, my interpretation is as follows. As was discussed in the Planetarian General topic, Yumemi is essentially Jesus, the stars represent heaven, and rain is the sin that blocks us from it. In her (his) death, Yumemi (Jesus) invites us to see the stars (heaven) even though we are still being rained on (are still sinners). The song gives us confirmation of this connection. And it also confirms that whatever happens, we have a friend in Yumemi (Jesus) who lives in our hearts.
At this point I should’ve just posted in Planetarian General… maybe…