“I am waiting for Summer to pass.”
Oh no… We’re sadbois today.
I didn’t know what to expect from this. I had no idea what it’d be… Following Alka, following that straaaange ending, we arrive at the cliff, in the dark. The exact scenery we once heard of.
It’s pretty rough to jump from Umi’s story to Shiroha’s story like this. They’re two sides of the same coin; fundamentally the same, but oh so opposed to each other. Shiroha wants to go back, just like Umi did… So to see ol’ Seven Seas over here bridge the gap and bring those two stories together is super interesting.
I said before (in the Ao thread I think?) in reference to the Shiroha route, Summer Pockets does a great job of tying all the threads together. This has never been more true. Pocket ties everything together.
I like the subtlety too. We learn about Shiroha’s mother and everything she’s done without being explicitly told. We learn about Kyouko and everything she knows without being explicitly told (Finally! Her connection to Umi was suuuuspicious!)
I wasn’t too sure what to think of Alka. It had some good and it had some bad, and I couldn’t really form an opinion of it… But Pocket has formed that opinion for me. It was a good route. Two good routes in fact. A ridiculously long true end. Ridiculously long… But I’m sad to see it end.
The route was no doubt a bit samey to several other Key stories. It wasn’t original, it wasn’t the best executed version out there, and it wasn’t the most enthralling experience… But it was a good enough conclusion.
A few details I noticed:
Shiroha wears a pink ribbon throughout the VN. Nanami wears a ribbon of the same color. A memorial?
The seven seas are mentioned at the end of Kamome’s route in regards to Hairi’s journey. Foreshadowing?
Umi’s light (or butterfly, or memories) return to the warehouse. Kyouko later talks about how sometimes you forget something in your pocket, and that thing gets crushed and washed and turned into fragments. I see you Kyouko. Grandma (hitomi?) must’ve been storing some special antiques.
The bird story from the start makes a return. Two injured birds rely on each other to fly, eventually seperating from the flock. Two healthy birds have no such reliance.
The very early quote said by Nanami “I am waiting for Summer to pass” is incredibly indicative of her character despite her not knowing it. The end of Summer means the end of all this.
Staring a new game after beating Pockets, and selecting the onii-chan option, will completely change all of Umi’s voiced lines into her Alka voice. Nice touch.
Oh and that ending song! Sooo gooood.