“…and just like the clouds, the time flowed. Slowly, but certainly.”
Tsumugi’s route was as odd as Tsumugi herself. It was just so different from the rest of the game. Be it how the characters were presented, the type of moments some tracks were used in, the fact that they continue to use the day system after the 15th, and well… a lot of what I considered common sense in Summer Pockets.
First, I would like to state that, personally, I think Golden Hours is one of the best tracks in the entire game. It’s so full of joy, and I love the articulation on the brass and percussion. I think it reflects Tsumugi quite well (I just couldn’t couldn’t stop thinking on how pirate-y it sounds and that a certain pirate needed a better character theme though…).
Having everyone together was quite fun too. I honestly never thought I would get to see Kamome and Tsumugi together, for example. But either way, it felt like the scenario runned out of ideas to stuff the story with and then, to have something out of the main circle of the route, they decided to do those interactions with the more secondary characters just for the sake of it. It was cool seeing everyone together but it felt pretty meaningless.
Oppai-san was a character I really enjoyed reading. Her comic moments were the best and she seems like someone who would be really fun to talk with (well, now I know what cooper’s ligaments are). I still couldn’t help but notice that she needed two or three more sprites because sometimes the scenario didn’t match her sprite, specially in emotional scenes.
Tsumugi’s voice is just out of this world. There were times I simply couldn’t proceed reading because I was catatonic after bursting out in starfish mode. It’s sooo cute.
Some flashbacks and those scenes were they show us they having fun during the last week of summer vacation were a turn off. They dragged too much and just got nowhere. Quite unnecessary.
Although the story seemed a little stucked, just dwelling on the same things for a good while, I really liked the themes they explored in this route. Something I thought was very cool was how everyone got all euphoric to live their summer vacation to its fullest, almost like a battle against time. But, I mean, time wasn’t the villain here. Because even though time was the one who ended everything, time was too the one who made everything happen. I got the feeling that Hairi accepted that before leaving the island, and it left a really good feeling of resolve.
Well, my mind was quite overloaded when I finished this, and I honestly still don’t know what I really understood and what I didn’t, but it relieves me that there is something to be revealed in Ao’s route that complements Tsumugi’s route. Really relieved. Honestly, the ending of this route was too stuffed, and it couldn’t handle itself very well. Anyways, I’ll probably go back to reread some parts of Tsumugi’s route after finishing Ao’s, just in case.
Also, I actually experimented mugyu-ing some songs. It was a pretty enlightening experience (y’all should try it too) and I intend to do it again. Maybe later today…? Oh damn, what am I saying… I’ll do it right now!