It’s been a few weeks since I had finished Tomoyo after, but only after listening to the podcast did I decide to post my thoughts here.
Forgive me for not reading through the entire topic first, like I usually do.
I won’t say it’s my least favorite Key VN or that I didn’t like it. While reading through some of its parts, parts of the After Arc included, was somethimes hard, I still like it as a whole and I completely acknowledge this story’s powerful messages. Nevertheless, to me, personally, this VN is the anti-Little Busters.
Life is tough, which no Key VN ever tried to deny and I’m pretty sure they never will. Some people are more fortunate than others. Some people have it really rough. Some people are broken, some people give up and some people pull themselves together to struggle against the hardships of life once again, and some people reach out to others, support and sometimes even save them.
But there’s no guaranteed result for any of those people.
Even if you have had a really tough childhood. Even if you work your hardest to find and maintain your place in the world. Even if you surround yourself with great people. Even if you generously share all your free time with others, even if you do everything in your power to save them. Even if you are the best person you could possibly be. Even if you always make the right decisions…
… in the end, your only reward may be death.
And the After Arc brutally hammers that in. There is no Key magic in Tomoyo After. Effort does not necessarily get rewarded. To put it simply, that’s life. But it still has meaning, it’s still wonderful. And all that’s left for us is to understand and accept all of that.
I’m just not sure I can.