Tides of moment holds the most limit of invigoration, spanning the nascence bless to subsistence end, time. The ever-dimming endless cruelty in essence of mortality defined timepiece. Many hope to surpass, plebeians unconditionally deal, some detest, and few wordlessly thank it, which as certain individual has become a curse. Obstinate as fate unforgiving, not to condemn unreasonably rational. That, in fact absolute reality, to the contrary of following prepositions. The present could be leaped into the past makes present the future. The past what makes the present. Even so, would he who owns the ‘timepiece’ pull a desired result of syllogism, receiving meaningful retrograde upon the proven henceforth.
“Changing the future is improbable, just like how you can’t change my heart”. Was likely soliloquy of a precaution phrasing from the previous owner of time rewind-capable ‘timepiece’, Ren, to the now stubborn holder young man, Riku. End of ‘time’ she reached waved his initial turning point to many events, though not necessarily often, tried to be changed. Outstanding dramatically, the bliss – common and casual – and the heartbreaking – profound and touching – was in development of one particular fantasy under serious reality. Years the ‘timepiece’ received after, the focal journey fit pocket watch of time leap ticks before the slope of fate, for – できない私が、くり返す。
The base element of unnatural event that is time leap, specifically and restrictedly to a point of timeline in the past, anchored to a sole device in the shape of aesthetically designed pocket watch. Explicated nothing to any theory nor how the mechanism behind it works to project the completely unscientific phenomenon. It just works, by how it decided to be for one fundamental factor in finding the answer to life in time. Simply it’s not that the timepiece was unlocked without agreement. The most prologue was serene withholding lightweight atmosphere, right at the blank moment where Ren, the ex-possessor of the timepiece, handed it over Riku, named protagonist who now hold the medium of leaping through time capability. Reasserting the absolute rules regarding the timepiece known from their talk behind, they were: “the moment the timepiece was handed over by the previous owner became the threshold of time leap”, “no specific condition nor necessity tolled to rewind time”, and “the user’s memories were stay intact as is after rewound time”. All mentioned by Riku clearly but one important point he purposely missed. Just like it would be emphasized again and again later, Ren uttered the most point Riku wouldn’t want to admit, “The future would never be able to change”.
Like a manner of flashback, the stubborn, benevolent and knowledgeable protagonist back to his own on a certain unnamed town which was his next place to live in as a traveler. Had been 5 years after that conversation, Oosaki Riku had become a freeter on-the-go, travelling from place to place in ‘act of mercy’ (人助け) whilst normally took a lot of daily-paid jobs in one stride. One of the flashback had Ren told him not to get back to her by any means at their farewell, which somewhat became the reason he was for staying at that place (likely his hometown) would surely keep him reminded of her which might lead of him reaching his hand to her once more. Obstinate in manner of not wanting to admit the not preferable restrain was how he kept rewinding once every problem he tried to solve for helping others, rewound and attempted to prevent the problem before it occurs, to no avail. Like how he did to catch rolling apples from the slope, using his entire body on the ground to prevent the falling apples from going further down only to get him only one apple on hand same to initial experience. Still it got him acquainted with the source of fallen apples, Shino who’s kind enough to play along with his tendency of troublesomely joke some nonsense. Shino was shortly spiked from some kind of illness, clearly indicating where this is going to later before she guided Riku to show where he could assign a rent to stay in reply for him helping her picking up the apples. Thanks to his skill from doing it for years Riku quickly secured him an apartment and some works. Chronologically after, acquainted with Miki, Shino’s close friend who helped her brother running curry shop, then Airi, Shino’s best and childhood friend, and lastly, one which hardly acquainted to others, Yume, all along their accompanied leitmotif. Recalling Ren’s half-mocking words of encouragement, his renewed determination to change the future closed the prologue.
Just by the prologue itself, already gotten used to see Riku’s day by day activities. The joke-sounded work of helping others didn’t seem like a hobby or time-killing side job. Whilst being freeter is better than insisted as a neet, it’s pretty much unconvincing with the pace of jobs he’s taking. That undetailed jobs process aside, the settings are somewhat lack of proportion and perfect arrangement of timeline in mind. Had it reimagined into a more solid groundwork available for future expandibility might allow it a paramount overall impression, like an instance of timepiece display noticing a precise time instead of vaguely guessing from the sky’s color considering it was a timepiece itself been hold that it’s quite an irony. Heroines introductory moments did a fair impression, particularly for Airi. Weird and unusually disappointing for her part only to not getting a chara introduction CG. Yume’s was practically a service, Miki’s slightly disputed to Shino’s figure on it (not that I too mindful about it), instead at least her brother, but for a heroine to not getting a CG at her offset is a fatal mistake, the worst, a taboo I don’t want to hear any excuse from not putting it in. Moreover since Airi is my favorite here, it doubled the letdown, yes, such unfair treatment.
Before the line one, back to the starting display – title screen – soft material and abstraction on the grey-tinted background boasted a nuance of senescence, thus giving the front objects – title logo, characters image, and main menu options, a clearer and vivid exposure. As the splash isn’t static from the get-go, 5 characters fade in in a quick sequenced transition and looking the way they’re put, it’s remarkably a beautiful grand image of a title screen that I could go to the extent of praising every detailed elements on it. Mesmerizing deeper into this, it’s as if every parts of the placement convey a meaning behind it, especially a big focus to ‘time’, from the biggest on the back, a gear, and chain binding the timepiece. Perhaps I’m just reading into it too much, although accompanied with a beautiful passionate grand piano play has it an authentic masterpiece.
With hierarchical zoom transition across the pages, the interface is yet an extraordinary form of design in consistency. In the configuration page, divided into 4 tabs of categories which are text, visual, sound, and shortcut setting. Each page has its individual option arranged in card view providing distinction to the all brown-variant colored advanced options that even a common user should find it easy to get by. Slider fluidity, various unnecessary but intriguing options – like shadow on text toggle, text windows appearance in case of H-scene, bgm title show on change toggle, and the likes of others -, the usability of save/load function which doesn’t neglect one tap of quick load – both on title screen and load page itself -, and in-game menu placement which available in three optional placement as well other user-centric personalization settings, all fixed in really streamlined interface over robust functionality. A noteworthy improvement of akabeisoft that I just noticed they’re in third version where last one I saw was G-Senjou no Maou powered by akabeisoft2 while I’m not too into installment’s exterior at that time that I can’t say much how significant their improvement was.
Into the typical ADV in-game style, the novel’s outer looks doesn’t deceive a cover debut, just as much as feature-rich user interface, it’s as well packed with a few supplementary for enhanced experience. Eyes blink, while it’s not a new thing to rejoice on more such like nudging text pane on shock notice, is still yet a not often seen of implemented feature. Another noticeable one is dynamic posture through lines where chara’s sprite changes constantly along spoken lines, despite that not as frequently thorough like Dracu-Riot has, presents more natural flow of conversation in absence of lip-sync. Faint background sound effect is neat, cars passing for instance, took me a while before noticed it’s actually there. And one more thing likely to get ignored for its unannounced uses on the background, that is an enhanced voice re-playback, which this one instead of straightly replay the current voiced line and toggle the button disabled, the system allows for replaying latest one without pulling down the backlog shade as long the next coming up voice hasn’t turned in. Neat enough since I unexpectedly had pressed ‘V’ key for reason like pressing return key too fast or got distracted.
Said soliloquy rendered the beginning playback of opening movie themed Re:Call. Outstanding, has again become a mark of extolment. The opening was so strong and solid it has become quite difficult to describe with all the particle to particle of creative animation and swift transition. To exaggerate it deeper, the detailed motion on the backgrounds themselves weren’t ignored in plain layer, reflecting time as main focal theme, inline to interface. There’re quite some lines, an amount overwhelming at first resulting context-heavy opening, Due to that, synchronously timed transition along the sentimental theme song make it an amazing emotional impact just from watching it first time.
Typical common route might not be too typical for me this time, since it’s not the typical daily life of school days or trouble over town getting attacked or adult with real profession. Didn’t recall Riku’s age ever mentioned but he’s an adult after 5 years met Ren where he’s still a student. Anyway, he’s a young adult freeter with unstable income yet somehow manage to appear as if a carefree rich who didn’t need to worry about money. So what actually done as in common route seemed to be he did his job in the background, helping others – mainly looking for troubled passerby, rewound (time, needless to say), failed predeterminedly, and fixed the trouble on his own -, and the main part, getting involved in the heroines daily life. Basically a protagonist with typical tendency of getting himself a role in other’s problem, up to his ‘helping others’ job. Not used to it or fresh new, the flow of storyline wasn’t sequentially readable, with either he coincidentally met the girls or the girls by chance greeted him. Though the biggest reason of why I looked it atypical surely because here, the heroines majorly act on their own individual. Said close friends or whatsoever, on the surface, they 4 girls not really had quality time together except Shino and Airi. In the first place, in spite being in same school, they didn’t know each other too well, again except Shino and Airi. In retrospect, even Yume only acquainted with Miki, not beyond the extent of acquaintance.
In a nutshell, the heroines hardly, if not, detached from getting involved to other with exception to those pair of osananajimi. To the route after branching, everyone completely uninvolved to any important role. Weird enough, Shino aside, all 3 – Yume, Airi, Miki – introduced one new side chara exclusive to their own respective route of which role was major one. In other words, the route and story itself wouldn’t be there if not for them.
The typical of common route mainly consist of comedy… or supposed to be. Lots or should I say almost all of them pretty much dull ones, like the event of Riku exaggeratedly called the curry shop ’s (Saji) manager, Atsushi only to say his curry is great. I still remember this similarity from Rewrite’s Terra route and I’m not so amused with it even back then. Let alone Miki’s worthless trivia, another one is like the persistence of calling protagonist a certain title to his position, in this case NEET. Yeah, I got enough of it already to be it became awkwardly amusing from the plain-taste forcefully being recreated again. At least a few still unforgettably funny, particularly ones which involved picking a choice. The one Miki was hilarious I thought I was thrown back to title screen for real.
Providing a compromise doesn’t help to fatal mistake of not having an introductory CG of a heroine. A while after on Shino’s invitation to watch Airi’s badminton match, Airi’s in her badminton getup finally shown on a CG. Better than nothing, though I’m still not consent. At one afternoon Shino had short spasm and revealed her actual illness. Cancer, similarly with the timepiece’s former possessor, Ren. Of course Riku couldn’t do anything for it, leaving it as is. Soon, the worst imaginable days came with Shino being hospitalized, a few days after to swallow the bitterest scenario up in the end of common route.
Concept of the timepiece is too vague. It is weird for still keeping the knowledge cannot change the future even with persistency. Changing the object in the future from the past should do it, no. How about creating a paradox event to shift the divergence integer by large margin. Many questions stormed my mind and should be so with most reader, though unfortunately the genre doesn’t swing into path of logic and science, so that last wonder should better be ignored. There’s no Phone Microwave anyway, and no Schrodinger’s cat debate whatsoever. No concrete concept of what would happen when and whatnot of the timepiece initially, but gradually clearer as the story went deeper. In practice, situation and condition already seen as result couldn’t be changed. So then, if encounter was done in purpose of changing one’s unknown future which led to an ideal conclusion, going back and do the similar to another one with unknown future whilst the previous one had their future decided should be possible or the absolute rule which future can’t be changed was a fluke by the user’s ignorance. This one as well unfortunately out of scope and easily busted by one troublesome factor ingrained to the timeline. Apparently the involvement of ‘fate’ here was absolute interference. One point ought to happen would happen absolutely no matter how godly the prevention was. On Airi route, the time she didn’t do anything still broke her hand good like someone actually voodooed her for fate’s sake it’s not amusing in the slightest. By Ren’s explanation, the point of a line is predetermined absolute event ought to occur. She practiced an example of wounding her own thumb at the moment and explain that even Riku rewound and prevent her from wounding that thumb, another event like basin or something would fall onto her head and ended up getting her hurt by it instead of wounded on thumb. Wrapping it up, the point which she got hurt still unchangeable in spite of rewinding, so what he change wouldn’t be the point, but a bend to the line which still hold the predetermined point on it. In the end, the future is still unchanged.
Choices selection appear simple enough to raise the flag of a heroine and the plot properly branching on one end of common route, though. The enforced reading order wasted some amount of time just to leap through the next route in order unknown at first. Fragments of Ren’s conversation flashbacks were one reason Shino route has to be locked for last, but I don’t see the need of other 3 routes have to be troublesomely enforced in sequence apart from relative adjacency to conversation subject on the flashback shown on each route. Starting from Yume, was a discuss of basic concept – point and line above – of what Riku thought to be a future-changing event but actually not. On Airi, Ren was talking about about a music band member she respected because of the person’s unyielding determination in spite of losing his dominant arm. The closest one hit the mark, a small talk began with Ren asking if Riku ever truly fall in love with someone, in the flashback before Miki route. Those flashbacks supposed to be persisted in order, but again, no time display proving the chronology to treat route enforced order. Riku got depressed and soon restarting his journey not knowing where to go next – became the tack of bad end instead leaping on route specified to be automatically raised as default. Wonder though, was it my miss out of distraction or having ‘glamour’ type as preference didn’t actually permit me to have a good future.
栗原ゆめ – Kurihara Yume, anime otaku appearing a little timid avid manga reader at first. A soft honest type makes a reassured feeling when with her, somewhat sweet innocent, and strong-minded beauty. Not one who would talk much, but once her favorite manga subject included in, her enthusiasm surpasses those of newborn friendship. In this case, to distract himself from depression, Riku decided to try the manga Yume highly talked about before, got her accompanied in picking some volumes and the development went uphill from there to Yume initiatively approach Riku every morning to walk the morning commute together, talking about manga anime to many things. It wouldn’t have become that normally though, even how much interest shared with Yume. Their relationship’s key was the ‘timepiece’, one which Yume accidentally identified by chance and found out that it’s the exact device her grandfather once owned. Listening to her grandfather stories of time-rewinding-capable clock, Yume in her childhood who believed it was avoided for telling nonsense around. As for Riku who actually had his hands on it, wasn’t a lie at all. Both believing time rewind-capable clock was a stepping stone, or more a shortcut to the development. Some days after, came introduction of one side chara antagonizing protagonist, Yoneyama Miu. Told to believe in Yume’s nonsensical story and sharing same manga interest, and since then friended with Yume – a childhood friend. To Riku, their first meeting already showed a cold, arrogant, impolite, and troublesome girl she was. Her jealousy soon revealed her love in romatic way with Yume and possessive enough to turn her lunatic, further to trying to kill Riku. (A yangire in action is scary). Advanced fast soon, after Yume and Riku talk about the concern of love and time spent together relation and confession, the climax arrived. Psychopathic Miu had gone far to kidnap Yume and for wanting a flesh to flesh desire – slit her all over her skins that while not guro, still a disturbing bareness one might saw. Riku decided to rewind, back to the day Miu kidnapped Yume and tailed Yume, trying to prevent Miu from succeeding her crime, all to no avail. Cut it short by previous knowledge, discovered Yume earlier where her wound still not as severe as before and similarly took Miu down. Yume still forgave Miu for what all she’d done to her and uttered a solution to ‘connect’ them together as what Miu hope so, that is Riku (Why purposely absurd unnecessary thing, I thought, but why not). A little reluctant, but Miu – psychologically a child not getting enough parental love – accept Yume’s answer obediently, dragging good resolution to good epilogue.
瀬峰藍里 – Semine Airi, in brief one sentence, she is the most peculiar stealing my interest, grown intriguingly loveable. I do not usually fond of character who talks low quiet moreover if not in my type list (like timid and short-haired for instance, just a matter of preferences), but Airi surprisingly exceeds my ‘better expectation’ that before I aware of it, attracted much to her. Thought she’s a cute with hard to deal persona, but I completely deceived by the cover. In spite of breath-taking flat low toneless voice Airi had, her talkative manner, unpredictable course of conversation, otherworldly response, chuuni-like delusion, assertive approach, instant adaptability, and overly easygoing attitude twisted by-the-hardware impression, as if it was something installed by mistake that developed her underspec. Not much mindful topic came up on conversations where I found it relaxing. Those pair of sleepy eyes were entrancing yet deceiving all who didn’t even sane hearing handful of shimoneta out of peculiar sense of hers. “It’s the calm and silent water that drowns a man”, was indeed fit Airi perfectly. Perhaps drinking experimented mixed vending machine’s beverages might tell one what it to be like Airi. w~
Airi loved badminton so much, from her childhood playing it casually with Shino and liked it more until became training demon with top-tier skill and injured her hand in consequence from training too hard. Quit badminton club and helping Riku’s act of mercy to fill her spare time in absence of club activity and pretense to search for a new interest to do. Now introducing another side chara to take the route into a worthy development. Standing in front of Airi’s house waiting for her, the prideful orotund 矢本由美子 – Yamoto Yumiko. Glad this one wasn’t a troublesomely insane type, on contrary Yumiko was intriguing enough for being wasted as side chara. A pretty blonde tsundere matched Airi to comeback her boke. Claimed to be Airi’s badminton rival with difference in talent and effort. While Airi worked her ace by hard practices, Yumiko could be said a genius – which Yumiko saw herself that – who slack a lot in her training, yet able to beat her opponent sweat-less. Nonetheless, she lost in the final of prefectural selection from Airi. Worked her build since then, the reason she waited for Airi was that she wanted to fight Airi again to satisfy her lingering feel of unsatisfying defeat. Her challenge though only got rejected without Airi telling her injured hand. Second time Yumiko came and provoked Airi with tournament the next day, to no avail. Third time Yumiko came waiting, Airi made her lastly realized her wasted effort trying to make a deal with Airi, then disappointed and went away, never coming to wait again.
Airi once said she had no regret quitting badminton, but Riku felt a different emotion in her. She lastly said one regret lingering inside, that for not being able to fight Yumiko before she really quit. Seemingly that feeling grew stronger by Yumiko’s words, yet it’s all too late knowing Yumiko wasn’t one who would accept a challenge back just after being humiliated like that. Rewind time. Swayed by Shino’s image at the badminton match event day end, Riku arrived at around few days before Airi reported her injured hand. He warned Airi to not practicing badminton for a while and help him instead. Turned out her hand still got injured with her just once silently practiced. Once again time rewound, to no avail despite persistent warning and no practice in secret at all. Ask fate not, for this was its certain doing. No other choice but motivating Airi through his passed down story of one-handed drummer and a push at Yumiko’s challenge, which then gave her 5 months for Airi’s left-handed play preparation. Many sort of practices she ground over with Riku that tracked rapid development on using her left hand, right about the pace their relationship stepped up.
The day of their match has finally come. With discomfort sense of Yumiko’s untied hair, the match began in surprising actual tensed pressure. Maybe seeing Airi who practiced hard in virtually 5 moths affect quite impression of the match. For me who is a sport-blind and couldn’t care less about sports and their craps to actually enjoy the pressing atmosphere of visually non-animated badminton match was a shocking achievement. Or was it the high-spirited bgm the main reason, it’s unworthy to discuss while the one-sided fight was leaning toward Yumiko’s victory. The strategy to deplete Yumiko’s stamina Airi did before to defeat her no longer worked this time around since Yumiko trained her physics well already. Airi even so gripped her racket unyieldingly in the second round after her lost on first, and spectacularly lost by gap-ful margin with the shuttlecock jabbed the net on Airi’s last smash. Not a tearjerking scene it became but touching instead, though still teary. Seems like I’m into a better understanding to the meaning of competition (which I don’t comprehend why the cries on Nine Schools Competition). The match ended, so was Airi’s carrier to be a badminton pro. Mentioned how much she put effort, it wouldn’t do due to her dominant hand. It’s in the end the absolute limit left unsurpassed. Yumiko after this continue to her path of badminton ace and Airi from player role left without regret. As badminton coach she walked her path as shown epilogue.
岩出山未喜 – Iwadeyama Miki, cheerful and active, though her worthless trivia are pointlessly tiring. Childish-looking and somewhat mature the same time. Surely because she hasn’t gotten enough parental love and had to stay strong under harshness of living only with her older brother who already worked hard for their living. Story behind the scene was both parents cheating on each other and left those 2 alone the time Atsushi was near from his legal-wise graduation and Miki was in lower class of elementary school. The struggling days calming Miki down passed and since then Atsushi promised to stay protecting Miki, spending all his time for her sake. This was somewhat one reason he appeared overly protective siscon with overexaggerated forewarning to anyone who threat-sounding to him. Miki herself wasn’t too troubled by it and grateful to her brother. She herself apparently not that interested in romance. Entering the route, Riku ended up deciding to work on Saji for free in task of his act of mercy. Days passed with him working there as well some daily employment to make a living, serving customers and went out with Miki buying shop’s necessities. This time too, yet introducing a new another side chara who once made an appearance in the town. Shiwahime Kasumi, dignified beauty in her 2nd year university. A regular customer eating curry almost everyday and had crush on Atsushi and Atsushi himself had crush to Kasumi. Acquainted with Riku, Kasumi asked if Atsushi had girlfriend and soon confessed. Things didn’t go smooth as expected, Atsushi rejected her and only known by Miki and Riku some days after Kasumi no longer had her meal at Saji. Atsushi told Riku that he didn’t want to repeat what his parents done to them. Leaving Miki in exchange of spending his time with a lover is an act of betrayal, thought him. It’s definitely a different thing altogether and Atsushi was simply overthinking the matter, as Miki agreed too. Thinking it’s too late for them to fix their broken relationship, it’s rewind time.
Exactly the day where Riku was out of break day, he stalked Saji from nearby and found Kasumi approached Atsushi at Saji’s opening hour, observing their flow of conversation and how Atsushi rejected her. Riku one more time rewound the time to same destination point and asked Miki for help. The plan was to have Miki interrupt the right time in the middle of the confession and told Atsushi it’s okay for him to spare some time and not to worry of Miki. Their plan though backfired. Miki got scolded for skipping school and the mood became pretty bad and heavy. Once again, Riku rewound time with same plan, but this time had Miki feign illness so she’d make it without getting scolded, all for the plan once again backfired. Both Atsushi and Kasumi were panic and prioritized Miki, ended up becoming a comedy turn of event. Felt hopeless Riku rewound the time back to let it flow naturally and from the day they originally knew Atsushi’s rejection, Riku planned a scheme to fix the matter with Miki’s cooperation. The plan this time was to intentionally let Kasumi hear Atsushi’s reason to him rejected the confession and his thought about Kasumi, by having Miki argued with Atsushi. Not backing down Miki allowed them a serious conversation and made Atsushi consent of her feeling. Pushed Kasumi to the foreground and things went well just as planned. Soon to sudden weird Miki’s behavior from her increasing awareness toward Riku, not long before Riku accidentally witness her bold act of using his laundry as ‘side dish’. Since both increasingly aware of each other, no days count necessary until confession and simple good end following epilogue.
泉詩乃 – Izumi Shino, the only words crossed my mind was a good girl. If there’s anything else, they’d be a normal cute girl who loves apple so much, it’s a mandatory supplement of her everyday, yet intriguingly indescribable. It’s not her personality that was clear evinced, but rather her behavior that made her stood out, like shiver over gratitude. The most serious development was surely within her route dealing with terminal illness Shino lived with. For 3 routes it tried my patience and curiosity, the choice to ask her wish finally slid in, although Shino still didn’t told Riku since she knew it’s not possible with her condition that time. Riku’s pretty reluctant to rewind to meet a person who was no more, but this time determined to fulfill her wish so no regret remains on her last moment. Read Shino’s letter as common route closing, he leaped back on the day Shino’s pain reoccurred the second time, the right moment to ask her wish and told 7 wishes she had, only 6 to be stated of which the last would be told if the other 6 were completed. The first on the list was a “want of love”, romance-wise. Long talk short, Riku offered himself and Shino gladly accepted, marking the first in the list written on apple-shaped notepaper strikethrough. Some days spent fulfilling the wish list one after another. Thanking people in debt of, filial piety by giving her parents each a present, tidying room up by passed over and donated all her stuffed animals, CD, and book collections, and playing around a whole day long. The night, Shino told the story of her once healed from that illness. She did all she could, working hard full of hope, taking painful medication and painstaking effort in the treatment process, only then discovered the relapse of cancer cell. Heartbroken Shino didn’t want to repeat all the painful experiences just to hope an uncertain result that she picked to live her remaining life normally. That’s the reason she wasn’t treated in specialized hospital, not that the setting wasn’t placed in nonexistent modernity like I thought at first. Day after watching unrepeated-at-foreground Airi’s match, the sixth wish to be fulfilled was “want to go to the beach”. Beach day passed by talking lots of topic, mainly reason of wanting to go there and Riku’s relationship with Ren. Just on their way back home, Shino fell and immediately hospitalized. Finally about time for Shino to tell her last seventh wish and predicted cliché one actually said, “I want to live”. Obviously Riku who wouldn’t be able to grant that only left to wait helplessly. Shino’s condition grew worse overtime and a day before her last moment, bestowed a twist that ever unthought-of. Shino showed a rewritten note which listed her 6 wish with the first one marked none as indicating uncompleted. She realized Riku hadn’t been seeing Shino in truly manner as he’s seeing Ren in her. She stated what Riku’s been doing was a romance play, desired to fulfill all her wish in place of his atonement to Ren whom he couldn’t do anything to. A betrayal in act of bona fide self-complacent. Lastly, Shino asked him to not seeing her last moment, leaving him walking out unable to deny the truth he himself didn’t conscious of. Shino even so still love him, as written in her letter. Just this time the pitiful wish note attached in that. Many left undone and his incomplete feeling like-wise. It was mortifying, but there was no help of it, nothing would change as long Riku didn’t settle the root of his lingering attachment. For that very purpose, Riku leap through time, in a true meaning.
Shino route of which end was none other than a bad one ended there, opening a new true route, Re:Call. The scenery of very first prologue came into view. In that instant, the flooding impression of dramatic and touching altogether manifested teary spectacle, not out of nostalgic meeting Riku had with Ren, but from the matter that he such conviction to push him leaping this far. 5 years is remarkably a long time. He now had the mentality of adult in a high school body that Ren felt a reliable aura came from him. Contrary to Riku from 5 years ago, his innocent and honest self has changed a lot that Ren kept grunting on how she wished Riku stayed the same. Ren though behaved a little spoiled to Riku since he felt reliable differs from him before. Ren asked Riku for what reason he leaped so far and what he was planning to do. Riku told how he would keep rewinding under period of 5 years, solely to become cancer specialist whose ability could cure a certain girl he had betrayed once with his own hand. Such naive thinking, responded Ren, explained how matter long time he had, humans still have limit with their spirit and mind. Their heart would corroded as time flies. From Ren’s experience, Riku wouldn’t definitely be able to keep his sanity because no matter how perfect he specialized one illness, hypothetical worst case scenario fate-wise would be that girl he cured would immediately caught another terminal one. Even though he rewind and rewind to cure the other illness, the girl would then yet caught another one. The death that has become the ‘point’ would not altered. That said, nothing could change the intention of obstinate Riku with his still-fresh determination, so Ren just let it passed for the moment. Since he this time got plenty of time to spare, this chance introduced previously ignored side chara, Ren’s acquaintance who’s hospitalized in same hspital, Natsuki. She’s still a child, energetic and relatively adorable little girl in her lower elementary. One of the events with Natsuki was where Ren challenged her to solve a ring puzzle that’s too difficult for her age. Albeit couldn’t solve it in the end, what Ren wanted to see was the fact she gave her utmost trying to solve it. Basically she taught Riku the fact she did her best. The day after at night Ren dragged Riku along with Natsuki sneakily to the beach. There’s the last event of Riku seeing Natsuki got her wish to go to the beach fulfilled. Riku was told to not visiting her for 3 days that night when Riku was about to go home. 3 days after, Riku learned the shocking fact that Natsuki has met her end. Ren told all about what she’d done in order to save Natsuki, repeating over and over only to get the same result. What she did wasn’t detailed, though more or less what Riku planned to do. Ren lastly gave up as receiving the lesson hard way. Riku was utterly devastated by the truth in front, of which fact reconsidered his plan in the minute. He decided to keep going to the future without any use of the timepiece, prepared to give his all so he wouldn’t have any regret later. On the same scene of their previous farewell, Riku cleared one his regret by confessed to Ren. Ren thanked him for the reply to his feeling. Staying as older sister he’s been looking up to, they bid farewell.
5 years later, they day of Riku’s encounter with Shino had finally come. Not too much overdramatic meeting, though quite nostalgic feeling. He deep down glad to finally able to meet again. From this point it really felt anticlimactic. Shino’s guidance event quickly skipped to the point of telling her wishes. Riku by chance mentioned that the most difficult was one which to fulfil the wish for love. More or less with same advancement, the view jumped to beach event without marking anything to the note. Instead of Shino asking Riku’s relation with Ren, by his own initiative Riku talked of the reason he approached Shino. He started his journey because of his one-sided feeling to Ren. He liked Ren. He sought to fulfill Shino’s wish because of Shino’s similarity with Ren. All hidden words of fact came out of Riku’s mouth as he confessed those to Shino and wanted to make it up properly as he no longer had any attachment to Ren. It’s a really shocking revelation to Shino, although she managed to stay calm, gave him a touching mental slap and forgave him in promise that Riku had to just look at her from then on.
The days Shino fell hospitalized naturally came along the seventh wish which was a lie in the previous timeline. Realistically she wished for Riku to stay by her for the rest of her remaining time. A simple yet greatly a teary one in contrast to a wishful thinking. The day of her limit approaching near as they spent their time talking, mostly Riku told his entire past journey. Shino’s character was fundamentally developed this time around which really shook the emotion. Granted, the spectacles from hereafter was so blurry in eyes. Shino started to talk about what-if future scenario, where miracle would happened. Together they got married and lived together, from small apartment to a house purchased with loan, having children, 3 kisses they’d do a day, and many small things she looked up to. Her time was up in the end, soon after she gave her last letter to Riku, in the hold by hand she breathed her last moment. The last scenery turned blurry as Riku finished reading Shino’s letter, deluging his cries – mine altogether, and definitely those in awareness.
Riku visited Shino’s grave, talking about which he decided to proceed on his journey. He uttered that he would find his happiness just like Shino hope in her letter, though he wasn’t sure to find someone in place of Shino. Just like how the letter served as, Shino’s likely to remain unforgotten in his heart. Left an apple together by the timepiece on the grave, he took his step forward, to the undetermined future predestined by no one.
古川漣 – Furukawa Ren, the former possessor of the timepiece as stated, by no means not a heroine of the story. Too bad my cliche mind actually wished she’s a hidden true route type of heroine. A sociable one and mentally mature, probably older than Riku who took 5 years of start over which considerably a lengthy period already. Her relation with Riku was complicated one just as Riku once said, like a friend-made brother and sister, or somewhat teacher and student, or patient and visitor, or friend-like acquaintance. Riku leaned toward them were patient and visitor though. Her encounter with Riku screened in another scenario selection unlocked as omake that is Piece of Memory. It’s where Riku went to the hospital to receive a dental treatment. He bumped into Ren on the way and before he knew it, Ren talked in hilarious way about the apparent-scary dentist with big-boobs assistant and discourteous receptionist on it. Ren left then and Riku found a piece of mechanical parts which apparently dropped by Ren. Right he was about to catch up to her, the receptionist urged him to go in already. Hence he took his treatment and then waited in queue of his business. On that time he touched dropped mechanical parts in his pocket and what came into conscious was back the time Ren left the place. kept the same reoccurrence as much as 4 times, he decided to desperately catch up to Ren. Ren simply nonchalantly reaffirmed, so it’s you who picked it up, said her as the rest become the conversation of explanation about the capability and rules regarding the timepiece. Lastly, closed with an offer to Riku whether if he want it and their introduction. That, the happening Riku recalled the time he felt aches on his teeth in the midst of date with Shino.
After Story unlocked corresponding each route wasn’t really after story at all. It’s more appropriate to call it H Omake instead since what contained is that.
For the closure. The presentation of leap back to the foremost was indeed touching greatly, but it lost its meaning along the way of Recall, the same with Riku’s determination and strong feeling towards Shino. The worst is it happened pretty fast without any slight of resistance. To interrupt, realized how tricky the interpretation the title has. In a glance, it’s perceived as “I who am incapable will start over again and again”. From the context, ‘until succeed’ automatically attached on the back. Though, beside the sub-title isn’t helping at all, it’s likely to briefly be “I who am incapable will start over”, not beyond that disregarding whatever result might produce. Stripping the repeat and repeat and repeat manner the Endless Eight looping through eternity, or Artificial World before Refrain, it’s apparent that cliché development was suppressed to the point of forcing cruel reality into the storyline as if teaching how even an undefeatable feeling and honest belief won’t cause any miracle to happen. Turned out to be completely pragmatic, there’s an impression of unforgettable moment to reminisce. Learning how precious time is and to live without regret left behind, keep walking towards the future instead of living the past. For those, really is regrettable that it became satisfactory sad ending. Many ways to interpret the conclusion given, one in a bad way demanding a happy miraculous end and other in a good philosophical reasoning. Somewhere I wish it’d be solved in a smarter method using the loophole exist from the timepiece rules, but considering the fact of troublesome fate in the works, it’s coherently unfeasible but a pragmatic approach. Mistake me not, this one got a great sad meaningful end I experienced first in form of VN. Harsh, but has a lot to be learned, in a very pragmatic way. By this, I leap back to my timeline.
Timescape 11 common 10 Yume 9 Airi 11 Miki 15 Shino 7 Re:Call 1 Piece of Memory 1 After Story