I actually really liked this chapter! And thank goodness it was short 'cause I’m generally a busy person, so a quick read is really appreciated to be absolutely honest.
Critiques? Eeeh… this one was really too short lived to actually make me notice anything that could be better. I think this story being so short is actually a strong point, as it was pretty self contained and went straight to the point! This is what I can actually call a short story! Plus Picto stated my thoughts pretty well.
Anyway, moving on to my reactions:
This is the chapter where I’ve felt the most giddy yet!! I actually really liked Michiru, I have no idea why, but I just wanna hold her and pet her and tell her that everything’s gonna be fine.
I guess it’s because of her cold uncaring nature. Nobody really showed her any warmth in her life at school, especially since she had kinda had a 6th sense and all, and instead of despairing and suffering (to the extent of the previous chapters’ protagonists), she just kinda… tolerated it you know? She didn’t accept it, nor did she really give up, she just kinda went with the flow sort of. (Umineko EP4 spoilers) Kinda reminded me of Ange, y’know? Especially with all the cold expressions Michiru had.
I dunno, I just really like Michiru for no particular reason at the moment. It’s the feeling she gave off, you know? And boy I sure am a person that likes feeling feelings from fictional characters.
AND IT’S THE BOY. SAKUTARO! But instead he’s Sakunoshin. I am happy that he exists, bless this animal spirit.
Not much to say aside from… (Umineko FULL series spoilers) It makes me wonder if Higanbana series as whole is actually just a group of shorts stories written by some character from Umineko. I’d like to think that these are vent stories written by Ange to vent her frustrations about bullying. She did write a successful children’s book in the magic end tea party after all, so it’s not much of a stretch to think that she would write vent stories. Though I would doubt she would write a story about sexual abuse, but eh,
just throwing food for thought, this is most likely not true. Other variations of how Higanbana and WTC universes could be connected were already mentioned by other people, so not gonna mention those.
And despite not having sprites and not having much character, I liked the rest of the girls. Maybe because for once they were not as bad as other bullies we have seen so far.
Nurse is pretty squintable, so I’m gonna squint at her. Not much to say about her either, just looking forward to see what she has to offer to the overall story.
And once again, I love Marie. Did I mention that I love Marie? I really do. She tries to help around and all, and I’m so happy that she’s being forward about making life better for the students. Plus the image of her just making sure nothing hurt Michiru and the other girl was really cute in my head.
And I am really happy that this story didn’t end in a tragedy and that it kinda got stopped before something like that would happen. And I love Marie stepping on forward and being determined about helping humans. She’s like a mom.
…Mama Mesomeso Marie… I think I melted from the giddiness I’m feeling in my heart.
Nope, can’t do a profound analysis of this, I am waaay too giddy. This made me really happy and made me smile like the dopey idiot that I am. No conclusions to draw from this.
Can’t wait for my happy giddy feels to drop dead next chapter whenever I get to that.