I just read through the Prologue and Chapters 1 through 9. I must say I’m pretty invested at this point, would love to know where this story is going.
Of course, as most of us probably agree, the primary draw is in the When They Cry connection. I’m trying to figure out what the purpose of connecting it to WTC is. So far it’s neat that Takano makes an appearance in the story, so it’s interesting as an alternate reality version of her for those who like her character. I imagine her as an alternate reality version of Takano in the same way that some theorize that Erika is for Rika. But beyond that, I have yet to see where Ryûkishi07 is going with it. There are similarities in the setting to Higurashi and in the family dynamics to Umineko, but beyond that nothing else has really surfaced. It reads as a straight supernatural survival horror.
I will say that I enjoy the idea of a ‘pocket dimension’ horror and I look forward to Ryûkishi07’s take on it. It’s even more interesting that we have a canonical idea that Lambda is playing the system from a meta perspective. There is very little indication of what Bern’s role might be though. Perhaps she’s just taking revenge on Lambda, throwing her into a constructed hell as revenge for the fate-locked Hinamizawa she was trapped in during the events of Higurashi. As of chapter 9, there’s no indication of any piece Bern might be affiliated with, so perhaps she’s in some sort of Gamemaster role, using the forces of this pocket dimension to torture survivors.
My biggest points of interest right now are 1) How long Takano has been in this world and 2) what happened to the characters that were intorducted in the Prologue? From what I gather, the characters we follow in the manga are entirely different then the two families that Takano meets in the prologue. At this point in the story, having learned that there may be other safe havens in this world because of more talismans, it’s possible that Chiharu and the others are existing simultaneously and we have yet to meet them. Alternatively, it could just be an indication that Takano has been in this world for a very long time, outlasting any particular group of survivors. Or perhaps she’s in some sort of repeating world herself, as per normal WTC fashion.
My last thought is perhaps these two suns have some sort of connection with Haworthia? It’s clear that the two suns is an important setting detail, indicating that they are in this pocket dimension. We haven’t seen that sort of celestial connection in WTC before. And now Haworthia has a lot of talk about ‘protecting this star’ and such, also a celestial perspective. Really makes me wonder…