I finished reading through Season 1 of the VN the other night, and holy crap, Rose Guns Days has completely blown my expectations out of the water, and I’ve heard it only gets better from here!
I went into Rose Guns Days completely blind, only knowing that from the few people who have read it I’ve seen, none of them had much negative to say about it. Although, that didn’t mean I was expecting anything amazing- but that’s exactly what I seem to have gotten myself invested in.
Even starting with the first few minutes, I was laughing like a goddamn idiot at Leo’s “cool guy” personality. The amount of charm this Season put out right from the beginning was great. The characters and their interactions was definitely a higher point, as they all are struggling with their own somewhat similar internal demons, and for the most part, respected one another for that.
For quite a while, things were mainly just action-packed fun with some really great characters. I knew Rose Guns Days had to take itself seriously eventually, and boy it did exactly that. Rose being captured, and what was likely done to her gave me some serious chills. Caleb releasing her to Leo, with that held respect of being “war buddies” was also something that hit home how much this war meant to these men.
Speaking of antagonists, while Alfred could be a bit… uh… “typical crazy 1940’s villain” at times, the dynamic of both him and Leo fighting their own wars behind the scenes is something I found and still find really engaging, especially now that Caleb has been thrown into the mix. The idea that, in this cruel alternate history Japan, every single person is fighting their own war, despite the actual war having just ended, whether it be a lady of the evening, or a “rat”, really hit me in a weird place. I feel like there’s a damn good message in that, one that I’m curious to see if they keep up in future seasons.
On the topic of future seasons: I wonder if any of them are going to end in a cliffhanger as great as this one! That final battle with Wayne, Leo, Rose, and Claudia was one of the most intense scenes I’ve read in awhile. Claudia trapped in a burning building, and Rose running away, all while Wayne and Leo put themselves through what likely could have been their last stand, was absolutely brilliant. Leo’s line to Wayne about how, even if Wayne hadn’t been on the battlefield, that they were war buddies nonetheless made me want to hug those two amazing bastards. I still kinda get giddy thinking about the climax scene, it was that epic. The BGM for it was perfect, one that almost rivals “worldend_dominator” in Umineko for me.
Of course, with the after-credits 2012 scene with Jeanne and Julie, we find that Wayne survived the ordeal, with a hilarious line about his nickname. Considering what had just gone on a few minutes prior, I thought that was a nice touch.
In any case, I very much look forward to reading more of Rose Guns Days. Something about this series feels special, and every moment has been a blast so far.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go read some of Season 2!