dragonfi wrote:First of all, I would have liked to see more happy Hanako time. I understand why an open ending appeals to a wider audience, and it was really a good place to end the story. Still, some little epilogue would have been nice. Maybe just snippets from their future, Lily's reaction, some more warm and fuzzy moments, etc.
I can understand that, especially after having started another route (Emi) and seeing how (End of Act 2)Hisao and Emi become a couple by the end of Act 2.
The main reason, I think, for Hanako's and Hisao's story to end at this point, is that the path leading to their relationship is the most important part, and probably the hardest one as well. Jugding from the way they just sort of 'click' with each other, overcoming their fears and realizing their own truths was a bigger obstacle for them than working together as a couple, I think. After the episode in the park and the ending scene, I'm pretty damn sure they'll be able to handle most things thrown at them from that point on.
I'm still trembling a bit when I think about the scene in the classroom, for instance. That scene, Hanako's fear really got trough to me. In my opinion it was portrayed so well.
Absolute agreement here. It's gripping, and probably the point that exposes the true depth of her trauma the best (including when she shows her body to Hisao).
Now, my only problem is that I'm afraid of seeing the other paths and the bad endings, in fear that they might be subpar compared to this (seeing the high standards this route just raised), or be just as heart-wrenching. (I also don't want to see Hanako unhappy, which is quite likely to show up in the bad endings.)
I felt the same way, but I'm glad I managed to overcome this and start Emi's route. To be completely honest, I was kind of afraid I wouldn't like her route (during Act 1), but I have only just finished Act 2 and I'm positively hooked. The writing is so... perfect
that it gets yourinto the right mood and mindset for a given character's route no matter what. It's amazing, really.
(By the way, I'm just curious, my total time was around ~10:30. I wonder how fast did others finish, since I like to take my time, and savor the experience.)
Mhh, according to the game clock I think it was somewhere around 6 hours in the end, but that can't be right. I definately know that I spent at the very least 8 hours on my first playthrough, probably even a little over 10 hours (since I *really* took it slow.)
tl;dr: Thank you 4ls, this game is really a piece of jevel that performed well beyond expectations. And I'm saying this, while only finished Hanako's path yet. It is really inspiring to consider that this game is the fruit of your hard work, passion and determinaton, that you put into it entirely in your free time.
Nothing more to say.