Shintarou Kisaragi's life as a shut-in would have been perfect if not for the cyber girl Ene, who lives in his computer. Upbeat and cheerful, she enjoys playing pranks, in complete contrast to his own apathy. It is due to Ene's daily antics that his keyboard breaks. The dread of not having the use of his computer is too much to bear, and he sets out to replace his keyboard.
And so, in the dead heat of summer, Shintarou leaves his room for the first time in two years. However, this simple shopping trip takes a turn for the worse when the department store is threatened by a group of terrorists, and he is taken hostage along with the other shoppers. Tied up in this crisis, he meets the "Mekakushi-dan," an enigmatic group of teenagers with red eyes and strange powers. Seemingly brought together by chance, Shintarou must save the department store with their help. But the fates of these teenagers are more intertwined than they seem, and they are left to wonder whether their meeting was more than mere coincidence.
[UPDATED] At the time of this review, I've read the 7 volumes of Kagerou Daze.
The story of Kagerou Daze is a strange and weird one. The main story takes place on August 14th and 15th and is about strange eye powers that reside in the main characters, the heat-haze daze and different timelines.
Kagerou Daze is a full story of Jin (Shizen no Teki-P)'s vocaloid song series, Kagerou Project. It can seem like rather complicated story, as it will switch from current time to the past throught the story, however, once you understand it, it's well worth it.
Sidu (formerly known as Shidu) is
an incredible artist and one of my personal favorites. Sidu's style is very distinct and noticeably improved greatly each volume, which is a plus because the novels start with good art from volume 1. Kagerou Daze also has some of my favorite character designs, which were done by Sidu and Wannyanpu, but Sidu perfected Wannyanpu's designs which created incredibly appealing designs.
The characters in Kagerou Daze are absolutely amazing. Our protagonist, Shintaro Kisaragi, may seem at first glance to be generic going by his design and first impressions as he's a hikkiNEET, but he is a very deep character who is troubled and suffered (it gets hinted a bit more as each volume passes).
All of the characters in this series have tragic backstories. Most of the main characters art part of the Mekakushi Dan, a gang of teenagers who have strange eye powers. Some of the best characters in these novels are Shintaro Kisaragi, Haruka Kokonose, Shuuya Kano, Takane Enomoto, and Konoha.
I LOVE the Kagerou Project franchise (songs, novel, manga, anthologies, anime) and this is my favorite light novel. The novel is well written and I can feel how hard Jin had worked on these novels and I truly appreciate it.
I can't recommend this novel enough, it's amazingly written and I love it to death.
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