The weather forecast didn't say it was going to rain but Lee Mokhwa knew it would, that's only one of the things he knew was going to happen. No, he can't see the future, he's actually stuck in a time loop, reliving December 24th endlessly. The only person besides himself who seems to be aware of the repeated time is Choi Gyun, the childhood friend he drifted apart from, but he's avoiding the topic. Gyun must know something he doesn't, he could even be the cause of the time loop, Mokhwa is determined to make him break the chain.
I mean, I guess it's nice that everything worked out, but with this type of plot it really makes me wonder how things would've turned out if Mokhwa had responded differently. You see, the time loop is dependent on not just the actions of one person, but on the actions of both people. I think that type of setting is inherently weaker than if only one person's actions mattered. In the actual version of events, both Choi Gyun and Mokwha's actions happen to line up and the story ends happily. But if their actions hadn't happened to line up (which is entirely plausible), would they have been trapped in a time-prison forever? That's pretty intense. And to me at least, the fact that the story happens to have the happy ending feels more like plot armor to prevent that Greek hellscape from occurring that the natural course of events. In fact, if I think about it, Mokhwa's attitude in the final chapter wasn't foreshadowed or hinted at--if anything, his complete nonchalance when their fingers touched in the first chapter gave the opposite impression--which just makes the ending feel even more written and plot armor-y.
The story is extremely short, but it has a nice charm to it if you're looking for a quick read. The romance in 11:59 is quite cliché but it has a nice and simple concept of time traveling. The story doesn't drag on too much because of the number of chapters. 11:59 is a nice quick read!
Cute. Especially the kitty. The "Groundhog Day" plot is definately cliched as is the ex-bestie who secretly harboured feelings for his former friend. And yet, somehow, this story is still cute and worthy of a quick read. The addition of Yugi-oh cards and a semi-magical cat are interesting, even if the story's ending still leaves some mysteries unsolved. This story is probably not going to climb to the top of anyone's favorites lists, but it has a certain charm.