Save Me (LICO)

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Save Me (LICO)

Seven boys. Best friends. Their fates intertwined through the good times together, but also the tough times, as they have gone their separate ways and suffered greatly as a result. When all is almost lost for these boys, one is given a special chance to go back in time and help his friends fix the mistakes that led them down this path. He’ll do anything to save them, but can he? Or is he too late?

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Not very good at drawing characters so they're clearly distinguishable from each other. The breaking glass effect is a pretty cool transitory technique, that makes it feel like the character is seeing through the veil of reality. It made me think of the Platonic idea of a reality beyond reality, and how the recognition of that truth would presumably be a shattering experience (though I'm sure it was purely meant as an aesthetic flourish). It's not entirely clear what sets off the shatterings, the resetting of the time loops, but it seems to be based on some vague sense that Seokjin has "failed" to stop the other characters' various "despairs" from coming to fruition. For some of the characters, that fruition consists of them committing suicide. But for some of them, it consists of them ending up in prison or, in the case of Hoseok, simply ending up badly injured. But whatever the case, the basic idea of the plot is that each person has a singular event that is the culmination of feir "despair," and if Seokjin can stop that culminatory event from taking place then fe has successfully "saved" fem. The biggest failing of the story is that it doesn't spend enough time setting the stage, showing how everyone's lives are currently miserable and what exactly their various turning points are. For example, because the timeline wasn't the clearest, I assumed that April 11th was the turning point for each character. But that's not actually the case. About half of the stuff seems to happen on that date, but the other half seems to happen in early May. Which then brings up the question of what Seokjin is doing with feir time during that month in between during each of the iterations. I'm not very satisfied with how loosely some of these things seem to be put together. I also didn't appreciate how some of the underlying causes of despair, while hinted at, are never actually addressed head on throughout the entirety of the series (I'm specifically thinking of Hoseok).

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