I like to think that ending, where Yukari repeats her gesture with the robot from Chapter 17, implies that all they've shared, and Gaku's infinity-spanning heroics, remain in some way, and Yukari stays because a woman who'd go to such lengths is worth so much more than personal advancement.
I agree and think that is what happened.
This was a trip. Found it at midnight last night and read it in one go.. Good thing I didn't work today. I can't express enough how much I love it, and the comparisons to Lain are pretty accurate.
Trippy stories like Evangelion or FLCL aren't quite as interesting to me as they used to be (though I still love them), but the ones that manage to maintain a coherent story despite all the weirdness, like Qualia or Lain, are still some of my favorite types of stories to read. Probably this particular mix of sci-fi is one of my favorites too, reminding me of Gibson's books for one.
And I can really understand Gaku-chan, myself. Like her, I can feel the desire to go that far for someone, if only I had the ability. And even in the end, though I share her mild frustration with not finding a "perfect" solution, I can also understand why such a thing is necessary. I'd be too selfish to remain a non-existence, for sure. I'll end up rereading it, probably in the near future, but frankly I expect this to become one of my all-time favorite mangas.
This manga really give me so many "holy shit" while reading, and it is also an emotional rollercoaster ride to me (I am almost cry when gaku finally meet yukari again). And the ending is just perfect, it made me feel like everything was just a dream.
And the ending is just perfect, it made me feel like everything was just a dream.
Technically, it all happened in the story. But at the same time, it didn't, because all other superimposed realities collapsed when observed, leaving only the one at the end as the "real" one. Rather than a dream, considering the theme of this story, it might be more adequate to call it a "thought experiment" :)
Came back to reread this one (after enough time had passed). Holy cow, this is one seriously emotional ride. Text-heavy, to be sure (thank you, translators), but it's rare to see an MC hit such moral highs and lows, careening between hero and antihero. And when it finally came FullCircle, I totally lost control of my tear glands. Good story.