Have you experienced a friendly relationship that seemed to be verging into something more? Are you alive in the early 2000’s era of PC with its Window XP operating system and AOL messenger? Then, this game might be for you. Without spoiling anything, “Emily is Away” is about your relationship with Emily from senior year of high school to senior year of college; encapsulated by snippets of back and forth online communication throughout the years. The game itself is very short. It only took me less than an hour to finish. It can also be downloaded for free at steam or here so the time/money commitment is low. And for completionist like me, getting every achievement on steam won’t even take you 20 minutes. (Here is a guide for that) Replayability is low though. In fact, for certain reasons that I will get into later, I think this game would be better served if you played it just ONCE. One thing is for sure while I cannot say I enjoyed this game, its still thought provoking all the same. SPOILERS BELOW THIS LINE
To most of the fans’ joy, Teru’s flashback is continuing in the manga. The current chapter 170 is great at clarifying some new information and adding a few question marks. Still, I think, I’m going to wait for a few more chapters before I comment on it again. Instead, I would like to go back to the beginning tackling the first episode and looking for parallels there. To those not up to date with the manga. Note that this is not a mere rewatch post. It has a few spoiler up to Chapter 170.
To my eternal joy, the main manga is continuing the Teru flashback! And it’s a compelling thing, how Teru is characterized in the past two chapter – as someone who is similar to Saki while retaining subtle and distinct difference. It got me curious enough that I went back at the beginning and reread the first chapters. And the parallels are interesting.