The Pigeon Clock of Dischronia│Afternoon IV│

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In post-earthquake Japan in 2029, people are now able to predict everything about the future, using a mysterious quantum computer as they inhabit a phantasmal society created by augmented reality. In the city of Tokimeguri, a special zone for reconstruction in the Tohoku area, strange deals as well as a fight to death take place between the mysterious and wealthy Tokihori family, who show an unusually strong interest in time, the police, and an artificial intelligence that moves in the shadows, each for their own reasons. On the night of the summer festival, our protagonist, Torihiko Shiratori, meets Yuyuka, the daughter of the Tokihori family. This meeting causes him to be dragged into this conflict. At last, the second part of this story’s “Afternoon” section will reveal the mystery behind the element of time in the story, as well as everyone’s true intents.

Torihiko is freed from the Tokihori family estate, but upon returning to his home he finds that Mimiko, a Kakuriyo (an augmented reality device) user has trespassed there. She changes her appearance until she resembles Yuyuka and begins to hint that it is her true form, but Torihiko then realizes the possibility that she may actually be Yuyuka’s twin sister Yumimi, who is presumed to be dead. The unhinged Mimiko, still appearing to be Yuyuka, approaches Torihiko and takes his virginity. However, two days later, when Torihiko is taken by Mimiko to hunt DisaStars (criminals who commit grotesque acts), he catches glimpses of scars and bruises under Mimiko’s clothes that are identical to ones on Yuyuka’s body, causing him to suspect that she may indeed be Yuyuka.

Torihiko continues to follow Mimiko as she takes him to visit the Tokimeguri-Akiba area. He hides himself in a trashcan to see what will happen, when Ikuno Shinomiya and Shokeiko Yamada, police officers in pursuit of Yuyuka, appear. Mimiko transforms herself into a black rabbit avatar and attacks the two, and what’s more, a sleepwalking Yuyuka also appears and attacks Ikuno and Mimiko. Is this the real Yuyuka…? A bomb planted by Mimiko spells the end for the free-for-all as it engulfs them in an explosion. When Torihiko regains consciousness, he picks up Ikuno’s severed right arm. Torihiko feels that the end to it all is coming when he sees that bizarrely enough, the arm is still alive and moving, and he leaves the scene.