Bingo 19: Font
The font used in Chronin volume 1 is one of the ones that basically looks like a relatively clear print handwriting. It’s too consistent to have ben actually by hand though. Set a few decades in the future, time travel is now a known technology and certain history buff undergraduate students are being allowed strictly regulated time to go study their favorite time periods in situ/tempore. One such student is Mirai who has traveled to 1860s Japan just before a revolution was going to start. Naturally things don’t’ go as planned and Mirai finds herself stuck in the past dressed as samurai and posing as a man with no way home. The nature of the technology is vague which means exactly why she can’t get back is a rather lame ‘I must have lost the thingy’, and given how central this is, it’s annoying. Why she’s alone has a clear reason, although why that happened is likely a secret to be revealed.
The art is actually not super detailed which makes the printed words all that more important to making sure you can tell one character from another in many cases. It’s also kind of dulling of the setting because Mirai’s past (flashbacks to the 2040’s, which are actually some of the more interesting parts) and present look an awful lot alike.
The idea of consequences for meddling with time inevitably comes up when Mirai starts finding out some secrets of those around her including the female colleague at the teashop she was running errands for and said colleague’s boyfriend. Mirai figures out that she’s actually not as alone as she thought, although she still has no way to get back to her own time and place, and she has to now also deal with the fact that history is starting to change, and figuring what’s going on and who might be causing it is probably going to be the major question of the second volume.
The basic premise is not that original but some of the characters are interesting enough and finding out the mysterious who (and probably more than one) might be responsible for Mirai’s getting stuck and he changing historical timeline means I’m going to try and find the second volume.