I felt the ending to First End was a bit out of character for Bell, when she appeared in the alternate world and saw Keiichi with the Machiner's tools, the thoughts about how she thought she was responsible for their meeting didn't feel like something that would be what Bell would think, she's always said in the Manga how she feels K1 is special and on his own without her influence, also her decision to try and act all goddess like when she rejected him before the time rewind seemed wrong, same with her hesitation at the ringing of the phone, Bell has told Keiichi that if you fear sorrow you can never really love, and that even painful memories aren't things you should forget, her actions in the story contradict that, now I know its a story by Yumi and not Fujishima but it seems like she didn't really get Bell's nature when she worte the story. Even if being with Keiichi meant the end of the universe I don't think she would turn her back on him, she's already been willing to risk the universe for him and admitted that if it came down to a choice she would pick him. Also she knows that Keiichi could find happiness without her, she's even wondered if she might eventually cause him unhappiness, she wants to be with him because of her happiness, hence the reason she magically glued their hands together, so while he might be able to find happiness with another I don't think she would be okay with that, since it would take away her happiness, as we've seen when it comes to K1 she's very selfish and jealous, and she wouldn't be ok with him ending up with someone else even though she might claim that she just wants him to be happy, she wants to be happy as well, and the problem is no one else in the AMG universe would ever make a wish like K1 did. Overall not a bad story, but not up to par with the Manga.
That's true that there are some personality changes within the story, and I agree that at times Bell seemed out of character. However though, after the time reset, and Urd gave Bell and Skuld their memories back, Bell suddenly was hit with the memory of K1's death. So in hopes of counteracting K1 from becoming a singularity within the universe, she felt that avoidance was necessary. And even so, Tohma Yumi did show the pain that Bell was feeling (if rather lightly) and showed that Bell still held a great amount of feeling for K1. The ending, where she entered the parallel universe, I think what happened was that she realized that fate didn't bind K1 to a path of sorrow, and was torn on whether or not she was really necessary in his life. Yes, she wishes to see K1 happy, and she too wishes for happiness. However, in the other world, she saw that K1 was truly special, even without goddesses (the Machiners meeting) and was beginning to doubt her own worth. Though I will agree that the bit about her feeling that K1 meeting the Machiners was because she was with him was a little strange, overall the loose ends seemed to tie themselves back together, and the world restarts back at volume 1 of the Manga.... We'll see what happens. But anyway, in terms of a 1-10 scale, I'd give the book a 8.5/10. Not the best thing since sliced bread, but can definitely stand as a well written story, and definitely worth reading.
yeah but I think all of that is contrived, Avoidance would cause him pain just as much as it would cause her, this is why she glued their hands together when he got his job at Whirlwind, to prevent her pain, in addition she already stated she wouldn't do anything that would bring him pain even to save everyone else, the whole Idea of her avoiding him would be agains ther nature.
In addition while she found that he was special even without her, she already knew that, in the Whale arc she admitted as much, in addiition she quite often talks about how wonderful he is, she knows that he would be fine without her already, she tries instead to make it easier for him, the whole Idea that she would need to go to find that out is weak. In truth the reason she gets jealous is becuase she knows he could find happiness without her, its her who doesn't want to give up the happiness she has with him, selfish yes, but that's love, she knows he'd achieve great thing swith or without her, she just wants to be the one beside him when he does, its him who feels that he can't achieve them unless she is by his side.
In addition the ending just sets up a time loop, Bell has no reason not to indulge her own desire to be with him, because worst case scenario everything rewinds and no one is harmed, so why would she choose to sacrifice her own happiness? It doesn't make sense, so ther is no reason she would.
overall I gave this story a C-, readable, but way too unrealistic for the characters or the universe, basically its fanfiction and like most fanfiction it isn't very good.
Yeah, I see your point, and it is a bit ironic when she avoids him. But you're right, it IS just fan fiction (even if the fan is Urd's seiyuu) but Fujishima-sensei did approve Tohma-san to write the story. It's a never-ending cycle.... Who knows, for all we know, Fujishima-sensei can play off of this on later volumes of the manga, or even end it here. (Hopefully not the latter.) We'll just have to wait and see. Shoot, there might even be another novel from Tohma-san.
Hahaha. But you have to realize that in all technicality, there can really be no happy ending.... Once Keiichi dies, (not like he did in the book, but of old age) Belldandy will return to heaven. But that's the thing with stories like this.... Can you really have an ending? If Fujishima were to make this book the ending, then we'd be in an infinite cycle. However, if he was to further the story, what way is there for him to make a rational conclusion?