Oh my god, I loved it SO MUCH! The good ending drowned me in warmth and wholesomeness, and the bad ending was painful both mentally and physically, and broke my heart a bit. Usually I don't care much for the horror of such kind, but Strelitzia, Lycoris and Oleander are so alive, human, relatable, lovable and adorkable, that it is impossible to feel indiffirent for their fate, even in what is perceived as a "non-canon" ending. To make matters worse (or, from another point of view, better), the bad ending feels justified within the story, and, by comparison with the string of events leading to the good ending, it is evident what exactly went different and why, and why it led to this.
All three human main characters are instantly likable, and I enjoyed their interactions immensily. I love how they are generally well-intentioned and decent human beings, but still possess familiar human flaws as hypocrisy, double standards, biases, difficulty in admitting one's mistakes and suchlike. So damn relatable, whoa. And I also love how they have different methods when addressing THE situation and take different stances, and no stance or method is ill-meaning and inherently plain wrong. Still, each one of them is not entirely right either, and the flaws and downsides in their reasoning are shown well. Actually, it made me to think over some of my views and go-to strategies regarding similar issues. Strelitzia's "I will talk about personal boundaries, and that only the person in question knows what is best for them, and that we shouldn't try to control their personal space, but the real reason I actually don't try to involve myself further is that I don't want to be involved" and Lycoris' "This IS a serious issue. We are not competent enough to deal with it. Professionally trained people should do it. *proceeds to do nothing to actually arrange meeting with said specialists and does not contact them when he is in a similar situation*" were especially... familiar. :D *self-deprecating sigh*
Nano in the good path is sweetheart. <3 And I really enjoyed how various philosophical/ethical concepts were brought up whenever possible and appropriate. You created an informationally intensive work of art and heart, which beautifully combines grave subjects, addressed with consideration, and light-hearted, heartwarming, quirky, amusing and adorable elements.
Thank you so much for creating Robot Daycare! I am SO looking forward to reading your other works and meeting your other characters! :3