In terms of "drastic change", you are right before the part where the supernatural elements of the setting get to the forefront. As for the pacing, The Simulacrum is mainly a slice-of-life story with occasional hot-spots of action, usually near the end of the volumes, so on average the pacing is going to stay on the slow side.
umm... can you please spoil on who'll snowy end up with, i'm ready for it(i can't read properly if the question keeps getting in my head)... i'm definitely not going to scream on my pillow if you say it's gonna be josh... so, SPOILZ
Hey bro, is there gonna be some, like, romance about 'our' mc? Or is Josh getting all the girls, or is romance even important, maybe in the next few chapters the world will break and all the characters will be gone... Yeah, so. Is there gonna be romance?
I just finished up the third buffer chapter and uploaded it to Patreon today. The twelve hour shifts are really burning me out, but unless they decide to revamp our shift rotation again, I should be getting a whole week off after next Wednesday. That should give me some time to finish things up and return to the usual schedule.
I just started working again yesterday, but then my workplace shifted into an emergency shift-rotation system due to the whole coronavirus hubbub, which means 12 hour work days and 6 workday weeks until further notice. So yeah, life's being kind of a pain in the neck right now.
I'm trying to write as much as possible even under the circumstances, but it's not easy. There are already two full chapters on Patreon, and once I have two more to meet the quota I set, I plan on resuming the public releases, with those four chappies serving as a buffer.