Can we optimize boot times with handcrafted init scripts in this modern times?

In conventional times, systemd’s reigns supreme. Handcrafted init scripts feel like one is going backwards in time to do something that was declared outdated. For some people though, the temptation to have control alongside lightning fast boots is still something that resonates with them.

Do you think that optimising boot times with init scripts in this fresh year is something very outdated or it is an ecstacy to booting.

For this I would just use an init based distro like Devuan, Alpine Linux, Slackware, Gentoo or Artix Linux.

Or complete alternative like Void Linux which uses runit.

systemd is pretty much the standard now, and for a good reason. It’s efficient, systematic, and has a ton of features.