This was a nightmare in a different sense.
You know, I belong to the type of person who gets an indescribable feeling whenever I finish the route of a character I liked and then move on to another character. But that’s a natural flow of events in VNs unless you intend to play a single route and stop. The feeling is akin to cheering for an OTP in a story and then once you finish the route, you watch as the protagonist gets together with another girl. Well thankfully going in another route usually means that the previous character won’t get as much romantic developments so you can wryly smile and shrug it off.
Considering the VN is bloody named after Tsujidou, it comes at no surprise that she gets the most attention and is probably the more “canon” route. The common route also mainly focuses on Tsujidou as well and that’s where the problem is.
You see, I finished Tsujidou route first of course since it was the most fitting route for the first play. It was all fun and nice until the drama part where it featured Hiroshi breaking up with Tsujidou because of differences in values. Namely, Hiroshi couldn’t stand Tsujidou being, well, a deliquent and getting into fights. This part pissed me off since there’s a limit to ridiculous pacifism and this story honestly would have improved itself by tenfold if they gave it a better protagonist and not one which gets in the way of every battle in the name of peace. That’s something I probably have to deal with however, as contextually you can say it’s Hiroshi’s charm.
Well it goes without saying that by the end, Hiroshi and Tsujidou made up and confessed again. Though I still didn’t quite feel happy with Hiroshi’s stance on things, it’s at least a happy ending so all’s well. If excluding the drama that was namely caused by Hiroshi’s pacifism, it was all in all a very good story. The length of the story was surprisingly long and they got confessions out of the way soon enough, putting more focus on their relationship. Many stories choose to tell the story of the process up to confession and not after it, so this is pretty nice.
Now it’s time to happily move to the next route, I’ll probably go for Renna next for the heck of it. Though not going for Tsujidou can be a bit awkward, well that’s the norm in VNs so it’s not something bring up now.
Skipping past the common route with different choices, the route splits into Renna route after Hiroshi decides to break up with Tsujidou at the end of common route instead persisting as he would in Tsujidou route—
Hold it right there.
What the hell does this make things then?
Considering route splits happen exactly at this point, does this mean that Hiroshi is going to more or less get together with Tsujidou and then break up with Tsujidou because of differences (despite both of them still liking each other) and then despite those differences he’ll get together with another deliquent?
… Does the writer intend to spite anyone who refuses to go into Tsujidou route or something? I mean god damn, that’s pretty bad.
Unlike other VNs which choose to route split before the damned protagonist gets together with anyone, in this case they route split where you’re practically half way into Tsujidou route. That’s awkward and causes consequences for later on. Or rather, far from consequences, Tsujidou turns up as a cause for drama in both Renna and Maki routes. Things become a hundred times worse when you realize that despite Tsujidou’s own feelings, she tends to wind up helping Hiroshi regardless. I know that there’s dramas much worse than this, but it doesn’t go by the standard way of developing routes for stories like this which caused an unpleasant surprise.
It goes without saying as since I didn’t hate Tsujidou or anything, it made the following Renna and Maki routes become relatively… painful whenever Tsujidou appeared. More accurately, this is usually where you’re meant to rage at the protagonist for going for the wrong girl. Yet you realize that the whole reason he ditched Tsujidou and then decided to go for other deliquents instead is because of the players choices— In other words your fault.
In the end I would say it’s an above average VN in this genre, only that not going for Tsujidou made it feel like someone mixed bitter medicine into your food which prevented me from completely taking it easy and enjoying the ride.Meanwhile Tsujidou’s own route was bitter in its own way because of Hiroshi’s pacifism. Come to think of it, Tsujidou breaks up with Hiroshi once in her own route and all other routes she inevitably breaks up with Hiroshi as well, can’t we just get away from that in general? Length-wise it was satisfactory, pretty decent in length unlike some of the other recent VNs. Though because of the above mentioned reasons, by the time I was half way into Renna route I was already exhausted of the setting. Mentally it felt like I spent the past week reading it.
Speaking of which he’s probably the reason I gained a liking for harem ends. Dual Savior which I replayed the other day felt like a pretty good representation of a well made harem end story but anyway, that wraps up this post.
Next up is Re:birth colony -Lost azurite-