恋色マリアージュ – Impressions

A nice and peaceful story… is about all I can say.

Eh, the heroines are for the most part cute, the setting and whatnot is good enough though it doesn’t stand out that much either and well… In any case it’s satisfactory so far.

Summing things up…

Our protagonist Nao is the heir to his family’s inn. He lost his father and mother early on and was received by his grandmother. Though the inn is relatively broken down and poor they’re still getting by and managing to upkeep appearances for now, thanks to the variety of outstanding employees working at the inn.

Quite similar to Melodia’s protagonist, Nao is also fairly straightforward at dealing with women. The main difference however is that unlike the protagonist of Melodia, this protagonist is actually somewhat… calculating with his actions which has proved to be fairly fun. As well as the fact that if you set aside his personality he’s quite a capable person.

Things are pretty peaceful for Nao until one day he meets a beautiful black haired girl outside of his school when he was leaving. He managed to guess that she’s a transfer student and with a slight bit of sexual harassment and whatnot, she points her to the right direction and leaves.

Later at night he was called to clean the women’s bath since there aren’t any customers staying at the inn on that day. However contrary to his expectations, he opened the bath to find the same beautiful black haired girl (naked of course) there.

After the incident his grandmother formally introduces her as the daughter of a very wealthy man who took a liking to the Nao during his stay there and approached his grandmother with a deal. He would invest in the inn under the condition of making his daughter, Mihono, Nao’s fiancee. This marks the start of the story…

… And then after that stuff happened, things like her maid transferring into the same class as the protagonist and a certain foreigner, Luriasti coming to stay at the inn who was revealed to be someone who stayed at the inn during her childhood and got along very well with Nao and Nao inadvertently doing something that was the equivalent of a proposal to her when she left.

You know, generally I’m relatively neutral to tsunderes but… I think Mihono was a little painfully tsun at certain points of the story. It got somewhat better at the latter half of the common route though. On another note, though I can’t say it’ll be just as bad, this story appears to be planning to pull something similar to the nightmare called Tsujidou again. With a tsundere fiancee who is gradually falling in love with Nao, taking another route basically makes the upcoming heart break painfully obvious. I just hope it doesn’t get rubbed in.

Mihono

However I’ve learned from Tsujidou as well!

And thus I’m throwing Mihono aside and going for Luriasti’s route first… who also has a problem in her own way. She’s frankly out of place. Yeah she’s cute or else I wouldn’t be taking her route first but at certain points of the common route I couldn’t help but question why is she even there. Every character in the story seems to have a fitting role except Luriasti, I’m not sure if it’s the result of that but, Luriasti also didn’t have much screen time either, being the last heroine to be introduced and mostly thrown to the side after that. perhaps that will change once I hit her route.

Nekoko’s antics are fun though I feel like I’ve seen a certain character with a similar name, twin tails and small stature not very long ago… namely Kamigakari. There incidentally seems to be a slight bias towards her in the pictures I took… probably because the spotlight (to me anyway) was pretty much placed on either Nekoko’s antics or Mihono’s development.

In any case it’s a fairly satisfying story to crawl through as I struggle to make time to read VNs. Hopefully it won’t take me another week or two to finish it.

And in other news Sakurasou has been proving itself to be my favorite anime of the season next to Shin Sekai and Ixion DT. Feels nice when all three of your favorites for this season are 2 cour so they won’t disappear once the season ends.

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