This review assumes you have already played Koichi’s main route and will make no attempt to keep the plot unspoiled.
Basic Premise: You see Koichi’s thought processes as he tries to puzzle out his wife’s motivations and refusal to abandon him.
- Koichi is not softened; he’s still a gruff, closed-off adulterer. At the same time, he does not come across as a mustache-twirling villain. He hurts the main character in many ways, yet he’s never malicious.
- I love the main character’s quiet commitment and stubbornness in holding to her belief of what a relationship and marriage can and should be – both for her sake and Koichi’s.
- The latter part of the story shows Koichi and the MC as two equals supporting each other with both professional concerns and extended family concerns. It’s frank, a little awkward, sweet, and fit the tone of the previous chapters.
- I still don’t understand how Koichi and Ai first got together. Koichi focuses so much on professional advancement. Why would he risk sleeping with his boss’s wife whom he met a year into her marriage if he doesn’t have some kind of feelings for her? If he wants just sex, there are less risky ways to get it.
Overall: I really like this route. I haven’t found another character or plot like Koichi’s. Still, Koichi rubs many players the wrong way. If you hated him in the main game, his POV route won’t change your mind.