Basic Premise: The seventeen-year-old main character moves back to the town and friends she left ten years ago.
- Ryuzo and his family are peculiar and funny. He’s dense, short-tempered, hard-working, and protective; his father acts more like a competitive brother, and his sisters are adorable.
- The MC’s memories with the guys are told through flash-back sections, not long sections of dialog where character A recounts what she did with character B in excruciating detail.
- Takeshi’s deadpan dialog always entertains.
- The MC makes some fairly stupid decisions.
- The plot moves in fits and starts. I’ve certainly read worse, but this one does not flow well.
- It doesn’t feel like a believable romance or friendship to me. At the end it felt like they were together because everyone told Ryu he should be with the MC, not because he liked her in particular.
- Ryu: “If you keep staring at me, I swear I’m going to bite you. Starting with the head…”
- Tak: “Did you want to give this (lunch) to Ryu?”
- Ryu: “Well then, you should’ve given it to me and not Tak.”
- Tak: “Do you want me to throw up what I just ate?”
- MC: “No, we can do without that, thank you!”
- Ryu: “Shut up. I’m giving you a compliment.”
- Tak: “Don’t worry. If he keeps on refusing your lunches, I will eat them every day. So, just keep making them every day until Ryu does start accepting them.”
- Johji: “Well, even if I tease Ryu, it’s not much fun on account of him being so dense.”
- Ryu: “If you don’t like what I’m going to do…punch me.”
- Me: What a romantic.
Overall: Mostly this route makes me want a route focused on Ryu’s family. As a relationship story, it just doesn’t gel for me.