Dreamy Days in West Tokyo: Takeshi 3 Years Later Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

Basic Premise: Both now in college, the MC and Takeshi deal with a career-ending injury.

Positives

  • Takeshi and the MC feel like real people with believable emotions and interactions.
  • This route’s MC is awesome. She helps Tak without coddling or bullying him and still keeps up with her own responsibilities.
  • I like the execution of the plot itself so much. Takeshi’s injury seriously affects his ability to run, is acknowledged as a big problem, and isn’t magically fixed by the end of the route. Don’t change this in the first chapter of the next sequel, Voltage. Stories need consequences.

Negatives

  • The first chapter has a long flash-back to scenes in which the characters reminisce about the events of the main route. Then it has scenes in the present filled with characters reminiscing even more. The tone is incredibly cutesy and without benefit of Ichigo or Rihito providing snarky commentary. Ugh.
  • Either the original writer or the translator has absolutely no idea how to treat an injured leg, asthma, or a pulled back. Apparently one can have major leg surgery and then leave the hospital a week later without a cast, brace, crutches, or wheelchair AND without anyone scheduling any kind of follow-up or physical therapy appointments. I’m not even going to start on the kid with asthma…

Everything Else

  • Takeshi’s parents still don’t appear much. After their absence in the previous routes, it’s not surprising. For a while there I honestly thought they had died. XD

Overall: Highly recommended.  This is my favorite of all the Dreamy Days routes.

Voltage’s Dreamy Days in West Tokyo is available on iOS and Android.

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