Comments that apply to all the routes in Shall We Date?: Scarlet Fate
- An active, competent main character tries to save her village and friends from supernatural disaster.
- The plot, not cutesy romance fluff, dominates the story. Politics, divine beings, and war feature in all the routes.
- The translation is competent, and the story flows. The point of view shifts are not always well-signaled though.
Comments for Kuso-no-Mikoto’s route in particular
- The pacing of the plot, relationship growth, and character evolution are near perfection. Usually as I play an app for review I take around a dozen screen-shots of plot points or quotes to use when I organize my thoughts. By the end of this route I had fifty-nine screen-shots of conversation moments and story beats that just nail it.
- How the writer and/or translator handles the concepts of sin and guilt work much more naturally here than in any of the other routes.
- I love the MC and Kuso both as individuals and as a couple. They struggle, they grow, they challenge each other, and by the time they get together they’ve earned their sweet moments.
- Kamimusubi-no-kami, the creator goddess, has some depth to her. I really like the dynamic between her and the MC. Her outfit’s atrocious though.
- Whoever did Kuso’s tagline cannot have actually read his route. “What a sassy girl! You don’t deserve to be my wife.” Besides being an eye-roller, it doesn’t represent him or the characters’ relationship dynamic. I would have skipped this route entirely if I had not seen it praised elsewhere.
- The dialog between the brothers is clunky compared to others’ conversations.
- Kuso does have bossy moments that made me raise an eyebrow on a few occasions, but all the major decisions are the MC’s choice. You may have to wait a chapter or two to see it though.
- I was surprised by how ardently anti-suicide many of the conversations seem.
- If you plan on playing more than one route, play this one last. If I had read this one first I would have been disappointed that the other routes’ writing isn’t as finely executed.
Bottom Line: Kuso’s is my favorite of the Scarlet Fate routes and one of my favorite routes period. Highly recommended.