Finally, in Love Again Kazuki Epilogue, Sequel, and Sequel Epilogue Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

Remember how I wrote Kazuki isn’t my favorite character, but untangling the relationship and the writing kept pulling me back to the story in the main route? I’ve played it again at least twice without taking notes for a review (quite a rarity).

Well, Kazuki’s sequels don’t have any of that untangling or tensions. The translation and pacing are still nicely done, but all three stories feel like they’re treading water. I’ve come to expect that in epilogues but was disappointed to find no real character development or relationship progress in the sequel…

…unless you count EVERYBODY EXCEPT THE NEWLY INTRODUCED FEMALE CHARACTER TRYING TO CHEER UP THE MC THE ENTIRE GAME AND HER ALWAYS COMPARING HERSELF TO OTHERS AND LOOKING TO OTHERS FOR MOTIVATION AND AFFIRMATION AS PROGRESS. Get it together, MC. I don’t dislike you, but you’re over 30, and you said it yourself:

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You didn’t feel like this in the main route.  You’ve regressed.  And it’s frustrating.

Bottom Line: I wasn’t annoyed that I spent the money, but the sequels do not live up to the high standards set by the main route.

Voltage’s Finally, in Love Again is available on iOS and Android.

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Voltage Japan Sale PSA

Real life’s still eating all my reviewing time, but I did want to give y’all a heads-up.

This weekend Voltage Japan has discounted main routes, sequel routes, epilogues, and special stories for eighteen routes.

It’s a little overwhelming, quite frankly, but what surprised and pleased me the most is ALL the “Another Story” and “His POV” routes are only $0.99 in the US iOS store.  These routes rarely go on sale, and I’ve never seen them this inexpensive.

The In Your Arms Tonight Another Story routes are just as long as the main stories and some of them are really well done.  Many of the different His POV for different apps really add to the story too so I’d go ahead and give them a try as well.  Check out my review archive if you want more particulars.  🙂

Finally, in Love Again Kazuki POV Impressions and Review

This review assumes you have played Kazuki’s main route and will not attempt to keep the plot unspoiled.

Positives

  • The word choice and pacing are spot on. It seems like the same writer and translator who worked on Kazuki’s main route went on to this one.
  • Kazuki and the MC are the same almost painfully believable individuals.
  • Kazuki’s inner commentary and scenes with secondary characters slip seamlessly into the main route’s story. His conversations with Tae and his fiance, while brief, made me grin.

Negatives

  • The MC has no sprite. It makes Kazuki look like he’s talking to his imaginary friend.

Everything Else

  • No choice moments appear, but that complete authorial control allows for a tighter story and relationship.
  • Does a married Japanese women typically wear a wedding ring on her right hand?

Bottom Line: Recommended.

Voltage’s Finally, in Love Again is available on iOS and Android.

Finally, in Love Again Kazuki Serizawa Main Route Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

Basic Premise: A thirty-something pastry chef starts working with her ex after ten years.

On the Prolog: It’s been rewritten since the app first released. The MC’s weight is not constantly brought up, the idiotic faulty girdle plot point has been replaced, and she quits her position rather than being fired over one incident. It’s still not perfect, but it is much improved.

On the MC: She feels so real. She works hard at her career, she feels things deeply without being overly dramatic, she looks for and accepts help when she needs it, she says what she’s thinking to an appropriate degree, and she holds her ground when needed.

On Kazuki: He too feels real. He’s passionate about his company, cares for his employees, can be charming and pushy, and assumes he knows what’s best without being overly arrogant.

On the relationship and plot: In this story you spend your time teasing out what Kazuki is like now and why exactly their relationship ended ten years ago rather than watching him sweep the MC off her feet. The interactions and dialog are so natural – they walk the line between protecting themselves and feeling each other out beautifully – that nine chapters into the route I was still wondering how it would resolve.   It never felt padded, forced, or obvious, and when I did find out exactly how they broke up, I bought it and could see them getting together again.  It’s worth reading a second time just to pick up on all the little comments and motivations.

On the secondary characters: The rival company’s boss is a caricature, but everyone else is good. I particularly like the MC’s friend from high school and woman coworker. They care about the MC and give reasonable advice and support. Less cattiness and more of this, Voltage.

Bottom Line: Recommended. While Kazuki is not yet one of my favorite characters, the writing merited another playthrough – and it was even better the second time. If it seems like the same writer and translator worked on his POV and sequel, I’m getting them immediately.

*update* Seems like the same team worked on the POV; review found here.

Voltage’s Finally, in Love Again is available on iOS and Android.