Halfway into this sequel and I’ve figured out what makes this route not click with me as it should; it’s trying too hard.
What do I mean by trying too hard? I mean that it’s trying to paint the perfect picture of either joy or sorrow. Both plot points and character decisions seem to be hooked to a shift in tone that keeps falling down, and the fact that only 3 eps were given meant that such events were extremely rushed. So to accomadate for it, dramatic scenes are simplified to two extremes, like if the show is shoving a board at the screen saying “BE HAPPY” and “BE SAD”.
That dark shift also makes some characters overly one-note, specifically Kyousuke. I really don’t like what they did with Kyousuke here, not because he became dark, but how it was handled. His shift from cheering for Riki x Rin to isolating Rin in a suicidal class with not contact outside is too sudden and extreme to seem believable. Despite his tough love reasoning being somewhat understandeable, his actions from that reasoning come off as unnecessarily cold.
So with these complaints stacked up, is there anything that I liked? Actually, I liked the relationship between Rin and Riki. I liked how casual they were in bringing up dating, and their overall relationship feels innocent. When I saw them in that accidental pose or in the bath together, I wasn’t thinking of how sexy that was like I would with Kurugaya. At the end of the day, it was this sweetness that still made me care of what happened, even with the melodramatic writing.
Compared to this route, I think Kud’s route in Season 1 handled the seperation story much better. It had its fair share of plotholes and one-dimensional villains, but the reason for having to leave was built-up better and had a far more serious reason than cheering up a school. Then again, the theme for that route was focused on keeping friendship alive, while this one focuses on prioritizing love over friendship. I don’t think this is the weakest route(that goes to either Komari or Nishizono), but it’s definitely one that i’m not favorable of.