Aki is the owner of Patisserie Larme. With his good looks, manners, and charm, he’s a perfect gentleman. It comes to everyone’s surprise that he asks the MC on a date at the singles party; afterwards, Aki pulls the MC into a date to celebrate her birthday together. Towards the end of it, he reveals that his true intention was to ask her to be a patissier at his shop. She accepts, and starts working at Patisserie Larme with him.
Aki is surprisingly blunt; he says what’s on his mind, and he doesn’t always try to say it nicely either. After having a few drinks with him, the MC is shocked to wake up the morning after in bed with him. Aki is nonchalant about it, but the MC is flustered; it’s the first time she’s been intimate with another person in over ten years. She starts to avoid him at work, and wonders if she’s the only one who feels something about their one-night stand. After Aki makes it clear that he just wants a professional working relationship with her, the MC is able to calm down, accept it, and move on.
Aki seems to lack passion in everything, whether it’s his work, love, or personal life. He himself thinks this until the MC points out to him that he is passionate about something: Patisserie Larme. His realization that he does have passion for the things he cares about helps him to be more honest with himself, and leads him to confess his love to the MC at the end when she’s about to be taken away from him.
I honestly love FILA so far and Aki’s route blew me away. I was a bit skeptical about the older woman and younger man situation, but at the end I’m glad I played it. It’s a fresh perspective on relationships, and reminds me a lot of Kiyoto’s route from IYAT. Aki reminds me a bit of another Voltage character, but I can’t seem to put my finger on it… While the MC being older than Aki was an issue of conflict in this route, it didn’t overtake the whole story; there are other conflicts that both the MC and Aki have to overcome before they get their happily ever after.
I like how there was more substance in FILA than just falling in love. The MC is worried more about than just love; she’s also worried about her career, and how the people around her view her as an unmarried woman in her 30s (which isn’t considered the social norm in Asian countries, but becoming increasingly more common). I highly recommend this route; if you’re unsure about whether or not you want to play FILA, I would still give this route a try. Happy playing!