After the success of their sake spa treatment products, the MC starts to work at Akito’s company as an assistant in product development. Company relationships are forbidden, so they have to keep their office romance a secret from their coworkers. Though things start out great, they start to have issues when there are rumors of Akito having an affair with a client. The MC wants to trust him, but starts to have doubts when they start to have miscommunication in their relationship.
The office romance in this route didn’t last that long, since Akito was only in the headquarters where the MC worked for a week. However, I found it really adorable how excited the MC was about it, and Akito was extremely cute about it as well (not to mention you get to see him the spiffy suit >w<). They get to see different sides to each other during the week that they do see each other at work, and afterwards they feel disappointed that they can’t spend the whole day together like they used to.
However, there are a few things about working in the same company that isn’t as pleasant. There’s competition between coworkers, and gossip breeds from jealousy towards people who are on the fast track to success. There are rumors of Akito being in a relationship with a prominent client of the company, and I think Voltage did a very realistic job to the MC’s reaction to the news. The MC struggles with wanting to trust Akito, but finds herself unable to because of how different he is from the Akito she remembers from her childhood and his recent actions. It’s not always easy to accept changes in people we think we know well, and while both the MC and Akito thought that they understood the other, this route shows how much more they still have to work on learning more about other and accepting that things aren’t the same as they were when they were kids.
Communication is the big factor that caused the ups and downs in their relationship. Once again, they think they understand the other since they knew each other for a long time, but without communication it’s impossible for them to move forward in their relationship instead of just wallowing in the past. It’s only when they start communicating with each other that they get over their dilemmas and accept that they need to work on trying to understand the other instead of just being content with their current relationship.
Overall, I really enjoyed the route. I highly recommend this route, especially if you loved Akito in his main story. The epilogue was absolutely adorable, and I’m eagerly waiting for the release of his season 2 routes. I have a good guess as to who’s child they’ll be taking care of in the main story for the next season, and can’t wait to see the two in a family situation. Happy playing! >w<