Drawn in by his foreigner’s looks, the MC chooses to spend time with Tokiwa. After she’s warned by Kagerou to stay on her guard with him, the MC is surprised by how kind Tokiwa is past his teasing demeanor. She learns that he has his own reasons as to why he wants to be at the top of Kikuya, and the two start falling for each other as they spend more time together.
Tokiwa is a complicated character. He used to be one of the top courtesans of Kikuya, but after an incident that caused discord in the shop, he was demoted back to an assistant to Takao. Because of the incident, there are a lot of rumors that spread about his reputation, and many of the courtesans talk about him behind his back. It would be easy to feel angry and bitter over this, especially since the incident wasn’t even his fault, but he doesn’t bother correcting those who talk bad about him; instead, he focuses his time and energy on getting back to the top of Kikuya.
Being of mixed blood, Tokiwa’s selling points are his blonde hair and green eyes. While other people see beauty in them, he has mixed feelings for these traits due to his background. His reason for wanting to be the top courtesan comes from these physical traits, and his view on them was interesting to me; he dislikes them, but acknowledges their worth and still wants them be accepted by others. These physical traits are the cause of the walls around him; the majority of people see him only for his hair and eyes because of how different and rare they are, and don’t bother looking past the color of his eyes into who he is as a person, instead of a courtesan.
Like the other routes, the MC is naïve and innocent, and this is what initially draws Tokiwa to her. However, he soon notices that she sees him as a person instead of just a courtesan, and even when he loses face in front of her, she’s still genuinely concerned for him and shows him kindness, which causes him to fall for her. Tokiwa is surprisingly honest about his feelings for her, which was the exact opposite of what I was expecting. He values the MC’s trust and does his best not to hurt her, and you can see how genuine his feelings for her are. Even when the MC wants to sleep with him, he’s hesitant to do so because of how much he treasures her; he doesn’t want to treat her like the rest of his clients. I actually liked the romance in this route; it was much more than what I expected, and was written better than Takao’s route (IMO).
I was pleasantly surprised by Tokiwa’s route. Based on his interactions with the MC in the other routes, I was hesitant to buy his route because I thought I wouldn’t like it. However, I loved how complex his character was and was drawn in to him more than I expected to be. The plot towards the end was a bit shaky, but other than that, I think this route was well written. I definitely recommend it, especially if you’re not too sure if you want to play his route or not. As you can tell, I ended up loving this route. Happy playing! >w<