After moving into their new place while the house goes under repairs, Akiyoshi and the MC are woken up the next day by a phone call from his father asking him to go to a marriage interview. He turns it down, but soon afterwards the CEO of a company that Seasonelle is looking to partner up with wants to set him up with his daughter, who’s heads over heels in love with him. He turns it down as well, but then things start to go awry in their business negotiations.
Married to his job, it’s understandable that a lot of people would try to get Akiyoshi to meet someone and settle down. He’s at a marriageable age, and has a lot of qualities that makes him a desirable marriage partner. However, no matter how many times he declines the requests he receives from his superiors to meet someone, they keep asking him. It makes it harder now that he’s dating the MC, but keeps their relationship a secret from everyone at the office. You can tell that he’s confident that he’ll always be able to turn down the offers, but still worries over how the MC feels about it. Their relationship as a superior and subordinate at work makes it hard for them to come out about their relationship, and when he’s finally faced with a request that might destroy his career if he turns it down, he knows he’ll end up refusing it but still worries about the repercussions of his decision that could affect Seasonelle.
I absolutely loved the MC in this route. While she does get a bit upset that Akiyoshi doesn’t show any interest in marriage, it’s understandable since Akiyoshi has been receiving requests to meet people and their relationship is a secret from everyone at Shiki Publishing. She does her best to trust Akiyoshi, and her unwavering trust is (IMO) what keeps their relationship together; if she had doubted him for a moment, I think Akiyoshi would have felt that he had hurt her and their relationship probably would have went backwards from there. They both care about each other a lot, and find themselves more concerned with how the other is feeling before themselves. Her understanding that the situation with Kirara, the daughter of Kakyoin’s CEO, is more complicated shows her concern for Akiyoshi, and the fact that she still wanted to be friends with Kirara despite that they were rivals in love amazed me, especially after what Kirara did to her.
Kirara annoyed me a lot, and I have a feeling that not a lot of people are going to be her fans. She is genuinely sorry for what she did at the end, but I still found it hard to excuse what she did. The MC is a goddess for forgiving her =___= I enjoyed this route a lot more than I thought I would, since I was worried about how it would stack up compared to Chiaki’s proposal route. However, Chiaki and Akiyoshi are very different characters, and I think this route fitted Akiyoshi’s situation very well. I highly recommend it if you loved him in season 1, and if you haven’t given the Growler a try, please do so! Happy playing!