Now that the MC is Ota’s girlfriend, things are smooth sailing for the two. While both of their careers are going great, the MC can’t help but worry about Ota being involved in the auctions, since it would damage his career if he was caught. Ota agrees to quit being an auction sponsor, but after viewing the list of items for the next one, suddenly changes his mind and continues to get involved despite what he promised the MC.
Ota was always nice to the MC, but in this route he treats her like a girlfriend, not a pet, which is something that I really appreciated after his main story route. This route explores more about his past with his mentor and the plagiarism issue that happened before he moved to New York. Now that he’s let the MC into his walls a bit, you start to see that despite what he says, he’s still afraid of people betraying and leaving him, like his mentor did years ago. He genuinely loves the MC and has opened up more to her, but still keeps some distance and secrets from her because of his distrust of people. It’s not easy for people to change, and I like how Voltage was realistic with this in this route; love doesn’t solve everything, especially when someone you cared for and were close to for a good part of your life hurt you.
I loved how the MC pushed Ota forward in this route. You can see that she has a good understanding of Ota as a person because she knows that the unfinished business with his mentor bothers him a lot more than he lets on. He’s still caught up in his past, but tries to avoid it, and the MC doesn’t take that. She wants to help him, even though he says that it’s none of her business, and later Ota finally does give in and listen to what she says, something he never would have done his main story. Her understanding of him and him listening to her shows how they’ve grown as a couple since the end of the previous route, and I think that the resolution of this issue brought not only closure to Ota but also brought them closer together as a couple.
Ota grows a lot in his route, mostly by how he opens himself more, but also with his attitude towards his art and the auctions. He says multiple times in his main story that he didn’t care what happened to his art, and that it and the auctions were only a means of fun and to pass time. He goes from being indifferent to adapting a serious attitude towards his work, and gains a solid reason as to why he wants to participate as an auction sponsor. I wanted to see Ota grow more as a character, and Voltage definitely delivered in this route.
If you felt hesitant about Ota’s character after playing his main story, I would definitely give this route a try. Ota changes a lot in this route, and the change in his relationship with the MC was definitely a big plus for me. He gets one step closer to being an actual “Angelic Artist” to me in this route, and I enjoyed it a lot. Happy playing!