After losing her job, the MC runs into her ex from ten years ago. After running into Aki and Momoi while catching up with Kazuki at a bar, she finds herself with a new job at Patisserie Larme while teaching baking classes at Kazuki’s company. Though they separated at bad terms, the MC starts to fall for Kazuki again as they spend more time together as work colleagues and as friends.
Kazuki is the CEO of Tarte and Tatin, a company that he had founded himself after returning to Japan from spending time abroad at New York. A successful businessman who lacks in nothing, whether it’s looks, money, connections, and confidence, he’s career-focused and always looks for opportunities for his company to grow. Kazuki is also a smooth talker and good at negotiating with other people, but he isn’t perfect; he has significant faults, which were among the reasons that lead up to him and the MC breaking up ten years ago. He’s selfish, micromanages, tends to see things only from his perspective, and makes light of the things that MC holds dear to her. However, you see that he’s changed from his past self, and continues to do so throughout the route while he and the MC spend more time together.
Not to say that it was only his fault that they broke up. The MC grows a lot throughout this route, and slowly comes to understand that she was also to fault for their break up in the past, and that there were misunderstandings in their relationship that she hadn’t cleared up when she should’ve. I love how both of them had to question themselves about what was really important to them; were his company and her career worth giving up love for? Both of them were still hurting from their break up, and it was heart warming to see them slowly come out of their shells and learn to trust one another again. Their realization that love is something that they don’t have to give up for themselves or others was something I really liked as well.
The romance in this route happens mostly from Kazuki trying to make more opportunities to meet up with the MC, whether through work or private lives. However, the MC is cautious about getting close to him again, and is determined to be nothing more than friends with him. You can tell that they’re falling for each other, even though both parties refuse to admit it. Both of them often relapse into remembering how things were for them, but are constantly reminded of how different themselves and their situations are in the present, though some things did stay the same. I really enjoyed the romance and plot in this route; I was looking forward to it, and it didn’t disappoint.
Kazuki reminded me of Genji from IYAT; I couldn’t help but draw parallels to the two based on some aspects of their personalities and because of their pasts with the respective MCs of their games. However, Kazuki is also a very different character from Genji in a lot of aspects, and it definitely makes him a unique character of his own. I highly recommend his route; it’s different from the other routes in this game, but still maintains the same feel of being in FILA. It also made me want to replay Aki’s route a lot ; w ; Don’t hesitate to give Kazuki a try! He definitely didn’t disappoint my expectations. Happy playing!