After getting caught up in a case involving possible corruption in the government, the MC chooses to share a room with the easygoing leader of Fuse Investigations, Nozomu. Taken in by his kind words and gentle smile, she finds herself wanting to learn more about him, when suddenly she finds herself travelling to France to dig deeper into the case. In the streets of the city of love, the MC discovers that Nozomu is still bound to his past, and that there’s more to his smile than what meets the eye.
Voltage doesn’t give away much about Nozomu in the other routes. They make him out to be the (perverted) easygoing chief who everyone pokes fun at, so I loved going through this route and learning more about him as the story progressed. There’s a lot going with his character, and I was surprised by how in depth Voltage went in with it. His smiles and kindness aren’t a lie; he tries his best to make the MC feel comfortable at Fuse Investigations, whether it’s reassuring her and promising to protect her, or teasing her once in a while to make her feel like she’s included in the group. I was surprised by how much nicer he is in this route; Voltage definitely played up this aspect of him a lot. It didn’t feel out of character though; in fact, it felt a lot more genuine than some of his reactions in other routes.
He’s easygoing and open, but has secrets that not even the other members of Fuse Investigations know. I was expecting something like this since Voltage really played up the “mysterious” aspect of him, but was pleasantly surprised by how well written and put together his past was. He’s prone to hiding his feelings with a smile because of his position as a leader, but also because he has a lot of things that he doesn’t want to reveal to others. His relationship with the MC was gradual and paced well; they start to fall for each other early on in the route, but there weren’t any moments where it felt like things were getting dragged out or rushed. I can say the same with the plot as well; I think it’s the best-written plot out of all the routes released in TLSL so far. The first few chapters are light-hearted, focusing more on Nozomu and the MC, but it gets darker as the story progresses, slowly easing into the case and how it ties into Nozomu’s past.
I was surprised by how much I came to like Nozomu. He (probably) beats Naomasa for bias of the game (/w\) I loved how Voltage fleshed everything out in this route. All the loose ends were tied, and everything was written so well and Nozomu’s characterization was top-notch. I’d have to say that this is one of my favorite Voltage routes now, and highly recommend it to everyone! His route is definitely a must-play, and both “Non-tan’s” cute sides and serious sides had my heart fluttering the entire time (/w\) I can’t wait for his sequel, and want to see how Voltage will develop his relationship with the MC, since they did such a good job of developing him as a character in this route. Please play this route! You won’t regret it ^w^ Once again, happy playing!