It’s been a while since the MC and Kazuki have gotten back together, and both their personal and professional lives are blooming. Aki wants Larme to participate in the prestigious Japan Sweets Contest, so the MC starts to spend more time after work preparing for it. Kazuki introduces the MC to Tess, a coworker from his days back in the U.S. who he hired into Tarte and Tatin as his secretary to help him with the company’s growth.
I absolutely loved the relationship the MC and Kazuki had with each other. It may be because they’ve dated before, but they’re so comfortable with each other; it seems like they just click with everything. It’s also adorable how both of them are so concentrated on their respective careers; for example, for one of their dates, they go out and try stuff in other cafes and bakeries to get an idea of what trends are. This kind of date seemed pretty common for them, and speaks loads about their relationship; they support each other not just in their personal lives, but also in their professional ones as well, seeing as neither of them can really turn off their work switch when it comes to desserts >w<
Kazuki is so sweet and dedicated in this route it made me tear up a little ; w ; Even though he’s extremely busy with his growing company, he makes an effort to make time for the MC in his schedule and gives her advice and encouragement when she needs it. This route focused more on the MC’s development, in her career and relationship with Kazuki. The MC is extremely dedicated to her job, and takes it hard when it feels like she’s not doing well enough and tends to overwork herself (not just in this route but other ones as well). I loved how Kazuki helped the MC realize that instead of trying to meet some standard, it’s important to stay true to her own style and beliefs and make her confections the way reflects them (if you couldn’t tell, I absolutely loved Kazuki in this route).
The MC also has a bit of a trust issue with Kazuki. This is probably because of how their relationship ended ten years ago and how she feels inadequate next to Kazuki currently, but she learns to be more confident in Kazuki’s love for her and trust in him more. Not to say that she didn’t try; however, Kazuki did a really good job at showing how much she means to him, though it was partially his fault for thinking the MC was stronger than she really was. The situation in this route reminded me a lot of their break up ten years ago, but it shows that they’ve learned from their past mistakes and shows how strong their feelings for each other are now.
I absolutely enjoyed this route, and highly recommend it, especially if you liked Kazuki’s main story! I also highly recommend the sequel epilogue; the CG is gorgeous, and I think that’s the happiest a sequel epilogue has ever made me (/w\) It really felt like a conclusion to season 1, and I can’t wait to see how their relationship is going to grow in season 2! (*intensively prays for wedding route*) Happy playing! >w<