After giving the MC a test “confession,” Ayumu continues to tease her with them, telling her that she needs to work on her seduction skills. The MC is determined to do better in all aspects of her training, and continues to try her best at it with his help. She struggles to keep her feelings for Ayumu in check when she’s suddenly asked by Kaga to investigate him! There’s more to the purse-snatching case than she suspected, and Ayumu is deemed as one of the suspects?!
Ayumu seems friendlier with the MC in this route. He’ll tease her with “confessions” and manipulate his way out of situations where he’ll have to answer her questions, but you can see that he’s opening up to the MC little by little. Personally it looked as if he started falling for her early on in the route (though both he and the MC don’t know it). He blushes a lot more in this route, and it was interesting to see how his reactions towards the MC change as the story progresses; he gets embarrassed in situations that wouldn’t have fazed him in his MS1, and starts to “protect” the MC in his own ways.
My review for Ayumu’s MS1 route wasn’t good because the route by itself wasn’t enough; it was bland by itself, and I was confused by the randomness of a few of the plot elements. However, after reading this story, I realize that while not much happened in Ayumu’s MS1, it did a good job of setting the stage for this route. Everything knit together well, from Ayumu’s unrequited love to the seemingly closed purse-snatching case, and you gain a better understanding of how Ayumu works as a PSD and as a character in general.
The plot built on the case from MS1, and it was interesting to see how they tied it in to make it more personal for Ayumu. Both he and the MC are personally tested in this route, and it hurt to see both of them get hurt from their unrequited loves ; A ; However, it was heart-warming to see how much the MC matures as a character individually because of it, even before Ayumu starts to show more obvious signs of starting to fall for her. Their relationship development is gradual but well-paced, and they overcome a lot of hurdles together and separately before they finally end up together. I loved seeing how much Ayumu treasures the MC in the end of this route and in the epilogue; he lives up to his description of being “pure-hearted” in his MS1, and the decision he makes in regards to his relationship with the MC fit him surprisingly well.
The only complaint that I have with this route is that they didn’t go into the full ending of the case, but that was probably because of time constraints as it gets resolved in the very end. I was surprised by how much Ayumu grew on me in this route, and definitely recommend that you get this route if you had reservations about him from his MS1. I highly recommend the epilogue as well; he’s absolutely adorable in it, and I loved seeing him being a bit more vulnerable with the MC (/w\) Please give him a try! You definitely won’t regret it (IMO). Happy playing! >w<