After being coerced into becoming the “ghostwriter” for Revance, the MC finds herself writing lyrics for a show opening with Iori, the “prince” known for his gentle nature. However, she quickly discovers that his charismatic smile turns into a deprecating smirk once the audience disappears, and despairs over writing the words of a love song together with him. Despite their bad first impressions of each other, as they spend more time together, their relationship starts to change along with the words of their song…
“Prince Iori” is exactly that when it comes to his fans; a prince who charms his fans with a gentle smile and kind nature. However, behind closed doors, he turns into a harsh and cold person who only cares about the results that his actions produce, making sure that they’ll benefit Revance and boost his public image. The son of a wealthy family, his dislike for women stems from his relationship with his father and his money; he’s seen how “love” changes when it comes to wealth and power, and views women as shallow people who throw their affections to the highest bidder.
It’s really easy to misunderstand Iori; he’s hard to read, and not a nice person in general when he puts away his “prince” persona. I’m going to be brutally honest and say that the way he treats the MC in the beginning made it hard for me to continue the route; his dislike for women clearly shows in his interactions with her, and the only reason why he puts up with her is because Revance needs her. His relationship with the MC has an extremely rocky start, but it slowly (emphasis on the slowly) changes for the better throughout the route. Voltage did a good job at showing new sides to him without rushing the pace, a problem they tend to have when it comes to characters like Iori. He really reminds me of a cat in this route; he dislikes the MC at first, but slowly lets her into his life and starts warming up to her. You could take the fact that he doesn’t bother being a “prince” to the MC as his being comfortable around her; there’s no need to impress her, and I think that important to note that it’s only because of this that the he and the MC start falling for each other. He’s not the type to be overly nice, but shows his kindness in his own way, even if his words are harsh.
Many people might not like the MC in this route. While she talks back to Iori in the beginning and stands her ground, she starts falling for him quickly (though she doesn’t realize it until later on in the story), and is more accepting of the things he says to her as the story progresses. If you’re not okay with the MC accepting mean words from the male lead, then I would not recommend this story to you. There’s a scene in the route where a misunderstanding causes Iori to call the MC a “slut”; if you play the route you’ll understand why he did so (based on the situation and his past), but if this is something absolutely unacceptable for you, do not play this route.
While Iori left an extremely bad impression on me in the beginning, I warmed up to him by the end of the route. Voltage was correct in describing him as “sadistic”; however, after playing the epilogue you can see that he wants the MC to be straightforward and tell him what she wants instead of just trying to get him to be nice to her, even though this might lead to him doing things that will upset her. If you are not okay with excessive teasing, name-calling, and questionable situations that the MC might find herself in, then I would not recommend this route. It isn’t for everyone. If you’re still curious about Iori and want to give him a chance, then please do! He’s mean, but he means well. I’m hoping he’ll be a bit nicer to the MC in his sequel, but we’ll see… Happy playing!