Although they’re happily engaged, Chiaki and the MC find their love live intruded on when they’re told they have to move into the newly built company condos for month! Chiaki isn’t letting the presence of other people hinder their time together, and work is going well for the both of them when he’s given a chance to submit for the prestigious company Industry Report and the MC is paired together with Kaoru for a new project. However, Kaoru’s feelings toward the MC start to change, and Chiaki notices?!
I’m 100% sure that whoever writes the stories for OTBS has something against Chiaki because he can’t go through a single route without suffering ㅠ___ㅠ
Because of his past, Chiaki is someone who struggles with feelings of inadequacy. His desire to reach the top of Shiki Publishing comes form his need of gaining the approval of those around him, especially people he respects and care for. While his proposal route laid bare his insecurities in relation with his mother, this route goes more into his view of himself and his struggle to accept what he sees reflected in him. This route is especially painful for Chiaki because of the relationship between him and Kaoru. Kaoru is someone Chiaki admires and has deep respect for; he sees him as a role model and as someone he aspires to be like. Couple that with his struggles against himself, and it leads to a situation where he can’t help feel like he’s not good enough for anyone, even the MC, who’s seen him at his worst.
I absolutely love the relationship Chiaki and the MC have. While he’ll tease her and they’ll argue once in while, they’re a couple that helps each grow, especially in Chiaki’s case. Chiaki is the type to build walls between him and others, but he shows his weak side to the MC, which is an extremely important part of their relationship. Her acceptance of the very things he sees as flaws redeems himself as someone worth being loved in his eyes through her love. However, there’s still a part of him who’s unsure of whether he’s truly worthy of her, especially when he compares himself to the MC and Kaoru, both who are a stark contrast to him with their unending selflessness. Chiaki struggles with what it really means to love and live for another person in this route, and decides to try living for someone else out of his love for the MC; this is a big step from his proposal route, where he’s more concerned about her leaving him.
Another thing I appreciated in this route was how maturely the love triangle between the three of them was settled. There wasn’t any of the unnecessary and ridiculous drama in Kaoru’s route; instead, Chiaki takes a stand and clearly tells Kaoru how it is, which is something I appreciated. All parties are mature with how they handle the situation, and while it isn’t exactly smooth sailing, they all make an effort to not destroy the already-existing relationships between them.
Though I was an emotional mess for most of the route, I highly recommend this route, especially if you’re a Chiaki fan. I love how the route builds upon the already existing development from his proposal route, and the ending made me tear up with how sweet it was. I really hope season 3 is happier for him, because Chiaki deserves nothing but happiness and a new family with the MC ; w ; Happy playing! *cries*