After being saved by the Huedhaut, the MC starts to wonder if she’s met the cold and sarcastic ruler of Aquarius before. In her dreams, the MC starts to see a story of love unfold with an unknown man with dark hair, and is shocked to eventually find that the man is none other than Huedhaut himself. There’s more to their past than what meets the eye, and her past life as a goddess intertwines their fate in ways more than she could’ve guessed as she falls in love with the god with lingering sadness in his eyes.
Despite the quiet and gentlemanly aura Huedhuat gives off in other routes, his demeanor changes a lot when the MC chooses him to save her from her fall. He’s surprisingly sarcastic, but personally, I loved it; it was amusing to see him interact differently with the other SCM characters with this new personality. The MC’s inner thoughts while verbally bantering with him were especially amusing for me XD
Known as the wisest man in the heavens, Huedhaut has an extremely pragmatic view on everything, especially when it comes to love. His past experience with love led to nothing but loss and regret for him, leading him to believe that there’s no love without loss, and all love requires some form of sacrifice. Rather than denying love, I think it’s more accurate to say that he regrets it; it’s hard to believe that he ever was in due to his realistic views, but as you piece together what happened in his past, it’s understandable why he has such a pessimistic view on the subject.
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Hue’s interactions with the MC in the beginning flip between pushing her away and genuine concern for her well being. It’s obvious that there’s something more going on between him and the MC once she starts having dreams of a “mysterious” blue-haired man, and it was interesting to see how her former incarnation as the goddess of fate influences the relationship Hue has with her in her form as a human. Hue clearly isn’t over the death of his former lover, and once the MC finds out about their past, she starts to feel conflicted over if he’s seeing for as she is, or just an echo of the goddess he lost. It was interesting to see how Hue and the MC’s positions switch in the latter half of the route. While she helped him come in terms with the relationship he had with her former incarnation, she can’t help but feel the same loss and regret he felt once he returns to the heavens.
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The central theme in this route is learning to appreciate love. Though its memories might bring pain later one after you lose it, the joy that you feel when you experience it is even greater; it’s better to focus on the happy things and treasure them instead of wishing they never happened. Both the MC and Huedhaut learn not to lie to their hearts and face their true feelings head on, and it was interesting to see how their relationship developed after the MC finds out about their shared past.
The biggest problem I had with this route was the pacing of the story. It takes a while to build up in the beginning, and personally I think they tried to fit too many subplots in the story. While I really enjoyed the plot, I think the writing could have been done a bit more elegantly; this might have been because my expectations for the route were a bit too high. I highly recommend that you get Huedhaut’s POV; it added an extra layer of depth to story, and made me appreciate it much more.
While it didn’t live up to (my insanely high) expectations, I enjoyed this route and highly recommend it! It’s definitely one of the better SCM routes, and the story itself isn’t one that Voltage has done before in any of the EN games. I personally liked the forbidden ending more than the blessed ending for this route (which is weird because I’ve liked all the blessed ending more so far). I fully expected Hue to take over Dui as my SCM bias, but it seems like Dui is still my favorite (/w\) We’ll have to wait I finished playing his sequel to tell for sure though XD Happy playing!