After coming to Tokyo looking for a new job, the MC is shocked to find herself being asked to act ask a stranger’s fiance! Sleepy and indifferent Ren doesn’t have a lot to say, but when he pleads with the MC to act as his fiancée for a short while, she can’t help but lend him a hand. She slowly starts to learn more about the mysterious Ren as she lives together with him, but as her feelings for him grow, their “engagement” spirals out of control when their presence is demanded at his home country?!
Quiet and disinterested in his surroundings, Ren can usually be found sleeping in any situation, regardless of his surroundings. Ren is a researcher at his university, and while his intelligence mixed in with his quiet and stoic demeanor puts him in the cold and detached intellectual trope, he’s not all numbers and logic; as story progresses you start to see his straightforwardness makes him a bit like a child; he’s easy to figure out and is surprisingly cute (his dislike for broccoli is absolutely adorable XD ). He shows his concern through small silent acts of kindness and acknowledges that he doesn’t show a lot of emotion. However, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t feel any; his passion for his research is apparent when you see the amount of time and effort he puts into it.
In my opinion, Ren himself is a bit boring in this route. The appearance of his butler Daniel livened things up a lot in the story; the two make quite a pair with their straight man and funny man act, and it was amusing to see Daniel overact to everything Ren did XD Ren’s personality makes it bit difficult to establish a relationship between him and the MC in the beginning of the route; expect a lot of “…” throughout the story. However, it’s easy to tell how he feels at times based on his facial expressions (though those are few as well).
I thought that the relationship growth between Ren and the MC wasn’t written as well as it could have been. Voltage really played up the “quiet” aspect of Ren, and I think this hindered any growth their relationship could’ve had; the developments felt sudden and rushed, especially towards the end. The MC herself was wishy-washy throughout the story, and it irritated me a bit; however, I could understand why she felt so much guilt, and don’t blame her. I really liked how she took the initiative to go to Ren in the end, but once again, the ending was a bit too sudden for me, and I think they could have avoided this by picking up the pace a bit earlier in the story.
If you liked Kaoru from OTBS, I think you’ll like Ren as well. His quiet personality makes it hard to get close, but once he does open to the MC, he’s extremely affectionate. His main story didn’t really impress me, but I’m looking forward to how much more he’ll open up to the MC in future routes. Happy playing!