The MC chooses her high school friend Ren as her suitor for the month, remembering the close relationship they shared in the past. However, memories of high school also bring back the secret crush she had on Yamato, the other person of their friendship trio. While her unrequited feelings for him grow once again, she finds herself once again confiding her thoughts to Ren. However, the situation changes when Ren professes his own love for her, saying that he can’t bear to see her with Yamato!
Like in MFW, the Ren in MWA7R is a researcher and lives in a home with only the bare essentials XD However, it’s apparent from the start of the route that he’s a lot more outgoing and expressive than his MFW counterpart (though he does show a stoic side once in a while). While he is one of the “Seven Beasts” of Sanno Corp., he doesn’t give off as intense of an ambitious and overbearing vibe compared to the others; he’s much more understanding and easier to approach.
The friendship he shares with the MC is extremely close, to the point that she considers him her older brother. When it comes to anything regarding her, he’ll drop everything and rush to her side; he pays a lot of attention to her, and always lends her an open ear and encourages her when she needs it. While I loved the friendship between the two of them, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Ren; it’s obvious that he’s loved her for a long time, but cheers her on with her love for Yamato. The patience and understanding he shows her is amazing, and it honestly hurt seeing how much he cares for her, even though she doesn’t see it. I did a happy dance when he finally confessed his feelings for her, and wanted to cry when he tries to put the MC’s feelings before his again towards the end.
Something that caught my interest in this route was a conversation about comfortable vs. heart pounding relationships; while the MC has a comfortable relationship with Ren, her heart is always aflutter around Yamato due to her crush on him. I think the transition of Ren going from a “brother” to a “man” was done extremely well; it was slow and subte, and didn’t seem too forced. I didn’t like how the MC realized how precious her relationship with Ren was until she lost it; I wish she had realized earlier, especially since Ren was absolutely amazing in how much patience and love he showered her with. Ren’s tendency to put the MC before himself was also a bit frustrating, especially towards the end of the story; however, it’s understandable since the MC always looked towards Yamato while Ren could only watch her from the sidelines.
While I wasn’t a big fan of his MFW main story, this route made me appreciate Ren a lot more. The changes that were made in his character made it a lot more easier to see how he changed throughout the story, and the smile on my face was ridiculously big when he finally understood that the MC loved him and not Yamato. Please give him a try! He definitely deserves a lot of love, and you’ll find yourself rooting for him as well. Happy playing! >w<