After serendipitously being reunited with her childhood crush at work, the MC works up to courage to confess to him again despite being rejected by him five years ago. She’s shocked when he asks if she wants to go to a hotel with him, but luckily her childhood friend Ayato comes to save her. Ayato has always been there for her, and when he decides to teach her how to fall in love like a “real woman” through lessons, the MC finds her feelings for him slowly changing from friendship into something else!
Confident and outspoken, Ayato is an actor rising in fame. He and the MC have known each other since they were infants, and although he moved away in high school, you can see they have a close and comfortable relationship that’s special to both of them; although they’ve both grown up, they fall right back into the same rapport they shared as children. Ayato is overprotective of the MC and is extremely perceptive of her thoughts and feelings. He knows when she’s feeling upset and will do his best to help her out; however, he doesn’t sugarcoat his words and tells her things as they are.
The MC is a bit “wishy-washy” in this story, especially when it comes to love. While Ayato is overprotective of the MC, he points out to her that she can’t be upset about her rejection from Hiroki because she didn’t actively try to make him fall for her. I really liked how Ayato pushed the MC to go past the boundaries of her comfort zone and learn to do more things for herself instead of wishing and hoping that things will go they way she wants them to. Quite honestly, I found it easy to relate to the MC; it’s hard enough to confess to someone that you love them, but to actively go out and try to win their heart is even more difficult.
I really liked how their romance was written. Because they already have an extremely close relationship, there’s not much room to close in between them. I loved how their relationship changed throughout the story; it addressed the differences between their past selves and present and learning to accept those differences while realizing the growing feelings that they have for each other. Confessing to Ayato is even more risky for the MC compared to confessing to Hiroki because Ayato is a very important friend to her; she’s afraid that their friendship might be ruined if she does so, and quite honestly it’s a realistic and understandable fear. I think her feelings were written well, and I’m sure that many people will find it easy to relate to her (especially if you’ve fallen for a close friend before ; w ; )
Personally, it felt like I didn’t get see Ayato in this story as much compared to other romance interests in theirs. While you do learn more about his character, I think it was more in terms of him in relation to the MC instead of Ayato just by himself. Hiroki is character that caught my interest; while he is an asshat in the beginning, as the route progresses you start to wonder if he’s really as bad as he makes himself out to be. I definitely can’t wait for his route!
While the translation seems a bit shaky in the beginning, it’s more accurate to say that things weren’t explained well. As the story progresses, the seemingly contradictory statements in the beginning piece together and make sense. I highly recommend reading Ayato’s POV; it really fleshed out the story and explains a few things as well. Ayato’s route has definitely made me want more for MLFK, and I can’t wait for the other characters to be released! >w< Happy playing!