With the reopening of Larme under her management, the MC is realizing her career dreams when a sudden surprise proposal from Kanata has gets her thinking about her future with Kazuki. However, Kazuki doesn’t seem interested in marriage any time soon; he’s busy with his own career due to Tarte & Tatin’s expansion. Although they’ve moved in together, the MC starts to see Kazuki less as time goes on and things turn complicated when another unexpected suitor confesses his love for her!
* * This will be a spoiler heavy review. If you don’t like spoilers, I recommend skipping to the last paragraph for my overall verdict. * *
Kazuki doesn’t have a good impression of marriage. This is referenced early on in the story, when he talks about his parents and how their marriage was a strain on them due to their busy careers and although they divorced, they’re much happier with their current relationship (they got back together but didn’t remarry). However, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to spend his life with the MC; he honestly loves her a lot and wants to see her happy. However, the stigma he has against marriage causes issues between what he wants from their relationship and what the MC and society expect from it.
The MC goes through a lot in this story. While she’s happy with how her career is going, she’s a bit saddened after Kanata’s “proposal” since it reminded her that Kazuki isn’t a fan of marriage. She wants to be considerate, but at the same time she longs for him to pop the question. I extremely disliked the MC’s mother in this story; while she is a bit pushy about marriage in other stories, it was emphasized a lot more in this one. The MC is already stressed about her inability to bring up the topic with Kazuki and seeing her friends all happily married, but those pale in comparison to the amount that her mother put on her with her constant nagging and outright lack of consideration for both the MC and Kazuki. While it’s understandable that she’s worried about her daughter, I don’t think it justified her actions.
Kazuki isn’t present for a lot of the story due to Tarte & Tatin opening a branch in Osaka. Consequently, the MC has to deal with a lot of these stressful situations by herself. Kazuki also added to her stress with his inability to clearly state what he wanted from their relationship; his habit of avoiding conflict hurt their relationship a lot. Although he says otherwise, it honestly felt like Kazuki cared more about his company than the MC in this story; it almost felt like he took her for granted. There was nowhere near the amount of support and communication they shared in their sequel; if anything this story felt like a step backwards for them.
Quite honestly, the story in general felt poorly written. The story started strong but quickly fell apart for me. While there was a lot of development for the conflicts, there wasn’t nearly enough development for their resolutions. The issues that were brought up in this story were legitimate, but they weren’t dealt with well; it felt like their problems were fixed suddenly and without much growth in their relationship. I felt frustrated and outright irritated while playing the latter half of this route. It got to the point where I wanted the MC to leave Kazuki for Aki (yes, this love triangle happens again but it wasn’t written very well either).
I absolutely loved Kazuki in his season 1 stories, but I can’t recommend this one. If anything, I’d recommend getting his “When We were Young” and proposal POV sub stories instead. They’ll give you a better understanding of the MC and Kazuki’s relationship in the past and I think the proposal POV did a pretty decent job at summarizing the plot while being a lot less frustrating to read. I’ve come to have pretty high expectations from FILA due to is excellent writing, but this was by far the most disappointing route I’ve read in it so far. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that his next story will make up for this one =___=;; Until then, happy playing!