After being put in charge as the liaison between Kokonoka and the West Tokyo FC soccer team, the MC finds herself working with Takamune, a childhood neighbor on the team. With their friendship with Ayato being the only link between them, she’s unsure of how to interact with the blunt and stoic Taka; his single-mindedness for soccer leaves little room for interaction with others. The MC wants to close the gap between them, but she slowly goes from wanting to be friends to something more?!
Blunt and introverted, it’s hard to believe that seemingly stoic Taka is best friends with the charismatic and outgoing Ayato. His aloof demeanor makes it hard to approach him and his curt replies make it difficult to keep a conversation flowing when you do; rather than trying to appeal to people with his personality, he’s focused on proving himself as a soccer player. His brusque exterior may rub some people the wrong way, but it’s a reflection of his inner self; Taka is someone who goes at his own pace and pushes himself to his limits once he finds a goal to work towards. While he’s straightforward in his passion for soccer, Taka is rather clumsy when it comes to voicing his own feelings; he’s often unsure of what to say or do and ends up expressing himself rather awkwardly (much to his chagrin).
I really liked the relationship development between Taka and the MC. They didn’t really see each other any more than a friend of a friend despite their shared childhood; Ayato was the only thing that they shared in common. However, that doesn’t stop the MC from being curious about the the boy who was always with her best friend; though it’s only mentioned subtly, she’s been interested in learning more about Taka since their schooldays, but never really got an opportunity.
I think the plot and the relationship development were tied together extremely well. There’s a gradual change between the MC and Taka from learning more about each other and becoming friends to wanting to become something more. However, they’re both held back by their own insecurities and circumstances.
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The love triangle between the MC, Taka, and Ayato was introduced somewhere in the middle of the story, but didn’t get fully developed until the last few chapters. While it felt a bit rushed because of it, I personally didn’t mind it too much. It’s clear that the MC values Ayato as her closest friend, but a prolonged love triangle situation throughout the entire route would’ve ruined the friendships between the three of them or made any resolution feel too forced. Some people may not like this love triangle, but I think it was needed in the story because it shows a clear line when Taka decides for himself that he’s not going to hold back on his feelings for the MC because of her existing relationship with Ayato or Ayato’s feelings for the MC (which Taka knew of). It marks when their relationship stopped relying on viewing each other as “a friend of Ayato’s” and started to bloom as their own.
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I wasn’t expecting much from Taka’s story since Voltage doesn’t usually deliver when it comes to athlete characters for me. However, I was pleasantly surprised and I think that I actually like Taka’s story the most out of all the ones released in MLFK so far. If you’ve been having second thoughts about this game, I think this is the route that could change your mindset of it. I highly encourage getting Taka’s POV; he’s somewhat awkward when it comes to expressing himself so it helps add an extra layer of depth to the story and you’ll enjoy it even more. I loved all the stories in Taka’s season 1 and if you like him by the end of his main story I can say with confidence you’ll love him even more in the others >w< Until next time, happy playing!