To take a break, I went for one of the secret girls this time (although since it’s been a year since the game’s release date, nothing is secret anymore). Haru-chan is your underclassman who you never see until her ending. She is a hard-working girl who works at a sweets shop during the day and goes to school at night. Her dream is to be a patissiere. At the beginning of the second year, if the protagonist’s moral is high, he will find a notebook of recipes inside his desk. You are given the options of either giving it to a teacher or writing something in it. If you choose to write something it, the owner of the diary will ask you to start a diary exchange with her. Referring to herself as “Haru,” she is a first year student who goes to Kirameki High School at night and sits in the same desk as you.
Once you accept the diary exchange, just sit back and watch. If you give Haru the White Day’s present each year, you’re pretty much guaranteed her ending as long as you don’t make any other girl fall for you. In the case that someone else does go Tokimeki for you (OTL I got both Tsugumi and Aki-senpai to Tokimeki so I had to be extra careful), just make sure you have more Haru heroine points than the girl at Tokimeki. To get Haru’s ending, you’ll need 15 heroine points at least. Agreeing to the diary exchange grants you 5 points, each White Day’s present is 4 points, and doing well on the exam in the July of the 3rd year will get you the remaining 2 points. As long as you don’t trigger too many events with another girl at Tokimeki or confess to someone else, you’ll get Haru-chan’s ending.
She only has one ending, since you can’t confess to her (you can try, but at the end you’ll just give up because you don’t know her name or face). At the end, she reveals her name to be Mizuki Haruna. You two go on a date after the ending credits, and get the hand-holding and ending CG.
Despite the fact that I barely had to do anything (other than defusing girls’ bombs), I enjoyed Haru’s storyline. The diary exchange idea is cute, and since you exchange diaries every month, there is a development without any filler dates. Haru-chan certainly isn’t random, even if she doesn’t show her face until the very end. Her feelings seem pretty believable too, since she doesn’t seem to have many friends due to her schedule and you’re the kind senpai who continues to cheer her on for so long despite never having met her. Of course, being her senpai probably makes her fall for you more easily if Katsuragi Keima’s words are to be believed. On a side note, I got Aki-senpai’s blazer event, and managed to get her to Tokimeki in a year in this playthrough. Dammit–2nd year July 14 (birthday) event, just wait for me!