Hooray, now I’m gonna cheat on my girlfriend with her sister! This time I’m going for Shirakawa Shizuru, who is the onee-chan of Ken’s girlfriend, Shirakawa Hotaru. I’ve had instances where I liked my onee-chan/senpai characters, but Shizuru didn’t have the “feel” like Aki-senpai or Ririko-sama or even Tsubame.
Anyways, Shizuru is the kind onee-chan type who likes to cook and make desserts for her little sister. She also drinks and is a pro-wrestling fan secretly.
Ken goes to the beach with Shizuru, Hotaru, and Shin, where he experiences Shizuru’s “scary” driving. Apparently driving at 110 km/h is enough to make people want to throw up. Unlike Tsubame’s and Takano’s routes where Ken misunderstands Shouta and Hotaru and slowly grows apart, in Shizuru’s route Hotaru is the one who misunderstands. Bascially, Ken went shopping with Tsubame, and their hair got tied together after she tries to hide behind him to prevent a teacher she doesn’t like from seeing her. She tries to untie it so they stand close to each other. Hotaru sees them and basically goes like “YOU’RE SO MEAN HOW CAN YOU STAND SO CLOSE TO HER???” and runs away. Tsubame tells Ken to run after her, but he kinda just stands there and does nothing. Aiya, stupid couple is stupid. Reminds me of those generic shoujo manga that run purely on misunderstandings and self-inflicted drama. Ken is sitting there wondering why he was so stupid he didn’t try to clear up the misunderstanding, and Shizuru approaches him.
Shizuru basically acts as Ken’s therapist and tells him that if she was his girlfriend, she’d be pretty pissed too if another girl appeared at his side. She pats his head like an onee-chan, but I couldn’t feel the moe OTL If Aki-senpai patted my head, I’d surely…Ahem. Moving on (I think I should stop mentioning girls from other games now). She tells him to give Hotaru a hand-made present to make up, so Ken decides to make her a music box. D’awww. The next day Hotaru coldy refuses to talk with Ken, but he doesn’t give up and tries to make the music box anyways. His room is hot so he goes to make it in the park and meets Shizuru. He’s thinking that his feelings towards Hotaru might have gone cold, but does nto say it out loud and plays the music box for Shizuru. Shizuru looks really sad when she heard the song and then leaves.
The next day Ken tries to call Hotaru to meet with her, but she refuses him so he calls Shizuru to ask for advice. Shizuru reveals that Hotaru will be studying aboard at Austria if she wins the piano c0mpetition (which she likely will). Ken wonders out loud whether he really loves Hotaru or not because he’s kinda failing at this whole making up thing. Shizuru tells him to not give up and pats his head. Just then, Hotaru appears and thinks that Ken is cheating on her with Shizuru because she hasn’t been so gentle to anyone else before. Hotaru runs away crying saying that things are over between them, but Ken doesn’t even try to give chase. He gives the music box to Shizuru, tells her to throw it away and then runs home. I thought Hotaru is pretty annoying in general, but she seems to get worse in each route I play lol.
Ken pretends to be sick to stay home and sleep, and Shizuru visits him at night to feed him ice cream. The next day Shizuru eats at the restaurant Ken works at, and they start chatting happily until Shizuru realizes that she should be getting Hotaru and Ken back together and not just sit here and chat with her sister’s boyfriend. She abruptly leaves and forgets her cellphone. Ken goes to her house to return her cellphone, and she reveals that Hotaru’s piano-playing has been weird and they haven’t talked. Ken gives her her cellphone and touches her hand a little, but she reacts severely and screams at him to not touch her. She apologizes and then runs back into her house. The next day Ken is constantly distracted by thoughts about Shizuru and screws up at work and turns into a creeper at night grabbing girls he mistakes for her LOLOLOL. He decides to call her to see what is wrong with her, and they decide to meetup to explain everything.
They meet at the park but Shizuru brought Hotaru along and tells them to make up. She even kept the music box and tells Hotaru that Ken made it for her. Shizuru leaves and Ken starts acting like a jerk to Hotaru going all “WHY DID YOU HAVE TO COME??” and she goes away cying. Ken’s like “oh shit I’m supposed to chase after her here why am I not moving?” At home he finally realizes that he’s a jerk and he likes Shizuru instead of Hotaru. He wants to know why Shizuru thinks the music box’s song is sad, so he decides to finish making it. One day he is making the music box and gets a phone call from Shizuru. He asks her why she looked so sand when she heard that song, so she decides to meet up with him to tell him (this time without Hotaru because she doesn’t want her to know).
They meet the next day, and Shizuru tells Ken that she used to play piano too and started before Hotaru, but Hotaru was a genius and got a lot better than her. On the day Shizuru gave up piano, she heard Hotaru play that song and realized that Hotaru was better because her songs had feeling. Shizuru tells Ken to finish the music box and give it to Hotaru to make up, but Ken tells her that he can’t stand Hotaru anymore because he likes Shizuru. Shizuru starts angsting abut how she destroyed Hotaru’s happiness because her piano playing is depressing right now due to this whole misunderstanding. She thinks that she’s stealing both piano and Ken away from Hotaru so she runs away. Back at home Ken finally finishes making the damn music box and decides to break up with Hotaru once and for all. At first Hotaru goes all angsty and wonders why it is her sister and not her that Ken likes, but then goes back to the smiling break up she does in the other routes. I guess in each route I dislike Hotaru when she’s annoying and misunderstanding, but I end up sort of liking her during the break up scenes since she stays strong. She tells Ken that Shizuru will definitely like him and runs off.
Ken tries to call Shizuru but she changed her number. Ken meets Shin on the street and Shin makes him tell him everything. He doesn’t punch Ken, however, and tells him that when the new semester starts Shizuru will start giving out her number to her friends so he should be able to find out. Through this, Ken realizes that Shizuru ditched her number in the middle of summer because she is planning to go to Austria with Hotaru. However, Hotaru call Ken at night and tells him that she hasn’t been in contact with Shizuru lately and wonders if he knows something. He doesn’t know anything but asks her if he can go watch the piano competition. He’s certain that Shizuru will show up to watch it too. On the day of the piano competition, Shizuru doesn’t show up until Hotaru is playing. She becomes teary due to Hotaru’s song and then runs away when she sees Ken. Ken gives chase but failed to find her because he ran to the road first INSTEAD OF THE PARKING LOT BECAUSE SHE OBVIOUSLY HAS A CAR. He calls Hotaru to ask if Shizuru went back, and Hotaru told him that she heard her sister and her friend talking something about an airplane. Ken thinks she’s moving away and goes off to find Shizuru. He finally finds her at the part at night (if only people were that easy to find in real life…) He confesses to her once again, and she asks him to give her a week for the answer. Ken finally decides to man up and grabs her, saying that he refuses to let go because it feels like she will go somewhere far away.
Shizuru has basically been angsting about the fact that she’s stealing Ken from Hotaru for the whole time since she likes Ken but she’s the older sister so she can’t hurt her younger sister…well, you get the idea. Ken’s like “screw angsty drama, go KISS SCENE!!” and her kisses her. She stops angsting and finally accepts him. He asks her about the airplane ticket and she reveals that she’s just going on vacation with her friend. Lolololol.
In the epilogue, Ken is at Shizuru’s house, drinking her fruit soups.
Overall, I guess I liked Tsubame’s route better since it had a more compelling storyline/mystery, but Shizuru’s route is more solid than Takano’s route. Everything made sense and went exactly how you’d expect here, and Shizuru is incredibly normal unlike our monotone weird teacher or tsundere. I guess this route felt more like something out of a drama than a galge, but this whole game feels like plain drama with not much moe.