The next girl I went for is Tobise Tomoe. Spoilers as usual.
Tomoe is a girl Ken meets when he was working at the restaurant. It suddenly started raining so Ken walks her to the convenience store with his umbrella. He meets her again at the park where she tells him that she’s in a drama production starring two childhood friends and he promises to go watch her at the end of August. Ken meets her a third time at the restaurant again, and they start dating. Ken decides to break up with Hotaru but she invites him to go shopping tomorrow so he’s like “screw it I’ll tell her later.” The next day while shopping they bump into Tomoe, who turns out to be Hotaru’s best friend. LOLOLOL busted.
The next day Ken goes to find Tomoe, and they arrive at the conclusion “don’t tell Hotaru about anything yet, we’ll figure this out later.” Ken and Tomoe go on a walk the next night and they talk about things. She tells Ken that she can’t be with him after all, since she would hate herself if she stole him from Hotaru. She says that she hates him (in the least insulting tone possible), but Ken just gives her a hug and says that she isn’t honest. She rejects him, and they settle on just being friends. Ken decides to think that this is okay and he’ll love Hotaru again, but if anywhere in the text does it say “my chest hurts,” then something will go very wrong.
Ken skips school (because it is logical to skip school whenever you’re having relationship problems) and sees Tomoe on the street. She makes him call her Toto like how Hotaru does, and they go out to eat. The next day, Ken wakes up early and decides to do some soccer practice despite not being on the soccer team anymore and he bumps into Tomoe who’s jogging. She helps him in soccer practice by throwing him the ball, and then he decides to teach her soccer. Since Tomoe is the tomboy archetype, there will eventually be a conversation about how nobody sees her as a girl (seriously, if nobody sees her as a girl, then what am I?…OTL) even though in galge that’s pretty much “I have an easy time getting along with guys” in female language. Anyways, Ken decides to start waking up early to see Tomoe every day…and that resolve is broken pretty quickly since he overslept the next day.
Ken and Tomoe go to watch Hotaru’s piano competition, and leave after listening to Hotaru’s performance with the excuse of having to work and then they spend time together. Geez, what a serious attempt at trying to stop cheating on your girlfriend, Ken. They take a walk together, and Tomoe reveals that she still likes him. She says it’s too painful to see Ken and Hotaru and suggests that she and him drop the friendship and stop meeting. Ken doesn’t want that so they decide to settle this later after Ken finishes work. Ken finishes work in hopes of seeing Tomoe, but Hotaru is waiting for him instead with news that she passed and got into the international piano comp (the one where she gets to study in Austria if she wins). Tomoe sees this from a distance and then leaves. The next day Ken wakes up early to “go for a jog” and ends up having a chat with Tomoe like they’re bros about their futures. Tomoe only began acting after getting into high school since her parents worked in drama production and they’re like “you don’t even have anything you want to do so go act” and she happens to enjoy it.
Ken and Hotaru decide to go to Tomoe’s house on her birthday, but Ken gets there first so they wait for Hotaru. Tomoe gets a call from her dad and cries manry tears of joy so Ken gives her a brohug but then Hotaru rings the doorbell. This is the only route so far where Ken and Hotaru’s relationship is still going strong for so long, but that’s probably because Tomoe actually knows how to stay calm and handle this properly unlike 99% of girls who will have outbursts or make the dude have an outburst. Tomoe talks to Ken about her problems at acting because she was told that her acting career will end at this rate even though she has no idea what she’s doing wrong. Then she has another chat with him like bros and her problems are solved and she sells him tickets to her drama production on September 1. I think I like how Tomoe solves her problems quickly and doesn’t angst much.
Tomoe goes to visit Ken after work to thank him, but Ken’s like “lol if you wanna thank me give me a kiss.” Tomoe kisses him on the cheek reluctantly. The next day during their morning exercise meetings, Tomoe tells Ken about her dead little brother who also loved soccer and died in a traffic accident coming back from watching a soccer match. That’s why she used to hate soccer, and she also hated acting because her parents were away at work when her lil’ bro got sent to the hospital and didn’t come back until after he died. She didn’t talk to her parents for a month but stopped hating them after seeing her dad emo by himself at night while drinking. Ken holds her hand, and tells her that he will only go that far since they’re “friends.”
Ken goes to play with fireworks with Tomoe since she is bitter about missing the fireworks festival that was mentioned in Tsubame’s route. They go play with them at the beach, and Ken was about to tell Tomoe that he doesn’t want their relationship to end and he still likes her but then her gets cockblocked by a phone call from Hotaru. She’s come asking Ken for a date and they settle at visiting his house. She comes to his house, and demands to play video games although she’s usually not interested, and nearly cries when she can’t beat Ken even though it’s her first time playing and he freaking owns the games. She’s stressed for the piano comp. that’s starting in 2 days, so Ken takes her for dinner and stuff.
In the normal end, Ken and Tomoe stay friends and he goes to watch Hotaru’s piano comp. Hotaru wins the first prize, but then breaks up with Ken because she gets the opportunity to study music overseas. Ken tells her not to go and stay with him, but Hotaru knows that he loves Tomoe more than her. Tomoe shows up here, and Hotaru tells her everything. Apparently Hotaru is freaking psychic and noticed Ken’s two-timing ever since the three of them met at the shopping trip. Hotaru wants to back out and let Ken and Tomoe get together, but Tomoe gives her a scolding about running away overseas just because she can’t get Ken to like her again. Tomoe walks away, and Ken admits that he has no idea who he likes anymore since since he still likes Hotaru and doesn’t want her to go.
Hotaru wants to make up with Tomoe, but she refuses to accept any calls so Ken tries to find her manually. He finds her, and he her that she didn’t mean what she said yesterday and only didn’t want Hotaru to give up on Ken. They go to Hotaru’s house to make up with her, and then Tomoe and Hotaru decide to have a competition over Ken. Ken’s not complaining, since he’s got 2 girls fighting over him. Lol 3p end?
In the True End, Ken and Tomoe still love each other but Tomoe still wants Ken to be with Hotaru. Ken gives Hotaru the ticket to Tomoe’s drama production, but Hotaru doesn’t look happy at all. She fucks up big time in her piano performance and Shizuru tells Ken to leave before Hotaru sees him. He can’t reach her cell at night, so he takes the train to go to her house. On the train, she bumps into Tomoe and tells her everything. They try to find Hotaru but failed so Ken suggests that she go home first. Hotaru sees them and thinks that they’ve been doing something and becomes pissed like in Shizuru’s route (although with actually good reason), saying that they’ve been dating behind her back while she was practicing piano and that’s why she screwed up during comp. She gets pissed that Ken went home after scolded by Shizuru during the comp because she wanted him by his side and calls him cold-hearted. Aiya…then Hotaru becomes all alpha and demands to hear everything from Tomoe and basically tells Ken to STFU lol. Tomoe admits that she likes Ken, but felt that it’s not right that she’s stealing her friends boyfriend. Hotaru gets more pissed and acuses Tomoe of wanting to steal Ken away secretly, although that’s what she’s been trying to AVOID the whole time. Hotaru grabs on to Ken and says that she definitely won’t break up with him (why you so manry now? Should’ve been that manry back in Shizuru’s or Takano’s route where it would’ve actually helped your relationship). Tomoe runs away, and Hotaru begs Ken to stay with her instead and says that they can spend much more time together now that there’s no more piano. Ken tells Hotaru that Tomoe really was trying to back away and get him and Hotaru back together, but he was the one who insisted on seeing Tomoe more. He finally breaks up with Hotaru since he likes Tomoe. Hotaru does not take it well, and goes to Ken’s house the next day, pretending to be still dating. She says that she will go to the same university as Ken so that they can be together forever, giving up her piano studies. Ken rejects her again and tells her to keep playing piano. Realizing that Ken won’t like her back no matter what, Hotaru goes home.
Ken finds Tomoe the next night and confesses to her. She rejects him with the reason she used to reject him all these other times, but he gives her a BIG HUG and…still gets rejected. The next night Hotaru calls him and tells him that Tomoe’s dad collapsed at work and she didn’t go home. He finds Tomoe and hands her the phone, where she finds out from her grandma that her dad’s life might be in danger. Tomorrow she has to act for her drama production though, so she can’t decide whether to work or visit her dad. This is exactly like the time her little brother died and her parents did not visit due to work. After a while, Tomoe mans up and decides to go to the drama production. She calls Hotaru and they make up. Ken gives Tomoe a hug and tells her it’ll be alright.
Ken and Hotaru go to watch Tomoe’s drama production on September 1. The story is about some dude who wants to get an airplan license and his childhodd friend who likes him, but then some girl randomly appears and love triangle happens. After the play, Tomoe takes a taxi to see her father. At night, Ken gets a call from Tomoe telling him that she didn’t make it and they don’t meet for a week. On September 7, the first weekend after school started, Hotaru tells Ken that she always thought Tomoe would suit him more so she never introduced them to each other. She tells him that Tomoe is moving since her mother wants to move back to her family, and Ken runs over to her house. They decide to become lovers for the 10 minutes until they get to the train station. At the station they hug, have their first kiss, and she boards the train. Ken tells her that she can come back any time, and he will wait for her.
In the epilogue, Tomoe write Ken a letter saying that she’ll try to get into the drama college in his town, and she will come back if she does. Ken is working at his restaurant one day after getting accepted into his university, and Tomoe comes back. The End.
That was a pretty good route for this game, since Ken and Tomoe’s relationship actually felt natural and they suit each other. I also like Tomoe’s character so this route was just more fun reading in general. Plus, it’s actually Ken’s fault here for cheating, and the drama made sense since Hotaru didn’t misunderstand and has a legitimate reason to get mad. I’m not really feeling anything for this game, so I’m debating whether to go through Megumi’s route or not.