Next I went for Isumi Marika, the 3rd oldest of the Isumi siblings. She is the only one in her family that’s flat-chested (even her tomboy little sis has bigger boobs than her). Marika is, for the lack of a better word, main heroine-like. She’s the same age as Masaki, is classmates with him, and is the first one the player meets. She also reminds me of Sumika a bit, both in looks (dat pink hair and yellow ribbon) and in the fact that they like to punch the protagonist. Of course Marika is more dere than Sumika and Masaki is less of a dick than Takeru, therefore their dynamics are not as funny. Marika, I guess, is the most like a normal girl (with a fanclub at school unknown to Masaki, and is the target of affection for all of Masaki’s male friends).
The 1998 segment of Marika’s route is pretty much the same structure as Michiru’s (and the other heroines, I’m guessing). Masaki needs to take a photo better than his previous ones, and goes on a date with Marika to take her picture. Unlike in Michiru’s route, Masaki actually goes to the seaside school thing where they live in dorms at night and learn to swim during the day. Masaki confesses to her there (after Mutsuki yells at him for being dense about her feelings), and they start going out. They don’t tell the other Isumis and don’t have a h-scene yet (WHAT!? No h-scene after confession!? *shock*). Then they go on the hot springs trip, Masaki finds out about Helmut’s intention to take him to New York, and then they go on a date. In the middle of the date they get cockblocked by Yuri who tries to take their picture and Masaki denies the fact that Marika is his girlfriend because he is tsun. Unfortunately Marika gets sad and starts avoiding him (and he starts avoiding her because he has to go to New York). Michiru and Akira yell at him for being a cold boyfriend because he’s supposed to say “I love you” every so often to keep up the love points.
Masaki decides to tell Marika about New York but Yuri told her already so she’s pissed and runs off. Masaki chases after her and tells her the he loves her, and she admits that she was being and idiot too. Lol this is like the standard shoujo manga bakkapuru fighting. Anyways they have their h-scene and Masaki goes to New York. He comes back a year later to visit in December, and Marika has decided to become an actress and has been starring in super sentai shows. One day, Masaki finds her with a baby and immediately thinks it’s hers lol. It’s apparently from a single mother co-worker of hers who asked her to take care of it for a day. The mother never shows and they end up taking care of the baby. Finally, the mom shows and is like “hai I was kinda broke so I left my kid to you but now I want him back” and Yayoi gives her a scolding being the motherly figure she is. She begs them and they give her back the baby, but Marika is not impressed.
Marika goes to renew her passport and the documentations reveal that she’s *gasp* ADOPTED!!! No wonder she’s the only flat one in the Isumi family. She acts all chill and cool about it at first, but is actually angsting and not eating or sleeping because there is no adoption reveal that goes without angsting. Masaki asks Yayoi about Marika’s parents and she tells them that Marika is actually the daughter of Mrs.Isumi’s childhood friends, who died in an airplane accident when she was a baby. The Isumis adopted her because she had no other relatives. Masaki decides to bring Marika to visit her real parents’ graves, and asks Yayoi and Michiru for permission to marry her.
They go visit her parents’ grave and meet up with Inoue, who was also their friend. She tells Marika more about her parents and lead them to their grave. Inoue then puts Marika in the wedding dress her mom left her (which was brought here in a suspicious suitcase) and Masaki proposes to her. They go home and tell Keisuke and Mutsuki, who were gonna announce that they were dating but Masaki is like “mkay, we’re getting married.” Marika decides to stay in Japan, and Masaki will come back ones he is good enough to be like Mitsuko and stand on his own. They have a really long h-scene before he leaves, and the credits roll.
In the epilogue, Masaki comes back to Japan after 3 years and is now an independent photographer who gets greeted by reporters at the airport. He meets up with Marika, who also has to run away from reporters because she’s now a TV drama actress. It’s aso revealed that Mr. and Mrs. Isumi never told Marika she was adopted because they forgot LOL.
Marika is cute, but ridiculously average in terms of personality. I got bored during her route because she isn’t a Muvluv Alternative character, I guess. Maybe I should check out that side story about the Isumi sisters in MLA universe. Anyways, I’m willing to bet that the other routes aren’t gonna be any more interesting so I’ll just keep playing through until the Misae/Touko routes get released. Unlike KimiNozo which actually had drama & DESPAIR that Age is known for, KimiIta is really light on the drama. The comedy also disappears after Masaki leaves for New York and comes back.