I’ve been busy with school + Zero no Kiseki + Fate/Extra, but I managed to finish Akira’s route. English is complete torture, so much that I think I’m calming my brain by reading Japanese.
Isumi Akira is the youngest Isumi. She is an energetic tomboy who Masaki sees as a little brother rather than a sister, and has an endless appetite. At first I thought Masaki and Marika were like the Takeru and Sumika of KimiIta, but it turns out that Masaki and Akira are more like it. Masaki sees her as an idiot lil’ bro and they often do the あいたっ！ routine (although she doesn’t do the DRILL MILKY PUNCH since she isn’t tsundere). She as shares a route with Misa (who goes by “misa” in English characters), the model that Masaki had to take photos of on July 20th and got his career started. She is full of pride and dislikes people who have talent but don’t work hard. She initially disikes Masaki because he’s an amateur, but changes when the picture he took turns out to be good. Needless to say, she’s a tsundere. Akira is more of a main heroine than Misa (there’s an extreme difference in the number of h-scenes), but I found Misa to be far more interesting.
The first parts of their routes are the same. Masaki has to take a picture of Misa, so Mitsuko tells him to take a good photo before that and he takes one of Akira. The structure of the 1998 segment is the same as the previous routes, except Masaki sees Akira as a lil’ bro so is much more dense towards her feelings. Also, on the 20th, you have to choose to kiss Misa so Masaki and her have a one night stand (which Masaki forgot about the next day due to being drunk) instead of going back and getting reverse raeped by Mitsuko. After that, Akira sees him chatting with Yuri and gets jealous. That night she goes to his house with alcohol and confesses to him, initating the h-scene. Lol Akira is in like, what, middle school? Damn, how’d she get alcohol in the first place? Anyways, after the h-scene Masaki is like “I like you too” and they start dating. During the hotspring trip they get found out by Michiru and things get awkward because who on Earth would feel normal if your osananajimi just fucked your middle-school age sister who is like a child? Not me. Anyways, things eventually settle down after Masaki promises Michiru that he’s serious and Mitsuko comes back to tell him that if he takes a good photo Helmut will take him as an apprentice.
Then the usual angst about separating from his girlfriend happens, and Masaki’s photos turn out bad. Mitsuko tells him to go home if he’s not being serious, and upon seeing him depressed, Akira goes to yell at Mitsuko. She finds out that Masaki is going to New York, and Mitsuko yells at him the next day because he can’t keep his girfriend in control. Akira decides to break up with Masaki so he can concentrate on photos and he agrees to it. However, his photos still turn out like crap and Misa yells at him. He tells her about leaving his girlfriend and she’s like “wait, what? You have a girlfriend!?” He shows her a picture of Akira and she goes all “I am disappoint.” Eventually Masaki realizes that he still wants to be with Akira so he goes to see her and they have an h-scene. He takes a good picture of her and goes to New York with Helmut.
He comes back next year during August, and to his surprise, Akira has become a model. Misa has also become more famous. Also, he finds out that they’re actually classmates so Misa is younger than him. Lol what’s with these middle schoolers that have huge tits? Anyways, the route finally splits one day when both of them have their photos taken by Mitsuko and Miyu at Mitsuko’s studio, and Akira’s photo turns out better. They say that Misa’s carrer might end here now that she seems depressed and unable to keep up her image, so she requests to have her photo taken by Masaki. Akira gets jelly and wants Masaki to take her photo too, so he takes pictures of the two.
In Akira’s route, Misa’s photo turns out better and the former angsts about her lover not being able to take a good picture of her. The next day she turns up using polite language (according to my Japanese teacher, if your significant other is using polite language around you, she’s seriously pissed lol) and lacks her usual energy (AKA her selling point). Misa yells at her for her immaturity and Mitsuko decides to hold a photo “rematch” a week from now where Masaki can’t interact with either of them before then. A week later, Masaki takes photos of them and they turn out insanely good and the match ends in a draw. Him and Akira make up, and Misa decides to go to New York to become a supermodel. In the epilogue, both Misa and Akira are in NY to become supermodels. Akira declares that Masaki is hers and Misa does a tableflip.
In Misa’s route, Akira’s photo turns out better and Misa’s career keeps going downhill because she can’t keep up her image and her photos are unsatisfactory. Masaki decides to do something about this and takes her out on a date with hopes of taking a good picture of her like he does with an Isumi at the beginning of KimiIta common route. They go on a fun date, but he still can’t take a good photo of her. The next day, Misa suddenly changes photographers from some famous guy to Masaki, causing the famous dude to get pissed and if Masaki doesn’t take a good photo, Misa’s and his career will pretty much end. Masaki accepts and ditches Akira’s birthday to take photos of Misa, but they all turn out like crap and Misa gives up. Helmut calls to ask Masaki to go back to New York to replace these two guys who had jobs but got into an accident. Masaki goes home to get a good scolding from Akira about not thinking things through, and he realizes that he has liked Misa ever since he first met her. Akira tells him not to lie about his own feelings, which is pretty much synonymous with “I know you like Misa” but Masaki is dense and does not comprehend.
The next day, he goes to the studio to hear Mitsuko tell him that Misa has been fired. She had already given up even before making Masaki take her photos. Mitsuko gives him nice long lecture about his situation and he realizes that Misa is unable to keep her on-screen image because of him. She warns him that if he goes after Misa he’d be hurting Akira, but no matter what he does, leaving for New York right now is the worst possible answer. Masaki gets a call from Akira and they agree to meet up, but Akira also brought Misa along. Masaki and Akira try to get Misa to tell them why she lost her image when Masaki took her photo, but she runs out of the store while it’s raining. Akira gives Masaki an umbrella and tells him to chase after her (whoa Akira such a bro! And to think she got easily jealoused before!). He goes after her and continues to ask why she refuses to say why she lost her image because of him, but she just goes ever more tsun and yells at him and snaps the umbrella.
He keeps asking and she finally admits that SHE LIKES HIM and is rage that after having sex with her he just all of a sudden got a girlfriend and left for America without saying anything and then randomly drops by and starts acting like good ol’ friends. She’s been trying to keep quiet ever since she heard about Masaki dating Akira, but that doesn’t work forever. Masaki is like “wut I had no idea, since when?” Lol, dense protagonist is dense, and I guess Misa’s tsun is pretty normal since you don’t just go up to a dude with a girlfriend and start acting all dere.
Anyways, Misa admits that she probably liked him since he first took her photo, but then tells him that he can’t just hug her because he already has a girlfriend and tries to run off. Just then, Akira comes up and punches Masaki for standing there like an idiot and tells him to grow a pair and hug Misa already. She decides to reset her and Masaki’s relationship and go back to being childhood friends. Akira leaves and Masaki asks Misa out and invites her to his house. He tells her that she can create a new “misa” image and start her career again. He tells her that above her “misa” persona he likes Aihara Misa, and she FINALLY GOES DERE. H-scene ensues.
In the ending, they beg Mitsuko to give her another chance using a photo Masaki took (post-eroscene, of course. That’s where all the good photos come from). Misa becomes successful again, and Masaki is the subject of RAGE from her fans. Of course, Masaki himself also became a pro photographer with a legion of fangirls.
Well, it was much more interesting this time around, thanks to Misa. I like her character and her route was pretty good. I expected less since she was a sub-heroine and thought they’d just concentrate on Akira, but Misa’s route turned out stronger. Akira was ok I guess, not my type. More interesting than Marika’s super pure love route, at least. I think Akira shined the most in Misa’s route where she punched Masaki for being an idiot, because that guy’s density needs a good smacking. So far Michiru’s route still had the best Masaki.