Remember how I was unimpressed at how the childhood friend and advertised heroine (let’s face it, everyone thought she was the main girl) got shafted in the romance department? Her route ended with Kotarou leaving the hospital to confess to her, and the fandisk continues off of that to give us a happy end where they get married.
Kotori’s route in Rewrite ended off with everyone still alive, Shizuru killing Kagari so the world remains as is, and both Gaia and Guardian still exist as opposing teams. Kotarou ended up in the hospital after the mamono half of him was gone, and he ended up secretly escaping after his wounds heal in order to go confess to Kotori, who hasn’t visited him since he was hospitalized. The HF! route begins with Gaia and Guardian getting physically-delivered postcards with Kotarou and Kotori’s photo announcing that they’re getting married (approx. 2 years after the events in Rewrite). They’re all reasonably shocked, and we flash back to right at the end of Kotori’s route in Rewrite where the HF! route begins.
Kotarou lost his superpowers and currently has physical strength worse than that of an elementary schooler. He manages to escape the hospital, and arrives at Kotori’s house half-dead. She brings him to his house and he tries to confess to her. Surprisingly, you have choice options here. Choosing “Confess your feelings” will progress the route normally, “Even so, confess your feelings” will bring you to a premature happy end (with 2 CG variations) where Kotarou proposes to Kotori, she says yes, and they decide to get married. Thr former option will have Kotori trying to avoid his confession, and their originally natural childhood friend relationship becomes very awkward.
They use Yoshino to break up some of that awkwardness, but that is not enough and he is like “what the hell is going on!?” for the most part. One day, workers come to the school to do some renovations, and they have to get rid of the former occult club’s stuff. Kotori decides to take all their stuff and move it to her house because they contain fabulous friendship memories despite everyone involved in Gaia and Guardian all suddenly moving away. Yoshino confronts Kotarou and challenges him to a duel because he can’t watch the awkwardness anymore, but since Kotarou’s STR level is low now, they settle it through a children’s card game based on birds. Yoshino beats him, and tells him to go help Kotori gather the occult club’s stuff.
After moving the stuff, Kotarou tries to confess to Kotori again but she runs away. He decides to chase after her, which results in a hilarious scene where the police chase him down thinking he’s trying to sexually harass her. He collapses because his VIT stat is probably as low as his STR stat, and wakes up to a crying Kotori. He successfully confesses this time and she accepts (because she’s also had a crush on him for years but was too scared and embarrassed, etc.). They start dating, and next year’s harvest festival comes. Kotarou catches a glimpse of Kagari (!?), but shakes it off and they have fun and end up joining a best couple contest where they won because their confession scene was full of humorous win. They win a 50000 yen coupon from a marriage company.
He proposes to Kotori, who says yes and they find an apartment, jobs, etc. and move out after high school graduation. Before getting married, Kotarou decides to drop off postcards for their occult club friends at Gaia and Guardian. When they move in to their new apartment for the first time, everything has been tidied and their luggage has been put in place, and they find a pile of gifts from the occult club in the corner. It all ends happily.
Now that was a straightforward, if happy, conclusion to Kotori’s story, which was unfinished romance-wise in the original. The “we like each other but are too scared to confess” scenario has been played to death, but I found how their relationship changed into awkwardness properly conveys the fears of friends who have become concious of each other. It wasn’t a particularly exciting route, so I’m glad the writers didn’t drag things out and add more unnecessary drama. Still, why no kiss CG?