In Rewrite, our fabulous NEET club president’s route ended off…very badly for the world, I should say. I was expecting a rewrite for a better and more light-hearted ending like Lucia’s HF route, but the writers decided that was not possible so they gave Akane an AU story where the whole world is normal, superhumans and demons don’t exist, and Gaia is just an environmental action group.
We begin on the moon with the Moon’s Kagari, who is looking over her data of the world’s possible branches. She looks into a possible world with no superhumans or demons, which has an extremely slim chance of happening. In this world, Kotarou and Yoshino are friends who like to play children’s card games and Kotarou is in the “Astrological Research Club,” which is just a codename for Akane’s occult club since the “occult” stuff don’t exist in this universe. It’s her club, but she and Kotarou are the only members (the rest of the cast are ghost members) and they just derp around in the clubroom. In this universe, Akane’s surname is Kashima, named after Kashima Sakura who adopted her.
Akane is a rich girl whose source of power in the school comes from her ticket book, which consists of tickets from bronze to platinum rank that have various bribing powers (but she can’t exchange them for money). She also has loads of allowance to buy stuff, but after misreading the price and buying a massage chair, she is now poor, and tries to make Kotarou use various ways to earn cash (and gives him a bronze ticket he can use to bribe for the newspaper club’s cooperation). After several failed plans, Kotarou tries to get cooperation from the newspaper club and gets a map data from Inoue (without using the bronze ticket) which shows a giant hole in the middle of the nearby forest. Somehow, Kotarou sees bones inside the giant hole, which leads them to think that there are undiscovered ruins. Since discovering ruins = get profit, they decide to call up the ghost members and go on a trip to the forest.
They form a 6-man party to deal with encounters in the forest, and while dragons no longer exist, they happen to run into and provoke several large animals that are hilariously, too strong for them now that Shizuru is equipped with gardening scissors and Lucia a shovel, and none of them actually know how to fight. Akane uses her tickets as “magic,” defeating the animals. In reality, there is a camoflaged team following them, equipped with lightning effects, flamethrowers, and the “meteor” attack (rocks) for whenever Akane uses a ticket.
They run into some training karate guy who apparently saw a dragon and got scare shitless in the forest, so Kotarou wants to keep going. The sun sets, and the occult club ghost members decide to go home. That leaves Akane and Kotarou, who continue wandering into a dark area and lose the camoflaged group. Kotarou falls into quicksand, and thinks that he is going to die because Akane is too out of shape to pull him up. Just then, she somehow gathers enough strength to pull him out and it is revealed that the two met when they were kids, and Kotarou fell off a tree because of her and ended up hopitalized for two years. She recognized him as the boy that saved her when she first saw him at school, and invited him to her club.
They progress into the ruins and find a giant T-Rex fossil. It turns out that the ruins were Gaia’s old altar, back from when they were a religious group. Said ruins lead Kazamatsuri’s tourism industry to grow immensely, solidifying Akane’s position within Gaia (against that Suzaki dude) and granting her more allowance. Kotarou tries to get her to go out with him, but she refuses and he tries to trade his bronze ticket for a kiss from her. After a few moments of hesitation, she agrees to go out with him after all.
Well despite the route’s subtitle being Icha x2 Quest, the icha parts only came at the end. Seriously, can writers not put in more イチャラブ unless there’s h-scenes to go with it or something? Going AU seems kind of cheap and lazy too, considering how they could have continued off of Akane’s route in Rewrite (which, despite the state of the world, ended up being uplifting and satisfying) and come up with more interesting scenarios that involved the two of them and explored the remains of the world. All right, so I thought I knew I would be getting into happy fluffy slice-of-life stuff when I started playing this fandisk, but the problem is that there is so much unexplored plot potential and the actual fluff is pretty lacking compared to what you see in R-18 games. Turning Akane into a generic, spoiled, sheltered rich girl didn’t exactly appeal to me, since part of her charm was her wide arsenal of knowledge and power, with a side of dere and cute screw ups. The normal world AU just doesn’t feel right.