I swear I’ll do a proper review of the trilogy together once I finish Rakuen. While Kajitsu suffices on its own as a charage, Yuuji himself is the most crucial character and Meikyuu delves into his past. His rather extreme and seemingly tactless actions when it came to Sachi’s and Michiru’s routes (which dealt solely with emotional problems that left a person “broken”) turn out to be very understandable once you see how Asako plays out in his past. I have to admit, I enjoyed Meikyuu’s main route more than Kajitsu’s character routes.
Meikyuu is a sequel/fandisk that contains the “grand route” that sheds light on Yuuji’s past, as well as after stories for each heroine’s route from Kajitsu. There’s also some small bonuses like if-scenario h-scenes that aren’t canon but you get to see some ero with sub-heroines that didn’t get any, like Chizuru. I only did the grand route and Makina after because I was hungry for Rakuen upon finishing the former, so it was kind of hard for me to sit down for the other heroines’ after stories. I might come back to them later.
Spoilers ahead (for both Meikyuu and Kajitsu)
In the grand route, the students at Mihama recovered documents detailing Yuuji’s past from the trash can, so by the end they all know his backstory. It’s 2012 so a year has passed since Kajitsu. Yuuji was born into a family of shitheads who only cared for his genius sister who basically brought in most of the family income with her genius paintings. Kazuki liked Yuuji to the point where she molested him in the bath. Amane’s bus crash happened, Kazuki reported dead, and Yuuji’s family completely falls apart because Kazuki was like the god who blessed the house and protected him. After the death of both his parents (which technically was not directly his fault), Yuuji gets taken in by this world-class terrorist named Heath Oslo who happened to like dressing little boys in girl clothes and was an acquaintance of his father.
The next segment involves Yuuji being sent to Heath’s school where he trains a bunch of children to become his assassins. Yuuji gets sent on some assassination missions and is heavily mistreated, and generally brainwashed by the guy until his hideout got raided by Asako and JB.
Asako takes in Yuuji and slowly heals him in the form of tough love. This is when things take a turn for the more lighthearted, and you get scenes where Asako tries to cook for Yuuji thinking only about nutrition, and ends up giving him a nabe with Chinese herbal medicine and deer penis. Asako and JB make an excellent duo due to being extreme opposites that balance each other out, leading to highly entertaining interactions. Asako also gives inspirational lectures about life. As cheesy as they may sound, I like ’em.
Yuuji wants to follow his master’s footsteps and ends up going to a military school in America (because to get the job he needs school credentials) full of “bad kids.” From then on you get military slice-of-life with American teen stereotypes like the muscular black car thief (who ends up being a friendly dude and a total bro) and a computer nerd who likes eroge. This girl named Millie falls for him. I actually really like semi-lighthearted/comedic military slice-of-life, so I enjoyed this segment a whole lot as well. They have to go to the actual battlefield for the latter parts of their training and see some serious shit.
He comes back to Japan, does more military studies (this time with faceless Japanese soldiers in training), time pass, and Asako dies. Shed some tears, even though my tear glans have gotten less sensitive throughout the years of playing eroge. Asako was an awesome master. Yuuji moves in with JB, and then decides to go on a trip by himself to Hokkaido to think of what to do next. Coming back, he decides that he wants to experience school so he gets sent to Mihama because he would never fit in with a normal high school.
The route ends with Yuuji getting called onto a sniping mission. Target turns out to be Heath Oslo, and Yuuji fails to shoot him. It ends in a cliffhanger that teases Rakuen hard, so it was hard to go through the character after stories one by one when there are pressing issues waiting to be solved. I did Makina’s after, where Yuuji and Makina come back to Japan for Makina’s training and they end up staying at Mihama.
After Meikyuu, I ended up appreciating JB on a whole new level (as a plus, her h-scene was absolutely hilarious). Also Yuuji’s extreme methods of solving Sachi’s and Michiru’s problems and heroic antics are a direct result of Asako’s influence on him. Her method of “healing” him was through letting him understand failure and making him ultimately stand up by himself and making his own choices. Because she extended him a hand through seemingly harsh words and demands, Yuuji thought to do the same with Sachi and Michiru whose problems are all internal. Asako also told Yuuji that a man is not allowed to die until he has saved the lives of ten people, but because he’s only “half a man,” he only needs to save five. To Yuuji, who has lost his reason for life after Asako’s death, those words are what keep him alive, as he has to save five lives before he is allowed to die. Thus, he tries to save the girls in Mihama.
The grand route seems to be using bits and pieces of each character route in Kajitsu, but not following any particular one. At the very least, Amane has revealed him her past, and Michiru and Sachi seem to have their issues solved to some degree (albeit Michiru’s route’s ending got retconned so her “solution” was likely through more conventional means in this route).
There’s some extra non-canon h-scenes with various sub-heroines. Chizuru fans would probably be interested. Most notably, there’s a h-scene with Makina’s mom. It’s a if-scenario that takes place during Makina’s rotue in Kajitsu, and apparently things would have been solved much more quickly and cleanly if Yuuji headed up to Kiyoka’s office and engaged in some rape and bondage.
Meikyuu’s main scenario was kind of short (much, much shorter than Kajitsu), but that worked in its favor since the pacing was great and nothing ever felt like a drag. As fun as Kajitsu was, it’s too long. While everyone who finished Kajitsu probably know Yuuji’s past already, seeing it in detail is a whole different experience.