Mitsuru Sanada

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Plot Summary: After being used to help him reject another girl, Mitsuru suggests that the MC go out with him to serve as his “girl repellent”. The MC is infuriated by Mitsuru’s proposal and the way he talks about love and rejects him out of hand. But the rumor mill is spinning out stories about the two of them. Mitsuru seems perfectly content to roll with things, and somehow the MC finds herself Mitsuru’s girlfriend

What I think of him: Mitsuru is blunt and practical. He believes in facts and things that are proven more than he believes in things like feelings. Mitsuru’s bad habit would be his tendency to push for an explaination and rational. He’s a serious student and spends a lot of his free time studying. This creates a gap between himself and his peers, since he would rather study and ignore the loud people fooling around about him. Although he loves his father and grandmother, he feels like he is being suffocated by the expectations of his family at home; especially since his father is the director of a hospital and Mitsuru as the only child is expected to inherit. He might say harsh things, but Mitsuru’s bark is worse than his bite, and he’s actually pretty nice. Mitsuru has a soft spot for animals, and spent a lot of his time as a kid in a vet’s office staring at animals

Nickname: Misty

Charm point: He loves bunnies

Quote: “There is something I need. Something only you can do… Stay by my side.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Find all of his weak points

Would have eloped with: No one

Favorite moments:

  • All the times in the beginning that the MC stands up to Mitsuru
  • Zoo date
  • Mitsuru treating the MC and the puppy the same
  • Mitsuru at the veterinarian’s office, especially him saying he’ll never compliment a rabbit in front of the MC when she pretends to be jealous
  • The amusement park date

Worst moments:

  • I’m not sure that Mitsuru would have such a big reaction to the MC finding out about the veterinarian thing, or he would have broken things off completely
  • Freaking out after being a week late? It probably seems like longer because of the circumstances, but as someone not in that position it seemed a little bit of an overreaction to me
  • Why does Mitsuru need to learn the same lesson (about speaking to his father) twice?

Worth the price of admission?: I adore the relationship between the MC and Mitsuru, it feels like they support each other equally and they really balance each other out; the MC intentionally provides some levity for Mitsuru’s seriousness. Some of the conflict in his route isn’t my favorite, but in the end I was fine with it because I love the interaction between the leading pair so much. One nice change of pace in this route compared to others in First Love Diaries is that Mitsuru and the MC don’t particularly like each other at first and their feelings grow together. Also, the couple is a little more restrained than others in this game, and they feel slightly more mature than in other routes (mostly due to Mitsuru’s personality). Basically, Mitsuru and the MC are my OTP for this game

After the main route (POSSIBLE SPOILERS):

  • Epilogue: The MC and Mitsuru are studying together for an upcoming test, and the MC is testing Mitsuru’s patience by twirling her hair around her fingers as she concentrates. This doesn’t really have many cute parts and it is mostly Mitsuru and the MC getting a little hot (there are a couple of sweet parts though)
  • Sequel: The MC and Mitsuru’s six month anniversary is coming up and the MC wants to go on a special date to commemorate it. After getting Mitsuru to agree, the two of them struggle to come up with a date idea, and Maki calls in Takumi to help them come up with a plan. The two options the couple ends up with is to spend their anniversary remembering how it was when they fell in love or to make the best new memories. Both branches have their charms and also moments that I felt were over-dramatic, but the good outweighs the bad. It is especially great seeing new sides to Mitsuru’s character, and seeing Mitsuru and the MC firmly commit to being together in the future

Notable substories:

  • Before I Asked you Out: A short story from Mitsuru’s point-of-view covering from when the MC became his girl-repellent to the moment he decided he seriously wanted to date her. I enjoyed Mitsuru’s snappy personality and liked seeing a little of how he warmed to the MC
  • Love 101: Takes place during the first season. The MC is sure that study camp will provide some opportunities for her to be alone with Mitsuru, but Mitsuru doesn’t seem to be as anxious to be together as she does. This is all about how scheming Mitsuru can be when he wants to and by the end I really felt like he and the MC were a great couple
  • Wish Upon a Star: Takes place during the Senior Season. The MC and Mitsuru are busy with student council, but their fellow member, Hayato, invites the MC to a festival and Mitsuru is dragged along. The MC is overjoyed to be at the festival with Mitsuru, but Mitsuru doesn’t appear to be happy in the least. Mitsuru feels more tsundere than usual, but he feels more in character towards the ends and is really sweet

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