Miyabi

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Plot Summary: The MC chooses Miyabi as her partner and immediately regrets it when he claims that he only needs ten days to make the MC fall for him. Miyabi proceeds to turn the MC’s life upside down, even going to her work and announcing himself as her fiance in front of her boss, who she has a crush on. The MC is determined to resist Miyabi, no matter what her body wants, but they are drawn closer as the leader of the Hebi Clan sets his sights on the MC and her power

What I think of him: Miyabi is cocky, arrogant, and an egotist. He’s confident about his seduction skills, and no one has really challenged him on that account. He always talks big, but he is frequently dishonest in the sense that he doesn’t admit to his true feelings. Miyabi’s pretty selfish and he tends to do whatever he wants when he wants to do. He likes to be the center of attention, and is willing to play things so he will be. When he gets bored with something he tends to drop it. He has a surprising tolerance for some things and a characteristically short tolerance for others. Although he is very self-centered, Miyabi also struggles with the necessity of his own existence

Nickname: Perv

Charm point: Kitsune form

Quote: “If you won’t kiss or make love if there’s no love behind it… I won’t touch any other girls.””When I think about you, I feel a longing in my chest. It hurts, and I don’t want to let go of you.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Kiss, but only with love behind it

Would have eloped with:

  • Chikage, because he tries to give the MC advice, comes up with ridiculous plans, and takes the MC on a nighttime flight

Favorite moments:

  • Miyabi helping to make Inari sushi
  • Miyabi’s grandfather
  • The MC standing up for Miyabi when he’s getting picked on
  • The guys trying to cheer the MC (by sacrificing Miyabi)
  • The final fight with Nishiki

Worst moments:

  • The MC immediately deciding to dig into Miyabi’s open wounds and expecting him to just open up to her
  • Even if the MC says no, this route seems to say that Miyabi’s actions are okay if her body’s feeling it
  • Miyabi’s giant hissy fit

Worth the price of admission?: Miyabi is a good choice if you’re in the mood for someone really overtly sexual. Miyabi comments once that he’s training the MC so her body can’t live without him and that seems to be very true. I do like the other guys in this route, even Yukinojo who can come off as a creep (like in Chikage’s route), and I like like the construction of the antagonist, Nishiki, as someone who is both very like and yet different from Miyabi; it’s a little heavy handed but I can still appreciate what they were going for. Miyabi isn’t a favorite for me, he’s just a tad too unlovable in my opinion, but he is very clearly a specific type of character and if you like what you see on the surface you should be content with what you receive by the end

After the main route (POSSIBLE SPOILERS):

  • Epilogue: Miyabi has been wearing the MC down ever since they became intimate, and when the other guys tell the MC to make Miyabi work for it a little, she decides that she’s going to strong arm Miyabi into being a little more honest. The set up for this is a little funny, and I love Chikage so much
  • Sequel: When the MC and Miyabi go back to visit the Mononoke Village again they learn a horrible secret regarding Miyabi’s parents. As if that were not enough, the MC begins to loose her powers and their life together (and her life altogether) is threatened. I’m not a huge Miyabi fan but I really enjoyed this route; it’s got some great drama, Miyabi gets to prove his love, and the MC gets to show her grit. For various reasons this is probably the route that reminds me most of the manga Black Bird. Although I would never charge either of being a copy of the other, here you can tell that they were aware that the other existed
  • Sequel Epilogue: After the MC compliments a magazine model, Miyabi suddenly gets a job as a model. This was a good display of Miyabi’s character, but that’s pretty much all it is

Notable substories:

  • Main Story His PoV: The main route from Miyabi’s point-of-view. This is an excellent PoV route as it gives lots of scenes that weren’t in the main route and it does a real throughout job of showing Miyabi’s motivations and how his feelings began to change, all while keeping his in character

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