Sora Hirosue

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Plot Summary: The MC chooses Sora as her bodyguard. The others tell the MC that Sora is a good bodyguard, but she herself begins to doubt it when she sees how Sora seems to be more interested in flirting and talking to girls on his phone than he is in watching out for her

What I think of him: Sora is the lively young flirt among the bodyguards. He’s always hooking up with one girl or another and he frequently attends group dates. He is pretty silly and at times says some really innappropriate things (like calling Ishigami a spy). He rambunctious and his antics frequently cause him to be the center of attention, which he enjoys. Despite his girl chasing, Sora is a capable bodyguard and he is well known as a master of disguises. Since he is pretty small, his most infamous disguise is dressing as a girl. Sora doesn’t mind cross-dressing for his job, but he hates the thought of it otherwise and he especially hates having pictures taken of him when he’s in women’s clothes. Sora has a sunny personality, and even though his past wasn’t the easiest he thinks on it as a positive experience

Nickname: None

Charm point: He’s a lightweight and a clingy drunk

Quote: “You may not be my client now. But I am still going to protect you. Will you let me be your bodyguard always?”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: A hug to take all your worries away

Would have eloped with: 

  • Kaiji, because he was so worried about the MC

Favorite moments: 

  • Sora and the MC under her bedsheets during the midnight break in attempt
  • The MC trying to decide between pairs of underwear and Sora freaking out
  • The lunch with the MC, Sora, and Kenta
  • Sora getting drunk at his release party
  • Going to visit Sora’s hometown, especially the promised walk on the beach

Worst moments: 

  • All of Sora’s excessive flirting, even when the MC is right there
  • Sora refusing to go along with the plan until it seems like the MC will have to do it alone
  • I can’t identify when Sora goes from his “no touching the clients” position to not being able to resist the MC (or what the MC did to trigger it)

Worth the price of admission?: I remember sort of liking Sora when I first played his route, and it’s a testament to how my tastes have changed that I found his rather annoying when I was replaying his route to review. Maybe it’s that I just can’t see Sora as a lady-killer in any fashion. He’s not super hot in my opinion, his skirt-chasing is obvious enough to warn off any girl with sense, and he acts really immature. With all those qualities I don’t know where he’s picking up all these girlfriends who keep calling him. I also found him too flippant. Picking up girls and answering personal phone calls while he’s supposed to be protecting the MC is bad enough, but then he continues to hit on the MC while simultaneously saying that it’s a rule to keep his hands off the client. He tries to play it off as him not noticing that he’s hitting on the MC, but 1) Sora is not a natural flirt like say Hiroshi Kirisawa or Haruki Tanemura, and 2) Sora as a self proclaimed lady’s man should know what signals he’s sending. To make it all worse, the MC is completely turned off by his behavior; at least until she does the seeing his serious side and starts falling for him bit. Sora does a little better once he gets over the no-touching-the-client rule (which was totally pointless), but I don’t really think it’s really worth waiting for unless the younger-flirty guy is your type specifically

After the main route (POSSIBLE SPOILERS): 

  • Epilogue: Due in equal parts to some good and bad luck, the MC and Sora head out to Hawaii for a short vacation. This epilogue felt a little rushed with the MC and Sora dashing from activity to activity and then the ending sort of came out of no where. It felt more like just dragging the character through events so they could get to the next milestone in their relationship rather than the character deepening their bond through their interactions, which makes it a little bit of a disappointment
  • Sequel: The MC’s father suddenly steps down from his position as Prime Minister, and after another break in at her home, the new bodyguards try to take the MC to the Residence even though she is no longer the daughter of the Prime Minister. Sora grabs her and they run away together, but the MC can’t help but wonder who broke in to her apartment and what the new Prime Minister wants with her. I liked this sequel, Sora is more serious and less annoying than the main route, and although the plot is pretty predictable, it still got my heart pounding at times. The one thing I didn’t care for was how the route tried to shoe-horn an extra bit about the man who inspired Sora to join the police. If they wanted to include this bit, it should have been better integrated into the route. Still, if you like Sora, this Sequel is worth a read

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Takamasa Saeki

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Plot Summary: The MC chooses Saeki, much to everyone’s surprise, and he turns out to be the screenwriter for some of her favorite shows. Saeki is writing a movie script about a married couple and he wants the MC to pretend to be his wife so he can write a better script, and the MC finds herself sucked into his pace. But when he asks her to stay with him forever, the MC doesn’t know if flighty and frivilous, Saeki is being serious or not

What I think of him: Saeki is hyper and frivilous. He’s very free-spirited and does things at his ownn pace, frequently mystifying others. He always blurts out what he’s thinking, which are usually perverted thoughts, and sometimes his brain takes interesting side-trips. He’s a gifted screenwriter and is very serious about his work. Since his life is so unconventional, he has a bunch of rules he has set for himself (like wearing colorful socks and white shirts, or eating a banana as soon as he gets out of the bath). Saeki might be the only guy who I think works with the verb “giggling”. He’s pretty impulsive, but he is also very sincere and honest. Many times he acts the way that he does to get a reaction out of people (usually the MC). Although he doesn’t seem like he would be, Saeki is actually a pretty sensitive guy

Nickname: None

Charm point: You never know what he’ll do next, but it will surly be fun

Quote: “Stay with me. Forever. I love you. I’m crazy in love with you.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Hold hands while walking, swinging them like children

Would have eloped with: No one

Favorite moments: 

  • The MC’s reaction when she sees what a mess Saeki’s home is, and how in awe he is when she begins cleaning
  • The MC trying to put Saeki’s script back together
  • The baseball game
  • The MC and Saeki working together on his script

Worst moments: 

  • Did Director Muro need to be so bitchy for no particular reason?
  • The fight seemed to come out of no where. Maybe if there was a scene earlier where Saeki goes really defensive when the MC was insulted I would have been more prepared for it, but as it was it felt like it just happened
  • Why did Saeki leave for his trip without discussing the MC’s declaration that she was going to move out, especially if he’s so head over heels for the MC? It feels like it happened for no other reason than so there could be the over-dramatic and cliche airport scene (which isn’t a good enough reason on it’s own)

Worth the price of admission?: I really like Saeki, he’s really a fun guy but that doesn’t stop him or his route from having it’s deep moments. It’s a cheerful route, but it isn’t superficial. Saeki is sort of one of the most memorable personalities of this game, not only in his route but in the other guys’ as well, but I don’t think he’s actually very popular since he is missing in a lot of the substories and only has I think one Sweet Cafe story of his own. I think it’s such a shame since Saeki is such a different guy and he’s definitely someone that won’t blur together with all the other otoge men you’ve romanced

After the main route (POSSIBLE SPOILERS): 

  • Epilogue: Saeki and the MC are in London for business and more importantly, to visit the store that makes Saeki’s favorite shirts. Saeki is a little more hyper than normal (for a reason though), but this is still a pretty cute epilogue
  • Sequel: Director Muro asks the MC to fill in at her firm temporarily and the MC ends up managing a new screen writer who seems to hate Saeki and says that he intends to make the MC his. This sequel feels more like the MC’s story than anything else, and although Saeki appears frequently, the other Long Island boys appear only once. I’m not really sure why the MC is so concerned about not telling Saeki about what Takenouchi is really like and that he keeps hitting on her. Still, Saeki brings the fun back whenever he is on screen and it was nice to see the MC working and her man waiting to welcome her back
  • Sequel Epilogue: Takenouchi sends the MC and Saeki tickets to the premier of his new film. This was pretty cute and had a couple of really touching moments. It felt more concrete than the first epilogue and I honestly liked it more than that one
  • Season 2 Main Story: The MC and Saeki end up caring for a son of one of his friends who claims that Saeki is his father. I found the little boy, Shun to be quiet obnoxious, although I understand why they gave him the personality he has because it plays well against Saeki (Saeki who can sound childish and Shun who talks like an adult). It also felt that the MC pushed Saeki way out on the sidelines to bend over backwards for Shun. Towards the end the dynamics of the trio plays out a little better, but it felt like a lot to slog through to get to only a couple chapters of okay
  • Season 2 Epilogue: A month after Shun leaves, Saeki decides that he wants a puppy. This time is felt like Saeki was pushing the MC aside a little bit for the puppy, but it was minor and worked out very quickly. Still not my favorite as far as epilogues go though
  • Wedding Bells: Director Muro goes independent and asks the MC to join her firm and manage Saeki. There are two conflicts in this one: one revolving around Muro’s new studio, the fallout from that, and the MC beginning to work there, and another regarding the MC and Saeki’s move towards their wedding and being recognized by her parents. Both conflicts are separate issues but they feed into each other in a nice way so you don’t get whiplash moving between them. I think Saeki really shows off his character in this route between all his usual antics and showing his serious side regarding his work and his love for the MC. Also the MC becomes Saeki’s official caretaker both professionally and personally, which I find sort of amusing. I enjoyed both the Super Happy End and the Happy End, but they don’t really fit in a single timeline (I guess you could say that the Happy End comes first?)
  • Wedding Bells Epilogue: Saeki and the MC enjoy some time in Hawaii before heading back home. This was pretty lighthearted and entertaining, and the ending was great. Saeki and the MC end up walking home from Long Island as the sun sets just like they did when they first met and Saeki has a little monologue that made me feel like, yes this story for Saeki is complete (even though it wasn’t really). It just made me happy and fulfilled

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  • High School Days: The MC is just starting high school, and when she breaks an important flash drive she is drafted into the student council. She ends up paired with Saeki and working on the annual student council play. The MC can’t stand how flighty and frivolous Saeki is, but when she accidentally causes his Sugar Mama to break up with him, Saeki announces that he’s going to be living at her place. High school Saeki is actually a little obnoxious, especially in the first couple of chapters, but the route is well balanced since the MC is super practical and actually finds him super annoying in the beginning as well. They managed to recreate/reimagine a very memorable scene from the main route and I thought it was a really great interpretation of how these characters would have interacted if the game was set in high school
  • High School Days Epilogue: The MC and Saeki have set their first date, but when Misa needs help advancing her relationship with Haruka, the MC asks if they can turn their first date into a double date. Saeki was great in this one and adorable in his special way, I did find Misa to be a little annoying though

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Hiroki Kisumi

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Plot Summary: When the MC makes an offhand comment about how she wishes she were a well taken-care of pet, the last thing she expected was for an idol to say he’ll take care of her and proceed to abduct her off the street. Hiroki, that idol, brings her to the secret dormitory for idols, Cloud Reveur, and tells the MC that she is the new matron before telling the other dorm residents that she is his lover and fiance

What I think of him: Hiroki’s public persona is being the caring brother figure, but in private he is very bossy, dominate, and forceful. He’s a rule maker, likes to be the boss, and hates to be pushed around. That works out well since he owns the dormitory, so he can do as he pleases and has a measure of control over the others. And despite everything he still has a knack of taking care of others. Hiroki is a very busy man, and because he wants to achieve both of his dreams, he lives not a double life, but a triple life

Nickname: Hiro

Charm point: He’s going to take care of you, no matter what you say

Quote: “Today, you get special service. I’ll pamper you as much as you want, so be quiet.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Get a pat on the head, probably after waiting up for him

Would have eloped with: 

  • Sota, because the twins were funny, adorable, and very comforting

Favorite moments: 

  • The drinking party with Hiroki and Tetsuya, with Hiroki being all “I’m always nice” and the MC and Tetsuya both responding “…”
  • The MC telling the twins that it is Hiroki’s fault that she is late on starting breakfast and the twins misinterpreting it in the obvious way
  • The twins telling Hiroki that they’re hitting on the MC because she seems sad and he doesn’t come back enough to give her attention
  • Hiroki’s plan to stop Ayazaki’s scheme

Worst moments: 

  • Hiroki was upset that the MC told Ayazaki and Ueshima(?) that she and he were just staff and idol. What else was she supposed to do? Just a scene ago he was warning her that A might be a crazy person who would do something if she found out that the MC was his “girlfriend”. Additionally, because he was upset he didn’t help the MC out when she was trying to avoid give A her contact information. Nice way to look after your girl, jerk
  • Towards the end, if you play without using tickets, you’ll get caught for three or four days getting caught by the same cliff-hanger as the MC tries to get to Hiroki’s live broadcast
  • Ayazaki basically got away with everything (even almost getting the MC assaulted) with absolutely no consequences

Worth the price of admission?: I enjoyed this. Not only is a game like Idol Dormitory one of the easiest free-to-play games, but I like popstar stories, and this plot actually had a red-herring moment where I was a little surprised. I enjoyed Hiroki himself, much more than I thought I would going in, and it is probably because no matter how arrogant he seems it is very obvious that he cares about the MC and has the impulse to take care of her (while teasing her all the while). It’s a good route in a good game

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Akito Kurosaki

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Plot Summary: The night after being assaulted by Kennsuke, the MC wakes up in bed with a stranger. The MC escapes as quickly as she can, but she doesn’t expect to see him at her work. Akito, the owner of a company, wants to do a project with the MC’s company, but the MC’s boss tells Akito that they will only accept the project if the MC agrees. After a short attempt to charm the MC fails, Akito delivers an ultimatum. If the MC doesn’t accept the project, he will spread around the sexy photo he took of her during their night together

What I think of him: Akito is a man with two faces. He can be very charming and since he is also rich and good looking, this side of him is like a woman’s dream. He is very cunning and is (obviously) not above using underhanded means to achieve his goals. He is deeply grateful and caring of the few being close to him (which numbers two people not including the MC). He is the sort of guy who keeps everything bottled up, to the point that he may not even recognize his own deepest troubles. But he is definitely deeply troubled and this is reflected in the cold/cruel treatment he gives others at times. While he seems to have everything going for him, Akito doesn’t see things that way at all and views himself as a very lonely and unhappy person

Nickname: None

Charm point: He’s really easy on the eyes

Quote: “I can’t control my own emotions when I am with you. I wanna be kind but I will end up hurting you… it’s only natural that you think I’m cruel.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Comfort each other from the the brutal realities of life

Would have eloped with: 

  • Kaoru, because he is so worried for the MC
  • Ryoji, because he has such a not subtle crush

Favorite moments: 

  • The brief moment where the MC was like, “spread the pictures, I’ll quit after this job is finished”
  • Akito’s set down for Hina
  • Nikado comforting the MC after he saves her and telling her not to worry about being over at Akito’s condo because she is his guest
  • The MC telling Akito that he’s just feeling sorry for himself
  • A least Akito realizes his own flaws?

Worst moments: 

  • Hina’s berating the MC when it becomes clear that the MC and Akito are somehow involved
  • Akito assuming that Nikado was doing something to the MC when he sees the MC at his home (out of all people, Akito at least knows that Nikado is on his side)
  • I don’t feel like Akito’s backstory actually explains why he acts like he does. It does explain why he is a dysfunctional human being. Also they lost some things, like Akito loosing his sense of taste; that was super interesting, but it went no where
  • This route failed to explain a couple of important details like: what does the MC’s company do, what does Akito’s company do?

Worth the price of admission?: I don’t recommend this route. While it is really easily to play through (because the game is easily to play through), and I was always ready to know what happened next; I was never really happy to play, and by the end I was so glad that it was over so I could just move onto something else. As to whether Akito could be salvaged as a character, but he doesn’t really shine through in this story and there is a disconnect between his backstory which he claims is the reason for his action and his actions themselves. I would say he would do well in a completely different story but…

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I think he’s scume. And the moment that broke everything for me is near the end when Akito is explaining what happened that first night and he tells the MC that he intended to sleep with her the first night but that she was so pitiful that he couldn’t bring himself to do it, so he just took a sexy picture of her because he knew who she was and intended to blackmail her. I always figured that the MC and Akito didn’t sleep together that first night because this is an otoge and that’s just how it generally is. But the truth was even worse for me, and the difference for me is intentionality. Akito knew who the MC was, he knew that he was going to blackmail her, and he was still going to have sex with her when she wasn’t isn’t the right frame of mind to give consent (that would have been rape, pure and simple). And all this dropped Akito down to scum level for me

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Kyoichi Kunishiro

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Plot Summary: The MC has been in Tokyo for three months living above Long Island and after spectacularly failing at an interview she meets Kyoichi, a friend of the Long Island boys who has been living abroad. Kyoichi offers the MC a job, which she gladly accepts, but soon she finds herself dolled up and being introduced to his family as Kyoichi’s wife?! Kyoichi doesn’t seem to have any intention of explaining things to the MC, and all he says is that she must honor the contract she signed and pretend to be his wife for a month. And so begin the MC’s heart-pounding days at Kyoichi’s condo

What I think of him: Kyoichi presents a cool face usually although he has also been known to give a sadistic looking smile. He’s very rational, methodical, and maybe a little set in his ways. He was a very serious child and that has followed him into adulthood, and he frequently brings his work home with him. He’s actually a very empathetic guy with a bit of a soft spot  for cute things and sweets, and while he like’s to tease, his sadist side is very mild. Although he presents a very stern face, but he also has a mischievous side that frequently shows itself

Nickname: Kyon

Charm point: He gets embarrassed easily

Quote: “I thought I shouldn’t fall in love with you. But I kept thinking about you all the time. And before I knew it, I was madly in love with you.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Drink coffee with marshmallows together

Would have eloped with: No one

Favorite moments: 

  • Kyoichi getting embarrassed about his marshmallow hot chocolate
  • Making up a false dating history
  • The MC taking Kyoichi to Long Island when he’s feeling down and handing out wit the other guys
  • The MC messing with Kyoichi when he’s asleep
  • Kyoichi comforting the MC in the taxi after the party fiasco

Worst moments: 

  • I just don’t know about Kyoichi’s grandfather. He seems like a nice man, but he sits back and watches his daughter and grandson fight over an inheritance. He claims he’s happy that Kyoichi found someone, but he doesn’t step in when his relatives are bullying her at his own party. For someone that they are trying to make seem like a good man, he sure pulls some jerk moves
  • I can’t help but think that Kyoichi has one too many things going on (his father leaving, distrust of love, his mothers illness, and the inheritance issue). Also, for all they try to push his not believing in forever, he sure got over that pretty quickly and without much difficulty

Worth the price of admission?: I love Kyoichi. He has this catlike smile and he’s got the megane moe all sorts of covered. Plus I enjoy his serious personality contrasted with how easily he gets embarrassed. The route itself wasn’t anything special. The plot is pretty dramatic but it was in the background until something just needed to push the story along. Most of the route is spent in Kyoichi’s condo just watching the MC and Kyoichi interact, and honestly that was what I enjoyed most from this route; in fact they could have cut out the drama and made it completely slice-of-life and not only would I have been fine, I probably wouldn’t have noticed the change all the much. Still, Kyoichi is a great guy

After the main route (POSSIBLE SPOILERS): 

  • Epilogue: Kyoichi buys the MC another dress and asks her to accompany him to a work party where he introduces her as his fiance. I enjoyed the opening scene at Long Island, but the rest of the epilogue was a bit bland
  • Sequel: Three months after getting together with Kyoichi and the MC is living in bliss with Kyoichi, especially since Kyoichi’s mother’s surgery was a success. However even though Kyoichi is introducing the MC to his colleagues as his fiance, he hasn’t actually proposed. To add to the MC’s worries, Kunihiko reminds the MC that Kyoichi is a rising diplomat and that it is very likely that he will soon get a post overseas. The MC wonders if she will be able to leave everything behind to follow Kyoichi and at the same time she feels like a distance is growing between them. There are sort of two arcs to this sequel, the communication arc in the beginning which feeds into the possible transfer abroad arc. They don’t really interweave but the transition is fairly smooth. There was a lot of mistakes on both sides that the MC and Kyoichi had to learn from. Also Kyoichi is somehow the guy that pushes down the MC the most (sexually) and in the good end they have sex in an alley way… Speaking of, the ending felt really rushed, and some conflict was brought up in the ending chapter which wasn’t truly resolved. When I got the end card I was like “is that it?”. But if you like Kyoichi then you will likely enjoy this route, especially since he becomes super sweet once the communication issue is settled
  • Sequel Epilogue: Kyoichi gets his do-over but not before the MC has her turn. This was really sweet and super cute. I liked it much better than the previous epilogue because it definitely has more of Kyoichi’s style
  • Season Two Main Story: Mr. Iga, the diplomat who inspired Kyoichi, is visiting Japan and he asks Kyoichi to host his grandson for a couple of days. J is an energetic little boy who loves ninjas, but the MC is worried that Kyoichi, who self-admittedly can’t handle children, and J won’t get along. The beginning of this is pretty rocking since I really didn’t see how Kyoichi was going to be able to grow to like kids, but by the end I was just “aww”ing over how adorable Kyoichi was being. There is one particular scene with the second to the last CG which was both super funny but also so adorable because of the thought behind it
  • Season Two Epilogue: After returning to Japan, the MC and Kyoichi receive a letter from J with some tickets to a hotspring inn. This epilogue had a couple of shining moments sandwiched by what felt like a lot of average filler

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