Route Review: Aki Fujishima Main Route
Above the cut may contain minor spoilers. Major spoilers are below the cut.
- Aki is incredibly deceptive without ever intending to be. He’s mature, dispassionate and level-headed. His personality actually makes him incredibly unpredictable because he’s nice but he’s cruel - which ultimately means he’s neither.
- The comedy is pitch perfect, the pacing is perfect and the conflicts are both relevant and compelling. It has everything you’d expect a good Voltage route to have.
- If I’m being honest I think everyone should play this because the game on its own is amazing, and the route is just utterly superb in every way. But particularly if you’re a fan of more mature games, specifically Kiss of Revenge and In Your Arms Tonight, this game (and specifically this route) should appeal to you.
Being 34 years-old without any hope of a love life in sight is pretty depressing in its own right, but MC doesn’t allow herself to get too bogged down by social expectations. She is conscious of them, and she has enough pressure with the people around her reminding her of it constantly. It doesn’t help when the gift from her mother for her birthday is basically a ticket to a singles event - a not-so-subtle advisement that she’s getting “that age.”
It’s a shock to her to be picked out by the popular patisserie owner, Aki Fujishima, who seems to be surrounded by women who ooh and aah over him. Yet from the beginning, MC has a rather objective outlook on his personality. She doesn’t romanticize his kindness because she’s privy to how cold he can be as well.
Yet he’s not your stereotypical hot-then-cold character. If anything, Aki is supremely puzzling because he’s overtly kind, albeit distant, and he makes a point of stepping in to help her out when she needs it. Yet he has a sharp tongue and perhaps as a product of his own bluntness, he makes some rather tactless digs at her, too. On top of that, if she had to guess, it doesn’t seem like he cares about anything. Except maybe cake? Or Larme?
I like Aki! So interesting! 😍
Cant stop playing his route! 💓