I don’t usually do reviews for sequels, because I feel that enjoyment in part comes from how much you liked the character from the main route. So even if I like something, others might not because they might not like the character as much as I do. However, I felt that Kaoru’s sequel has some really good points, and I wanted to mention those.
The story itself isn’t really a new setup. The MC is tasked with asking a prominent erotica novelist to write a series of stories for their publication. The writer is rather eccentric, and he instantly takes a liking to the MC. Both her and Kaoru struggle with this new conflict, and in the process they grow as professionals, as people, and as a couple.
Spoilers under the cut.
One of the things I really liked about Kaoru in his main route is that he’s a very realistic character. He can’t express how he’s feeling in words, and though he wants to, he can’t just change instantly. Not many people can. The same holds true here. He’s trying more to show how much he cares for the MC, but the words are still giving him trouble. Then when this overly pushy writer starts strongly hitting on the MC, he begins to experience things he’s never felt before, like jealousy and inadequacy. This writer is able to express whatever he wants to the MC (and wow does he do that and more), but Kaoru can’t. He starts losing control of his own emotions, and that just makes him feel worse. Considering his personality, his reactions are understandable, and his development is well paced.
One of the other things I really like about this sequel is the MC. Though she’s uncomfortable, she really puts priority on doing her job as a professional and seeing it through. There’s this highly sexual, attractive writer hitting on her, and though the easy thing would be to avoid this and quit, she pushes on. She does get flustered by his words sometimes, but with the things this writer is saying, anyone would get flustered. Even so, she wants to be able to do her job like anyone else, and she finds ways to deal with the situation.
Should she have told her boss about the sexual harassment? Probably. Should Kaoru have expressed himself more instead of getting upset and taking it out on the MC? Probably. But that’s what makes this story feel really realistic. Neither one of them handles the situation perfectly. They both make mistakes, and they try to deal with things the best way they know how. And in the end, they take those experiences and learn what it is they need to do for themselves and for their relationship.