- After a night she can’t quite remember, the main character realizes that she slept with the “Evil Exec” of her company – Toshiaki Kijima.
- Soon afterwards, she finds herself working with Kijima on one of Atticus & Rhodes’s biggest accounts and she finds herself seeing a sweet but lonely side to him.
- Slowly, she finds herself falling in love, but also realizing that Toshiaki has a deep wound when it comes to Tokyo Tower.
★ ☆ ✰ Rating: 8.5/10
The main character is a young member of Addison & Rhodes’ advertisement division with a strong admiration towards the creative director, Shuichiro Tachibana. He is one of the reasons that she entered the type of work she is currently in, but she is very hardworking and always researching when it comes to her work. Once inspiration hits her, it is hard to stop her and she tends to come up with some great ideas. She is a lightweight when it comes to drinking and tends to spill out whatever she is thinking during this time, as shown within Toshiaki’s POV. However, the events of the night before leave her shaken as she tries to figure where she currently stands with Toshiaki, which causes her a lot of anxiety as a result. However, she also finds herself constantly worrying about Toshiaki as she comes to learn that he is more than just the “Evil Exec” to the point that she realizes that she has fallen in love with him. Due to all this, she can be stubborn and constantly fights with the feeling of defending Toshiaki against anyone that might have anything bad to say about him, though she is very noisy and worrisome when it comes to learning more about his past and trying to move forward with his grieving process. Though, due to how the way their relationship began, she is constantly under distress of what Toshiaki might think of her as a result.
Toshiaki Kijima is the “Evil Exec” from Addison & Rhodes’ accounting division that always seems to be yelling at his subordinates for some reason, as shown by the main character’s distant interactions with him. However, from one night together the main character summarizes that there is a sweet and intense individual underneath his initially cold exterior. Truth be told, she isn’t wrong, Toshiaki is shown to cold and distant, but he supports and protects the main character in his own ways, both inside and outside of work. However, due to his past, there is rather melancholic air around him and he often declares that he doesn’t deserve the right to move on or to be happy because he has to real connection to his emotions — all of this also seems connected to he how he always has a sad look on his face when looking up at Tokyo Tower. It goes as far as him pushing away the main character because he isn’t the type of person that she thinks he is.
After a night of drinks with other workers from Addison & Rhodes, the main character wakes up to realize that she has had a one night stand, with who she isn’t entirely sure. She soon finds out that it is Toshiaki Kijima, the “Evil Exec”, though she is unable to piece together how such a cold man could be filled with the hazy passion she only slightly remembers from the night before. As she is told to forget what happened between the two of them, she can’t as they are put together on the same assignment for Mira Black — of the company’s biggest accounts and Toshiaki’s drink of choice. As the main character stumbles through creating the perfect commercial, Toshiaki is always there to help though through her never-ending prodding, she comes to finding out why he believes he doesn’t deserve happiness.
First off, I really enjoy how the Mira Black became the center for a lot of things when it came to the main character thinking about Toshiaki. In the beginning, she doesn’t really enjoy tasting the stuff, but as she learns more about its history and background, she finds herself constantly drinking it. At the same time, the “bitterness” also adds a lot of how the main character is feeling in terms of Toshiaki and how he feels about his past and emotions. It’s just highly unusual to see come out of a Voltage game, so it was enjoyable in writing terms.
If you have read previous reviews in regards in relation to a certain writing mechanism, you would know that I really dislike the “dead girlfriend” trope and Toshiaki’s main problem is just that. He didn’t fulfill his last promise to her nor did he really express emotions after her passing, these two things make him think that he shouldn’t be happy —- that the only think he really has for himself is his work. However, unlike many Voltage games that make the deceased the center of the story, Toshiaki’s route is more about him overcoming his shortcomings and moving forward with the grieving process that he hasn’t processed. He’s been too afraid of forgetting her and in not forgiving himself for not being there during her last moments, though nobody has ever faulted him for it. It really takes the main character pushing at the subject for him to move on.
All this makes “moving on” the central theme of the story because the main character works really hard in making Toshiaki see that, even if he tries to push her away at times. However, it might to difficult to see this emotional process because of how hard to read Toshiaki can be, so it might be necessary to read his POV since it not only shows how he ends up sleeping with the main character, but also how his feelings start to change in regards to the main character and himself. There aren’t really any strong supporting characters, though the player gets to see a bit more of the main character’s friend Yukio and how they interact with each other.
This route is mainly about letting each person grieve through their own methods and time, though Toshiaki is very sweet and kind with the main character. So, if you like his type, consider checking him out!