Re: Yayoi (I think?)
All right. Done with Yayoi. Overall, I'd say it was decent, short, and flawed.
I enjoyed the amount of detail the story presented regarding how guitars are constructed and prepared. It was an info dump, but it didn't feel like one since comedy was interspersed between.
I think the story did a decent job at presenting Yayoi's uncertainty regarding what she wanted to do with her life: should she should focus on exams, guitar, or both? By having her guitar removed from her life twice, Yayoi was able to realize how much she valued playing and also what she wanted to do with it (i.e., teach).
My favorite scene was Shoichi listening to Yayoi unwind on the train to Nagoya, without him telling her what she should do.
My first issue with the route is that it discard Dear Drops after Yayoi lost her guitar. What I loved about the common route (and the first half of Yayoi's route) was seeing five different personalities clash and grow together. None of that was really present in the second half. While I enjoyed seeing everyone come together to find Yayoi's guitar, I would have enjoyed more growth as a band. Secondly, the romance aspect was just totally thrown in there. There was basically no development between Souchi and Yayoi. Consequently, the timing of the mandatory ero scene also felt forced. And even after that, they went from having sex to dating to the end with literally no development, romance, or conflict. Lastly, there was no development for Souchi. His conflict and growth were a major focus of the common route--but, after Yayoi lost her guitar, the route didn't address any of that, other than people still knowing him more for his violin. Most of my issues could have been resolved had the route been longer.
I continue to find Yayoi interesting as a character. Her mood goes from serious to crazy angry to passionate to depressed very quickly. It's fun to watch (like during the mugging scene). She also makes an interesting drunk.
Starting out, Yayoi was very much by the book. There were definitely she'd pull the "it's against the rules" card and I'd groan. But, by the end, it was clear everyone else had rubbed off on her and she was more willing to defy the established order to get what she wants. I rather liked Yayoi's ending song, "Be loud," because I think it captured her personality perfectly.
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Eiji totally set up Yayoi at the end by telling her to were a Kimono to her college entrance ceremony.
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