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Koichi is a rather cold individual. The most important thing to him at the moment is his career advancement. The two of you enter an arranged marriage after meeting 3 times (if you count the time that you met when you were babies).
Premise: The first 3 chapters of this story occur before and during the prologue itself. It explains how you meet and agree to the marriage. As the story progresses, you find yourself at odds with Koichi: he does not believe in love, and his expectations for marriage are very different from yours. As you struggle to be a good wife while also balancing your new job, Ai, the mistress, shows up and flaunts their affair in your face. How will you break past Koichi’s stiff, cold exterior and show him that marriage with love is possible?
My Opinion: (If you want to avoid more detailed spoilers, I suggest you stop reading here.)
… Still with me? Okay!
(Keep in mind that this is just my opinion and personal preference. There are plenty of individuals out there who love Koichi, and I respect that opinion.) I personally found this story a hard one to get through. I realize that, as the last In Your Arms Tonight main story that I was reading, I was already biased against Koichi from how he behaves in the other main stories. However, I did try to keep an open mind as I progressed through his story. But come on. The MC in this story is MUCH more patient than I am. Here are Koichi’s list of offenses that really pissed me off.
Strike 6: During a confrontation with the mistress, she slaps you. And Koichi just stands there like, “Oh.. Don’t do that…” Wow, thanks for the back-up, hubbie. Especially after you just refused to let me pursue a divorce. Really appreciate it.
Fortunately, Koichi does end his relationship with Ai, and the two of you are able to build up a real relationship. Although, when Genji showed up again towards the end of the story, I wanted to jump into his lap and order him to take me away. (Sorry, what can I say? I adore Genji’s arrogant face.)
One thing I did really like about Koichi’s story is that Voltage stayed true to events that occur in the prologue. They did not just take Koichi’s story and throw a superficial bandaid over the cheating. (Superficial bandaids can include story plots like the following: the MC made a mistake about seeing Koichi in the park with another woman and it wasn’t him after all; The woman was actually his sister and he was not cheating after all; MC was drunk and just imagined the whole scene; etc.) I respect that Voltage stayed true to the cheating plot and evolved the story with a damaged hero whose personal experiences affected his views on love and marriage. If you are as patient and kind as MC in this story, you probably won’t dislike Koichi as much as I do. I just am not that forgiving. I freely admit that. 🙂
The Endings (More Spoilers!):
There are 2 endings possible: Happy and Super Happy. Within the Happy Ending, Koichi starts holding up his end of the relationship by helping with chores like shopping and cooking. He even attempts to cook for you. Within the Super Happy Ending, you and Koichi have a chance to renew your wedding vows and have a real wedding night, unlike the first time around.