(Well, that’s definitely not one I hear every day. And why does everyone from Dreamy Days keep comparing MC to a pig? Refer to Haruki’s post here for another example.)
Basic Story Premise: As you adjust to life back in your hometown, you find yourself spending a lot of time at the Ichigo residence… especially after your room above the Cafe unexpectedly becomes uninhabitable, and Ichigo lets you stay with his family instead. It doesn’t take long for you to notice the strained relationship Ichy has with his family. He also seems dissatisfied with himself, his family’s shop, and your hometown. What is the real reason behind Ichy’s unhappiness? Will you be able to help bring some more laughter into his life? As the two of you spend more and more time together, your relationship becomes unclear. Will Ichigo ever be honest about how he feels about you? Or will someone else swoop in and steal you from him…?
My review with screenshots, some spoilers, and the CGs after the jump. No walk-through since both endings are available to read when you finish reading through the story once.
Ichigo is the “bad-ass rebel” of the group. He occasionally skips school. He’s popular with the girls. He regularly tries to skip out on his duties for his parents’ shop. He challenges the Vice Principal.
But (as we all predicted) he is actually a big softie on the inside who has difficulty being honest with his emotions.
This is a drama where the MC helps Ichigo rebuild his relationship with his father and become comfortable enough to reveal his love and skill for baking. If you are looking for danger or action, you will be disappointed because the scariest thing Ichigo rescues you from his a hole in the floor. There are funny moments because of the banter between characters, but I would not categorize this story as a comedy. And if you are looking for a lot of hot and heavy romance, you may also be disappointed here because Voltage spends more time developing Ichigo’s character and story and less time on seductive romance between you and Ichy.
The plot does have a couple hiccups. For example, imagine this situation: the floor in your upstairs bedroom is old, and there is a gaping hole where a bunch of heavy boxes used to be. You try to walk carefully over to the doorway to get to a safe zone but hear a dangerous squeak when you shift your weight. Johji and Ichigo are standing safely in the hallway, and they tell you not to move.
Now, what’s the logical next step and solution to this quandary? I will give you a few seconds to think about it.
… … …
Ok. Was your answer…to have Ichigo walk into your room (let me remind you, on unstable flooring), scoop you up, and take you into safety?
No? Well, neither was mine. (If the floor isn’t going to hold one person’s weight, how in the world is it going to hold two?)
Overall: As long as you are a fan of Ichigo’s and you are interested in knowing his backstory, you should enjoy this story. It’s not perfect, but it is not as flawed as some other Voltage stories that I have read.
I did have a good time reading about all the references to Ichigo’s “cake”. All the characters are obsessed with talking about the cake. (Haha. Sorry. Inappropriate adult humor. What can I say. I find humor in my own chosen places if I have to.)
The Endings: 2 are available, Super Happy and Happy. Both endings start the exact same way and then branch off for about the last 30% of each of the chapters. In the Super Happy, Ichigo shows up at the playground while you take shelter inside the Octopus slide. You explain the misunderstanding, and the two of you reconcile just in time to see that the weather has cleared up enough for you to enjoy the meteor shower. Underneath a shower of shooting stars, the two of you make new promises to one another. In the Happy Ending, Ichigo shows up at the playground while you take shelter inside the Octopus slide. Unfortunately, you’ve caught a fever from standing in the rain for too long, and Ichigo takes you home and nurses you back to health. Since you missed the meteor shower, he takes you on a date to Tokyo Tower where you can look out on the city lights.