Basic Story Premise: Once you are transferred to the Seasonelle team, you are paired up with your new housemate, Kaoru, to investigate a string of random arsons. Kaoru is a man of few words and incredibly difficult to read, but you are able to slowly make a place for yourself in his life as a good housemate. After a string of misunderstandings and miscommunications, you find yourself eventually falling for your enigmatic, but very kind coworker. Unfortunately, you are devastated to learn that an event from his past prevents Kaoru from reciprocating your feelings. Will you be able to help Kaoru find closure and peace? Or would it just be better for you to move out and let him live his life without your interference?
My review with some spoilers, screenshots, and the CGs after the jump. No walk-through because both endings are available to read after you finish the story once.
Kaoru: Kaoru is the cool, silent Voltage hero. I believe Akiyoshi describes Kaoru’s communication skills very well in this screencap: Kaoru is terrible at expressing himself and communicating with others. And the MC makes several remarks from the very beginning of his story of how uninterested he is when it comes to her.
However, Kaoru also has other qualities that I should write about. Like his habit of parading around his house half-naked. I’m just gonna go ahead and put this quality in the “things I like about Kaoru” column. Unfortunately, the MC doesn’t appreciate this attribute as much as I do:
Oh well. I guess the MC just doesn’t know how to appreciate the little things in life.
Another interesting thing about our hero is this: the way to Kaoru’s heart is through his
stomach err … cat. Yes, I’m talking about you, Cat. Looks like Voltage has brought me to a new low and has made me jealous of a cat.
Kaoru is also, surprisingly, a klutz. Apparently, he is very tall and regularly hits head on things like doorways, lampposts, and rainbows. Okay, maybe not lampposts and rainbows. But definitely doorways.
Last thing I want to mention about Kaoru is this: Yes, he is very awkward and bad at expressing himself. But when he does occasionally let some of his thoughts/feelings slip, the things that come out of his mouth are adorable. Like what he says when you rush off to find his lost cat but then realize that you are also lost yourself…
My Opinion: I started this story a little hesitant because I was worried that the plot would be a little slow (a quality that plagues Voltage’s app Office Secrets). However, Voltage was able to pull together a plot line that was more interesting than I was expecting. Since Kaoru and MC are investigating a string of arsons, the plot has a little bit more of an action-y element than your typical Office plot. If I had to compare just the storylines from Minato’s or Kaoru’s stories, I would have to say I like Kaoru’s much better.
Similar to Minato, Kaoru is also another “damaged” hero that MC has to come in and help. Like I stated in the premise, a tragic past event has left him scarred. I think Kaoru is a well-developed character, and it’s fun to see how he changes from the first few chapters to the last chapters of his story.
Overall: There’s a lot of drama (since MC is constantly misinterpreting Kaoru). There’s a little action and a little danger. And there’s a smidge of comedy (provided by the other boys at work). If you like the cool, silent Voltage hero, I think you will enjoy Kaoru’s story.
The Endings: 2 are available: Happy and Good. I would say the endings are more different than they are the same, which is always nice (I hate when Voltage makes the endings almost the exact same). That being said, however, both endings have the same basic story backbone: MC is still confused about how Kaoru feels about her. She decides that moving out is the best option, but when she explains that decision to Kaoru he is able to confess his feelings and win her over. What he does in the Happy Ending to show her he cares is very cute. And the Good Ending is a fun read because the other boys are around to tease Kaoru about how much he’s changed because of MC.
Oh, and before I jump into the CGs. Did this outfit Kaoru is wearing during the Good Ending confuse anyone? (Especially considering the context: MC is about to tell Kaoru that she thinks it would be best for her to move out.) The first thing I thought his shirt said when I saw it was “LEAVE ME.” Is Kaoru trying to send a not-so-subtle hint? Or maybe it says something else? Anyone have any ideas?
And here are his CGs!