Basic Story Premise: When asked to choose between 5 strangers, you hesitate. After a few moments, Eisuke becomes impatient and throws you over his shoulder, making your decision for you. As you fret about what it means to be bought by Eisuke in an auction, he assures you that he will “think of a good use for you.” Eventually he decides to make you his fake-girlfriend in order to escape the amorous advances of another woman. This other woman is the daughter of an Italian mob boss who is an important business associate of Eisuke’s. He cannot afford to offend the daughter or her father. Eisuke says he will consider letting you go once his business deal with the mob boss is a success. As you adjust to being at Eisuke’s beck and call, you find yourself inexplicably drawn to him even though he can be cruel. As the deal with the Italian mob boss draws to a close, will you grasp at your chance for freedom? Or will you find yourself wrapped even further around Eisuke’s finger?
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.
Eisuke: Have you noticed that the first male character that Voltage releases from each of their apps is usually the bossy, arrogant one? This app definitely follows that pattern. Eisuke is definitely bossy. And arrogant. And cold. He’s also got a bit of a cruel streak (reminds me of Eduardo from Pirates, but with less name calling). He’s also very dramatic and generous with his death threats. He’s also a terrible shopping buddy. (Unless, of course, you want your shopping buddy to make you cry.) Check out this gif.
My Opinion: I personally found this story a bit awkward. Okay, maybe more than just a little awkward. Okay, so the MC literally took the words right out of my mouth. During several moments of the story, I was like “What? Oooookay then….”
The first WTF moment occurred in the first chapter. Eisuke pushes you down on the bed. He rips open the top few buttons on your shirt. And then *cue climactic music here*…Dun Dun DUN! Do you know what happens after Eisuke ogles you for a few seconds?
Nothing. Nothing happens at all. He says, “I’ll think of a good use for you.” And then he walks away.
What. the. frick.
Okay, so I don’t want him to ravish the MC 2 minutes into the story (or do I??), but come on. A guy can’t just check out a girl’s bust and then walk away. Yes, Voltage has Eisuke explain this appalling behavior way later on in his story. But. The reason is pretty lame. Or, at least, the way Voltage wrote the explanation is really dumb. Eisuke checked out MC’s bust because he is looking for a woman with burn scars on her chest. Come on. You can’t tell me that he regularly goes up to strangers and rips their tops open to check them for scars. You can’t get away with that in polite society. Especially conservative asian society.
You would expect the story to develop in such a way to explain what Eisuke meant in this screenshot. Yet, it does not. Eisuke does not mention how he was hurt in his past, and MC never asks. Voltage, keep it together. Don’t introduce plot elements you aren’t going to bother explaining.
Overall: This story is a
romantic drama. Honestly, I’m not sure if I would categorize this story as a romance story at all. Yes, the MC and the hero get together at the end. But. Sweet words of romance? Clever flirtations? Passionate glances? None of that really occurs. Eisuke has been developed as such a cold character that he never really reveals his emotions to MC at all. Yes, he rescues her when she gets kidnapped. But then Eisuke basically ruins the moment by saying something mean or dismissive. Even in the endings, he does not admit his feelings to MC. He merely allows her to stay with him. Usually Voltage balances out cold characters by having them behave in small manners that betray their real emotions (cute little actions that tell MC that they care). Eisuke doesn’t really have enough of those cute mannerisms to balance out his cold affect. Soryu has to come in and explain/soften Eisuke’s harsh actions throughout the story.
If you are looking for a sweet romance, you will definitely be disappointed in this one. If you are looking for a womanizer who can charm you right out of your pants, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a somewhat submissive MC who doesn’t mind making coffee daily for a guy who never actually admits that he cares about her during his Main Story, you’ve come to the right place.
I definitely do not think this is one of Voltage’s strong stories. But was it terrible? That’s harder to say.
The Endings: 2 are available: Happy and Good. Both endings start the same way: Takahiro (one of your supervisors from the hotel who is the complete opposite of Eisuke — nice, thoughtful, gentle) agrees to meet with you so that you can tell him whether or not you agree to pursue a relationship with him. But Eisuke calls you at the last minute and also shows up at the meeting place. This is where the endings branch off.
During the Happy Ending, you choose Eisuke. Takahiro tells Eisuke to stop causing you pain (to which Eisuke says that he can’t promise anything and will continue to do whatever he wants to do.) Eisuke makes you tell him how you feel about him, and the two of you spend the night together.
During the Good Ending, Eisuke gives you back the keycard to his penthouse and walks away from the confrontation. You reject Takahiro and rush up to the penthouse. The two of you share some kisses until the rest of the guys show up.
And here are his CGs! (Is it just me or are his fingers in the last one scary? Like… E.T. the alien scary. Yikes.)