Basic Story Premise: The knock on your door reveals your new neighbor, Masaomi, who is more commonly known as OMI, an extremely popular musician. When you attempt to help him find a nearby store, you realize that he is rather directionally challenged. Over the next couple days, you do your best to help him navigate through the neighborhood. When you realize that he never cooks and lives off of nutrition bars and beer, you end up cooking him some food. As time passes, the two of you bond as you share the joy of food and cooking with Masaomi. What happens when you realize that you are falling in love with your neighbor? Should you try to pursue him? Or is it better to leave it alone because he is a celebrity who lives in a world that is totally different from your own?
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.
Masaomi: Omi is Voltage’s token “cool” character. He isn’t super talkative, and he doesn’t smile very often. However, Voltage made Masaomi different from their other “cool” characters by …making him a little ditzy. He is directionally challenged and can’t read maps even if his life depended on it (but as a celebrity, he can probably afford a chauffeur, right?) His daily diet (before he meets MC) consists of nutritional supplement bars: When he starts cooking on his own, he almost washes his rice with soap (but I guess you can’t blame him since he’s never cooked before).
So… yeah. He’s doesn’t always have common sense/street smarts. But that doesn’t mean he’s a total moron. Check out his reaction when MC says that she is surprised that he knows her name. (Oh… err… yeah. That is what I thought. But… uhmmmm… –oh look! A puppy!)
unresolved about the PR, why OMI agrees to do the song,
My Opinion: I found it hard to finish this story. I just couldn’t get interested in it. The sections about MC and her struggle/progress with her job… I found it mostly dull. The parts with Masaomi revolved around MC cooking for him. And… I still couldn’t get into it. It was just “food this” and “food that.” Don’t get me wrong, I love food. But after the 4th conversation about it, I was just… done.
I also wanted to like Masaomi more… but I couldn’t. His character is not well developed. There are definitely some loose strings that Voltage should have tied up or cut off at the source. Clearly, Masaomi has issues with his father. But once the problems are mentioned, they are never discussed again. MC never talks about it; Masaomi never talks about it.
In the end, Masaomi is able to get over his issues with his dad/music/hiatus/who-knows-I’m-not-really-sure and returns to his music. Voltage implies that MC is the one who inspires him to return to his music: somehow her struggle with her new position (working with things that she is not necessarily passionate about) is similar to him and his
struggle with his new position deciding to go on hiatus because he does not want to rely just on his father for future musical endeavors…?
Actually, no. I don’t see how those 2 situations are similar at all. But somehow, MC inspires him to accept the job that was manipulated by his father to continue making the music that he loves.
Oh, it was because he was interested in living in the apartment complex that existed in the same place as the current one before it was destroyed. Interesting. Voltage is going to explain and further develop this random plot point, right?
And the ending? The ending is one whole loose string. (Are they going to keep their relationship a secret forever? What does his manager think? I thought MC wanted to stay away from him for his own good? What does this mean for his career? How come no one has figured out where a major celebrity like Omi lives? How come no paparazzi have managed to take a picture of MC and Masaomi being affectionate on their balconies? How come…)
Okay, that’s enough complaining in one review. So let’s take a look at this silly MC moment during the story. Masaomi and MC are at the store picking up ingredients for… (yes, you guessed it) more food. At one point, a man from Masaomi’s past recognizes and confronts him. (He had been fired by Masaomi and still holds a grudge, apparently.) Check out this gif I put together for you:
Wooh! That’s right! MC got sassy and decided to throw some wine at some random guy…
No. Wait. She threw wine. On. Herself. (Seriously, who does that?) Just think about it: You see some random stranger pick a fight with your man in a store, and then you proceed to throw wine… on yourself?
Oh, MC. Sometimes, you drive me crazy.
Overall: I’m sure you’ve already figured out that this isn’t my favorite Voltage story. For my personal preferences, I found Masaomi’s character mostly dull (although he does get more interesting at the very end). And the weakness of the story writing made it hard for me to get into the plot. However, I can’t say that I hated Masaomi or his story either. It just …wasn’t my cup of tea. For most of the story, I found myself tapping the screen and wishing I could get to the ending faster.
This is a romantic drama about a humble office worker and a celebrity musician. If you enjoy “celebrity dramas” (stories about glamorous celebrities and their lifestyles, tabloids, gossip, jealous female fans who are mean to the MC), this story has some of those elements. But there are other Voltage stories that have more of that type of juicy drama (the celebrity drama in this story is present, but it is lukewarm.)
And even though this is a romance story, a surprising chunk of it focuses on the MC’s day-to-day life at work in the office. I found most of these moments dull (although her coworkers are amusing), but if you like reading about the MC working on catalogs and reports and going to meetings, then you may not find those moments in the story as boring as I did.
The Endings: There are 2 endings available, Good and Happy. I did like both of the endings that Voltage wrote for us, and I do like sexy-Masaomi a lot more than I like cool-Masaomi-who-just-wants-food.
During the Good Ending, everyone at the apartment building is on the roof having another “full moon” party. When asked to perform his new comeback song (which will be released to the public in 1 month), Masaomi agrees to preview it for his apartment companions. The song is a hit, and everyone continues to enjoy the party. At one point, the only other female who lives in the building asks about the gift she gave the MC earlier on in the story (a purple thong). The MC becomes bright red, and the other residents immediately start teasing her and asking about the gift. Later on, Masaomi and MC return to MC’s apartment.
During the Happy Ending, Masaomi refuses to play his song when asked. He and the MC retire from the party early, and when they are back in MC’s apartment, he plays his song for her (he wanted her to be the first to hear it). Afterwards, the couple has some romantic time. When MC akes up a few hours later, Masaomi playfully asks MC to wear her purple thong for him tomorrow.
What did you guys think? Am I the only one who thought this story was a bit slow? What did you enjoy about Masaomi and/or his story? I know he’s got some redeeming qualities; my tired brain is just having a hard time putting together a decent list of them.
And here are his CGs!