I was very disappointed with LEAF. Why on earth did they throw in a continuations of a harem path from the original game that had no plot or a harem path with no plot involving a married woman? Ack, that was a perfectly useless waste of my last few hours of vacation time! If it was up to me I’d ban harem endings from ever being written on this planet! (Not only that, what kind of sick, twisted being wrote the story about falling in love with your childhood friend’s MOTHER? I’m gagging right now.)
However, my (initially) favourable opinion of this game has been restored (somewhat) by Michiru’s story.
Affectionately called Charu by her friends, Michiru is the very typical quiet girl. What makes her special is her hobby of drawing doujin manga, making maid costumes, and helping out with her family business, which ranges from cooking okonomiyaki to managing the Yakuza. She’s fiercely loyal to her friends and family, works hard at everything that she has to for, and eventually, every single one of these traits were used as a plot device. What I like about her story is that there isn’t a long period of time spent on exploring her character (the problem with bishoujo games is that they are often TOO long); but jumps straight into the plot. Guess what? All of their friends are getting together to put together a play for the school festival, and the majority of Takaki’s female friends (which is quite a large group), is trying to play cupid for the couple.
Of course, the problem is Takaki’s dense head, which believes that he’s only pretending to be Michiru’s boyfriend to get her away from an arranged marriage. Of course, Michiru has liked him long before he comes to terms with his feelings, so that created a pretty good atmosphere for drama. The climax was quite touching and very adorable, even though I guess the plot twist long before they revealed it, it was still good.