Well this route was certainly a more unique experience. I couldn’t really get behind the romance, which is a problem I rarely have. There were other good points though. For the first time the story gets really dark. We’ve seen the cruelty in the characters backgrounds, but now they actually made the afterlife itself seem cruel. The school is made up to be, pun intended, heavenly. The characters don’t see it like such a place though, to them it’s a battlefield. So, why shouldn’t it get dark at points? Towards the end when Otonashi says he now has a reason to beat up God, I believe it after all that shit.
Best part is definitely Iwasawa herself though, and I really didn’t expect to say that; I wasn’t a fan before going in. With the common route being filled with Otonashi teaching her things it comes as a real shock that Iwasawa understood so much of what was going on. She seems like a person who acts on emotions more often than logic. Her choosing to stay in the forest shows that she is much wiser than originally displayed. And, the letters from beyond always seems to get me, every time. While I got less emotional about this route than I usually do, the feelings from receiving the letter and realizing she knew combined very well.
One thing I got from this route that I’ve really been missing was a sense of camaraderie. If anything is ever going to compete with LB! than it has to be AB!, but I haven’t had gotten that much from the SSS. They’re a huge association, allowing for many different interactions, but they act independently to often. GDM is a much more closely knit group, so I got more out of them. Sekine and Irie were just golden through out the entire thing. I loved every second they were on screen.
Also, man Takamatsu just earned all the bro-points with that last scene. The picture was posted in the general topic but I didn’t pay attention enough, so I figured it was Hinata.
Almost forgot. Does that sex scene really need to exist? It wasn’t as bad as the LB! ones, but that isn’t really praiseworthy. I thought Key had understood that they should stay away from that stuff. It never ends well.