Can I have a Fuko to take home and love for my very own? I will take good care of her I promise! Seriously I love Fuko. I finished this route last week and I fangirled about it for several days.
I had enjoyed the interactions I had with her in other routes, but doing the full route was awesome. I don’t really remember her route that well from the anime, though I kind of remember thinking that the supernatural aspects of it felt kind of out of place. They didn’t feel out of place reading it though, especially because they kind allude to it early on enough where it just feels like something that comes together really smoothly.
I really like the idea that Fuko was trying so hard to reach her sister and couldn’t because her sister’s love had reached her (Fuko understood that her sister distanced herself for Fuko’s own good) but Fuko’s feeling can’t reach her unless she actually finds the happiness in friends that her sister wanted for her in the first place.
I really like that seeing Fuko in the hospital kind of puts this final blow on a person’s ability to see her at school. The idea that there is this kind of zone where you kind of know something is the case, but because you have not faced reality in its whole there is this kind of grey zone where the impossible is still possible, and as long as you don’t cross that line there is still hope. Basically Fuko is Schrodinger’s cat (starfish?) - she exists only in that possibility that she could be there and as soon as you understand she is impossible the Fuko you know ceases to exist.
I did both of her endings, and while the non-romantic one felt more authentic, ending with Fuko asking Tomoya out made me really happy.
That was one thing about Fuko’s route, while I really like the dynamic between Fuko and Tomoya, and Fuko herself, I feel like at its core this romance is kind of unbelievable or unnecessary? I guess what I means is that all of the best emotional tones of this route are non-romantic. The themes of friendship, and the way Fuko and Ibuki-sensei want to reach each other more than anything, but they are the people most unable to connect, those were what really drove the route. Which is probably why the ending where Fuko asks them all to be her friend felt the best.
There were a couple of things at the end of the route I kind of rolled my eyes at. Mostly how quickly Ibuki-sensei went from not even announcing her engagement to ready to have the wedding to really wanting to have the wedding at the school even though none of her students were really left. I guess the route didn’t really need to have it all spelled out, as that is not really the kind of padding that would have been enjoyable.
Anyways, I loved this route and I want a little sister like Fuko because I think she could understand my fangirl soul.