I enjoyed this Side Story a lot.
While really out of the ordinary happens, we get to see Misae and Yoshino’s more or less daily school life, which is interesting enough. Yoshino is depicted as a wild and free rockstar that just loves singing whatever, but he ultimately comprehends the meaning behind all the songs and tries to convey some kind of feeling into his audience.
The fact that Yoshino was a bit tactless reminds me of Tomoya, which makes me think that he saw himself reflected on Tomoya when he met him and when they worked together and that is what allowed them to get along so well.
Keyphrase: kind of. Yoshino definitely showed that he cared about other people, even if the final song was organised by Misae’s friends, Yoshino tried to cheer her up with that rock song before the festival. Even if he didn’t even get close to conforting her, I bet he did it with his best intentions, which is what counts.
Anyway, great Side Story, though not good enough to get a 5 from me.