I rated this route a 5/5
Just because I find it hilarious how a series as seemingly innocent as Clannad includes a scene which implies Tomoya almost walked in on Ryou and Kappei making sweet love in the hospital ward, only for her to go quickly finish up.
But no seriously brilliant route.
Kappei is one cool dude and his relationship with Ryou, although short lived through the course of the route, was very cute and if anything I would argue Kappei is the best significant other for Ryou.
He brings out the best in Ryou, and in this route we see her get in to super confident sassy mode. Two times I’ve read the route in my life, and I still laugh uncontrollably when she tells him she’ll forcibly have his babies. Rapist Ryou is best Ryou?
A welcome change, because it was great to see her open up and see some of the things which motivate her to pursue her life goals.
Unlike the anime, Ryou finally gets to have her moment in the spotlight as a significant character who has more to contribute than just her so called “bad end” in the Fujibayashi twins path.
Her wanting to become a nurse doesn’t just come out of nowhere. She has someone she cares for and that someone reinforces her aspirations. At the same time Kappei finds happiness in his life despite being a lonely orphan, his growing physical impairment in some ways (although kind of conviniently) sent him on a collision course to fall for the one woman who was going to quite literally save his life.
In some ways, I’ve thought of this more as Ryou’s route if anything.
It was cute, it was powerful, and leaves a strong lasting impression.