Kappei is quite the energetic keet, the kind of guy you meet by having him bump into you, keeps conversing with you about strange random stories or his day to day life, and never leaves you alone. It sounds annoying and yeah he can be a bit annoying, but at the same time he is very friendly, tries to live life to fullest and looks at the good in other people…well except maybe for Sunohara. So for the most part, I like him fine.
His backstory of being an orphan and having osteosarcoma which ended up killing his career as an athlete, and the desire to live life till he dies is depressing, but at the same time I can’t help but feel frustrated with his motivation for not wanting to take the operation. On the one hand, I can understand that he doesn’t want to lose his legs as they are his reason for wanting to live life and he feels that it is what defines his existence, in addition to not wanting to be a burden on Ryou. But on the other hand, I couldn’t help but agree with Tomoya that Kappei has Ryou who loves him and will take care of him and accept him for who he is, and that should be a reason for him to keep living. Not to mention, it kind of harkens back to what Tomoya said to Nagisa in the beggining of the VN to find new things to appreciate, so in that sense Kappei could find a new reason to keep living in Ryou. This frustration made Ryou’s convincing of Kappei to accept the operation so that she can experience the stuff she wants to experience with him, and her declaration to be with him even if he loses his legs all the more satisfying though.
Speaking of which, Ryou’s role in this route was pretty nice. She and Kappei share chemistry with one another and the scenes between them were pretty sweet, especially the aforementioned scene where she convinces Kappei to accept the operation. We also see a rather spunky side of Ryou in the route as she threatens Sunohara to not do perverted things to Kappei, lies to Kappei about doing it with him when he’s sleeping, and near the end does some funny things to Kappei in the hospital.
As for Sunohara, his shtick of falling for Kappei, dreaming of doing obscene things to him and being in denial that Kappei is a guy was funny, but it did wear its welcome out a little later on. The scenes with Yoshino were pretty good too and I’m betting he was the guy who told Kappei in the orphanage to find something to believe in and push forward in his life.
I guess one last thing I want to mention is that while I was reading this route, I started to find some similarities between Kappei and (Little Busters spoilers) Koshiki Miyuki from Little Busters in that both of them lost their talent via a disease, which made them lose their reason for living. In Kappei’s case it was osteosarcoma which ended his athlete career and made him lose his talent for sprinting, and in Koshiki’s case it was a disease that resulted in her loss of eyesight for one of her eyes and pretty much ended her career in archery. Additionally when you get down to it, both of them tried to take their own lives as a result. Koshiki’s was direct and tragically successful. Kappei’s on the other hand was indirect, gradual, and thankfully averted with the help of Ryou, Tomoya, and indirectly Yoshino. It might not be huge similarities in hindsight, but it was something I noticed regardless.
So overall, I enjoyed Kappei’s route. It was short and to the point, and it did its job of reminding us the readers that we’re not alone and there are people who love us, need us, and accept us for who we are.