I’m a bit more than halfway through with Misae’s route now. First of all, can I point out how short the route is? The baseball route was so long, especially with the baseball game at the end, that Misae’s route in comparison seems so quick.
I love Misae’s character in this route. In comparison to baseball, in which every characters were barely developed (except Sunohara of course), this path makes us discover and concentrate on one character, which is a liberation from the previous part in a sense. To explain myself, while I was reading baseball, I got the feeling that I was trapped in a stasis where nothing happened. The day passed, but everything was static and there was almost no character progression. Misae’s route in comparison is a breath of fresh air, and progression actually happened.
I was inquisitive about Misae’s character at first. Because of the setting in which Clannad takes place, I assumed that most routes would be about your character interacting with his school mates. It was a good surprise when I learned about all these other characters who weren’t students, but still got their route. Misae especially came as a good surprise. I didn’t know what to expect from her after the previews of I got throughout baseball, but she turned out to be a surprisingly fun and lovable character.
She gives off the image of an adult woman who is mature enough to run a dorm of athletes on testosterone, but when you start talking to her and getting intimate, you discover a naive little girl who is not certain how to deal with her situation, and Tomoya’s interactions with her are absolutely delightful.
I especially like the humor she brings to the story. If you read my comments about Sunohara, you’ll know I have a poor opinion of him because of his generic character archetype of “the clown”. Most comic scenes from the previous route felt forced by him, which was really destroying the experience for me. Misae, on the other hand is an example, in my opinion, of a well designed, amusing and witty character. She has a personality beyond that of a buffoon, but they manage to make scenes with her enjoyable and hilarious at moments without forcing the comedy onto the reader which was a delightful change from my previous reading.
I haven’t reach far enough at the moment to know if there is any romance in between her and Tomoya, but I highly doubt it. Therefore I will make a second post when i am done to talk about my observations and comments about the rest of the route.