Noooooo society got to you too :komue:
Yes, she can date Tomoya at the same time as trying to save the sakura trees. And being able to manage both of those is the key to making it happen. As you said, she isn’t perfect, but it’s because of these flaws that society kept pressuring Tomoya that he was “pulling her down”
I personally disagree with that, but I guess this is where we may draw the line on this topic. Every time Tomoya is pointed out to be dragging her down are instances when Tomoyo herself goes out of her way to be with Tomoya. That seems to be the main argument behind their pressure.
I believe that she can, and she would, if she were at least aware of the social implications of her actions. But she isn’t, and that’s what’s causing this huge ball of negativity.
I think that might be the key point in regards to her characters “perfection”. What @Kanon says is right, she seems to be a perfect character, whose flaws are ignored because of her perfection… But that kind of thinking is only reserved for the characters in-game. For us readers, we are supposed to see her flaws, and it is written in such a way that her flaws and depth should be pretty obvious.
Man so many people keep bringing this up but this is one point I refuse to accept…
As if improving his own image would really help her own goal. Literally the only kind of improvement that won’t run into problems with the council were for Tomoya himself to become part of the student council. That’s what the other student council member was telling Tomoya when they talked in the first place. Even if he becomes a decent student, the best that could happen would that society would stop breathing down their necks about “pulling Tomoyo down” but Tomoyo would still mess up with her student council duties and might even end up not saving the cherry blossoms that she holds so dearly. And I guess that’ll just make it like the bad end all over again.
So how can Tomoyo save both the cherry trees and Tomoya? She would have had to keep her responsibilities stead; know when she has to do things with the student council, and know when she can spend time with Tomoya. As far as Tomoya is concerned, he didn’t need any constant attention from her. If they were still together but Tomoyo stopped waking him up in the morning, he would still go to class on time. I believe that at that point, society would stop breathing down their necks, and he would stop beating himself up about it. He would be more supportive, the same way he was when helping her campaign. He would understand her lack of time, and even if they could only meet once a week, heck, once a month, that would still keep Tomoya going. He would be saved, the cherry blossom trees would be saved, and we wouldn’t have much of a route.
This is a personal thing, but I have no idea how you or anybody else can feel like characters are people. I will always view them as characters and nothing more, no matter how well-written they are.