Before responding to this, allow me to first explain what I think is the definition of “forced drama”. I believe that forced drama refers to the sudden introduction of a situation whose only goal is to introduce drama into the story. Was this true in Haruka’s route? I believe not. Ever since common route we have seen this conflict between her and Kanata and we are slowly introduced to the backstory in her route, and how the drama between them had spurred, showing us the crux of the problem.
I would definitely call the drama well-paced. If anything, Komari’s and Kud’s route had the most “forced drama”. Komari was just Oh everything is happy OOPS I SAW A DEAD CAT I’M CRAZY NOW, and Kud’s was I have a problem fitting in and being accepted in society in Japan OOPS WAR IN MY COUNTRY I GOTTA GO BACK TO SEE MY MOM. If you can make such an assertion towards Haruka’s route, feel free to do so. Otherwise, give another definition of what “forced drama” means to you, because Haruka’s route sure isn’t that.
That’s what makes it a lot more human, I think. A lot of real life drama is exactly like that; the solution is a lot simpler than what the people make it out to be, but because of circumstance and human emotions, it can’t just be easily solved like that. It is exactly a fight between two female teenagers, and is very much grounded in reality. Which is why it becomes interesting, because it is something you can relate to real life.
Although I guess if you don’t like seeing real-life drama, then I can imagine disliking that sort of thing xP The world is filled with things that become overcomplicated because of human emotions, after all. And that, in my opinion, is the best kind of drama~
I always thought that the choice in the game was the climax, and the sudden reveal of Kanata trying to trick Riki. Like, we could see Kanata plotting something towards that, and when that happened, it all came crashing down just how desperate they both seemed to try and one-up each other. Or maybe I’m misunderstanding the definition of climax which implies that it has to involve the solution to the problem.
Either way, I don’t think the build-up to the main drama was a problem at all. Rather, the slow-down to the solution was rather anti-climactic… Much like many of the LB routes are, actually >_>
B-but the cute kissing ;_; the sharing headphones ;_; How would that not be romantic?
(granted these are all personal views; don’t look too much into it)