Ahh good ol’ Kengo, seemingly forgotten now that all the other topics have been bumped. But I ain’t forgetting about you bud!
For the longest time, I’ve had a hard time figuring out what exactly it is that makes Kengo tick. What were his regrets, what made him get over it, and why did he finally decide to join the newly found Little Busters, led by Riki?
I guess I forgot one thing: Kengo is a lot simpler than we think. And i fell down the same trap that made Riki have a hard time getting Kengo to join. His regrets were simple: he regretted spending most of his life practicing on Kendo, and failed to enjoy life like a person his age should. Miyuki Koshiki made him realize this, when she attempted suicide because of losing her will to live after she could no longer do what she dedicated her life to. She, like Kengo, did not spend enough time enjoying life.
So, after he dons the Little Busters jacket, he resolves to spend his time in the dream world solely to achieve his regrets and have fun. After Rin2 happens, he gets scared; he gets scared that he would no longer be able to enjoy if Riki and/or Kyousuke continue to use this dream world to achieve their goals. This is because he knows that if they fail again, they’d all end up past the point of saving. Which is why he won’t play baseball and he won’t reform the Little Busters, because he is afraid Rin2 might happen again.
So what gets him to change his mind, at the end? This is probably the one that has baffled me the most. But the fact of the matter is, he lost the baseball game, and at the hands of not just Riki, but Rin as well. This made him realize two things:
- No amount of fun he had in this dream world could justify his hard work. His loss meant that no amount of fun he had in this world would overwrite all his hard work in being a perfect winner, thus forcing him to let go
- Rin and Riki have become way stronger than he thought, and they proved that they won’t let Rin2 happen again.
And thus is the simple mind of a great man, the way I see it