Well well , we’re close to the last point.
Ok now starting with Rin , she is a character that manifest different personalities through the game. At the beginning she was an energetic kind of tsundere girl, then she suffer a dramatic change at the beginning of refrain showing a shy calm personality , but during rin2 she behaved childishly. You can think that many changes are ok but that might not be right,starting with her route she goes from an ok character to one that can be consider a little despicable or hateful. Why would somebody love her , you can just feel pity towards Riki, he’s doing his best but there is no reason why he should do it. He is just getting in more trouble just for Rin’s sake. Then during refrain you can see her changing due to the whole previous experience, depending only on Riki yeah that’s not ok too . She can hardly be taken or considered as character, she is just there with nothing to shine or particular, counting always on others. Making things worse she’s supossed to be your main heroine, come on it does not look like she is, in the end it doesn’t feel that way. You can consider everything as Riki facing everything alone, all by himself but of course he do that for Rin, so she’s just a motivation not an entity or character, yeah it feels void or pointless. As I previously mentioned in Kurugaya’s discussion I guess, Does Rin actually have feelings towards Riki ?
So, her character does nothing or not much to contribute in the game, so yeah it’s a low point here.
Starting with the route, continuing with what was said in the common route’s discussion, in here you can see that Rin has to leave to help a neighbor school that just suffered and incident. Rin suffered there and was affraid to ever going to that school again, so she stay with Riki for the weekend.
The secret of the world isn’t exactly revealed, but Riki get some interactions with Kyousuke, so one can start to infer what’s going on, but you may still be clueless. Kyousuke was the one who sends the notes with lenon to Riki and Rin in order to make them mature, or at least that’s what you know until this point.
Kyousuke discuss with Riki, about Rin having to go back to the other school. Kengo who was always distant with the busters lends Riki a hand confronting Kyousuke, which feels good since Riki now is a little confident that he’s not alone with this problem. A match is settle Kengo together with Riki are against Kyousuke and a myterious partner of his choice, who ended up being Masato. A baseball match between the male members of the little busters, that’s a good significant detail. Then the weather is getting worse, which makes you feel the climax of the match, after Kyousuke emerges victorious, apparently cheating in an unexplicable way, or at least until refrain .
After the painful loss, you had to think what would you do let Rin go or escape with her, of course that’s not up to you Riki decided they should run away. This is the part where Rin starts to feel more like a burden for Riki than a character. Riki spends the money his parents left him escaping with Rin to her grandfather’s house. Then he couldn’t use it since his guardian blocked his credit and told him to go back, but he ignored it. He started looking for a job, but failed due to his narcolepsy , so he just went to fish to survive. Meanwhile in the house they were spending time, there’s no clue about rin’s grandpa location they just thought he’s out due to his work and Rin was doing nothing more than play with cats.
Then when Riki goes to a store he heared people talking about the house they were and getting to know what actually happened with its owner. After that a poilce collided with Riki , which means more troubles. He luckily managed to escape, but he knew he didn’t have much time. Trying to escape with Rin she stopped him just for her cats, like what was about to happen when they escaped at the beginning. The police apparently caught them and you will never know about Rin again. A route ending badly that’s surprising but that this means that the route is actually good, well not exactly.
Starting with rin’s behavior , some may say that this is the point that she has to mature and change, but in fact did you actually see something like that take place ? Because trust me it doesn’t. You can feel Riki evolve, but not Rin , not even in her route nor refrain. Riki does everything for Rin and Rin barely did something. Even in refrain Rin didn’t do that much but lets keep that for the next discussion . Then we have the detail with the busters match and Riki facing the problems is this actually Rin’s route ? Because the good points weren’t exactly connected with her, I mean she was the cause the reason, but nothing else. She didn’t play a part she even had no idea what was going on and as Riki said she was like a small child.
So yeah the route may feel good, Kengo who was so distant helping you, and Masato who was really close and Riki’s best friend being away from him, apparently working out. The match between Kyousuke and the 3 of them for Rin’s sake, which at the end of the route you can understand that in fact Kyousuke may be doing the right thing, Rin needed to mature to grow as a person. However the way he decided to do it can be questionable. Riki struggling, figthing doing everything in his powers , failing due to something he can’t control, narcolepsy. You can really feel empathy towards him. As good as this route may look , as a personal route is awful or at least not good, but of course this is obvious since Rin isn’t exactly a good character to begin with.
Thank you, very much.