Sasasdhgbgds’s route, from what I’ve observed, has been pretty much joked as the salami of the EX sandwich, and basing on the scores up there and the current discussions it’s not particularly well-received. And you know what classical piece (I may as well bring this up early) is also treated similarly? The 2nd Movement of Moonlight Sonata.
It’s very true that the very familiar 1st and 3rd movements are abso-frickin-lutely amazing, so when you sandwich such a light and simple movement between these two, it’s definitely going to get buried down. I think that’s what happened in this route.
Well, the thing is, I actually quite like the 2nd Movement. Salami’s route, especially quite a lot.
One, the route had really good moments of levity. The jokes were funny but never felt too repetitive, and the Kud fluff was actually entertaining.
Second, I was amazed with how well the story fleshed out Sasashfdskhfs as a character. Sure, she was kinda-annoyingly cartoony at first, but getting into the route, we get to find out about her as someone with actual motivations and goals for herself (which I felt was sadly rare among Key heroines), a drive to actively change the dynamics in her community, a crush that felt realistic, romantic feelings that contrivances aside progressed naturally, and an emotional conflict that IMO felt grounded.
Sasadfhsakjdfh’s conflict is that she regretted abandoning her feline friend in the past, and she handled that by making herself feel hatred and doubt – by assuming that the cat may have hated her – if only to distance herself from something potentially sad. That reminded me a bit of Komari’s situation, and while I like Komari route, I’m glad Tonokawa was finally able to utilize its kind of conflict in a way that felt more grounded. Also, Sasasdhsajhgs’s reaction is pretty consistent with how she often distanced herself from other people by being tsun, which is a nice touch.
Lastly, I didn’t expect to cry but I frickin’ did. Idk, I never really had a feline friend, but Sasajdfsah fearing that Kuro may have hated her was relatable asf as someone who has feared that towards actual people.
The route wasn’t perfect though. I didn’t have that much problems with the inconsistencies, like I don’t think the bad end contradicted anything that has been so far established considering it was never really established beforehand what would happen if you get trapped in the artificial world without resolving the creator’s wish, or maybe I’m just missing out on anything more.
Rather, it’s more about
Riki’s lack of eye for boobs all the plot acrobatics the story took to justify all the contrivances it established. I have to give it to this route for trying though; the payoff for all that was oddly satisfying, like finding out why Riki is even involved in the first place.
4.5/5, Salami Sasasdjalshdfag went from “meh” to “possibly best girl” real quick I still can’t believe it
P.S.: The necessary flags made zero sense like wth how do you even logically get to her route without a walkthrough