So, Anego. I knew from the first time she was introduced that she’d be one of my favourite characters. Philosophical, quick-witted, charmingly selfish, and with very subjective world view, she was my favourite character during my first playthrough.
To me, the way she, within three lines, goes from basically admitting it was on purpose and asserting philosophy, to acting like there’s something wrong with him, to denying doing it outright, shows quick wit and spontaneity, which are never bad things to have.
When they’re talking about the “sidewalk café”, she says that it’s beautiful because of its simplicity, and Riki’s sarcastic about it. This type of exchange happens a lot between these two, and it makes me think of an old favourite quote of mine: “Must you ruin everything with your logic?” She always manages to describe life so simply, as if higher understanding was a matter of perspective rather than knowledge.
I can’t not talk about this. I think I’ve fallen in love. As someone who’s least favourite words are “moral”, “justice” and “objectivity”, I can hardly express how much this appealed to me.
However, though my favourite character to begin with, Kurugaya doesn’t really have staying power, and past the bullying arc, her route didn’t really improve (or change at all) my opinion of her. She does have emotional development, but to me she never felt like anything more or less than what was immediately obvious.
Getting past my opinion of her, I wanted to address the last scene of her route, when she’s playing the piano and says “I hope he comes soon.” Notice how they make her seem more… girly? The wistful look on her face and how she’s not wearing the jacket, even the tone of her voice. At first, I thought it was kind of a nice touch, something like a “maiden in love” image. But looking back, I’m not sure how to feel about it. This is pretty much the only part where what I said earlier doesn’t apply, the only part where she isn’t really the same Kurugaya we know. However, it actually feels like they’ve taken it too far. It feels like she’s lost a lot of what we loved about her, she gives a completely different impression from her usual cool, sexy demeanour.