(Almost-spoilers for Chihaya and Kotori’s routes.)
Akane was the character I liked most out of the main cast. (I disliked Lucia most… but her route was easily my favorite overall.) I followed the habit of leaving best till last, so I had read through all the other routes at this point. (Kotori first, then Shizuru, Lucia, Chihaya, and Akane.)
Honestly… I thought it was great! Maybe it’s because I had just finished Chihaya’s route, but I didn’t expect any romance from Akane’s route. I went in with a “We’re going right into enemy territory” state of mind. So the story starts back as weak little Kotarou which is a bit hard to get used to after all the Chihaya stuff, but as the conflict rises, the growth shown by Kotarou is immense. The different things the Aurora can do was amazing.
Akane’s route answered a lot of questions too… From everything going on in Gaia, to (Kotori spoiler) the crazy behavior of Kagari at the end of Kotori’s route.
The ending scenes were painful to read, even with Yoshino showing how good of a friend he is. But that’s what happens when you get invested in a character, ahaha~ It was the type of ending where you sit and think about it for a while, before realizing how great it actually was. The ending was a bit sour, but that post-apocalyptic stuff had the perfect atmosphere.
It was obvious that the writers intended to add more to the route, and it did feel somewhat incomplete… but I just loved the feel of the route. I imagine this is how I’d feel about Fate/Stay Night if I actually liked the characters. XD
I’d say… it was my second favorite route. (not including Moon and Terra) as at the time of reading it, I was interested in learning about Gaia and familiars. (Lucia’s route had enough romance for me~)
[Spoilered that for you. -Aspirety]