The last of the heroine routes I played - I enjoyed Akane’s cynical sense of humour and sceptical personality during common and the prelude to her route so I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t enjoy the route as much as I’d hoped. There wasn’t much in the route to suggest that Gaia were anything other than the nihilistic bad guys, but it was pleasing to see that the antagonistic Suzaki rather than the arch-villain was against the extremist approach and turned out to be more moderate than expected, even if his own aims weren’t necessarily “good”.
I’m not into the fights at all so mashed my way through those. Kotarou’s developing maturity and the manner in which he tried to support Akane and the rescue the evacuees was probably the best part of the route for me.
Akane herself takes the back seat for a good part of the route and I didn’t find the romance with Kotarou very convincing although I appreciate it was deliberately understated unlike so many others in Key stories. She never came across to me as “evil”, rather as someone who was fated to her role, with the suggestion of a pseudo brainwashing for all the girls who became disciples. Nonetheless we can feel that she genuinely seeks to atone for her deed and I did enjoy the hopeful ending which was a necessary upbeat after all the doomsday stuff!
Like most of the other routes, I reckon it needs to be seen in context of the VN as a whole once completed and so it’s on towards “Moon”.