Complaints have been popping up (including my own) that Rewrite doesn’t have a thread for the Common Route. Since I have been reading it, I decided to formulate my own thread for it.
Discussion for the common route of Rewrite. Since Rewrite has one of the longest and most elaborate Common Routes in existence, all the events of the initial runthrough of the Common Route will be the main focus of this thread. Please mark references to any events outside of or any changes caused by the completion of certain routes with [spoiler], specifying exactly what you are spoiling so people know whether to click on it or not. (Call me out if you see something wrong, Aspi. Thanks.)
My first impression of the common route is quite conflicted. On one hand, the scenarios presented are well-written and occasionally quite funny. It seems to focus more on suspense and mystery rather than drama and sorrow, which is a bizarre but welcome change to Key’s usual formula. Some characters are quite complex and interesting, and many of the scenarios presented deconstruct modern society and go into detail about the importance of nature and the environment. Unfortunately, a lot of scientific terms used within the route feel phoned in for the sake of having intelligent dialogue.
Furthermore, the common route is a good example of indignant characterization, which I would describe as developing characters in a way to make the player feel hatred towards one character and empathic for another. It’s quite common in Key novels, and it was used to astounding effect in one of the routes in Little Busters!. Unfortunately, the individual I am supposed to empathize with in these situations is also without dignity or respect for his fellow women, which justifies the malicious character’s motives to crush him. As a result, I end up wondering if I’m supposed to empathize with these characters or hate them. It’s a minor complaint, but I think Tanaka did a good job getting me to like Shizuru, Kotori and Chihaya, but not Akane and Lucia. I don’t know what to think of Koutarou at all at this point. That being said, I have very few qualms against the majority of the minor characters, especially Yoshino and Chibimoth. Also, the music and art direction is pretty good so far.
The very end of the Common Route was very intense. It really made think as to why all this is happening, and even as I start Kotori’s route, I am full of so many questions. Why is Koutarou’s power so dangerous? Why did Lucia and Shizuru turn on him after taking on that dragon? Who is the girl Koutarou saw in the moon? Why did the dragon target Kotori?
There’s still a lot left that I have to cover here, and perhaps my impression of these characters will change as I continue to read. So what are everyone else’s thoughts on the Common Route? (Please keep your "Amigooo"s to a minimum. We do not want anyone banned for spamming.)
What would you rate this route?