Really? That actually makes a lot of sense! Huh, nicely played.
I have to say I strongly disagree. There's quite a few visual novels that feature epic fights of big proportions, and lots of those deliver it all in words spectacularly. Just look at Fate/Stay Night or Umineko. Just like a book, a lot of details are left to imagination along with the prose, so I don't see a problem with that. I think Romeo for whatever reason simply decided to skip the whole thing. I did read an interview translated by Amaterasu that he didn't really like writing action scenes.
Yes, all that you explained now I did get during my reading of the VN. My problem was not that I was not understanding what was going on, but rather the pacing felt wrong to me. Terra was a lengthy route and took it's time with even the smallest of the details, and suddenly it's like it starts to run full-force towards the end.
It's hard to explain it writing, but I'll give it a try: Until Kotarou is about to fight the Earth Dragon, everything is going on rather nicely. They have a brief chat and prepare for battle. Oh yeah, it's on. This is the climax, the final confrontation this story was leading up to. He'll probably reach Sakura later and they will have at least a final conversation about her ideals against his. The instrumental version of "Rewrite" from Psychic-Lover plays. I'm getting pumped up! Bring it on! And then EarthDragonbattleskippedKashima'salreadydeadKotarousomehowhasalastchatawithSakuyajumptoKagarionthehillhastokillher and BAM!! Kotarou becomes a tree, gets summoned by the girls and goes to the Moon with them, The End.
It suddenly goes speeding-bullet fast as if it just skipped a whole chunk of what would supposedly be it's climax and the credits roll. I suppose I don't have an issue with the ending itself, but with the final events that led up to it.
I see, I didn't remember that detail. It's a bit hard to swallow that Akane simply ignored his resemblance to the guy that pretty much saved her life without even a slight "gasp!", but I guess I'm just being nitpicky now.
I dunno...I have to say this sounds pretty far-fetched XD. It's not a plothole that really destroys the story, but just something that came to mind when I read it.
I don't particularly remember that detail either. Was it implied she realized that she understood about love being the truth of the world like the Moon route? Maybe I just didn't get it when I was reading, like Midou's appearance and Kotori's comment at the end, though.