SPOILER-FREE REVIEW AND COMMENTARY (or at least I’ll try)
Oh wow… what to say about this route?
A story about enjoying your summer vacation to it’s fullest, since time flies and those good days will eventually come to an end.
A girl who is searching for herself while also searching for what to do. In order to help her with these, two people from outside the island become friends with her and start doing all kinds of fun stuff together. Eventually, one of those friends would fall in love with her.
At first, I didn’t expect things would turn out the way it happened. Most of Tsumugi’s route was calm and nice, just like it was a continuation of the common route. Suddenly, everything turns darker and dramatic, making you feel more invested in the story in order to figure out the mistery about her past. At a certain point, the route becomes cheerful again until it reaches the final scene, when you start crying like a baby (it’s Key we’re talking about, after all).
The main point, however, is that you only fully figure out the mistery about Tsumugi’s backstory in the post-credits scene, after the route ends. Until then, the sequence of events will actually create more questions than give answers. I’m not sure if I liked that way of storytelling, specially because you usually don’t expect there would be an post-credits scene.
By the way, I’d like to point out something very suspcious. Like, what the hell happened with Umi-chan!? After the route starts, she literally disappear from the house, and Hairi and her aunt don’t even mention it, like if they completly forgot about her existence. Actually, there is a line where Hairi says “Tsumugi will sleep in a room that was being used until recently”, though he doesn’t even mention Umi-chan. Why has she vanished all of sudden? Could it be she also have misteries that will be revealed later on? Hm…
So in the end, I have mixed feelings about Tsumugi’s route. I honestly think the first part of her route was unecessarely long. Although I do understand they wanted us to spend a slice-of-life moment between the protagonist, Tsumugi and Shizuku, I think there was no need to be written in a daily system like the common route. They could’ve time skipped it a little and left only the most memorable days.
As for the dramatic part of the route, I loved the way they make you feel invested on the story, wanting to finish reading the route all at once. However, the fact that the mistery isn’t fully explained until the post-credits scene still bugs me.
The finale of route, well… I don’t even have words to describe it. It’s totally Key-like, so you better prepare your tissues in advance.
So, for now, I’ll give it 4/5. The route isn’t perfect and it sure does have its problems, but when it ends and you start crying like a baby, you’ll most likely think it was worth it reading.