My problem with Hearts is that so far everything seems to spiral around romance. You have the main couple Kor and Kohaku, Hisui’s bordering-on-incest love for his sister, Ines and Silver, Chalcedony and Paraiba… Even the first people you help around in the game are a couple who can’t get their feelings across. There’s Beryl’s unrequited feelings for Kor, Amethyst’s fascination for girls, Creed and Fluora, and probably a bunch more I can’t remember right off the bat.
This is a problem to me because for a game that is so focused on the bonds between people and on the feelings of the human heart (“a new meeting between hearts”), they passed up a lot of opportunities to explore family and platonic love, even impossible romantic love. I can’t help but think back about CCS and how well that anime explored different types of loves of all kinds and how Hearts falls really short of it.