Also, some dude named Billy complained on his Tumblr that there wasn’t enough fan art of Misha out there. He also likes “Adventure Time,” so he can’t be all bad. So here’s part of a drawing I’m still working on that has Misha in it, just for him.
As someone who finds Shizune’s path to be their very personal favorite, allow me to give you my ramble for a spin. Pull up a comfy chair by the fire and have a nice drink with me:
It is in her route, which has all these concerns about lasting memories and making impacts on others (Misha’s personal investments, Shizune’s family history, why she works so hard on things like the festival so she can create fond memories for the whole school to have together, etc), Hisao has the largest interaction with side characters and the rest of the students. In turn, he has a widest variety of friendships and acquaintances compared to anything that happens in any of the other routes.
And her route goes on right up to high school graduation, and in the process of Hisao saying his goodbyes and such to so many people, there is the point that it is through Shizune’s route that he has had the most well balanced path regarding maintaining friendships with relationships. The same with resolving the whole Misha situation peacefully. Shizune’s path is less about one losing oneself in their romantic relationships (which is so easy to do in high school, and again, the other routes have far less time spent with the other students, comparatively), and instead is also pointing out that there’s a lot of other important things beyond that.
It’s more “everyday” in its problems, the kinds where friends might have feelings for someone you’re interested in as well, and enduring their girlfriend’s jerkface dad. And everyday may not be as “dramatic” as things like a fire, but there’s a certain weight and beauty in smaller problems too. And Shizune’s path is all about those seemingly smaller everyday problems and victories being more prominent. Because that’s what most of us deal with most of time in life too.
And the everyday also, notably, rarely ever leaves things all tied up at the end. It’s a continuous journey, and a consistent chase with a lot of different things to balance. Which is why Hisao, even at the end, also needs to keep up with Shizune and stay very much in touch should they wish to stay on that path together through college and beyond. He must be willing to continue to chase, and to do that he must continue to balance his life needs to make sure they really could have a future.
Shizune’s path is upfront about that, that Hisao hasn’t so much “won” and gets a storybook ending as he just gets to opt to continue if he tries hard to hold these relationships together. It might be seen as uneventful by many, but there’s an almost painful amount of truth to the whole affair. There’s a certain power to that, as one thinks about those who have come and gone from their own lives.
Even if he’s known these friends and relationships for the period of time the game occurs over, there’s still a whole lot more there to also learn and push through. The way that Hisao would inquire about Shizune’s family for instance, her dad’s issues and background, those are things that can take many months, and sometimes years, to really be able to get to a relationship point where some of that can be comfortably shared. The way Shizune would answer would change over time as well, going into more detail over a long period of time.
And maybe it still won’t even work out in the end. But there’s a self awareness of that, right even at the end, weighed into that as well.
Sad Misha is sad. Unrequited love is no fun at all.
Took another unnecessarily long break from the doujinshi project. As much fun as it is to draw heads, my anatomy skills have deteriorated a bit. I need to force myself to draw more full-body pictures. Backgrounds - at least ones that aren’t fuzzy shadows or simple colors - would also be an improvement. I’m already lazy enough…