Above the cut may contain minor spoilers. Major spoilers are below the cut.
- Kyosuke is the flippant, flirtatious type that gives off the impression of being superficial and playful. But like any other character from this series, he has an incredible amount of depth—he’s the kind of person that is so empathetic that he internalizes everyone else’s pain. If anything, he is too caring and too kind.
- His route is beautiful and painful, at the end of it all, its just really bittersweet. It’s a story about healing wounds, and moving forward even with the scars left behind.
- As always, I’m a huge fan of this series. If you have played and liked any of the other routes in this game, you should adore this one. It’s not without its faults, but it has so much to offer.
Kyosuke gives the impression of being some kind of playboy that indulges himself in flirting with everyone. He’s charismatic, which makes him popular with his coworkers and with his patients.
But beneath all of that, he’s actually very conscious of everyone. He’s like a big brother, always wanting to watch over and protect the people around him. Where Irie is intellectually perceptive, Kyosuke is emotionally perceptive. He can tell how someone is feeling, and he feels what they feel. His capacity for empathy is, in many ways, detrimental for him. Especially given his profession.
More beneath the cut, spoiler heavy.
I’m separating the review from the walkthrough mostly because of length. Lots to say about Kyosuke! Slight, general spoilers under the cut.
Kyosuke’s friendly and cheerful personality makes him popular with everyone. He likes people, so he’s able to get along with patients and staff alike. He’s also really perceptive of people’s feelings, so he’s extremely considerate of others. At work, he has a very laid-back personality, sometimes delegating his work to others or asking huge favors. The thing is though, his reasons are usually to help someone else out. Because he gives so much, people are willing to try the impossible for him.
Holy Diverging Character Arcs Batman…
Played Kyosuke Narumi’s main and alternate route back-to-back in Kiss of Revenge. (Kinda vaguely spoilery…?)
You can really go in completely different directions with this guy.
Like, I know that’s kind of the point of Another Story? But I didn’t expect it to be that extreme? I think the difference in the MC bugs me a bit, though. Kyosuke seemed pretty consistent with how open he was about his feelings in both, but in the main route+epilogue, the MC is like omg omg Hand-Holding!! Omg. And in the A.S., she’s like c’mere bb I want the d.
Like, up to the point where the stories split, her opinions on that are unexplored because she’s all ReVeNGe!! 24/7, but it rubbed me the wrong way that she seemed to be almost a different person depending on the route. I like the idea of the characters being basically the same people from story-to-story, but with a few different decisions leading to totally different scenarios.
ink-and-roses asked: Our most obscure mutual fandom are probably Teen Wolf (which I adore but also avoid due to sterek) and Defiance (which I just realized all of season one is on demand and I'm so dang excited!)
Omg! Yes, Defiance! I hope we get a second season within my lifetime.
And speaking of Teen Wolf… In the last episode, the elevator scene, Alison MUMBLES something when she’s talking about Isaac and Scott. I tried to replay that scene, but to no avail. Any idea what she said?
Batman Confidential #14
IT’S ZIPPED UP! LOOK AT THAT DASHING YOUNG MAN WITH THE STYLISH COSTUME (other than the giant collar).
He zipped up for Bruce.
Like, switching out your sexy closet for your preppy closet when you expect to have your parents over. Precious.
kiragecko replied to your post:I like Disney, Mutants, and Narnia. I like seeing posts about Teen Wolf, because I follow it vicariously. Jedi and Ponies would be novel. That’s just based on your sidebar, because I’m terrible at figuring out which posts on my dash are from who. What else do you post?But I am sad I can’t fangirl with you.
kiragecko replied to your post:I like Disney, Mutants, and Narnia. I like seeing posts about Teen Wolf, because I follow it vicariously. Jedi and Ponies would be novel. That’s just based on your sidebar, because I’m terrible at figuring out which posts on my dash are from who. What else do you post?Amethyst is pretty, I always like pictures and while I was defeated in my attempt to play Loren by my inability to enjoy video games, that has pretty art as well. I guess I’m saying as long as it isn’t zombies I’m fine.
Hmmm… zombies. I don’t really have any steady zombie fandoms. I like Warm Bodies, but that isn’t typical zombieness. I also love The Immortal Rules book series, but though it had zombies in it, it’s more vampire-driven. I guess I like zombie fanfiction au’s pretty well, because it’s automatic dire straights for characters I love, but I’m not into zombies themselves.
I’m sorry Loren wasn’t good for you. I thought since it’s so visual novel-esque, you might like it better, but definitely kudos for trying.
But yay for pretty Amethyst art! Always a joy to post some of that…
I have not had a sufficient dose of Jessa today
He’d meant to grab her hand when he caught her wrist instead.
Since their engagement, he’d been trying to find appropriate ways to touch her. Ways that would not embarrass her or draw unwanted attention, but would ease this ache that started in his chest and began to press upon him whenever they were apart.
But as the tip of his finger brushed over a vein, he watched her eyes close and flutter, and though it was too subtle to hear, he knew her breath had momentarily fallen from rhythm.
Jem froze. He’d seen her do that before. The backs of her knees. Her eyes had closed, her lungs had exhaled, and her hips…
"Jem? Tessa? Are you two paying attention?"
Charlotte’s voice seemed to break them apart as he bowed his head in a mumbled apology.
But as he turned his head, he caught the tiniest smile from Tessa’s lips.
Wrists, apparently, were too much.
He’d need to find something smaller.
kiragecko asked: I like Disney, Mutants, and Narnia. I like seeing posts about Teen Wolf, because I follow it vicariously. Jedi and Ponies would be novel. That's just based on your sidebar, because I'm terrible at figuring out which posts on my dash are from who. What else do you post?
Ahh, dear old fandoms, those!
I should post more Teen Wolf. I actually watch it very regularly, but I don’t dive too deep into the actual fandom because sterek overload. I don’t even like Derek, so it gets especially tedious.
I do need to post more about Star Wars and MLP. I haven’t kept up with My Little Pony lately, but at the very least, I could post some really good fic recs for both.
My more obscure loves are the comic book Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld and the rpg/visual novel mish-mash known as Loren: The Amazon Princess. I also reeally love the Swan Princess movies. I may not blog about them lately, but when I do, I get kinda emotional. I’ve also posted a teensy bit of Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse and I adore the anime Amnesia. I’ve intended to do fanwork for all of those things to some extent, but sometimes feel discouraged by the lack of… well… other people who’ve even heard of such things.
I feel in love with Red Robin because he was so…cool...But I think the man wearing the mask is just…cold.
What’s the most obscure fandom we have in common?
I do post stuff apart from TID, DC, and Voltage stuff, so what appeals? Or do you consider those obscure in themselves?
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