Interesting that your favorites are Shizune and Lilly. Usually they're on opposite ends of the spectrum. Just a few points, though. Shicchan does realize the error of her ways by the end of her arc (in both endings), but I don't think there's any evidence to show her really changing her fundamental worldview (i.e. seeing everything as an obstacle or challenge to be overcome). From my perspective she's more of a static character, to which both Misha and Hicchan have to adjust, accepting her for who she is rather than attempting to "fix" her abrasive personality. Also, as a result of Iwanako's letter Hisao comes to very similar conclusions in every route, not just Shizune's. And just to clarify, her arc is only the longest in terms of the time covered by the story - not by the actual number of text boxes or scenes.Ultraxion wrote:Regarding Shizune (my second favorite after Lilly), I agree that she has made her fair share of mistakes, especially in taking people for granted. But to me, part of the route is the process of her realizing the mistakes she's made and taking steps to amend them, especially repairing her friendship with Misha and rethinking her view of everything as a competition. Hisao also goes through a similar process, realizing that he, in his depression, pushed away his friends and Iwanako while he was in the hospital (the fact that he comes to this insight, which might be because Shizune's route lasts longer than the others, is another reason I like the route).
Ultraxion wrote:I am the beginning of the end...the shadow which blots out the sun...the bell which tolls your doom... for this moment ALONE was I made. Look upon your death, mortals, and despair! I WILL DRAG YOU WITH ME INTO FLAME AND DARKNESS!!
That's kind of the point of the arc. It would have been easy (so very easy) for A22 to write it that way, having Misha and Hicchan "fix" Shicchan, conforming her to them rather than the reverse. I agree that she's a static character, or at the very least the most static of any of the main heroines (new facets of her personality reveal themselves as the story moves forward, but I wouldn't say she changes as a character). However, the way it turns out is much more realistic and works to the benefit of the arc as a whole, in my humble opinion.yummines wrote:i dont dislike Shizune, but i like her the least out of all the other characters.
why? because unlike every other girl with their respective routes, she doesn't change at all from her base character. all the characters in KS are archetypes. the shy, timid girl. the one with her head in the clouds. the one who is overly nice and motherly. the one with something to prove. the athletic, upbeat girl.
in each of these characters route's their past is shown and they slowly develop a new part of their personality, and/or fix old issues with their personality. well that and/or find love i suppose. [...] Shizune's... well. She mends her relationship with Misha, but that isn't to say it wasn't already kind of broken when it started. also she still has communication issues which are not any different at her good ending. and they dont even stay together.