What is this? Another "let's vote for our favorite character and hate all the ones we don't like" tread? Come on people, trashtalking the characters that aren't your "beloved waifu" and spilling your jade everywhere doesn't help anything and isn't reasoning. Neither does "you all know nothing, Shizune/Rin/Lilly/Emi/Hanako WILL LAST FOR TEH ETERNITY!"
It's obvious we would like to see the relationship between OUR avatar, Hisao, and the chosen girl last, because we like her!
It's EQUALLY OBVIOUS we'll see it as possible, because, mostly, we poured quite some of ourselves into Hisao, which in turn makes him compatible with the girl of our choosing.
Point is, nothing is forever. Teenage relationships are hit with it too hard, as mostly, both of the participants are often immature, not ready to face the consequences and hardships of life and often even unsure of what they really want!
However, in their own way, both Hisao and the chosen character often mature at the very end of their path. That *gives them the chance to keep it up until one of them dies*, but NEVER takes away the chance they will break up.
Rin is a person who has lots of troubles, especially when it comes to reading the feelings of others and expressing herself. Her and Hisao, by the end of their path, have nearly broken up and returned to each other a few times. Rin nearly broke into insanity or nearly decided she has to become someone else, Hisao nearly got fed up, but at the end, they *got it together*. Rin is essentially happy, maybe for the first time, and her scene at the dandelion field is pure awesomeness.
But, people can change involuntarily. Either of them may get fed up when they have other problems at life. How will Hisao end up? He doesn't decide science is the way he should take in this path. Emi doesn't manage to bug him into improving his health, either. Will he die prematurily? Will they not have any money and be incapable of supporting themselves? Will Rin do something so utterly insane one day that Hisao will decide that maybe teenage love just isn't enough? Will Hisao say something one day that just rubs Rin in the wrong way and she'll tell him to "Leave" his own house?
Maybe. Maybe not. They have a shot. They can have everything, or nothing, or anything in-between.
Shizune? I may be not the best person to analyze Shizune. I don't like her. Perhaps Hisao will one day realize that the incredible need to one-up most people, her odd family, her weird tendency to antagonize people whom in normal circumstances are *a pain in the ass to antagonize*, like Lilly for example, or her incapability of realizing the other people's feelings - bugging Misha into becoming her best friend AND a walking microphone for her AFTER turning down her feelings certainly deserves a spanking and a good "What the hell?" - maybe one day Hisao will realize this is too much to live with.
But one thing is certain : Hisao has grown in this path. Shizune a bit, too. And they've grown together, into a pretty good "team". There is a high possibilty that Shizune realizes it won't be easy to find someone as fitting for her as Hisao. That not many people will not only "survive" some of her traits, but "like her more" for them.
If Shizune realizes that, she will battle for their relationship really hard. She'll want to win with all her heart, and she'll do everything to that end.
I think we all know what happens when Shizune gets like that.
Hanako? Hisao is Hanako's first love. I think we can all agree that Hanako, with the exception of Rin, is the character that will grow up and change the most in the future.
And this is what may spell doom for their relationships - them changing and growing into different people. Perhaps when Hanako overcomes her shyness she'll find herself attracted to someone else? Perhaps, without the need for his protective instincts, it'll be Hisao to realize that there are better girls for him than her?
Or perhaps she'll grow too slowly for his tastes and he will simply get FED UP with her weird antics, potential clinginess, total lack of self-confidence? (not to mention potential frigidness in bed. As noted from their only encounter - not only it wouldn't be pleasurable to Hanako, even this taken out, she just lies there and takes it. Meaning, possibly : Not only will she like to do it as rarely as possible, she'll also be utterly passive during the act. Not exactly a turn-on).
However, their feelings are genuine, and she loves him dearly. They've bonded over being a lot together, and Hisao's protective instincts will now probably turn into something more like "I want to make her happy" rather than "I will stop anything from harming her". And this is a good thing.
Lilly? Lilly has already tried to leave Hisao behind once. Neither of them will earn a lot if they're both teachers, so they may have financial problems. Hisao is also possibly the least healthy in her path, so... You know. Also, Lilly may get fed up with Hisao's health problems, or he may read her "quasi-maternal" instincts for some people as being too much, especially if those people are male...
They're truthful and commited to one another. They realize they love one another and can depend on each other. Lilly's "epilogue" is essentially putting it in front of you : they have every reason to be hopeful about their future. So just why shouldn't it turn out good?
Last, but not least, Emi.
Emi is a determined girl. So is Hisao. They love one another. They overcame their problems, and without problems, their relationship seemed pretty good and natural.
Emi's ending says it all. It may not be forever, because NOTHING is forever. But, "happiness right now"? "Happiness in the near future"? "Happiness until an unpredictable, far away point in time puts an end to it"?
Aren't these good enough?
Ultimately, none of these relationships will turn out to be eternal. Hisao may die early, after all. Or they may change. Or their relationships may end up due to the feelings simply burning out.
But they all have a real shot at it. They all WILL try and they can all succeed, until the day one of them leaves this world...
If I were to pick one or two, I'd say Emi and Lilly show the most promise. But, that doesn't mean they're perfect or "all set", nor does it mean the other relationships don't show any promise.
Part of life's beauty is that it's so fleeting and always has the potential to change, be it a destructive potential or a chance to get better. To me, nothing feels worse than being trapped and static, so even their potential breakups may not be a bad thing. On the other hand, it is nice to have something constant to love and return to, so I hope for the best regardless of which girl would end up with Hisao.
Progress : Lilly - finished (Good ending), Hanako - finished (good ending), Rin - finished (Good ending), Shizune - finished (Bad ending), Emi - Finished (good ending)
Lilly=Rin > Hanako > Emi=Misha > Shizune