Happy (very very belated) Valentine’s Day!
So. Um. Hello! This is a short tale(?) of how I became grossly obsessed with a particular guy from Renai Banchou: Yasu.
(Contains spoilers to Yasu’s route in Renai Banchou, proceed with caution! PS. Most of “my” actions throughout the editorial are my own thoughts/things that I would’ve done irl, not the MC’s. Sorry about that, ahaha.
On one particular peaceful day, I heard a legend that something would happen if go to the rooftop of the school building and tie handkerchiefs... or something. I thought, eh, there’s no harm in doing it, it might result in something interesting! And so I did, and to my surprise and amusement...
6 guys that call themselves Banchous (plus 1 Yasu) whose self-acclaimed job was to always help maidens in trouble appeared from the sky. They offered to take one of them to be my fake-boyfriend for a year so that I could experience romance, and they demanded nothing from me in return. Though I thought how much better it would be if I could spend time with every one of them instead, this still wasn’t a bad deal at all!
So, naturally, I chose the one that was the most interesting to my eyes (and ears, ahem). Who was this awkward guy that seemed to not have a “Banchou” attached to your name yet? You looked awfully adorable...
SCENE I. Oh, he's cute!
So it was our first date. Being a punctual person and not wanting to mess up, I arrived earlier than the promised time, which turned out to also be earlier than Yasu’s arrival time. I waved to him, excited but a bit shy as well, only to be replied by... a disappointed face. That... wasn’t nice. But wait a second--did I do something wrong? Did I come at the wrong time (pretty sure not)? Did I do something silly like leaving the house with my slippers (I quietly peered to my feet, nope, I was wearing shoes, thank god)? Did I just smile really really creepily again (I hope not, I just rehearsed smiling for half an hour this morning)?
Unsure of what was happening, I asked him, what was wrong? His answer startled me.
“No, no, no! 8( That’s now how dating works! A girlfriend has to come late and say ‘I’m sorry! Did you wait long?’ then the boyfriend would say ‘No, I just arrived as well! ;)’ We should do over!”
SCENE II. Holy crap that is teeth-rottingly adorable wtf.
So in one way or another, it was pitch dark at night and I got lost in the woods of Tsundere Banchou’s island, in swimwear nonetheless. No, I wasn’t sure what happened either. So I panicked. Should have probably walk alongside the river to find my way back, but seems like I blanked and did not think of that, silly me.
Wondering what to do, I heard a voice yelling, “Ah! there she is!” and before I knew it, I heard someone run to me and saw him jump toward me. It was Yasu! He asked if I was okay and when I said that I was, he thanked god and said how worried he had been. I told him I was sorry and he backed up after realizing he was hugging me. It was cute, ehehe ///
But then I noticed something. He was really pale! Oh no, was he okay? He was in the middle of the woods in the middle of the night wearing only swimming trunks, could it be that he caught a cold or something while searching for me? I put my palm on his cheeks and he fumbled all over, and I told him he was sweating cold sweat and his face was really, really pale. I asked him what was wrong and, after I promised him I wouldn’t laugh, he quietly spilled a reply...
“I-I-I’m sorry. Hakase showed me a horror movie yesterday, s-so...”
......Were you allowed to be this adorable?
SCENE III. Wait, oh no, no, no, no he didn’t... No.
Before I knew it, it was Christmas. We celebrated in a cafe that Tsundere-kun reserved (“I-it’s not like I reserved this because I wanted to spend time with you guys ok!!” ...alright, he didn’t actually say that, but I digress). It was fun, there was a visit by the rival banchous as usual, but it ended without any incidents (that I could remember). Yasu and I went for a walk together afterward, and he said that he wanted to take me somewhere for a surprise, and I was looking forward to it!
Ah, he took me to a beautiful Christmas tree with beautiful decorations and illuminations. That was really sweet of him! I told him I had a present for him, something that I made myself. He was extremely happy and put it on himself, the smile hanging on the corner of his lips made me smile as well. Yasu then fumbled inside his pockets, and with a slight blush on his face, handed me a small box, and it had a necklace inside when I opened it. I’m not actually a fan of accessories, but I was happy to receive something from him so I wanted to put it on right away.
He offered to help so that it wouldn’t get tangled on my hair. And to my surprise... He did it from the front. O-okay Yasu, you were a bit too close now... He kept talking but I couldn’t pay attention. Because. Reasons.
And just when I thought it was safe to look up that he finally got the necklace on, I felt a pair of lips on my right cheek. I almost shrieked in surprise and he quickly looked away, but not quick enough for me to not catch a glimpse of a flush of red coloring his cheeks.
At that moment, I thought my heart would stop.
At that moment, I knew he was the one.
I actually first played Yasu’s route on my birthday last year. To this day, it was the best gift I have ever given to myself.
I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve played his route, whether from the very start or just a random month I picked because I’m having a bad day and it’s impossible to not at least have a small grin on my face when I see him panicking all over (yes, I realize that I’m a bit on the S-side, I’m sorry...). Even before writing this, I thought that I wanted to screencap something from July so I clicked on that month, and ended up playing all the way to March. Again.
It’s been almost a year, and I still feel the same affection toward him as I did a year ago. Maybe even more.
Oh, in an unrelated note, my favorite CG: