Review | The ‘First Love Story’ of Chitose and Asahi (Favary)

I was extremely excited for this game to come out. Fresh from playing False Vows, True Love (another EN release from Favary), I knew I could expect a great story featuring well-thought out characters. To be honest, I REALLY wanted there to be a Chitose x Sou option, but I’ll have to write to Santa (or Favary 😅) about that!

A co-class leader who both cares too much and too little, ‘First Love Story’ ©Favary, Inc.

The Story

CHITOSE starts her sophomore year of high school in a new class, separated from her old friends. She’s worried about fitting in and falling in love (yes, because she’s at that age 😅).

Unfortunately (well, fortunately — at least, eventually), she gets paired up with ASAHI as class leader. He is late on the first day of school and is always dozing off. He doesn’t really make a good impression on her, which compounds her anxiety over being able to handle her new responsibilities with him as her partner. He also is quite unsociable, but she can’t help but find him intriguing, despite herself.

Working closely with him makes her realize that he is, in fact, more responsible and capable than the slacker she at first thought him to be. Seeing the gentle, caring person behind the yawns soon makes her fall for him (surprise! 😅), but they have to overcome certain obstacles both around them and within themselves before they (and you) can find their happy end together.

My Thoughts

I loved how they acted exactly like the 15 and 16-year-olds that they are.

Maybe it’s because I’m Asian (or because I’m an aging one, at that 😅), but I don’t like seeing teenagers behaving like adults. I liked seeing the characters do and enjoy things that I feel are developmentally-appropriate for their age (and I DON’T mean ‘rightness’ or ‘wrongness’ here).

This is supposed to be a story of first love born from the innocence of youth. I enjoyed seeing how clueless and clumsy they were about it all, but not to the point of being ridiculous or unbelievable.

I loved how the main characters helped each other grow.

I would say that Chitose and Asahi saw their selfless and caring natures reflected in each other, despite Chitose being the more outgoing one. As these were clearly important values for both of them, the mutual attraction wasn’t so surprising.

And while Chitose taught the hopelessly clueless Asahi what romantic love was all about, he taught her to believe in him and that she was worthy of this love.

I loved the supporting characters.

I must confess, I developed some abbreviated version of SML Syndrome playing this route. Sou was such a GOOD – GUY. Quiet, cat personality-type guys aren’t my bias to begin with (yes, I’m talking about Asahi), but seeing Sou be this popular guy who was soo nice just made me want to tie him and Chitose to each other!

Chubby (you have to read the story to find out who they are!) was another gem of a character who made this couple possible, all by being themselves!

And, of course, I can’t not mention Asahi’s grandparents. Asahi is interesting and likable precisely because of how his grandparents have brought him up in the absence of his parents. It doesn’t hurt his romance with Chitose either that his elders low-key set them up every time they can! (Talk about support! And heaven knows this boy needs all of it that he can get! You’ll find out just how much when you play this route. 😂)

My Rating

I honestly could not possibly complain about the story or the characters. I may be long past my teen years, but I can appreciate a well-crafted game or VN about this theme when I see one.

Still, getting the little technical issues (see my first impressions of the game) out of the way would surely enhance players’ overall experience.

I give this 🌸🌸🌸🌸/5.


Update!

The iOS version of the game has just been launched! Check it out HERE.
You can also grab the Android version HERE.

About the Dev

Favary, Inc.

Favary Inc. is a Tokyo-based creator, developer, and re-publisher of otome games.

You can get more information about them and their titles on:

The Web • Favary Inc.
Twitter • @favaryotomegame
IG • otomegames_by_favary
Facebook • FavaryOtomeGames
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One thought on “Review | The ‘First Love Story’ of Chitose and Asahi (Favary)

  1. Pingback: First Impressions | ‘First Love Story’ (Favary) | Of Sakura and Kisses

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