Review | The SITS Ikemen: Kyohei Rikudoh (Voltage)

Kyohei Rikudoh ©Voltage, Inc.The Story

KYOHEI takes charge of you while you ghostwrite for Ryo, Revance’s missing lyricist. You assume the title of assistant manager as cover story for your presence, as well as gain insight that will help you write song lyrics worthy of their 10th anniversary.

In the beginning, the handsome and charismatic frontman appears to live up to his sexy image, teasing you to your maiden wits’ end. As you shadow the band in your new role, however, you come to know a man of contradiction whom your heart cannot escape.

My Thoughts (Why I Liked It)

The Perfect Man, Perfectly Real

Kyohei seems to be a god among men, his sheer presence commanding awe and obedience from fangirls and industry execs alike. MC is at the same time terrified and drawn to him because of this. (Of course, that face and body doesn’t exactly hurt, either.)

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Kyohei Rikudoh ©Voltage, Inc.

His tragic backstory is relatable and adds another layer to a man who is so much more than just an idol. And yet, the way his character is written refuses to make this a hangup (despite what other characters may say) or an excuse.

'Scandal in the Spotlight' ©Voltage, Inc.

In fact, this only makes him try harder to become a better person, and support anyone willing to put in the work for their own dreams — including MC. At the end of the day, he’s just a regular guy with incredible talent and even greater determination.

'Scandal in the Spotlight' ©Voltage, Inc.

A Regular Girl I Could Get Behind

I liked this MC. As a wanna-be writer (AND all-around fangirl) myself, I could totally relate to her struggles and motivations. She isn’t annoyingly prim, nor a pushover; neither is she overconfident as to be a turn-off. She is understandably overwhelmed by her extraordinary circumstances and the larger-than-life people suddenly surrounding her, but she also rises to the challenge, making her a good match for Kyohei.

'Scandal in the Spotlight' ©Voltage, Inc.

She thinks out loud and likes eating. The SITS MC — a girl after my own heart. ‘Scandal in the Spotlight’ ©Voltage, Inc.

A Fantasy I Could Believe

The premise is a real-life impossibility, but the story itself is quite believable. Because the writers successfully portrayed Kyohei as a person — over and above his being an idol, and despite everyone’s adulation — with highs and lows just like any other, it was very easy for me to buy into his romance with Average Jane MC. IMHO what makes him extraordinary is his groundedness and work ethic despite being an idol, and his ability to respond positively and proactively to negative situations.

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The other characters were also written as interesting in their own right, and not just as token figures. The band are hilarious and behave just like any group of close guy friends.

And Mr. Sasayama, Shinya Takagi, heck — even Rina, are interesting enough for me to wish they had side stories. (I know a lot of people want a Shinya x MC story, but I personally wanted a Mr. Sasayama x MC one from the get-go 😅)

My Rating

Apart from the tired, unlocked shared-bathroom trope (although I think this is cultural), the writing was just lovely. The pacing was good and created just enough tension; the banter and verbal confrontations, priceless. The characters were interesting, likable, and redeemable (yes, even the bad guy!).

This is actually the second time I’m playing his route, but I’ve come to appreciate it even more than I did the first time around. (I mean, how can you not? Just look at this guy!)

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NEVER! NEVER – EVER! ‘Scandal in the Spotlight’ ©Voltage, Inc.

It’s 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸/5 for me!

Check out my first impressions of the game, as well as my review of Kota’s S1 main story.

Ready to find love ‘in the spotlight’? Look for the Revance members in Love 365: Find Your Story.


Is it just me?

Or does Kyohei bring to mind Jang Geun Suk in You’re Beautiful?

Jang Geun Suk


About the Dev

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Voltage Inc. is a leading interactive mobile game developer from Japan, focusing on visual novels and otome games.

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