Moving on to Hotoken Yellow now. I love sporty guys since they tend to be so dumb and cute, but Rikuto goes way beyond my expectations. Even though his swimsuit is so distracting. 8D
The lively ace of the swimming club. Rikuto is also the student council’s secretary, though he rarely does any work and would rather practice swimming instead. His eyesight is bad, but he refuses to wear any glasses like Ryuuichi, who is also his childhood friend. Despite Rikuto’s popularity, he can’t tell girls apart since they all look the same to him. In fact, he had to stare at Kureha from up close just to remember her face. His sense of taste is absolutely nasty.
Since Kureha is now the student council’s helper, Rikuto calls her “zatsuyou” (helper, literally means miscellanous) instead of her name lol. She compares her situation to Cinderella, with Rikuto and Ryuuichi being her evil stepsisters, and Mitsuki is an equally evil fairy godfather who doesn’t even bother to help her. (*ﾉ∀｀)ﾟo｡ｱﾋｬｬ But since Kureha isn’t weak like that, her Cinderella goal is to grow stronger and topple her “evil stepsisters”. This is a training she has to go through in order to become a good leader.. or so the principal said.
Rikuto never comes to the student council room, so Kureha goes to visit the swimming club after school. As expected, he doesn’t remember her and moves really close to take a good look of her face again. It doesn’t help either that he just came out of the showers, only in his swimsuit. (*ﾉ∀ﾉ)ｲﾔﾝ He finally remembers her as his helper, and he’s really happy to have a subordinate lol. At first Rikuto refused to do his student council job since he’s busy with the upcoming competition, but later on he agrees to come if Kureha writes his biology report. She doesn’t have any choice since Ryuuichi won’t return unless Rikuto comes back first, so she eventually agrees to write a wonderful report for him. Apparently this issue haunts Kureha so much she saw a Rikuto x Ryuuichi BL Hotokenser dream that night. ﾌﾟｯ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵
After pulling an all-nighter to write the report, Kureha hands it to Rikuto the next day. He tells her to hold his bath towel for a while, which makes her scream since it’s absolutely stinky. No wonder though since the last time he washed it was.. last year.. ｳｸﾞｯΣ(￣□￣lll) So while he’s busy copying the report, Kureha goes to wash his
rag towel while grumbling about how dirty and stinky it is. ﾌﾟｯ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ After school Rikuto thanks her for writing the report, and he gives her a ride to the station with his bike. His fangirls are staring with killing intent along the way, but Rikuto doesn’t care and speeds up his bike instead. As she holds onto him from the back, Kureha thinks Rikuto actually looks cute when he laughs. (*´∀`*)
Just as he promised, Rikuto joins the student council activities after that. Since Ryuuichi also came back, they keep bickering until Kureha explodes and tells them to shut up. (*ﾉ∀｀)ﾟo｡ｱﾋｬｬ During her first battle Kureha finds out that everyone has cool portable transceivers for emergencies, since Eraser-kun is especially made just for Red lol. Nobody wants to trade with her, so then Eraser-kun shows than he can transform as well! ..from an eraser into a tofu. ブッ+.ﾟ(￫ε￩*)ﾟ+.ﾟ When Kureha starts rubbing Eraser-kun to the wall for fooling around, the guys finally realized how powerful and scary their new leader is. xD
When Kureha was preparing her class’ cotton candy stand, Misaki says she’ll give time for her to walk around with Rikuto during the school festival. It turns out the whole school think they’re dating now, since everyone saw her riding on his bike the other day. Rikuto also goes with her when Kureha goes out to buy some materials, so she asks if he doesn’t mind the rumors. He says he doesn’t know how to react since he starts feeling weird lately, but he doesn’t mind the rumors at all. ( *´艸`)ｸｽｯ♪ He returns the question, and Kureha says she doesn’t mind either since it’s with Rikuto. He tells her not to think too much about this since he doesn’t want things to be awkward between them. But even though he’s happy with their current “Rikuto and his helper” relationship, Kureha is not.
During the school festival, Rikuto comes to the cotton candy stand after hearing Kureha singing a cotton candy song to attract customers. The swimming club is holding a charity body building competition, and he wants Kureha to help out. How? By fangirling over him as he shows off his brawny muscles on the pool platform, inviting more audience to watch the show. ﾌﾟｯ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ It’s really embarrassing for Kureha since her last line was “パンツサイコー！”, but Rikuto pats her head saying he’s really grateful for her help. Before leaving he says he loves her fluffy hair, and suddenly Kureha finds herself in a really good mood.
Rikuto asks Kureha to cover for him during class the next day. He’s going to get his forgotten homework back at home, so he wants Kureha to fill his empty seat. After school she goes to unleash her rage on him since it definitely wasn’t a pleasant experience, and his teammate tells her Rikuto went to the gym earlier. There she finds him sleeping only in his swimsuit, so naturally he feels cold when he wakes up. Instead of listening to her rage, Rikuto hugs her and rolls the mattress around them — keeping him warm while staying hidden from everyone else. (*ﾉ∀ﾉ)ｲﾔﾝ As if being half naked isn’t enough, Rikuto also whispers “you’re warm” in Kureha’s ears while still hugging her. ||萌||ョ´∀`。)萌えぇ～↑ In the end they both fall asleep that way, waking up when it’s already dark outside lol.
At night Kureha asks her mother to teach her how to make fried eggs. Rikuto was eyeing her bentou earlier today, so starting for tomorrow she wants to make one for him too. Of course Kureha doesn’t say this directly, but her mother knows that she has found a guy she likes. (。-∀-)ﾆﾋｯ♪ The next day Rikuto pokes her cheek while apologizing for yesterday, and she had fun teasing him before she finally gives him the bentou lol. He gulps it down with a happy look on his face, and he offers her another ride to the station after school. Kureha refuses since his fangirls will stare at her again, but Rikuto grabs her arm saying he wants to walk home with her. People can say whatever they want to say, he doesn’t care. (*´∀`*)
Thanks to Kureha’s help, Rikuto managed to secure two subjects.. out of ten. His grades are there on the very bottom of the cliff, so Kureha helps him do the remaining assignments in his room. Rikuto makes some mixed curry for their dinner, which tastes super nasty though he thinks it’s delicious. (*ﾉ∀｀)ﾟo｡ｱﾋｬｬ Since Rikuto’s living alone, it’s been a while since he had dinner with someone else. He tells Kureha he used to live with his mother until she remarried, but sadly he doesn’t get along with his new family.. so he moves out. There are times when he feels lonely, and Kureha realized he makes this nasty curry just to have dinner with her.
Aside from student council and swimming club, Rikuto also does volunteer works outside of school. He invites Kureha to come along, and they go to a nursing home on Sunday. As Rikuto greets the old people there, Kureha realized this is the first time she ever saw this side of him. He knows how lonely it feels to live away from your family, so he often comes here to keep them company. The old ladies are teasing Rikuto for bringing his “cute girlfriend”, and Kureha blushes when he doesn’t deny it. Though she also tells them that Rikuto is a good man indeed. ||萌||ョ´∀`。)萌えぇ～↑
Suddenly Eraser-kun rings the alarm and soon a Mexican-style demon appears in front of them, proudly throwing オレオレ scam lines as he makes his entrance. Kureha quickly defeats the demon, but she quickly transforms back since her Red Hurricane is going towards the old people. Even though she already apologized to everyone, Rikuto gets angry at Kureha for not thinking about their safety. All Kureha wanted to do was to help him protecting the old people, but in the end her actions put them in danger instead. Rikuto says she doesn’t understand anything, and Kureha runs off in tears. She knows she made a terrible mistake, but his anger shocked her more than anything else.
The next day Rikuto greets her as usual on their way to school. He apologized for what he said yesterday and thanks her for helping his volunteer work, but Kureha avoids him. When Ryuuichi asks why she’s still feeling terrible even after Rikuto apologized, she finally realized it’s because she loves him. She can’t face him properly after what happened yesterday. On her way home Kureha bumps into some delinquents and gets attacked, but Rikuto comes to save her before she can transform. Since violence is not allowed, he strips and scares them off with his gachimuchi body. (*ﾉ∀｀)ﾟo｡ｱﾋｬｬ
As he drives her home on his bike, Rikuto asks Kureha to come to his swimming competition this weekend. She says he can order her instead of asking, since she’s nothing more than just a “helper” to him. After a short silence, Rikuto only says that he’ll be waiting for her to come. His unclear answer makes Kureha even more confused, and she ends up going to school to clear up her mind. Mitsuki and Ryuuichi tells her to go and watch Rikuto’s competition already, but she says she won’t go.. she’s just a helper after all.
However, Ryuuichi says Rikuto can’t express himself really well ever since they were small. People tend misunderstand him a lot, and it got even worse after he starts living alone. Ryuuichi gets irritated too sometimes, so he knows Kureha feels sad because Rikuto doesn’t give her a clear answer. But even if Rikuto calls her his “helper” all the time, he’s probably trying to say that she’s his “lover” instead. Kureha runs off to see Rikuto after hearing this.. and Ryuuichi tells Mitsuki the last part was just a lie to push her back. ｱﾋｬﾋｬヽ(*ﾟ∀ﾟ)ﾉｱﾋｬﾋｬ
When Kureha arrived at the pool, Rikuto’s match is about to start. She apologized for avoiding him and acting thorny for the past few days, but Rikuto smiles saying “it’s okay, as long as you’re here” ||萌||ョ´∀`。)萌えぇ～↑ Her presence blows away all his fear and anxiety, and he can swim with all his might now that she’s here. Before Kureha can confess, suddenly the alarm starts ringing and Eraser-kun jumps out saying there’s a demon in the gym storage. She tells Rikuto to just focus on his match since he’s been working hard just for today. He agrees and promises to catch up as soon as he’s done with the match, saying he’ll give his victory award to her.
Ryuuichi and Mitsuki joins Kureha on the way, and in the gym storage they find a vaulting box demon called Tobibakoon (CV: Yoshino Hiroyuki). (*ﾉ∀｀)ﾟo｡ｱﾋｬｬ He’s pissed since people really love him during elementary school, but in high school they’re more interested in love and fashion while he remains ignored in the storage. Not to mention a very certain couple came to “make out on the mattress” right beside him, pissing him off even more.. and Kureha’s reaction is simply “oh that was us”. ﾌﾟｯ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ She’s pissed too that he’s disturbing her love confession, so she kicks his demon ass by herself — leaving nothing for Ryuuichi and Mitsuki to fight. They even feel sorry for the demon Y⌒Y⌒Y⌒Y⌒Y⌒(。A。)ｱﾋｬﾋｬﾋｬﾋｬ!!
After the battle, Kureha rushes back to the pool. Rikuto is announced as the winner just when she arrived, and Misaki pushes him towards Kureha so they can continue their confession earlier. Kureha finally tells Rikuto her feelings, and Rikuto says he loves her too. He tells her he won’t let her go, then he kisses her in front of the whole audience. ||萌||ョ´∀`。)萌えぇ～↑ Misaki even snatches the announcer’s microphone just to congratulate them lol. As everyone gives them a big applause, she touches his hand and he holds her hand back. (｡￫∀￩｡)ｷｬﾊ♡ Just as he promised, Rikuto gives his victory award to Kureha after that.
Some days after Rikuto won the swimming competition, he takes Kureha to the nursing home after school, where he reads a confession certificate to her in front of the old people there. At first he wanted to give her his victory award, but he decided to write this by himself. Rikuto says he can’t be without her, and he wants her to stay with him and support him forever. When Kureha accepts and cries happy tears, the old ladies tell them to kiss in front of them.. so she kisses the embarrassed Rikuto on the cheek. (*´∀`*)
To celebrate Rikuto’s victory, everyone goes to his room for a curry party. Rikuto tells them that tonight’s curry is his masterpiece, but apparently cooking with Ryuuichi doesn’t make his nasty curry taste any better. ﾌﾟｯ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ After dinner Kureha gives Rikuto a glasses as his victory present, and he says she’s beautiful now that he can see her clearly. He mutters “I fell in love all over again” and Kureha almost confessed to him when Ryuuichi interrupts, telling them to do their love scene after Mitsuki and him go home. (*ﾉ∀｀)ﾟo｡ｱﾋｬｬ
OMG Rikuto is so adorable beyond words. ||萌||ョ´∀`。)萌えぇ～↑ His whole route is more like a high school romance with a little bit sentai thrown in, but every single scene in this route is SO cute. The funny moments made me laugh so hard tears were coming out, especially when she goes to wash his stinky towel. (*ﾉ∀｀)ﾟo｡ｱﾋｬｬ It’s really fun to watch their relationship grows too. Normally I don’t like it when a girl avoids the guy she likes, but here I can relate to Kureha even when she’s being complicated. Also, the endings made me melt into a puddle of goo.