Before moving on to new releases, I’m going to write up posts for two games on my queue. The first one is this game, the first installment in the Double Score series. The main theme is “age gap”, and it’s much sweeter than I expected. :D
Shinozawa Mai is a high school student working in Kamizono Shrine, which is famous for supporting and granting love fortunes. Those who are chosen are allowed to enter a special area deep inside the shrine grounds, where a small shrine is standing—surrounded by flowers. These flowers bloom regardless of seasons, granting blessings at all times. Mai’s parents received their blessings in the past, and she’s dreaming to experience a dramatic love like they did. Little did she know that two of the blooming flowers will guide her to her fated one. This game focuses on Suoh Issei and Todaka Yousuke.
The story begins in October. After school, Mai gets invited to eat some crepes by Mori Kengo—a classmate who clearly has a crush on her. Mai’s best friend, Aihara Miki, points out that he only wants to have an after school date, but sadly for him… Mai will be working until late hours today. Miki jokingly offers to accompany him instead, only to reveal that she has a date with her boyfriend—which is the same as rubbing salt to the poor guy’s wound. (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧ Feeling bad for Mori, Mai promises to go with him tomorrow. She dashes off to Kamizono Shrine after that, where she gets bullied by her sadistic boss, Kamizono Kyouga, for being late. Mai’s parents often took her to the shrine when she was small, and Kyouga—being an angelic being that he is—often played with her. The shrine has a lot of girls applying to become their shrine maiden, but Kyouga gave the position to Mai instead. Because he’s just THAT kind. ヽ(*´ー`*)ﾉ Kyouga also went to the same high school and university as Mai’s cousin, and so they go way back.
Anyway, Kyouga says they have work today. He takes Mai deep into the “sanctuary” of the shrine, the place where the flowers of love are blooming around a small shrine. Only a few people are allowed to enter, but she’s always been allowed to walk into the sanctuary—she often played there when she was younger. Mai asks if they have to do a flower delivery, and Kyouga nods. He explains that the god of the shrine appeared in his dream last night, personally asking him to do it. The flowers that are blooming right now are cosmos and camellia, and the shrine sells goods based on flowers which are blooming at the moment. They make charms from pressed flowers, fortune sheets, votive picture tablets, and even postcards and stickers… but for now, Mai has to deliver the flowers first. Each flower is to be delivered to a certain person, and she can only choose one—not both.
Delivering the cosmos will lead Mai to Suoh Issei, while the camellia will bring her to Todaka Yousuke.
P.S. I will refer to both men with their first names to match the LE short story.