フォルティッシモ Fortissimo – Tsukishiro Souta

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Tsukishiro (CV: Taniyama Kishou) is the manager of James Entertainment whom is Futaba’s boss. He was also the former manager of fortte. Tsukishiro is very strict and anal but does genuinely care about Futaba and how well she does in her job.

He decides to take her out for dinner to encourage her but to also give her advice and assure she doesn’t make any misunderstandings happen with the idols. But Futaba reassures him she’s not interested in them like that anyway. Suddenly Matsunaga appears and teases Tsukishiro and even asks if he’ll let him interview him. Futaba can clearly tell they had some sort of relationship prior (since he calls Matsunaga senpai) but doesn’t ask.

One day Futaba’s brother decides to come visit her at her workplace since she’s always too busy to meet him. He asks whats keeping her so busy and suddenly Tsukishiro appears asking what all the ruckus is about. He encounters her brother who heard all about Tsukishiro as an ogre manager from Futaba lmao. He begs him to tell him how Futaba is doing so they talk in his office. As Futaba is grabbing tea, she overhears Tsukishiro tell her brother she’s doing very well as a manager. Just as he mentions her getting married she flips out and reveals she was listening to their conversation. She apologizes later but Tuskishiro admits he really did mean it and does think she’s doing a good job.

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One day, while Eiichi and Futaba are working on photos, they spot a box with a magazine in it. When Eiichi opens it up it has Tsukishiro on the front as an idol. Futaba is surprised but Eiichi explains that Tsukishiro used to be an idol before them. After looking at another magazine, he quit being an idol then joined a metal band. It didn’t sell well so he quit that as well but thats where the name “Vicious” came from (whom Matsunaga calls him all the time). Tsukishiro finds them looking at the magazine and tells them to put it away immediately and throws it in the garbage lmao.

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When Futaba decides to go to America to bring back Fuuto, Tsukishiro decides to go with her for assurance. When they meet with Fuuto, he immediately refuses to talk with Futaba. So they try again and Futaba does dogeza begging him to talk but he tells her to leave. Tsukishiro helps her up and in doing so her slips into his chest and apologizes since she’s dirty from being on the ground. He gives her a handkerchief to wipe her face and promises to convince him the next day. So the next day Fuuto is still reluctant until Tsukishiro lashes out at him and says Futaba came all this way so she at least deserves to be talked with. So finally he accepts and ends up going back. That night, Tsukishiro and Futaba celebrate by having drinks and Futaba gets too tipsy to the point of falling over (and him catching her) so he tells her to pace herself lol.

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After celebrating the live that Fuuto performs with the rest of Fortte, Futaba goes qith Tsukishiro to a bar to greet sponsors. There’s one in particular that gets Futaba super drunk and offers to take her someplace (yeah ew) but Tsukishiro helps just in time and tells him she’s her responsibility. She ends up blacking out and wakes up at a hotel where Tsukishiro is there. He tells her to rest but she insists to leave and starts crying about how she’s always causing trouble for him and asks why he’s so nice. Then he holds her down and gives her his reason and kisses her and admits he’s attracted to her. Next morning Tsukishiro acts like nothing happened but Futaba still vaguely remembers.

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So after half a year Tsukishiro is super busy and its rumored he’s getting a promotion so he doesn’t see Futaba as much. So one day Futaba goes back to the office to meet Tsukishiro. She tells him she wants to talk so he drives her to a quiet area. He admits he does have feelings for her but doesn’t want to complicate her feelings since she still may habor feelings for Eiichi (she liked him in this route I guess). So he tells her he’ll wait and doesn’t need an answer now but he’s going to be promoted to a director soon so she won’t be working under him anymore. Just as they decide to leave Futaba realizes that she is in love with him.

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So Futaba gets a call from Matsunaga and mwets with him and Tsukishiro. He tries to blackmail Futaba to join him or he’ll publish scandal photos. So Tsukishiro lets him use his old photos in his idol days instead which he agrees to. So a celebration party is held for Tsukishiro and his promotion. All of fortte notice Futaba seems off ao they decide to lie about Futaba being drunk so Tsukishiro will take her home. So on the way Futaba starts crying saying she’ll miss Tsukishiro since he won’t be working with her anymore and he hugs her to comfort her. He again confesses he loves her and asks for an answer to his feelings. She finally admits she loves him to and he tells her he’s glad he didn’t give up on her.

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After that, Tsukishiro and Futaba unfortunately don’t meet as much and are busy with their work but make time to go on dates occasionally. Futaba meets with Tsukishiro one night and Futaba asks about a watch Tsukishiro has and he says it was like a momento to him but now he has something more precious which is her 😙.

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He hugs her close and calls her Futaba which makss her go dokidokis and they kiss. So before Matsunaga’s article is officially posted, he sends pictures to Futaba of Tsukishiro half naked and when he sees her looking at them he flips and grabs it from her lmao. Tsukishiro then invites Futaba for lunch and gives her a watch saying he wants to marry her someday. In the carnivorous end, Futaba goes with Tsukishiro on a business trip and ends up accidently telling him she was in the same hotel room as Eiichi once. He gets jelly so she finds it cute and so they bang in the hotel room lol. Back at work Futaba gives Tsukishiro a report on her work and decide to sneak in a kiss so then he gets thirsty and kisses her and boi does she want him to lmao.

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Thoughts: I guess this was my favorite route but wow I had to plow through garbage to get to it. Tsukishiro was actually really cute at times and I really enjoyed him as a character. Its funny because he’s not an idol character so its like, well… he’s the one who felt more genuine I guess. I mean I personally think the development of plot and romance in this game is half assed but at least he had some good romance scenes cause he’s hawt. He’s not too thirsty either and actually respects Futaba and the work she does (instead of complaining constantly like the idols do). If I were to pick Futaba to be with one of the guys I’d definitely choose Tsukishiro cause its the safest route of all with no scandals or gross shit to uncover. Cause the only secret Tsukishiro had was that he was a past idol and its pretty hilarious if anything.

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