Love Letter from Thief X –Atsumu Kashiwabara – Season 1 Main Story Review –Voltage Inc
The Fortune Telling-Obsessed Slacker Boss
Who’d have thought that behind those glasses and that douche-bag beard there would be an amazing man who can overcome any obstacle and capture any heart? Despite is protestations that he is just an old man; Atsumu is very self-assured and confident in himself. Once a master thief and now the boss of the Black Foxes he takes care of the boys as though they are his own siblings. Protective, caring and secretly reliable, Atsumu paints the perfect picture of an older man who is worldly, capable and comfortable in his own skin.
‘Love Letter from Thief X’ is the readers chance to live the life of our MC, a young curator for a local museum, who gets tangled up, for better or worse, with a group of modern day Robin Hoods known as ‘The Black Foxes’. Intent on recovering works of art from criminals and returning them to their rightful owners, this good-looking group of men ask the MC for her help to save a masterpiece created by her great-grandfather, the Japanese Leonardo Da Vinci. This otome game produced by Voltage inc, is available for IOS an Android users to enjoy and is one of the longest running games by Voltage.
Atsumu doesn’t usually go out on field assignments; instead he uses his contacts and Intel to track down information on important artwork. He has friends in high places with the police, the government and other organisations and uses his connections to help the Black Foxes with their missions.
When the MC chooses to stay with ‘Boss’ it just sort of made sense. He manages the ‘Black Foxes and their missions from afar, so in theory she should be safe, plus he has spare rooms above LRN for her to stay in and a place for her to work. I’m a fan of the older voltage man because there is something very soothing about being taken care of by someone who has seen it and done it all before, with this being the case both the MC and I felt very comfortable with him from the start.
I have to say that there is one thing that bothered me about the relationship between the MC and Atsumu and that was just how long she called him ‘Boss’! I would have liked to have seen them become more familiar with each other as their relationship became more friendly but in the end it isn’t until they confess their feelings for one another that she finally loosens up enough to use his actual name and even then she takes some convincing.
Obviously when you play these games, as an English person, there is a slight cultural variance that you have to adjust to and I am used to the MC and the protagonist calling each other by their last names for much of the story. In fact, I have really come to enjoy that moment when the characters change how they address each other as it is romantic and embarrassing and the MC has the opportunity to act a little coy; plus there is something incredibly sensual about an MC using her partner’s name for the first time during an intimate moment! I have always enjoyed this about Voltage stories, but in this case, the MC isn’t using his surname or even a nickname but is instead using a title as a form of address pretty much for start to finish. Come on, girl! Use some initiative, ‘Atsumu’ has a really lovely ring to it and I am sure he’d love to hear it in the voice of the woman he loves.
Anyway, honorifics and manners aside, Atsumu uses good-natured teasing and his charms to make the MC feel comfortable and happy but there is something behind his cheerful disposition which the MC can’t quite put her finger on. Though he acts as though he is not interested and banters light-heartedly with the Black Foxes while they are on their missions he is actually paying very close attention to everything that is happening and remains on standby should they need him. The moment the situation looks like it is straying from plan, Atsumu is on his feet and rushing in to save his childhood friends, on top of this he proves to be surprisingly resourceful and energetic in the face of danger. Atsumu has a love of fortune-telling which suits his frivolous personality but he actually uses this love of the unknown to make decisions quickly, trusting his instincts and freeing his mind up to focus on a plan. Atsumu is wisely uses his playful, cheerful side to bolster the morale of the Black Foxes whilst he watches over them like a parent would, protecting them from the dangers of their missions, the world at large and most of all the pain in his heart.
As the story goes on you begin to realise that Atsumu’s cheerfulness is not much more than a mask and that there is a deeper sadness underneath which he is protecting himself and the others from. Why did Atsumu stop being a thief in the first place? And why does he cry alone? Continue reading