Yeah, I freaking hate the angst. Or, at least certain kinds of angst. I don’t think I could stand playing a serious, non-physical sort with M. It’s painful enough reading it with someone who was up for a one night romp. I think the combination of the diner incident, the way M acted when they were handing out flyers (and the scene with Sin), and whatever asshole moment we will get in chapter 7 or 8 (to remind us that M is a jerk), she’s going to make A look less repressed. She will either avoid M as much as possible or she’ll bang and run and just turn to stone when he goes all nice and sweet, since she knows what comes next. It’s like Pavlov’s dog with M—a few times of the hot/sweet/asshole troika and the MC will be prepared for which stage in the cycle M is at.
With A, there’s no avoiding the angst, but pairing him with someone who is a free spirit type who is attracted but “knows” it would never work is about the best I could get–she gets annoyed with him on occasion and will walk away every chance she gets (like at the square, before work), but she doesn’t get hurt until Sera forces her to be hurt, and that seems to be working well enough to avoid the largest amount of angst. I tried the overly bold, cheery MC but she grated on me and it came off as creepy and stalkerish doing that with a guy who makes it clear he’s’ not interested. So free spirit with flashes of temper it is!
I don’t think the N and F fans know how easy they have it. Sure, N is overly protective to the MC and F is kinda clingy but there’s no angst. It’s just all sweetness and light. I had to stick a somewhat crass, kinda decent fighter MC with N because that path was too sweet for me. It’s fun to press his buttons. With F, it’s like a teen romance all the way, and sticking him with an MC that kinda freaks out over things (and is ridiculously lazy) is hilarious because they are both basically useless in a crisis.
I mean, I’m sure those two paths will have angst, since Sera is addicted to it, but it’ll likely be of the variety where N or F and the MC are all supportive of each other and it’s the LI sharing their pain and that kind of thing. Like… a real relationship, whereas A and M get the non-relationship rollercoaster variety angst of the LI being mean/distant/cold/resistant/etc. and all that crap. So yeah, the N and F fans have it ridiculously easy.