so i just finished a playthrough of ks where whenever i encountered a decision, i would stop and think really hard on what i would do if i were in that same position in real life (so basically i tried to role-play). i got kenji's route and died. confused as all hell, i looked at the flowchart and tried to find out where i screwed up. while doing this, i noticed something rather interesting. all of the choices i made were, for lack of a better term, passive. in my playthrough, i chose to be more introverted and unassertive. as a result, i ended up dead.
looking into it a bit more, i found that in all but 2 of the ways you end up dead hisao acts rather introverted (and the only reason i had 2 exeptions was because they were on sizune's path, and i have yet to play it so i have no idea what happens there.). if anyone else can confirm that what i said about the other instances where hisao dies holds true to these endings, that would be much appreciated. however, in all the cases where he lands on one of the paths, he asserts himself to be more social, and ends up on one of the girl's paths.
now i could go on a massive side tangent about how it is great that ks is using it's mechanics to deliver a theme, it's getting late and i wanna go to bed so ill make this quick (I will make on on request). the only way you are ever going to be in a relationship, be it intimate or not, you have to put yourself out there. i may be a hypocrite on saying this, as i am rather introverted myself. But that doesn't exclude the fact that just sitting on a pc and saying
>tfw no gf on funny junk isnt going to solve any problems.
tl;dr, being open with people is the only way to start a relationship with them.
ill get off my soapbox now. thanks for listening to my ramblings written at 2 am.