Feb 05, 2013 at 03:02AM EST0
But it’s not coercion. Hisao didn’t force Hanako to do anything, she acted out of unrestricted free will based on her own motivations. Hisao didn’t extort anything or act to manipulate her will; they both saw it as the best action to have taken under the circumstances. I understand the complex and often very ambiguous nature of consent, but this isn’t the face of a rape victim. You can argue the legal semantics of it all you want, but that’s about as concrete an indicator as it gets.
And as for the next point, that’s again presupposing that Hanako feels there’s anything to forgive. It’s been a while since I’ve played through her path but as far as I remember it was very much a joint mistake. (I’d also like to point out that I think making the distinction between what can and can’t happen in the realm of fiction is far too deep a rabbit hole to get into.)
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