Oh wow. I didn’t expect this to be so heartwarming and encouraging. Sure, it still talks about how tiring and downright hard it can be to try and exist while trans in society. However, the main message of the game feels like that you will find people who listen, really care about you, and just treat you like a damned human being - and that you should keep those people close.
I especially love the ending you get right at the start if you chose that going to the hot springs would be just too hard for you. In the little epilogue the game has for each ending the epilogue for that ending is that Manami called Haru back and decided to go to a theme park instead of a hot springs for her birthday. The way the conversation on the phone goes with Manami when she asks Haru if she wants to go to the hot springs and this epilogue really convey that Manami cares a lot about making sure Haru is comfortable, and that she really wants her to be there for her birthday trip.
Also, I find it really nice that this ending is just called the “Normal Ending”. The game isn’t saying it’s a bad thing if Haru decides that going to the hot springs is just too hard for her, something like that is a normal decision to have to make as a trans person sometimes. However, yes, one of the endings where you go to the hot springs is called the “Good Ending”. And the game ultimately is saying that every now and then putting yourself in a situation that really makes you uncomfortable can be a good experience. If Haru puts herself out there and decides to try and have a good time and worry less about what other people think, she does in the end seem to have a good time at the hot springs. And she gets to meet Erika who, although being a bit inconsiderate, does really seem to have good intentions towards Haru and view her as a woman. So, the game is still saying that struggling through social situations that can be really really hard for a trans woman can sometimes be positive experiences in the end, but it also understands that sometimes that is just too much and that’s normal.
So yeah, thanks for sharing! I loved this and would echo the recommendation that people try it; it takes less than half an hour for just one play through!