Mao had always been a cutie in other storylines I played – he even confessed to me in Shin’s story, which wrecked so much havoc in my head – so I was excited to get to his story as a love interest this time. Will the adorable kitty pounce? Let’s find out:
Mao is surprised that I choose him.
Mao immediately gets the both of us on a first name basis. I’m surprised at the familarity, and Shin grabs the chance to tease Mao over his last name – Nekomiya means cat palace, which totally suits him. Mao says to just call him by his first name.
Shin chimes in to call him right away if Mao tries anything on me. I think I should be more wary of you, Shin.
Tasuku also observes that Mao is super popular at his university. That’s kind of a non sequitur, unless Tasuku’s trying to set me up with Mao on the get-go…? I learn that Mao’s a sophomore at university, and realise that he’s younger than me. I note that it makes sense since he acts like one, and that he’s innocent, cheerful, and the easiest one to talk to.
Anyway, Mao shows me around the house.
Anyway, Mao shows me around and we head upstairs to the balcony, where we have a little chat. I talk about my excitement at working at the clothing store here, and Mao discloses that he likes clothes too – and we should go shopping together sometime. We chat for a bit more, and I feel glad to have chosen Mao as my house buddy.
The next morning, I prepare breakfast, but Mao passes by like a hurricane thanks to him oversleeping for a class. Tasuku tells him that breakfast is good, and Mao perks up, but decides to forgo it as he cannot afford to be late anymore for the class. Seeing him so flustered and full of energy puts a smile on my face.
I head to my first day at work. Everyone seems nice, and I feel really happy at how everything in my life is going smoothly. I go back to an empty shared house at the end of the day. Mao finally comes home, and he expresses surprise at my being there all alone.
Mao adds on that he was invited for drinks with his friends, but he refused, as it’s a full moon today. Huh?
We chat for hours while drinking. I mentioned how envious I am of college life – how fun it is. And then I ask Mao a question:
I exclaim how that’s such a waste, and that Mao should find someone, noting how guys like Mao were super popular at my college. I glance out the window to see the full moon out of his window.
I realise that we’re sitting very close together.
On to episode 2!
Mao grabs my arm. I ask Mao if he’s drunk, to which he denies. “Let’s just try it once,” he says. I insist that he’s drunk, and offer to get water for him. “You’re wrong,” he claims.
Mao looks at me ‘with lusty eyes’. LOL like this? 😍
I touch those potentially tumourous lumps and find them to be soft. They look like cat ears. Mao explains that he can’t hide his cat ears on the night of the full moon, and expresses surprise that I’m able to. This is also the reason why he doesn’t hang out with his friends at full moon.
The next day, I approach Yoshii-san at the real estate agency. Apparently, I’d taken the opportunity to dash out of Mao’s room the moment Tasuku came home last night. Tasuku approached me after he noticed Mao’s ears, and warned me over being careful during the full moon – that Shin will turn into a wolf, Hyouko into a fox, and himself into a unicorn.
Back to the present, I confront Yoshii-san about these beastly shenanigans.
“Somebody attacked me on the first day I moved in,” I admitted. I voice my desire to move out.
After exclaiming how that’s impossible for me, Yoshii-san concedes by saying he’ll let me move out if I can find out more details about my beastly housemates, as they’ve been going out at night recently and he wants to find out what exactly they’re doing. Such a snoop, Yoshii-san.
Oh, and Yoshii-san forgot to tell me one more thing:
I go back to the shared house to find Tasuku and Mao at home. Mao approaches me asking if I have some free time for a little talk.
We sit in silence before Mao speaks up.
Mao emphasizes that he didn’t mean to hurt me, and that he never knew that he could act like he did last night. I reply that I understand. Mao continues by saying that he’s immature, which is why he can’t control himself – everyone in this house teases him about still being a kid.
“What?!” Mao exclaims. I respond by saying that I was surprised, but that’s okay, as he’s a cat after all. I reflect that Mao is very kind and easy to talk to despite being a beast. I mention that Mao doesn’t have to worry about it.
We continue talking on the balcony long after that, and I reflect that our personalities match really well, like good friends. On to episode 3.
I make breakfast the next day. Tasuku thanks me for the meal, as he does everyday.
Shin enquires about the whereabouts of Mao, wondering if he overslept again. Mao enters the living room replying that he’s awake, and that Shin shouldn’t act like he’s king since it’s his first time at the breakfast table. I bring Mao his breakfast.
I’d made a smoothie with some citrus fruits and had put a sliced lemon as a topping. Apparently, Mao isn’t good with sour food. He’s surprised that I am, though. Shin and Tasuku find the smoothie to their satisfaction despite it being sour, but Mao is now worried that I still hold a grudge against him.
Quick on the uptake, Shin asks if something happened between me and Mao, to which I deny. Tasuku wonders if I often drinks these kinds of drinks.
In the end, I bring milk for Mao.
I go to work and search up on stuff on my phone. Looks like cats don’t like spicy food. My co-worker comes up to me and asks if I have a cat, to which I respond that I don’t, but am curious about them. I let my co-worker gush about her cat with a hot-cold personality. After work, I see Mao walk home from the station and catch up to him. I ask if he’s headed home, but it looks like he’s going for drinks with his friends. Oh.
“Looks like fun,” I say.
Mao however, looks angry while he says that it’s not. I talk to him about treasuring friendships, since I rarely have time to hang out with my friends now that we’ve all started working.
Mao confesses that he’s never fallen in love before, even though he’s hung out with girls. He concludes that he doesn’t know how to treat human women after all. I ask in surprise if he’s okay with falling in love with a human.
Mao asks if I’ve ever fallen in love with a human before. I reply that I never really got together with anyone. Mao talks a bit about how he never had a choice until now that he’s found a female cat. While staring at me. Ahem. I realise that I’ve been keeping him, and promise to talk more some other time. Mao offers to walk me home, but I assure him that I’m fine, that he should join his friends. And so we part ways.
On to Episode 4!
I leave the shared house at my usual time the next day, to find a man standing in front of the house. However, I head on to the station without approaching him. We find him surprised that I live at the shared house.
At work, a different co-worker approaches me while I’m on break. Her eyes are red and puffy, and I find out that she broke up with her boyfriend the day before. She came out of this relationship with the opinion that dating older men is the better choice after all, as her ex was six years younger than her – a college student. Apparently, he wanted to break up after he got a job. She concludes that older guys are more mature and better dating material.
I ruminate on my co-workers words as I walk home at the end of the day. I think about Mao, who’s also younger than me. However, I keep coming back to how dating Mao would be a lot of fun. Just then, I spot Mao at the station walking with a girl. I watch as the girl let go of Mao’s sleeve and go through the ticket gate. I run up to him and call out his name.
Along the way, I ask Mao if the girl is his girlfriend.
Mao denies it, saying that she’s just his friend. I’m taken aback by how firmly he denies it. Back at the shared house, Mao heads for his room without saying anything. I go to the living room to find Tasuku and Shin there.
Tasuku and Shin head out, leaving Mao and I in charge of relaying the incident to Hyouko when he comes home.
Mao explains that someone has been attacking and killing beasts for a while before I arrived. He continues by saying that Tasuku believes that it’s the work of Specters.
Mao confesses that they occasionally go out to investigate these incidents in order to find out more about them, as they aren’t able to rely on human police. I mull over how I’ve found out what Yoshii-san tasked me to do.
Hyouko came back and immediately ran after Tasuku and Shin after he learnt of the incident. I’d fallen asleep by the time the three of them returned. The next morning, I make breakfast before embarking on the herculean task of cleaning the house, since it’s my day off. I go to the entrance, intending to clean it, when I see a cute girl standing outside. Upon a closer look, I realised that she was the girl who was with Mao the night before.
I call out to the girl, and she asks if Mao is in the house. I reply that he’s not, and ask if she’s Mao’s friend.
That night, Mao is begging Tasuku to help me put in a good word with his professor regarding his failing class. Tasuku refuses, and Mao complains about how he isn’t able to graduate now that he doesn’t have enough credits. I advise Mao to ask his professor again instead of Tasuku, which he seems to heed. I bring up Aika Tanaka, and noted that she asked if Mao was around when I met her this morning.
I ask Mao if he had quarrelled with her, but Mao denies it. He looks so angry that I decide not to continue this line of probing. Changing the subject, Mao asks if I’m free this weekend. I am, and so we make a date to go shopping like he suggested when we first met.
Tasuku notes that both Mao and I seem to be getting pretty close.
Tasuku mentions that he’s worried about Mao since he has a lot of opportunities to mingle with humans. He ends the conversation by saying that as long as I know this rule, things should be fine. I wonder if Tasuku has figured out that I’m a human, and remind myself to be more careful.
Saturday comes along, and my shopping date with Mao is about to commence. Our plan is to go to the city center and have him show me the popular and interesting stores. I’m a little nervous about hanging out with him for the first time today, despite being such good friends that I can talk to him without reserve.
Mao casually holds out his hand for me to catch up with him while crossing the road. I hesitate, so he grabs onto mine. Sneaky! We ran across the crowded crosswalk while holding hands. I realise how large his hand is, and my hearts thuds thanks to his firm grip on my hand. We let go once we reach the other side of the road though.
I don’t know what will happen today. Such confused feels. For some reason, I’m always thinking about Mao now.
We head for lunch first.
After lunch, we head to one of the popular malls. It’s so crowded that I find myself having difficulty navigating the place. Mao senses my plight and takes my hand again.
We go shopping, and I’m really excited about all the stores. After our trip, we talk about how satisfying it as that we were able to find awesome stuff. Mao leaves to find the restroom, and I notice that Aika is here as well. She approaches and asks if I’m going to take Mao away from her.
“What?” I reply dumbfounded.
Mao returns, and Aika confronts him on him never answering his phone. He tells her to quit her theatrics, as we’re in a store right now.
Aika glares at me before accusing Mao of not dating her even though they kissed, to which Mao retorts that she kissed him because she was drunk that one time. OH MY, THE DRAMA. Aika leaves in a huff after announcing that she’ll never talk to him anymore. Mao apologises to me for the ruckus, and we leave.
We head back home. Mao apologises for ruining the day once again. I tell Mao not to blame Aika, because even though I don’t know what happened between the both of them, I can tell that she really likes him, and that they should talk it over. I stressed the importance of putting his feelings and thoughts across to her. I look up to see a man standing in front of us, staring at us with red eyes.
Mao steps forward to protect me. The man attacks Mao, but Mao scratches the man’s face with his claws. The man slumps onto the ground clutching his face, before disappearing into a black smoke. I ask Mao what just happened, and he explains that the man was a low-level Specter who couldn’t control the body that it had taken over. Mao wraps his arms around me to comfort my shaken self, and I rue over my growing feelings for him. We hurry home to the shared house where it’s safe.
On to episode 7, I go back to my room and realise that I’m falling in love with Mao, a beast. I decide to drown myself in my thoughts in the living room, when I heard someone come home at 1am. It was Hyouko, who tells me that he usually comes home around this time. I tell him to take care of himself.
Hyouko chuckles and admits that he caught the flu last year for the first time.
The next day, I leave the house after making breakfast for everyone. I drop by Yoshii-san’s agency. I told him that I saw a Specter the night before.
I head for work after visiting Yoshii-san, and come back home at the end of the day. Tasuku is watching a TV programme with Shin on it. Surprisingly, Hyouko is also home. Turns out that Tasuku was asked to record the show for Shin.
Anyway, I can’t take my eyes off Shin, and comment that he’s very good-looking. Tasuku asks if I’m interested in Shin, which I deny – I simply thought that he was cool, is all. Mao comes down to the living room and joins us in watching Shin on TV. After the performance, Shin blows a kiss at the audience, and I just can’t help myself from exclaiming how cool he is.
Hyouko brings up the subject of Mao defeating the Specter the last night, querying if it’s true that Mao was out of shape.
Tasuku continues questioning Mao on it, and Mao says that he was able to bring out more power before the incident last night. Tasuku looks at Mao with worry.
Tasuku reiterates that he can’t fall in love with a human.
I go up to talk to Mao and knock on his door. He opens it up and asks if Hyouko and Tasuku asked me to come. “No,” I reply, “I’m the one who wanted to come myself.”
Anyway, Mao lets me into the room, and I sit on his bed (where is this going).
“Okay…” I say.
Mao continues by worrying about whether his powers will decrease if he worries about a woman even if he doesn’t love her. At this point, I find myself wondering why beasts lose their power when they fall in love with a human.
Mao seems slightly cheered up by my analysis, and I look up to find him gazing at me seriously. His unusually manly expression makes my heart throb.
It’s Aika. Figures.
Despite my selfish wishes, I urge Mao to go have a talk with the crying Aika, and after thinking about it, he leaves before thanking me. My heart aches painfully after he leaves, and I ask myself what on earth I’m doing. Sigh.
The next morning, I go down to the kitchen to make breakfast, and it looks like Mao didn’t come home.
I want to stop thinking about it, and I know that I can’t fall fall in love with the beasts. I know that. Thinking that, I start making breakfast.
Tasuku enters and asks if Mao came home. He asks if I knew what happened, and I told him about yesterday.
He adds that Mao is a bit weak-willed, and that nothing will be resolved if he keeps trying to run away from his problems. What. Anyway, it seems that talking this over with Tasuku makes my resolve stronger – I decide to leave the shared house as soon as possible.
It’s the end of the work day and I leave to go home. I kept thinking about Mao on my way home, and realise that someone was standing in front of the shared house as I neared it. I approach him.
I let him in anyway for him to explain the situation to whomever’s in the house. Tasuku and Shin are in the house.
I turn around to introduce the stranger to Tasuku, but Tasuku shouts for me to get away from him. I get shoved to the floor by the stranger as he starts to attack Tasuku.
The man bites Tasuku on the shoulder. I hope he’s not transmitting anything contagious. Meanwhile, Shin grabs the man from behind and pulls him off Tasuku.
Yoichi’s body is surrounded by a whirlwind as Tasuku gets up. “I need power! The power of a unicorn!” Yoichi shouts. I slowly connect the dots and realise that Yoichi is a Specter. He attacks Tasuku again and again, but this time, Tasuku fights back.
“Specter scum!” Tasuku retorts as he grabs Yoichi’s neck and drains him of his power.
Yoichi retaliates by slicing Tasuku’s hand and blasting Shin with just a look – Shin is thrown so hard against the wall that he loses consciousness. This doesn’t look good.
Yoichi heads towards me. I scream for help, but he freezes when he grabs my hand.
“Thanks for letting me in this house, human,” he says as he leaves.
What. Just. Happened.
I rush to Tasuku and Shin to find them badly hurt, and proceed to call Mao for help. Mao answers his phone and I relay the situation to him. Mao says that he’s at the station and will be right there. However, just before I hang up, I hear Aika’s voice on the other side of the phone.
Tasuku tells me to go get Mao, and so I run to the station to see him. I find Mao and Aika in front of the station, and it seems that Aika doesn’t want to let Mao go. I run to them and tell Mao that Tasuku wants him to come home right now, and ask Aika to let go of Mao.
Aika accuses me of lying, that I only want to take Mao away from her. At this point I’m all, bitchplz, but Anon is better-mannered than I am and so I don’t say anything.
Aika releases her grip on Mao’s hand. Mao apologises to her, but she only replies with a statement that she won’t forgive me before heading back into the station. Mao and I run back into the shared house.
Once we arrive, Tasuku tasks Mao to gather some medicinal herbs, and we set to treating the worst of their injuries. Tasuku asks if I was okay, and I reply that Yoichi didn’t attack me. I apologise for letting Yoichi in the house, but Tasuku reassures me by stating that Specters always try to manipulate others.
Tasuku admits that he’s known that I was not a beast for a while now, as I’m far too lacking in power for a beast. I was more like a human, so he had a hunch that I might be human. Occam’s Razor and all that, I guess.
I apologise to Tasuku, telling him that I didn’t mean to lie. He assures me that I won’t be chased out of the house just because I’m human.
However, Tasuku couches this with saying how they have more to be careful about with me being human – like you know, during the full moon, or their current problem with the Specters. They’ll have to protect me if me staying with them is putting myself in danger. Tasuku continues saying that it’s very likely that Mao is losing his power because he spends too much time with me – we get along well and Mao trusts me a lot.
This revelation gives me mixed feelings. It would be wonderful if Mao loves me. On the other hand, there’s still the issue of him not knowing that I’m not a beast. I ask Tasuku for his advice, so he tells me that it would be best to keep this a secret for the time being.
I leave Tasuku’s room after that, and Mao asks me about what we were talking about. I rebut that it’s none of his business and retire to my room where I cry over the way I treated him. Way to go Anon.
On to episode 10, I head to work after a sleepless night and keep thinking about Mao while dealing with customers. My co-worker asks me if I know the man standing in front of the store. It turns out to be Mao, who wants to talk to me. I tell him that I’m still on the clock, to which he replies that he can wait until I’m done. It seems that he really wants to talk to me, even though I tell him that I don’t know just when I would be done.
I get permission from my manager for an early break, and so I head to a cafe with Mao. He wants to know the details about the Specter yesterday. I tell him about how I let him in the shared house after he stood outside asking for help.
“I meant did you notice he was a Specter?” Mao clarified. I confirm that I did not.
“Or…” he continues. “Are you human?”
After a minute, I decide to confess to Mao that I’m human, and tell him everything.
I visit Yoshii-san after work, with the intention to move out.
Yoshii-san also agrees that it’s become too dangerous for me to stay there since I even invited a Specter into the house, and gives me some properties to look at. I leave his office and am consumed by thoughts of living apart from the beasts that I don’t notice some guys approaching me in the middle of the dark street.
Three guys stand in front of me. Oh hey, Aika’s there too. I ask her who the guys are.
Aika doesn’t care. She whispers to the men and they approach me and grab my wrists. Aika tells them to do whatever they want to me before leaving. OH HELL NO. I am forced into a car and transported to where a Mr. Domoto is waiting.
The Specter, going by the alias Shogo Domoto, grabs my wrist and shoves me back into the car, presumably heading to a party. We arrive in a vacant lot.
Yoichi comments that he was shocked to find that I’m human.
“At any rate, it’d be great if I could get a unicorn’s powers. My body will be completed then.” He continues. Er, can we go back to when you said you almost killed me?
I ask if he meant Tasuku.
Yoichi commands a gust of wind and sends me flying back with it. I get back up to my feet and try to put some distance between us, but it’s an attempt in vain. Just then, Mao appears! What?
Unfortunately, Yoichi doesn’t think much of Mao and prepares to blow him away too. But Mao brushes it off? What’s happening? Mao proceeds to attack Yoichi with his claws, but they have no effect on the Specter. Mao runs towards Yoichi and scratches his leg, drawing blood. This causes Yoichi to retaliate by emitting red flames from his fingers, which he’s about attack Mao with. I rush to protect Mao, and take the blow for him. My back burns.
I begin to lose consciousness.
Yoichi completely disappears. All I can see is Mao standing beside me.
I wake up at the shared house with Mao, Tasuku, Hyouko, and Shin. Shin confirms that I’m definitely human, and Hyouko agrees with the fact that I’m not already dead from this wound. Mao asks if everyone but him knew that she wasn’t a beast, which they confirm.
Apparently, Mao had rubbed medicinal herbs all over my back, and he wouldn’t allow Shin to help. I notice that bandages are wrapped around my back, and blush at how it got there. The others are curious about how Mao managed to defeat Yoichi, and Mao replies by saying that he felt a power stronger than anything he had ever felt surge in him at the thought of wanting to protect me.
I’m glad that I can see how strong Mao is before I leave this house.
The last episode commences. Now that my injury is getting better, I get ready to leave the house as per my agreement with Yoshii-san. I ask everyone to gather at the living room on the day that I move out to tell them about it. I apologise once more for lying about being a beast, and everyone is confused as to why Yoshii-san would think that I’d be able to pull this over them, especially Hyouko with that nose of his.
Mao asks once more if I’m really going to be leaving. I affirm that and hold my suitcase to leave for real. Shin offers to walk me to the station, but I’m good. I invite everyone to visit me at my new house, and Tasuku responds to my invitation for me to visit them at the shared house anytime I wish to. I thank Mao once more for everything that he’s done for me.
I walk to the station, thinking about how much I didn’t want to leave. But I can’t, because I’m not a beast. Mao chases after me and offers to walk me to the station. He takes my suitcase and walks beside me. He suddenly turns to the right when we hit the corner, saying that it’s a shortcut. A shortcut? I follow Mao down a street I don’t know. Mao asks if he can ask one last question.
“What is it?” I ask.
“What?!” I exclaim. He stops, turns around, and repeats the question. I can see that he’s serious.
“Because I’m a beast?” Mao asks. “I would choose to lose my power rather than losing you.”
I place my hand on his shoulder, and he settles his on my neck. I look into his eyes.
Mao pulls back for a moment, gazes into my eyes, and kisses me again. We kiss over and over again in the corner of that dark street. I look up to see that there’s a full moon in the sky.
I also realise that I can no longer see Mao’s cat ears. Mao says that we should make our way to my new house, and so I follow him with a tinge of regret at moving. Lo and behold, we wind up at the shared house again.
And so I start my new life at the shared house again.
Here’s the special happy ending image for Mao! It’s been a wild ride.