Can you live your dreams?A Pseudo-Pseudo Suzu Route
is a Katawa Shoujo Shipping
fic featuring Suzu Suzuki, a girl from the front row of Hisao's class, who suffers from a chronic sleep disorder named narcolepsy
. The fic is set from Suzu's perspective, and runs from Hisao's introduction to the class and then for the usual four arc style.
Throughout the fic, Suzu has to deal with love, her past emotional trauma, and a never-ending game of battleship with the grim reaper himself. Despite this, the fic manages to stay with a snarky, lighthearted sense of humor, meshing well with the sleepy commentary from the Protagonist.
This Fic includes examples of:
- All Just a Dream: Because the protagonist spends most of her time asleep, dream sequences come up consistently.
- Artistic License – Medicine: Suzu's narcolepsy is not presented very realistically. This is made worse by other authors, knowing that this fic is so popular, using the exact same Suzu in other stories.
- Big Sleep: In the Bad Ending, Suzu experiences this. Except she isn't dying and then closes her eyes peacefully, she closes her eyes first and then falls off the school's roof.
- Battleship With Death: The very first scene opens with the game in progress. It's actually her dead brother Seiji, and it started as a way to cope with his death, but things changed.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: This is a fic with Kenji in it.
- Death by Falling Over: Due to Suzu's condition, this is an actual possibility which she needs to be careful of all the time. In her brother's case, it's was a reality.
- Development Gag: Suzu mentions that there's room in the literature club because Lelouche had left. Lelouche was a student who appeared in the class 3-3 photo in the original Act 1 Demo of the game, but was replaced with a different student when the full game was released.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Death is friendly enough most of the time, and he does play a mean game of battleship.
- Driven to Suicide: Possibly, in the bad ending. After feeling guilty for indirectly causing Hisao to have another heart attack, Suzu sits right on the edge of the school roof, fully knowing what might happen if she fell asleep. And then she does.
- Heavy Sleeper: Due to the narcolepsy, it can be hard to wake Suzu. Hisao is the same after pulling an all-nighter.
- Metaphorgotten: Suzu tends to lose her train of thought and trail off while making comparisons.
"The sensation of Hisao's body next to mine is more soothing than any... any thing that is usually really soothing but not as good as this."
- Not a Morning Person: Suzu considers waking up before midday on a weekend ungodly.
- Sleepy Head: Obviously
- Tempting Fate: Suzu quickly realizes her mistake
"What could go wrong? Wait wait wait, no. Can I take back a thought? Can I—no, nope, no. I'm sure something horrible will happen and everything will be ruined forever. Yeah. That was close. We should be good now."
- The Schizophrenia Conspiracy: Kenji finds a sleeping girl outside of his dormroom, assumes that she is a member of the feminist conspiracy, and kidnaps her.
- Theme Naming: The names of every member of the Suzuki family start with an S.
- White Knighting: At first, Hisao actually manages to avoid his overprotective tendencies but after Suzu tells him about her dead brother he puts this in full effect. Like in some routes in the visual novel, this leads to a bad ending.