I recently started playing Shall We Date?: My Sweet Prince and I gotta say I think Ivan doesn’t get anywhere near enough love
When I first started playing the tutorial, Ivan was the first character I was interested in, none of the princes really struck me. But hey the point is to play the game so I picked one (Jun) and started playing - but then a story for Ivan comes out a week after I started playing???? fUCK YES
but now I’m going on all these walk through sites and everyone always talks about how they think his path was creepy and I legit don’t understand why
The thing I hear the most is that people are put off by him being a butler, and his age (40)
Honestly, his age doesn’t hurt this path or his character at all. Ivan is a complete gentleman (moreso than any of the actual princes) and is supposed to be strict and mature, and his age and experience serving the king fits that perfectly. If Ivan was in his 20s and had the same personality and experience, I don’t feel like it would be believable.
And I feel like him being a butler rather than a prince makes the relationship feel more real. See, when I started out with Jun and from the get go, he just wants the bracelet, he doesn’t give a damn about you. I’m aware this changes but it does still feel like he’s just using you to get what he wants (which is entirely the point of him during the beginning of his story)
But Ivan? He’s not in line for the throne, he doesn’t want the bracelet, he just wants to teach you how to behave and live life properly among royalty. He isn’t trying to manipulate you or use you to get what he wants, and his choosing to be with you isnt simply because he has nothing better to do, so the relationship he and the MC grow feels more genuine.
And like I said, Ivan is SUCH a gentleman. He treats you with kindness and respect right from the get go, even when you mess up your training or are impolite he still doesn’t speak cruelly to you or lash out at you (and if he is harsh, he apologizes almost immediately.)
Ivan’s relationship with the MC feels more genuine than any relationship I can imagine having with any of the princes, so I feel like the people who say they didn’t like him didnt really think too much about his character beyond “ew he’s old” and that’s just not fair to the poor guy :c