*Thinks for a moment about Hot Gimmick* Mmm....nope, Hot Gimmick was just as bad if not worse for me. Azusa almost had her raped (or something like that, I can't don't want to remember), and Ryou pushes her down stairs, not to mention all the other crazy shit he pulled. And she ends up with him. Agree to disagree, but Shinobu was sanest out of all of them. What I will say is the the Hot Gimmick protaganist has an even worse life than Ayano because her batshit crazy love interest is x2 (or 3, depending on your view). I can't even find it funny. Note: My first mindscar shoujo was Hot Gimmick...haven't totally gotten over it yet. For others, it might be something else, but for me, HG will remain one of The Great Traumas OtomeGamer Suffered During Adolescence.