Even though there are some guides around that say you can deal with your love rival by just ignoring her, I still think the safest and most reliable way (albeit tedious) is to play with her until she gives the guy up to you. I've always done this and never the ignoring route, and I've never lost the guy once! Your grades/stats/tokimeki state might suffer for a while, but it's so much better than having to redo the whole game or that few months instead. XD
I tried that the first time I played Suzuka, but I got Konno into VS mode too late; at the start of 3rd year, so I tried playing with her and only got her to : ) by the end. I was probably doing all sorts of things wrong with Suzuka as well since I didn't manage to get him to Tokimeki by 3rd year. I suppose the key is getting him to Tokimeki ASAP and starting VS mode early so that you have time to play with Konno. Any tips for getting the girls into VS mode early, then? I can't believe I had an easier time with Kei than Suzuka. XD
Well I went for Kei - ended with Tsuku-kun. I thought my Charm had to be at 150, but turns out it only needed to be 100 (120 for that CG) and my Fitness was too low .. only about 120. So .. yeah, perfect jerk .. I like him and his husky voice that sounds like he's sighing all the time which is kinky cause I sometimes have to hold my DS to my ear to hear them .. um, whatever.
For some reason, during that run I suddenly got into Rival Mode with Arisawa. And she was while I only dated Morimura twice (due to bomb threat) and he was at .. well, she stole him from me, but whatever. I don't want mushroom head .... yet.
I got the Flea Market CG - I just clicked the aspiration question as soon as it popped up. And I'm, of course, missing the summer Cat CG of Kei-chan. How can I pinpoint to get it during June, July or September?
Did you get him to Tokimeki in that playthrough? You can have slightly slower stats than the required ones if he loves you to bits. Or if you have the required stats, you can get him to confess to you as long as he's at : D - that happened to me the first time I got him. I was all ready to get the bad ending and then he walked through the church doors and confessed to me, and I was like, "Bwuh? Kei, you're only at : D!" I advise joining Basketball club if you want to get your fitness and social stats up quickly at the beginning. That'll leave you time to concentrate on your Int/Art and Style/Charm.
Or join Gardening/Band club for Int/Art, but I prefer Basketball club. Oh, and pick Natsumi's room at the beginning, since it gives you high Style/Charm stats - that way you won't need to spend as much time raising them and can therefore concentrate on Int/Art/Fitness/Social. The key to getting Kei is spending most of 1st year getting your stats up and only dating him every so often, and THEN start stalking him with a passion in 2nd year/giving him great presents and Valentine chocolate. Just dating him won't get him to love you, sadly.
Rival mode with Arisawa? That's odd. Was your Intelligence really high? Morimura's pretty easy, so even if you don't date him, he'll still stalk you as long as you're busy raising your Int stats. He's a constant bomb threat when you're going for either Kei or Himuro, because both of them require high Int. And if he likes you too much, Arisawa doesn't...
I'm not sure about the summer cat CG of Kei-chan, since I haven't got that yet, but I'm planning to try and get him to : D by the start of 2nd year in summer. Either that, or keep him on : ) until summer in 3rd year. It'll supposedly trigger automatically when he gets to : D on a school day, so if I get him to : D in summer, it should appear then (in theory) and not in winter again. Fingers crossed that works.