Only one more day to complete for phase 1! I'm getting pretty excited for phase 2, were I get to really delve into individual character developments. The best part? It'll be fairly easy to complete, or at least, compared to phase 1. The bad part? It'll probably still take me just as long as this phase did... and that's assuming I keep going at it the way I have for the last couple weeks.
Regarding the dating sim elements... I'm going to go with a rather non-traditional way of execution. You'll have full choice over which girl you end up with, rather than the game deciding on how well you've treated them. I did this for 2 reasons. The first is that some of the girls are rather unpredictable, and I don't want players to accidentally end up with a character they hate. The second reason is because each character plays very differently on the battlefield, and you should be able to choose how you want to play the hardest missions of the game. Some people won't be so appreciative of this aspect, but I really believe it is the right choice.
I feel awful having neglected EL4 so much for this over the past couple weeks, as that game NEEDS all the attention I can muster. I'll most likely set some time for it after the end of phase 1, at least to the point of finishing the second chapter (since it's been written for a while). FH also only has some beta playing left before its next release, so I need to do that too.