It’s summer and I had a LOT of time on my hands so I devoured three BLCDs at once: Ashita no Kimi wa Koko ni Inai, Pride and Shimekiri no Sono Mae ni.
Ashita no Kimi wa Koko ni Inai
Pairing: Toriumi Kousuke x Suzuki Chihiro
Original Work: Sakiya Haruhi
If it’s by Sakiya Haruhi, then I’ll most definitely give it a listen. Just so you know, she’s the goddess who wrote the Shinayakana Netsujou series and Nejireta EDGE which are both works I really enjoyed. God knows how much I wanna read the original novels but my inability to read Kana and Kanji prevents me from doing so. Anyways, Ashita [I’ll abreviate ’cause the title’s long] was another great listen. Well, it looks like I won’t be hating TeacherxStudent with stories like this around [Chocolate Cosmos should be glad I’m bearing it].
Quick Summary well, the premise is simple with our uke [student voiced by Suzuki Chihiro] Mio Asahi falling for his homeroom teacher [voiced by a seiyuu I’m growing to love, Toriumi Kousuke] Kitahara Fumichika. The story happens over the span of three year or rather, Mio-chan’s entire high school.
It doesn’t take long before the BL kicks in, Mio-chan confesses at some point but Sensei doesn’t want to get into a relationship with him saying “You’ll forget me soon enough”. The two have instead a purely sexual relationship and Mio agrees to it.
Despite the not-so-unpopular premise, the story itself was beautiful and the characters beautiful as well. Kitahara-sensei is your typical cool kind seme with a bit of a distant side. It’s later made known the reasons of his attitude towards Mio. Despite being a pretty bland character at first sight, Sensei is more than just a kind teacher and Toriumi has a knack for characters like him [I’m thinking of the seme in Boku wa Tori ni Naritai]
Mio is and honest and cute uke. He often was at a loss of what he should do and had to look towards his sister for help but he never denied his feelings for Kitahara which is what I found really admirable. It took a while but Mio did come through in end and bet it all.
And it was worth it because they got together in the end.
It’s been a while since I’ve listened to a BLCD with such a innocent pairing [okay, so they had a sexual relationship before getting together but that aside!] and an innocent ending. All in all, it was a really beautiful story [as expected from Sakiya-sensei!] It was so beautiful that I refrained from fangirling too much for its review. Also it’s been a while since I listened to a BLCD in which I liked the seme more than the uke. [Ironic how ANOTHER Atis Collection CD makes it onto my favorite list]
Pairing: Yusa Kouji x Kishio Daisuke
It’s been a few days since I listened to this so I don’t remember the seme’s name. Anyways, in contrast to Ashita, Pride is a little less innocent but beautiful all the same. The story is about our uke, Lai (voiced by Kishio) who gets sold by his evil step-dad to our rich and handsome seme (voiced by Yusa).
If you’re thinking “Okane ga Nai” then the similarities end here because Lai is far from being pitiful and pathetic like Ayase [who should take lessons from Lai]. I think everyone knows Kishio voices Shinobu-chan from Junjo, right? Well, Lai has nearly the same personality. As in, both of them have a LOT of pride. Refusing to lose to Yusa’s character, Lai let’s himself get done in. Towards the end admitting that Yusa is his Pride [which I take means Lai gave himself completely to Yusa’s character].
Yusa’s character was a fairly amusing one. I’ve already come to learn that most cold and mean semes are actually kind, selfish and clumsy with their feelings so I was easily able to dissect his character. He has the habit of always taking pictures and particularly enjoyed that about him.
Actually, Yusa does two characters in this CD. Twin brothers actually. It was really easy to differentiate the two because Yusa changed his tone for the older twin [he used the Ura-chan tone].
Anyways, this CD was a great listen as well. At time, Yusa’s character can be really difficult to understand if you aren’t used to his type but his really just a great big teddy bear. As for Lai, he’s just plain awesome. Yes, I do have a thing for ukes who don’t easily succomb to the seme’s grip [meaning I absoutely hate Ayase’s type].
Shimekiri no Sono mae ni
Pairing: Okiayu Ryoutarou x Shimono Hiro
In contrast to the other two, Shimekiri was a much more light-hearted story. It’s the story of high-school mangaka Tsuzuki Tomohisa who falls for his assistant Fuwa Souichirou [and god was it awkward hearing the name Fuwa ‘cuz I just started reading Skip Beat!]. What caught me really off-guard was that the story starts with Tomohisa confessing to Fuwa! Actually, he ends up screwing up his confession by blurting out “If you want the manuscript then please go out with me!” … well though Tomohisa tried to take back what he said, Fuwa ends up agreeing to going out with him. Yeah, I was going “Eh?! EH?! EEEH?!” for a real long while in that scene. [What’s more is that they immediately skip to the smex after that …. whoa, talk about a LOT to process in less than ten minutes]
The rest of the CD focuses on Tomohisa’s worries and doubts about whether or not Fuwa really does like him (most of the time seeking his cousin’s advice and counsel much like Mio in Ashita).
There isn’t much to say about this drama. It’s probably one of those you really love when you listen to it but will soon forget. Though, I’ll still recommend it because it’s light-heartedness.
[THIS IS MY 100th POST! OMG ><]