Ai wa Barairo no Kiss
Pairing: Konishi Katsuyuki x Yoshino Hiroyuki
Yoshino Hiroyuki as Saki
Konishi Katsuyuki as Mashashi
Chiba Susumu as Reiichi
Yusa Kouji as Hikaru
Still suffering from not being able to understand Missing Road comepletely, I decided to listen to something light-hearted and fun with seiyuus I’m not that used to hearing. It’s been a long while since I’ve heard Konitan and Yocchi in the main roles of a CD. Hell, the last time I heard them anywhere was Kiyosho for Yocchi and Gundam 00 for Konitan!
Masashi, number one host, is handsome, charismatic and known to be unmoved by anyone. One day, he decides to pass by a pet shop on a whim where he falls in love with Saki at first sight.
Simple enough, right? Well, to keep the drama interesting they throw in Saki being in desperate need of money and has him sleep with Masashi for it. Saki, of course, falls for Masashi instead but still cuts their relationship. He pushes him away even more after another host, Hikaru, lies to him and says he’s Masashi’s lover. Things go downhill, but the two get their happy ending.
Nothing out of the ordinary for this drama. The story was relatively simple and the characters clichéd enough to recognize easily. Overall, I guess it was entertaining, but there’s big flaw in this and it’s something anyone who listens to drama CDs often can realize.
Both Konitan and Yocchi are great voice actors so it made me wonder … why the hell is the acting so horrible in this drama? Especially in the h-scenes, something seemed awfully off. It was as if the two were recorded separately. It didn’t sound natural. More than anything, it sounded awkward and just … just horrible. I hadn’t thought this bad of drama since Kappei killed my eardrums in Muteki. The freetalk confirmed my theory. Konitan and Yocchi never actually met during the recordings … Seriously, what the hell was Leaf Sound Novels thinking. Ugh.
Now, there was one thing about this drama I will recommend. I think Yusa fans will appreciate this more than anyone. If there is one thing about this drama that you need to hear, it’s Track 11 with the little mini-part starring Yusa and Chiba! It’s saying something when you consider two-minutes better than a hole hour and fifteen minute drama CD.
But I’m serious here. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Yusa use such an unbelievably cute voice. It was almost suicide. My heart was thumping so much I thought it would jump out of my chest! Although … that is nothing new at all. Honestly, I’m demanding an omake drama starring Reiichi and Hikaru for the sake of more Chiba x Yusa … there’s Big Gun o Motsu Otoko but there’s a lack of a moe-inducing Yusa in there.
Also, the mini-drama omake featuring Saki and Masashi, and Reiichi and Hikaru at the amusement park is a definite win as well. Top hosts being afraid of roller coasters … haha!
J-just skip the H-scenes if your going to listen to this one, they aren’t worth it. Hell, skip to Track 11 for Chiba and Yusa action and that would be enough. I wouldn’t recommend this drama otherwise. I’m going to have to find another Yocchi drama to get the aftertaste of this gone. Ugh.