Seikanji-ke series Vol4: Tsumi no Shitone mo Nureru Yoru
Pairing: Yusa Kouji x Kamiya Hiroshi
Yusa Kouji as Fushimi Yoshiyasu
Kamiya Hiroshi as Seikanji Fuyuki
Miki Shinnichirou as Fuyuki’s dad (I can’t remember his name, sorry)
Nojima Kenji as Fushimi Hiroyasu
Saiga Mitsuki as Younger Yoshiyasu
Level of Difficulty: 3
Karami Level: Extremely High
This drama is probably contains Kamiya’s best acting since Kotonoha no Hana or Shinayakana Netsujou. Just so you know, I haven’t listened to the previous three dramas in this series. You don’t really need them to get a grip of this story either, it seems. If you’re a Kamiya fan then there’s no missing this drama, you’ll regret it because his voice was absolutely beautiful in this. I thought his acting in Kotonoha was beautiful and I thought nothing could beat the karami in Shinayakana. I was wrong because Tsumi beat them both by miles. I’m dead serious.
Yucchi did a great job as usual. MikiShin’s role was beautifully mysterious. Everyone did a great job but Kamiyan was just breath-taking. It’s one of those roles that makes you forget there’s a human being behind the mic recording those lines. I couldn’t bring myself to imagine Kamiyan at the mic. His performance was too real to make you dare. And I just come up with blanks when I try. I may be complimenting him a little too much but it was just that great.
Tsumi no Shitone mo Nureru Yoru is a three-disk drama. Yes, THREE DISK. It’s a little over 3 hours and a half in length. Yes, it’s an extremely long listen. I’ll get back to that matter at the end of the review.
Tsumi no Shitone mo Nureru Yoru brings to you a drama/angst love story that took nearly 20 years to bloom. One day under the snow, Fushimi Yoshiyasu meets a breath-takingly beautiful and mysterious girl who he learns, seven years later, is actually a man named Fuyuki of the Seikanji household. When they meet again seven years after that day in the snow, it’s the beginning of a long, painful story of lies, misunderstandings and love. (Well hey, I think I did a pretty good summary this time!)
As you can see higher up, I added a category: Level of Difficulty. I figured it’d be useful since many who listen to drama CDs don’t really understand Japanese. I’m using a ranking of max. 4
Tsumi is a level 3 mostly because of the length and depth of the story. It’s at the same difficulty of Kotonoha and Shinayakana. The deeper parts of the storyline might be difficult to grasp but the overall is basically easy. The drama has an extremely high level of Karami scenes. I lost count of how many there are. If you want a hint, then I’ll tell you this. There’s more Karami in this than in Big Gun o Motsu Otoko and all of them are of superb quality.
Yoshiyasu is your normal seme. But since this drama is shrouded in angst, our main character is forced through really painful and hard experiences. It changes him and turns him into a bad guy through our eyes. In reality, Yoshiyasu was just confused and afraid. He never realizes that he really does truly love Fuyuki. It isn’t really revealed until the third disk, but Yoshiyasu was “afraid” of Fuyuki, afraid of his beauty which blinded Yoshiyasu and made him believe a normal man like him couldn’t possibly understand Fuyuki. He completely forgot that Fuyuki was a human being and at that, a clueless, innocent human who knew nothing and care nothing of the world.
The real star of this drama is Fuyuki who at first is just your rare, closed-in, extremely beautiful and innocent uke. Fuyuki was never allowed out of the house, but he never cared. He never wanted a thing and never cared about a thing. But, he lived life knowing he’d meet Yoshiyasu. Yoshiyasu was all Fuyuki needed. In the first disk, we are presented with a completely innocent Fuyuki. He was a geninus at learning but he was clueless. Like a child, he didn’t properly grasp what he was learning. Fuyuki looked at things with a completely subjective eye. He isn’t able to grasp “emotions” let alone “love” all he needed was Yoshiyasu and Fuyuki always did what Yoshiyasu allowed. In the second disk, when Fuyuki became quite malicious, Yoshiyasu believed he was fooled by Fuyuki’s innocence and started being afraid. Fuyuki in truth didn’t change that much. He was still subjective, innocent Fuyuki. In disk three, Fuyuki explains how he’s always been waiting for Yoshiyasu but all Yoshiyasu ever did was run away from him. What with Fuyuki basically sleeping with everything in sight in disk two, it was hard to believe Fuyuki even gave a damn about Yoshiyasu. But when you thought about it, Fuyuki only did what Yoshiyasu allowed and in truth, Yoshiyasu never stopped him either.
I’m not denying that Fuyuki really is a total slut, lol. It’s basically all physical when it comes to Yoshiyasu and Fuyuki … even then, there’s some depth to their relationship.
Tsumi is quite the difficult drama to understand. If you don’t look at the characters close enough, you’d think they’re horrible people. But give them enough depth, and in the end there’s just innocence to Fuyuki’s and Yoshiyasu’s relationship … albeit, they’re relationship is practically just physical if you don’t bother thinking about the feelings that are there. We don’t get the traditional happy ending either, but by the end Yoshiyasu finally understands Fuyuki more or less and isn’t afraid of him anymore. Fuyuki never once says the words “suki” or “aishiteru” meaningfully to Yoshiyasu for the simple reason that he doesn’t really grasp the term. In this own, twisted, hard-to-understand way, Fuyuki does love Yoshiyasu and he showed it countless times. Fuyuki is willing to do anything for Yoshiyasu so long as Yoshiyasu remains at his side. To understand Fuyuki, you have to understand that Fuyuki ONLY thinks of Yoshiyasu. He doesn’t care about anything else. In the last track of the drama, aptly named “Ai no Katachi” (Love’s shape), Yoshiyasu finally understands that. So … I guess it’s happily ever after?
This drama is all angst. But it’s angst the way I like it. Beautiful angst. It’s angst done right. It’s angst with depth, realism and beauty … and it’s not often you’ll find stories with as much as angsty depth as this. Of course, you can just ignore the depth and enjoy the angst there. I just wanted to note this because I’m a fan of angst … but only when it’s done right and this is angst done right. An example of bad angst is Vampire Knight. Sorry, but that’s not good angst.
Kamiya Hiroshi was the star of this drama. His performance was beautiful. He voiced the perfect innocent Fuyuki, perfect malicious Fuyuki and in the third disk, the mix of both. The evolution in the way he voiced Fuyuki is easily heard. He was perfectly able to voice Fuyuki giving us enough of his true self and the self Yoshiyasu sees. He keeps Fuyuki the closed but open book he is. It’s just amazing. The emotional scene in disk three was gorgeous. The transition from normal/malicious Fuyuki to the crying one was realistic and didn’t feel the least bit out of place. Yeah, this is voice acting.
Lastly, the karami scenes are abundant in number. I lost count after the fourth or fifth. All of them are well-excuted. If you thought Kamiya’s lines and aegi was hot in Shinayakana, think again.
Overall, Tsumi no Shitone mo Nureru Yoru has beat Kotonoha no Hana and become my favorite drama. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.
I won’t recommend this to people starting out with BLCD or to people who dislike angst. But know this, Tsumi has angst done correctly. Also, the 3.6 hours to listen is a bit long but I don’t recommend cutting your listen into parts. It’s best to listen to all of it at once. If you’re a Kamiyan fan this is a must and if you’re an advance listener then this is good to if your looking for depth an beauty. Not once does the mood lift up in this drama, it’s dark and get darker as the story moves on. The ending itself doesn’t sound any happier. But it’s an absolutely beautiful listen.
I wrote a full summary and I will post it on the BL DRAMA FORUM if anyone is willing to read.