DEADLOCK Series Vol.3 – DEADSHOT
Original Work: Aida Saki
Pairing: Yasumoto Hiroki x Nakamura Yuuichi
Nakamura Yuuichi as Yuuto
Yasumoto Hiroki as Dick
Yusa Kouji as Rob
Miki Shinnichirou as Corvus
Level of Difficulty: 3
Karami Level: Low (There’s just one)
Consider this post an apology for my crappy DEADLOCK and DEADHEAT reviews as well as my lack of activity lately. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good enough memory to be writing a proper summary for either DEADLOCK or DEADHEAT. I apologize for that. However, you can find and english transcript of DEADLOCK here. Hopefully, a transcript of DEADHEAT will show up one day too. I’ll try to summarize DEADSHOT to the best of my memory. With long dramas like these, I easily forget details so expect only a rough outline of the major events.
Story: (First Disk)
We pick sometime after where we left off in the second drama. Rob is still following Yuuto around and helping him with the whole “finding Corvus” case. They go and interrogate a few people to find out a little more about Corvus himself. There’s even some flashback parts in the drama where we go into Corvus’ past. He was one of those … war kids? I think they’re called. Raised to not care about killing and to follow this one guy’s every order. Actually, by the end of the drama, I felt really sympathetic towards Corvus … not that I ever hated him in the first place. He’s an awesome character. Anyways, Yuuto and Rob’s investigating make them learn about the guy Dick mentioned in DEADHEAT who’s in the White House. They also learn that that guy is going to show up at some party and Rob makes it so that he and Yuuto can attend it. Thing is, Dick ends up being there as well … with that bitch Jessica (who Dick is “getting along” with for information). When all four of them, Rob, Yuuto, Dick (who’s undercover name is Steve or Steven, can’t remember) and Jessica meet up. It was actually kind of funny. Since we listen to this through Yuuto’s point of view, we only properly hear his jealousy towards Jessica being with Dick. When Dick finally speaks up, he says something (that I can’t remember) that obviously points out his jealousy towards Rob being with Yuuto. Of course, naive little Yuuto doesn’t realize it. Rob does and excuses the both of them and the two retreat to their hotel room where Rob confesses again and tries to get Yuuto to have sex with him. And unfortunately for us listeners, fails.
I’m pretty sure some more investigating happens but since I don’t remember any of the details I’ll skip right over to the party. There Yuuto and Dick finally confront each other one on one. Dick is still bent on getting his revenge on Corvus. Yuuto can’t change his mind. In the end, nothing is resolved by that confrontation. Afterwards, Yuuto follows some guys (one of which is the White House guy) and spies on them. Inevitably, he learns that the white house guy really is the guy pulling the strings behind Corvus because well, Corvus himself shows up. Yuuto tries to follow Corvus and ends up at the rooftop where Corvus, Yuuto and Dick all have an anti-climatic reunion. It all results into Yuuto being kidnapped by Corvus, Dick getting hurt and … the first CD ending.
My worries were all for naught. I thought it’d be hard to get back into listening to this series but it was quite easy . They really picked up where DEADHEAT left off and continued with the investigating. Rob is still my favorite character of this series. I miss hearing the voice Yucchi uses on him. In other notes, I really got tired of Yuuto and Dick in the first CD. From the booklet images, I knew I was going to get my happy ending. I wasn’t worried. But damn are those two annoying at times! During the entire first CD, they were at a standstill and I was seriously praying for Yuuto to have sex with Rob. Like seriously, poor Rob. At the end of DEADSHOT, I was still wondering whether or not he’s become happy or not. Rob is a great character but with this type of drama, his role as the “other guy” was completely useless. Yuuto never wavered in his love towards Dick. It’s a good thing, but it reduces Rob’s role to nothing.
As for the end of the CD, it put me on edge, yes. But it was all very anti-climatic. It’s at this point that I realized that this series had already lost what made love it so much in the first place. I love crack. I love entertainment. But most of all, I love beauty in a plot. The thing with DEADLOCK was that it was beautiful. But DEADHEAT and DEADSHOT were only entertainment. By then, the series turned into a typical american cop/romance movie.
Story: (Second Disk)
Yuuto is kidnapped and brought to an island in Columbia, the place where Corvus was raised. There, he ends up learning about Corvus’ past. Yuuto being a good person ends up building up a lot of sympathy for Corvus. Hard not to, because when you think about it, Corvus isn’t really the bad one. It’s the one who raise him to be what he is who’s at fault. Corvus doesn’t know warmth or emotion. Everything to him is a game and nothing more. He isn’t really taking anything seriously. He’s like a child really.
Some time late, Yuuto plans an escape but it screws up when the military come to kill Corvus for good. Dick shows up ready to kill Corvus himself but, of course, Yuuto stops him. The three of them are forced to escape together. Very very American movie like scene right there. They succeed in escaping, but Corvus ends up dying in the process. He has shot to heart. Dick didn’t shot him himself. And damn, Yuuto cries a lot. Since Yuuto was hurt as well, after Corvus dies, he collapses.
A month passes. Dick has completely vanished from Yuuto’s sight and Yuuto’s still the in hospital with Rob looking after him. Another time skip, this time it’s half a year. Yuuto’s talking with Tonya and Net (the trap and his boyfriend, remember?) when a letter suddenly shows up. It’s from Dick who’s being so tsundere he sent a letter to Net instead of Yuuto. After being convinced by Tonya and Net (that Dick is just so fucking tsundere) Yuuto decides to visit Dick in … Carolina? Or California? Not sure.
When he goes to see him, Dick is fine and he’s living his own life … Dick even has a dog (and when Yuuto asks, Dick says it doesn’t have name … -snort- tsundere fool!) The both of them act like idiots. Yuuto thinks Dick has forgotten about him and Dick is obviously thinking the same thing. They’re idiots and don’t say anything about it. Fools! Yeah, I was frustrated and angry at this point.
And the corniest most cliched and most anti-climatic sappy thing happens! Right before Yuuto leaves Dick finally screams “Don’t leave me!”(in the same way Yuuto did back in DEADLOCK, I’ll bet you anything Saki-sensei planned that from the start!) … I punched the wall that second, it hurt a lot and screamed “FINALLY!” as you can very well guess, Yuuto runs back into Dick’s arms. They kiss, they make out. Oh joy. I was being very bitter and frustrated at this point and I couldn’t even enjoy the karami scene I waited nearly two hours for. Like a lot of drama CDs, after the karami, the both of them talk about how fucking tsundere both of them are and about how they’re both total idiots. Dick’s tsundere-ness is further proven by how he didn’t want to admit to Yuuto the dog was named after him. More tsundere-ness and sappyness ensues, and it’s a happily ever after.
As you can see, I’m pissed. I enjoyed the drama completely. It was entertaining. It had suspense. It had Rob. But, I get really … sad? When I think about how beautiful the first drama was and how it ended up. Needless to say, I still love this series. Although the beauty of the story was lost after the first drama, the rest was still extremely entertaining. Let’s just ignore how DEADSHOT might as well been a gay romance/cop movie.
Yuuto and Dick are both tsundere and yet they’re both honest about they’re feelings. But the both of them are so awkward in showing it that they it only cause misunderstandings and problems in the end. Dick is your typical “I look cool but I’m really just a teddy bear” seme and Yuuto can easily be compared to another You-kyan character: Alto.
Alto and Yuuto are really alike when you think about. Both of them are always at a standstill unable to move forward or back. Both of them almost never know what it is they should be doing. But the difference here is that Yuuto has a set goal and Alto is just wandering in circles.
I really really liked Yuuto in DEADLOCK when he was tsundere and cool and awesome. Unfortunately, his falling for Dick turned him into the passive wife character. And Dick went from the cool, unapproachable guy who teases tsundere Yuuto to a tsundere himself. Were the both of them so awkward at the start of the series? No.
What I’m saying is that the series digressed instead of improving. What was so moving and beautiful turned into a sappy cop movie.
Despite it all, I really really did enjoy DEADSHOT. I was fangirling, gasping and giggling all the way. Everything I wrote is for the sake of the review. I don’t want to just cover the good. Well, after this, I can confidently say Aida Saki’s Iu ki wa Nai series is better in terms of plot, characters and karami. That’s overall though because DEADLOCK (alone) remains to be one of my favorite drama CDs.
(No comments about the Freetalk because it was honestly quite boring)
Well, now that that’s over. Time to patiently wait for Scarlet.