(couldn’t find a bigger image for the drama CD cover so here’s the manga’s cover instead)
Karamete de Kudoite
Pairing: Miyate Kenta x Kishio Daisuke
Kishio Daisuke as Togawa Yutaka (Yuki-chan)
Miyate Kenta as Tone Genichirou
Ichijou Kazuya as Takato (Tone’s Editor)
Level of Understanding: 1
Karami Level: High
This was probably the most hilarious BLCD I have listened to in a real long while. Karamete de Kudoite has a mood and pairing very very similiar to that of Junjo Romantica. The two were so alike it was uncanny really.
Togawa Yutaka was your average high school student until he suddenly bumps into one of his neighbor; a tall scruffy man. Later the same day, Yutaka receives some air mail. Thinking its from from his sister or parents overseas, he opens it and plays the tape it contains … but what’s in it turns out to be porno. Yutaka decides he should return the tapes to whoever it belongs to but he ends up watching all of the tapes instead.
The next day while at school, Yutaka gets the idea from his friend’s conversation to simple quietly place the tapes back in the real receiver’s mailbox. So he skips class to run back to the apartement where he bumps into the scruffy man again and it seems that he’s the one the tapes were meant for! Extremely embarrassed and ashamed, Yutaka returns the tapes to the man later on and apologizes. The man, Tone Genichirou, says it’s all alright because “Yuki-chan” (as Tone dubbed him) told the truth. Tone then offers to watch the tapes with him and Yutaka panics revealing to Tone that Yutaka has, in fact, watched the tapes. Tone then uses that as an excuse to punish Yutaka …
Karamete de Kudoite is a short, light-heart romantic comedy. Your typical BL DRAMA CD; funny, sweet, easy to understand and enough karami scenes to keep you happy. The characters are easy to understand and the story is very simple. As I said, it was really similiar to Junjo Romantica in more ways than one. The comedic features are alike and so are the characters. The biggest similiarity is probably the mood. Of course, since Junjo’s a series, there’s some drama and angst which is something you will not find in Karamete de Kudoite.
The uke, voiced by the great great Daisaku, Yutaka (nicknames Yuki-chan) has a personality almost exactly like Misaki’s. One, they’re both great with housework. Two, they both have the funniest monologs. Three, they’re both tsundere about their feelings regarding the seme. Albeit, Yutaka was much less tsundere … considering the drama’s lenght. We don’t even get a real confession at the end. Just something really close to it. The best thing about Yutaka is his monologs though. They’re the funniest ever since Misaki’s. The way he panics? Absolutely priceless! Of course, a lot of this is due to Daisaku’s voice. Gods do I love this guy. His aegi gets a little loud but damn is his voice adorable. (Then I watched Tytania and went oh god)
Then there’s the seme Tone … who’s almost exactly like Usagi … except less than how similiar Yutaka is to Misaki. They’re both author’s for one thing but Tone’s a porn writer (whoa, weird writing this since that’s one of my nicknames in RL). Usagi’s handsome, famous and rich while Tone’s … not-so-handsome, probably not-so-famous and probably not-so rich. In personality, well, they both have the same impression of owning they’re cute little way younger ukes. Oh but wait, Misaki’s legal! Yutaka isn’t though. Duh.
(Another weird realization; say, what if Daisaku voiced Misaki and Sakupyon Shinobu? Whoa. If we get a Junjo event I demand a voice change corner like in the Oofuri event!)
The story is really short. The turning point is when Tone’s editor comes and starts harrassing Yutaka. This leads to that, and we get some just slightly close to confession from Yutaka. The drama ends on an open note.
That said, Karamete de Kudoite is a really short and sweet story with really easy to understand characters and a simple story. I’d recommend it to however’s just starting out with BLCDs since it’s so simple and cute. It’s funny too. No angst, no drama. Not in the least. Plus, Daisaku was so great in this drama. Recommended to Daisaku fans too! I don’t really know Ichijou or Miyate so not much to say about them.
(On another note to those who plan on reading the manga; it’s not as hilarious as the drama CD. Daisaku’s voice really makes a difference here)