Kimishiruya Unmei no
Pairing: Konishi Katsuyuki x Suzuki Chihiro
Suzuki Chihiro as Hinoguchi Natsu
Konishi Katsuyuki as Hidaka Shinnichirou
Ookawa Tooru as Hinoguchi Norikazu
A story happening sometime during the Showa period in Japan. Hinoguchi Natsu is a young man who’s going through a lot of grief and hardship. Born from the family’s previous head and a maid, Natsu works as a maid for his own family and is greatly looked down upon by his kin while at school he is casted away for his ‘aristocratic blood’. But Natsu doesn’t care about all that as long as a single person, Hidaka Shinnichirou, the heir of the Hinoguchi’s business rivals and his classmate, doesn’t hate him.
One day, Natsu comes home and finds out that his brother blinded and imprisoned Hidaka. His brother then give Natsu the responsibility to take care of him until he can make him say that their company won’t stand in Hinoguchi’s way. Of course, Natsu has no intention of doing such a thing.
The days continue in bliss as Natsu takes care of Hidaka who has come to talk to him freely without animosity; due to the fact that he doesn’t know Natsu’s identity. When Hidaka’s condition gets a little better, Natsu decides it’s time to set him free. They escape to a clearing near a river where Hidaka, still blind, begs Natsu to escape with him. Natsu knows that Hidaka is only saying that because he doesn’t know who he really is and runs off because Hidaka’s servants can see him.
Sometime later, Hidaka’s eyes are finally healed and he must soon depart for England for five years. He is desperate to find his lifesaver beforhand so before he leaves, he passes by the place he parted with his lifesaver and finds Natsu. Unable to make a good conversation, he parts leaving Natsu to silently pray for his safe return …
I’ve been listening to a lot of drama CDs lately but only this one left a good enough impression on me to review.
The drama in this story is just the type you would expect to find in BL. Natsu loves Hidaka. Hidaka doesn’t really give a damn about Natsu. Their families are rivals but Natsu is treated like crap by his kin while Hidaka continues to rise in power. The spotlight of Kimishiruya belongs to Natsu himself. It’s rare we get an uke who feels so strongly towards their seme. Natsu is strong, kind, selfless and all-around misunderstood because of selflessness. Although, I think this selfless part of him only applies to Hidaka. Numerous times in the drama, the antagonist; Natsu’s brother, orders Natsu to do harm to Hidaka and each time Natsu will openly refuse. I think this showed, more than anything, how much Natsu didn’t care about himself at all. Even when Yaoki stole his identity as Hidaka’s savior, Natsu didn’t pay this fact more than a thought. Natsu’s feelings for Hidaka is his strongest characteristic however, even Natsu can push away those feelings if for the sake of Hidaka himself.
Hidaka on the other hand is a fool. A noble fool, but a fool nonetheless. He’s objective and one-track minded. He’s obsessed with the thought of saving his lifesaver to the point of hurting Natsu to do so. Probably this because Hidaka doesn’t know who else to turn to to find out his lifesaver’s identity. I believe that Hidaka realized Natsu’s identy long before it was made clear and he just couldn’t accept that fact honestly.
Suzuki and KoniTan did a great job voicing both their characters in this drama. KoniTan didn’t have much time to shine considering his character’s stupidity but Suzuki had a lot to portray and he did it all perfectly. I wanted to cry at the end of the first track when Hidaka leaves and Natsu starts crying and praying for Hidaka’s safe return. There are three karami scenes in this drama. All of them pretty long and hot for your BL needs. -rolls eyes-
Overall, Kimishiruya Unmei no Koi, was a great drama. It’s technically a historical drama taking place in Japan’s Showa period (1926–1989) but there aren’t that many historical themes to the drama. The CD focuses on the main story concerning Natsu and Hidaka and doesn’t derail at all from it unlike a lot of other dramas that have many side plots. This makes Kimishiruya a pretty easy drama to understand and follow. Otherwise, you can always refer to the translation.
Definitely recommended for any BLCD lover or beginner.