Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume wo Miru + Sojou no Koi wa Nido Haneru
Pairing: Nakamura Yuuichi x Yusa Kouji
Nakamura Yuuichi as Ootomo Kyouichi
Yusa Kouji as Imagase Wataru
Saitou Chiwa as Okamura Tamaki
Hikasa Youko as Tamaki’s friend
Someone over the Hibiki forum made a nice summary of all volumes, so I think I’m going to pass on writing this.
To be honest, I haven’t listened to “Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume wo Miru” since it came out in 2008, so I don’t really remember my impressions of it. Mizushiro Setona is an extremely talented mangaka. Her artwork is simple, but her stories tend to be psychologically deep and I think this series was the best representation she could make about the more complex side of love. This series was about love, lust, obsession and desperation.
I think I’m going to go right ahead and dub Imagase as one of Yucchi’s best roles ever. Imagase is the embodiment of extreme emotions. About 95% of drama, he’s totally freaking out and going crazy. He loves Kyouichi SO MUCH, it’s not even explainable. At the end of the drama, Imagase even says “I don’t have anything but senpai!” —and really, that’s true. That’s really all he has. Imagase is a character that feels just about everything extremely. I guess that would mean he’s sensitive, but it’s more extreme than that. He’s seriously SO OBSESSED with Kyouichi. He basically just stalks him, checks his e-mail, his cell phone–well you get it.
Track four in “Sojou no Koi wa Nido Haneru” is the most entertaing monologue/fantasy I have EVER heard. I am serious. I think even Lantis knew that and specifically made ONE TRACK for Imagase’s fantasy. I LOVED it when he was like: “To break with such a good man, Chikako no baka, baka!” and “Oh and we’ll take a bath together every day ~ a-ah, but if we do that everyday day I won’t have time to check his cell phone!” and “If we had a child, a daughter would be nice. And it’d be better if she looked more like senpai ~ Wait, but if she’s like senpai; super cute, super kind, wants to loved, easily influenced– she’d become and unbelievable *BEEP* (whore)—!!” “Gaaaah, my daughter can never be happy. OTL” —and such.
Oh and Kyouichi’s monologues in which he has little meeting with his mini-selves in his mind are extremely entertaining too. At the start of this series, he really was a terribly bland and ordinary man. He truly grew up throughout the drama. If Imagase is extreme, then Kyouichi’s the opposite. But he really did come through in the end. It’s really obvious he loves Imagase back, but he isn’t able to express it properly. It’s really subtle. And, like Kyouichi said in the end of the drama, Imagase will probably never notice either. It’s depressing, but their lives is probably going to continue in the same cycle. (I mean seriously, you hear Kyouichi thinking “Imagase is so cute” at least 15 times total—that’s love, definitely–especially considering the partner is Imagase, who by the way STALKS him.)
Another character of importance would be Tamaki—who honestly got on my nerves. It might because I can relate to her (I’m an extreme hypocrite it seems), but I disliked her. In the end, I had some respect for her though. It was maddening to not hear Imagase for nearly two (or three, I don’t know) tracks. Speaking of Imagase, I also loved with when he was talking about Kyouichi with Tamaki’s friend. So funny.
Sojou no Koi was Nido Haneru had one of the most depressing break-ups ever. Er, actually, I don’t remember any other break ups to compare it too though. Imagase was just—excruciatingly wonderful. Wait, I meant Yucchi. Whoa, my brain might be dying. The drama didn’t really have a fixed ending, so there is a possibility of another volume coming out—if Mizushiro Setona makes another one, that is. Of course, if it ends with this drama, it’s okay. I mean they’re happy for now, I think I’d like to keep it that way. -cry-
Anyways, I’d recommend this drama to just about anyone really. Especially if you love Yusa Kouji. Because he was just WONDERFUL in this. It’s like the equivalent of Kamiyan in Tsumi or Kotonoha no Hana. Also, if you are aware of Mizushiro-sensei’s other series, you’ll definitely love this one. Unlike most BL, it actually includes a female with an important role. Make what you will of that last sentence. It’s not a difficult drama to listen to either and, though the scenes are short, the h-scenes are hot.