Archive for May, 2011

29th May
written by Splash

Yume wo Miru Hima mo Nai
Release Date : 6/25/2009

Summary: Kawamura Kazuya had dreamt of being a pilot when he was young. Thus when he heard that there’s an aviation school five hours from where he stayed, Kawamura enrolled without giving much thought. He was placed in the same room with two other room mates. One of them, Itou, dropped out when he couldn’t stand the tough life. This left Kawamura with Yoshitake, a tall, quiet and non-responsive guy. (from Mangaupdates)


川村和也:Yoshino Hiroyuki 吉野裕行
吉武宏樹:Maeno Tomoaki 前野智昭
森下功:Hirakawa Daisuke 平川大輔
吉田薫:Miyake Kenta 三宅健太
伊藤:Okabayashi Fumihiro 岡林史泰
小林美和:Numakura Manami 沼倉愛美
教師:Matsuda Kenichirou 松田健一郎
アナウンサー:Sakamaki Manabu 坂巻学
田島:Shimeno Junko 〆野潤子

1. 前野智昭 × 吉野裕行
Maeno Tomoaki x Yoshino Hiroyuki

Rate: 8/10
H Rate: 7/10. Maa maa kanaaa
Blab: Actually I didn’t feel much for the actual pairing in this one, but the storytelling with the piloting theme and music made it an enjoyable listen XD;

25th May
written by Splash

Oborozuki Yoru ni, Aitai.
朧月夜に、あいたい。 (幻冬舎ルチル文庫) [文庫]
真崎 ひかる (著), 宝井 理人 (イラスト)

Rate: 9/10
Blab: Another book I picked out for Takarai Rihito’s art. + Piano involvement. For what I paid for it, it was very worthwhile so I’m giving it the 9. XD
Finally a karami that went into some detail XD;
Some good kyunkyun on my piano-playing days. The author didn’t get too deep into the actual mechanics of playing, which is fine, but it was good enough to know that at least she wasn’t a stranger to how the music world works. I also really liked the couple as individual characters quite a bit, even though the seme had it so easygoing, envious~. The uke Niina Keito had an interesting complex with his own name, and the seme Aihara Hiroshige was… an interesting personality all-around. Dahahahahaha. It made the second half even more interesting than the first half in ways, actually. For that, I give it good plus points. I do kind of have to agree with one of the reviews on AmazonJP though, there’s really not much relationship goodness to finish up the story after they do the deed. The resolution with the parents was a good thing, but I’m kind of picky like the reviewer and would’ve wanted more too.

Also, the double-layering plot with “Nao-chan” and the piano bit didn’t quite fit in with me. I kept feeling like the Nao-chan part was just unnecessary, even though the title of the book is based on that part. But then the piano part would be the part that seemed “extra” even though I prefered that part… =w=;;; Well, it’s only a very slight complaint, and at the end it does come together a bit.

The extra part written for the volume was mostly an expansion on “Nao-chan” which I honestly skimmed through. It was generally interesting, but I just wasn’t generally interested. XD; The ending part with Aihara’s perspective was very interesting though. Ohohohoho.
The age gap for this one was the good kind of moeeee. /razz

There’s apparently a spin-off 有明月に、おねがい for Tomosaka Masubi’s coupling also with Takarai’s art, but I don’t think I’m interested in his character enough for it. XD;

20th May
written by Splash

Koi no Kokoro ni Kuroi Hane (Mind of the love where the dark feather grows)
Released: 2008/12/25
Listened: 5/20/11

Summary: A series of one-shots with a focus on how people around the protagonists deal with knowing someone who’s homosexual, rather than the gay relationship itself. The subject matter ranges from schoolboy love (one with unexpected results and one that’s more traditional of the genre) to coming out to your family. What could be more awesome than quoting gay literature at the object of your desires, anyway? (from Vices and Devices)

「好き」という純粋な気持ちと、 それを覆う汚れた性癖。
「イッツマイチョコレート!」「その火をこえ てこい」
「FOOL 4 U」の3編も収録!

「イッツマイチョコレート!」: “It’s My Chocolate!”
高知実: Sugiyama Noriaki 杉山紀彰
阪下: Mizushima Takahiro 水島大宙

「恋の心に黒い羽」: “Koi no Kokoro ni Kuroi Hane”
二神: Hirakawa Daisuke 平川大輔
中頭: Taniyama Kishou 谷山紀章
瓜谷: Takagi Wataru 高木渉

「その火をこえてこい」: “Sono Hi wo Koete Koi”
鹿目: Suzuki Tatsuhisa 鈴木達央
六条: Kakihara Tetsuya 柿原徹也

「FOOL 4 U」: “Fool 4 U”
充夫: Sugita Tomokazu杉田智和
結: Yusa Kouji 遊佐浩二

1. 谷山紀章 x 平川大輔
Taniyama Kishou x Hirakawa Daisuke
2. 鈴木達央 x 柿原徹也
Suzuki Tatsuhisa x Kakihara Tetsuya
3. 杉田智和 x 遊佐浩二
Sugita Tomokazu x Yusa Kouji

Rate: 7/10
H Rate: It had bits here and there but nothing really graphic. Like a rated R movie.
The first story with Sugiyama had Sugiyama and Mizushima already going out, but it was more about Sugiyama’s huge family and his struggles with coming out to them. Lalala~ The rest is just as the description goes.
Free talk: Tattsun admitting he’s the type who’ll probably start thinking about a girl if they’re the one to confess XD;

6th May
written by Splash

Otonaki Sekai
by 杉原 理生 (著), 宝井 理人 (イラスト)

Rate: 7/10
Blab: An awful lot of general storytelling about the characters in their careers as freelance film directors/photographers which honestly didn’t interest me much. My eyes scanned through and found all the parts pertaining to the development of the pair itself XD;
Also, there was zero meaning to having the seme smoke. All he did was pop it out on occasion and ruin the atmosphere unless I ignored it altogether, and since I was already doing that with other parts of the book, I was able to do that. I just wish that part just hadn’t been part of the setting in the first place /hmm
The H was kind of hot~ Most of the BL novels I’ve read are extremely light in H content (and I’m fine with it that way), but I liked the slight daringness this piece has and I would’ve been fine seeing it go even deeper. XD

The book is divided into two parts, and the first part ends with the seme’s commitment while the second half ends with the uke’s. The age gap was moe. The basic personality differences between the two was also moe. The first half was considerably more interesting to me than the second half, especially since the second half gets into long flashbacks about alcohol abuse and domestic violence from the uke’s father, blahblahblah. That was on top of the usual career talk I didn’t have interest in. XD;

But at least Takarai Rihito’s art makes it totally worth it /love

6th May
written by Splash

Nemuru Usagi
by 木原 音瀬 (著), 車折 まゆ (イラスト)
Release Date: 2009/4/15
Read: 4/2011

Rate: 7/10
Blab: Random pickup for Konohara Narise since the summary interested me. I was a bit surprised the actual novel is smaller than my usual BL books, but there’s still plenty of material in it to read. In fact I haven’t even read the one shot that was added to the back of the book… ^^;
My interest in the couple waned off towards the end and I only brushed through the parts about coming out to the parents. But the first 2/3 of the book was pretty good. A few things irked me here and there, like the girl in the story who seemed double-personality to me >_> (at least she disappears from the story altogether relatively quickly), but the all-important male x male bonding was great on my heart >w< ~ The art is REALLY not my style but I still appreciated it.

1st May
written by Splash

Boulanger no Koibito
Release Date: 04/27/2011 
Listened: 5/1/11



Asao(浅尾) took after of his father’s bakery and had a repeat customer.
He was quiet and woodenly expressionless. Buys sweet bread every time.
One day, lack of sleep made him break down. Since then, their distance became to come closer…

Bakery shop manager & novel writer’s love story.

浅尾宗規: Takahashi Hiroki 高橋広樹
藤川聖: Nojima Hirofumi 野島裕史
田辺: Toochika Kouichi 遠近孝一

Takahashi Hiroki x Nojima Hirofumi

Rate: 6/10
Blab: It pretty is just as the comments said. The “click” moment made me laugh. I had to. XD;

1st May
written by Splash

3ken Tonari no Tooihito
Release Date: 04/27/2011
Listened: 5/1/11


First love never comes true. But can’t stop thinking of it…

Mitsuya(光也) meets with his childhood friend & his brother’s best friend, Noboru(昇) at his new apartment.
Which was his first love, and has been 10 years from last meeting him.
Kissing Noboru forcibly on Mid school age, he has been avoid by him since then.
He felt remorse of it but, when having him close again, he couldn’t can’t stop thinking of him and…

高科昇: Nojima Hirofumi 野島裕史
岸本光也: Hino Satoshi 日野聡
岸本利光: Hirakawa Daisuke
柳瀬: Suzuki Tatsuhisa 鈴木達央
潮見: Hatano Wataru 羽多野渉

Hino Satoshi x Nojima Hirofumi

Rate: 7/10
H Rate: 6/10. Nothing all that memorable XD
Blab: Hinocchi POV. I agree with the freetalk, the whole atmosphere was something really low-to-earth so it was easy to follow. The 10-year gap fired me up in great biased ways. 8D;;;
Unfortunately, it ended pretty quickly after the hookup. :o

1st May
written by Splash

Shizuku Hanabira Ringo no Kaori
雫 花びら 林檎の香り
Released: 03/23/2011
Listened: 4/3/2011


榛名: Suzuki Tatsuhisa 鈴木達央
中川: Morikawa Toshiyuki 森川智之
春菜: Takahashi Mikako 高橋美佳子
蔵元: Iizuka Shouzou 飯塚昭三
ジェス: Hanawa Eiji 花輪英司

1. 森川智之×鈴木達央
Morikawa Toshiyuki x Suzuki Tatsuhisa

H Rate:
Blab: Tattsun Engrish \o/!!!!!!