Archive for October, 2011

22nd October
written by Splash

Doko ni demo aru Koi no Hanashi
柊平 ハルモ (著), 宝井 理人 (イラスト)


Rate: 9/10
Blab: Yet ANOTHER book I picked out solely for Takarai Rihito’s art. The summary could hardly tell me whether I was going to like this or not, so I took a big leap of faith with an unfamiliar writer. Was not disappointed. :D
Apparently the author had been on a hiatus for some time and this was her first in a few years and even longer for a one-volume?

When I started reading, I kind of wanted to picture voices in my mind to go with them. I settled with Kondou Takashi’s iyashi-kei for Hiyoshi Keita and Mizushima Takahiro for Miyagi Shuuya. But as I read on, I realized I was having a hard time REMEMBERING to put my voice choices to the characters, which wasn’t a bad thing really. xD;

There is sexual material with cousins involved (not the main pair), so if you’re squicky about it even for fictional work, avoid? Seriously, I really liked the characters in this books’ ideal of “love”, so this shouldn’t be an issue. It’s a beautifully portrayed love. I really, deeply felt for it.

H scenes for the OTP are also tastefully saved for the two-part epilogue :D

If I DO have any criticisms, it was that this writer is REALLY repetitive in getting her characterization points across. She’ll write out like 3 different ways during the same conversation how the main character is confused about something in his mind, so literally it’ll sometimes be 3 or 4 pages before a conversation moves onto the next line. I kind of laughed about it at certain points. And honestly just skipped some paragraphs altogether.

On that end, while I appreciate the focus on characterization rather than just plotplotplot, it still felt kind of filler-ish, and those pages and time spent reading them could’ve been used more effectively. XD But you can’t win them all. I’d rather they be about characterization than a sideways plot anyway. This book was still very much worthwhile and full of love. God, why aren’t there more men as loving as these guys in real life /love

5th October
written by Splash

Wabi to Erosu no Okeiko
Release Date:2011/09/28
Listened: 10/2/2011

ついに先生をこの手で…!! 浮足立つ聡維だったが、気がつけば本性を剥き出しに

久野芳一 Yusa Kouji 遊佐浩二
宮瀬聡維 :Kaji Yuuki 梶 裕貴
箱田、女生徒 : Hagai Mari 羽飼まり
井上 : Akiho Saeko 秋保佐永子
配達員 : Higuchi Tomoyuki 樋口智透

Yusa Kouji x Kaji Yuuki

Manga/Novel: Novel
Illustrator: Natsumizu Ritsu (夏水りつ)
Author:Hanakawado Ayame(花川戸菖蒲)
Company: Atis

Rate: 7/10
H Rate: 7/10
Blab: I actually kind of skipped past the H after a while because I lost interest in the pairing after the hookup and I was getting nervous people in the train could hear it… XD; It was kind of fun how they switched perspectives, but then the actual hookup was kind of plain. :\
I did enjoy the whole tea ceremony study bit though.

1st October
written by Splash

Second Serenade
Release Date: 2011/09/22
Listened: 9/30/2011

•(初めてだと言うわりには、まあまあよかったよ。相性も悪くなかったしね) 一途に好きだった高校時代の先生に大失恋してしまった大学生の掛川。しかも先生の秘密の恋人は、自分の友人だった。なかばやけっぱちに誘った年上の男・橋本は、顔は極上だが性格は最悪。カラダで失恋の痛みを慰めてもうには、うってつけの相手だったが…。

Inoue Gou 井上剛
Tachibana Shinnosuke 立花慎之介
Hino Satoshi 日野聡
Mizushima Takahiro 水島大宙
Kusunoki Taiten 楠大典

1. 井上剛 x 立花慎之介
Inoue Gou x Tachibana Shinnosuke

Manga/Novel: Novel
Author: Konohara Narise (木原音瀬)
Illustration: Kitahata Akeno (北畠あけ乃)
Company: モモアンドグレープスカンパニー

Rate: 8/10
H Rate: 7/10
Blab: 2-CDs. Inoue Gou’s first BL “main” and I think he did well with it. The whole thing was pretty interesting to listen to, what with the seme becoming an actor and the whole subtle “change” with the uke. That’s… just about it. xD