Posts Tagged ‘9 – Rec’

5th October
written by Splash

Hana nomi zo shiru
宝井 理人 (イラスト)
3 volumes, complete

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3

Rate: 9
Arikawa Youichi x Misaki Shouta, third year college students. One in law school, the other studying botany.
If you want something just simple and sweet with amazing art, this hits the spot.

This is one I’m sure to re-read in years from now and fall in love with once again~

*spoilers from here on*

12th September
written by Splash

Naranai Denwa ga Koi wo Tsutaeru
坂井朱生 (著), 宝井理人 (イラスト)


Rate: 9/10
H Rate: 9/10
Blab: Yet ANOTHER book I picked out solely for Takarai Rihito’s art. The single review on amazonJP (at the time of this writeup) rates this book with only 3 stars, but it seems the reviewer just has something against sweet-talkers. I don’t have a problem with it as long as it’s done tastefully. :P

I like this author’s style of writing. Maybe because I suck at doing dialogue so much myself, but this author has a pretty natural way of going about it. I felt there was a good balance of dialogue, monologue and descriptive whatever else. Kyouji’s everlasting tsun and Akiu Takayuki’s unrelenting sweet talk, moemoemoemoe. Even during their H, which fired me up in all the wrong ways XDDD /love

But because of that good balance, even with half the book spent on Takayuki hitting on Kyouji without getting any real affection back, everything still felt very good. XD;;; In fact, banzai for all that time because it gave me all these “IT WAS ALL WORTH IT, you’re such a good man” feels at the end.

There’s also an age gap, with Kyouji being 19 and they never confirmed Takayuki’s age, but he was probably around or close to 30. M.o.e.

I couldn’t help but feel like Kyouji’s brother Ikuya’s presence was there mostly to just lead off to a possible spin-off of Ikuya and Takao’s relationship. o.O; I can’t say I care much about their story at this point though… (poke me again if Takarai does art for it~).

Oh and 3 beautiful H scenes, big thumbs up XDDDDD;
Definitely want to reread this one sometime.

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

28th September
written by Splash

One way no Kagi
Release Date: 2011/09/28


Sugiyama Noriaki 杉山紀彰
Nojima Hirofumi 野島裕史
Suzuki Tatsuhisa 鈴木達央
Hatano Wataru 羽多野渉

1. 杉山紀彰×野島裕史
Sugiyama Noriaki x Nojima Hirofumi
2. 鈴木達央×羽多野渉
Suzuki Tatsuhisa x Hatano Wataru

Manga/Novel: Manga
Author: Umematsu Machie (梅松町江)
Company: FIFTH Avenue

Rate: 9/10
H Rate: 8/10
Blab: Fff one of the better ones I’ve heard lately. First there was nothing to really set me off (lately I’ve been feeling chemistry OCCASIONALLY only to have it ruined by the character smoking or shit >_>). And no outward “normal” plot to turn the CDs into filler, just pure relationship goodness. So yes, there were actual characterizations and good personal talks. and kotobazeme.

AND THE CAST, mmth. /love

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;

30th November
written by Splash

Simple Tone
Release Date: 2010/09/25

下野紘と梶裕貴のRadio Misty内で配信されたオリジナルドラマを完全収録!

Kaji Yuuki 梶裕貴(加納貴一)
Shimono Hiro 下野紘(吉沢翔吾)
Hatano Wataru 羽多野渉(桐谷直人)

Rate: 9/10
Blab: Shounen-ai. One word for this: KYUN
Oh gosh, everyone was awesome in this. And stories that deal with this kind of inner conflict really hit me hard. Thus, KYUN.
I did so desperately want something more in terms of shounen-ai, but I’m okay with it as is. KYUN.

As a side-note, Kaji’s sound effect at the start of the free talk was PERFECT /lol

11th August
written by Splash

Kusa no Kanmuri Hoshi no Kanmuri
草の冠 星の冠
Released: 07/22/2010


仁王: Morikawa Toshiyuki 森川智之
澪: Kaji Yuuki 梶裕貴
さくら: Suzuki Tatsuhisa 鈴木達央
春: Oda Hisafumi 小田久史
冬: Yoshino Hiroyuki 吉野裕行

小説家: Nojima Hirofumi 野島裕史
梅: Mizushima Takahiro 水島大宙


Rate: 9/10
H Rate: N/A – 100% shounen-ai
I’ll have something better to say about the actual story once I’ve …fully consumed it lol. It’s a concept quite alien to me (personification of the seasons/flowers), but I love how they described it. Lots of KOKORO. and fuwa. XD; iyasareru. A meditation of sorts.

Morimori’s old man was a bit disturbing. XD; But the story had its own setsunasa to distract me away from how disturbing it was.
Kaji Yuuki was cute as usual. Uwao.
Suzuki Tatsuhisa and Oda Hisafumi were using rather light voices, both good. XD
Noji-nii had a pretty unique characterization for this work. Mizushima Takahiro used his wonderfully silky voice that I like for a work like this. It was quite perfect.~

And the extra free talk is worth listening to all on its own.
YOCCHIN’S SOCCER BAKA VUVUZELA MADNESS wahhhhht. I was rolling around.
/love /love /love /love /love

30th June
written by Splash

Release Date: 06/23/2010
Listened: 6/29/2010


東大寺: Kondo Takashi 近藤隆
沢田: Mizushima Takahiro 水島大宙

涌井: Hiyama Nobuyuki 檜山修之
小西: Itou Kentarou 伊藤健太郎

Rate: 9/10
H Rate: 9/10
Blab: Sexually confused men MOEMOEMOE
Been a while since I’ve gotten so much MOE vibe from a Drama CD outside of Konohara-sensei’s works. Too bad there was a second couple involved and took time away from the first one I especially liked +___+~
Gotta admit, non-intrusive BGM REALLY helps carry the mood along. I’ve been listening to too many CDs where the music is so cheesy or unfitting the scene >_>;

Listened while having Tales of Vesperia PS3 on mute as I farmed grade points. That has nothing to do with anything, just noting it down as a personal memo. XD;

8th April
written by Splash


Takahisa Tooru 高久透 : Hatano Wataru 羽多野渉
Fujishima Keishi 藤島啓志 : Nojima Hirofumi 野島裕史

Hatano Wataru x Nojima Hirofumi
羽多野渉 × 野島裕史

I read the novel before I listened to the CD for the first time in the BL genre.
Will be adding the Drama CD portion when it’s out. added!

Spoilers and R-18 discussion: (more…)

28th March
written by Splash

Release Date: 3/25/2010
Listened: 3/28/2010

Takahisa Tooru 高久透 : Hatano Wataru 羽多野渉
Fujishima Keishi 藤島啓志 : Nojima Hirofumi 野島裕史

Hatano Wataru x Nojima Hirofumi
羽多野渉 × 野島裕史


Rate: 9/10
H Rate (CD): 6/10 – Just because it gets cut off as usual… XD
H Rate (Book): 7/10 – Just because it’s a bit more descriptive, lawl.
Blab: Hoshit drama.
But omg, it hurt in a funny way to see Noji-nii play his younger role (high school). But the end of the CD made it ALLLLL worth it. I look forward to the last installment.

Akai Hana was a good listen too. Mmmmmm.

will be reading the novels before COLD FEVER is out >>