Relationships are always complex, they never go smoothly, but so does life. As the title suggests, this manga’s story revolve around eight men all linked aka connected with each other through circumstances, profession, and personal relationships. Links talk about these men trying to live their lives and hoping to find happiness and maybe love.
Getting to know the characters & Seiyuus
Have you ever waited to listen to your favorite radio show/TV series with baited breath just to hear or watch your fave RJ or TV actor talk or perform. The first couple featuring in our story share a similar kind of link ^.^
Sekiya Masahito (Seiyuu – Maeno Tomoaki) and Shibata Ryou (Seiyuu – Taishi Murata) established their link when this young radio jockey with a suave voice meets the 30 yr old shop manager with a koe/voice fetish. Sekiya’s first meeting with Shibata was coincidental when he came for a coffee and Shibata recognizes his voice as the voice of the RJ that has enamored him in his fave Midnight radio show. Sekiya gets irritated by this overly enthusiastic, extremely friendly, bothersome ossan and his persistent requests of friendship. Shibata san is too dense to understand that Sekiya kun does not want to get along. How will Shibata san manage to get the unsociable Sekiya’s attention?
The second couple’s relationship is of two people having a link through professional/personal connections.
Yahiko is Sado’s Secretary (who is a Yakuza boss), and his bodyguard (Seiyuu- Hatano Wataru), and he is head over heals for Akiha (Seiyuu – Nojima Hirofumi) Sado’s senpai and his dead brother’s ex lover. Akiha is still clinging to his past love, to the memories of his dead boyfriend (Seiyuu – Tamaru Atsushi). No one can replace the memories of the past and if someone is not ready to move on, its even harder for the ones who love them. This is the reality of Yahiko and Akiha. Akiha does feel something for Yahiko, but the past memories keep coming back, and he is just not able to let go. Will Akiha ever understand that his happiness time has finally arrived; that sometimes its better to let go of the past and accept to give love another chance?
Our third couple did not even started as a couple, they were just two people who got linked through a cat.
Yup, Ogikawa (Seiyuu- Hanae Natsuki) is a sales man who tried to rescue a cat from rain, but collapsed because he was drunk. In came the knight in shinning armor, Kameda, a metal engraver and Shinobu’s childhood friend (Seiyuu- Furukawa Makoto) who was just walking by. He sees the drenched /sorry looking fellow and his cat, picks them up and brings them to his home. Next is a sudden development of adopting the cat, sharing meals together and taking care of both cat and food expenses. Well, they had some quirky moments and their likeness is extremely cute and heartwarming. But, will their friendship turn into another quirky relationship?
Our final couple looks like two people always on bad terms (seen mostly arguing or fighting with each other).
How are they linked…Shinobu (Seiyuu- Saito Soma) is a Yakuza’s son, although he does not do any Yakuza work and he is Sado’s partner (Seiyuu – Shingaki Tarusuke) who is a Yakuza boss and has been working under Shinobu’s father. They share a connection through a tragedy that happened 10 years ago, which brought them together and started a relationship with no expectations, but somehow they are still together. Will one them break the fragile thread that binds them or will they hold on to it, to each other desperately?
BLCD Verdict – *****
I have to say this loud and clear – THIS IS A MUST LISTEN BLCD… Yes, you will feel the effect of the manga triple fold with this drama CD. There is no question that the whole cast has done a wonderful job in voice acting. We have an awesomely cool regular fave BL seiyuus – Meano san (Ten Count & Ameiro Paradox), Shingaki san and Wacchan (Saezuru Tori Wa Habatakanai & Gosan no Heart), and Nojima san (NightS & Mother’s Spirit) in lead roles. But, the new comers in BL drama voices, Taishi san and Saito kun are amazing enacting their roles too. Taishi san (Baby Steps anime) is super hilarious portraying the awkward, happy go lucky Shibata; while Saito kun blew me over when I heard him playing Shinobu (totally different avatar from his anime roles, looking so forward to his role in Given BLCD). Another noticeable seiyuu is Furkuwa Makoto san (Given); forget One Punch Man please and behold his BL seiyuu version. Although he portrays a quiet character of Kameda Aoi, the acting is too funny and so is his chemistry with Hanae Natsuki kun who is sounding surprisingly mature in his BL voice acting work. Tamaru Atsushi kun did a good job as a supporting seiyuu enacting the dead brother’s role whose presence has remained throughout the series.
All four stories have something in common, they touch your heart and all four couples will become your favorite. I loved Sekiya and Shibata…they are just too cute to ignore, but its Shinobu and Sado whose constant banter, yet extreme feelings for each other stole my heart. It is a recommended must-read and a keeper. I hope Natsuki Kizu sensei brings us a sequel of this series.
Links By Kizu Natsuki
♫ Cast: Shibata Ryou Taishi Murata, Tomoaki Maeno, Hirofumi Nojima, Wataru Hatano, Makoto Furukawa, Natsuki Hanae, Tarusuke Shingaki, Saito Soma & Atsushi Tamaru.
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