Links – An Unusual Connection

LINKSRelationships 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

Sekiya Masahito & Shibata Ryou

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 ^.^565feb632b0c3add0e51aef8f53e9486

maeno3 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 TaishiMuratashop 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?

Tsubame Yahiko & Niitsu Akiha

The second couple’s relationship is of two people having a link through professional/personal connections.

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Yahiko is Sado’s Secretary (who is a Yakuza boss), and his bodyguard (Seiyuu- Hatano wacchanWataru), and he is head over heals for Akiha (Seiyuu – Nojima 11956Hirofumi) 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?

Kameda Aoi & Ogikawa Yuusei

Our third couple did not even started as a couple, they were just two people who got linked through a cat.59e379da15e0b742f6f38b3730230809

hanaenatsuki141311Yup, 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?

 Nakajou Shinobu & Sado Takaaki

Our final couple looks like two people always on bad terms (seen mostly arguing or fighting with each other).

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32523How are they linked…Shinobu (SeShingakiTarusukeiyuu- 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, 35989happy 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.


 

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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.
Watch BLCD + MANGA Montage Here

 

Seiyuu Intro & Recommendations

Osu! Minna, Skuj Fujoshi desu. I am the newbie in the author team and will be covering the part of BLCD reviews and seiyuu blogs. Yorushiku!!!

Is there a reason why BLCDs are becoming popular among Yaoi/Shounen Ai manga readers? YES!!! Because they have some of the most popular seiyuu/voice actors as the main voice cast. Does the name Yusa Kouji, Morikawa Toshiyuki or Maeno Tomoaki ring a bell? They sure do to us at Fated Fujoshis and as Fujoshis, we will talk a lot more about the BLCD series that contains the voices of some of these awesome seiyuu. So all the newbies and the not so new Fujoshis/Fudanshi’s out there have a look at our drama cd recommendations and reviews and decide which ones you wanna watch first or second…

Before we move on to reviews, let’s get to know a little more about the “starring voice acting cast” aka seiyuu:

Yusa Kouji

Koji YusaChoosing mesmerizing and sexy voices isn’t the only criteria BLCDs are famous for. For those of you who have heard him in anime and drama CDs, you’ll find Yusa san having a soft and distinctly smooth voice. His usual anime roles are those of Bishonen or affable adult males, sometimes bordering chivalrous pervert territory^^, and recently most-known for Uke roles in BLCDs. Some of Yusa-Yusa (nicknamed by fans) roles are “Yaoi bait” or Mr. Fan service. He is most notable for his anime characters Gin Ichimaru from Bleach and Lau from Kuroshitsuji. As a Kyoto native, he tends to use that distinct accent in many of his anime and BL roles.

Fujoshi Recommendation

NEOBK-1333581Listen to Yusa san in Sakuraga Mei sensei’s Warui series as Shirahane Nanao and you’ll melt listening to his voice ;). The first two BLCDs Mujihi Na Otoko and Mujihi Na Ananta are voiced by Yusa san as Nanao. His character sounds flirtatious and shallow at first but is actually a very sensitive, caring, and emotional person. Yusa san has done a marvelous job depicting the emotional ups and downs in Nanao’s life when he struggles to hide his feelings of unrequited love. Or, if want to have a taste of twisted personality of Yusa san, then listen to Akunin wo Nakaseru Houhou where he plays Takao a sadist in love with money, more than the guy who loves him.

Maeno Tomoaki

MaenoTomoaki11The seiyuu world is full of deep and distinct voices. Distinct in the sense of voice range with no end when it comes to the adaptability of a particular character or environment/atmosphere that the manga story displays. Maeno Tomoaki is one such seiyuu who is marvelous in changing the lightness or depth in his voice range when it comes to a character. Some of his popular anime characters include Son Hak from Akatsuki no Yona, Kaidou Haru from Super Lovers, Decim from Death Parade, and Yukina Kou from Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi. Recently, he has also been seen in a lot of musical and Otome games/anime like Uta Pri no Prince Sama and he also has a superb singing voice. BLCDs is one place where Maeno san’s voice is too hot to handle (literally!!!). He sounds delicious and sensual, especially when he deepens his voice in that flirtatious manner trying to seduce the other party. Yeah…yeah got you dreaming right! But, that’s the unique part of his voice acting for you, so just pay attention to that tone and you’ll know what I am getting at 😉

Fujoshi Recommendation

ameiroIf you are in a mood to listen to romantic comedy where two people are poles apart in their attitude and character, yet have to work together, then start with Amerio Paradox by Natsume Isaku sensei. Maeno san’s voice of Kaburagi Motoharu as a cold, distant and calculating person will make you wonder “how will the romance come into play”. Enter Onoe Satoshi (voiced by Kondou Takashi san), a journalist with a strong sense of work ethics and the sparks fly off the roof. The animosity and chemistry between the two characters is just amazing and hilarious. In other words, you will laugh out and fall in love with both characters. And we have three volumes lined-up for you. Or, give a definite try to the warm, heartfelt BLCD addition of Links by Kizu Natsuki sensei, where Meano san voiced the role of Sekiya Masahito, an introvert radio personality with a suave voice >.< who normally avoids people’s company, but is unable to avoid a certain “oyaji” café manager.

 

You want to check out how Meano san sound acting as a sadist, then listen to Takarai Rihito sensei’s series Ten Count, where he is playing a quiet, awkward to the extent of weird counselor Kurose Riku trying to treat and seduce Mysophobic Shirotani Tadaomi (voiced by   Tachibana Shinnosuke san) ^^. And for those of you who wonder how he sounds as a Uke, listen to Mousou Elektel (having 4 volumes of the series) or Shitter yo.

Morikawa Toshiyuki

mori mori4A veteran seiyuu, but his popularity is so much that even today he bags the main anime roles. Nicknamed as Mori Mori he has quite a huge fan base too, due in part to being one of the most attractive seiyuu around. Mori san has an all-round voice range, from badass to bishonen, he does them all just fine. He also created his own voice acting school and agency in April 2011 with fellow seiyuu partner Fukuyama Jun. Coming from a sportsman background (American Football and tennis to be exact), he’s a simple-minded sweet guy from cuckoo land; a far cry from the characters he usually portrays. Takes on an average of 3 characters per anime project, O.O!

Fujoshi Recommendation

tumblr_nyc6h7aYUx1uhzq53o3_500As far as BLCD voice versatility is concerned, Mori san seems to be the most “in demand” Seme seiyuu.  If you are unfamiliar with his BL work check out another of our multiple series collections – ZE. Mori san has voiced the role of Mitou Shoui. It is a serious role, where you will hear the gruff, hard and sometimes harsh tone usage, but he has acted this complicated character and his relationship with love interest Asari, beautifully.

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Hey Everyone! This long over due Project is finally completed, movie style! I think I spent literally 30 days since my last project on this one 24~7 excluding sleep lol. Not only was this CD long but it had 35% freestyle in which I got all translated for you guys so we could enjoy this story 100%. As I said before, this is considered a shounen-ai, BUT there is sexy audio scenes all translated as well. This manga got almost a 5 perfect rating and I did want to bring it justice just like a movie, just like the author intended. (All one track) Now, for a few of you who though it was a complicated read, or got loss, (even though the art is beautiful, Sekiya, Akiha and Kameda do look the same in black and white, except for little differences) but having the voice over the manga, will lift your confusion right away and actually be able to enjoy this AMAZING story. The video starts off introducing all 4 pairings then we move on to the story. Just Fyi, the opening is very important to the ending. If you guys want to have fun and discuss this manga, I’m all in, joining in, I would love to have your say on this story! So enjoy! [FB&amp;MBE]Links_C6_4_P26 - Copy (2) - Copy - Copy

Ps : Throughout this month’s journey into making links, I’ve met some wonderful people who got interested into being part of this project, and helped me out a lot, and now they are new team members! We have Nagareboshi (Japanese Translator. @crappy-bl-scanlations) Vicky Fujoshi (proofreader) and my new assistant Miyake Kamikage Fujoshi to help me through various things! (And Welcome to the team Jess I cant wait to see more of your future projects!) To our beloved Followers, I really think the more the merrier for creating awesomeness…If you have special skills and want to help out email us!-We don’t bite and everyone is useful 🙂

tumblr_nwb7jhFkgZ1rc0lzwo1_500📺 BLCD & MANGA Watch Here. Links By Kizu Natsuki
♫ Cast: Shibata Ryo: Taishi Murata x Sekiya Masato: Tomoaki Maeno, Niitsu Akiha: Hirofumi Nojima x Tsubame Yahiko: Wataru Hatano, Aoi Kameda: Makoto Furukawa x Ogikawa Yuusei: Natsuki Hanae, Sado Takaaki: Tarusuke Shingaki x Shinobu Nakajou: Saito Soma & Sado’s brother: Atsushi Tamaru.
Summary: A dramatic collection of stories linking four men and their “half-baked” lovers. Follow the merry-go-around of inter-linked men and their relationships as they come full circle during Advent season. ( Read below Character Profiles)

Credits :

BLCD Editor~Creator
Katsumi Fujoshi @fatedfujoshisblog.tumblr.
Miyake Kamikage Fujoshi (Assistant)

CD Freestyle Translations
Mikachan -Japanese Translator. @mikachan2005
Nagareboshi -Japanese Translator. @crappy-bl-scanlations
Vicky Fujoshi-Japanese Translator & Proofreader.

SCAN GROUPS (English Scans)
QC Crystalynn @fujoshibitches
QC Rain @mustbeendless
Translator ~ Tyl
Proofer ~ Hoshikuzuu Alex
Editor ~ Crystalynn
Scans ~Johana~Crystalynn

Links Extra (Animate bonus paper)
luvfksy @moomowme


Character ( and pairing) Profiles

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