Links – unspeakable connection

My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Relationships are always complex, they never go smoothly, but so does life. As the title suggests, this manga’s story revolves around eight men all linked aka connected with each other through circumstances, profession, and personal relationships. Links talks about these men trying to live their lives and hoping to find happiness and maybe love.

Art ╰(✿´⌣`✿)╯♡

One word…beautiful. I have just started following Kizu Natsuki sensei’s work and the enamoring art style and distinct features of the characters; especially their eyes take you in the story. It’s the art that talks and the story is an extended version of the art (if you know what I mean). Also ikemen gorgeous Seme and lovely (girlish-like) looking Uke. But the background design and the variation created for all characters in the story including supporting characters just amazed me. Not every mangaka can create such variety and remain connected to the story.

Characters (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤

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 speak or perform? maeno-tomoakiThe first couple featuring in the story is of Sekiya Masahito (Maeno Tomoaki), and Shibata Ryou (Taishi Murata) and their link establish when the young radio jockey with a 45693smooth voice (* >ω<) meets a 30 yr old shop manager with a koe/voice fetish. Sekia gets irritated by this overly enthusiastic, extremely friendly, bothersome ossan and his persistent requests of friendship. Shibata san is too dense to understand that Sekia kun does not want to get along. How will Shibata san manage to get the unsociable Sekia’s attention?

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2021937165The second couple‘s relationship is of two people having a link through professional/personal connections. Tsubame Yahiko (Hatano Wataru) is Sado Takaaki‘s secretary (a Yakuza boss), and his bodyguard, and he is head over heals for Niitsu Akiha (Nojima Hirofumi), Sado’s senpai, and his dead brother’s ex-lover. No one can replace the memories of the past, and if someone is not ready to move on, it’s even harder for the ones who love them. That is the reality of Yahiko and Akiha. Will he ever understand that his happiness time has finally arrived; that sometimes it is better to let go of the past and accept to give love another chance?

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32_hanae41311Our third couple did not even start as a couple (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و they were just two people who got linked through a cat. Yup, Ogikawa Yuusei (Hanae Natsuki) is a salesman who tried to rescue a cat from rain but collapsed because he was drunk. In came the knight in shining armor, Kameda Aoi (Furukawa Makoto), a metal engraver who was just passing by. He sees the drenched, sorry looking fellow, and his cat picks them up and brings them to his home. Their friendship is a quirky one, but is there scope for developing a relationship?

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46189Our final – fourth couple looks like two people always on bad 46442terms, seen mostly arguing or fighting with each other. How are they linked…Nakajou Shinobu (Saito Soma) is a Yakuza’s son, although he does not do any Yakuza work and he is Sado Takaaki‘s (Shingaki Tarusuke) partner who is a Yakuza boss and has been working under Shinobu’s father. They share a connection with a tragedy that happened ten years ago, which brought them together and started a relationship with no expectations, but somehow they are still together. Will one of them break the fragile thread that binds them or will they hold on to it, and to each other desperately?

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Enjoyment (⋈◍>◡<◍)。✧♡

As you can see the characters truly unique, but here is the enjoyment element – Links BLCD. Yes, you will feel the effect of the manga triple fold with the drama cd. There is no question that the whole voice cast has done an excellent job. We have an awesomely cool regular fave BL (Boys Love) seiyuuMeano Tomoaki, Shingaki Tarusuke, Hatano Wataru, and Nojima Hirofumi in lead roles. But the newcomers in BL, Taishi Murata, and Saito Soma are fantastic enacting their roles too. Taishi san is super hilarious portraying the awkward, Happy go lucky Shibata; while Saito kun blew me over when I heard him playing Shinobu, entirely different avatar from his anime roles.

35987Another noticeable seiyuu is Furukawa Makoto. Forget One Punch Man anime 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 Ogikawa’s seiyuu Hanae Natsuki who is sounding surprisingly mature in his BL voice acting work. Tamaru Atsushi did a good job as a supporting seiyuu enacting the dead brother’s role whose presence has remained throughout the series.

Overall ♥♥♥♥♥

All four stories have something in common, they touch your heart, and all four couples will become your fave. I loved Sekiya and Shibata…they are just too cute to ignore, but it’s Shinobu and Sado whose constant banter, yet extreme feelings for each other stole my heart. My recommended must read manga, a must listen BLCD and a keeper. I hope Natsuki Kizu sensei brings us a sequel to this series ♡✧。 (⋈◍>◡<◍)。✧♡.

 

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Ohio!!!

Ohio gosimus…!!! (guess I spelled it correctly…I mean after all that is how you greet in Japanese…) 

hmmmm… I was dodging the idea of writing this blog for quiet some time now. I mean who doesn’t like to be associated with romance and I can call myself a romantic person… but let’s take a moment here and think…isn’t romanticism as a quality a bit exaggerated… We see the shades of this quality almost everywhere… be it movies, novels, soap operas, songs, dance, travel and entertainment. Even serious issues of Law and Politics are not untouched by this word. But I’ll get into the romantic exaggeration of the serious portions a little later. 

For now let’s touch upon something nice to look at. Recently, I have gotten “fixated” towards the bishies *wink* alias Bishonen. WHO ARE THEY? Actually it’s a Japanese term whose literal meaning is “a beautiful boy or a beautiful youth”. Why the Bishies? (short term usage) I am a sucker for anime… Oh no!!! I am not an animator…I just love watching anime:).

Disney is and will always be my fave animation creator but somehow these Japanese anime are taking over my interest these days (well…ahem!!! It has fascinated for a few years now). Not getting into the details of how my actual anime craze started, let’s focus on the romance part in these animations that caught my interest in the first place *wink* .We can always relate music with romance and the anime that I am going to talk about right now is about a romantic musical…anime ishtyle. The anime name is La Corda d’Oro. he keyword here is “Violin romance” and its a story of a girl, the main protagonist – Hino Kahoko who is a general ED student of quiet a prestigious “Sieso Academy“, a school fore mostly known for its music department. It all starts when Hino tricked (emotionally blackmailed) by a fairy called “Lili” (a Thumbalina size he-male with wings and blond hair) into a music competition known as the “Concurs“. Now Hino not only lacks confidence, she’s also not cut out to be a musician (a fact she knows very well…) even if she’s got a magic violin and an adamant he-male fairy for help (talk about having a bad day). So this girl Hino ends up being a part of a “tough as nails” music competition (point to be noted -its a Western classical music competition, where the best music students of the school are going to compete on one stage). Huh!!! Guess we got the picture…that how a typical romance story is going to progress. Right!!! WRONG… here’s the twist or should I say eye candy ;)… the Bishies…all of them. Hino is surrounded by the most good looking Bishies one can ever imagine 😉 and somehow they are all interested in her (almost). Besides the Bishies factor, you will encounter some of the best played classical music compositions… (I know there are some of them I have never heard.)

Then there is a beautiful combination of colors…(even with bad hair color) its amazing. The dubbing isn’t half bad and yes the romantic atmosphere is always there to keep your interest from dithering away. Whether the girl ends with any of the Bishies… well for that watch this anime and find out for yourself… Maybe you’ll find some of the exaggerations that I have wrote in this first write-up of my blog are not exaggerated after all (You can always check the links in this blog for more info). Until I encounter the next exaggerated moment…. Sayonara and enjoy some lovely music from this anime:

P.S. I will ramble on the characters and the second season of this anime and some other cool bishie animes in my upcoming posts…