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 ♡✧。 (⋈◍>◡<◍)。✧♡.

 

Sora To Hara

空と原 [Sora to Hara]空と原 [Sora to Hara] by Asumiko Nakamura
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Why…Why…oh why I waited this long to read this manga. Well, maybe because I was not too fascinated with the art style. But then, Nakamura Asumiko sensei’s art is not the typical art you see in a Yaoi manga. The line drawing style, the not so perfect faces or the blank expressions…yeah at first glance they will not fascinate you. But as you start reading, you get immersed in the story and the characters and you feel that the drawing style suits the story perfectly.

Story– 4.5 For all those who have read the Classmates [Doukyuusei] series, this is the continuation story of the oh so cute Hara sensei and his journey to find his love.

Art-3.5 As mentioned before, the art style is way different from the usual style you have seen in the Boys Love (BL) /Yaoi mangas. But, I think you can get used to it once you start reading the story. The art blends well with the story and its characters. I’m not sure how much I can like the flowing line drawing style, but the face and expressions were clear and good. Shounen-ai’s do focus more on the dramatic aspect of the story and you can see that in their art.

Character-4 Well, for those of you who have read previous series, Hara sen has been a constant character and I always wanted to see his “happy ending”. I’m glad that we get to see a side of Hara sen that previous mangas did not portray, his “desperately and idiotically in love” side ^.^ Sorano is a refreshing change from a typical Uke, although I wanted to see many more moments of his with Hara sen, that’s why I felt his character development lacked something. Maybe pulling in other characters help in understanding Hara sen’s past relationships, but Sorano and Hara sen’s ending up together to me looked a little rushed.

Enjoyment-4 Enjoyment is definitely there, especially the conversations between Hara sen and Sorano. I love the way Hara sen gets flustered in front of Sorano whenever he tries to act like an adult, but not so convincingly ^o^

Overall-4
The story is a good continuation and conclusion of a wonderful series. Of course, it leaves a lot to be desired from the Yaoi part, but if you are into Drama CD’s, I highly recommend listening to it. The voice acting / seiyuu cast is awesome ♥♥♥ – Fukuyama Jun (Aoto Sorano), & Ishikawa Hideo (Hara Manabu).

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