Fall in love in Seven Days

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We have all heard of love at first sight, but can you really give a time limit to falling in love. Do you think you can fall in love in Seven Days? This Boys Love/ Shounen ai collaboration manga by Takarai Rihito (art) and Tachibana Venio (story) talks about this kind of story line where two extremely popular boys and story’s protagonists fall for each other in a span of seven days.

Summary

sevendays_yuzuruThird year high school student, Shino Yuzuru, is a boy with a beautiful face and has an amazing archery talent, but unfortunately his personality sucks. He is too laid back, and too blunt for his own good. His straightforward opinions even make his friends wary of him. As soon as his true personality surfaces, he is dumped by the girl he is going out with, that too in a matter of days.

84445_originalSeryou Touji, Shino’s kouhai is in the archery club as well and is a well-known ladies’ man, or so the rumor goes. The rumor circulating about him in school is that he will go out with the first person who asks him out on a Monday, but will promptly dump that very person on a Sunday. Despite this weekly dating/dumping ritual, Seryou’s popularity with girls never dies down. In fact, more and more girls become interested for a chance to have their dream date week with him. Reason being that for those seven days Seryou remains completely loyal and doting towards his partner, making them feel extremely special and wanted.

After hearing about the rumor, curious Shino nonchalantly asks Seryou out on a Monday. What Shino started as a joke, was a very serious undertaking of a relationship of seven days for Seryou. How will these two boys with very different personalities come together in a relationship is what this story is all about.

BL Drama CD

Seven days is a short and heart warming story, with a lovely touch of slice-of-life events. It is the way the story starts and then moves along each passing day that you as a reader/listener see varied shades of two people, who are just seeking to be with someone who understands them for who they are. What is awesome about the story is that besides having shounen-ai elements and a story span of a week the feelings growth between the characters is well built.  The storytelling blends with the emotional aspect of two individuals who are different yet so alike. Takarai Rihito sensei never fails in storytelling and this story will also tingle your heartstrings.

42175The two awesome and famously known names of the seiyuu world Fukuyama Jun (Shino) and Nakamura Yuichi (Seryou) have voiced the roles of the d6b9febc4bcdf530462799610dbfffde-voice-actor-actorstwo protagonists. Junjun has worked in other Drama CDs as well, but Seven Days in my opinion turns out be his best work. He brings out the charismatic and nonchalant personality of Shino remarkably well. On the other hand, Nakamura Yuuichi has proven himself once again that when it comes to soft hearted, shy characters, his voice acting will make you go weak in the knees and melt your hearts. Yuu san voiced the character of the sensitive and shy Seryou brilliantly, especially the part where he literally struggles with his feelings for Shino and how difficult it becomes for him to hide them, from the oh-so dense Shino.

My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

All in all I would give a ***** star to both the Manga and the BLCD. The drama cd is on-point in unfolding a beautiful school-life romance. Give it a listen, especially if you are still testing the waters of BL romance and Yaoi and Shounen-ai genre.

P.S. There is a live action adaptation of the manga as well, if you interested in watching another beautiful version of this adorable love story ^.^

 

 

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Yoideru koi o sezu

酔いどれ恋をせず [Yoidore Koi o Sezu]酔いどれ恋をせず [Yoidore Koi o Sezu] by Aoi Hashimoto

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Uke is erotically sexy, although lacks confidence and the Seme is scrumptious looking though with an emotionless face, but other than the sexiness, its an ero manga with a mix of bishonen (no complaints there ⁽͑˙˚̀༎˚́˙⁾̉).
I do like the art style of Aoi Hashimoto sensei and her previous work like きこえる? Kikoeru? , but the chemistry is thoroughly lacking in this lead pair. It’s still an ongoing manga although for now, it looks like an obvious romance -.-

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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 ♡✧。 (⋈◍>◡<◍)。✧♡.

 

The Highlander…(where is the romance)

The Highlander (Highland, #5)The Highlander by Ruth Ryan Langan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Maybe, it is a romance written during the early 90’s that I have rated it 3, or I got spoiled by the medieval romance stories written by Julie Garwood (she is the true medieval romance queen), Monica McCarty, Karen Marie Moning, Maya Banks and the likes. When I pick a romance novel, I like to get immersed in the story from page 1 (or at least after chapter 1). There should be a real connection among the characters, which makes me look forward to how the book will end. Otherwise, my impatient self wants to flip through the pages to get a feel of how the story is progressing t(ツ)_/¯ I know, bad habit, I shouldn’t, but I flipped through the pages again… >.< Can’t help it when almost after finishing 70% of the book I was craving for a solid dose of romance ໒( ᓀ ‸ ᓂ )७

Do not get me wrong; the story carries all the best of medieval romance parts in it –

  • rivalry of two clans/countries
  • protagonists belonging to rival countries
  • hostility among the leads
  • betrayal & kidnapping

This books started at a good pace, but there are many instances in the story where you feel that the author could have come up with a more original idea of bringing the two leads together. Sigh!!! This book was my first by author Ruth Ryan Langan. I love to find surprises and blow me over moments in Medieval romance, especially if it is a book from a new author. I do not know how her other books sound, and this review of mine is solely based on the impression I got from reading The Highlander.

536a6e0a40847cd0df930d8d95d1c398Lady Leonora Waltham, beloved daughter of the English vas722a73b60e14700727664a33ca4f9faesal and English King’s confidant, meets Scottish Laird and Robert the Bruce’s representative Dillon Campbell for the first time in a peace talk meeting. She has always heard rumors about the savagery and cruelty of the highlanders. Yet, duty for her king and love for her father forces her to complete the task of making sure the highlanders feel at ease on hostile grounds. What she never expected was getting extremely attracted to the leader of the highlanders, Dillon. Warring nations (you guessed it right…England & Scotland), coming together for peace talks, obviously there will be villainous plots to sabotage it. Facing the capture of his brother’s and worse his own death forced Dillon to kidnap Leonora. Leonora who had no idea what kind of political game was in play, becomes the captive of a highland savage who later on becomes her savior.

c158006f77ed5b751c0e69d016636c32The lead couple Leonora and Dillon were likable, and there were definite hints of strong sexual attraction/chemistry from the start. The heat index was high from the moment H&H laid their eyes on each other, but somehow the sizzle factor fizzled out as the story progressed. The thing about antagonism is, it just irritates the hell out of you if it keeps on going in more than 50% of the story. I understand that staying true to the historical times is important, but that does not mean that H&H should be at each others throat ¯\_ಠ_ಠ_/¯ every time they are together. Half the time, I wondered what is wrong with the couple. I mean really, do you have to be so difficult. Put two stubborn, thick headed people together, and voila…the arguments never cease.

Now the bits and pieces of likable parts…the supporting cast. Dillon’s clan was adorable, especially Robin, the slow-speaking giant guard placed for Leonora’s protection. Then there was the staff chef Mrs. McCallum, lady’s maid Gwyneth, and Dillon’s little sister Flame. The moments of romance came in bits too, lasted for a short while then poof…gone. I was hoping that the main leads were able to develop some sentiments for each other. But while Dillon shows some signs of accepting his attraction, Leonora behaves in her prideful manner and never reveals anything, except when she is in the company of others ヽ(ー_ー )ノ That’s why on the romance part the actual development happens after almost 70% of the story is over. I wasn’t expecting a lot of tupping, but I was hoping for some progress; instead it was an abrupt development and only happens when Leonora tries to escape from her captor. Phew!!!

Mutual feelings between the H&H looked rushed to me (finally some tupping action thank you!). I mean dire circumstances brought them together again so that they will accept their feelings for each other. Even the confession looked sudden to me (maybe when death is around the corner, you wanna confess argggggghhh!).

Romance stories should have romance… the arguments, fights…plotting…kidnapping… just left too much to desire. I will ponder on whether to read the rest of the series -.-

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