BLCD: Sentimental Garden Lover (Kondou Takashi x Kamiya Hiroshi)
Title: Sentimental Garden Lover センチメンタルガーデンラバー (26/09/2008)
Horie Kazuma x Kamiya Hiroshi 堀江一眞 x 神谷浩史
Kondou Takashi x Kamiya Hiroshi 近藤隆 x 神谷浩史
Nakamura Yuuichi x Kishio Daisuke 中村悠一 x 岸尾だいすけ
w/ Tachibana Shinnosuke 立花慎之介
Rating: Highly recommended (a must for cat lovers! Nyaa~ =^^= )
“Dear God, I wish for arms wide enough to hug him and the body and strength to protect him!”
Fuji (Kondou Takashi) is a stray cat. He loves a kind and gentle man, Hiro (Kamiya Hiroshi) who named him and feeds him everyday. Fuji notices that Hiro is in an on-and-off abusive relationship with a man (Horie Kazuma) and even witnesses the man using violence on Hiro. Although Fuji tried to stop the man, he could not do anything for Hiro because he is only a cat. One day, Fuji sees the bruises on Hiro again and he prays earnestly for the ability to protect his beloved Hiro. Amazingly, Fuji gets his wish!
Shima (Kishio Daisuke) is a cute but proud little kitten who comes by Hiro’s house occasionally for food. Like Fuji, Hiro was the one who gave him his name. One day, he decides to leave the place. Hungry and tired, he faints and accidentally falls into Taki’s (Nakamura Yuuichi) opened bag. When he wakes up hungry and smelly, Taki makes fun of him but treats him kindly, feeding him milk and washing him. The next day, Taki leaves the window open while he goes to work. Taki’s ex-lover (Tachibana Shinnosuke) visits, hoping to apologise to him for ending their relationship. Coincidentally, his name is also Shima…
Based on a manga by Ogura Muku 小椋ムク
What is the next best thing after cat boys? Well, cats who become boys! XD
If you’re a cat lover, you’ll definitely fall in love with this drama, Sentimental Garden Lover. Listening to this drama made me smile and laugh a lot, especially at the parts where the seiyuus go Nyaa~nyaa~nyaa in their cat speak. They sound so cute, it’s almost criminal. Such an awesome stress reliever! Seriously, only when it comes to cats can we get such irresistibly cute portrayals. If we do the same for dogs, all we hear are panting and barking sounds ^^;;; For example Goshujin-sama to Inu series – Yasumoto Hiroki x Yusa Kouji, as a super adorable doggy. (I’ll review that next time) Well, dogs can sound cute too but dog speak just doesn’t have the same effect as cat speak.
Story-wise, it handles human relationships rather realistically for such a fantastical premise. Although it did not dwell in detail about Hiro’s abusive relationship with his ex-lover, it’s not difficult to understand why like many people in such relationships, Hiro could not end it by himself. Kamiya Hiroshi sounds so gentle and sweet as Hiro, I want to kidnap him for myself! Kamiyan! (Hiro…) Suki suki suki! (Like how Fuji does it in the drama XD) Lol~ His voice is a great match with Kondou Takashi’s bright, straightforward, enthusiastic and child-like sounding Fuji. Come to think of it, Fuji behaves more like a dog than a cat lol~
As for the second story, I find it quite touching too, especially the plot where Taki’s lover gave up their relationship because he decided to fulfill his duty to his family by getting married. Tachibana’s voice is very delicate as Shima and he brought across the quiet resignation that his character is feeling very well. I love the narrative from kitten Shima’s perspective and how it reveals the development of these relationships. The human-cat interaction between Kishio Daisuke’s Shima the kitten and Nakamura Yuuichi’s Taki is very adorable as well. The cast did a wonderful job!
Also, the use of music in this drama is brilliant! The well-composed background music is used appropriately and unobtrusively in the drama. The comic timing is almost perfect and it heightens the comedy when the scene requires it.
There isn’t much H in this drama, only a few sweet kisses and just one rather short but nose-bleed-inducing Kamiyan sex scene during a flash back in the beginning with Horie Kazuma. But please don’t be turned off by the lack of H cos it is a very enjoyable drama.
I also highly recommend the manga this drama is based on too. It is even more fun to listen to when you can see the cats’ and characters’ expressions that Ogura Muku-sensei has drawn. XD
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