CD: Shukan Soine Vol.1 Kakeru (Hirakawa Daisuke, BlackButterfly)
Title: Shukan Soine CD Series Vol.1 Kakeru (19/11/2010)
週刊添い寝CDシリーズ vol.1 翔
Hirakawa Daisuke x You, the listener (lol~)
平川大輔 x あなた
Kakeru 翔: Hirakawa Daisuke 平川大輔
Rating: Highly recommended
Catalog No: BR-0009
Your boyfriend, Kakeru (Hirakawa Daisuke) returns home late due to work. He thinks you’re already asleep when he sees you in bed. He gets into bed with you and apologies to you for waking you up. Actually, you haven’t been able to fall asleep and have been feeling lonely while he is away. You seek his comfort and he gladly obliges. In fact, he loves it when you want his attention. Kakeru decides to keep you company and chat with you till you fall asleep…
Produced by BlackButterfly.
Oh… my… God… you can pretty much forget about sleeping… at least the first time you listen to Shukan Soine.
This CD left countless fangirls curled up, squeeing, giggling and drowning in their nosebleeds on their beds (and in my case, a wide silly grin plastered on my face as well :D ) with Hirarin whispering sweet nothings into their ears at night. And the casualties are increasing as the cd flies off the shelves and right into their ipods! [Side Note: The first press edition that comes with a bonus seiyuu freetalk track keeps getting sold out (>_<) but are fortunately restocked. I got my copy from Amazon Japan.] Only the regular edition is available now.
Shukan Soine CD Series Vol. 1 Kakeru 週刊添い寝 CD シリーズ vol.1 翔 is the first of a series of four CDs released by BlackButterfly to help listeners fall asleep under the loving voices, whispers and kisses of your audio boyfriends, voiced by:
- Hirakawa Daisuke 平川大輔 as Kakeru in Vol. 1. (翔) (19/11/2010)
– The yasashii, oniisan-type (gentle, patient, older brother type) boyfriend.
- Yasumoto Hiroki 安元洋貴 as Jin in Vol. 2 (仁) (27/11/2010)
– The oresama and slightly ijiwaru-type (arrogant, teasing type) boyfriend.
- Tachibana Shinnosuke 立花慎之介 as Tomoya in Vol 3 (智哉) (3/12/2010)
– The tsundere-type (gentle but doesn’t like to admit it) boyfriend and
- Terashima Takuma 寺島拓篤 as Sousuke in Vol. 4 (壮介) (10/12/2010)
– The positive, sunshine-type boyfriend (ボジティブ … “po-ji-tei-bu” took a while to figure out these katagana words OTL;;;)
Each CD was recorded using the “Dummy Head” microphone that is in the shape of a human head.
So what’s so wonderful about this “Dummy Head” mic? See the cute pic of Hirarin x His Skinhead Girlfriend (freetalk quote: skin headdo kanojo) lol~lol~ included in the CD jacket (right).
The mics are actually implanted into the dummy head and it can help the seiyuu visualise and choose positions around the head to record his voice. In doing so, the intimacy and realism achieved by the stereo surround sound recording is simply awesome. Granted the sound engineer could have used the sound mixer to achieve something similar but the interactivity and control given to the seiyuus while they read their scripts makes it extra special and intimate.
Many listeners, myself included, get that tinkling feeling around the ears especially when the seiyuu’s voice travels from one ear to the next… gaaa… Coupled with ruffling noises of bedsheets and goosebump inducing kissing sounds the seiyuu makes… phew~ *fans-self*
Hirarin was awesome and made very good use of the mic. This is the third time he recorded with a “Dummy Head” mic and the first time doing his freetalk with one. However, you don’t really have to be Hirarin’s fan to get all dokidoki (heart-pounding) when he starts whispering into your ear while listening to this CD. His fans will simply melt tho.
The “Dummy Head” mic is not new… it was famously and deliciously used in Kannou Mukashi Banashi series (more about that in this post), then by Honeybee in Starry Sky in Sweet Season and Starry Sky in Bitter Season CDs to lovely effect. However, in each of these CDs, the listener is a pre-set character in the stories, be it the Little Mermaid romanced by Sakurai Takahiro’s Prince or as the unvoiced Starry Sky heroine, Yahisa Tsukiko who gets the love and attention of all the guys in the series.
Shukan Soine took it to the next level by making that setting right under your covers. Yes, your bed… You, with your favourite seiyuu as your audio boyfriend lol~ And because of the way the script is written, ANYONE can be comfortably settled into the mood real quickly because the girlfriend this character is talking to is you, not Rapunzel nor The Little Match Girl or somebody you simply cannot identify with. Erm… unless if you’re a guy listening to the CD ^^;;; chotto zannen desu ne…
For many nights of blissful sleep with Kakeru :D
So Kakeru’s character setting is the gentle, patient and mild tempered boyfriend in his late twenties. However, before you dismiss that as being boring… Besides telling you a bedtime story, kissing you, giving you a massage and saying other sweet things, somewhere along the line, you’ll realise that you’re both sharing a single bed! *blushes* Kakeru would also reveal his hungry and -adult- side during the middle of the CD even though he is supposed to help you sleep. Woo~ Girls beware. You’ll become impregnated by his voice alone hahaha…
KYAAA… KORE WA YABAI !!! (Dangerous!) (o>w<)o
By Asamisa’s request, detailed summary of Track 5 where Kakeru makes his move on you added :3
Kakeru was telling you a fairy tale in Track 4 and now he is talking about him reading lots of stories when he was a child. And he says that he particularly likes the story about the prince waking up the sleeping princess with a kiss. Because from the story, he thinks that kisses seem to have magical qualities. When you tell him that he is being a romantic, he explains that kissing is something that is used to express the feeling of love for someone you love besides using words. That’s why he thinks that a kiss has a special power.
Kakeru then says that although he is not a prince, he wonders if his kiss has magical power too?
Then he whispers in your right ear, “Let’s test it, shall we?” *and kisses you* (KYAAA)
“How is it? My magic spell. Is it effective?”
The next sentence I’m not too sure but if I’m not wrong, he says that you have a glazed look (because of the kiss) and wonders if his magic spell worked. He says that whatever it is, things are looking bad (or dangerous) because of the expression you have now, you have to be self-aware (of the situation you’re causing)
Then he shifts his body and puts you under him (KYAAA~~~) ^///^
And he says, “Hmm? You’re asking me why? You can tell just by looking, right? I’m putting you underneath me.”
He whispers in your left ear: “I thought I’ll help you get to sleep but I don’t think it’s possible now.” *kiss*
“No? (Iya can be interpreted as You don’t want to?)”
“However, I won’t allow it.”
“If you don’t say it, I won’t let you sleep.”
Kakeru shifts his body and kisses you again. “Although you say no, that’s not what you really think, right?”
“Because I can see from your expression, that you’re inviting me.” *kiss* (ooo~ things are getting hot!)
“Even so, you’re still saying no… I see… Then until you ask me for it (for sex lol~) shall I shower you with kisses?”
“This time, shall I kiss your right ear?” *shifts over and kisses your right ear*
“Ne? How is it?” :3
“Sigh~ I see… you’re stubborn, aren’t you?”
“Then… this time, on your lips…” *shifts over and kisses you on your lips*
In a breathy and obviously aroused voice, he whispers: “I love you… your lips too and any and everything (about you)…”
*music fades out…*
Presumed smexed. lol~ :3
Oh did I forget to mention? He is the only megane-moe character in this series (Kichiku Megane? XD) So add more points to Kakeru for fangirls with spectacles-fetish lol~
The CD also has a track where Kakeru wakes up the next morning… his sleepy voice is so sexy you’ll wanna rape his voice *cough* OTL;;; Hirarin was very cute in the freetalk too, getting all excited and fired up about the “Dummy Head” mic that he called his skin head girlfriend lol~. I enjoyed it very much, so this CD gets two thumbs up from me. You must listen to it!
I hope the company makes a lot more of these CDs featuring other seiyuus too! If you have a choice, which seiyuu do you want? :D My Yasumoto Hiroki/Jin CD is on its way to me. I may write about it depending on my mood :P
By the way, BlackButterfly is also selling dakimakura covers (hugging pillow covers) of each character. Order period ends 24 December 2010.
At 7,000 Yen each, measuring 160cm x 50cm. They’ll fit most standard sized pillows available out there. Special paper drawn by the illustrator will be included. They’ll be delivered early January 2011 to help complete your night lol~ I wouldn’t mind having it if only I had the money for it OTL.
Kakeru Dakimakura Cover 翔抱き枕カバー
Check out the recorded live broadcast of a special night radio program 平川大輔・立花慎之介 朝までイっちゃう?!いけない生添い寝! hosted by Hirarin and Tachibana Shinnosuke, kindly uploaded by a NicoNico listener to youtube. I was fortunate enough to catch it live :D It was an hour-long program, so they are uploaded in a few parts.
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