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Title:
Yasashikute Toge ga Aru ~ Nemurenu Yoru no Junjou
優しくて棘がある~眠れぬ夜の純情~ (2010/10/20)

Main Pairing:
Suzumura Kenichi x Sakurai Takahiro (鈴村健一 x 櫻井孝宏)
Sub Pairings:
Ookawa Toru x Sakurai Takahiro (大川透 x 櫻井孝宏)
Sakurai Takahiro x Suzumura Kenichi (櫻井孝宏 x 鈴村健一)

浅倉梁: Suzumura Kenichi 鈴村健一
宝生千裕: Sakurai Takahiro 櫻井孝宏
高階隼人: Ookawa Toru 大川透
神宮司雅臣: Chiba Susumu 千葉進歩

Rating: Recommended for angst and Sakupyon fans

Detailed Summary (spoilers galore):

Set during the period from Meiji, Taisho to Showa era, this drama tells of the romance between Houjo Chiro (Hojo Chiro) (Sakurai Takahiro), the son of a weathly family and Asakura Ryou (Suzumura Kenichi), his best friend and son of a servant in the family.

For as long as Chiro can remember, Ryou has always been by his side. They are of the same age and they have fun and grow up happily together.

Time flies and it is now Taisho-era. Due to the huge difference in their social standing, the people around them do not approve of their close friendship as they become older. However, Chiro does not care. The teenager is happy as long as he has Ryou’s company.

It is summer holidays and Chiro’s parents left for a vacation in one of their mansions in Karuizawa. Chiro has always chosen to stay at home during this period to spend time with Ryou.

One afternoon, Chiro joins Ryou at their favourite spot, a bright and beautiful open space covered with sunflowers during summer. Ryou is drawing on the sketchbook that his father gave him and Chiro discovers his best friend’s artistic talent. Ryou is modest but Chiro comments that nobody in school can draw as well as he does. Chiro is very excited about it and predicts that Ryou will be a famous artist in the future. He proposes to talk to his father about it so that Ryou can attend an art school to further his studies. However, Ryou becomes angry and declares firmly that his place in the future is to serve Chiro and be by his side. At that very moment, Chiro feels a sweet pain in his heart. That is the first time he realises his romantic feelings for Ryou and his love for him as a person and not just a best friend… View full article »