Title: Slaver’s Series Vol. 4: Slaver’s Nude スレイヴァーズ ヌード (2007/02/25)
Morikawa Toshiyuki x Sakurai Takahiro
森川智之 x 櫻井孝宏
Rating: Recommended for angst, uke-in-denial and people who like master-slave relationships.
Detailed summary: (Spoilers galore~ by request)
Christmas is around the corner. Kurahashi Shuuichi 倉橋柊一 (Sakurai Takahiro) and Saeki Takanari 冴木鷹成 (Morikawa Toshiyuki) returns to work after securing the important Stanley Corporation account for Kurahashi Company.
Saeki informs Shuuichi that police investigation about the incident with Yamawaki Shigeru (Narita Ken) has not concluded yet. Although the incident has happened six month ago, he was requested to assist in the police’s reinvestigation. (See Slaver’s Kiss for more information) He will be attending a police meeting the next day with their lawyer, Wakamiya (Horiuchi Kenyuu).
At that time, Shuuichi did not press charges against Yamawaki personally on Saeki’s advice. In the end, Yamawaki was only accused of forging documents and illegal possession of firearms. Saeki explains that although there is a possibility of Yamawaki getting a heavier sentence after the reinvestigation, Yamawaki may try to argue it was for self-defense and in return, Saeki may be charged for illegal entry, damage of private property and causing personal hurt.
Shuuichi is shocked to hear it and says that he would speak up for Saeki in court or press charges against Yamawaki if that happens because Saeki was only trying to rescue him. However, Saeki scolds Shuuichi that revealing in court that he was nearly raped by Yamawaki will stain his reputation and clean record. Although Shuuichi refuses to let Saeki sacrifice himself, Saeki reassures him that he will mostly likely only be fined if he was found guilty. Instead of worrying about him, Saeki advises Shuuichi to be wary of Yamawaki since he will probably contact him once he is out on bail.
Just then, Wakamiya arrives and reminds Saeki of their dinner appointment in the evening. Saeki asks Shuuichi to join them and Wakamiya also promises to do his best to defend Saeki.
While the men are at the restaurant, Shuuichi sees a painting by an artist he admired. Saeki also remembers that Shuuichi owns a book collection of the artist’s works. Shuuichi explains that among all his works, there was one painting that depicted the Holy Mother Mary during a winter’s night in Venice and it was exceptional. However that painting has since been sold to a private Japanese collector during an auction and is no longer available for public viewing.
Some business associates arrive at the restaurant and Saeki leaves the table to entertain them. Among them is a capable young woman, Michiko who is of the same age as Shuuichi and Saeki. Shuuichi notices that Saeki seems to be well-aquainted with her.
Wakamiya asks if Shuuichi has prepared a Christmas gift for Saeki. Shuuichi is surprised at the sudden question as he has been too busy to buy gifts for anybody. Wakamiya encourages Shuuichi to come up with something for Saeki and take the opportunity to improve their relationship.
In the background, Shuuichi overhears Michiko telling Saeki she looks forward to seeing him at Christmas.
Back at their mansion, Shuuichi wonders what he can buy for Saeki as he realises that he does not know much about the man’s interests, let alone what makes him happy. He feels that perhaps it is his own pride towards Saeki that took away the desire to learn more about him as a person, especially after Saeki forces him to become his sex slave. Suddenly, the door opens and Saeki enters the bathroom, chiding Shuuichi for taking his own sweet time. Shuuichi has asked Saeki to wait for him, so that they can discuss what gifts to buy for his family. Shuuichi is hoping to discover what Saeki wants while doing so.
Although Shuuichi promises to get out of the bathroom soon, Saeki decides to give him a hand and soap him while waiting for the bath tub to fill up. [*smirks* XD]
Saeki: Saa~ Shuuichi-sama, let me help you ♥ [hehe… he reverts back to calling him -sama :3 You can hear the subtle change in Morimori’s voice… to the firm, I won’t take “no” for an answer tone. Very very moe XD]
Shuuichi refuses Saeki’s insistent “help” without success and escapes into the tub. Saeki follows him inside. He is intoxicated by his scent and begins to touch and kiss Shuuichi’s sensitive spots. Shuuichi wonders why he is even allowing it to happen. He is aware of how aroused he feels when Saeki touches him and is ashamed of his own moans that are echoing in the bathroom. Even though Shuuichi denies it, he knows his body is hungry for Saeki and is unable to refuse him.
[This is a very sexy and luxurious H-scene that gives the couple ample time to build up a scorching fire before finishing with a satisfying climax. Very smexy, echoing climatic moans and splashing water! I love the bassy timbre of Morimori’s voice as he talks dirty to Shuuichi. You really must get a good pair of ear/headphones to enjoy it to the fullest extent! And Sakupyon is unbelievably hot, I wished I was seme-ing him *blushes*]
Shuuichi (to himself): I’ve done such a shameful thing… getting all turned on in Saeki’s arms and even climaxing in that kind of place… OTL;;;
[LOL~LOL~LOL~ so cute!!! Anyway…]
Saeki makes some gift suggestions for Saeki’s mother and younger brother, Kikyo (Yuuki Hiro). As a Christmas present, Saeki has even signed Kikyo up for a strict tuition class to ensure that he studies properly. Shuuichi feels inept as this is what he as a brother and head of the family should be doing but Saeki has even taken care of it for him. Shuuichi also realises that as the elder son in Kurahashi family who is under the constant scrutiny of others, everytime he is complimented for his looks or actions, he feels an emptiness within. To protect himself from the loneliness, he has pretended to be nonchalant about everything. He never realised how much he is afraid of being alone and how much he wished to be able to act like a spoilt child until he met Saeki.
Shuuichi asks Saeki what he wants for Christmas. He wants to be able to do something for him and show his appreciation but Saeki replies that he does not want or need anything. Shuuichi persists but Saeki firmly refuses. Just then, the phone rings. Saeki excuses himself and leaves the room to take the business-related call in his study.
Shuuichi suddenly remembers what he overheard during dinner just now. Michiko said she looked forward to meeting Saeki during Christmas. Although Shuuichi knows right at the beginning that his current master-slave relationship with Saeki is not built on any feelings for each other, he cannot help feeling cold in his heart when Saeki refuses so firmly his attempt to get closer to him.
It is Christmas eve the next day and Saeki has already left their mansion by the time Shuuichi wakes up. Shuuichi remembers what Michiko said again. He tells himself that since Saeki is going to celebrate Christmas with his girlfriend, he should also enjoy himself thoroughly without Saeki. Shuuichi calls home but Kikyo and his mother are just about to leave for a Christmas concert where Kikyo is performing. They do not have an extra ticket for him. Although Shuuichi asks to join them for Mass, Kikyo assumed that Shuuichi will be spending the day with Saeki and did not include him in their plans.
This is the first time that Shuuichi spends Christmas alone. In the past, his family will have a Christmas party and celebrate his birthday at the same time but since his father passed away, they have stopped doing so. In the end, Shuuichi decides to open his gifts but as he does so, he feels increasingly empty and lonely. He looks at his presents and at the happy faces of people and couples walking in the streets decorated with Christmas lights and wonders where Saeki is. Feeling frustrated, Shuuichi goes to bed.
In the middle of the night, Shuuchi is rudely awakened by the sound of thunder. He is immobilised by his fear of thunder and unable to close the windows.
A flashback reveals that when Shuuichi was a child, his mother nearly died during a stormy night. At that time, his father was away on an overseas business trip. He tried to appear strong and did not even cry even though he struggled with the fear of losing his mother then. Perhaps it is the reason why he is afraid of the sound of thunder ever since. However, only once did he not feel afraid and it was with Saeki by his side when they were locked in campus during a thunderstorm. Saeki had held him and assured him that they would not die from the cold.
At this point, Shuuchi begins to cry and scold Saeki for not being there for him.
Shuuichi: Why are you not here with me? Leaving me here alone at a time like this. Idiot… Saeki, you idiot! *sobs*
Shuuichi realises that he himself is the idiot because he is hoping for Saeki’s presence now just like the night when they were in trapped in campus. He feels like an idiot for wanting a man who does not want or feel anything for him. Another clap of thunder sounded and it is the last straw…
Shuuichi: I’ve had enough! Save me! ( T~T)
Suddenly, Saeki calls out to Shuuichi as he enters the bedroom and closes the windows quickly. He asks if Shuuichi is alright but the trembling man pushes his hand away.
Shuuichi: Don’t touch me! [Tsuntsun desu ne~ :3]
Saeki: The thunderstorm is far away now.
Shuuichi: I told you not to touch me! ( T3T)
Saeki: It’s ok now *holds him*
Shuuichi: Let go of me! It’s better that you didn’t come back here! Go back to where your girlfriend is right now! [Aren’t you crying for him just a minute ago? XD so cute~]
Shuuichi: Didn’t you make a date with her on Christmas eve? And proof of the fact is that you don’t even want any presents from me *pouts* [Shuuichi is so cute when he throws tantrums like this :3 How is it possible to not love him…]
Saeki is puzzled and asks what Shuuichi is talking about. Shuuichi -almost- blurted out to Saeki that he is angry with him because he left him alone at home that day. Without hearing the real reason, Saeki tightens his embrace and apologises anyway.
Shuuichi: Why are you apologising?
Saeki: I’m sorry… for leaving you alone in such a stormy night.
Shuuichi: It’s ok now. It’s not a big deal. I’m used to being alone anyway.
Saeki: This is why… This is precisely why I don’t want to leave you alone… because in a stormy night like this, I know that you’re crying by yourself. *hugs tightly* It’s ok now.
Shuuichi tries to push Saeki away but Saeki holds him tight and declares that he will always be by Shuuichi’s side, just like that stormy night when they were locked in the campus. Shuuichi resists him but Saeki kisses him insistently.
Saeki: What is that about a girlfriend on Christmas eve? Stop talking about strange things. Don’t make excuses for yourself. It’s ok to cry if you’re afraid.
Shuuichi: Shut up. Who’s afraid?
Saeki: Then are you saying it’s better to leave you alone?
Shuuichi (in a small voice): … … Horrible… ( T~T) You are a horrible person…
Saeki *chuckles*: Demon. Monster. Beast… you’ve called me all sorts of names… I’ve finally leveled up to a human being? *deep kiss* Leveling up as a human being is my Christmas present from you then. [Lol~ Katoh Elena-sensei is such a genius.]
Saeki kisses Shuuichi deeply. Although Shuuichi wants to resist, Saeki’s kisses calm him down and he is not afraid anymore. Saeki can see through what Shuuichi cannot express in words and to Shuuichi, it is the best Christmas present. Not a physical representation but something that comes from the heart. Shuuichi wonders if Saeki wishes for Shuuichi to discover the secret that is hidden within his heart, something that he too is unable to put in words…
The next day, Saeki informs Shuuichi that he has an appointment and will not be back till late evening. At the same time, he tells him that Kikyo has called asking Shuuichi to return home for lunch.
After lunch, Shuuichi’s mother leaves to meet her friends while Kikyo goes back to his own room. Shuuichi flips through his photo album and is reminded of his high school days. He sees an old photo of young Saeki standing beside Kikyo with a scary looking expression. Shuuichi has always felt intimidated by the coldness in Saeki’s eyes, like that of a beast which keeps others in a distance. Shuuichi feels that if he understood at that time what Saeki had gone through as an abandoned child, perhaps he would not have rejected him then and offered some words of consolation instead. Shuuichi looks other photos and is surprised to find a photo of Saeki playing soccer. There’s even a photo of Saeki smiling naturally while carrying a young Kikyo on his shoulders. Saeki has never smiled at him that way. Shuuichi decides he should talk to Kikyo who may be able to tell him more about Saeki.
While talking to Kikyo, Shuuichi discovers that his younger brother has grown up to be a fine young man who seems a lot more independent than he was. Saeki has been strict with Kikyo but seems overprotective when it comes to Shuuichi. He also hears for the first time that during high school, he fainted in the library and Saeki carried him all the way home during a thunderstorm. As he developed a high fever after that, it had caused quite a stir in the family. Shuuichi has a vague impression of that night and remembers going to meet his sempai, Yamawaki at the library but he has no memory of what happened after that. Shuuichi is sure that the injury on Saeki’s back was caused around that period of time. He presses Kikyo for more information but his brother tells him it is better to find out from Saeki himself. He points out that Saeki is not good at communicating his emotions and he may even be waiting for Shuuichi to ask him about it.
Shuuichi goes back to the mansion but Saeki has not returned yet. Yamawaki calls him on the phone and requests to meet him for one last time so that he can offer him an apology face-to-face. Although Shuuichi is apprehensive, he agrees to meet him as he wants to ensure that Yamawaki would not take action against Saeki.
Shuuichi meets Yamawaki and his lawyer at a cafe. Yamawaki appears to be remorseful for what he has done and says he is glad that Saeki did not die. He hopes that Shuuichi would not press charges against him. In return, he will not retaliate against Saeki either. He also confesses to Shuuichi he has loved him since high school and even went to the extent of drugging him with the intention of raping him at that time. There was a thunderstorm that night. However, Saeki came in time to stop him. Yamawaki says he regretted it and feels grateful that Saeki stopped him from making a big mistake. Shuuichi tries to question him about the injury on Saeki’s back and Yamawaki steers the conversation back to the recent incident. He blames himself for trusting Shuuichi’s uncle who made use of him to get back at Saeki. Naively, Shuuichi buys his story. Then Yamawaki’s time is up and he leaves with his lawyer, reminding Shuuichi once again, not to press charges.
Back at the mansion, Saeki confronts Shuuichi for meeting up with Yamawaki. Shuuichi explains that he wanted to make sure that Yamawaki would not do anything to Saeki and at the same time find out exactly what happened during high school. Shuuichi feels that if Saeki had told him what Yamawaki did to him then, he would not have escaped with him. The gun wound nearly cost Saeki his life and he does not want such incidents to happen again. Although Saeki is a despicable man who stole his company and made him his sex slave, Shuuichi believes that there is more to it than that. They have overcome many challenges together over the past eight months and Shuuichi believes he can judge with his own eyes who he can trust and depend on. At the same time, he wants Saeki to trust him and share his thoughts with him from now on. He also wishes to rid their relationship of anger and hatred and be able to protect and thank Saeki properly.
In response, Saeki tells Shuuichi he feels a sense of defeat whenever he faces Shuuichi. How he wished that even if it is only for once, Shuuichi would fall to where he is [Sorry for the somewhat direct translation again. Can’t seem to find the right words to paraphrase this well.] Saeki added that he does not wish for Shuuichi’s gratitude nor protection because it is his duty as a servant to protect his master. Saeki kisses Shuuichi deeply again and begins to devour his body. Shuuichi tries to resist, admitting his fear of being physically intimate with Saeki.
Shuuichi: No, you can’t…
Saeki: You are already so sensitive here…
Shuuichi: That’s why I’m afraid… it’s like I’m losing myself…
Saeki: And that’s why I’m so happy… because your body has always fallen towards where I am...
Shuuichi: *moans and gasps* Ah… Saeki… stop!
Saeki (clearly aroused): Is it ok to stop? Here… * ♥ squish squish ♥ * it is already craving for me… *unbuckles his own belt and lifts Shuuichi towards him*
Shuuichi : *gasps* Saeki…
Shuuichi cries out in sweet pain as Saeki enters him… [Kyaa~ (^///^) Sakupyon’s little pants and gasps that go in rhythm with Morimori’s grunts when Saeki is thrusting inside Shuuichi are seriously realistic. *dies from bloodloss*]
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That evening, it is snowing. Shuuichi is glad to be able to spend a peaceful and quiet Christmas with Saeki. It feels like a dream. He thinks in his heart that perhaps this is the best Christmas present for the both of them. As they watch the snow fall onto the streets decorated with Christmas lights, Saeki whispers to Shuuichi.
Saeki: Shuuichi-sama…. It’s alright if you never come to where I am. I will always go to where you are just like in the past, and will continue to do so in the future… This is my decision/determination.
Saeki kisses him, silencing the questions that are at tip of his tongue. As Shuuichi returns the sweet, warm and gentle kiss, he wonders and hopes he can discover the real meaning behind Saeki’s declaration one day.
The next day, Saeki leads Shuuichi to the president’s office and surprises him with his favourite painting. Although the painting was meant to be Shuuichi’s Christmas present, Saeki will hang it here as Shuuichi’s punishment for breaking his promise to not meet Yamawaki. Nevertheless, Shuuichi is pleasantly surprised by the gesture. Then Saeki leaves for an appointment.
Wakamiya enters Saeki’s office and notices the painting. He reveals that Saeki had skipped a Christmas party with their business associate in order to meet and buy the painting from the previous owner. He then asks Shuuichi what present he has given Saeki but Shuuichi admits that he did not get Saeki anything. Wakamiya muses that to Saeki, having Shuuichi by his side is probably the best Christmas present for him. Shuuichi wonders why and Wakamiya points out that it is obvious that Saeki is in love with him. Shocked, Shuuichi denies the possibility but Wakamiya explains that Shuuichi maybe clueless about Saeki’s feelings but Saeki would not have taken so much trouble just to get painting for Shuuichi if it was not motivated by love.
Reeling from the shock of the revelation, Shuuichi excuses himself. He bumps into Saeki at the corridor and is overwhelmed by embarrassment and confusion. Concerned that Shuuichi may be feverish because his cheeks are flushed red, Saeki tries to touch his forehead. Unsure of how to react, Shuuichi pushes his hand away by reflex. The two men take the lift together and Shuuichi cannot find the right words to ask Saeki about what Wakamiya said. In the end, Shuuichi reaches his floor and excuses himself, leaving a puzzled Saeki. As this part draws to a close, Shuuichi believes that if what Wakamiya said is true, perhaps one day they will be able to transcend their current master-servant relationship and spend their days just like the peaceful white Christmas the night before. He would definitely discover what Saeki really wants and sort out his own feelings towards Saeki by the time the next Christmas arrives…
Slaver’s Nude is volume three of a five-part novel series by novelist Katoh Elena (華藤えれな).
Ah~ that was the last dramatised volume of this series, considering two volumes of Slaver’s Zenpen and Kouhen drama cds were based on one novel, this is the fourth Slaver’s drama CD (excluding Freezing Eye which is focused on another couple)!
A very enjoyable volume to listen to… this one :) How I wish they would complete dramatising all the volumes!
In the freetalk, the seiyuus mentioned that they first recorded the series in 2003. Everybody was praising Morimori about how cool (kakkoii) he was which he modestly disagreed. Almost a year has passed since the seiyuu last recorded the previous volume, Slaver’s Lover (Kouhen) and Morimori admitted that he forgot how he was supposed to sound as Saeki already. Morimori said he relistened to the previous CDs and felt the revelation like: “Ah~ so that was how it was like then…” and tried his best to voice him. Sakupyon agreed and said that both the characters had matured since then. Although four years has passed, the actual time-frame of the story till Slaver’s Nude was only about eight months.
Morimori pointed out that Saeki was only 23 years old and he tried to sound as young as he could. Sakupyon added that Saeki was 10 years younger than he was (in 2007) and Morimori said… “I’m already 40!” and Sakupyon was like: Ooooooohhhh….. *awkward laughter* Sweat is appearing all over me now!” Lol~ and everybody else joined in and laughed… Some parts I don’t get so… skipped :P
Next Narita Ken commented about his character Yamawaki Shigeru and said that he forgot how the character was like too. When he read the script, he felt that Yamawaki seemed truly sorry for what he did and didn’t seem like such a bad person now. In response, Morimori said something about Narita Ken’s character being like a sniper in the story… [erm, as in somebody who lays in ambush?] which made Sakupyon laugh out loud lol~ Narita Ken then said that he wished he could also act as somebody cool like Saeki too, etc. [skipped] Sakypyon mentioned about the scene where Shuuichi met Yamawaki. In the script he was supposed to only take a sip of water but Narita Ken was heard swallowing water at least a few times. Although it was at a cafe, Morimori said it sounded like Yamawaki was drinking from a bottle. Narita Ken admitted that he was really thirsty at that time and he wanted to do his best since Yamawaki may not be coming back to the series again.
Yuuki Hiro was next and he said he also listened to the previous cds again to get a feel of what it was like. In the previous volume, his character was eight years old. He actually voiced the character from age six to the current age at sixteen years old. Everybody voiced their admiration at his ability to do so. He commented that his character seemed a lot stronger both physically and mentally than his older brother, Shuuichi this time. He felt that Kikyo had become dependable and grown-up, unlike some other characters who clearly did not. At that point, Sakupyon asked… “Wait a minute now… who are you looking at?” And everybody burst out laughing. Narita Ken sheepishly blurted out that their eyes met when Yuuki Hiro said that and everybody laughed again. Yuuki Hiro quickly denied and said he was referring only to the characters.
Finally Horiuchi Kenyuu commented that although Wakamiya didn’t appear in many scenes, he felt that the character was cool in the sense that he gave the men advice at crucial points and helped them along in their journey. He hoped he could also be such a mature adult at that age. He also found Saeki’s character very cool too. He mentioned something about Shuuichi’s fear of thunder… and also said something like he would love to be able to experience such a deep love relationship with someone at least once in his lifetime.
At the end, Sakupyon asked what followed Slaver’s Nude and Morimori said Slaver’s Bone? And they went on to joke about the scope of the story which may grow and extend to even become Slaver’s Earth and Slaver’s Cosmos ^^;; Sakupyon said it almost seemed like robots would come out any moment. Anyway they ended the freetalk and wished listeners the best till the next CD in perhaps a year. Unfortunately, till date, no Slaver’s drama continuation (T_T) Well, that’s all for now! Let’s pray for dramatisation of all the Slaver’s volumes in the future. Hope you enjoyed this review!
Related drama cds: Slaver’s Kiss, Slaver’s Lover (Zenpen and Kouken) and Freezing Eye.
Slaver’s Nude novel