Kareshi Igai ~Douryou to no Ayamachi~ is a doujin drama CD by Cineria. This looks like the first of a ‘Kareshi Igai’ series, and this time it features Ishida Akira. If you are unable to guess by now, I am a huge sucker for this voice actor, which is a huge reason why I bought this.
Another contributing factor is that the premises of this drama CD seemed rather unique. As the title suggests, the character Ishida Akira plays is someone other than your supposed current boyfriend – so yes, in the context of this drama CD, you are supposedly…well, cheating.
Cineria writes on their website that they don’t actually encourage cheating (that would be troublesome lol), but they would like people to think about what exactly is considered as cheating – whether it be a physical relationship, or maybe just a change of feelings within your heart.
In this drama CD, Ishida Akira plays a fellow colleague, Takano Nozomi. It starts off with him listening to your complaints about your current boyfriend. This leads to the two of you meeting up for a drink after work to talk more about it, and one drop too much leads to the two of you ending up in his house for the night.
Your relationship somehow develops into an intimate one for the next few days. However, reality hits you as your current boyfriend starts worrying about your whereabouts (the two of you are actually co-habituating). As a result, you have to come to a decision about your relationship with Nozomi.
The ending may come as expected or not, but either way, it definitely touched me. More often than not, I hear Ishida Akira play laid-back roles, or extremely flashy
weird or cute roles. In this case, Nozomi is your regular office worker who enjoys smoking and drinking, with that bit of a perverted side. Yet during your intimate moments, he can come off as somewhat passionate and clingy, but also mature and reserved since he wouldn’t commit himself 100% being the third party. So it was pretty refreshing to hear Ishida Akira portray Nozomi.
I enjoyed his free talk too, and the special track. I will definitely keep a lookout for future releases from Cineria too. Of course, this comes from a biased perspective so I would recommend this to fellow bias fans pfft. However, you won’t find this on sites with international shipping like cdjapan or yesasia. So you will need to get a proxy (or unless you happen to be in Japan yourself).
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