Kareshi Igai ~Kouhai to no Ayamachi~ is the third doujin drama CD in the ‘Kareshi Igai’ series by Cineria. It features Okamoto Nobuhiko, who plays your kouhai (junior) – and your so-called ‘cheating’ partner. Like the first drama CD I reviewed, your character has a current boyfriend already but you’re ‘cheating’ with Okamoto’s character. Again, Cineria doesn’t actually encourage cheating, 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.
I decided to get this one since Cineria would sometimes tweet in-character, meaning they’re kinda ‘roleplaying’ the character through their twitter. They introduced Kanamori Tsubame there since late 2011 and I quite enjoyed his interactions. He turned a bit different than expected but perhaps it’s ‘cos in the drama CD he’s really wooing the girl.
So Kanamori Tsubame is from the design department but happens to be working with you on a certain project. The first thing that would strike you is his casual tone despite him being the junior. He’s the type who says what’s on his mind and is perhaps even a bit cheeky, I guess koakuma would be a good way to describe him. The cute moments come in when he starts talking passionately about the things he likes – such as cats or desserts. One of my favourite tracks is when you go to a dessert buffet with him, ‘cos he always found it awkward to go there alone.
As you grow closer, he doesn’t tone down on his advances at all. In fact, you even get to ‘that stage’ with the help of alcohol too. Tsubame does force his way through and eventually does not want to be the third party anymore…okay I shall not reveal the ending. But I will just say that it surprised me.
I think Okamoto was rather endearing as Tsubame. I just felt that the development was not as convincing as the first one. (Okay, and my bias will always remain with Ishida.) His free talk was really cute though, and so was the special track. Okamoto remarked how he was rather similar to Tsubame, and of course told the listeners to not commit the cheating act in real life lol.
Fans of Okamoto, or those who enjoy the koakuma personality may be interested in getting this. I can see that those which use the dummy head microphone are “in trend” at the moment. But I found the ‘build-up’ for both Kareshi Igai drama CDs to be worth it and has just enough fanservice. 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).
Please do not ask me for download links or request me to share my copy here.