|Hyakujitsu no Bara
Original Works: Inariya Fusanosuke
Release Date: 2007/06/29
Taki Reizen: Chiba Susumu
Klaus Stadtler: Inoue Kazuhiko
Summary (from DramaQueen’s official manga release):
Two soldiers caught on opposing sides of a war between nations must choose between country and an oath of fealty made long before. But the world that they live in is hard, distrustful and cold. What will happen to their innocent love, as they are tangled ever deeper inside the terrible ravages of war?
This drama is based on Inariya Fusanosuke’s popular manga Maiden Rose. The original manga is so incredible and I won’t miss the opportunity to listen to the drama.
I have to confess I wasn’t really thrilled about the official cast first. Maybe because of that hoax cast on 2ch, I had the impression the cast is Konishi x Hirakawa. ~_~ Inoue-san’s voice has always sounded gentle to me so I wasn’t sure if he can portray the “Mad Dog” Klaus well enough. But boy I was wrong. Both Inoue-san and Chiba-san’s performance are so wonderful. Now this CD has become one of my top favorites in the first half year.
The story follows the manga closely with only a slight change on the timing of the events. It’s actually easier to follow in the drama through Klaus’s narration. I was flipping through the manga while I’m listening, and it felt incredibly good. The story is so intense and listening to the voices and the music, and also being able to visualize the expression of the characters is such an exceptional experience.
Taki is a division commander with noble beauty who bears the fate of his country. Klaus is a captain with rough temperament and has been called “Mad Dog” by others. He has sworn his loyalty to Taki as his knight. When the war spread, Klaus abandoned his country and his family, followed Taki to the enemy country and fought alongside him. But their relationship has been filled with angst, despair and rage. As a high tanking officer, Taki is cold and rejective towards Klaus, and that has provoked Klaus to turn into a mad dog.
Chiba is very good at portraying the queenlike Taki, beautiful with dignity but yet vulnerable. And Inoue-san has surprised me with his portraying of mad dog Klaus, it’s even more intense than what I’ve expected. I particularly like the scene in track 5. When they just went through a life and death situation, Taki turned his back to Klaus again, and that led Klaus to be in a full mad dog mode. After a brutally intensive sxx, when Taki was laying there bleeding, then whispered “forgive me” before passed out, I cried…I rarely cry when I’m listening to drama CD or read manga. But this is just heart wrenching. I guess listening to the drama while reading the manga is almost as powerful as watching a movie. LOL I do recommend trying it if possible.
Another scene I like is in the last track, when Klaus was tortured due to the suspicion of being a spy of enemy country, his queen has come to the rescue. “Don’t you touch my knight!” Chiba-san is so cool!
Well, it’ has been an emotional ride for me. Maybe I like angst story too much. 😉 I’ll find something lighter and funny to listen next time. 😄 But I still want to recommend both the drama CD and the manga…only if you like this kind of genre. And I’m certainly looking forward to the sequel.