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Dear Vocalist Riot ~ Re-o-do ~

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Re-o-do (レオード)
CV: Masuda Toshiki (増田 俊樹)

(Guess who’s back in town?! The singing boys!! I promised I’d tackle this season because it’s the last one for Ciel (why is he last) and I did enjoy the character development in the others so here we are.)

Story premise this time is that everyone’s last songs sold pretty well but Mr. Panda isn’t impressed yet and so told them to have a live that’s sold out. If the venue isn’t filled then they’ll get the cut! And so once again everybody has to struggle to make their best song (with their girlfriend’s support).

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Baroque Meiji Kyouraku Yatan ~ Christmas ~

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And here’s Hotaru’s short story to celebrate the release of his CD. These all have such sad vibes :’)) but at least they have such fateful meetings with their heroines in their CDs. I translated these a little out of order but I feel like there’s more connection and understanding of his character after his main CD. Anyway, this entire series was a fun side project and I hope you all enjoyed it.

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Baroque Meiji Kyouraku Yatan ~ Nagumo Hotaru ~

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Nagumo Hotaru (南雲 蛍)
CV: Abe Atsushi (阿部 敦)

Tales From the Meiji Pleasurable Nights

You were married into a distinguished family as the second daughter of a prosperous mercantile house but then arbitrarily divorced by your husband, who was surrounded by mistresses, and so you returned to your parents’ house. What awaited you there were days of rude treatment from your family for being a disgrace.

You knocked on the doors to Baroque to fill your loneliness and there you met the male courtesan, Nagumo Hotaru, and the Western doll he was in possession of, named Kosuzu. Although a little confused by Hotaru who declared that while he was a male courtesan there was a line he wouldn’t cross with customers, you chose to spend a night together. As he said, Hotaru serviced you with his hands and lips but would not embrace you in the last step; however, you were healed by the innocent side that Hotaru showed occasionally, and so you went to Baroque many times.

One night, when you asked with slight curiosity as to why he wouldn’t sleep with customers, Hotaru replied with puzzling words that he could only love the doll, Kosuzu. Unable to understand the true meaning behind those words, eventually Hotaru collapsed from an illness–.

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Meguru Koi wa Renge no Gotoku ~ The Two Who Remember ~

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PRESENT: Higashikuze Junya (東久世 潤也) / PAST: Emperor Aoi (葵月帝)
CV: Yamanaka Masahiro (山中 真尋)

A Revolving Love is Like a Lotus

Let us go around and around, until the day we love (meet) again…

The one you met when you were reborn was the beloved of your “previous life”…
This is a love story about two sets of memories–

(Someone stop me!! From constantly picking up projects!! No, to be honest though, I’ve been wanting to do this one for a long time because I’m a sucker for these types of stories and this volume struck me so hard in the heart. Normally, I’d provide a synopsis but there’s actually a prologue track that does it at the beginning so yay! R18 WARNING!)

EDIT 2018/08/11: Added the Milky Chain tokuten, thanks to @shngml for providing that one to me ;w;.

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Baroque Meiji Kyouraku Yatan ~ Worthy Rival ~

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I realized that Mikado-sensei wrote two short stories for Baroque to celebrate the release of their CDs. Funnily, there’s only one for Mashiro and then one for Hotaru LOL so Kain got left out, although he does feature in this one. Anyway, I figure I’d treat you guys to her prose and translate the short stories since I admire her writing greatly.

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Baroque Meiji Kyouraku Yatan ~ Kusakabe Mashiro ~

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Kusakabe Mashiro (日下部 真白)
CV: Shingaki Tarusuke (新垣 樽助)

Tales From the Meiji Pleasurable Nights

An earl’s daughter, you were returning home after slipping out secretly from an evening party but, caught by a sudden downpour of rain, you took shelter under the eaves of Baroque, unbeknownst to you a high-end brothel of the capital.

There you met a male courtesan possessing an uncommon appearance– it was Kusakabe Mashiro, who used to be employed at your mansion in the past. This coincidental reunion brought back to life the love you held towards him, but Mashiro refused you coldly.

Several days later, unable to give up, you visited Baroque once again of your own volition. It was a rule of the male courtesans who worked at Baroque to be unable to refuse the wishes of a customer. Thus, a relationship was tied between you and Mashiro, but even though your bodies were connected your hearts were not, and the days passed repeatedly.

However, on the borders of a certain night, the twisted love Mashiro held towards you awakened. Those feelings, which were suited to be called a mad love, imprisoned you in a secret room of Baroque–

(Even though Furukawa is one of my god tier seiyuu, I’m actually torn between Vol2 and Vol3 of the Baroque series as being my favorites in terms of themes and story. I really like the fairytale-like aspect of Vol2 and catch me always being suckered into stories that revolve around the theme of “white”. R18 WARNING!)

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Baroque Meiji Kyouraku Yatan ~ Hiiragi Kain ~

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Hiiragi Kain (柊 加音)
CV: Furukawa Makoto (古川 真)

Tales From the Meiji Pleasurable Nights

You, a noble lady, spent your days in melancholy due to the existence of a fiancé determined by your parents. At that time, you heard rumors about the high-end brothel, Baroque, that existed at the edges of the capital. It was said everyone hid their identity there and freely enjoyed a night of passion.

If you were to marry an unfamiliar partner like this then, at least once, with a person you chose yourself… That thought made you knock on the doors of Baroque.

The one who greeted you was Hiiragi Kain, a male courtesan with a calm atmosphere. You were strongly drawn to the kind Kain and went to Baroque many times; Kain also reached out and established a bond with you.

However, eventually the day you had to meet with your fiancé arrived. The one who awaited you at your fiancé’s mansion was a young man with cold eyes. And his face was exactly alike to Hiiragi Kain.

(Honestly, I’m trying to control the projects I’ve started and I debated hard on whether I wanted to translate this series. But I caved because the writer is godly, okay, and these stories are so evocative and touching, especially Vol2 and Vol3. Mikado Ren is also the scriptwriter who did the Rouge et Noir series which owns my soul. FORGOT TO WARN THIS IS R18!!)

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Nureba no Ie no Tatarikon ~ Winter: Taboo ~

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Tani Koushirou (谷 幸四郎)
CV: Kuroda Takaya (黒田 崇矢)

The Cursed Marriage of the Black House

Around the time I was old enough to understand things around me, I was sent to Tokyo.

Ever since then it was my dream to be successful and return to my hometown in glory.

Winter, there was a woman there unchanged from the time we separated.

I opened the lock and now I can no longer go back.

Together with my beloved wife and older sister, I will obtain everything.

(Hands down the darkest of this series. Please please do not ignore the warnings I’ll be putting here because this one was messed up to the extreme. I love Koushirou though and this explains the mystery of the Tani household and its curse. WARNING: very dark themes, R18, child abuse, and mind break.)

Synopsis:

Dark desires and cursed blood leads these men to that house–

The jet-black household called Tani, which had stood since the beginning, does not give birth to men.

Therefore it was a rule to take in a son-in-law from another household.

The daughter of the Tani household is beautiful.

Like moths drawn to the light, four men came forward.

And, once again, the seasons pass.

Stage Setting:

A jet-black house coated all over in the deepest black.

In a mountain village in a certain prefecture the Tani household was known to be wealthy; however due to a long-established custom, they were avoided.

After the death of the head of the house, the mother and daughter of the Tani household constantly searched for a successor.

What appeared there was–

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Nureba no Ie no Tatarikon ~ Autumn: Blood ~

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Andou Takafumi (安藤 貴文)
CV: Kitayama Kyousuke (北山 恭祐)

The Cursed Marriage of the Black House

Once, my father talked about a destined woman.

He probably became maudlin. I remembered this after I agreed to an engagement.

Autumn, at the village I visited I believed in fate.

You are the only woman I love.

Let our marriage ceremony of the Tani household be the last.

(Arguably one of the sweetest guys in this series but SUCH A TRAGIC END. This one in the series made me think about so many “what if” scenarios… As usual there is a WARNING: dark themes and it’s R18.)

Synopsis:

Dark desires and cursed blood leads these men to that house–

The jet-black household called Tani, which had stood since the beginning, does not give birth to men.

Therefore it was a rule to take in a son-in-law from another household.

The daughter of the Tani household is beautiful.

Like moths drawn to the light, four men came forward.

And, once again, the seasons pass.

Stage Setting:

A jet-black house coated all over in the deepest black.

In a mountain village in a certain prefecture the Tani household was known to be wealthy; however due to a long-established custom, they were avoided.

After the death of the head of the house, the mother and daughter of the Tani household constantly searched for a successor.

What appeared there was–

Once again, continue to pay attention to the character profiles :’)). Also, it’s best to listen to this series in order to get the impact of the reveals.

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Nureba no Ie no Tatarikon ~ Summer: Blind Love ~

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Satomi Minoru (里見 稔)
CV: Kobayashi Yuusuke (小林 裕介)

The Cursed Marriage of the Black House

When I was five, my cheek was slapped by your mother.

I was never invited again to that jet-black house.

Summer, that was granted. The village’s custom and his existence was good news.

If you knew everything, would you hate me, I wonder?

I will leave my mark in the blood of the Tani household. That’s what I’ve decided.

(HAPPY VALENTINES TO EVERYONE AND MY BEST BOY OF THIS SERIES!! Haha, sorry, but I just love this man so much I still feel my heart break whenever I think about him. As usual WARNING: dark themes and it’s R18.)

Synopsis:

Dark desires and cursed blood leads these men to that house–

The jet-black household called Tani, which had stood since the beginning, does not give birth to men.

Therefore it was a rule to take in a son-in-law from another household.

The daughter of the Tani household is beautiful.

Like moths drawn to the light, four men came forward.

And, once again, the seasons pass.

Stage Setting:

A jet-black house coated all over in the deepest black.

In a mountain village in a certain prefecture the Tani household was known to be wealthy; however due to a long-established custom, they were avoided.

After the death of the head of the house, the mother and daughter of the Tani household constantly searched for a successor.

What appeared there was–

Please pay attention to this character profile :’)) I think you’ll see something interesting. Also, it’s best to listen to this series in order to get the impact of the reveals.

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Nureba no Ie no Tatarikon ~ Spring: Thirst ~

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Matsumoto Shouwa (松本 正和)
CV: Satou Takuya (佐藤 拓也)

The Cursed Marriage of the Black House

I’ve been living up to now imagining what kind of woman you were.

While moving through various places, that one thought comforted my heart.

Spring, I knew it was you with one glance.

When everything is done, there are things to talk about.

You and this pitch-black house are mine. I won’t hand it over to anyone anymore.

(Surprise!! I really really shouldn’t be doing this but OH MY GOD. THIS IS MY DRAMA CD SERIES OF 2017!! This is such a dark and tragic story but so so so good with the reveals and just… drama. So much drama. I’m actually setting up for Valentines by getting this guy out of the way first LOL. WARNING: dark themes and it’s R18.)

Synopsis:

Dark desires and cursed blood leads these men to that house–

The jet-black household called Tani, which had stood since the beginning, does not give birth to men.

Therefore it was a rule to take in a son-in-law from another household.

The daughter of the Tani household is beautiful.

Like moths drawn to the light, four men came forward.

And, once again, the seasons pass.

Stage Setting:

A jet-black house coated all over in the deepest black.

In a mountain village in a certain prefecture the Tani household was known to be wealthy; however due to a long-established custom, they were avoided.

After the death of the head of the house, the mother and daughter of the Tani household constantly searched for a successor.

What appeared there was–

I’m going to go over and beyond with this series translation so I’ll be translating their character profiles and descriptions too :’)). My heart for these men. It’s best to read this series in order to get the impact of the reveals.

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Dear Vocalist ~ (2)You ~

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You (ユゥ)
CV: Hanae Natsuki (花江 夏樹)

(DONEZO!! Hope you guys enjoyed this series as much as I did. I think I bit off more than I can chew with my current projects though so I’ll probably hold off on the second season until I make some more progress on the other projects. GOMEN CIEL!!)

Story premise is that these 6 boys have bands that are managed by Climax Records and though they have talent they have… their own problems. One day, the music executive (or executive producer) tells the boys that this is their last song. And so they’re all betting their survival on these last songs. Can you, as their girlfriend, support them? (Each boy has a different girlfriend).

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Dear Vocalist ~ A’ ~

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A’ (エーダッシュ)
CV: Kimura Ryouhei (木村 良平)

(A Very Good Boy right here. A’ makes my heart hurt because he’s such a sweet darling but he has such a real issue. I’m sure that if you were to look at the DSM-5 he’d check out on everything for bipolar disorder. Kudos to the heroine and how she supports him because this boy is a roller coaster. HIS SECOND SONG IS SO SAD!!)

Story premise is that these 6 boys have bands that are managed by Climax Records and though they have talent they have… their own problems. One day, the music executive (or executive producer) tells the boys that this is their last song. And so they’re all betting their survival on these last songs. Can you, as their girlfriend, support them? (Each boy has a different girlfriend).

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Dear Vocalist ~ Ciel ~

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Ciel (シエル)
CV: KENN

(SLAMS HANDS DOWN. HUSBAND IS HERE. I LOVE THIS MAN SO MUCH!!! HE GIVES SUCH GREAT LIFE LESSONS IN HIS CDs BECAUSE HE’S RIDICULOUSLY MATURE, CONSIDERATE, AND PROFESSIONAL. HE’S ALSO A KABEDON MANIAC AND HAS THE PERFECT GROWL-Y VOICE.)

Note: His Animate, Tower Record, and Stellaworth tokutens + sample voices are translated (because what’s the point of translating other than to spoil my biases (ᅌᴗᅌ✿ )… jk jk).

Story premise is that these 6 boys have bands that are managed by Climax Records and though they have talent they have… their own problems. One day, the music executive (or executive producer) tells the boys that this is their last song. And so they’re all betting their survival on these last songs. Can you, as their girlfriend, support them? (Each boy has a different girlfriend).

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Dear Vocalist ~ Judah ~

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Judah (ジュダ)
CV: Saitou Souma (斉藤 壮馬)

(Um, this guy doesn’t have a great personality either… LOL I PROMISE THEY GET BETTER. MY HUSBAND IS UP NEXT SO!! But, to be honest, Judah is a good boy; he just likes to act strong and bluff. He loves his girlfriend even though, at the same time, he’s conscious of the awful personality he has. Also, please look forward to his second season CD because “I Can’t Say Goodbye” is his love song and it’s so good).

Story premise is that these 6 boys have bands that are managed by Climax Records and though they have talent they have… their own problems. One day, the music executive (or executive producer) tells the boys that this is their last song. And so they’re all betting their survival on these last songs. Can you, as their girlfriend, support them? (Each boy has a different girlfriend).

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