Listening Practice 🎧 What do you listen to for Japanese practice?

I hope everyone who’s into Japanese audio media knows about the ongoing Extensive listening challenge 👂 (2021) that @valkow kindly has set up for us! ^>^

I’ve created quite a list of Drama CD-series to get through within 12 months. But I don’t think it’s impossible. Not the least since I’ve already gotten started on it! :triumph:

So, last night I began by listening to ダブル・バインド! ^>^ :headphones:


Toshiyuki Morikawa
Kazuyuki Okitsu
Tooru Ookawa
Tatsuhisa Suzuki
among others

This BLCD is a murder mystery. The main character, Kamijo is a police detective tasked with solving a gruesome murder where a man has been starved to death (with some rather unusual body mutilation thrown in :sweat_smile: ). At the crime scene, the first witness happens to be a young boy.

Desperate for leads, Kamijo seeks to question the boy, only to be faced with his guardian, a clinical psychologist called Sena, who do not want to put the boy through that sort of stress. The reason is that the boy is struggling with mental disease (spoiler) (multiple personality disorder) and seemingly can’t remember anything from the time.

It quickly also becomes clear that Sena and Kamijo knows each other from their school kendo club, though it’s been 15 years since they’ve met (something like that). And Sena is little inclined to let the police question the boy he’s been charged to help.

This is how this story kicks off, only to become even more complicated as the police suspects another abduction of a yakuza member, to be yet a murder in the making…dun dun dun

If you like murder mystery, this BLCD might be for you. It has a calm air which I love, as we get to follow Kamijo’s internal monologues of struggles with the case. There’s some good music and sfx as well, but, the best part is definitely the cast. :eyes:

Kazuyuki Okitsu (left) & Toshiyuki Morikawa (right)

Toshiyuki Morikawa and Kazuyuki Okitsu are fabulous together. They have a unique rapport, not just on this Drama CD but also others I’ve listened to, where they just play off on each other’s roles. It makes for a very fun listening experience! :grin: (Sena is tsutsuntsun-ing his way through the dialogue, giving Kamijo a really hard time and putting him constantly on the wrong foot! :joy: He’s also an outgoing gay man and Kamijo keeps being flustered by him. :grin: )

But, there’s also a side story of sorts, of the Yakuza gang that inadvertently finds a member of theirs abducted. The yakuza boss (played by Tooru Ookawa) and his younger lover (played by Tatsuhisa Suzuki) makes for a great counterpoint to the main plot. Not the least since Tatsuhisa Suzuki is doing one of his best acting jobs ever!!! :heart: He’s gob smacking amazing as a former junkie, now turned clean, but struggling to find a place at the side the yakuza boss. He totally made me tear up in the special, where the yakuza boss and the lover are the main characters. :sob:

Is there karami? Of course there is! :blush: It’s done well as well.

This story has a lot of crime solving terminology, not to mention the whole mental disease theme running through the whole story, with several technical terms being flung around at times. It can be a struggle to keep up. But, it’s good enough that a relisten to difficult parts should be a joy rather than a bother. :wink:

I’d consider this BLCD to be somewhere between Intermediate/Advanced. (a little bit depending on how much other listening you’ve done, I think).

In any case, I can warmly recommend it! ^>^

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