Title: Yandere no Onna no ko ni Shinuhodo Aisarete Nemurenai CD Gya
Company: EDGE RECORDS
Release date: 6-25-08
To love and be loved is the dream of many girls, infatuated with the idea of a perfect romance and fairytale endings. Naturally, disappointments and heartbreak are to be expected, but what if a girl rejects reality, in place of her own obsessive or impossible fantasy? Perhaps it’s not just a simple matter of getting their preferred boy to notice them, but to ward off others with the same interests in mind. Maybe it’s keeping him devoted to her when she believes he may be unfaithful. Or it could be making sure that he understands just how deep and true her love is.
While the protagonist is unaware of his own crucial importance in these girls’ lives, his female friends are not as innocent as they appear, insane with jealousy and twisted by her own warped perspective. Each one wants to be together forever, and not even death will keep her and her beloved apart.
Rather than a conventional, ongoing storyline, the plot is instead laid out over a series of four loosely-intertwined scenes about five unstable young girls, each with bitter grudges against the other, and the unfortunate boy whom they idolize. As the second installment in the Yandere no Onna no ko series, this CD revolves around the horrific consequences of adolescent love turning sour, for those who are fond of a yandere’s adorable charms and her rather gruesome ways of expressing love.
While unfortunately very short, each individual scenario lasting about a mere ten minutes each, it still delivers an enjoyably dark, and sometimes gruesome, story. Although the protagonist’s role is predictably understated, the heroines are all pitiable, even lovable, in their own ways. Each girl is unique in personality and methods of destruction, rather than coming across as unoriginal copies of the same character type.
It would be wrong to call it perfect, however, as it has a number of flaws as well. The protagonist is just plain uninteresting, in stark contrast to his love interests. Because of the lack of time to further expand on their stories, each track feels somewhat rushed and the plots underdeveloped, the quality of storytelling suffering because of it. Finally, the pacing is unbalanced at times, trying to balance slice-of-life with horror for the best emotional impact, but having difficulty in finding the perfect combination of both.
Though it is not perhaps the pinnacle of the horror genre in drama CDs, the heroines are enticing and the tracks are all very entertaining, and should be more than enough to please connoisseurs of romance with damaged young ladies.
An average but not unkind young man, the protagonist’s popularity is not to be envied, but pitied. Though his own feelings seemingly remain platonic, he is unwittingly drawn into destructive relationships, as his jealous classmates each want to claim him for themselves. Despite their best efforts, he is only terrified by the depths of their insanity as a gruesome string of deaths begin, and his friends grow increasingly unstable and hostile.
To his own misfortune, he is honest to a fault and woefully ignorant when it comes to matters of love, earning the girls’ wrath and frustration―resulting in not just the end of a relationship, but often the end of his life.
“You’re my possession. From now on, you live here! You don’t need anyone else, and I can buy anything you want.”
Spoiled to a fault, Sakuya has been raised in extravagance and luxury all her life, and truly believes that with enough wealth and influence, then she can possess everything her heart desires. However, beneath her haughty demeanor, she struggles with properly expressing her deep care and concern for the protagonist, even to herself. Even though she is surrounded by vast riches, accompanied by her many servants and faithful pet, Sakuya is frustrated and jealous of the attention he receives from his other female friends. As a result, she often belittles or insults him with teasing remarks, in spite of the heartache she desperately tries to hide.
She considers the protagonist, although he is but a “lowly commoner”, to be the most important person in the world to her, worth risking her status and pride for. Unfortunately for him, once she is determined to obtain something, she will never relent until it’s hers. This includes him, as she begins to resort to threats to keep by him her side, intending to keep him imprisoned in her mansion as her most valuable and dearest possession.
“I believed in you, even more than God.”
A strict and fanatically-religious girl, Iori is constantly warring with herself over her love for the protagonist and her devotion to god. She considers her feelings to be both a blessing and a curse, believing that she has betrayed her faith by finding happiness with another. She may appear to be the most stable of his friends, but her kindness quickly turns to violence and loathing, cursing the other girls and turning against the protagonist himself, isolating him from everyone else in order to seek salvation for him.
“Nono, look over here, over here! What’s wrong, onii-chan? You look so scared!”
Nono’s twin sister and dearest friend, she is a seemingly soft-spoken and naïve young girl. While not losing her childish impatience and enthusiasm, she is the more thoughtful and ladylike sister, but no less unreasonable and crazed than her sibling. She is unwaveringly optimistic, to the point of being disconnected from reality, and has trouble grasping the danger of the “toys” she and Nono use.
Though they have differing personalities, they think of each other not as rivals, but as two halves of the same whole, an invaluable partner with which to share the protagonist. Together, she and Nono make up a devious combination of troublemakers, although their kind of mischief ends in a high body count.
“Onii-chan, it’s almost like you’re scared of us!”
The more boyish half of the pair, Nono is less logical and more emotional than her sister, constantly demanding affection and attention. She’s more inclined to express her displeasure with action rather than words, allowing Nana make the decisions, while she is happy to use brute force in persuading the protagonist to join one of their games.
“Now we’ll always, always, always be together, won’t we? Because I love you!”
Although she is the protagonist’s cousin, she has taken it upon herself to act as his little sister, as the adoring younger sibling who treasures her older brother above all else. In so many words, Yumemi is the perfect companion, a patient housekeeper, and a devoted admirer, whose childlike enthusiasm lends her a certain warmth and charm.
However, that overbearing affection is merely the first hint of the deranged obsession that consumes Yumemi. Her innocence is tainted by her insistence on having the protagonist at her side at all times, following him every minute and each moment of the day. The longer he is ignorant of her feelings for him, the more her impatience grows, until her broken mind can no longer endure the wait. While his other friends begin to vanish, Yumemi realizes that their family would be much happier if it was reduced just to two.
Anyone listening should not be expecting an orchestral masterpiece: the accompanying music is average at best and unpleasantly repetitive at its worst, comprised of the typical lighthearted tracks and a few chilling pieces which set the appropriate mood, but nothing more.
But in compensation, each actress possesses a truly incredible vocal range, from sugary-sweet giggles to rage-filled howls, incurring a genuine sense of fright and concern for the victim of these unbalanced girls’ wrath. Accompanied by sound effects of breaking glass, clashing weapons, and gory violence, it is the finishing touch on a brilliant yet brutal soundtrack.