Gakuen Heaven ~ Sweet Candy & Bitter Chocolate ~


This is a set of parody CDs with original drama, released for the game Gakuen Heaven. Again, for those who are unfamiliar with the characters, you can see my review of the game, see HERE. You do not really need to know the story of the game to comprehend this drama but knowledge of the characters will make these CDs more enjoyable. I’ll break this review into four sections: (1) the songs, (2) the drama Aru asa no Fuukei, (3) Ooedo Heaven, and (4) Club Bell Liberty so it’s easier to understand.



I don’t really want to comment too much on the singing because the characters in Gakuen Heaven are not really casted for their vocal ability. Aside from Okiayu (who’s probably the best singer in the group), the rest of them are average. In terms of the music, I think "Walk Up" is much better than "Little Wish" because of the up tempo. Slow tempo songs are only enjoyable when you have above average vocalists because demands greater vocal skills. Overall, I guess it’s a good thing to have a theme song and it will only be fair if everyone can sing a little.


This set of drama really features everyone, beginning with Itou Keita (CV: Fukuyama Jun) waking earlier than usual and met with Shinomiya Kouji (CV: Okiayu Ryuutarou) who is already wide awake and taking care of the flower bed. Keita then is joined by Endou Kazuki (CV: Sakurai Takahiro) and the two go to school. There are also some other random things happening, like Shichijou Omi (CV: Tsuboi Tomohiro) and Nakajima Hideaki (CV: Morikawa Toshiyuki) who started a word battle over picking up a piece of paper vv, or Omi asking Saiyonji Kaoru (CV: Kamiya Hiroshi) to attend sports lesson (which he hates) but he tries to escape ^^;; This is really boring so I won’t go into details.


These original short dramas are really what the CDs are worth! Ooedo Heaven is A LOT OF FUN as here, the story is set back in ancient Japan. Keita was really a prince (or at least some high ranking nobels)but he hid his identity and went traveling with Kazuki and Naruse Yukihiko (CV: Miki Shinichirou) who kept insisting this is a honeymoon between him and Keita and completely ignored Kazuki XD. Of course, Kazuki wouldn’t tolerate this so the journey was really full of arguments between Kazuki and Naruse. The trio then came to a small tea shop where they wanted to rest. There, they encountered Umino (CV: Kawakami Tomoko), who is the small brother of the owner of the tea shop, the invalid Iwai Takuto, (CV: Nojima Hirofumi). The shop was in a terrible financial state owing to Iwai’s poor health and they owed people money. Keita felt sorry for the brothers. Then came Nakajima who wanted to collect the money the brothers owed him. Umino mistook him as an evil person and so Kazuki and Naruse fought against Nakajima. However, gold suddenly descended from nowhere and so the brothers were able to pay back Nakajima. Turned out Nakajima was not a bad person as he did not take more than the amount the brothers owed him, even if they offered. After the trio left the store, they met Taki Shunsuke (CV: Suzumura Kenichi) who was still cycling (despite there was no bike at the time) as well as the mysterious Shichijou. Keita then bumped into some dangerous person who was ready to hit Keita but a big guy interfered and saved Keita. He was Niwa Tetsuya (CV: Konishi Katsuyuki) and he brought the party back to his place, which was the residence of the shogun. Kazuki and Naruse already knew the true identity of Niwa when they saw him. Niwa also felt a sense of familiarity while staring at Keita but he could not remember where he had seen the face. At Niwa’s residence, Saiyonji was exploding with anger as he could not find Niwa who sneaked away from work. When Saiyonji saw Keita, he took off his clothes ^_^;; (nothing ecchi but dead funny) and proved Keita’s noble identity. Niwa then asked Keita to be the shogun in his place so he could go off and play ;_; … everyone was like *O*!


Keita tried to escape from the rain and rushed into a dodgy store called "Club Bell Liberty". The person he met first was Kazuki, who offered him a drink (for free) as well as introduced him to each of the hosts in the club. The rest is just self-introduction from each character … (in a host manner of course). After Nakajima, Keita discovered that Kazuki was actually the owner of the club and Kazuki wondered if he would like to work at the club as well (probably Kazuki aimed at getting Keita the moment he stepped ino the store !?).


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