Although I talked about this novel here and there some time ago, I have not written a review about it yet. So, I’ll write one before the CD and the new novel comes out next month. I already preordered them because I’m curious as to what Cyberphase will sell in their preorder bonus package. I’ll probably combine the novel and CD review (unless they made big changes to the plot) so I just put the seiyuu names here for reference purposes. Before I proceed, I must issue a warning. If you read BL for relaxation, please STAY AWAY from this novel or drama. This is a TRAGEDY!! There is no happy end … but happy endings only exist in fairy tales…
In the first novel, we saw how Shiba Masaki (CV: Kamiya Hiroshi) successfully made the young strategist of Matsukura gumi, Munechika Keigo (CV: Konishi Katsuyuki) his S (for spy). The two got closer physically in the end of the first novel but psychologically, there are still many barriers existing. Most important of all, Shiba is still uncertain as to what is the most accurate way to treat his S. Just as Munechika says, when Shiba is in bed, he’s more irropoi than a prostitute. However, once it’s over, he returns to his cold self and there is never any follow up – no warm words, nothing from Shiba. This happens because Shiba logically understands that he cannot fall in love with his S. In fact, he must treat the relationship as a business transaction. However, deeper inside, his feelings for Munechika and once he is overpowered by these feelings, he loses control and feels he might be subtly changed by Munechika. His own unrest scares him and stimulates him to create a pseudo-distance between Munechika and himself. Just when he was puzzled, he received a new order from headquarters. Instead of his routine investigation, he is designated to cooperate with Nagakura (CV: Kuroda Takaya) to investigate Ikkoukai’s armory. His task is to contact Nagakura’s S Takanashi Mao (20) (CV: Takeuchi Ken). Takanashi is the lover of Ikkoukai’s leader Kumegi Yukihikoã€€(CV: ?) and he uses that position to supply information to Nagakura. Nagakura treats his S quite "roughly" and Takanashi also seems to want to find the location of the arsenal quickly so that he can escape from Nagakura. As Shiba maintains contact with Takanashi and gradually barges into the world between Nagakura and Takanashi, he soon finds reality is far from what it seems. Also in that world, he soon finds the answer to his troubles.
The truth is that Nagakura did not purely investigate the Ikkoukai arsenal because that is also part of his job. He really wanted to investigate because Kumegi TOOK AWAY the happiness of both his Spies and the love of his life. Nagakura made the TRAGIC mistake of falling in love with both his S very deeply. Owing to that, his first S was raped (by several men), shamed, tortured, and murdered by Kumegi and his men. Then, when he came into contact during an investigation and met Takanashi, he made the same mistake again. Although his attitude toward Takanashi appeared to be harsh and uncaring, he really loved him very much. The same goes for Takanashi. He acted as if he wanted to leave Nagakura when he talked to Shiba in the beginning about the armory. The truth is exactly the opposite. He was AFRAID Nagakura would LEAVE him when he learned the location of the armory. So, he did not tell Nagakura even though he knew the location. He hid the fact out of love but his action ended up guiding Nagakura to his death. When Nagakura tried to find the arsenal by himself, he also saw the opportunity to kill Kumegi. That one instant, he made the decision. He fired, he committed murder, and had to flee. On the other hand, Munechika also felt Shiba was trying to create distance between the two of them. It was Shiba who first said he wanted him to be his S, it was him who said he would use his body as bait, yet to the very end, it was also Shiba who wanted to run and run away from Munechika. Angered by Shiba’s betrayal, Munechika used all his means to violate Shiba’s body. From taking away his freedom to hitting him to raping him, his violence left Shiba covered with wounds the next morning. When Shiba stared into the mirror, all he could see was the reflection of a a man who was torn completely apart – both physically and psychologically. While Nagakura was on the run, he contacted Shiba and he told Shiba about his love for Takanashi but he also liked Shiba and probably would have fallen in love with Shiba had he met him earlier. Just before he parted with Shiba, he gave him a long deep kiss. His kiss was SO POWERFUL that he left Shiba bleeding. He then continued his search for the arsenal. When the two arrived at the isolated place they believed to be the armory, Nagakura asked Shiba for a favor – to seize the armory. Then, before Shiba could take further action, he was murdered in front of Shiba and died in Shiba’s arms. That was the price he chose to pay for falling in love with both of his S.
Shiba then went to find Munechika, who was quite surprised that the very man he just injured, tortured, and shamed so much the other day would actively seek for him. He gave Shiba a chance to leave but Shiba chose to stay. Munechika then told Shiba that once he made his decision, he would set himself on a path of no return. Shiba understood but still chose to be with Munechika. The two then had sex again but this time, it was not violent at all. This is because Shiba no longer rejects Munechika. On the very contrary, he opens his heart to Munechika, he lets out his voice, and he lets himself baske in the warmth of human emotions. Although Nagakura vanished from this world forever, the bitmark he gave Shiba would remain till the end of Shiba’s time. His death also made Shiba face the destiny he chose boldly and gave him the courage to recite to Munechika the very vow he made the first time Munechika became his Esu. From now on, he would not find himself lost again. There might not be romantic love between them (not yet), but certainly there is a strong affinity between the two men – a bond so strong that even when relationships held together by "generic love" break, that bond will still hold. For Shiba, a cool beauty who has always kept his distance with other people, this is his first experience of being so tightly connected to another human being. For Munechika though, he has already experienced such a strong emotion long ago…but that is another story.