Last updated: November 16, 2021
Here’s a guide to where to buy and support drama CD releases! You can bookmark by Ctrl+D; Command+D or star/bookmark icon on your favourite browser 😀
Everything can be found after the cut 🙂
The following websites/online stores may contain explicit content that is only suitable for those 18+ and above.
All links are first linked to the otome/women-oriented releases and others, after.
- DLsite (Doujin/Independent releases) *Affiliate link
- PokeDora / PokeDora R (NSFW)
- sankaku VoiceShop (formerly EM2’s official store for their drama CD imprint, sankaku)
- BOOTH (Pixiv) Links directly to audio dramas that are available on digital, there is no filter for otome/women-oriented so the results will be mixed.
- mora (region-restricted), also has high-res releases.
- Audible (varied categories, read more below)
- Rejet Archive
- Spotify (spotty catalogue, read more below)
Let me get to the specifics!
DLsite is probably the most established website on this list. They have been one of the places where independent/doujin works are released and are accessible even outside Japan, plus they have an English version of their site.
Purchases are available either as
- Downloadable files
- Streamed while logged in on a browser (they call this DLsite Play).
You can stream your purchases anywhere (PC, smartphone or tablet devices) which serves as copy protection for creators and publishers.
A good variety of publishing imprints known for their otome/women-oriented releases have made their backlist (some of them exclusively) available at DLsite, such as Ninoya, Stellaworth, Hituzigumo, canaria record, Davril Moon and more.
The banner below takes you directly to Girls Maniax, the women’s oriented section of DLsite. (Affiliate link)
PokeDora has been around for more than a while now and they too have exclusive releases as DLsite does. They have Animate-only or official publisher bonus tracks as well.
It has two sections, one for all-ages and BL content while the other, PokeDora R, is for rated content (18+). They also welcome publishers/creators who wish to publish on Pokedora as well.
Payment is made in the form of coins that can be bought in selected amounts or a monthly payment where the points will be credited to your account.
You can buy single tracks or even buy the full album (which is cheaper, overall).
Click here to get 500 bonus points on your first 1000yen purchase (excluding tax) BEFORE checking out. It will register your account for the campaign, otherwise, you won’t receive those additional points.
DraFan, otherwise Drama CD Fan, is a website that I found recently. To browse their offerings, you have to sign up for an account.
The releases available now are all 18+ CDs such as
- Sora wa Sasayaka na Koi no Hajimari
- Kare to Soine de shitai koto Zenbu
- Kyou Tomatteku? (original exclusive content)
I believe that is not the full line-up is available and expect that to change as it goes.
Only available to buy as a whole CD, not single tracks.
The only payment method available is via credit card.
Not sure if it’ll work from overseas so keep that in mind. Antalia has commented saying that they have successfully purchased 2 titles from them, so it’s a greenlight!
If anyone has tried them, let me know if it does or doesn’t!
HappiDra is also another website that sells drama CDs and situation CDs in digital form. They also have a clear guide to help you understand what each genre is about and how the listener is factored into it. (I’ll make a post about their guide, I think it’s pretty cool xD)
The available titles for purchase are available for browsing without an account.
You can pay via credit card (Visa, Mastercard) or even WebMoney, Net Cash and BitCash.
HappiDra purchases are only available to stream via your smartphone browser, particularly Chrome, according to their support article dated from 2017.
They announced in April 2020 that there won’t be any new additions to the website due to a change in management. However, their content is still up for purchase and your library will be unscathed.
sankaku VoiceShop, EM2’s online store carries several series (most probably their own) such as Anata wo Misshitsu de Torishirabe, Chime Out, BBB Traplip and more.
You can choose between buying a physical or digital copy, the digital would be slightly cheaper. The site also requires you to register an account before checkout. You can also use your Twitter or Facebook account to log in.
Audio samples only work on the smartphone version of the website. Not sure about payment methods as I didn’t make an account.
They don’t carry any mature content so it’s SFW.
BOOTH, pixiv’s online store system where creators can sell their work in any form, physical and digital easily so no fuss, no muss.
I didn’t realise it sooner but there are independent or lesser-known groups releasing their audio drama on BOOTH.
Otome or women-oriented audio releases are comparatively limited to other sites on this list.
There isn’t a way to filter out content singularly tagged ‘otome’ so try the following keywords instead or tinker with the filters as creators tag their works differently.
You can always sign up for a Japanese forwarding address when buying physical items because BOOTH accepts overseas credit cards as well as PayPal.
According to the April 26, 2021 announcement, they are able to process transactions with overseas credit cards again after a 16-month downtime (began Jan 2020).
The Love on Ride series is available in 320kbps AAC and hi-res audio (FLAC) files.
There are about four drama CD series available on mora
- Nippon Columbia’s Otona Gentei
- Himitsu no CD, 1 volume – featuring Nakai Kazuya, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu in secretive situations.
- O-togame no CD, 3 volumes – feature double voice actors in each volume where they would rebuke you for something that you’ve done (AKA scolding lol)
- Kanbyou CD, 3 volumes – also a double feature where the character(s) would be taking care of you when you’re unwell
It’s where you can spend your time with a fictional boyfriend while waiting for the train, bus or anything else, as well as some romance, spun into each volume.
Imagine those whispers and dummy head mic recordings with noise-cancelling headphones that could play hi-res audio ;’)
They also have drama tracks from
- Hypnosis Mic
- Kiraboshi Tune
- ARGONAVIS from BanG Dream!
Quite a boon as drama tracks are usually not released alongside the vocal songs.
Audible is another unexpected find.
If one looks beyond the light novel, BL, seiyuu category, there are plenty of other audio work (narrations, all-cast adaptations of popular stories) available that are voiced by well-known Japanese voice actors.
The list is not comprehensive but to give an idea of what content they have there
- Otome no Donna Nayami mo 100% Kaiketsu! – a series where the characters would advise or soothe your worries. Features Saitou Souma, Aoi Shouta and Maeno Tomoaki. Aoi Shouta’s character has two different volumes. Individual tracks are also available. Originally released as a magazine bonus for Shogakukan’s Cheese! in 2018.
- Imasugu Shokan! Tsundere Kareshi series – each volume features a male character who has been summoned to you, the listener from various settings.
- Hitori Shibai Lovers Only series – features a romance with each character by a different voice actor.
Other content of interest would be:
- Saint Beast series (9 volumes)
- Shounen Onmyouji (8 volumes, the remaining 1 isn’t available at the time of writing)
- Meisaku Bungaku (Warai) (4 volumes)
- Momogre aka Momo and Grapes, known for their all-male voice cast even when it’s female characters :’D
I can’t be sure of how much of their catalogue is available on Audible but I may or may not make a list of it in the not so distant future. (Nudge me if you like this, I’ll consider bumping it up on my imaginary list :3)
Rejet has established a Youtube channel where they upload (older) releases of their CD releases.
“Certain titles cannot be released in its entirety due to Youtube regulations/terms of service.
As it was difficult for the original channel to be restored, we deeply apologise for the inconvenience (in setting up a new channel).
We will announce accordingly when the schedule (for the Youtube uploads) has been decided.” – translation of @RejetArchive’s tweet about their uploads.
The original channel was terminated, as according to the error message when attempting to view the channel, “due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy on nudity or sexual content.”
Audiobook.jp is an online audiobook retailer in Japan and they carry some drama/situation CDs as well.
A quick search of both terms yielded some results like
- Chara-Ani’s Watashi no Shitsuji series
- Otome no Nayami wa 100% Kaiketsu
- Inma series (18+)
- Kannou Jikan series (18+)
- Libre Publishing’s Yomei Kareshi series (18+)
- Drama CDs from
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails series
- Bungou and Alchemist and etc.
They have a variety of categories which include BL, TL (Teens Love) and Romance (all lumped into one, yes).
While not applicable for drama/situation CDs, Audiobook.jp also have a ‘listen all you want’ unlimited plan which has a 30-day free trial and it’s 750yen a month after that. Cancel at anytime. They also have a monthly point subscription which gives you additional points for a monthly subscription.
A review highlighted on their website says they’re good for new releases and books about business.
Some non-otome yet noteworthy mentions
- Arslan Senki‘s novels are available on audio by a single narrator
- Legend of the Galatic Heroes are entirely narrated by the animated series cast
- Komae Ryou’s Sanada Jyuu Yuushi (Sanada Ten Braves) performed by an original cast consisting of Hatano Wataru, Nishiyama Koutarou and more.
Spotify is a mixed bag. You either need to have a subscription so the tracks won’t be shuffled or that you listen on desktop/web/tablet on a free plan so you can choose your tracks.
- Yumoriseki (癒守石)
- Love on Ride (not the entire series)
- Miracle Train (1 volume by Okamoto Nobuhiko, Kakihara’s volume only on Spotify Japan, it’s based on gijinka of train stations!)
- Mousou Kareshi (Pet) series (妄想彼氏（ペット）
- Kanon’s Aroma na Kareshi (Aromatic Boyfriend) vol 1-4 (even though there’s 10 of them, fingers-crossed!)
These should be available outside Japan but unsure of any particular region restrictions.
Game-related drama and music CDs are also on Spotify, iTunes or Amazon Digital Music (e.g. Hakuouki, Last Escort, to name a few).
Drama CD releases are most likely available on multiple platforms unless it’s platform-exclusive title.
Finally! Digital releases are now easier, giving new and seasoned listeners a go at it.
I really hope that other publishers would take a chance at releasing both new and backlist titles on digital! One can only own so many physical copies :’3.
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