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Ai no Kusabi (2012)

Ai no Kusabi (2012)

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 間の楔


Type: OVA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 18, 2012 to Apr 18, 2012
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
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Ranked: #30002
Popularity: #1907
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The story is set in the future on the planet named Amoi which is controlled by a supercomputer named Jupiter. Among the mostly male human population, the light-haired elite class is allowed to temporarily keep the dark-haired "mongrels" as pets. One elite member, Iason, encounters a mongrel named Riki in the slums and decides to take him in. However, Iason keeps Riki longer than it is socially approved, and rumors abound about their possible relationship.

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Aired  Jan 18, 2012 to Apr 18, 2012
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Adaptation: Ai no Kusabi
Alternative version: Ai no Kusabi

Characters & Voice Actors

Itou, Kentarou
Itou, Kentarou
Mink, Iason
Mink, Iason
Ookawa, Tooru
Ookawa, Tooru
Toriumi, Kousuke
Toriumi, Kousuke
Miki, Shinichiro
Miki, Shinichiro


Akiyama, Katsuhito
Abe, Nobuyuki
Sound Director
Yoshihara, Rieko
Script, Original Creator, Screenplay, Series Composition
Takahashi, Tetsuya
Theme Song Composition

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Jun 27, 2012
Ai no Kusabi (2012) is the newest adaptation of a light novel of the same name published in 1986-1987. It’s first adaptation was airing in 1992-1994 and it had 2 OVA’s. This adaptation consisted of 4 OVA’s so double the fun, right? Well, yes and no, unless you call unfinished work fun. In that case it’s yes and yes.

Story: 9/10
It’s set in a fictional world with mostly men because of some genetic issues. The society is divided into castes where elites are at the top and mongrels at the bottom. The story revolves around an elite and a mongrel but don’t get the wrong idea, read more
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Jul 7, 2013
Remake of the anime "Ai no kusabi" first aired in 1992.
Story: 6/10
These ova show just half of the story, but when you confront it with the first version is easier to follow the plot.
Something changed in the story, anything really important, but is usually something that annoies me , the author chose what happened, then why in the animated version should it change?
Art: 10/10
Yessss, this is quite the thing, the art is awesome, I really liked it. But that's it.
I watched a more glamour version of Ai no Kusabi. But damn, that was pretty sexy xD
Sound: 8
Nice, I liked voice actors' job, and the read more
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Mar 16, 2013
I like both this remake and the original, and here is why.

The characters, unlike a lot of yaoi aren't your generic bishounen. They have substance without being overly flamboyant or flashy, which I like a lot. Iason's cool demeaner and Riki's feisty personality are good compliments to each other without being too plain or generic.

The artwork is very nice, this is one of the reasons I liked this one better then the first. Everything is very smooth and crisp and nice to look at. They obviously put a lot of work into the graphics. Now, I know many are disappointed at the lack of read more
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Jun 11, 2012
I think this Ai No Kusabi could never compare to the original because the first is always the best plain and simple. However if you were confused about the story in the original this reboot tells some back story. Unfortunately it never ended the art is the same except the city,sound is beautiful and characters are same as always.
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both are dark shoujo stories with a dark, obsessive, powerful long-haired aggressive lover that suddenly enters the main character's life. 
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