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Ai no Kusabi (2012)


Alternative Titles

Japanese: 間の楔

Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 18, 2012 to Apr 18, 2012
Producers: KENMedia
Licensors: Media Blasters
Studios: AIC
Source: Light novel
Genres: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Yaoi
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 7.011 (scored by 7,500 users)
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Ranked: N/A2
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Popularity: #2164
Members: 16,874
Favorites: 75
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Episodes: /4

Synopsis

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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Characters & Voice Actors

Mink, Iason
Mink, Iason
Main
Ookawa, Tooru
Japanese
Ookawa, Tooru
Riki
Riki
Main
Itou, Kentarou
Japanese
Itou, Kentarou
Katze
Katze
Supporting
Miki, Shinichiro
Japanese
Miki, Shinichiro
Am, Raoul
Am, Raoul
Supporting
Kuroda, Takaya
Japanese
Kuroda, Takaya

Staff

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


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HikaruIzumi
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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artemis456
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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Yoshimasa
Jul 11, 2015
I'll be blunt: if you have already watched the 1992-1994 Ai no Kusabi, listen to me, don't waste your time watching this.

Of course it's -almost- the same story with absolutely the same characters, but this rendition is not as intense as the old one. It doesn't add anything, possibly it waters down the story and the tension.
Note that the story in these four OVA is not complete. It was in the two OVA old version.

I like the concept of Ai no Kusabi, the plot, the set, the characters, and I'd like to watch a very extended and complete version of it, but I think I read more
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SqueekoftheNorth
Jul 3, 2016
Really a superb piece of work... if only they would continue it. Sadly, at only four episodes, this will leave you wanting and in which I case I highly recommend seeking out the original two-part OAV, which although at a much faster story pace, will grant a resolution to the story.

Also recommend the original for a more passionate, intense, and graphic bit of Yaoi anime.

However, on it's own there is an incredible world to delve into and the artwork is amazing for both characters and backdrops. For anyone who is tired of the mundane stories of classmates and businessmen that most yaoi and BL stories read more
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Remake of Yaoi OVA Ai no Kusabi Announced

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