Ai no Kusabi (2012)

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 間の楔


Type: OVA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 18, 2012 to Apr 18, 2012
Producers: Pony Canyon, KENMedia
Licensors: Media Blasters
Studios: AIC
Source: Light novel
Genres: Boys LoveBoys Love, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi, EroticaErotica
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.561 (scored by 1530915,309 users)
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Ranked: N/A2
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Popularity: #3717
Members: 33,478
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

Mink, Iason

Ookawa, Tooru


Itou, Kentarou


Miki, Shinichiro

Rosen, Aisha

Koyasu, Takehito

Am, Raoul

Kuroda, Takaya


Toriumi, Kousuke


Morikubo, Shoutarou

Zavi, Orphe

Tobita, Nobuo


Hanawa, Eiji


Kawaragi, Shiho


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, ...
Jul 11, 2015
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Mar 24, 2017
Five words: A complete waste of time.

If you're into yaoi like I shamelessly am, you've probably heard of Ai no Kusabi or even watched the original. Yes, Ai no Kusabi (2012) is a remastered version of an adaptation which was released in 1992. When the words "remastered" or "rebooted" are thrown into the mix, one might expect that this new version would either tell the story better, or pair the same story with better art. Due to the fact that the entire duration of both adaptations are relatively the same, with this one being four 24-minute episodes and the original being two hour-long episodes, ...

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