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Ai no Kusabi (2012)

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Japanese: 間の楔


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


Score: 6.851 (scored by 10,506 users)
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Ranked: N/A2
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Popularity: #2693
Members: 23,132
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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
Am, Raoul
Kuroda, Takaya
Toriumi, Kousuke
Zavi, Orphe
Tobita, Nobuo
Hanawa, Eiji
Morikubo, Shoutarou
Lagat, Gideon
Horiuchi, Kenyuu
Rosen, Aisha
Koyasu, Takehito


Akiyama, Katsuhito
Abe, Nobuyuki
Sound Director
Yoshihara, Rieko
Script, Original Creator, Screenplay, Series Composition
Takahashi, Tetsuya
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Jun 27, 2012
SuiNoByakko (All reviews)
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
Jun 11, 2012
artemis456 (All reviews)
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.
Jul 7, 2013
ChocoLate666 (All reviews)
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
Jul 3, 2016
SqueekoftheNorth (All reviews)
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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