Ai no Kusabi

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Synonyms: Love Wedge, The Space Between, Wedge of interval, Wedge of Love
Japanese: 間の楔
English: Ai no Kusabi
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 1, 1992 to May 1, 1994
Producers: On-Lead
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: AIC
Source: Light novel
Genres: Boys LoveBoys Love, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi, EroticaErotica
Duration: 54 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.061 (scored by 1917919,179 users)
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Ranked: N/A2
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Popularity: #3420
Members: 36,993
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On the planet Amoi, a person's status is primarily dictated by the color of their hair. This society is run by the AI supercomputer known as Jupiter and its governing board of perfect blondes, referred to as Blondies, living in the capital city of Tanagura. However, the darker-haired humans live out their lives in the golden "pleasure city" of Midas and its outlying slum Ceres. They are known as "mongrels," and most cannot progress out of the slums.

Three years ago, a boy named Riki disappeared from the slums of Ceres. Once the revered leader of the gang Bison, a sudden encounter with an elite Blondie, Iason Mink, forced Riki to abandon everything he had cultivated. The boy was snatched from his home and forced to become Iason's pet. Riki has spent the past three years enduring numerous blows to his pride, his time in Tanagura nothing but a form of torture.

Now that Riki has returned, Bison once again rallies behind him. The risk he finds himself in, however, is much greater than ever before—there is always someone ready to sell him out.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Mink, Iason

Shiozawa, Kaneto


Seki, Toshihiko


Tanaka, Hideyuki

Am, Raoul

Hayami, Show


Tsujitani, Kouji


Nakahara, Shigeru




Hori, Hideyuki




Kashiwakura, Tsutomu



Opening Theme

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"Midnight Illusion" by Toshihiko Seki

Ending Theme

"Eternal" by Ishihara Shin'ichi

Jan 10, 2009
I have just a few seconds ago finished watching Ai no Kusabi, but I think I will remain breathless for quite a while.

I was expecting a not too heavy yaoi story involving hot boys in chains, but I got so much more. The story is pretty intense to sit through but its worth it. It has characters whom you actually feel for and a story that fits the old adage of leaving you wanting more.

By the end I was quite taken aback at how good the story was, don't mistake it for a shallow or superficial anime, at its core this ...
Jan 9, 2013
Okay, so I literally just finished watching it 5 minutes ago, I just felt this sudden urge to share my thoughts, so here it goes. But bear in mind that this is only my opinion.

I was looking through the recommendation on my Youtube channel, when I saw the latest remake of this. I tried it, but I found it...unsatisfactory. On the related video column, there was this AMV with a song twilight so I watched out of pure curiosity, and it turns out to be this version, 1992, and believe it or not, that mini video caught my interest more than the 2012 version ...
Feb 13, 2017
I never expected to find myself watching a yaoi like this one. Ai no Kusabi is about a separation of classes based on hair color. The blondes are in the highest class while the brunettes/black-haired are in the lowest class. The messed up society consists of "pet" auctioning which is the same as human trafficking. Blondies - so they're called - can own a "pet" which they claim by placing a "pet ring" on them. With the pets the Blondies are free to do whatever they want with them. 

The entire plot of this anime is disgusting... and yet I enjoyed it. While the show was ...

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