Ai no Kusabi

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English: Ai no Kusabi
Synonyms: Love Wedge, The Space Between, Wedge of interval, Wedge of Love
Japanese: 間の楔


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: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi, YaoiYaoi
Duration: 54 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.161 (scored by 1649916,499 users)
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Ranked: N/A2
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Popularity: #2825
Members: 30,585
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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

"Midnight Illusion" by Toshihiko Seki

Ending Theme

"Eternal" by Ishihara Shin'ichi

Jan 10, 2009
bluebrainfreezy (All reviews)
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 read more
Jul 14, 2011
AlexanderZero (All reviews)
Gay romance in anime is something that one almost doesn’t want to see nowadays. Most anime features homosexuals in way that is degrading. They exist only as drag queen outcast villains for the heroes to defeat. Then you get into the animes which are based on gay romance, and these ones are even worse. If their purpose isn’t to exist as a poorly disguised pornography, most gay romance anime features two men who fall in love one day and are sleeping together the next. These men usually have ridiculous arguments about anything and everything insignificant, and their relationships are a roller coaster of confusion and read more
Jan 9, 2013
scareletdragon_ (All reviews)
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 read more
Jul 19, 2018
LeaOotori (All reviews)
Usually, I tend to avoid older anime because I don't really prefer the older styles of animation. After seeing the 2012 remake of this, I became curious and naturally decided to watch this next. This was just so inexplicably addicting-- this entire franchise is. In the past 24 hours, I have watched the remake, this original, and read all of the 8 original novels. To put it in simpler words, I'm hopelessly obsessed. Let's get into why.

To begin with, the story was something unique. While dystopias aren't exactly a rare genre, to have a dystopia intertwined with a tragic, twisted romance, smut, and violence read more

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