25 October, 2011

REVIEW: Ai no Kusabi

Ai no Kusabi

Directed by: Akira Nishimori & Katsuhito Akiyama

Studio: AIC

Genre: Yaoi, Science Fiction

Episodes: 2


On planet Amoi, a great society has developed, creating a computerized city called Tanagura, ruled by supercomputer Jupiter. The populace is almost entirely male and is based on hair color; silver and/or blonds are the elitist, ending with dark/black haired as the bottom of society, often known as "mongrels". Blondies keep "pets", young boys kept for a few years, especially made for performing sexual actions for the Blondie's voyeurism entertainment. Blondies aren't supposed to keep pets for long or interact sexually with pets, but one blondie named Iason Mink has kept a pet named Rikki, for years and is rumored to sleep with him. Iason refuses to let go of Rikki, even with Jupiter's disapproval. Rikki fights with his emotions and society problems, unable to decide what to do about his old friend/lover Gai (Guy) and their gang. Iason is obsessed with keeping Rikki, and Rikki doesn't know what to do; fight against him or surrender to him.


So a couple of my fujoshi friends on Twitter talked me into watching this and I felt that I should give it a review after seeing it so here goes. Watching yaoi as a straight male is sometimes a challenging task in its self but I’m willing to give anything with a good story a shot and Ai no Kusabi has a good story. The relationship between Iason and Rikki has a star-crossed lovers feel to it. Though Iason is in a postion of power and knows his love of Rikki is forbidden he’s willing to throw it all away for him. Iasons love brings out how ugly society can be when there is something that it disagrees with. I felt there could have been more to that part of the story but even without diving too deep into a statement on society and its close mindedness the plot holds strong.

The animation has held up well for being all most ten years old. There are no graphic sex scenes which I found rather surprising and refreshing because they let the story be the main focus. What little sex scenes that are in these two OVA are pretty much what you would see on any CBS drama. There is nice character development and good pace to the story line. I can see why there are so many fans of this genre and why people hold Ai no Kusabi as a cult classic. I'm not sure what else to say about Ai no Kusabi other than it is a solid anime and OtakuStew.net gives it…
Four out of Five stars...
If you’re a fan of the yaoi genre and have not seen Ai no Kusabi what in the hell are you waiting for? I normally post a trailer with my reviews but I couldn't find one but you can watch both of the OVA on YouTube.

Sources: Anime News Network

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