Post Reply A remake OVA of 13 episodes is schedule to air in 2009 AI NO KUSABI
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間の楔 (Ai no Kusabi) is a Japanese novel written by Rieko Yoshihara. Originally serialized in the yaoi magazine Shousetsu June between December 1986 and October 1987, the story was collected into a hardbound novel that was released in Japan in 1990. This futuristic tale is set in a world where men are assigned various social classes based on their hair color. Iason Mink, a high-class Blondie, runs into Riki, a black-haired Mongrel, and makes him his "Pet." As Riki learns of the dangers Iason faces by keeping him, he finds himself developing feelings for his master. Focusing on the ill-fated love between Iason and Riki, Ai no Kusabi also explores issues of caste systems and social exclusion.

The novel was partially adapted into a two-episode anime OVA by Anime International Company, with the first episode released in August 1992, and the second in May 1994. In November 1993, an audio drama entitled Erogenous Dark was released focusing on a time period left unexplored in the original novels.

Digital Manga Publishing acquired the license to give the novel an English language release in North America, translated by Kelly Quine. DMP is publishing the novel as a six volume series, with the first volume released in December 2007 and the remaining volumes planned for release in 2008. The novels are being marketed under the title Ai no Kusabi: The Space Between. The OVA is currently unlicensed for release outside of Japan. A remake OVA of 13 episodes is schedule to air in 2009.



The official Japanese website has launched for a new video anime remake of Rieko Yoshihara's Ai no Kusabi boys-love novels, more than 20 years after their first publication. The anime studio AIC (Ah! My Goddess, Bamboo Blade) already animated the novels into two video volumes in 1992 and 1994, but AIC's new project will be 13 volumes long and will launch next fall. For the new project, AIC director Katsuhito Akiyama (Pumpkin Scissors, Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor) and character designer Naoyuki Onda (Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Blassreiter) are reprising the same roles they performed in the 1992-1994 effort. Yoshihara herself is supervising and writing the scripts. Nobuyuki Abe (Haru wo Daiteita) of On-Lead is directing the sound.

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.

Shōsetsu June magazine serialized the original novel run from 1986 to 1987, and six volumes have since been written and published. Digital Manga Publishing announced its license for the novels at Yaoi-Con in 2006, and has just released the fourth volume last month.
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I feel like crying from happiness *___* I will wait for the rest of my life for this.

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I saw this in aarinfantasy.com and the plot was great.. Looking forward for this
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Posted 4/17/09
I'm waiting too.
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i watched the 8 minute digest of the first episode on youtube and...wow...it is hawt! i really cant wait now...spring be here soon!!!
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