Embracing Love: Cherished Spring (OAV)

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©2004 Youka Nitta•Libre-Publishing / haru wo daiteita Project 

Alternative title:
Giochi d'amore (Italian) 
Haru o Daiteita (Japanese) 
Jeux d'Amour (French) 
В ладонях Он держал Весну (Russian) 
春を抱いていた (Japanese) 
Genres: drama , erotica , romance 
Themes: Smut , yaoi 
Objectionable content: Intense 
Plot Summary: Kyousuke Iwaki and Youji Katou who are both in the film industry, having starred in various adult video films and are trying to climb the ladder of success and become greater actors. Iwaki is accepted to star in a popular movie, having beaten Katou in the auditions. During their time together, Katou believes he is in love with Iwaki-san, who on the contrary refuses to believe that he is in love. It is later on that another gay actor comes back to Japan and co-stars with Katou that problems starting arising. And it is from then on that the two realize where their hearts are set. 
User Ratings: 301 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 15 votes (sub:15)
 Excellent: 46 votes (sub:41, dub:4, ?:1)
 Very good: 59 votes (sub:57, ?:1, dub:1)
 Good: 74 votes (sub:67, dub:4, others:3
2 Russian subtitled
1 French subtitled
 Decent: 54 votes (sub:52, dub:2)
 So-so: 24 votes (sub:22, ?:1, dub:1)
 Not really good: 9 votes (sub:9)
 Weak: 11 votes (sub:8, dub:2, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
 Bad: 5 votes (sub:4, Eng:1)
 Awful: 4 votes (sub:4)
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Seen in part or in whole by 665 users, rank: #1560 (of 6579)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.914 (Good), std. dev.: 1.8693, rank: #2779 (of 6580)
Weighted mean: 6.728 (Good−), rank: #3155 (of 6580) (seen all: 6.77 / seen some: 6.50 / won't finish: 2.00)
Bayesian estimate: 6.761 (Good−), rank: #2852 (of 4951)
Running time: 28 minutes per episode 
Number of episodes: 2 
2011-06-04 (France - Pink TV) 
Release dates: We have 3
Opening Theme:
"private truth" by Toshiyuki Morikawa 
Ending Theme:
"One Night Cruising" by Shinichiro Miki 
Official website:
春を抱いていた (Japanese) 
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DVD (Region 1)
    Embracing Love - Cherished Spring (DVD) 2008-05-27 (from $22.49)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Yoshikata Nitta 
Script: Mami Watanabe 
Storyboard: Yoshikata Nitta 
Episode Director: Naosumi Ishizuki 
Music: Sousaku Sasaki 
Original Manga: Youka Nitta 
Character Design: Hirotaka Marufuji 
Art Director:
Mitsuharu Miyamae (ep 2) 
Noburo Numai (ep 1) 
Sound Director: Nobuyuki Abe 
Director of Photography: Eiichi Okita 
Executive producer: Masaki Kobayashi 
Animation Supervisor: Hirotaka Marufuji 
Assistant producer: Eiko Torikai 
Casting Management: Kouta Suzuki (81 Produce) 
Music Director: Atsushi Yabe 
Music producer: Akira Yoshikawa 
Theme Song Performance:
Shinichiro Miki (ED) 
Toshiyuki Morikawa (OP) 
Shinichiro Miki as Youji Katou 
Toshiyuki Morikawa as Kyousuke Iwaki 

Chihiro Suzuki as Yukihito Sawa 
Kazuhiko Inoue as Nagisa Sawa 
Ken Narita as Katsuya Kikuchi 
Kentarou Itou as Kazunari Urushizaki 

Chihiro Suzuki as Staff B (ep 1) 
Haruhi Terada as Female Reporter A (ep 1) 
Tomokazu Sugita as Reporter B (ep 2) 
Japanese companies
Animation Production: Trinet Entertainment 
Music Production: Frontier Works 
English staff
English companies
Distributor: Kitty Media 
Licensed by: Media Blasters 
English cast
French staff
French companies
Broadcaster: Pink TV 
Distributor: Black Box 
French cast
Italian cast
Italian staff
Federico Zanandrea as Yōji Katō 
Lorenzo Scattorin as Kyōsuke Iwaki 

Claudio Moneta as Katsuya Kikuchi 
Nicola Bartolini Carrassi as Nagisa Sawa & Kazunari Urushizaki 
Paolo De Santis as Yukihito Sawa 
Italian companies
Edizione Italiana: Yamato Video 
German staff
German companies
Distributor: Trimax 
German cast

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