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Ai no Kusabi (OAV)

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Alternative title:
Il cuneo dell'amore (Italian)
Love Wedge
Miłość na Uwięzi (Polish)
The Space Between
Ties of Love
Wedge of Interval
Клин Любви (Russian)
間の楔 (Japanese)
Themes: shounen-ai, yaoi
Objectionable content: Intense
Plot Summary: 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 suppose 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.
User Ratings: 576 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 107 votes (sub:103, dub:2, ?:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 Excellent: 109 votes (sub:101, dub:6, raw:1, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
 Very good: 108 votes (sub:102, raw:4, dub:2)
 Good: 103 votes (sub:97, dub:3, ?:2, others:1
1 Portuguese subtitled
 Decent: 83 votes (sub:77, dub:2, raw:1, others:3
1 German subtitled
1 French subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
 So-so: 23 votes (sub:23)
 Not really good: 23 votes (sub:20, dub:2, ?:1)
 Weak: 12 votes (sub:10, raw:1, ?:1)
 Bad: 4 votes (sub:4)
 Awful: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Worst ever: 2 votes (sub:2)
Seen in part or in whole by 1280 users, rank: #941 (of 9522)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.616 (Very good−), std. dev.: 1.924, rank: #1450 (of 9641)
Weighted mean: 7.487 (Good+), rank: #1708 (of 9641) (seen all: 7.54 / seen some: 6.66 / won't finish: 2.04)
Bayesian estimate: 7.487 (Good+), rank: #1419 (of 7315)
Running time: 60 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 2
Vintage: 1992-08-31 to 1994-05-21
Release dates: We have 3
Opening Theme:
"Midnight Illusion" by Toshihiko Seki
Ending Theme:
"Eternal" by Ishihara Shin'ichi
Links: We have 2
Ai No Kusabi (Jan 1, 1970)
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    Ai no Kusabi: The Space Between - Stranger (Novel 1) 2007-11-20 (from $165.63)
    Ai no Kusabi: The Space Between - Destiny (Novel 2) 2008-03-11 (from $10.48)
    Ai no Kusabi: The Space Between - Nightmare (Novel 3) 2008-07-08 (from $7.99)
    Ai no Kusabi: The Space Between - Suggestion (Novel 4) 2008-11-04 (from $109.65)
    Ai no Kusabi: The Space Between - Darkness (Novel 5) 2009-03-11 (from $248.99)
    Ai no Kusabi: The Space Between - Metamorphose (Novel 6) 2009-07-22 (from $298.99)
    Ai no Kusabi: The Space Between (Novel 7) 2012-09-11
    Ai no Kusabi: The Space Between (Novel 8) 2013-07-31

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Nahoko Hasegawa (ep 1)
Rieko Yoshihara (ep 2)
Original creator: Rieko Yoshihara (novel)
Original Character Design: Katsumi Michihara (novel)
Character Design: Naoyuki Onda
Mecha design: Shinji Aramaki
Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
Director of Photography:
Hitoshi Sato (ep 2)
Kazuhiro Konishi
Executive producer: Isoshi Miyasaka
Color Key: Kumiko Nakayama
In-Between Check: Naoyuki Konno (ep 2)
Key Animation: Keiji Gotō
Music producer: Hisaki Terasawa
Photography: Kazuhiro Konishi
Production manager: Naoto Nakamura
Sound Effects: Junichi Sasaki
Theme Song Performance:
Shinichi Ishihara (ED)
Toshihiko Seki (OP)
Japanese companies
Animation: AIC
Backgrounds: Kusanagi (ep 2)
Distributor: June Video
Film Developing: Tokyo Laboratory
English staff
English companies
Licensed by: Digital Manga Publishing (Novel)
English cast
Italian cast
Italian staff
Dubbing Director: Gabriella Rasero

Dialogues: Gabriella Rasero
Italian companies
Distributor: Yamato Video
Dubbing: Promovision

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