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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: 305 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 15 votes (sub:15)
 Excellent: 44 votes (sub:39, dub:4, ?:1)
 Very good: 61 votes (sub:59, ?:1, dub:1)
 Good: 76 votes (sub:69, dub:4, others:3
2 Russian subtitled
1 French subtitled
 Decent: 54 votes (sub:52, dub:2)
 So-so: 25 votes (sub:23, dub:1, ?:1)
 Not really good: 9 votes (sub:9)
 Weak: 11 votes (sub:8, dub:2, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
 Bad: 6 votes (sub:5, Eng:1)
 Awful: 4 votes (sub:4)
 Worst ever: -
Seen in part or in whole by 678 users, rank: #1711 (of 9675)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.885 (Good), std. dev.: 1.8756, rank: #4392 (of 9804)
Weighted mean: 6.691 (Good−), rank: #4971 (of 9804) (seen all: 6.74 / seen some: 6.50 / won't finish: 2.00)
Bayesian estimate: 6.723 (Good−), rank: #4521 (of 7428)
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
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DVD (Region 1)
    Embracing Love - Cherished Spring (Sub.DVD) 2008-05-27

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Yoshikata Nitta
Script: Mami Watanabe
Storyboard: Yoshikata Nitta
Episode Director: Naosumi Ishizuki
Original Manga: Youka Nitta
Character Design: Hirotaka Marufuji
Art Director:
Mitsuharu Miyamae (ep 2)
Nobuo 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: Kōta Suzuki (81 Produce)
Digital Paint: Jin Mi Kim (Heewon; ep 1)
Music Director: Atsushi Yabe
Music producer: Akira Yoshikawa
Theme Song Performance:
Shinichirō Miki (ED)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (OP)
Shinichirō Miki as Youji Katou
Toshiyuki Morikawa as Kyousuke Iwaki

Chihiro Suzuki as Yukihito Sawa
Kazuhiko Inoue as Nagisa Sawa
Ken Narita as Katsuya Kikuchi
Kentarō Itō 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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