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Embracing Love: A Cicada in Winter (OAV)

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©2006 Youka Nitta•Libre Publishing / Fuyunosemi project

Alternative title:
Cicala d'inverno (Italian)
Fuyu no Semi (Japanese)
Samouraï dans la tourmente (French)
Winter Cicada
Winter's Cicada
Зимняя Цикада (Russian)
冬の蝉 (Japanese)
Genres: drama, erotica, romance
Themes: historical, yaoi
Objectionable content: Intense
Plot Summary: During the late Tokugawa period, tensions between the bakufu and Chōshū clan are rising due to arguments over how to deal with foreigners in Japan. However, unlike the rest of the Chōshū clan members, Touma Kusaka wants Japan to develop good relations with foreign nations. To achieve this, he attempts to learn English behind his clan's back. A man named Keiichirou Akizuki decides to become Kusaka's teacher, but their relationship soon grows into something stronger, despite the fact that Akizuki works for Kusaka's clan's enemy, the Tokugawa bakufu.
User Ratings: 209 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 38 votes (sub:36, dub:2)
 Excellent: 44 votes (sub:42, dub:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 Very good: 43 votes (sub:40, raw:1, edit.dub:1, others:1
1 French subtitled
 Good: 45 votes (sub:37, dub:5, ?:2, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
 Decent: 15 votes (sub:14, dub:1)
 So-so: 10 votes (sub:10)
 Not really good: 6 votes (sub:5, others:1
1 French subtitled
 Weak: 4 votes (sub:4)
 Bad: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Awful: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Worst ever: 1 vote (sub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 486 users, rank: #2173 (of 9611)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.732 (Very good−), std. dev.: 1.9032, rank: #1203 (of 9747)
Weighted mean: 7.622 (Very good−), rank: #1317 (of 9747) (seen all: 7.72 / seen some: 6.62 / won't finish: 3.66)
Bayesian estimate: 7.613 (Very good−), rank: #1054 (of 7321)
Running time: half hour per episode
Number of episodes: 3
Vintage: 2007-02-23 to 2007-04-27
Release dates: We have 3
Opening Theme:
"Kahyakkei" by NΛT ALLstars
Ending Theme:
"Fuyu no Semi" by Morikawa Toshiyuki
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DVD (Region 1)
    Embracing Love - a Cicada in Winter (DVD) 2008-10-14 (from $29.98)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Screenplay: Mutsumi Nakano
Original creator: Youka Nitta
Character Design: Takako Onishi

Key Animation: Ryuji Tsuzuku (ep 2)
Masaaki Ohkura as Keisuke Ōtori
Shinichirō Miki as Touma Kusaka
Showtaro Morikubo as Seinoshin Aizawa
Toshiyuki Morikawa as Keiichirou Akizuki
Japanese companies
Animation Production: VENET
English staff
English companies
Distributor: Kitty Media
Licensed by: Media Blasters
English cast
French staff
French companies
Distributor: Black Box
French cast
Italian staff
Italian cast
Translation: Enrico Croce

Federico Zanandrea as Toma Kusaka
Lorenzo Scattorin as Keiichiro Akizuki

Matteo Zanotti as Keisuke Ootori
Paolo De Santis as Seinoshin Aizawa
Italian companies
Distributor: Yamato Video
Internet Streaming: YouTube (Yamato Animation)

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