Ai no Kusabi 2012

Iason Revived.

Update: 28 September 2012. Good news! English-subtitled DVDs licensed by Media Blasters now available for preorder!

Title: Ai no Kusabi: The Space Between (2012), all four OVAs will be available in one DVD at only US$14.99 (Discounted price. Usual price: US$19.99) Compare that to almost US$400 bucks for the Region 2 Japan versions… ^^;; but we get what we pay for. I don’t think the Region 1 US versions will have the extra goodies but it’s a good start. Maybe if the sales are positive, the makers may be encouraged to make the rest of the dropped episodes. *Fingers crossed* Get it from Rightstuf. Available on 4 December 2012.

Title: Ai no Kusabi 2012 間の楔 2012
Official site: http://ainokusabi.jp/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/kusabi_official
Account: @kusabi_official

Here are the list of BluRay/DVDs announced and probably more will be added later:
Each DVD/Blu-ray contains one 30 minute episode.

2012/01/18
Limited edition: 【Blu-ray】間の楔 ~petere 檻獣~ <初回限定版> (10,500 Yen)
Normal edition: 【Blu-ray】間の楔 ~petere 檻獣~ <通常版> (7,140 Yen)
DVD: 【DVD】間の楔 ~petere 檻獣~ (6,090 Yen)

Details for Limited edition Blu-ray.

First-press limited edition special items 【初回限定版特典】

・Pet ring with leather string ペットリング(革紐付き)
・Plate Key holder (Riki) プレートキーホルダー(リキ)
・Script アフレコ台本
・Special booklet 特製ブックレット
・Full set purchase coupon used to exchange for a specially written spin-off story booklet 全巻購入特典応募チケット
・ Limited quantity for first press items.
・ Video special 【映像特典】
・Special edit promotion video 特製PV
・Textless opening ノンクレジットオープニング
・Textless ending ノンクレジットエンディング

First press and regular feature 【初回・通常版共通仕様】
・Illustrated jacket by Onda Naoyuki 恩田尚之特製描き下ろしジャケット
・Color picture label

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2012/02/15
Limited Edition: 【Blu-ray】間の楔 ~pardo 折翼~ <初回限定版> (10,500 Yen)
Normal Edition: 【Blu-ray】間の楔 ~pardo 折翼~ <通常版> (7,140 Yen)
DVD: 【DVD】間の楔 ~pardo 折翼~ (6,090 Yen)

Details for Limited edition Blu-ray.

First-press limited edition special items 【初回限定版特典】

・Music box (autographed by Yoshihara Rieko sensei) オルゴール(吉原理恵子先生サイン入り)
・Plate Key holder (Iason) プレートキーホルダー(イアソン)
・Script アフレコ台本
・Special booklet 特製ブックレット
・Full set purchase coupon used to exchange for a specially written spin-off story booklet 全巻購入特典応募チケット
・Limited quantity for first press items.
・Video special 【映像特典】
・Special edit promotion video 特製PV
・Textless opening ノンクレジットオープニング
・Textless ending ノンクレジットエンディング
・First press and regular feature 【初回・通常版共通仕様】
・Illustrated jacket by Onda Naoyuki 恩田尚之特製描き下ろしジャケット
・Color picture label

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2012/03/21
Limited Edition: 【Blu-ray】間の楔 ~congressus 邂逅~ <初回限定版> (10,500 Yen)
Normal Edition: 【Blu-ray】間の楔 ~congressus 邂逅~ <通常版> (7,140 Yen)
DVD: 【DVD】間の楔 ~congressus 邂逅~ (6,090 Yen)

Details for Limited edition Blu-ray.

First-press limited edition special items 【初回限定版特典】

・Blu-ray box to house all volumes (New illustration) Blu-ray全巻収納BOX(新規描き下ろし使用)
・Premium setting guide 豪華設定資料集
・Plate Key holder (Guy) プレートキーホルダー(ガイ)
・Script アフレコ台本
・Special booklet 特製ブックレット
・Full set purchase coupon used to exchange for a specially written spin-off story booklet 全巻購入特典応募チケット
・Limited quantity for first press items.
・Video special 【映像特典】
・Special edit promotion video 特製PV
・Textless opening ノンクレジットオープニング
・Textless ending ノンクレジットエンディング
・First press and regular feature 【初回・通常版共通仕様】
・Illustrated jacket by Onda Naoyuki 恩田尚之特製描き下ろしジャケット
・Color picture label

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2012/04/18
Limited Edition:【Blu-ray】間の楔 ~retino 淫縛~ <初回限定版> (10,500 Yen)
Normal Edition:【Blu-ray】間の楔 ~retino 淫縛~ <通常版> (7,140 Yen)
DVD: 【DVD】間の楔 ~retino 淫縛~ (6,090 Yen)

Details for Limited edition Blu-ray.

First-press limited edition special items 【初回限定版特典】

・3D Crystal 3Dクリスタル
・Plate Key holder (Katze) プレートキーホルダー(カッツェ)
・Script アフレコ台本
・Special booklet 特製ブックレット
・Full set purchase coupon used to exchange for a specially written spin-off story booklet 全巻購入特典応募チケット
・Limited quantity for first press items.
・Video special 【映像特典】
・Special edit promotion video 特製PV
・Textless opening ノンクレジットオープニング
・Textless ending ノンクレジットエンディング
・First press and regular feature 【初回・通常版共通仕様】
・Illustrated jacket by Onda Naoyuki 恩田尚之特製描き下ろしジャケット
・Color picture label

Summary:
In the future on Amoi, a planet 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.

Main cast:
Riki リキ: Itou Kentarou 伊藤健太郎 (Original: Seki Toshihiko 関俊彦)
Iason イアソン: Ookawa Tooru 大川透 (Original: Shiozawa Kaneto 塩沢兼人)
Guy ガイ: Toriumi Kousuke 鳥海浩輔 (Original: Kojima Takayuki 小島貴幸)
Katze カッツェ: Miki Shinichirou 三木眞一郎 (Original: Tanaka Hideyuki 田中 秀幸)
Kirie キリエ: Morikubo Shoutaro 森久保 祥太郎 (Original: Matsuno Taiki 松野太紀)
Daryl ダリル: Hanawa Eiji はなわ えいじ 花輪英司 (Original: Okiayu Ryoutarou 置鮎龍太郎)
Raoul ラウール: Kuroda Takaya 黒田崇矢 (Original: Hayami Shou 速水奨)

As a side note, it takes some time to get used to Ookawa Tooru’s Iason, especially for fans of the original seiyuu for Iason, Shiozawa Kaneto. Partly because Ookawa Tooru reminded me too much of the yakuza he is often cast in BLCDs. However, he sounds better in the latest volume of the BLCD remake, so I’m hopeful. Itou Kentarou’s Riki is good so no complaints there.

Other info (from ANN):

Studio: AIC (worked on the original anime)
Director Akiyama Katsuhito (worked on the original anime)
Character designer Onda Naoyuki (worked on the original anime)
Script: Yoshihara Rieko
Sound: Abe Nobuyuki

In the meantime, we can re-watch the few previews to tide us over till they arrive in a few month’s time.

Ai no Kusabi 2009

Update: Unfortunately, the project has been dropped :( Let’s hope someone picks it up again someday. Ai no Kusabi 間の楔 is going to be a 13 episode OVA!!! KYAAAA……………………….. I hope the DVDs are not too expensive *dies*

To be launched later quarter in 2009

Postphoned: Expected release date all 13 episodes on Spring 2010 (March?)

Project scrapped ( T~T)

From the poster, Iason looks kinda sickly o_O but Riki looks great!

Update March 2010!
Anime preview event in March 2010. More information here.

Update January 2010!
Thank goodness Ookawa Tooru’s Iason so sounds much more in character (and not like a Yakuza in the drama CD remakes anymore!) I’m REALLY looking forward to it now that this mental hurdle was overcome. View the 8-minute episode 1 preview. Seriously HOTTT~ If they maintain the quality throughout it’ll be a really awesome release.

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Update October 2009 Comiket Trailer

Update March 2009!
Official preview shows a much better looking Iason and ooo~ such delicious Riki!

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