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27th May 2008

Ai no Kusabi 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

You don’t even know how excited I am to be able to hold a copy of this in my hot little hands. This is it! The book that inspired what in my opinion is the best BL OAV ever made. Every time I watch a BL OAV, I compare it to Ai No Kusabi and always find the others to be lacking. Sorry, unless you have me crying my eyes out for the last half of the thing, there’s just no way it can compare.

That being said, I hope people are not looking for a version of the OAV in book form. The OAV fills in the holes in the three years that Riki was with Iason. The book concentrates on what happens once Riki returns to the slums and Bison.

Have I confused you yet? I guess I’m assuming that most of you have seen the OAV and know all the salient plot points.

For those of you who have been living under a rock and haven’t seen this yet, Ai no Kusabi revolves around a futuristic society. Riki comes from the slums. He was the pet of one of the highest ranking members of society, a Blondie, Iason Mink. After three years of being Iason’s pet, Riki returns to the slums to try and reclaim who he was before Iason came into his life.

I’m really super-simplifying this, but if you haven’t seen the OAV yet, go out and do so.

The book isn’t the easiest to read. The translation, while good, seems a bit stiff and formal at times. Then, there are times when it rushes off into purple prose a la Storm Constantine. Stick with it. The story is good enough that you will be well rewarded when you’re done.

The back of the book reads that the next part of the series will be out in Spring 2008. I just hope I can wait that long!

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Ai no Kusabi, Yoshihara, Rieko | 1 Comment »

27th May 2008

Ai no Kusabi 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

As much as I really want to enjoy this release, I do have to admit that it’s not the easiest book in the world to read. I’m getting through it because I’ve seen the OAV enough times to have the story imprinted into my brain. I know the characters; I know their back-stories. So, I kind of have a clue what’s going on in the novel and what’s going to happen. I don’t know if I would be able to get through it if I didn’t have the crutch of the OAV.

Language difficulties aside, it’s a neat story. In this volume, we are introduced to Katze. Katze has always been one of my favorite characters. In some ways, he’s kind of a tragic figure. In other ways, he’s just a puppet having his strings pulled by the Blondies. However, even as a puppet, he never stops being his own person.

I can see why the novels were popular enough to be made into an OAV, but I’m not sure how well they hold up to being translated into English. Once you become accustomed to the formal, stilted language, it’s fairly readable. The first few chapters, while you’re getting used to it, though, are slow going.

I don’t know if there is a solution to the translation problem, but I definitely want June to keep bringing over novels. I think it’s just something I’m going to have to get used to when I’m reading their rendering of the novels.

Or, maybe I’m just complaining too much and I should just shut up and enjoy Ai no Kusabi in any format I can get my hands on!

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