utauda14 (utauda14) wrote in ai_no_kusabi_,

"Ai no Kusabi" Master List (Part I): Novels, OVAs, Drama CDs, and Translations

While there is a Master List on the LJ already, I wanted to do my own version and include some new materials that I think will benefit the Ai no Kusabi fandom. I was able to find a lot more official Ai no Kusabi content a few years back and want to share it with the fandom. I know how many fans have been desperately trying to find them for years.

However, because the series is old, the fandom is small and scattered all over the world, and content is only available in Japan, there will be some materials that will not have any links or sources to them. If any fans know where to find some of the missing content on the list or wish to include additional info, please contact me so I can update it. Due to the word limit on LJ, the Master List is split into three parts. Part 2 can be found here and Part 3 can be found here.



  • Ai no Kusabi (1900s)

    Ai no Kusabi was first animated as a two-part OVA by the Anime International Company, Inc. (AIC). The first episode was released in August 1992 and the second episode was released in May 1994.

    In 1996, Yamato Video licensed the series and released it in Italy on DVD. The OVAs have not been licensed by any English dubbing company. Aarinfantasy translated the OVAs in English and Yaoi-Ouji translated it into French. The English fansubs can be found on the Internet on numerous websites, such as KissAnime or Watchcartoononline. Yaoi-Ouji’s translations for OVA 1 and OVA 2 can be found on YouTube.

  • Ai no Kusabi (2012)

    In 2010, it was announced that AIC would release a remake of the Ai no Kusabi series in a twelve-episode season (originally slated to be thirteen episodes, but was later confirmed to be twelve). The first four episodes were released, but due to poor sales and lack of funding, production for the remake OVAs was cut and discontinued.

    American company Media Blasters officially licensed the series in English. Media Blasters first released the OVAs on DVD with only English subtitles on April 23, 2013, and then re-released with English dub, provided by Kocha Sound, on Blu-ray on August December 19, 2017. However, due to Media Blasters’ poor business practices, the DVD/Blu-ray releases contain numerous mistranslations and spelling and grammatical errors.

    Aarinfantasy translated the OVAs in English, which are more accurate than Media Blasters’ translations; Yaoi-Ouji translated it in French; and Cat&Lynx translated it into Russian. The English fansubs can be found on the Internet on numerous websites, such as KissAnime or Watchcartoononline.

    An interview with the author of Ai no Kusabi, Rieko Yoshihara, was included in the limited edition of the first episode in Japan. The interview has been translated by rainbowfam and can be read here.

    With assistance from renna_roxaine, we conducted an interview with Brittany Lauda and Matt Shipman, the owners of Kocha Sound and ADR directors and voice actors who worked on the Ai no Kusabi English dub. Renna_Roxaine graciously allowed me the opportunity to send and ask questions to Ms. Lauda and Mr. Shipman when they went to Delta H Con back in July. While I compiled the interview questions, she interviewed them in-person. Renna_Roxaine originally volunteered to transcribe the interview, which she recorded with her phone, into text, but after a while of radio silence and multiple failed attempts of contacting her, and finally, her refusal to provide me a copy of the audio to transcribe the interview after years of waiting, the project is officially cancelled as of May 3, 2020. Unless Renna_Roxaine someday publishes it herself on LJ, the interview will never be published.

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Tags: cddrama/soundtrack, new ank remake, novel, oav/anime

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