Jupiter has introduced a number of strict social rules to society: Elites of Tanagura, Midas citizens, and Mongrels from Ceres. The Elites are genetically engineered by Jupiter, are of the highest social class, which is determined by hair color, and occupy the capital city of Tanagura. They keep "pets" adolescents in their late teens for about a year, for purely voyeuristic purposes, before discarding them. Further emasculation is seen in the "Furniture", adolescent boys who serve the Elites. Near Midas is an independent slum area called Ceres.
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Sep 28, Elizabeth Young rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fans of yaoi and the animes Recommended to Elizabeth by: No one. Discovered on my own while I was looking for the anime and decided to read it.
Ai no Kusabi Vol. But for this I had to at least get my initial thoughts down. I can always come back and change them later on. I write a proper Ai no Kusabi Vol. I write a proper review at the very end. The anime films only were able to scratch the bare surface. This first book goes into detail, within the context of the narrative, about the world of the story and knowing all this is vital in understanding these characters, why they do what they do and eventually show the gradual change of heart as love develops between Iason and Riki.
I would be able to watch the animes again with at least a better understanding of where everyone is coming from. But this is the one that pretty much put the genre of yaoi on the map so to speak and will set the stage for all the other works to follow. Taking all 8 volumes as a whole, is this the novel that would set the standard for the genre? Not necessarily. Since there was no set yaoi genre during the time this novel was originally published in serialized form, no set conventions had been cast in proverbial stone- not as they would be later.
I would love to see this made into a feature film. It so deserves the large screen treatment. Set on a planet where, due to environmental conditions, the population is virtually all male, the two main characters are Iason Mink, a Blondy, and Riki, a boy from the slums.
Theirs is a dark, twisted relationship in which neither will submit to the other and ultimately ends in tragedy. I was very much looking forward to reading the novel version because it has been revised I adore Ai no Kusabi and it will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first yaoi anime I ever saw.
I was very much looking forward to reading the novel version because it has been revised and I was hoping for more insight into what Iason and Riki think about the situations they find themselves in and, each other, but unfortunately, this book is the first of three parts and so only just starts to get going when it ends!
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