Ai no Kusabi

More like Gay-derunner am i right



Current Zar note: I eventually branched out from just doing game screencaps to doing them for yaoi as well since a bunch of yaoi is ridiculous. As a warning, if you're unfamiliar with yaoi, it in general plays pretty fast and loose with consent! There is often a lot of "no but yes" on the uke's part and at times it's just flat-out rape. I usually mention if it's rape, but "no but yes" shows up a lot in yaoi so be warned if you are sensitive to that kind of thing! Otherwise it's just something you've got to roll with.

Most yaoi also involves sex so these are DEFINITELY NSFW and are for adults only! Ai no Kusabi deals heavily with institutionalized slavery as a warning! Particularly for sex purposes. It's also pretty dark and fairly violent.

I did this LP (?) in 2008! I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




TIME FOR ANOTHER ONE OF THESE

So as I mention every now and then, yaoi (actually, almost all types of fiction) tends to fall into types. For me the categories tend to run

Okane ga Nai is an example of the third category, while Level C falls into the first, and Haru wo Daiteita falls into the second (for me anyway).

Ai no Kusabi falls into the first category, in particular the "hilarious" variety.

Ai no Kusabi is kind of interesting because it's something... I'm trying to think of the word for this. It's kind of like... a big name yaoi, if that makes sense? Ai no Kusabi was one of the first yaoi things to be subbed and available to american audiences, I think, so therefore it usually gets ranked up there with stuff like Gravitation or Fake or Boku no Sexual Harassment (lol) in that it's fairly mainstream and most people into this kind of thing have maybe at least heard of it. It also kind of has a plot (a boring one), and it's actually about sixty minutes long or so, making it twice the length of the other ones I've done so far.

As for what it's about, have you ever watched Bladerunner and thought to yourself "Wow, this movie is a visual masterpiece and redefined the science-fiction movie, but what it really needs is a lot of gay guys in silly outfits raping each other in a society based on hair colors?"

THEN THIS IS THE SHOW FOR YOU! there are some glistening nude manbodies in here, but it's all surprisingly non-graphic. I'd probably go pg-13, but either way you probably shouldn't be looking at this at work.

June (if I'm up on my terminology anyway) is actually a term used in Japan for original stories about gay guys. At least I think. I'd check but I don't care that much.

OOOO THIS IS GOING TO BE AN OLD ONE OOOO

Gotta level with you, I really like this kind of architecture. That sort of Bladerunner-esque futuristic cityscapes with neon lights and nonsensical architecture and hovercars and all that. I love that stuff. So if nothing else, I really enjoyed the backgrounds in this. 8B

There's my Micromachine! I was looking for that.

Gay mannequins IT MUST BE THE FUTURE!!!

Light doesn't work like that.

So we got this dude walkin about. LET'S PLAY SPOT THE SEME/UKE! We'll have to wait until we get a closeup though.

Anyway if you weren't paying attention some random dude or another has been talkin about some dude bein a mongrel and dirty or whatever, you know. HE MUST NOT HAVE ENOUGH ZIPPERS.

chances of a gang assault

100%

Vidal Sassoon and his gang of toughs.

WE HEARD YOU LIKE CHEWING THINGS AND MAKING NESTS IN OLD TOILET PAPER ROLLS, CONFIRM/DENY

paint my future car PRUNE COLORED PLEASE

why did he punch in that car window

Midas, international continent of hairdressers.

SO WHAT IF YOU'VE GOT BEAUTIFUL SLENDER HIPS

I GOT MORE SASS THAN YOU

SASSOON

Oh, let it be Fabio~

I've got some spidermines to lay

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

yeah

okay

Apparently Brock fell in with a bad crowd after Pokémon ended.

and then he just SCREAMS

OUT OF NOWHERE

I WISH THERE WAS A WAY I COULD CAPTURE THIS FOR YOU

BECAUSE IT'S HILARIOUS

I don't know about any Elite Bodyguard AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH

>|O

BOFFO

>8O

swing and a miss

BIFF

a gentleman wears gloves to his daily beatings

TECHNICOLOR CARS OF THE FUTURE!!

Hey guys am i late did i miss anything

a shadowy figure in a car

GOING TO GO OUT ON A LIMB HERE AND GUESS THAT HE'S THE SEME WITHOUT EVEN GETTING A LOOK AT HIM

although man you know that'd be kind of interesting

an evil uke all skulking about for a shadowy organization or something

that will never happen

DUDE THIS ISN'T THE TIME

NOOOOO MY FIRST TIME WAS GOING TO BE SPECIAL

I'd mock him for not seeing that coming, but honestly who would see that coming

who does that

MY KNEES WERE SO PURE

oh yeah this is going to go well

chances they they don't got him

100%

eyelashes

You're the uke.

UNFOLDING ENERGY KNIVES

IT MUST BE THE FUTURE!

BUT THEN SOMEONE INTERRUPTS THIS TOUCHING SCENE

Nobody wants to touch anything in the future, there's a thin veneer of oil and hairspray on everything.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

"OMG I'm a huge fan! I love Call Me! Can I have your autograph?"

the elements of the human condition, all masterfully collected here

i fell down the stairs

what

RUN GUYS

aduh

let me show off my gymnastic movies HUP HUP

fiesty uke cliche, check.

cold sociopath seme, check.

whatevs

I'm busy I have magical girls to threaten and kidnap

No one ever does that! I'm extremely walleyed!

is that what they call it nowadays

what are those lights even supposed to be, traffic lights or something, what

and while hargrove looked for the book, I looked at hargrove

obviously we won't be seeing this guy again

"How can we evoke a nice, moody atmosphere?"

"PUT A FAN IN THERE!"

gay noir

I REALLY ENJOYED BLADERUNNER

OH YOU DID TOO?

HOW FUNNY THAT YOU SAY THAT

This seems like a bad idea to me. Can't you like, do chores or something?

YOU DON'T KNOW ME!!

WELL I GUESS THE SHOW'S OVER THEN EVERYONE WRAP IT UP

cause i'm real busy

You know, once

JUST once

I would like to have an uke be taller

Or even not have the seme be a hulking giant

that'd be nice

THIS MAN SEEMS THE TRUSTWORTHY SORT

hey a cut to an unrelated inanimate object

the porn must be starting

OH YEAH GUYS THIS IS SO HOT

MAN

>:|

tee hee your lustful staring is offending my virgin sensibilities~

Hey he stole those gloves from Mickey Mouse

THIS POOR SAP DOESN'T KNOW THE RULES

HA HA HA

Ah, institutionalized rape. Lovely.

JUST HOLD ME

After a while height differences this extreme just look absurd to me

cmon i had a really rough day, jeez

lol

"Iason?" Nice try buddy, your name is Jason. I'm on to you.

Creepy music plays during this. Just in case you weren't sure that Jason was a creepstar just yet.

I like cityscapes :B

FAAAAAAAAAAABULOUS

HOVERBIKES! I was wondering when these would show up.

So that's our uke's name, is it? I'ma call him Ricky Bobby from now on.

I've often wiled away many nights at Preasure World.

I'M GLAD IT WORKED OUT!

Garbage Strike today.

Man everytime I see Ceres I think of the Ceres Space Station at the beginning of Super Metroid, where Ridley steals the baby Metroid. I didn't realize how strong that association was until I watched this.

Okay, I guess Ceres is the city? No wait, they said Midas and Tanagura were the cities.

Are they just squatters or illegal immigrants or homeless vagrants what is this LOOK I DIDN'T READ THE MANGA AI NO KUSABI I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT

BECAUSE YOU'VE CERTAINLY SHOWED CLEAR AND EVEN JUDGEMENT IN ALL YOUR DECISIONS

gonna buff the floor real quick

HEY YOU PUNK KIDS

You know if you're on a hoverbike, how do you turn? There's no friction. I can't imagine taking a turn like this in a frictionless vehicle (like an F-Zero car for example) and not turning into a smear on the pavement.

SO yeah anyway the road stops ahead of them and they're all WHAT DO WE DO NOOOOW

Ponytail seems to be the unofficial leader.

This dorkface wants them to stand and fight, because that always works in situations like these.

GO FOR IT KILLIE

YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO

suddenly a masked man appears

I ASSUME YOU'RE ON MY SIDE, SO BE WELCOME!

well anyway enough of that

There's been a citywide shortage of buttons, it's terrible

hahaha

YOU ARE LISA SIMPSON.

So Ricky Bobby and Ponytail know each other! The first time I was watching this i was seriously not paying any attention, so I was pretty confused by... everything that went on, basically. For example, I did not catch from the previous bits that it's apparently been three years since Ricky Bobby let Jason molest him. NOW HE'S BACK, BIGGER THAN EVER!

The most hilarious music plays during this sequence.

snuggles and smooches, kiss kiss

The Fantastic Four are very popular.

I just like shots like this okay leave me alone

So basically there's a big reunion with Ricky Bobby and his gang and such and they catch up and blah blah it's pretty boring. Witty banter etc.

He's a dumb douchebag who's going to betray us! Oops, did I reveal our SHOCKING TWIST?

Killie's got bichromatic eyes. Who knows why.

okay?

blah blah banter

Ponytail's name is Guy. Well, a step up from Ponytail I guess but barely.

Windowless boxes of unfathomable depression are all the architectural rage.

weirdly shaped waterbottles IT MUST BE THE FUTURE!!!

or is the future ALREADY HERE????

what is this the pieta all of a sudden

Riki the Dark was the name of his favorite blood elf from that one D&D campaign he ran when he was 15.

weird names for beer IT MUST BE THE FUTURE!!

sup on your delicate eye juices

MAN KILLIE IT'S LIKE YOU GOT NO LOYALTY TO THE GANG OR SOMETHING

Okay that's the name of their gang then

oh this will be exciting

(it isn't)

READY SET GO

BUT WAIT RICKY BOBBY DIDN'T GO

Killie: OOOO I'M GOING TO SMACK YOU

WOOPA

what

So I guess the bikerace was just some ruse to show Killie that Ricky Bobby is the boss and don't gotta race for NO MAN

okay that was pointless whatever

FUTURE ARCHITECTURE!!

lol

COME TO THE GIRL PAVILION!

sir there appears to be a horseshoe crab on our building

AGAIN?!

YOU HEAR THAT

YEAH

so anyway they go undercover and steal the tech thingies, whatever

is there a fascination with that number or something

So anyway, either during or after their heist they go watch the human auction cause hey that'd be a good time.

GASP

~DRAMA~

i feel obligated to mention that Jason's pleasant "serial killer" theme plays here

SO anyway Killie's all HEY MAN I SHOULD TALK TO THAT [BLOND MAN]

and Ricky Bobby is all SHUT UP >:[

I forget exactly but basically Ricky Bobby was all SHUT UP KILLIE YOU'RE A DOUCHE I'M LEAVING

betrayal BETRAYAL

This looks like it should be a stage in some NES game.

If you don't put a glass bauble in your ceiling you'll get rats.

Blond people enjoy glittering christmas lights.

what

that thingy just talks in little beeping sounds. okay.

Why not?

boop boop boop

what are you talking about

boop boop >[

what

what

Dang he said something important here but I missed it and I didn't write it down. OH WELL.

BUT I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME

All of a sudden I want to play Phantasy Star.

When this thing does... that, it makes Star Wars noises.

and then this happens? what?

anyway

internet

Desiree and Matt Engarde entertain a slave girl.

Is THAT what that floating thing was?

Shouldn't you be flying an airship?

HR GIGER'S HOVERCHESS! IT MUST BE THE FUTURE!

and then he punched him right in the mouth

Man what'd that chess piece ever do to you

Not in the dumpster? I'm surprised.

ARE YOU MATT ENGARDE?

MY GOD WHO SAW THAT COMING

matt engarde

I hear the people here are pretty deprived.

HMMMMMMMMM

I kind of missed it here, but this is actually pretty goofy little conversation since the guy on the right says "nande sore" in the silliest little voice and then his buddy yells at him. heh.

WELL IT'S NONE OF OUR BUSINESS REALLY

phospherent suits

be ahead of the curve

I'm not the only one who literally sees an aura around that suit right

not an aura of gay (although there is one) but a visible color aura

The royalty in the future is... all messed up.

SEX AS MONEY, IT MUST BE THE FUTURE!

what do you think audience

so anyway they agree to do it, except Ricky Bobby's all I HAVE SOME THINGS I MUST ATTEND TO and runs off to some dingy apartment somewhere

RICKY BOBBY KNOWS MATT ENGARDE

DUN DUN DUUUUN

Anyway Ricky Bobby tells Matt that he noticed that Killie was wearing some sort of crazy ring that Matt/People gives to dudes

apparently you pay for it with sex. I think that's a bit steep for a ring.

I forget the context for this. If I REMEMBER right, Ricky Bobby's convinced that this job is a trap and Matt set up Killie to set them up to fall in the trap. Or something.

GASP NO COULD IT BE

cmon man what do you think

A mechanial slug?

hahahahahahaha what

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

yeah that's a pretty good reaction to something like that I'd say

I just can't imagine that secret being anything but stunningly lame, and I don't even know what it is.

OUTRAGEOUSLY DEHUMANIZING/ABUSIVE TREATMENT OF OTHER PEOPLE CODIFIED INTO SOCIETY WITHOUT ANYONE BLINKING OR PROTESTING, IT MUST BE THE FUTURE!!!

Just the illusion? What a rip off.

Hee, diskettes.

And that's how Matt got his scar. I'm sure you were all burning with curiousity about it, and are relieved that this important plot thread was resolved.

he's got a fey little walking stick with a pointy end, watch out

WILL RICKY BOBBY LEAVE TANAGURA??! CALL IN AND VOTE!

matt touches his scar. this is deep guys.

They're just pretty okay shut up

OKAY, SURE

what could go wrong!

So anyway, the gang goes there and Killie's all pimpin, and he talks with some dudes and waves them over, whoopdedoo.

Inside the things they get are

Nice haircut, Donna.

wow really that's amazing

i can't bring myself to care somehow

GASP

You guys are hosed.

Anyway, Ricky Bobby takes off running after Killie's little elevator and manages to barely catch onto it in the nick of time.

STAND HERE AND GET SHOT, IS THAT WHAT YOU SAID

They got guns guys I don't think running will do much good

thanks for that

Okay this little bit was incredibly hilarious. That cross-eyed dude in the back there all DUUUUUH? well while this dude is kicking around and such, that one dude never moves. He just stays in the same spot.

WOOOO ANIMATION BUDGET

MY PINK BLOOD NO

lol

Guy's the only one left!

he runs like a welshman

doesn't he run like a welshman

oh yeah saw that coming like twenty minutes ago

Anyway Ricky Bobby pops Killie in the face a few times.

WHAT DO YOU THINK

we're just friends

Hi Matt Engarde

Molesting him is fine though!

I don't know if a gun qualifies as a dirty trick.

(Depends on how you use it! Woah ho!)

MAYBE?

blah blah interrofated

WHO COULD HAVE SENT IN SUCH AN ORDER

I AM ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT

Octagonal prison cells never caught on.

That building has a little hat.

wtf

HOW COULD THAT HAVE HAPPENED

Hey, Guy's still alive. Huh.

is rape in ricky bobby's future? WE'LL HAVE TO SEE

Nice to see that in THE FUTURE we still have time for billiards.

but we cut that part

Somehow that strikes me as a really bad idea

you know letting your slave who hates you go free in a huge city

Some playing cards and face scars and you'd be set.

I'll ruin me position anyway i like

also why does anyone even care

His work doing what, kidnapping and enslaving people from the slums?

You know, if you want the proper perspective on this

Just replace the word "pet" with "slave" everytime it comes up

because that's what they are

You can try and hide it behind a different word so it's not as bad and can be ~romantic~ or whatever but it's still slavery

no what ARE you talking about raoul

WHY?! WHO CARES?! WHO WOULD EVER CARE?!

since when does he do that

oh yeah, in the footage that we never see

Is Jupiter a jealous boyfriend now this whole thing is stupid

do what now

BILLIARD BALLS MADE OF PURE CONCRETE

Jason god YOU ALWAYS DO THIS

well yeah because we've seen no absolutely indication of that whatsoever

raoul agrees

BREADBOXES OF THE FUTURE!!

The black void shower never got real popular.

Ricky Bobby you should really spend as little time naked as possible.

(chance that the shower is an excuse to easily get him naked in a few seconds: 100%)

HAHA I HAVE THE KEY TO YOUR HOUSE BY THE WAY

BECAUSE I LOVE YOU 8|

from all the raping i did, i'm sure they didn't mind

and there was that one guy who was clearly shot in the chest, but i bet he's fine

I thought Midas was the city wtf

THIS RELATIONSHIP IS SO ROMANTIC AND BEAUTIFUL AND DEEP GUYS

THAT TOTALLY JUSTIFIES EVERYTHING!!!

I meant "have i ever treated you roughly" apart from randomly grabbing your hair and yanking it, that's nothing right

don't make me smack you around again

SO HEY THE PET RING

GOES ON THE PENIS

OF COURSE

to identify potential pets you have to pants them

ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME

RICKY BOBBY LOVES HIM ~SO MUCH~

that makes everything okay

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

That is quite possibly the least flattering angle known to man.

The Spaces Between is what Ai no Kusabi translates to, apparently. Or something. I dunno.

IT ALSO GOES BY THE NAME SLAVERY AND BLACKMAIL

MAYBE YOU'VE HEARD OF IT

pffffhahahahahaha

what

that doesn't even

what

lol

Impressionist Etch-a-sketch.

OTACON WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE

GET OUT NOW

I'm pretty sure that's self-explanatory.

What

om nom

bff4ever

i like this shot shut uup

Pairing partners, is that what they call it these days

A key element in any darkfic is for the option of a healthier relationship to be presented and then rejected! THIS IS THE GRIMDARK GAY FUTURE

The old dazzling Ricky Bobby with his jazz hands

I'm curious if like, in the manga or something, Guy and Ricky Bobby had a fight or something before and broke up or what, but I honestly can't say I care enough to actually look it up.

You know they won't.

Man I wish I could have captured this but the camera did this hilarious little pan and zoom all around his body all SUPER DRAMATIC and hahaha

MY GOD

Now this is important, when your friend/ex-lover comes back to after three years somewhat emotionally distant and traumatized and then reveals to you that he's basically been forced into sexual slavery by some upper class psychopath, your first reaction should be to punch them in the face

HEY MAYBE RICKY BOBBY FEELS BAD ABOUT IT TOO

JUST PUTTING THAT OUT THERE GUY

this is obviously YOUR FAULT

WHAT A JERK, BEING A BLONDIE'S SLAVE LIKE THAT

IT'S ALL HIS FAULT

YEAH I'M PRETTY SURE HE DID GUY

WHICH IS WHY HE DIDN'T TELL YOU ABOUT IT AT FIRST

i mean who wouldn't react this way really

I KNEW GUY WOULD SUDDENLY TURN INTO AN ABUSIVE PSYCHO RIGHT AFTER SAYING HE WANTED TO LOVE ME AGAIN

THAT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME

>:(

City's got a mushroom in it

he'll be back any day now

any day now

TIME FOR A MONTAGE

Guy was committed for severe anger issues.

Killie was maybe killed by an android, who cares. That dude right there peed his pants. That was the last anyone ever saw of him.

If anyone has seen Nande Sore please contact your local police station.

who knew what violence those eyes hold

a really silly one.

AND THEN MAYBE HE DOES? OR MAYBE HE'S WALKING TOWARDS IT, I DUNNO. I DON'T REALLY CARE.

Apparently there's a second part or something? I dunno.

Anyway pretty goofy stuff. Maybe if you read the manga it makes more sense or something, but I'm not going to do that.

Aha, and my notes, for those interested! I've started slacking off on these since fraps covers so much so easily.

something something about some dude being a mongrel or not knowing his place or something

blah blah dude gets attacked by a bunch of angry hairdressers

vidal sassoon: WE'LL TEACH YOU SOME MANNERS
dude: no way SCREAMS COMPLETELY OUT OF NOWHERE

dude in limo: sorry hguys am i late for the beating

dudes: haha got you
dude: argh
blondie: lol no
dudes: eeee
dude: i didn't need your help
blondie: yeah whatever i got magical girls to destroy

rape? sex? whatever. weird creepy music playing throughout.

LOL at the music that plays when riki comes back jesus

so riki comes back after three years and everyone's all like dude wtf
anyway nothing's changed haha witty banter killie and riki don't like each other cause killie's a douche

weird shaped waterbottles IT MUST BE THE FUTURE!!!
what is this the pieta what

I think their gang is called Bison? Killie gets all up in his face all lets steal some futuristic stuff durr durr

blah blah fakeout bike race but they're going to do it anyway whatever

anyway whatever
iason shows up with his weird creepy music that makes him seem like a serial killer

jason gets a call from some dude, abrupt cut to him drinking wine?
whent hat thing is transforming it makes star wars noisees

hoverchess IT MUST BE THE FUTURE

was that floaty thing jupiter what
anyway apparently him going after riki is a big deal for some reason that's never explained but he doesn't care
killie shows up to see him
meets up with matt engarde, who tells him he can see jason if he betrays his gang, big surprise

those two guys have a kind of cute conversation where one's all NANDESOREE in this really silly voice

riki is suspicious about killie's offer
anyway riki goes to matt and is all i don't trust killie he's wearing a crazy ring you pay for with sex

man it plays the stupidest music near the end

AMAZING!!

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