- Series: Ai No Kusabi
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing; Reprint edition (November 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569702705
- ISBN-13: 978-1569702703
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,520,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ai No Kusabi The Space Between Volume 8 (Yaoi Novel) Paperback – November 26, 2013
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Aisha is still referred to as a female when he is in fact male. Due to lack of characterization by the translator, there are serious downsides for the two lead characters. Iason actually comes off kind of shallow in this in comparison to Riki, Guy and even Katze! Despite this volume delving into Riki's now broken psyche as he tries to determine once and for all how he feels and where he stands as far as Iason and Guy go, the lack of characterization just makes him come off as wishy-washy and indecisive (and kinda whiny too).
One last thing missing in this translation is the illustration of Iason making Riki literally lick his boots in front of the Bison gang. I don't know if this is out of censorship (showing how cruel Iason can be is too harsh maybe?) or DMP/DMI continuing to mistreat this novel series. I always thought that it was important to remind the readers by letting them see the visual that no matter Iason's true feelings for Riki, he is essentially an inhuman cybernetic villain in the eyes of Guy and the rest of the Bisons for very good reasons. Which of course helps elaborate why Guy goes off the deep end too. The actual illustration would drive that point home for the readers of Iason coming off as a villain that kidnapped Riki as far as Guy and the gang can see but again, DMP/DMI failed us here by leaving it out.
All in all this a captivating, very compelling and dark love story with a beautifully tragic ending. Also tragic and in no way beautiful, is the botched translation. -MK
P.S. Have a box of tissues ready.