Well well well! Imagine my surprise to be browsing around Anime News Network while at work last night only to discover that Media Blasters is going to dub Ai No Kusabi
-- and this is not the OAVs I'm familiar with, but a remake that came about in 2012 which Media Blasters has already done a sub release for! Which, somehow, I've missed completely for half a decade, wtf.
My predictable reaction, and response thereto:taichara
: wait, how in the hell did I not
know about an AnK remake?eliyes
: dark sorcery?
Because you see, AnK is A Thing That Happens in my life in strange and entertaining and mysterious ways, lol ;3 I'm not a "fan", exactly -- the porn parts used to be funny and are now more like boring, and aside from the basic framework which certainly is "bizarre 80s scifi" enough to be right up my alley, it's not exactly an engaging read/watch and frankly the English translations of the novels are pretty much universally panned as terrible. (I have the first two anyway X3)
What AnK is
, is a holdover from my very first forays into fandom back in '95-'96. The OAVs were the great white whale of the june/yaoi fannish branch and arguably one of the great white whales of anime fandom in general despite the subject material because they were so damn hard to get hold of (talk about a restricted circulation), and goooood~ luck ever expecting to encounter the novels. The best source was Aestheticism (I miss that site, and I miss even more the site before they locked down so much of it behind needing scanned IDs and the like); hell, Aestheticism's character bios and world summaries went a long way towards making AnK sound a hell of a lot more interesting, and developed, than it really is, lol. It sounded fun, especially the computer running shit, the OAV art was stunning, and it was the great white whale of the time.
There's a grand story in when I first saw the OAVs also, back in 1999 at Katsucon; the sound of half or more of the audience at the screening fleeing behind where we sat once the porn kicked in is hilarity that will live in my hindbrain forever. It's not like the guys weren't warned
, but did they listen? Noooooo ~~~ *ahahaha*
So, AnK is kind of a thing I look on with fond affection, even though it's kind of not at all deserving of its legendary status in many ways.
But wait! There's more!
Imagine my surprise to be poking Amazon quickly to see what there was to be seen on the subject (conclusion: novels still insanely priced in the secondary market, lol) and --
And and and --
Holy shit Kira Takenouchi has put her hellforsaken fan-novel series Taming Riki on fucking Amazon as recently as last year
(note that Kira is also still claiming that DMP "gave her permission" to publish the things, as if they actually own the rights to AnK. if you ever needed a good reason to never buy books from DMP this is it, if true
I still doubt it
, because I don't give a good goddamn that they have [had?] the English publication rights, that doesn't give them actual rights over the IP. fuck that.)
Kira Takenouchi is also a class-A fandom wanker of the kind seldom seen in this benighted era, who screwed over royally the "yaoi publishing press" she was running (Yaoi House) in spectacular and explosive fashion and for a loooong time was the jaw-dropping gift that kept on giving. There used to be whole journals dedicated to tracking her and how she was screwing writers and customers over, but my links are either gone or degraded -- here's a highlight, though:Publishing House Alert: Yaoi House LLC
@ Dear Author (make sure you read the comments ~)
Googling various combinations of her name, "Yaoi House", and similar will turn up various of LJ/DW posts concerning the fallout, besides; buyer beware on reading those, of course!
So you see, in its own way AnK is just a Thing that keeps happening and I'm both perfectly fine with this and still kind of boggling at myself that I somehow missed a remake ... which was put on hiatus with no explanation after the fourth episode, by the by, just to show that AnK is still the wtf gift that keeps on giving ~
Of course I snagged the last copy Amazon.ca had in stock, though.
I mean, what else was I going to do, let it escape again? ;3~