Ai no Kusabi 6
July 29, 2015
Rieko Yoshihara – DMP/June – 2009 – 8 volumes
this is a novel
I promised myself I wouldn’t read the ending to this series until I wrote up all the other volumes. I wrote up 7 when it came out, and I’ve been holding out for years, waiting to write up 6 so I can read 8. I know that doesn’t make sense, but that’s how this site works. I did write up 7 after I read it because I read 1-6 at the same time and didn’t write about them. And this is why I stop myself from doing that!
Anyway, I don’t have a lot to say about this one. When I read it, I thought it actually was the ending to the series, because it was years before 7-8 were announced. It leaves off in a weird place, with Riki back at Eos and… it’s implied he’s come to terms with it, because he kind of has to go back? As an ending, it didn’t quite read like he was resigned, and it didn’t read like he was in love… maybe a little bit of both, but not enough of either to count. And Iason obviously has plans. Which I will talk about later.
The earlier part of the volume is about Kirie hiding out during his manhunt. He’s staying with Riki, which didn’t make much sense at all to me. More of this series needling me in the wrong ways, but I obviously didn’t care enough to stop reading.
The whole thing feels a little… sterile and uncaring, which you wouldn’t think would make for a good boy’s love story. And it doesn’t, not really. Nor is it good sci-fi/dystopia. But… I guess there was something plenty compelling about it to make me read it in basically an afternoon, then put all sorts of restrictions on myself before I could read the ending as a reward.
Maybe the ending will be awesome! I’m curious to see if Iason takes a dive. That’d be worth this whole ugly ride.