Yoshihara, Rieko. Ai no Kusabi: The Space Between Vol. 3 - Nightmare. Trans. Kelly Quine. Gardena, CA: Juné, 2008. Summary
: With illustrations by Michihara Katsumi. Riki spent three years in Eos as Iason's pet...generally misbehaving, getting the "furniture" Daryl in trouble, and getting it on with Raoul's female pet Mimea. Now he's back home in the slums, but it seems that Iason has only let Riki go temporarily, and continued feelings of possessiveness prompt him to hire Kirie to kidnap Guy. Comments
: *groans* Ai no Kusabi
makes me feel stupider by the sentence. Somebody stop me before this series gives permanent brain damage! Like volume two, this installment feels carelessly assembled piecemeal; the narrative leaps back and forth through time at random, and--even more irritating--the parts that Yoshihara evidently considers the "good bits," such as Riki's first encounter with his custom-made
pet ring, get hashed over twice. It's amazing how so many words can actually say so little. All in all, there's little plot to be had and even less character development. (Enough with the "proud" Riki, already!)
On the plus side, volume three appears to be more thoroughly edited than the previous volume. I did not notice anything egregious, and Lord knows I'm not necessarily the most observant of readers. (Suffice it to say that if I notice something amiss, the reality is probably significantly worse than I know.) The prose itself is as nauseatingly awkward and purple as ever, though. It seems likely to me that the lion's share of the blame for this lies with Yoshihara herself, but given what I've seen of this translator's other efforts for Juné, it seems equally likely that Quine isn't exactly helping matters... Notes
: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Seibido Shuppan in 2004 Rating
- It's a bit of a debate between "4.5" and "5," but in final analysis I have trouble imagining how even fans of the anime adaptation will find much to love about the DMP releases.