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Media Blasters’ Ai no Kusabi Dub Adds Austin Tindle, 3 More


This tangled tale of boys and love is getting a few new players today.

Earlier today, Media Blasters took to Twitter to reveal four new cast members for their Ai no Kusabi dub. The series will add the following:

  • Daryl: Y. Chang
  • Sid: Austin Tindle
  • Aisha: Meli Grant
  • Gideon: Marcus Stimac

The new players join nine previously confirmed English cast members:

  • Iason Mink: Todd Haberkorn
  • Riki: Darren Mitchell
  • Guy: Ricco Fajardo
  • Orphe Xavi: John Swasey
  • Luke: Tyson Rinehart
  • Mimea: Elizabeth Maxwell
  • Norris: Matt Shipman
  • Kirie: Bryson Baugus
  • Katze: Michael A. Zekas

Brittany Lauda is directing the dub. Matt Shipman and Lauda will share duties as ADR Engineers on the project.

Ai no Kusabi hits North American retailers on HD Blu-Ray on December 19.

Ai no Kusabi is a four-episode OVA, which hit retailers in 2012. The series is based on Rieko Yoshihara and illustrator Katsumi Michihara’s manga of the same name.

Katsuhito Akiyama (Gall Force – Eternal Story, Thundercats) directed Ai no Kusabi at AIC, with Naoyuki Onda (Ergo Proxy, Inuyashiki) providing character designs. Series author Rieko Yoshihara was in charge of series composition and wrote the screenplay.

Media Blasters released the series on subtitled DVD in 2013. They describe Ai no Kusabi as:

In a future where social class is determined by the color of one’s hair, Iason sits at the top of the pecking order as a “blondie,” favored by everyone. He is given latitude in his daily life, but draws unwanted attention when he chooses to take a “mongrel” named Riki as his pet. Society has no taboos against staking claim to other humans, but the length and nature of this relationship brings unexpected consequences.

The publisher showed off a publisher for the dub last week. You can check it out below.

Source: Twitter (Media Blasters)

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