Released: Jun 01st, 2006
Running Time: 59
Director: Rin Hiroo
Company: Be Beautiful
Cast: Akiko Hiramatsu, Cliff Kirk, Toru Horikawa, Josh Mosby, Kelly Ray, Yoshitada Otsuka, Tomorkazu Seki, Ryutaro Okiayu, Tom Wayland, Amy Palant, Keiji Fujiwara, Jamie McGonnigal, Jeremiah, Shinpachi Tsuji, Akio Otsuka, Dominic Moore, Dave Brenneman, Bella Hudson, Dan Green, Orlando Billingsworth, Michael Sinterniklaas
Critical Rating: AAA 1/2
Genre: Gay Specialty
As the box cover explains, this stylishly packaged signature edition video is based on a highly popular yaoi manga, which means a Japanese graphic novel dedicated to homoerotic relationships between men. In this case, the first and second episodes of the Kazuma Kodaka inspired Kizuna video series are included, telling about the love affair between college students Ranmaru Samejima and Kei Enjyoji. The two housemates deal with the dangerous lechery of a professor and the jealous love of romantic and martial arts rival Kai Sagano, who desires the intimate company of Samejima and whose dark past is responsible for the injury that took the object of his affection out of the world of competitive kendo. Nothing explicit happens here, but the romance and complex issues dealt with in the story are compelling. Extras provide insights into the title's manga roots and the man who inspired it all.
Retailing: A sensual and romantic story for lovers of gay-focused animation.