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The future city of Tanagra is governed by a computer entity known as Jupiter but administered by the Parthia syndicate, whose members are drawn from the aristocratic group known as Blondys. Social tensions bubble under its serene, ordered surface; disaffected political groups are plotting to kill the most important syndicate member, Jason Mink. But there's an even more pressing destabilizing factor in Jason's life: he has fallen deeply and embarrassingly in love with his "pet" Riki, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who, like many young men and women with no other options, has voluntarily become a sex slave. Neither Jason nor Riki can admit the ties that hold them, even to themselves; leaving aside their pride, both would be outcasts. Jason gives Riki a vacation, a chance to go back to the slums and find his old friends again, but a meeting with his former lover leads to tragedy.

Based on the novel by Reiko Yoshiwara, which was illustrated by Joker's Katsumi Michihara, ToL's society is reminiscent of ancient Greece; not only are the institutions of power restricted to a certain class, but women are completely excluded from significant roles. All the key power relationships we see, including sexual ones, are between men. Ironically, the Jupiter computer manifests as feminine: like Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell, she's a man-made idea of the female in a world run by masculine elites. There is sexually explicit material but the violence is mostly emotional. Like most anime about homosexual love, this was originally made for a female audience. NV

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Name: Ties of Love
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1992
Romaji: Ai no Kusabi
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Rating: None
Runtime: 60 (mins)
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