Struggling with heavy gambling debts, Tetsuo Ishii comes up with a harebrained idea to sell his student cousin in an auction. Offering an unprecedented 1.2 billion yen, the highest bidder is Kanou - a successful company president. It seems that he has an ulterior motive for buying the innocent and naive Ayase, using the debt to keep the jobless student by his side. What does Kanou want from the beautiful Ayase? Does it go beyond offering him 500,000 yen a night for his body?
Ayase is probably the only character I liked. The first 2 episodes, he is a little 2-dimensional character wise. His character really starts to show in the 3rd episode, and it's an improvement. The rest of the cast is rather static and bland, with little to go on. The relationship between Ayase and Kanao is a little odd with a D/s vibe to it, and is definitely a little extreme. While the sound and animation are decent, the bad plot and bland characters drag down the rating.
I love yaoi, but I just could not get through this anime. I know that dominating!seme/submissive!uke is the most common trope in the genre, but Jesus, this takes it to the extremes... and not in a fun way like Target in the Finder! Also, the animation is horrendous. I just can't get over the fact that Ayase looks like he's ten-years-old, which makes it even more disturbing! Plus, I really can't stand characters who does nothing but cry all the time.
STORY: Okane ga Nai!'s plot is this: Sleazy and greedy Tetsuo sells his innocent cousin Ayase to the highest bidder in an auction in an effort to repay his massive debts. Kanou, a shady loan shark, with a reputation that precedes him, buys Ayase for 1.2 million yen. The reason is that Ayase met Kanou one day and offered his umbrella to him while he was beaten up and getting soaked in the rain. That random act of kindness stuck out in the wealthy businessman's mind, and he was desperate to find him again, and to take care of him. This little insignificant chance-encounter is the only thing that really connects them together. Other than that, there is no relationship existing before the anime begins. And I don't really see how this would affect Kanou so much, because he can take care of himself, and has lots of money to throw around at will. I guess money isn't everything? Kanou demands that Ayase pay back all the money he spent on him, even though he has so much money already. He proposes that he will pay five hundred thousand dollars to sleep with Ayase, thinking that way Ayase will have no choice but roll around under the sheets with his "owner", since his attempts at being compassionate and caring and gentle have not gone over so well (he's very intimidating, you see). Tell the truth, the whole "buy-you-for-sex-because-I'm-not-good-at-being-compassionate-and-sensitive" isn't a main role in this story. It was probably an excuse for Kanou to throw money on the kid and to make this show seem as if Ayase was the whoring uke in the show. Kanou only pays for him ONE time, and then it's mentioned here and there, but never seen on screen again. ANIMATION I'm am still wowed by how BLUE Ayase's eyes are. I mean, take a look! They're like, pure, innocent blue eyes. Kanou is like many other semes: tall, buff, and kind of awkward, while Ayase is small, androgynous, and oh-so-delicate. But nothing too bad. SOUND Nothing to tell you on the sound. Nothing really stuck out. CHARACTERS Ayase is a classic uke, with beautiful, soft features and remarkably pure aquamarine eyes. Kanou reminds me of the hulk, he is so tall and wide-shouldered, I'm surprised they make suits his size. But that is the stereotypical formula. But unlike most yaoi and BL, Ayase does not suddenly "fall in love" with Kanou when he coerces him into having sex with him; Ayase remains true to his feelings of "this isn't right, I'm a man. Just because it gives me pleasure doesn't mean it's of my own free will" and doesn't suddenly give up everything during a session of "pure ecstasy" and graphic sex. Ayase is very naive, and even though he was sold by his own cousin, he doesn't let anyone come to harm him in the beginning, shutting out all the words that Kanou says when he tells him that he was sold to pay off his own debts. Kanou is odd, in a sense. He is very masculine and powerful and wealthy, and yet he wants to get close to Ayase, "take care of him as he took care of me". But then the moment is switched and he wants nothing more than to pound the boy's ass into the mattress. This sudden mother-bird/-dog-in-heat flipside leaves me baffled. You have to be one or the other, you can't be both, otherwise you'll confuse the kid! Overall: If you like yaoi and BL with a little something more than the uke ultimately submitting to the will of the seme the first round, and if you like Kirepapa, then this is something worthwhile to watch so that you can say you got this under your belt. Nothing too special and if you don't like the rape tropes in yaoi then you won't like this at all. :X
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