English: The Poem of Wind and Trees
Synonyms: The Song of Wind and Trees, KazeKi, The Poem of the Wind and the Trees, The Song of the Wind and the Trees
Published: Feb 29, 1976 to Jun 1984
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SynopsisSerge Battour is the son of a French viscount and a Romani prostitute, and despite his kind nature and academic talent, is shunned by his family and his peers due to the color of his skin. He begins to attend Lacombrade Academy, his father's alma mater, in the hopes that there he will find a place to belong.
Gilbert Cocteau is, like Serge, the orphaned son of a wealthy family, and is infamous at Lacombrade for his beautiful and delicate appearance, lack of dedication to schoolwork, and habit of prostituting himself to other students. He has no intention to connect with any of his classmates, instead devoting himself to his uncle Auguste.
Due to a shortage of living space, Serge and Gilbert become roommates even though Gilbert's antisocial nature has in the past made it impossible for him to room with anybody. Serge, being sociable and idealistic, is determined to be friends with Gilbert; Gilbert is only interested in either being able to manipulate Serge or push him away entirely. To the surprise of both of the boys, however, the two eventually form a deep, albeit generally dismal, bond that leads to a romantic connection.
Related MangaSequel: Koufuku no Hato, Kami no Kohitsuji -Agnus Dei-
Adaptation: Kaze to Ki no Uta Sanctus: Sei Naru Kana
I have rather mixed feelings about this series. I can understand why so many people give it a high rating. It's certainly well-written, and well-crafted. But I find it very disturbing. Apparently, it was the first full-blown shounen-ai series. And it isn't shy in that respect.
It's set in France circa 1900, at a posh boys' school. Serge, a mixed-race boy, manages to attend, but is looked down on because of his ancestry. Also at this school is Gilbert, a beautiful, free-spirited boy who trades sexual favors with the older students for things like homework. It turns out that Serge is assigned to be Gilbert's roommate. And it looks like Gilbert might have a more than ordinary interest in Serge...
The characters are quite good. Though they are often defined or motivated by revenge, jealousy, abuse, control, sadism, fear, or anger. For the most part, all the characters are complex, and interesting. Particularly, we follow the mysterious and tragic Gilbert, and discover his background.
If there were an underlying theme to this story, it might be that "suffering breeds suffering." Initially, when we see a character act a certain way (such as Gilbert flirting) we assume it's just their personality. But then eventually we are shown why they act like that. It's because they were a victim of someone once. And their victimizer in turn was someone who had been victimized himself in the past. And the cycle of pain continues.
So it's not trying to be a shallow "let's just see some BL" series. But it is BL...and very much so. Serious BL fans would probably revel in the very, very long sexual scenes. And the shotacon. The pedophilia was what REALLY bothered me.
I'll read shounen-ai when the story is good (and in this case it was) but I gloss over any sex. (I don't care for sex scenes, whether yaoi, yuri, or straight.) And in this case many of the scenes would go on for pages and pages.... And the adult-child scenes made me feel really uncomfortable.
On another note, the art quite good. It's old-school shoujo, but it has a light, breezy quality. And sparkles abound. Everything is well-drawn and detailed, and the atmospheres, whether indoor or outdoor, are perfect. I could almost feel like I was there.
So while this series is a true drama instead of shallow BL fluff, it has a lot of heavy, hard-core, mature content. read more
Tragic and gorgeous, Heart of Thomas and Kaze to Ki no Uta were written by roommates at around the same time and influenced by the same movies, and it shows. Most notable is their extremely similar subject matter: homosexual love in European boarding schools, circa 1900. In both, a young, idealistic boy transfers into a new school and is drawn to a more worldly and heavy-hearted student. They deal with the meaning of love in its various forms with almost ethereal words and art. Perfect choices for the reader interested in thinking about characters, their emotions, and what they mean in the reader's own lives.
A plucky boy transfers into a boarding school and is drawn to his roommate who possesses a dark past. Both share a complex study of the human heart and life.
Kaze to Ki no Uta is about boys, Shiroi Heya no Futari about girls... But both it's the same. Both main character are a noble and pure child with tragic past; they are orphen. In the beginning of the manga they start a new life style in a strict and religious boarding school. Fate make that they just sharing a room with an evil child, totally opposite to the Resine or Serge. In the boarding school they find out fears, contradictory feelings, love... and a lot of drama.
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