If time did not allow ordinary things to be ordinary. How would you have lived?
It is the Bakumatsu and early Meiji Period. Akizuki Keiichirou and Kusaka Touma stand of opposite sides of the political scale of the time but still, something as fragile as the shell of a cicada binds these two men together in a tragic and cruel fate. A story of friendship, love and seperation as well as reunion and sacrifice.
Fuyu no Semi is presented as yaoi. It is not so simple.
Fuyu no Semi is somehow like Romeo and Juliet in Japan, just before and at the beginning of Meiji period. It is a love story that succeeded to make me cry, no matter the time, no matter the people, no matter the sex.
Forget yaoi. Fuyu no Semi talks about male feelings, honor, convictions, modernity... and love.
Moreover, Fuyu no Semi is very interesting for his historical aspects. But history courses never succeeded in making me cry...
All right, it was a few days ago that I stumbled upon this title and I figured “Oh cool, another Yaoi. More smut for me!” And I decided to put it on my “Plan to watch” list for a later day. I didn’t think much of it but yesterday I got bored so I decided to start watching it and oh my god, this is not what I had expected. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill smut story with no plot. This is a very short but absolutely epic story. The romance was very believable and the characters weren’t clichéd with all the normal clichés of your average Yaoi. These were deep, normal people who slowly but surely fell deep into a love as fragile as the shed skin of a Cicada. The animation was beautiful and well deserving of a very high score, the sound effects and music were to die for and it was just… well, there really inst any extravagant word to describe it. Everything was just beautiful. And as it stands, this was the first ever anime that actually made me bawl like a little baby who wants her mommy. It is such an epically tragic story but it just falls into place perfectly. The love confession in this anime was also very well done; it wasn’t “ZOMG! I can’t tell you how much I love you! Everything is perfect so let’s just be in love and fuck for the rest of the two episodes!!” it was a very believable confession and it all fell into place wonderfully.
All right, all right, I know what you want now. Well, despite being a sort of different kind of Yaoi there was still, well, there was still yaoi of course. But the scenes were not overly smutty and rather beautiful I have to say. Again, they weren’t run-of-the-mill; they had something about them. The characters weren’t just fucking for the hell of fucking; they had a passion about them that was simply moving. And I have to say the best thing is that they only had sex twice that was on screen and one more time hinted as they weren’t together for quite a bit of the three episodes, and I really think that made all the difference, it wasn’t just solid sex. But I do have to say when those two kissed the KISSED O__O; Like kissed big time. Moving on; as the story continued I found the way the character’s to be growing and changing to be; here we go again: believable. They really seemed to be developing like two people in their situation would develop. There really isn’t anymore to say but that the ending was perfect. It was simply, beautifully, tragic. It just fit.
An outstanding anime, absolutely perfect. I thuroughly enjoyed it, I will be buying it as soon as I find a place to do so. A ten if I ever saw one. read more
Fuyu no Semi is a wonderful, bittersweet love story. What I liked the most about the show was, without a doubt, the characters! Cliche'd characters like Shuuichi and Eiri from Gravitation have their appeals as well, but Fuyu no Semi was the first yaoi show that I have ever watched where I thought to myself, "Wow, these people are 'real'.". I could really empathize with Akizuki and Kusaka through both the highs and lows of their relationship and their experiences together led me to reflect about aspects of life and love that I otherwise wouldn't have given much thought to in my day to day life. Not to mention, the tearjerking parts were the first of their kind in my experiences to leave me with an almost happy feeling as opposed to a "depressed and in need to watch a super comedy show like Hayate no Gotoku to pick me up again" feeling XD
All in all, Fuyu no Semi was an absolutely Beautiful show that is a must watch for all yaoi fans. read more
Fuyu no Semi is about two people of opposite factions falling in love for each other. A love that is never meant to be because of the circumstances they find themselves in. Sounds familiar? Well. It basically sounds like a classic tragic love story and in its essence, it is. What’s fascinating for the western viewer is its setting around the Boshin war which led to the Meiji period and their implications to the story. The historic facts were embedded pretty well in the story, both being referenced by the characters and having huge impact on their lives. The at the beginning seemingly shallow characters were fleshed out well when the conflicts and decisions led us see deeper into who they really are, ultimately cumulating in a tragic climax. One can even think that the work comments on how their naïve, even romantic view of the political situation and their escapism of that reality helped leading them into their downfall.
The music and production quality are reasonable. Although there was nothing standing out, the director knew how to use the available resources well which led to a quite enjoyable experience. We could easily follow the struggles of the characters and while some of their decisions were questionable, it makes them quite human and can led us reflect on their fate and what it means to love. Especially the title-giving comparison with the cicada let us think of the what-ifs, giving the story a melancholic feeling and one can even see a twisted irony in its tale. Would they have been able to be happy when they were patient and waited one more year? Would they have been happy if they just made different decisions? Or was the tragic fate sealed alone by the fact of living at that time and place?
In the end these OVAs presented us with a classic drama with its own unique spin and a lot of interesting themes that can be interpreted into them. Definitely a worthwhile watch for people who can live with Yaoi and like a tragic love story in a historic setting.
Disclaimer: Sorry for this mediocre review, I - I- I'm not doing this because I want to, you know >.read more