I have never seen any other anime that has had such a great impact on me, and I don't expect to find any either. Koi Kaze is simply outstanding in the way it handles this story, which is very much taboo in our society.
First of all, Koi Kaze lacks all those annoying anime clichés that usually put me a bit off when watching a series. There are no girls who are supposed to be 15 but act like they are 10 and speak with the voice of a toy rabbit. Instead, we get a realistic portrayal of a teenage girl who actually acts naturally.
Nanoka's voice actress does a brilliant job, she sounds natural, like she is acting with her own voice instead of making up a voice for the character. The character designs are also more realistic, with the characters looking a whole lot more like real people than most anime characters. Everything is kept serious and realistic in general.
Koi Kaze is not a noisy or action-filled series, but it's never dull either. As the story progresses, the viewer will sympathize with both of the two main characters, even though they in no way are perfect. They are two people, brother and sister (and the brother is significantly older as well), who are gradually falling love, and they can't help it. It's difficult, even painful, to watch, and it does make you think about what is to be considered "right" and "wrong". Before watching this I thought the concept to be clearly on the "wrong" side, but after watching it I concluded that I'm actually in no position to write off a relationship as such.
The music is also worth mentioning. It's not loud or dramatic, but rather simple and effective. There are a few beautiful piano pieces playing that do a very good job in setting the mood. The music never takes the focus off the story, but complements it very well.
All in all, this is a series I would recommend to anyone, heck, it might the single series I would strongly recommend even to those who don't normally watch anime. It's been a good while since I watched it, but the story never left me and it makes me want to come back and re-experience it. With absolutely no traditional melodrama or "in your face" symbolism whatsoever, Koi Kaze manages to touch, to shock and to offer something new to the viewer, and it's a story you just don't forget. It's that good.
Amongst all the adrenaline-pumping action, zany comedy, melodrama, and over-the-top lunacy of anime, there are a rare few series that go out of their to seriously deal with sensitive issues. Koi Kaze is one such series. It is a gentle, honest, and ultimately heart-breaking story that deals with an issue most other shows would avoid (or in the case off anime, play of as a joke). Needless to say the exploration of taboo is not something everyone enjoys. However, Koi Kaze explores its issue with a maturity and truthfulness that makes it a true gem.
The issue in question is incest (with a large age difference
on top of that), as the story follows the relationship between Koshiro Saeki and his younger sister, Nanoka. Now, incest is not exactly an issue anime shies away from, but it is rarely explored seriously. Usually, it is used in anime for shock factor, Hansel and Gretel from Black Lagoon for example, or to satisfy some strange otaku fetish. However, by dealing with the issue maturely, Koi Kaze depicts what people in this kind of relationship might actually be going through. The relationship between Koshiro and Nanoka is constantly in a delicate balance, as the two struggle with their feelings (especially Koshiro). However, it also packs more genuine warmth and feeling than most typical anime relationships, which makes the conflict with taboo all the more potent. While there are definitely some very discomforting moments that will doubtlessly be too much for some viewers (notably a scene that takes place in the laundry room in episode 4), they only strengthen the story and its themes.
The subject matter being as controversial as it is, puts tremendous importance on the characters, and luckily Koi Kaze is blessed with an incredible pair of leads. Koshiro is in his late 20s and is starting to feel the weight of his years, becoming somewhat apathetic and emotionally numb, but also having a deep rooted frustration, especially in light of a recent break-up. It is easy to feel his pain and sympathize with him even as he struggles with personal issues that are, in all honesty, pretty creepy. On the other side of the spectrum, there is Nanoka who is still in high school, and dealing with the insecurities of adolescence, particularly concerning boys. The anxieties these two characters face and the way they find comfort within each other feels so real, so plausable, that it is actually kind of scary. The rest of the cast falls strictly into supporting roles. They all have distinctive and believable personalities, but they just feel like background compared to the two leads. An exception is Koshiro's co-worker, Kaname Chidori (No, not from Full Metal Panic), who plays a pivotal role in the later episodes, and my personal favorite character from the show. There is also Koshiro's other co-worker, Odagiri, who is an intolerable pervert and failed comic relief; it would have been better if he had not existed.
On the technical-side, Koi Kaze is a mixed bag. The visuals, while not bad, are on the prettier side of unimpressive. The subdued color scheme is quite nice, and it is nice to see normal looking people in an anime, but nothing really pops out. The backgrounds are pretty standard and are what you would expect from any slice-of-life. The animation is passable, and at times quite good, especially in the sequences with petals or Nanoka's hair are being blown in the wind; but overall it certainly nothing to write home about. The music of Koi Kaze, however, is another story. The beautiful orchestral pieces, highlighted by piano, are just a joy to listen to. Even with the art being so-so, scenes are beautiful with this soundtrack supporting them. Add to that director Omori Tatahiro's cinematic sensibility, which makes the best of the visuals, and you have an impressive, if flawed, presentation.
Due to it's content, Koi Kaze is not an easy anime to recommend. Incest is an uncomfortable topic, added to that is the large age difference of the main couple, and may people will immediately (understandably) be turned off by it. For those who do get over the subject matter , you will be hard pressed to find a more mature, well-written tale of forbidden love.
There's only one way to put this series and that's simply amazing. The series Koi Kaze is one of those rare gems that truly stimulate the human mind and lets it's audience in on the real nature of life and how something like incest that might be grotesque to some can actually be something so beautiful. I'll admit I was a bit skeptical at first but Koi Kaze demonstrated how a masterpiece should convey it's characters feelings, emotions, and problems.
Koi Kaze is about an ordinary man named Koshiro who works as a wedding planner.He lives at home with his father and goes
about his daily commute as per usual. One day however a fateful encounter changed his life forever. Koshiro met a beautiful young girl named Nanoka on a train, As she was leaving she had dropped her pass, Koshiro picked up the pass and returned it only too notice that this girl was very young and very beautiful. A seemingly normal encounter one would say, "o' how mistaken you are". As fate would have it Koshiro was getting a house mate and that this person would be his long lost sister. Koshiro layed eyes on this new house mate only too find out that it was the girl whom he had met on the train. The road to love and incest soon followed as the characters fight their feelings for each other.
The animation was decent and at time the imagery was vibrant and quite elegant. The animation definitely fit the tone of the series. The audio quality was also excellent. The voice casting was perfect fitting each character well. The music for the series fit the emotional sequences to a tee. In all this series had a perfect blend of element for a Slice of life drama. every encounter the characters faced felt as though you could feel their pains and anguish. There were times were I actually felt nervous for the characters and how they went about facing there problems.
In conclusion Koi Kaze was simply a masterpiece. If anyone is looking to get into a Slice of life that deals with a topic that not many take seriously and wants a real life take on the subject of incest. Then please do give this series a watch.
Let me start this review by saying that Koi Kaze is the most depressing anime I have seen. A love that cannot blossom does just that gradually throughout the series, with the viewers’ sense of dread building along with the story. This is not for kids.
There are MINOR spoilers when describing the story/characters below. Nothing too major but I thought I would mention it in case the reader wants to go in knowing near to nothing.
The plot of Koi Koze is very simple -- A brother and a sister who haven't seen each other since they were very little start living together (along with their
father) when 15 year old Nanoka (who had been living with the siblings’ mother) needs to move closer to her new school. The brother, Koshiro, is 27, meaning there's a 12 year age gap between the siblings. The two instantly have a connection and feelings for each other that go above simple friendship/family feelings.
Before the pair learns they are brother and sister, they bump into each other on a train after Nanoka drops her ID card. They later randomly bump into each again, ending up going together to an amusement park since Koshiro had just been given 2 tickets. They end up having a heart to heart, telling each other about their love problems, Koshiro ending up crying. They find out they are siblings when their dad meets them together as they're exiting the amusement park.
Koshiro's initial reaction to the sister revelation is to be nasty to her, hiding the conflict going on inside himself. He doesn't want to face up to his feelings for her, choosing instead to simply act like a bad brother. Nanako, being young and naive, initially has no idea about Koshiro's feelings and doesn't understand her own, leading her to be confused about Koshiro's transformation from nice guy to bad brother. She does manage to discover he does care for her due to his actions - concerned when she has period cramps, worried when she's out in the rain, jealous when she's talking to boys, etc.
As you might have worked out after reading the above, Koi Kaze deals with a taboo subject without really holding back. That doesn't mean incest is glorified here (if anything it's the opposite since the story is tragic); what the story does is show a true love that can never be in this world. Both parties don't want to feel how they do; they just do and cannot change it.
The series progresses at a slow pace as their relationship develops. At first it bothered me that nothing seemed to be happening, but once it gripped me the episodes seemed to be going much faster. Give it chance before dropping it.
With the focus being on the love between two siblings, the two get a lot of attention.
Koshiro is constantly in conflict with himself throughout the series. His brain knows what he's thinking and doing is wrong, yet his heart tells him otherwise. He tries to hide his inner conflict from Nanako by simply being a bad brother at first, attempting to push her away. His guilt over how he feels eventually drops down and allows him to be VERY friendly with her, but he still knows it's wrong to think and feel how he does about his kid sister.
Nanako, on the other hand, doesn't have the same conflict Koshiro has going on right from the start. Being naive, she takes his aggressive attitude as nothing more than him being a bad brother, not able to understand what reason he could possibly have to act the way he does. She does eventually start to understand that her own feelings are above and beyond sisterly love, leading to the feelings of both coming out in the open.
Both characters have a lot of depth, as you'd expect. The rest of the cast don't really get fleshed out very much, but that doesn't matter an awful lot when the 2 most important characters do get fully fleshed out, hence the high rating.
::Art / Animation::
It looks and moves well enough for a show without any action sequences. The art, while not of the highest level, looks good enough to make Nanako look like the cutest thing I've ever seen.
There are no problems, the series is in wide-screen and it looks more than good enough for a series that doesn't have action driving it onwards.
I didn't like the soundtrack very much at first due to there not being many tracks that stand out. However, on reflection, I understand that the music used was pretty much perfect for this type of show - it's irrelevant how many tracks there are that I'd listen to away from the series; the only thing that matters is that the music fits the series and sets the right mood for whatever scene it's playing during, which the Koi Kaze soundtrack does.
Overall, Koi Kaze is one the best series I've ever watched...along with it being the most depressing and one of the most unsettling. If you can handle a tragic story, this series is unmissable.
I for one am a person that likes to judge a situation based on my own personal experiences, but how far can I judge a scenario based on MY OWN experiences? The more I look into many tropes, the more I begin to realize that my own incentives on a situation can be appallingly naive and to truly understand certain scenario's, you truly need to see the bigger picture. Koi Kaze is one show where none of my personal incentives and experiences could have prepared me for its outcome.
Perhaps it is Koi Kaze's brutal honesty on the subject matter that it explores that makes this
a truly distinguishable feature from any other show that has dealt with incest in the past. Not limited to the general fetish-pandering occupation of incest related series in anime and manga. It is also hard to find any movie or any other series that deals with the subject of incest as profoundly and maturely as Koi Kaze anywhere else in the world.
I imagine it would be very difficult for many people to take a relationship between a 15 year old girl and 27 year old man seriously. With that in mind, as I am writing this review. I am heavily reminded of a strange case that occurred in the US in 2012 where a 32 year old man was having a consensual incestuous relationship with his 18 year old daughter. The documented evidence of the case showed that the circumstances in that relationship were almost exactly the same as the situation that Koi Kaze envisions.
Koi Kaze's plausibility is an interesting topic to research. Many family, sociological and (occasionally) anthropological studies have identified many possibilities in as to why an incestuous relationship would develop, asking why such a thing would happen? and the reasons for it? I wish to make mention of an interesting article that I stumbled across that was written by L.S. Penton-Voak, who along with others, carried out a computational analysis that found almost every couple that they interviewed and analysed, had faces that were allegedly similar to one another. I mention this because siblings being attractive to one another may not seem to be so far-fetched an idea when you take into consideration that they are made of the same genetic make-up and will thus likely have many similar facial structures, tones and other features.
At a deeper and more important level is a phenomenon cited by Edvard Westermarck, called the Westermarck effect that states that an incestuous relationship is more likely to develop if the elder of the family member involved in the relationship does not recall living through the younger individuals developmental stages of childhood and adolescence and vice versa. These theories of Genetic Sexual Attraction carry a lot of weight on Koi Kaze's content and makes its realism far more possible if I were to compare the show to a real life scenario (as mentioned in the case above).
Incest is mostly illegal due to the associated genetic deficiency's that occur through incestuous reproduction. Thus becoming an argument based on the human rights of the child. This is another sociological perspective that I wish to explore because Koi Kaze looks at the relationship without the idea of an offspring becoming involved and wishes to emphasize the emotional tension that develops between the characters, it is interesting in how I would judge this scenario. Would I consider the relationship acceptable if a child were to come into the midst or not? Like every other aspect of this series, it doesn't make a judgement but merely observes.
I mention all of these points as I believe it builds a crucial context for the series. I am encouraging a look into the greater aspects that this series is earnestly but subtly conveying.
Koi Kaze develops the relationship between the couple taking particular time and effort on emphasizing the gradual isolation that Koshiro and Nanako receive in the eyes of the greater community. Whilst making time to recognize the characters turmoils from accepting and carrying out such a harsh and difficult decision. The constant threat of society looming, only serves to ostracize them even further. I imagine that this would be exactly what would happen if an incestuous relationship were to be discovered in my home country. The general consensus would be that any "reasonable" adult would think poorly of the situation. It is these details, that make Koi Kaze's story almost genius, it begs to subtly question every little detail that I would usually consider to be wrong and turns it on its head.
Inspite of this praise, Koi Kaze is not as perfect as I would hope for it to be. As you can probably tell with my score. There are a couple, if not a few downsides to the story that make it very difficult for me to give it a 10/10.
Before I go into actual criticisms, one thing that I did want to criticize Koi Kaze for was its romantic nature, but after much pondering, I found myself disregarding this criticism. I asked myself. Why is this? Koi Kaze wants us to observe the situation at hand from its characters. Speaking realistically, romance is something that I would want to experience in a relationship as well. I think it would be kind of rude for a person to step in and say that a romantic atmosphere is not allowed in any relationship that I may have. Koi Kaze in doing this displays that it is treating its topic maturely and taking itself very seriously and not trying to be a social dictator on the themes that it explores.
With that out of the way, onto criticisms. The first thing I want to point out is that there is this one particular guy in the supporting cast who I just WANT TO KILL, and I regret to say that for a few instances he made me question the shows intentions. Mostly due to the questionable conversations and topics that he brought up without hesitation. However, after finishing the series, most of my suspicions for that particular character are somewhat vented towards an ill-gotten attempt at humor because at one point in the series he only receives the lime-light and never becomes the center of attention again. This might be more of an insight into cultural differences between my home country and Japan, so I will only let it pass, just barely though. However, in saying that, the character still contributes to the thematic concerns the story envelopes. Most particularly highlighting the type of attention that those kind of people get in the face of society.
I'd hate to broken record here, but one thing that seems to bother me is some of the cliche situations. Seriously how often have we seen a romantic scene take place on a ferris-wheel? I don't want to say this, because from a personal perspective the scene in question (along with some other scenes) was very powerful and well-done, but I just couldn't help be reminded of the many times that it has been used before.
However, in spite of saying this, I found that these moments are easily ignored because the series puts so much time and effort into making each of these moments as effective and memorable as possible which is more than I can say for many other shows that do the same. Thus fortunately not decreasing the score by much in my book.
Another downside to the story is arguably in the way that it ends. Whilst I for one had no major problems with the series ending, I still found myself saying. It can still do more. The story could have gone further into the future turmoils or even the future beauties that the couple will possibly experience. What is the future of their relationship? Whilst this outcome leaves much to speculation, it still stands that Koi Kaze adequately explores the concepts that it had originally given us.
Koi Kaze recognizes all of the aspects of its story by giving its main characters significant development. The extent to which Koi kaze achieves this is recognized on the many occasions in each and every episode where a character questions the activities of what they are partaking in: What will my family think? What will everyone else think? Should I be doing this? How will I feel afterwards? What are the consequences?
These rhetoric's constantly build upon one another, with highly appropriate timing and never going out of its way to lecture the viewer. Instead it creates some of the most multi-layered characters I have ever encountered. The two leads are particularly complex, in the way that they display and handle the situation that they are dealing with. For example, the defensive barrier that Koshiro establishes; a facade so that his feelings don't hurt Nanoka, and much the same with Nanoka with some honest interaction that is neither complacent nor entirely naive.
As I mentioned in the Story section, most of the characters are put there to look at the situation from different perspectives. One character that I wanted to give particular praise to is "Chidori, Kaname". What she does is offer a confrontational perspective on the themes being explored and interestingly enough I believed that she was representative of most viewers watching. A person who, whilst having good intentions, barges into someone's life to inform them that what they are doing is wrong in the eyes of society, basically speaks for 95 per-cent of the people watching, especially those raised with Western moral incentives. It poses a question, how much do we really know about the people that are experiencing such a situation? Do we have any right to interfere?
Each and every character achieves what they set out to do (yes, even the abominable character I mentioned in the story section) and for that I can say that Koi Kaze has great three-dimensional, well written characters that are removed from the traditional character archetypes of the incestual anime sub-genre.
Much of Koi Kaze's art correlates perfectly with the serious tones imbued within the story. The entire show is drawn on a very subdued pallet which makes the series very easy to look at; it isn't intense nor is it dramatic and I must say this was the almost perfect blend.
The character designs are interesting in where they look absolutely natural. Unlike many other series out there including the many series that don't follow the mainstream, Koi Kaze still stands out. The designs particularly for the male lead are more representative of an average person you would walk past in the street. Giving more credit to Koi Kaze's intentions as a realistic series. Even the main female lead, I would say is perfectly comparable to someone I would consider her age. This, whilst being a bold move is essentially putting the cream on the cake. It works together with the series and blends in perfectly with the soft, non-tenuous backgrounds of the series.
However, one thing that bothers me big time with the art is simply the white mouths of every character. Seriously they are the biggest eye-sore. How hard is it to draw the insides of a mouth? Come on. Other than that minor complaint, the art overall captures the emotional intensity that the series is conveying exceptionally well and any other style of art would probably have carried many negative connotations in the face of the thematic concerns that the series is dealing with.
The sound runs parallel to the other technical aspects of Koi Kaze; in fact, it is actually surprising how well the technical aspects of this series meld together. Much of the OST consists or original tracks that are a dual mix of mellow and soft beautiful sounds. Most of the music is composed through a small assortment of wind, and string instruments and the occasional piano piece. This collection of tracks make a terrific soundtrack that is somewhat memorable and is very nice to listen to, within the context of the show and outside the context as well.
A particular track that I wish to mention is Masanori Takumi's "Main Theme". Whilst it isn't what I would call the best soundtrack of the OST, it certainly stands out when I take into consideration in how appropriately it was used in the series. I thought every scene that used that particular soundtrack was perplexing and the track used only served to drive the potency and overall impact of the scenes.
As for the entertainment factor. Koi Kaze doesn't have anything going for it in the excitement department because at it's core it is a slice-of-life series and observing the every-day actions of a persons lifestyle is certainly not everyone's cup of tea. However whilst Koi Kaze's goal doesn't appear to be stimulation with special effects or hyper-realistic excitement, it needs to be genuinely noted that there were many moments in Koi Kaze that were highly engaging, encouraged a level of sympathy and empathy that weren't forced but bloomed with the phenomenal writing that the series offers.
I think that a well developed drama insights that the characters and their actions, development and their surroundings all meld together to lead to a conclusion that is inevitable and Koi Kaze does this extremely well. The direction that it takes whilst being highly questionable on the surface, quickly builds into a multi-layered that story that builds an insight into the turmoils of the two main character's, and the tension was so strong at times that I couldn't help be pushed to tears in disbelief at how society can be so unintentionally cruel. And as much as I am a sucker for a good drama and a show that deals with unorthodox relationships, Koi Kaze was the cream of the crop of its genre.
I believe that what makes Koi Kaze work as a series is its overall tone and its achievement of keeping the themes that it explores constantly in the grey. From a personal perspective, the fact that it managed to completely challenge everything that I had originally thought of the topic of incest makes this an experience unlike anything that I have encountered. It is intriguing, intelligent, mature and very risky.
As for recommending the series. Well, naturally, the adult themes in this show will make it a turn-off for most potential viewers but for anyone interested in seeing a well-written story about forbidden love. From my perspective at least, Koi Kaze is probably one of the best achievements in any medium.
Koi Kaze’s premise is not a conventional romance title. The series is an exploration on incest, one of the biggest societal taboos of humanity and it is sure to make many people uncomfortable upon first seeing it. I went through that feeling when I first heard of the series in 2005. And in an e-mail reply I got back from Koshiro’s English dub actor Patrick Seitz in that same year, it was surprising to him that the title was even licensed and distributed in America. Here’s a passage from said e-mail that I’ve kept for a while now:
“When Liam, the director, told me about the
show's subject matter, I was pretty taken aback--not by the prospect of playing such a character, which I relished as the challenge it was, but at the fact that Geneon had slated it for a release in the first place. Like you said, who in their right mind is going to toss a serious anime serious about incest onto an unsuspecting (and largely unprepared) Western audience?”
The major strengths of Koi Kaze are the screenwriting and the lead characters. Both blend quite effectively at creating a believable focus on the awkward developments of Koshiro and Nanoka’s relationship. These two characters are at different stages of their lives and have different levels of understanding on the norms of society.
Throughout much of the series, Koshiro finds himself in an internal conflict over how to deal with the growing feelings he has for Nanoka. He knows such feelings are forbidden in society yet he is trying to be honest with himself. As a result, being around Nanoka makes him feel awkward as he quite often acts coldly towards her to hide how he truly feels.
Nanoka is just starting off high school and comes across as a naive girl at first glance. While not knowing of many of the societal norms expected of her, she is honest and direct with how she expresses herself towards others, especially in tense situations. The girl also has a playful side to her personality that she exhibits on occasion in Koi Kaze.
In regards to the development of this forbidden relationship, Koi Kaze carefully treads a delicate line with the handling of the relationship without giving in to the conventional clichés that are found in many romance anime titles of recent memory. The characters have their imperfections and all their decisions have repercussions that they grow to accept as the series presses on. In addition, Koi Kaze maintains a neutral position in how to make viewers judge Nanoka and Koshiro’s relationship. The series neither approves nor disapproves of the relationship and there is no clear ending to the series. Instead, we are just left to wonder what kind of future that the pairing will have and whether or not we could make the decisions they made if we were in their situation.
Beyond the two main characters, the secondary ones are a mixed bunch. Nanoka and Koshiro’s father, Zenzo, is constantly worried about Nanoka and is quite clueless over the problems between his two children. Koshiro’s co-worker, the lolicon Odagiri, often kills the mood of some of the tense situations that take place. Mother Makie appears quite level-headed with supporting her children, but doesn’t have much time onscreen. Koshiro’s girlfriend and Nanoka’s classmates do their parts at pushing each protagonist towards coming to grips with how they really feel. Koshiro’s supervisor Kaname Chidori is the best of the bunch with her role towards the later third of the series.
In terms of visuals, the artwork seems lacking as scenery is rather simplistic in detail and colors look rather faded. Character designs, while just as simplistic, show a good diversity of looks adding to the real life believability of Koi Kaze. Compare a rough and unshaven man like Koshiro to the innocent beauty of Nanoka to catch my drift. The soundtrack features soft, light tracks that do well to accompany the delicate mood of this series. The show knows when to play its music or to keep things silent during specific scenes.
Koi Kaze is a series that won’t be for all viewers. The themes of the series will keep some viewers from watching it and only those with an open mind would be able to take in what they see. If you are one with an open mind, then you can look forward to a mature, tasteful, and honest look at a controversial issue that has not been seriously explored in anime.
I thought this anime was EXQUISITE. Yes, the topic of incest makes me a little uncomfortable but i really wanted to open up to the story so I put aside my preconceptions and just watched the anime through.
I must say that if watched with an open mind, it is very very touching, mind opening and heart wrenching. The characters know damn well what they're doing and the risks and taboos associated with their relationship and this moves the anime into being a tear jerking testament of the character's inner struggles with accepting their feelings... and having the courage to follow them.
said, the story is fabulous. The portrayal of emotion in this series is so intense and so thorough that you grow to feel the characters' pain and understand a great deal of the extent of their struggles. The series is written in way that makes the characters completely vulnerable to the viewer-- you see everything they feel and go through. Their weakness and their strengths, the extent of their true feelings for each other-- until the characters are so real and their relationship so fleshed out that you actually come to an understanding of why they come to feel and act the way the do. The thing that is truly brilliant about the story, however, is the pacing. The story is slow but deliberately so. You really see the characters feelings develop over time and their relationship blooms at a beautiful rate so you get to see the full intensity of it.
Overall, the story is achingly beautiful in its portrayal of emotions and human tendency and honest to the point of realism.
The art is...beautiful. It is quite simple but in a way that compliments the anime completely and beautifully detailed and even original. The character design is great: the characters look unique in a very realistic way.
The acting is superb...the voices fit the characters really well too.
The music is absolutely gorgeous and very touching. The main piano piece that's played throughout is one of the most beautiful I've ever heard...I remember it bringing tears to my eyes on numerous occasions.
The music, like the anime, is simple and low-key but the undertones are incredibly touching and add to the somber yet intensely emotional feel of the anime.
The characters as I've probably mentioned are very well developed to the point of seeming real. Their very human emotions and how they act in reaction to what they feel are extremely relatable and believable.
Koi Kaze, when watched with an open mind, is probably one of the most insightful and moving animes every created. It's also by far one of best written series I've ever seen. Though the themes in this series are extremely controversial I think that they could not have been handled in a more deeply sensitive and analytical way. I think this anime is one of the best portrayals of human nature and love out there.
Welp...this is going to be a controversial review. Yet, I feel I have to write it. I heard that Koi Kaze was a very beautiful and moving romance, so I put it on my watch list. I just finished "His and Her Circumstances", and I loved that one so much I wanted to start a new romance anime. Koi Kaze isn't exactly what I went in expecting.
Can a talented artist make any foul subject beautiful? That's one of the things Charles Baudelaire experimented with in Flowers of Evil. Within that collection, there is a poem called "Une Charogne" or "The carcass". The poem was
called indecent and grotesque upon release because it vividly describes a rotting female corpse and describes the corpse in sexual terms. The speaker isn't at all repulsed because he accepts that death comes for us all. Even the most beautiful women will one day resemble the horrible corpse.
Koi Kaze is the writer of Baccano and the director of Baccano attempting to tell a beautiful romance between a 30 year old man and his 15 year old sister. Not step sister mind you. I mean full on blood relative. There is a LOT of sister fetish stuff in anime, but it's always played as a joke. They know it's a gross fetish and don't want to be accused of seriously condoning it. It's the stuff of echii and hentai where one can indulge in their most depraved and secret fetishes. Koi Kaze is a dead serious romance for adults. The series doesn't say our young lovers are correct, but it doesn't say they're wrong. The series wants you to see the relationship as beautiful, but it's up to the audience to decide.
I've decided...and I don't like it. I watched a series where a guy has sex with a robot girl and I was fine with it. She's full artificial intelligence and they're in a consenting relationship. They won't produce children, but not everyone needs to have kids. I watched an anime where the guy ends up with the girl who murdered his family. I thought it was a tragic, yet beautiful and moving romance. I'm pretty liberal with my anime romances. I have to put my foot down on Koi Kaze though.
It turns out that deep within the dark recesses of my soul, there lives an angry and self righteous eugenicist. I call him Fritz! Koi Kaze manages to bring Fritz to the surface. He wants to kill these 2 immediately to protect the gene pool. He also wants to use government policing to reduce the global fertility rate and genetic engineering to increase human IQ. Fritz is an asshole and I don't condone his opinions. Thanks to Koi Kaze though, I've had to confront my own shadow. I now know that he lives within me and I'll never be truly rid of him. Thanks Koi Kaze!
The first episode starts with our male hero Koshiro meeting the high school first year Nanoka on a subway. Both of them have recently been dumped and can each sense the other's loneliness. Nanoka invites Koshiro to a theme park and he accepts. They share a romantic Ferris Wheel ride together and you already know these 2 are going to bang soon. At this point it's just pedophilia, but we find out they're siblings at the very end of the first episode. What follows is a carefully written and wonderfully presented romance...that makes me want to vomit and summons Fritz from the dark depths where I keep him repressed.
The art is by the same studio that did the first Kino's Journey, which I love. I'm not a big fan of the character art though because everyone has a white mouth instead of a red one during lip flaps. It's a minor detail, but I hate it! The music is another strength of the series. Of course, it could be playing the most angelic music in the world and I would still hate this show.
Overall, I would suggest this anime only to those who can be VERY open minded. There is talent and effort here. However, I was too repulsed to get a lot of personal enjoyment out of it.
Did you guys even watch the anime. What's with everyone calling it "beautiful" , lets ignore the taboo subject for a moment. The art was ugly, Koshiro looked like the pleasure face meme half the time and I couldn't stop laughing. Nanoka looked like your basic moe girl and to that one reviewer who said she was a realisitc portrayal of a 15 year old, I hope you never get close enough to an actual 15 year old to find out they are not like this at all. There was a scene of a bicycle rolling down the street and the wheels weren't moving
someone kept moving it forward each frame but it had NO animation done except moving from one part of the screen to another. The person's legs didn't even move. It was so embarrassing.
Now lets move onto sound, you can sum of Koshiro's character with "grunts a lot". The music was out of place and horrible, you can't fit goofy slice of life music into random parts to make it seem funny! Like come on, there's nothing funny about this anime. There was this one scene after one of the many awkward pauses where music randomly starts blaring. Oh yeah, the pauses, THERE'S SO MANY RANDOM 4-5 SECOND PAUSES. I don't think the editors wanted to replay the scene to have to sit through it again to be honest.
Characters, oh, ok, Koshiro a basic tsundere asshole. The office pervert was only put into to make Koshiro seem like a good guy, in reality he's a piece of shit. The only two good characters are the dad and Kaname who rightfully beat up Koshiro in one scene. That was the best scene.
Back to the story, it's fake sentimentality trying to make you feel bad for Koshiro, I think, because if you felt bad for Nanoka you're only feeling bad bc she had to be around this idiot that doesn't know when to stop sniffing her bra.
Enjoyment, fun to make fun of not gonna lie but still rating it 1 because I hate the general idea of this.
Overall, if you want a story featuring incest, don't.
I just watched this show in a marathon and felt I had to write something about it. Most reviews have said what I feel, but I want to add a couple of things.
My large Point is; This story is for adults (or at least kids 15 or older).
It takes a mature mind to understand the complexity of the feelings conveyed in this anime (and manga).
I think it's perfectly fine for someone younger than that to watch it, but I really don't think they will understand the depth and agony.
And agony there is. I was in something close to physical
pain, watching most of the series. A big lump in my throat, throbbing of the heart, tears burning and sometimes spilling over.
Any person with empathy would feel the same, watching Koshiro being tormented by the feelings he doesn't want to have. Because he doesn't. He's not a perverted predator.
He tries as hard as he can to fight the feelings, as long as he can.
There is a very fine line here - to show his emotions in a way that makes it clear that this is someone to be pitied, not prosecuted - and I think the creator of the story pulls it off. Koshiro trult feels like a victim just as much as Nanoka does.
This isn't a story condoning incest or taking lightly on the subject - it's a story about love and how it sometimes can be so hard, so cruel, so bitter.
We don't choose whom we fall in love with. It just happens. And sometimes it's not between the "right" people.
Koshiro is not taking advantage of Nanoka, they are just acting on their mutual feelings of love.
I have two brothers, and I have certainly never felt anything like this for either of them, so I can't say that I know what it's like to have a love so forbidden. But I HAVE loved someone who wasn't "appropriate" - with a very large age difference among other problematic things.
So I can relate to that - nurturing a love which was scolded upon by people close to me and him.
Also, when I was Nanoka's age (she seemed to be around 16,5 yrs at the time of the physical part of the relationship between her and her brother) I was fully capable of deciding my own feelings and had a fleeting relationship with someone about 10 years older. There was no taking advantage of from his side, it was initiated by me.
Age is just a number when it really comes down to it - if it's love from both sides it doesn't matter - an older person taking advantage of a younger one, is wrong. Of course.
(I am definitely not saying that relationships between schoolkids and adults are ok - usually they are very wrong - but I can assure you that a 16 year old is not a child.
In my country the age of consent is 15 years. For an adult (above 18 years of age) to have sex with someone over 15 years of age, is not a crime. And I think that is a perfectly good age limit.
In Japan, where this story takes place - the age of consent is 13 years.
So - Nanoka is by law not considered a child regarding sexual acts.)
Besides my blathering - I do recommend this anime for anyone who is in search of something that can give them a ride of emotions.
Which is what I search for when I look for new anime to watch.
This made me feel - a lot.
Not exactly something I would want to rewatch many times, it hurts too much for that - but something I am glad that I did watch.
I absolutely hated the art at first - it's so... rough.
But when I got used to it, I appreciated it a lot. The crudeness makes it realistic in some way. Also, the fact that no one is Picture Perfect, abnormally slim, chibi or alike, is very refreshing.
Because this is a story about two - very real - people.
And this intertwines with the character part -
Nanoka isn't disgustingly babylike and trying to be cute - and Koshiro definitely isn't the fairytale Prince. They have their pros and cons and are very much like ordinary people.
Nanoka is a bit childish and naïve - but she knows what she is feeling and doing. She is the leading one in the development of their relationship.
Koshiro is never leading her on, in the contrary he is stubbornly fighting the inevitable. He's dense and blunt but his war against his own heart touches me deeply, I feel his anguish and it makes me sad.
The story isn't really all that original - the interesting about this anime is how the story is told. It's engulfing and bittersweet.
The only thing about it I absolutey hated, was the horrible ending song - the sour notes of the singer of that disgustingly cheesy song - made me queasy.
As a conclusion and the end of my rambling - I recommend this anime for anyone looking for an anime that makes one feel something. Even if it's mostly sadness. (But there are some sweet moments as well).
Koi Kaze is an heartfelt drama that touches on the taboo subject of incest (love between siblings). What would otherwise be discarded as a revolting subject, is brought to life with soft artwork and supreme storytelling.
The artwork consists of soft lines with a pastel coloring system to provide a relaxing atmosphere for the viewer. It provides a pleasant change to the traditionally anime appearance. The backgrounds are well painted, yet still allow the characters to blend in nicely. The character animations themselves are pleasant and soft, yet still do nicely to express any and all emotions that they go through.
The sounds and music are
easy on the ears and flow well with the series to set the tone for scenes of drama or anxiety. The opening theme is lively yet peaceful as to settle the viewer down for the episode to come. The ending theme is bit softer yet the vocals are somewhat unconventional to say the least. The character voices are well done, even if the females sound a bit on the bland side. This was more than likely done intentionally to give a better sense of reality, as opposed to the high-pitched voices found in traditional anime.
The characters themselves are soft, vulnerable, and realistic considering their circumstances. Each character serves his or her own purpose without flaw and they combine to deliver a compelling sense of reality. For an anime that covers such a touchy subject, this was a key element and Koi Kaze captured it perfectly.
The story, from the first encounter to the warm conclusion, never ceases to give it's viewers a visualization of how such a situation could very well play out in our modern society. To truly enjoy the series, one must put aside any judgemental views on the subject and take in the story as a whole. A highly recommended series of any fan of the soft-drama genre.
Can you suspend your sense of morality for 13 episodes?
If so, you're in for something special. Koi Kaze is a hidden gem that doesn't get the attention it deserves.
You're reading this review because maybe you heard about this show from someone else. Maybe you stumbled across this randomly while searching for shows like Kiss x Sis or Yosuga No Sora. Well, if you're like me, a sucker for great romance stories, look no further. This is a unique show that pulls you into its world and doesn't let you go until the very end.
What is it about? It's the story of a 27-year-old man who
is destitute of emotions. He's never loved another person and as a result, is utterly indifferent. Ironically enough, he is a wedding planner; he chose this career because he wanted to witness what "true love" was like.
Fast-forward to the middle of the first episode. A 15-year-old highschool girl enters his life. What unravels from this point onwards is the breakdown of a man as he struggles with his sense of morality. Heart-wrenching to watch at times, he fights his natural desires because of how strongly he holds to his principles. But how do you fight true love? Can you fight it at all?
Koi Kaze successfully tackles the ultra-taboo subject of incest in a manner that is respectful to its viewers. This is not Kiss x Sis, where incest is thrown around loosely. Instead, this is a show that understands the moral and real life implications of an incredibly taboo relationship. Whether or not you condone it should be discounted when watching this series. Why? Because it is exactly for those aforementioned reasons that you can witness a truly beautiful story.
The animation is pastel-like, uncommon of most shows, but it does not detract from the series. I would argue that it creates a certain atmosphere that allows you, the viewer, to step out of reality. The musical composition is emotional and appropriate cued in at key points in the story. In terms of technical points, Koi Kaze scores 10/10 in all categories.
If you have read this far, do yourself a big favor and watch this show. It's truly a special story that more folks need to know about. Just make sure to check your sense of morality at the door. If you can do that, you're in for a love story that rivals Clannad.
Robert's Too Late Reviews coming at ya! As usual, we're dealing in the dub version. This time we're not going to be able to do a spoiler free review, as the very subject matter that Koi Kaze covers is integral to whether or not its appropriate for your tastes. The quick of it is that if you don't mind uncomfortable taboos, then there's a solid story to be had here, and I recommend it with the taboo reservation, if you want to go in 'blind'. Will the siblings of Koi Kaze make the RTLR wall of indecency? Let's throwdown this hoedown.
Let's get the
big two issues out of the way. First there is a 12 year gap between the lovers. Secondly, they are blood siblings. This is where many of you can make a judgment call on whether or not to watch. I don't mind taboo settings, as I thumbed up Yosuga no Sora, but I have to say, this series is so much better in how it handles the entire concept. It treats the difficult parts of the narrative with deft maturity that seems to be lacking in many anime. This is NOT a incest=wincest anime, and if that's what you're looking for, move on.
A little background on me. I'm currently single (ladies!) and have been for a good while. My last relationship was with a woman 13 years older than me. I was 21 and she was 34, and we lasted nearly 13 years before it ended. There are some inherent difficulties in such a relationship, but it's manageable (as long as you're not a jackhole like I was). Now I do NOT support a relationship between a 27 year old man and a 15 year old girl, of course. However, given a little more time, especially on the girl's part, and the relationship would have, for me, moved out of the 'gross' phase, as between adults age differences can be a non-factor.
The teen girl is well written, and is not your typical airheaded kid. She is mature and understanding, save for being confused by her feelings and what is happening around her. Even better is the older brother, who reacts in a manner that one would well expect someone in his position to react. Instead of slobbering over the teen sister, he actually is quite hateful to her, trying to drive his own lustful feelings from his head. He is so adamant about not allowing himself to like her in any capacity that he even leaves his father's household where the teen sister lives. He does everything in his power to forget her, to avoid her. This fails in the end, as the girl finds that she has the same feelings as him, and cannot stay away from him due to her incestuous love for him. While in the end they give into their desires, it's not played off as 'stimulating' in any manner, and the brother explains carefully the border they are about to pass and how there can be no turning back for either of them.
This show does remind me of Yosuga no Sora in asking the question of who gets to decide who we love and why. While even after examination I cannot support incest of any form, it still challenges me to think on why I believe this way. Any series that can make me think, even if it doesn't change my mind, is one I enjoy.
Also of note is that this anime does NOT shy away from some other kind of uncomfortable areas, such as sniffing underwear and some repeated references to masturbation. In fact one of the big joke scenes revolves around masturbation. If these kinds of things make you squeamish, you might want to give this one a pass.
There is also an interesting dynamic in that the meaner the older brother gets, the more interested the younger sister seems to become. She seems to start with the intention of trying to patch up with him over whatever offense she thought she had given him, but as time goes by she gets mad back. Sometimes anger keeps a person on your mind, and it might not be perfectly 'healthy' but that can sometimes lead to romantic feelings in my experience. That's why little boys pick on girls they like. That kind of thing.
If you are looking for a story about forbidden love written with characters that feel real, instead of horny old men and hyperactive sugar-laden 10 year olds, then you might find something here to like. This is not a story of siblings bouncing in bed as fast as possible, this is the story of them discovering they truly have real feelings for each other, and acting appropriately.
The biggest knock I have against the story is the rather flimsy premise. The older brother's parents divorced over a decade before the story, and he has no real memory of his sister. He mentions going to visit his mother ("I make time to see Mom") but isn't aware of his sister's stage of growth? That seems a bit odd to me, was she at a sleep over EVERY time he came to see Mom? Why did they not recognize each other at the amusement park they visit before learning they are siblings? Beyond that, they should have recognized each other on the train at the very beginning. There's a line in the dubbed version where the girl explains why she has a different last name than her older brother, but maybe it was just me, but it didn't make a lot of sense. And that's coming from a man that has a different last name than my own siblings. Other than these weaknesses that appear at the beginning, we otherwise have a pretty solid story.
The lines were simple and while clean, were of the old school styling, which is one I've yet to completely adjust to. The background colors are earthy and seem fitting, and I will admit that the little sister's appearance adds to her overall innocence, as I'm sure was their intention. I can't complain, but it's no Violet Evergarden in the art department. I begrudgingly admit that the art was fitting for the story.
There are instances of distant and background characters that are poorly drawn, barely passing for people at times, but the focus is set so tightly around the siblings, a few friends, and their father that these moments don't stand out, and might have slipped past me if not for actively looking for them. It wasn't bad art, just not the same as modern titles have led us to expect.
The older brother's VA is very good, he is the same actor that played Raul Creed in Ergo Proxy, so he has a deep baritone voice, and sounds very mature and manly. The VA for the little sister is also well cast, as she doesn't sound like your average teenaged airhead, but instead has a quiet introspection evident in her. Considering the very adult decisions she makes later in the series, this aspect is very welcome indeed. She seems intelligent and even when confused about what she wants, doesn't seem ditzy about it. Their father's voice is a bit grating, as he seems to either be weeping or worrying incessantly, and doesn't show much range.
The music wasn't my cup of tea in the beginning but I do admit the opening theme grew on me after a few episodes. The ending theme is really interesting. You will likely either really like the unique vocals or despise them. It's sang in a manner that I've not heard before, and is very cool from where I sit.
The background music is well done. It helps heighten the mood, especially in the 'sweeter' moments, and to bring tension to the difficult ones. It does the job without sticking out any. I keep notes on what I watch, and see that I didn't even make note of the background music being out of order, so we can accept that as being completely serviceable to pretty good. I remember it working well in the series.
This is the meat of the story, as it is a character driven show. The older brother seems detached and uncaring or at least ambivalent about love after being dumped by his girlfriend. This girl seems to be a fairly long relationship as he has a key to her place that she asks for him to return. She then asks him if he ever truly loved her, and he really doesn't have an answer. This all changes with first his chance meeting with little sister, and later as he learns who she is. His reaction for the most part comes across as real and true. He lashes out at the little sister, desperate to convince her, and even himself that he cannot have feelings for her. In fact he comes across as a complete ass for most of the series, in the little sister's eyes. As the audience we are privy to the private torment he is experiencing as he tries everything he can to shake his infatuation with the little sister. He is constantly questioning himself over his feelings, even as he cant help but fantasize about her as he pleasures himself, leading to him feeling more guilt. Its through his anger that he actually pays the little sister compliments at first. Even when he moves to stay away from her, he cant keep her off his mind, even though he tries. In the end we see that he truly loves his sister, and is a good guy caught in a very troubling situation.
The girl that dumps the older brother is beautifully drawn, but is a total bitch. She seems to dangle things in front of him only to snatch it away. Thankfully the brother does not fall for her tricks. She might have meant to honestly tempt him, but he really doesn't have feelings for her, and would only think of taking her bait purely for physical release, which if he did so, would make him an awful person.
The brother has a coworker, a woman, that seems to be somewhat on to him and the situation, and tries to help him in her own way. She's sweet enough, but for whatever reason is not the brother's type, as nothing romantic truly ever happens between the two. She even goes so far as to claim to be brother's girlfriend to discourage the budding incestual relationship. Obviously she fails. She's cute, and well acted, but in the end, of little consequence.
There's a male coworker with the brother that has a *serious* issue with high school girls. He seems to openly want to 'cradle-rob' as its said to the point it's really creepy. He's meant as comedic relief, of that it is obvious, but considering falling in love with a highschool aged sibling is the primary thrust of the show, his antics are too on point to be funny. Instead it comes off as a mockery of the plot, and is not funny in the least. The show would have worked just fine without this character.
The little sister is taken by her brother from the beginning, to the point she is teased at school for having a 'brother complex' though she adamantly refuses this to be the case. She is presented as an innocent, yet somewhat serious character, not chattering her mouth off, nor being wrapped up in the 'omg' social structure that most teen girls fall into. She's mature in the sense she sees what's important and what's not. She is constantly stymied by her brother's actions, unable to figure out what she had done wrong. She slowly learns the truth as the brother accidentally blurts out things like that he worries about her, and in anger saying she is pretty. These things in her measured mind makes her realize how much he cares for her, and she realizes she cares for him too. Even after he moves out, she can't help but try to keep up contact with him until they both are able to admit how they truly feel for each other, and she finally sees the softer side of her brother that she so desperately was seeking. She does make some very mature decisions that I'm not sure she's ready for the consequences for, but her character's level-headed demeanor speaks to the fact she will likely deal with them in a graceful manner. She really is innocence and trust as a character.
There is a lot in this anime to make one uncomfortable. The thing is, these issues are presented in such a manner to make them palatable. While I would not support such a relationship, you can see the pair is committed to making it happen, and are serious about it. I think with a stretch if I met a sister that I didn't know was my sister and she was of appropriate age (something they BARELY make, if they make it at all) I think I might understand having an obsession over this new person in my life. I do NOT think incest would come into my mind, but the manner they present it in Koi Kaze, it's not that much of a stretch. It really is a story of love conquering all, it just features the dual whammy of August/May relationships and incest. The characters are nuanced, tortured by their feelings, and feel real to life. I disagree with their choice, but that doesn't mean the story is no good.
Best Girl: Surprise! Kaname Chidori. And no, not the one from FMP! I'm talking about the coworker that senses the odd relationship between the siblings. She's cool and collected, and is the voice of reason in the series.
I do think that taboos can be interesting, and I don't find the age thing to be much of a taboo, except for the little sister's age. Make her 20 or so, and it becomes a non-issue. I find it interesting to think about things that are considered forbidden in our society, if not any other reason than to challenge myself and my conceptions of the world. While my stance did not change, I think considering the question of how I feel about taboos like incest helps me grow in a manner. If we aren't challenged by new ideas and alternate viewpoints, how can we truly decide what we believe? I think the same is relevant in American politics. If you don't know the other side, how can you be sure of your own views? Only by challenging the status quo can we truly understand our own feelings. As for the zombie RTLR wall, no new entries. I give it a reserved thumbs up, only if you can handle the taboos presented.
When one thinks of the topic of incest, the reception is either "Ew the fuck is wrong with you" or "Ch'ya man, I'd bang your sister's brains out if I were you" either way they are still both immature. What happens though if you utilize the theme of incest in a more mature way. You get an anime I like to call, Koi Kaze, so grab your siblings and hold them tight but not too tight and let's begin with the review.
Koi Kaze was produced by ACGT who created Kino’s Journey and Freezing, and is directed by Omori Takahiro who directed Baccano and
Princess Jellyfish. It is a romantic seinen drama with 13 episodes and aired in 2004.
The story follows our main protagonist Koushiro, a 25 year old man who works as a wedding planner. He lives a depressing life, his parents are divorced, he lives with his father, and his girlfriend dumped him. But during this negative stage of his life, his sister of 15 years moves in with him. Now, Koushiro must suppress his increasing feelings for his sister while his sister is facing the challenges of adolescence.
Unlike the anime Oreimo which is more of a commentary on Otaku culture than incest, Koi Kaze takes its theme of incest quite seriously with a high level of maturity. This anime focuses on the question of what is morally right and wrong, and is taken from different perspectives of the matter. But though a touchy matter, it never felt cringy, instead the relationship rubbed off as very genuine and heartwarming.
This brings me to the realism of the show, despite the questionable events that occur in the story the situations that arise are real issues that certain people endure in the real world, and it all boils down to how society perceives these issues which adds pressure to the subjects. The show is not hesitant to reveal its true colors and the realism couldn’t have been achieved without the aid of the beautiful slow pacing which allows the raw emotions of the characters to be amplified, and demonstrates the massive development within the relationship between the brother and sister over the runtime of the anime.
As a romance anime this easily surpasses most of the anime of its genre, with the moral of the story being love can exceed any barrier, and can manifest at any time even when we as human beings deny it. Also, in terms of other anime of its genre this anime can pace it's romance out properly without it becoming cliche and prolonged. Yeah, I'm looking at you Nisekoi, suck my spike Raku.
There is also a psychological element to this story as well but it’s very subtle and non conventional. Instead of trying to fuck the crevices of your brain like Perfect Blue and Lain which I love more than fapping to Fakku.net, the anime shows the deterioration of the main character’s mind with conflict of societal moralities through his actions, one being erm, uhh, ahem, spanking the monkey, and much more examples are displayed.
I personally gathered assorted feelings for the ending, on one hand it was a fair conclusion that fit with the themes of the show but on the flipside the relationship could have been explored deeper, and to display more of the taboos from society of an incestrous relationship. But what we got in the end was satisfactory
The characters of Koi Kaze are both well characterized and developed despite some side characters not getting enough screentime.
Koshiro is the main character who is realistically portrayed as he struggles during a difficult time of his life, his girlfriend dumped him, and he’s living with his father. Also to top things off, he’s dealing with the psychological struggle of being infatuated with his sister of whom he just met after many years. Fully fleshed out and pragmatic, Koshiro has an abundance of problems to worry about as he’s constantly contemplating about the immorality of his thoughts and how society would perceive him if anyone found out about his lustful thoughts.
Nanoka represents adolescence and through her perspective we witness a pure view of the love forbidden by society. Also she develops substantial feelings for her older brother while also has to deal with being a teenager, have the hormones flinging, and getting the vagina tingling. She is more outward about her love, and feels less shameful towards the subject matter than others are. Nanoka both manages to resist what society dictates is morally correct and demonstrates a realistic portrayal someone like her in this situation. My only wish is that there could be more inner monologues from Nanoka to show what she's thinking instead of saying, that could have benefited her a lot more.
The biggest side character is Chidori, who is characterized to fit the role of the outside perspective of the incestrous relationship and introduces the harsh reality of how society treats people with the taboo relationship.
All and all, the characterization in Koi Kaze is top notch with many realistic representations of people I'm this type of situation though some of the side characters lacked any depth and were 1 dimensional.
The weakest component of this anime is it's art and animation department which in my opinion was highly minimalistic, and unappealing though in that regard has a decent level of realism as opposed to the flashy anime we always see. But the backgrounds aren't detailed, and the character designs aren't anything special. One little pet peeve I hated was that a lot of the time when a character closes their mouth their mouth is entirely white because of the teeth and for some reason it stood out so much. Imagine brushing your teeth only to find out your roommate changed the toothpaste with jizz, yeah, that's what it looks like. The animation was very lackluster throughout with minor character movements to accompany the already plain artwork. I can see what they were going for with the realistic looking approach but it really wasn't that appealing in that regard.
Koi Kaze's voice acting can be described in 6 words, oh my Buddha Christ of Nigeria. The performances displayed emotion, passion, and fit the characters splendidly. However the weakest part of the sound happens to be the music which had a couple of nice piano/violin acoustics but other than that it’s just your regular soundtrack. It was very dry, even at times uninspired. The opening was fine, nothing stand outshine but it complemented the show well.
In conclusion, though the controversial subject matter of the show is used horrendously in other shows to the point where it's insulting like Yosuga no Sucka dick..... Koi Kaze acknowledges that this issue is something prominent in this world and manages to convey a heartwarming serious story from something seen as taboo so in that regard Koi Kaze gets my verdict of being not good… It’s Very Good! and would be Greatness if it wasn't held back by the art/animation and lackluster ost.
I just had to write a review for Koi Kaze as its been replaying in my mind for the whole day. Koi Kaze is probably one of the most intense anime that I have seen... ever. But this is based completely upon the subject matter of the series. The growing sense of "do they or don't they" that is created with each passing episode is possibly the only thing that actually kept me watching - despite the short 13 episode span.
Ok, so first off - let's start at the beginning. The protagonist of the story, Koshiro, is a twenty-something man who
works as a wedding planner. Due to his parents divorce several years earlier, his own love life seems to be rather tragic. At the time of the divorce, it was decided that Nanoka (his younger sister) would live with their mother, while Koshiro stayed with their father. Up to the beginning of the anime, neither sibling had seen each other since the separation. Meanwhile, the problems start when said younger sister moves in with her father and brother to save time on commuting to school. One one such trips they meet when Nanoka drops her travel pass. During the course of the day they meet again. When their father shows up they discover themselves to be siblings, and things escalate from there.
The "psychological" tag for this anime is completely appropriate, because it really does play on your mind. The ides of incest will always remain a seriously taboo subject, but to see it happen in an anime is certainly an eye-opener. And seeing as this is my first anime which had this particular topic - it was even more of an eye-opener than usual. There's a lot of conflicting emotions also, Koshiro's need to protect his sister often clashes with his feelings of desire for her. This often causes his moods to fluctuate, something that initially confuses Nanoka. But then again, these are two people who have not seen each other in years - so, you can pretty much understand where this is coming from.
I can't really say if I loved or loathed this particular anime. I'm pretty much somewhere in the middle with this one, but at the same time I'm actually quite glad that I have watched it, and I may even progress to read the manga. If you're willing to try something different, then give Koi Kaze a try.
I did not dislike Koi Kaze. I want to phrase it this way to emphasize that this is a hard show to like and difficult to recommend. Unless you have an open mind and a strong tolerance for possibly offensive material this is a pass. Most people have no interest in a story about incestuous and possibly pedophilic relationships. Myself, I just happened to be curious as to how responsibly (or irresponsibly) the show handled this subject matter. Those caveats out of the way, to its credit, I thought Koi Kaze handled the dramatic elements very well. It dragged on a little at parts, but
the tone, atmosphere, and emotions were all respectable. It even had some interesting, if questionable, bits of humor. However, as my intro may have alluded, there were some flaws I felt that prevented Koi Kaze from being a really good (and well regarded) show. This review may contain spoilers so read on at your own risk.
As is made evident by the synopsis/premise of the show, it is about a brother and sister (Koshiro and Nanoka), their parents, the sisters two school friends and the brothers two coworkers. Most of the time is primarily focused on the brother and sister, as it should be, and the show goes through great lengths to establish a sense of "normalcy" to the pair. They are not dislikable or unrelatable characters and for the most part they even seem to be completely rational and realistic. This is simultaneously the greatest strength of the show but also the source of its greatest weakness.
If you are going to address a topic as divisive and controversial as incest and want it to be taken seriously, then it is of the utmost important that everything remains consistently and absolutely believable. Now this is no minor task or simple feat but unfortunately I feel Koi Kaze fell short in this area in two major ways. First, the siblings. The show asks a lot from the audience in regards to suspension of disbelief. That a fully grown adult man, Koshiro, would be so overwhelmed by love at first sight over a young 15 year old girl already raises one eyebrow. The fact that the revelation of said girl being his sister does nothing to overcome his inexplicable passions raises the other. The show never makes the effort to convince you of why he would go against his surely average upbringing and exposure to social norms. In fact, it even establishes that he is not some inept sex-starved otaku pervert who longs for the touch of a woman (or little girl). That distinguishing honor is reserved for Koshiro's comedy relief creepy coworker Odagiri. Even the sister, Nanoka, shows some embarrassment when her friends introduce the idea of a "brother complex". So it is clear that there is no misunderstanding that such a thing is wrong (or at least not pragmatically desirable). That the show doesn't eschew the morality and acceptability of such thoughts/feelings is its saving grace, but it also makes the characters actions all the more bewildering. When Nanoka does a complete 180 and develops a sudden onset of "hot for brother" your eyebrows are blown clean off your face. These kinds of extreme reactions defy all reason and experience.
For the show to have any real meaning or merit the foundation must be sound and you have to convince the audience that characters are motivated by more than merely what the plot demands. That's really what it feels like when watching this. Like the plot is only advancing in order to fulfill the wishes of those who want to see the brother-sister relationship bloom. Why doesn't Koshiro ever consider psychiatric help? How does Nanoka go from regular platonic sibling relationship to a romantic one over the course of a few days (or one train ride)? Why do neither of them have interest or even try to seek relationships elsewhere? Developing a relationship with someone you've recently met and barely know is already tricky enough, but to be so instantaneously attracted to someone despite various factors and incentives to do otherwise is a very tall order. This has to be thoroughly explained and fleshed out and not something you can just hand wave away. I get the idea that since they have hardly ever been around each other that them being related is almost "not even real". Sure, but Koshiro's other coworker, Chidori, clearly lays out the hardships and misery that will follow and these consequences are very, very real. I also get the idea that "true love conquers all" but you don't just develop that out of thin air either. It'd be one thing if they had been seeing each other for a long time and gotten emotionally involved at some point before the revelation, that would at least make sense. It's hard to take back feelings once they've matured. Alternatively, had they at least slowly developed these feelings over a LONG period of time, and after trying everything else, then it could be understandable. To just shoehorn in this forced romance however is disingenuous and condescending to the audience and the show itself.
Second, the ending. I'm very critical and unforgiving about how endings are handled, and I was already disappointed by where the show went so this was crucial. For all its intent and even-handedness the ending to Koi Kaze is probably the greatest disservice. I say this because the show doesn't end with any kind of point. It doesn't try to proclaim that love is never wrong without exception, which at the very least I could respect if not exactly agree with. It just ends with a day in the life scene and everything is fine and there are no visible problems. There are multiple ways this show could have ended, but at the very least I would've liked it to have ended with some representation of Chidori's warning, making it unmistakably clear that following such a path is dangerous and alienating. But the show doesn't have any strong feelings one way or the other. This came across as intellectually dishonest, because it's clear the creator knows better and knows the realities of such endeavors but doesn't leave on such a note. To ignore this is escapist fantasy at best and naive encouragement at worst.
I watched this dubbed and found the actors to be good enough that I didn't feel compelled to go to subs. My problem was mostly with the writing and direction so I don't think there's any extra emphasis or emotion that the Japanese audio would have to make me feel any differently. The music was fine and complimented the show well. The animation was about average, varying from looking pretty good to pretty bad at times. Let me reiterate, I did not dislike Koi Kaze. I still think it was a very interesting if flawed attempt at a very daring and difficult subject. I just think had some more bold choices been made and more thought put into it I wouldn't even need to write this review as there would have been plenty of praise in its place.
Koi Kaze is an incest anime, so if that already turns you off well then don't watch this anime. I personally don't like incest anime but this was very good.
The story in Koi Kaze is absolutly heart wrenching. A man who hasn't seen his sister in a long time runs into her and doesnt even realize who it is. When he finds out however that it is his sister he still can't shake his feelings towards her. So he goes into a sort of depression because he feels like a very sick person for loving his sister in a way that you shouldn't. Most of
the anime continues on like this with him feeling like an idiot and falling more in love with his sister until the end when he finally makes up his mind......
The art was really well done. At first when I started watching I thought it was a little rough but then slowly grew to love it. Some of the backgrounds are simply beautiful.
The voice acting is amazingly done and the voices suit the characters perfectly.
Characters are all developed very well and you grow to love and hate them. You get so lost in the characters in this anime that you actually feel like you know them.
Overall I would say this anime is a really good one to watch but will probably be the only incest one I ever watch. After all I did stumble upon this one by accident.
I approached Koi Kaze with an open mind towards the incestuous relationship between Koshiro and Nanako and found that I just can't understand why people are saying it's a masterpiece. I pretty much forced myself to watch through all thirteen episodes. Of course, it wasn't the incest that really ruined the anime for me, but the, excuse my language, shitty character that Koshiro was.
The anime yells out if not, slams it to our faces on how society frowns upon incestuous relationahips. Koshiro, who in my opinion was a spoiled brat when his childhood was shown and was also very immature for his age throughout the
entire show, succumbs to his "feelings" to Nanako. Let's be honest though, if any other young high school girl had gone with him to the amusement park, the story would be about a man who is twice the age of a girl rather than incest. Which to me just clearly reflects on why his actual proper relationship crashed and burned.
One could clearly see just from how Koshiro acts in his life that he really didn't care about anything nor has he really tried to pursue any career in life. Pretty much the main reason why he worked as a marriage counsellor was so he could see people become happy or sad. In my opinion, you can't really understand happiness without experiencing it yourself. And the same thing applies to love. So how would he understand what it's like to struggle in life for the things most precious to you when he hasn't done that at all? He liked to stick to a routine and was afraid to change and develop as an adult. No responsible adult would allow such a development to happen.
Clearly he knew what he was doing was wrong, but he didn't retract, not because of love or feelings, but because of accessibility to sex and pleasure. He has a young girl who barely knows anything about the world itself and pretty much throws everything in her life that was good away for a man that hardly tried to reject the immorality between the two, taking away a future from her that could be looked upon with pride and happiness. Nanako was pretty much willing to do anything for Koshiro, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't love that binded Koshiro to Nanako.
One could argue that Nanako really did love Koshiro, but honestly I think it was just a fling. Nanako was finally starting to explore her sexuality, her interest in the opposite sex, and yet it was because of her irresponsible brother Koshiro who led her to believe that she was actually in love him. I think Nanako just wanted a brotherly or fatherly figure in her life and ultimately in the end her feelings and body were just taken advantage of.
Koshiro is a good example of who not to become in life. When you relay emotions and communicate with people, you do it while looking in their eyes and speaking honestly. That way, people can understand when you speak to them. That is how relationships are formed. Relationships, whether romantic or platonic, between two people is suppose to be built from experiences, failures, weaknesses, and strengths. If you ignore these building blocks, the only thing you get is a one-sided relationship that obviously only benefits one person in the relationship. Koshiro failed to connect with people from the heart. He never truly tried to understand another person's feelings which is what led to this inevitable outcome.
If you look at this anime from a human nature point of view rather than a romance, then I would actually think it deserves a good score.
-Note: English is not my native language, I apologize for possible mistakes. (Review in English and Spanish)
For starters I really liked the serious and realistic approach to the story, as this kind of stories are often seen a lot in the anime or manga, but more focused on the fan service with humor included and in only putting topic morbid to sell more, and leaving everything at the end in the same nothing or rather without treating it in a realistic way, but here the author had the courage not only to pose a story with a realistic theme and that many find it uncomfortable,
but what development and he take it to its very end, which is what most authors do not do.
Koi Kaze is one of the anime with romantic themes that I liked the most, despite touching taboo themes ... the way in which he deals with these themes and how he leads the emotional and psychological evolution of the characters involved in that mutual love that is growing it is very well taken care of more than everything in Koshiro, as well as its environment that surrounds them clearly is becoming more and more heavy and depressing, something that we see very clearly in the protagonist who arrived at a moment in history into the worst downturn in his life and no wonder.
I think I do not need to spend more time writing for someone reading this review of Koi Kaze (if there is someone reading it) the only thing I can say is that it is a story that I highly recommend watching, even people who do not like the anime and are in the mood to look at a raw story, to touch a topic such as incest that for many could be considered grotesque and for others perhaps tender, but in any case its execution could leave you more than pleased.
Conclusion: I really liked the points I put before.
Para empezar me gustó mucho el enfoque serio y realista de la historia, ya que este tipo de historias se suelen ver mucho en el anime o manga, pero más centrado en el fanservice con humor incluido y en meterle únicamente morbo a las personas para vender más, y dejando todo al final en la nada misma o mejor dicho sin tratarlo de una manera realista, pero aquí el autor tuvo el valor no solo de plantear una historia con una temática realista y que a muchos les resulta incómoda, sino que la desarrollo y llevo hasta su mismísimo final que es lo que la gran mayoría de autores no hacen.
Koi Kaze es uno de los anime con temática romántica que más me han gustado, a pesar de tocar temas tabúes…la manera en la que trata estos temas y como lleva la evolución emocional y psicológica de los personajes metidos en ese amor mutuo que va creciendo es de gran manera bien llevado más que todo en Koshiro, así como su entorno que los rodea claramente se va poniendo cada vez más y más pesado y deprimente, cosa que lo vemos muy claramente en el protagonista el cual llegado en un momento de la historia cae en el peor bajón de su vida y no es por menos.
Creo que no necesito alargarme más en escribir para alguien que este leyendo esta review de Koi Kaze (si es que hay alguien leyéndola) lo único que puedo decir es que es una historia que recomiendo mucho mirarla, incluso a personas que no les guste el anime y estén de humor de mirarse una historia cruda, que toque un tema como el incesto que para muchos podría llegar a considerarse grotesco y para otros quizás tierno, pero en cualquier caso su ejecución podría dejarte más que complacido.
Conclusión: me encanto mucho por los puntos que toque anteriormente.
This anime may not be suitable for everyone, it takes a taboo subject as main theme: incest. The story is well narrated with a lot of still shots, reflecting the conflict of the main character who falls in love with his younger sister. The music is very good and the art is nice. If you like character driven stories with strong conflicts then you may like it.