Kaze to Ki no Uta
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Kaze to Ki no Uta

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Synonyms: The Song of Wind and Trees, KazeKi, The Poem of the Wind and the Trees, The Song of the Wind and the Trees
Japanese: 風と木の詩
Spanish: La balada del viento y los árboles
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 17
Chapters: 139
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 29, 1976 to Jun 1984
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Boys Love Boys Love, Drama Drama
Theme: Historical Historical
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Sho-Comi
Authors: Takemiya, Keiko (Story & Art)


Score: 8.091 (scored by 15061,506 users)
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Ranked: #5912
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Popularity: #2270
Members: 8,996
Favorites: 318


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Serge Battour is the son of a French viscount and a Romani prostitute, and despite his kind nature and academic talent, is shunned by his family and his peers due to the color of his skin. He begins to attend Lacombrade Academy, his father's alma mater, in the hopes that there he will find a place to belong.

Gilbert Cocteau is, like Serge, the orphaned son of a wealthy family, and is infamous at Lacombrade for his beautiful and delicate appearance, lack of dedication to schoolwork, and habit of prostituting himself to other students. He has no intention to connect with any of his classmates, instead devoting himself to his uncle Auguste.

Due to a shortage of living space, Serge and Gilbert become roommates even though Gilbert's antisocial nature has in the past made it impossible for him to room with anybody. Serge, being sociable and idealistic, is determined to be friends with Gilbert; Gilbert is only interested in either being able to manipulate Serge or push him away entirely. To the surprise of both of the boys, however, the two eventually form a deep, albeit generally dismal, bond that leads to a romantic connection.

(Source: MAL)


Kaze to Ki no Uta won the 25th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shoujo category in 1979. The series is considered to have popularized the boys' love genre and significantly contributed to its development.

The manga has been published in Spanish as La Balada del Viento y los Árboles by Milky Way Ediciones.



Jul 14, 2014
Kaze to Ki no Uta is a mature manga, not because of the sexual themes, but because of how emotional the characters and the feelings they posses. This manga is beautiful, the complexity of the characters, the drawings, and the overall theme...is breathtaking. I realize that many people aren't into BoyLove (BL), but I highly recommend this manga. It demonstrates the emotional struggles of young men, suppressing their desires, as well as the battles that 14 year old Gilbert possess of a new found sexuality. This contains all the bad stuff and wraps it in a neat little bow. It doesn't glorify rape, murder, homosexuality, ...
Apr 2, 2020
[contains minor spoilers]

Before I get into my thoughts on this manga, I would like to address the concerns people have about the nature of some of the themes here. I very much agree with Oscar Wilde when he said that there are no moral or immoral books - they are either well written or they aren’t. That being said, I have no problems with the things I encounter in fiction at all. Especially in this Manga, which is loaded with things that I wouldn’t tolerate for a second should I happen to encounter them in real life.

That being said: I fell in love with this ...
Nov 24, 2010
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (24/139 eps)
I have rather mixed feelings about this series. I can understand why so many people give it a high rating. It's certainly well-written, and well-crafted. But I find it very disturbing. Apparently, it was the first full-blown shounen-ai series. And it isn't shy in that respect.

It's set in France circa 1900, at a posh boys' school. Serge, a mixed-race boy, manages to attend, but is looked down on because of his ancestry. Also at this school is Gilbert, a beautiful, free-spirited boy who trades sexual favors with the older students for things like homework. It turns out that Serge is assigned to be Gilbert's ...

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