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: 8.101 (scored by 14961,496 users)
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Ranked: #6232
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Popularity: #2275
Members: 8,915
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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.

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I thought i was well past the point of getting emotional to the point of crying, over a manga/anime, and feeling a sense of profound emptiness after finishing a series after decades of being a weeb, but then i discovered THIS.

This series is an epic romantic tragedy, not entirely in chronological order.
As usual, the hallmark of a good series to me is one that makes you feel a very broad spectrum of strong lasting emotions, and i did. Envy, rage, hate, hopelessness, sadness, regret, frustration, stress and a few moments of bittersweet bliss.

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What initially brought me to read KazeKi, besides my general interest in the Year 24 group, was Chiho Saito's, member of the Be-Papas, remark about Revolutionary Girl Utena being "based" on this series. They're indeed alike on the surface: a beautiful and mysterious student that is treated like a heartless doll meets a white knight that sets out to save them but soon finds out that things aren't always what they seem. The main setting is also an isolated boarding school with similar architecture, like Oniisama e... and Heart of Thomas, there's a green house shaped like a cage where Gilbert and Anthy do their ...
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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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