Koi Kaze

Originally Posted by Onegai:

Studio: Rondo Robe, Geneon Entertainment

Genres: Romance, Drama, Slice of Life

Synopsis:

Koshiro Saeki lives alone with his father and works with two co-workers; both of whom he doesn’t really relate to. He recently broke up with his girlfriend but seems rather apathetic about it. In fact, Koshiro is apathetic about his entire existence, not even really noticing that the seasons have changed. His life is about to change when he meets a 15 year old high school student, Nanoka, on a train. They end up going to an amusement park together where, despite being complete strangers, they end up pouring their hearts out to one another on a Ferris wheel and Koshiro starts developing slightly romantic feelings towards her. It’s revealed the same night, however, that Nanoka is actually Koshiro’s estranged sister. The two were separated long ago due to their parent’s divorce but now Nanoka will be moving in with Koshiro and their father as her high school is close by. Almost immediately, Koshiro finds himself caught in a web of complicated and conflicting emotions as he tries to fight off his ever growing romantic interests in Nanoka.

Review:

Warning: This may offend many audiences. This is because although there are comic-relief moments in Koi Kaze, it’s for the most part very intense. The anime deals with a subject matter which is a social taboo in a very psychologically in-depth way; perhaps far more so than the average viewer would like. If the question was “How far down the rabbit hole are you willing to go?” then the answer would be “All the way” in Koi Kaze’s case. Much like NHK ni Youkoso (Welcome to the NHK), Koi Kaze is a very blatant look at the human condition that will, very sadly, probably not be very popular among many audiences as they would sooner cringe back from uncomfortable topics. The animation itself was quite pleasing as there is usually a fair amount of movement in the background (something I always find pleasing), fair attention to details and the players are all very well characterised. As for the characters, the important ones are all very three-dimensional, although the support characters, admittedly, do lack much definition – possibly an intentional contrast. The atmosphere is very powerful just about all the time as if every scene was very carefully thought out. The soundtrack is neither here nor there, but it works well for the anime and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. All in all, Koi Kaze is one of my favourite series although, as stated earlier, it’s definitely not for everyone.

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