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Koi Kaze - Reunion (Vol. 1)

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Koshiro and Nanoka are brother and sister separated since Nanoko was a baby. When the time comes for her to enter high school, it is decided that the two will live together. This is easier said than done. The two had already been on a date! Although they will try to have a platonic relationship, it becomes increasingly tense. Will the two hold off, or will the temptation prove too difficult?

Koshiro, a 27-year-old bachelor who's just broken up with his girlfriend, meets high school sophomore Nanoka at a train station. Despite the difference in their ages, they're attracted to each other, and spend an enjoyable afternoon at an amusement park. Then Koshiro discovers that Nanoka is his younger sister, who's been raised by their divorced mother. Nanoka moves in with Koshiro and their father, taking over all the household chores. Although Koshiro narrates this cherry petal-strewn slush, it's clearly aimed at female viewers. Koi Kaze pushes the vaguely incestuous tone of Sister Princess and Marmalade Boy to new heights--or depths. The idea of a frustrated romance between a 27-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl may play in Japan, but in America, where child molestation has become a major public concern, Koi Kaze is disturbing at best. (Rated 16 and older: alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FFRFM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Psychologists refer to it as "Genetic Sexual Attraction" and this series investigates it from the first-person point of view. Many Anime/Manga stories have had hints of incestuous relationships for comedic or even to heighten the erotic tension of a pornographic tale. Koi Kaze, on the other hand, looks at the emotional end of the bargain. Most of the characters are genuinely plain and unattractive. As far as I know, there isn't a single frame of fanservice. All that's left is a disturbingly human story of forbidden love.

This is a series that could have been acted out in live action but I'm sure something would have been lost in that context. What's presented here is just enough of a slice-of-life series to keep the characters in the realm of reality, yet artistically askew enough to allow the viewer the illusion of safety in the believe that it is not "actually" happening. The seemingly watercolored backgrounds almost give a sense of unrolling an old silk story scroll and the animation is just enough to bring it to life.

In the end, I'm left depressed and a bit uncomfortable with the humanity of it all. Koshiro, the male lead, is a man who has truly hit rock bottom. He has reached the point where he's so indifferent to the people around him that he even treats his (ex)girlfriend like a stranger. Yet, for a moment, the bright eyes of a young girl help him to see that it is actually spring time. Problem being; it's those same eyes that lead to a much greater downfall in the story to come.

More often than not, it's stories like this that make me appreciate Japanese Animation so much. Through simplistic artwork a subtle characters comes an emotional intensity that can't be matched by any level of violence or noise that the mainsream often delivers.
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Mr. Solomon *again* dismisses an anime show based on his prudishness... While it is true that Koi Kaze does present the viewer with a taboo subject matter (much older brother/younger sister potential romance), it is presented in a way that seems rather innocent. This show is definitely for mature viewers due to the nature of the storyline, but not the actual audio/video contents (no nudity, sex or even bad language or violence). Instead of those anime regulars, we get a touching unconventional drama that has super high production values and can be enjoyed on its own as a clean fictional story. We do not have to agree with the premise, but Koi Kaze is a strong show on its own merits, regardless. If taboo subjects scare or upset you, then you will want to steer clear... all others that like a good drama/romance should enjoy this one.
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The topic of the love story that Koi Kaze follows for an american veiwer is something new and taboo, I remember reading about this anime awhile back, and I did buy the first dvd here right away but it sat unwatch and still in it's plastic for many months, cause I wasnt sure How I would like a story about A brother and sister relationship.

I thougth it will be wrong and disturbing.

yet when you sit down and watch it, it is amaxingly done. I dont feel creeped out by it, your heart wrenches for the characters.

I think Koshiro is one of the best ,and most realalistic anime charcters I have seen written in a very long time.

Shortly after watching the first DVD I had to run out and buy the other 2, cause I needed to know what happened.

it is sad, and involved.

I have found it difficult to try to bring new watchers into this series. I try to go into the the general plot and people ugh our sick. but it isnt like that.

I doubt this helped had a review , but trust me it is worth at least one veiwing.

it is a well done anime.
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Literally Koi Kaze means: "love wind" in English, for those wondering. This is probably the most believably real and human story from Koshiro's (the brother's perspective) I have encountered in my entire life about how siblings can feel more-then-sibling feelings towards one another. The story deals with a brother and sister who have not lived together or known each other for their entire lives pretty much save koshiro's brief living with his baby sister for a very short period of time, and in a perfect hauntingly realistic way this shows how Koshiro and Nanoka after 15 years finally meet and then slowly develop more-then-sibling feelings towards one another. He is 27 and she 15 and then 16 we assume as she has a birthday as the series goes on.

This anime is world class, very realistic stuff (at least in the case of koshiro's character). For anyone who really wants to understand some of the complex dynamics and feelings of what having siblings is like this series is a must. For I think anyone mature who's open minded and has always wanted to understand or explore those `strange' and `weird' more-then-just-siblings feelings moments in their childhood, it will most likely be enjoyable analysis and social commentary on how non-disgusting genuine love between two people is, who just by fate happen to be related to one another grow to love one another. This is simply a must see for all mature brothers and sisters (who know who they are) who've struggled with similar more-then-sibling feelings at times, even if fleetingly for but a moment.
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