Kaze No Stigma: Season 1 Part 1 - Wind
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Kazuma is a descendent of an ancient clan skilled in the magical Fire Arts. Unfortunately for him, the gift seems to have skipped a generation. Defeated by his younger, female cousin, Ayano, in a battle to become the clan’s successor, Kazuma is exiled with only the smoldering burn of failure to keep him company. But now he’s back, risen from the ashes and armed with a powerful new mojo that’s sure to fan the flames of the family rivalry. The cooler he gets – the hotter she burns, and when Wind and Fire collide, Tokyo is caught in the eye of the storm.
(1. Return of Wind, 2. Confrontation with the Past, 3. Kannagi Family Head, 4. Contractor, 5. The One Who Discarded Her Hesitation, 6. The Price of Power, 7. The Price of a Soul, 8. Ayano-chan's Misfortune, 9. Meeting Under the Moonlight, 10. The One to Protect, 11. One's Own Determination, 12. Confession Under the Moon)
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I noticed that the editorial review of Kaze no Stigma is particularly scathing, and unnecessary in my opinion. Ayano and Kazuma's personalities fit their magic attributes quite nicely. She is far from being a Mary Sue, and his sarcasm is a large part of the humor in this series. I was wary of the "reluctant allies" aspect from the very beginning, and was worried that the characters, as well as the story would be too stereotypical. Upon Ayano's introduction, I had resigned myself to watching her being too headstrong for her own good. Concerning Kazuma, I thought he would be a jerk through the whole series, and to be honest, my first thought was "Oh great, he's going to be the Inuyasha type." To my delight, I was wrong.
The character interactions are really enjoyable. The story IS interesting, and not at all predictable, and not only that, it progresses nicely. The story starts out with the family rivalry theme, but doesn't dwell on it for long. It's only part of the story long enough to gain insight into Kazuma's past, and facilitate his first contact with Ayano. After dispatching with that aspect of the storyline (for the most part), the following episodes help progress the character relationships.
Romance fans will be thrilled that Kaze no Stigma actually has a fairly tangible romance between the main characters. It's not lovey dovey, but it's definitely an intended part of the story. The ending is very nicely wrapped up also. Some would probably say otherwise because the villain clearly has intentions of returning.Read more ›
The full list of shows that are higher quality and less expensive to buy would be long, but Shana and Zero compare most closely to the characters and plot of KnS. Other flavors of shonen, such as Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, compare similarly, being a much better show for a much lower cost.
I don't dislike Kaze no Stigma, as I am a fan of such shows. Where someone else would feel it was a waste of time, I would think the same about Paradise Kiss or other highly-rated shows in genres that simply don't appeal to me (romantic drama). If you like Shana and Zero, you'll probably enjoy KnS for what it is. Just don't pay more for it than either of those shows if you can wait for the inevitable drastic price cuts. $100.00 is ridiculous, frankly, and is about what you would have paid for individual volumes with nice art, extras and inserts if the series had been released three years ago in the good anime economy. KnS should be selling for $39.95 for a complete box set. That would be a fair asking price considering its rank in the shonen catalog of anime.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this show, ayano can be a little intense and over the top sometimes, but i like the play of elements in this series and the character interactions.Published 2 months ago by Kristin
I started to watch this out of boredom after watching Blood + and was attracted to it because it had swords. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Adrienne
this anime has parts of seikrei, aesthetica of a rouge hero, and tenchi muyo, this anime is very funny you will enjoy buying this anime, it is a very good buy as well so go and buy... Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by barry sokoloskis
Love Kaze no Stigman so far. Has allot of mystery, comedy, and action. It's awesome a must. I recommend buying this for any fans of anime.Published on November 8, 2011 by Rima