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Koi Kaze
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 06/16/2005

Koshiro is a 27-year old man who had just been dumped by his girlfriend. He meets a cute teenage schoolgirl and ends up spending a whole afternoon with her. A bit later, Koshiro finds out that the girl he just met is actually his little sister Nanoka. When their parents divorced many years ago, Koshiro was left with their father while Nanoka was whisked off by their mother. Things get complicated when Nanoka moves in with Koshiro and their father. Koshiro finds himself falling for Nanoka, and it seems Nanoka feels exactly the same way about Koshiro...
It's not every day that an anime that tackles a taboo subject like incest seriously comes our way. Although I knew that Koi Kaze was about romantic love between siblings, nothing could have prepared me for what it had in store.
Koi Kaze starts out just like any other anime series. The first episode lays down the foundation for things to come. Koshiro meets Nanoka. The attraction between the two is instantaneous despite their 12-year age gap. They later find out that they are siblings, a bit of family background is given, and a permanent arrangement is established. Nanoka moves in with her father and brother, and this is actually where it all begins.
Constant exposure to each other eventually leads brother and sister astray. Koshiro starts having dirty thoughts about Nanoka, to the point where lustily gaping at her underwear was no longer enough. He sniffs her bras and masturbates, while Nanoka semi-consciously seduces him with her sweet girl act. They're not just in love, they crave each other as if there's nothing else in the world. I felt my skin crawl as I watched Koshiro and Nanoka's love grow into something that's beyond control. It doesn't help that Koshiro looks like a middle-aged man while Nanoka looks like a pre-teen -- incest and lolita complex rolled into one. Don't get me wrong, Koi Kaze is in fact extremely well-written, well-drawn, well-paced, and well-acted. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I repeat, everything is done very well. It's just that there's no way in hell that I'll ever be able to accept this sort of relationship, and Koi Kaze does a very good job of convincing one that such situations can exist.
As I've acknowledged earlier, the art and animation are excellent. There's a very real feel to the settings and characters. It's as if we're looking through someone's memories rendered in watercolors. Nanoka in particular stands out because she is very beautifully drawn compared to the other characters, who all look rather plain. I enjoyed listening to the sweet and mellow theme songs as well, both of which I found to be fitting for the series. Nanoka's Japanese seiyuu Yuki Nakamura also caught my attention with her impressive and believable portrayal, especially considering that this is her first performance ever.
Perhaps out of sheer morbid curiosity, I could not stop watching Koi Kaze until I reached the end. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Koshiro and Nanoka. Were they going to surrender themselves to the guilty pleasure of their incestuous romance? Or were they going to separate and move on with their lives? Alas, closure is something that you won't find in this series -- which is probably how it would be should this sort of thing happen in real life. Despite my personal bias to Koi Kaze's main theme, I must say that this is one of the more daring, unique, and eloquent anime series out there.
Koi Kaze is thirteen episodes long.

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Review Title:
Koi Kaze
Alternative Titles:
Love Wind
325 Minutes
General Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Suitable For:
Young Adults
Drama, Psychological, Romance,
Slice of Life
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