January 10th, 2005

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Finished series: Koi Kaze

We've finished watching Koi Kaze. My first episode review is here.

Quite a few series have a central theme of a younger sister's fascination with her older brother. There are lots of examples: Sister Princess with its twelve(!) sisters, Da Capo, the list goes on and on. I'm pretty sure there are many anime fans who will sigh and roll their eyes when they hear the female lead shout "onichaaaan!".
However, they all have a sneaky way of these younger 'sisters' not being related by blood at all: they're either adopted, or really a cousin, or whatever.

Not so with Koi Kaze. Koi Kaze also explores the (romantic) relationship between a brother and a (much) younger sister, but this time without the cuteness, with a lot more realism, and the brother and sister are full siblings.
Yes, Koi Kaze is about incest, and it does a good job of tackling this subject.

Main character is Kouchirou, a 27 year old agent at a matchmaking office. He's recently been dumped by his girlfriend. During his commute to work, he notices a middle school student dropping her rail pass, and he gives it back to her. Later that day, they meet again in front of an amusement park -- Kouchirou has two tickets, and they end up going to the park together. They have a very frank discussion in the ferris wheel, and they start to have feelings for each other.
When they leave the park, Kouchirou discovers that the girl is actually his 15-year old sister Nanoka, who lived with his mother since their parents divorced. She will be living with Kouchirou and his father, because it would cut her commute to school in half (only one hour instead of two!)...

We see Kouchirou struggling with his feelings for Nanoka. He ends up being very stern and gruff at her, while she tries her best to get closer to him. There's a lot to do about a certain scene in the bathroom, which pushes Kouchirou deeper and deeper in depression and guilt.

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It's certainly not hentai, it has no fanservice. As tasteful as a theme like incest could be tackled, I guess.
The style is realistic: people aren't overly cute, the scenery is spot on. However, the drawing quality is inconsistent: sometimes a scene will switch from reasonable to really badly drawn within a few seconds.

Good points:
- Theme;
- Realistic style;
- Beautiful music;
- Top-notch voice-acting.
Bad points:
- Theme (some people might find it icky);
- Inconsistent quality.

I'll give it a solid 8.
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New anime

Since the new season has started, it's time to check out new anime.

First was Air TV. It's based on a dating-game/H-game, and it shows. Main character is a puppeteer, who ends up staying at Misuzu's house, a girl who finds him asleep on the beach. Over the course of the day, he meets a few more cute females.
Well, we all know how this will develop, but it'll probably be a fun ride along the way.

Second was Maho Sensei Negima. Imagine a 10-year old magician being the homeroom teacher for an all-girls' middle school. The class consists of a mixture of different characters. This first episode is only to establish the main characters, and does an admirable job of it. It'll be cute and interesting.
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