Anime Review: Koi Kaze

Koi Kaze Review
By Lena Pang

Koushirou Saeki is a lonely 28 year-old wedding planner. After his girlfriend breaks-up with him, he begins to question whether he is even capable of loving someone from “the bottom of his heart.” One day, while taking the subway, he sees a girl in a high school uniform unknowingly drop her ID. Being your typical good guy, he picks it up and runs after her to return it. The girl, Nanoka Kohinata, turns out to be his 16 year-old sister whom he has no memory of. Because of her new school, Nanoka is moving out from her mother’s house to live with the old brother she’s only heard of and her father. Although Koushirou knows that Nanoka is his sister, he can’t stop his increasing obsession over her as each day passes. Will Koushirou be able to control his emotions? Or will they get the best of him?

Koi Kaze moves at a slow pace and if you add in the soft piano background music…you’ll find yourself asleep in no time. The artwork is mediocre, it’s not bad so-to-say, but it’s also nothing amazing. The soundtrack isn’t bad, it fits the slow, melancholy atmosphere of the anime, but just like the artwork, it’s nothing great. Koushirou is a selfish, lonely, perverted 28 year-old, and most of the time, very frustrating to watch. Nanoka on the other hand is your typical cheerful, lively and innocent high school girl. Nanoka doesn’t understand Koushirou; Koushirou is unable to open up to Nanoka…You can see where this is going…

Waiting for something to happen in this anime is like watching paint dry. After watching the first four episodes, I question why the animators would want to extend this tourture for another eight episodes. This story is all about characterization, mostly that of Koushirou’s, and plot. If you want to watch shoujo with hot guys and cute girls, this isn’t something for you. If you’re in the mood for a leisurely paced anime that makes you feel good inside after each episode, this isn’t for you. If you’re in the mood for a depressing anime where you’ll have to sit through hours upon hours of frustration, praying that at some point this plot will advance so that you wno’t have to endure this torture any longer, then watch Koi Kaze. Oh and for all you insomniacs out there, this is also a great alternative to sleeping pills.

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