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Koi Kaze vol. 1: The Reunion (2005)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Pioneer
Genre: Anime, Shojo
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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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?

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Taboo, But Don't Skip This One by drseid March 13, 2005 - 3:55 PM PST
12 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Koi Kaze is bound to turn off many potential viewers with its taboo plot...

It is about a 27 year old man who meets a young high school girl at a train station (who is 12 years younger than him) just after he is dumped by his girlfriend.

Nanoka (the girl) has been living with her Mom for many many years, and she has not seen her older brother, nor her father since she was a baby (when her Mother divorced her Father and moved away). When she is reunited with them after this long separation (to live with her father, as he lives closer to her new high school), she finds out that the man who she met at the train station, (and even went on an innocent "date" with at the amusement park the next day) is actually her older brother who lives in the same house! Can Nanako and her (much) older brother go backwards from the start of a potential romantic relationship, to a innocent brother/sister one? Needless to say, it is an interesting, but *very* taboo setup on many levels...

While this may sound like it is a cheesy hentai anime, it actually is *not* in any way. As a matter of fact, through at least the first four episodes (disc 1), the show is completely clean. The storyline is touching, and handles a tough risque topic quite well in my opinion.

Animation, character design, background art and the OP song are all superb... The only minus to the show is the truly awful ED song, which can be easily forgiven considering its other strengths.

The bottom line is if you can get past the taboo nature of the show, then it is a must buy. Anyone who is apalled by even the *thought* of this kind of brother/sister relationship (even if it is fictional anime) may wish to steer clear... but just realize that you are missing a *superb* series. My highest recomendation.

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(Average 7.71)
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