Koi Kaze Vol. 1: The Reunion
Saeki Koshiro is a respectable, hard-working man. He lives with his father, and he has a good job at a matrimonial agency. His co-workers, though a bit strange, are his only companions. He has a younger sister, Kohinata Nanoka, who lives with their mother until she's ready for high school.
You might be thinking that this is another endearing family drama, but there is more to this story than meets the eye. The first time I read about Koi Kaze, I knew it would be a show for me, but then again I'm all for unnatural romances. That's right, a sordid love of sorts is the centerpiece of this gorgeous work of art.
One day, Koshiro is given two tickets to an amusement park. Not really in the mood to go and feeling alone, Koshiro tires to give the tickets away to a young girl. She is waiting for someone who won't show up for a while and asks him to go with her. Unbeknownst to the two, who appear to be falling for each other, they are the long-separated brother and sister! From that point on, the plot twists and turns and ravages a perilous path. It's beautiful and poignant all at once.
What really sets this first volume off is the pace with which the story moves -- not too fast, not too slow -- coupled with the few main characters that it follows. Aside from Koshiro and Nanoka, there is their father Saeki Zensou, and Koshiro's co-workers Odagiri Kei and Chidori Kaname.
By now, you may have realized that Koshiro's life isn't too spectacular. His sister is pretty much the same. She tries her best to be the loving sister and daughter. She's excellent at doing housework. Zensou is the dotting father. He's a tad eccentric and overemotional, but he means well. Kei has a deep obsession with high school girls, which he often makes apparent through his comments and actions. Kaname is the voice of reason in the show. It will be interesting to see the give and take relationship between Kaname and Kei as the series moves forward.
As for all the little details in the show, it's all done in a natural style. The artwork is vibrant when it needs be, but it usually sticks to more light-hearted visuals. It moves swiftly and naturally. I listened to the subtitled version only, which was well done. As for extras, there's not a whole lot here, but it's enough. All in all, I recommend this series for anyone looking for a more serene anime.