Koi Kaze Box Set
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Brett Rogers · From fps #9 · October 27, 2006 | Koi Kaze follows the lives of a young couple who are drawn together by unlikely circumstances, then struggle to gain acceptance for their love. But Koi Kaze is not like other love stories, and its lovers are no typical couple: they're brother and sister. The series' release in Japan caused a stir, and it is perhaps one of the most controversial anime released in North America.

Koi Kaze Box Set
Directed by Takahiro Omori
Animation production by A.C.G.T.
Distributed by Geneon Entertainment, 2006
Originally broadcast in Japan in 2004
325 minutes

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Incest alone is a difficult topic for a series to take up, but add to the mix a nearly fifteen-year age difference between the brother and sister, and the result is an extremely challenging and implausible back story around which an unassuming, sincere and thoughtful character study has been built. Koi Kaze treats its taboo topics with gentle neutrality and avoids judgment. The series focuses instead on the human frailty of its characters and how their lives are affected by misguided choices and social circumstances.

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