Posted by psgels on 28 September 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews

Boku wa Imouto ni Koi Suru, KissxSis, Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne—!!

Yes, I really dislike how incest is handled in anime. Even leaving the above-mentioned series aside, it feels like you’re less likely to find a brother and sister in anime who aren’t in love with each other and in eight out of ten cases, it’s completely pointless and shallow and handled with absolutely no taste at all. There are exceptions, though, and Koi Kaze is just about the most notable out of all of them.

It really has built up a reputation over the years, and after watching it, I can really understand why. Right from the start, it treats is characters seriously, portraying them as actual people, rather than stereotypes. The protagonist is just a regular guy with a regular job, and the series portrays him as he falls in love with his underaged sister, without pointing fingers or trying to appeal to any kinds of fetishes or fanservice. Throughout its entire airtime, this series remains focused on just the development of the lead characters.

I was pretty surprised at how well this series made use of its time. Its premise is simple, and because of this it really could use its thirteen episodes optimally to flesh out and develop its cast. The story is slow-paced, but there are few really wasted moments. The dialogue is also down to earth and makes sure that the characters are able to really express themselves properly. Heck, even if it wasn’t for the controversial source material, this would have been an excellent romance.

It’s not exactly the material that will blow you away; what it is is a consistently well written romance that despite its slow pace and controversial topic is actually very accessible and easy to watch due to its short length. My main gripe with it was that the most dramatic scenes were a bit too angsty, lacking something to counter-balance them, and no matter how badly the upcoming “Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai” and “Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne” anime end up butchering the themes around the relationships between brothers and sisters, this series can definitely hold its head high with the wonderful way in which it portrayed its characters.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Doesn’t mess around, and instead is fully focused on telling its story, with a slow yet calculated pacing.
Characters: 9/10 – The best at portraying incest. And even without the incest, this is a wonderfully developed romance.
Production-Values: 8/10 – There is one single episode that really has some incredibly detailed and inspired animation. The rest of the series is rather inconsistent, but does justice to the characters.
Setting: 8/10 – Solid, especially in exploring how the characters think that their actions will fit in, though apart from that it really remains in the background.

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14 Responses

  1. Murderface says:

    Whats so great about incest that japanese otakus seem to love it…thats my main turn off with this show…I´ve heard great things about it, but it is a topic that I really hate…but I´m really starting to think that in Japan little sisters should lock their doors when they go to sleep…

  2. Firechick says:

    Lately I’ve been debating whether to watch this anime or not. I normally don’t like sexual scenes or incest, but I’m willing to watch it if the sexual scenes are minor, it’s well portrayed (not like Kiss x Sis. THAT’s a puke pile for ya!), and if I know about sudden sexual things beforehand so I can close my eyes if it happens. I’ve heard great reviews about Koi Kaze, and this is no exception. I WANT to watch it, but I’m still debating. But I think I might consider watching it in the future…maybe when I’m 18 or something. The artwork looks nice.

  3. troy says:

    You know psgels the first few chapters of the novel on which Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai is based made me believe that it is not a a romance incest themed or otherwise. I found it to be comedy, slice of live trying to present otaku culture in japan ,and a non-romantic reletionship between two siblings. That been said the creators my stil go on that route further in the story so I might be wrong.

  4. aran says:

    this epic tail shows two people in different areas of there life that can bond and love each other no matter how much society says its wrong. I think that this anime shows the truth of a real world action that most dare not to speak of. the anime was lacking a little in the main characters dialogue but to say this is an 8.5 out of 10, i would have to say your wrong. this is one of the top ten animes of all time so an 9.5 or higher would only be worth giving.

  5. garfield15 says:

    “Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai”

    Why does everybody keep calling this an incest story? It’s not…at all. I know the title is misleading but it’s really not.

  6. garfield15 says:

    “Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai”

    Why does everybody keep calling this an incest story? It’s not…at all. I know the title is misleading but it’s really not.

  7. ojisan says:

    Koi Kaze is both excellent and an uncomfortable watch – as it should be. But for me the uncomfortableness isn’t around family relation but around the age difference, which is deliberately exaggerated in the character design, camera angles, and framing. Koshiro is not just in his mid-twenties, he’s a big bearish gruff guy – almost a lout – who seems 27 going on 40. Nanoka is 15 and sounds 12. Camera angles often shoot Koshiro from below, especially in tense moments, and Nanoka from above – you’d swear he was twice her height. There’s a level of menace in his resentment, and a level of surrender in her affection, that again pushes the difference in age and power between them.

    Think how different a story it’d be if they were a similar age (or even height?). I’d almost ventore to call Koi Kaze a good dramatic incest story with a creepy loricon core.

  8. Kalandra says:

    lol murderface. I don’t support or watch incest for fanservice, but people can tell fantasy and reality apart. Just because you watch it doesn’t mean you do it.

  9. Souther says:

    It’s not the most politically correct subject matter, to be fair, but I thought it treated the material with about as much seriousness as an anime could be expected to do so.

  10. AidanAK47 says:

    I am in agreement with troy and garfield15. “Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai” is not about incest. Or at least that’s the impression the first few chapters of the novel. The manga and the trailer on the other hand seems to be trying to imply incest though with that girls mad blushing.

    I seen Koi kaze a while back. Gave it a 7/10. The characters are well devoloped and the story flows well but no matter how much I tried I couldn’t get that voice inside me to stop shouting “IT’S WRONG! IT’S WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!”
    Incest is a myth. I refuse to acknowledge it.

  11. Derek says:

    Ah, one of my favorites of all time.

    For whatever reason, I tend to think of Uta Kata when I think of Koi Kaze, and vice versa. They really aren’t all that similar, except in that both will make you sit back in silent contemplation after most every episode.

  12. Jack says:

    I just finished watching this anime today…it is among my favourites. Although some may find the pacing too slow to properly enjoy the anime, it is perfect since it draws you in to watch another episode, and another, and another. I watched this pretty much in one run through, that’s how hooked it kept me.

    The ending, too, was perfect. Some may be put off by the lack of a definitive resolution to the entire premise, but this encourages the viewer to draw their own conclusions and thoughts from the (not so) subtle hints given, at least, in the final episode.

    NB: Open-minded people need only apply. This does deal with the topic of incest in a full on way, and makes no attempt of doing otherwise.

  13. Miguel says:

    This is definitely one of my top 5 animes. The story is just so well made. The anime shows the mental state of the characters so well, you actually get the idea of how frustrated the guy is with his feelings for his sister. Its easy to watch in one sitting. Its really a great love story, probably the best love story along with Clannad. I really didnt notice the open ending when I watched it, I saw a pretty final ending with them together, guess I gotta see it again…

  14. Boris says:

    Finnaly I’ve found real feelings, believable characters, simple and honest handling of harsh issues…Really satisfied with both anime and manga (Yoshida Motoi is a subtle observer of human soul, indeed.)
    Shows like this and filmes like Satoshi Kon’s is a good manner to reconcile with anime. Greets from Mexico.

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    (Saturday, Oct 10. 2015 01:08 AM)
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