Posted by Lenlo on 11 October 2018 with categories: Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru

Welcome one and all to the Fall 2018 season. For the rare few new ones, I am Lenlo, and one of the shows I will be covering this time will be Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru or Run With The Wind. Lets jump in!

So some general things I didn’t mention in the first impressions. Just like Welcome to the Ballroom, Kaze Fui has a style I personally really like. It goes for the realistic body size/proportions but isn’t afraid to bend and flex from that for the sake of expression and interesting visuals. Maybe I just have a thing for tall and lean character models, but Production I.G. has a style I like. Maybe its the expressiveness of the characters, the tiny pupils instead of the now modern anime moe blog eyes, that helps. Regardless, Kaze Fui looks good and I expect it to look good in motion to. After all, if an anime about running didn’t have good running animation, there wouldn’t be much point would there?

So now, onto some spoilers. There were lots of great character interactions this week, with Kaze Fui really setting a bar for dialogue. My personal favorites though, and the centerpiece of the episode, is Haiji and his manipulations. Granted, I am now slightly less on Haiji’s side because of his methods, but as a viewer that doesn’t make them any less amusing. We get to see just how much he want’s this, that he is willing to sink so low. Afterall, coercing someone with knowledge about resume’s or cute girls is one thing. But threatening eviction is another entirely. Sure, its probably in the rules, but if he didn’t tell them about those rules a head of time, that is pretty manipulative. The said, there is an argument to be made on whether or not he would really evict them.

From what we have seen, everyone in the dorm likes Haiji and think’s well of him, so I doubt this is standard behavior for him. The fact that he is changing his tactic for each dorm member instead of just gathering them all together and threatening eviction, to me, shows that he wouldn’t actually do it. Yes, its still underhanded. But at this point I believe that if Haiji received a resounding, unambiguous “NO” then he wouldn’t just evict them. He would of course still try to convince them, like the bet he made with Kurahara, but the difference I think is that one is blackmail while the other is persistence. Its a shaky line, admittedly, but I understand Haiji’s desperation. What is curious however is the one member Haiji didn’t have to convince, who seems to understand it all as well. My man Nico.

Nico is probably my favorite of the side characters in the dorm so far. He has the most complex relationship with Haiji and Kurahara. Nico, as the oldest in the dorm who has been lazing his days through an engineering degree, is probably the only one who truly understands Haiji’s desperation of this being his last year. As a former Track and Field member himself, he probably had to give up or quit his own dream in the field. Meanwhile, he can also relate to Kurahara and his experiences competing and the stress that puts on someone. Nico is in a unique position to understand both of our leads and is also their senior, so he can talk to them both about it. I look forward to seeing where Nico goes from here. He seems better suited to convincing Kurahara than Haiji ever will be.

Now I mentioned in the last paragraph Kurahara’s previous experiences and the stresses of competing. Kaze Fui showed us this week a small glimpse of that. It looks like he had, for lack of a better word, an abusive or just plain terrible coach. Some people will say that kind of coaching builds character and only the best will stick it out anyways. My opinion is that it destroys athletes. Yes you need to break someone’s technique and fitness down and then rebuild it better than before, but from what we saw, this is a coach that cares only for winning. I suspect that either Kurahara lost at an event, and got on the receiving end of it, or he feared that and so quit before it could happen. Either way I can’t wait to see more, and his arc will no doubt be about finding his passion again.

With all that done, I now need to talk about my fears for the future of Kaze Fui. You see, unlike Welcome to the Ballroom which had an interesting sport to focus on and lots of energetic movements, Kaze Fui has running. I personally do not see how Production I.G. plans to make that interesting. There are no “special techniques” nor are is it a head to head competitive sport, technically. It’s one of endurance and mental fortitude. Which means that Kaze Fui is going to be almost entirely internal problems and hurdles. So it is going to have to be carried by its characters. So far it’s managing it, I like all of these characters, and the dialogue is fun. The “Not all black people can run” joke had a very different punchline than I thought it would. But I am not sure they can carry a whole season.

So to close out, I am hopeful for Kaze Fui. It’s the series that caught my eye the most during the First Impressions posts. Whether or not it succeeds though depends entirely on its characters. As unlike many other series Kaze Fui has no bombastic battles or a Yutaka Nakamura to fall back on. It is sink or swim with these relationships.

But please, tell me what you think down below! Are the characters compelling for you? Is my taste trash? Should I stop picking 20+ episode series for this blog and dedicating myself to multiple 2 cour shows a season? Let me know!

2 Responses

  1. Avatar Animosh says:

    I don’t think the series should have much difficulty filling 20 more episodes. Sure, running isn’t a very interesting sport. We won’t get tense matches or visually impressive feats. But those are hardly the only things sports series can be about. As you said yourself, the show can instead focus on the overcoming of internal hurdles and problems, and that can be plenty interesting. Yes, it’s different from ordinary sports series, and because it has to rely on its characters more, there are risks attached. But I personally rather like this fresh take on the genre, and I think the series shows quite a bit of promise.

    What I particularly like about the series is that it basically follows a bunch of amateurs. Following newbies is hardly original, of course, but these people aren’t just newbies: they’re regular people, with no real interest in pursuing greatness. That makes them very relatable, and it immediately sets up some major hurdles that many beginners will probably recognize. Pursuing a new sport is scary. It requires a leap in the dark, where you have to try something new without knowing if you’ll enjoy it, and want to keep doing it. And if you aim for something big, like a marathon, you may very well fail. And that can be frightening.

    Nico (also my favorite side character so far) illustrates this mental hurdle very well I think. When Haiji offers him the chance to run again, at some level he clearly wants to take it. He starts smoking less, and even puts on his running shoes again. But he’s also clearly afraid of committing himself. He’s making excuses, talking about how he doesn’t have the natural figure of a runner, and in his conversations with the law guy he seems ready to give up at a moment’s notice. On the one hand he wants to take this opportunity, but on the other hand he’s hesitant, because he doesn’t want to get hurt, and you can’t fail if you don’t try. This is something he’ll have to overcome, and it’s something that I, as a very indecisive person myself, find very relatable.

    All of which is just to say that there is plenty room for interesting conflicts, even without the usual spectacle. A Place Further than the Universe told a great inspirational story of what perfectly ordinary human beings can achieve if only they’d try, and I expect something similar from this show. It may not be groundbreakingly original, but it’s something I always enjoy watching, and a message worth repeating.

    • Avatar Lenlo says:

      Nailed it in one. Maybe you should be writing these instead.

      I hope I didnt sound overly critical of it, I think if Kaze Fui nails the characters (which it has so far) the internal strife, drama and challenges can be very interesting.

      I had not thought of the beginner aspect of the sport for a lot of these characters though. It makes sense, I started boxing back in June and have felt much the same as you just described. Ill have to remember that.

      Nico is great.I like how quietly Kaze Fui portrayed his dilemma, from just not lighting up the cigarette like we saw him in the first, to subtly reinforcing how much of a smoker he is with one of the characters surprised his room didnt smell like smoke. Digging out his old shoes and then seemingly going out for a run on his own before running into Kurahara. I look forward to his story the most so far.

Leave a Reply

Star Crossed Anime Blog

6 User(s) Online Join Server

Featured Posts

One Punch Man S2 – 3 [The Hunt Begins]

Alright OPM, credit where it’s due, you managed to recover a little this week.  Garou gets more screen time, the animation is a little less shit and ONEs writing is starting to shine through. Lets jump in! Starting off, as fun as it would be to rag on OPM for another week, it’s improved. This […]

Dororo – 15 [The story of the scene from hell]

Fuck you Osamu Kobayashi. Your a terrible director and you ruin everything you touch. Welcome to another week of Dororo, where for once OPM isn’t the show I am most disappointed in. Lets dive in. Let’s cut right to the chase, Dororo looked like shit this week. And all the credit goes to Osamu Kobayashi, […]

Sarazanmai – 02 [I Want to Connect, but I Want to Take]

And the wild ride is here. In turn for cardboard zombies last week, our three kappa-who-are-pooped-out-by-someone-else have to fight cat zombies, an acid bee-themed amusement park, a person with a cat face who clearly reference Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lamb, weeds and a (yuri) kiss at the end of the rainbow. It’s […]

Fruits Basket (2019) – 02/03 [They’re All Animals! / Let’s Play Rich Man-Poor Man!]

I believe it’s safe to say that one of the main concern for this adaptation of Fruits Basket isn’t about the source, but more about whether or not the current staffs have what it takes to bring this classic to life (while at the same time pleases the original author, but that’s beside the point), […]

Mix – 02/03

Star Crossed is one of the oldest anime blogs left on the English-speaking internet, so we’re bound to have a few devotees of Mitsuru Adachi, that master of classic storytelling, among our readership. If you fall into that category, you might wonder why someone who has never read or watched Touch, his seminal work, has […]

Kimetsu no Yaiba – 3 [Sabito and Makomo]

Welcome to Kimetsu no Yaiba, the premier Saturday Morning Cartoon of the season! This time we burn through a training arc, meet some ghosts and learn the arcs end-goal. Lets jump in! Starting off, like always, the production. Yaiba does a great job here, like usual, looking fantastic. Assume you like digital effects that is. […]

Paranoia Agent – 13 [The Final Episode] – Throwback Thursday

Welcome all to the finale of Paranoia Agent! People grow up, Shounen Bat is defeated and absolutely nothing makes any sense. Lets dive in! Starting off, visually, it worked very well as a finale. Lots of awesome shots, action and moments throughout, all blending into just a joy to watch. Really, it just flowed well. […]

One Punch Man S2 – 2 [Human Monsters]

Breathe deep… Siiiiiiiiigh… Guess we are doing this. Strap in folks, because this is going to be a rough season of OPM. Let me start off, with a friendly warning. If your here for my usual attempts at constructive criticism and attempted multifaceted analysis, I apologize. There will be very little of that for these […]

Dororo – 14 [The Story of Sabame]

Another week, another episode of Dororo. This time we learn the mystery of Dororo’s back, meet a new demon and get a lot of parallels to their current overall situation. Lets jump in! Starting off, Dororo once again is a bit disappointing on the production front. There were a number of dull or sliding stills, […]

Latest Reviews

Boogiepop wa Warawanai (2019) (Winter 2019) Anime Review – 78/100

Just like the titular character, Boogiepop Phantom the series has become some sort of urban legend itself in this medium. Its Light Novels are amongst the first Light Novel ever released, dating back to mid-90s. Moreover, the franchise has endured the test of time, as it inspires anime, live-action adaptations and Boogiepop is a well-known […]

Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai (2019 Winter) Anime Review – 77/100

Coming to Kotobuki, there are lots of aspect that catch my attention: it’s from a famed director Tsutomu Mizushima who can turn the most trashable and genre-able concepts into something intriguing; it’s an CG show about air pilots: it has extended aerial combat set-pieces. Watching it till the end, I have to tip my hat […]

Kemurikusa (2019 Winter) Anime Review – 79/100

Kemurikusa is your very definition of an overlooked gem, one that never really gain much discussion anywhere, but one that has a distinctive style from an up-and-coming auteur who has full control of his projects. Coming to Kemurikusa, all the attention it has came from the fact that it is created by TATSUKI, a mastermind […]

Mob Psycho 100 S2 Anime Review – 87/100

Upon finishing this series, the only question on my mind was how many animators did Bones sacrifice on ONE’s altar to achieve this. Following their prior season, Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 continues Bones adaptation of webcomic and manga author ONE’s 4th work, Mob Psycho 100. ONE has also authored the critically acclaimed One Punch […]

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai Review – 84/100

Anime draws on many different media types in its endless search for properties to adapt, but manga is still the king of the bunch. And why not? It’s a distinctly Japanese art form, their main demographics have significant overlap, and manga’s panel-based layout means that some of the anime staff’s work is already done. Plenty […]

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru Anime Review – 93/100

Recently, sports anime have become a bit of a dying breed. Falling into the same hole as Mecha, aside from a passionate base audience, most are overlooked. There are the occasional hits like Haikyuu, Yuri on Ice, or Darling in the Franxx for Mecha, but those are few and far between, often taking years. Even […]

A quick and dirty review of Garo: Vanishing Line

What it claims to be about: A secret order of knights and alchemists, the Makai Knights and Alchemists, fight horrifying creatures called Hollows who prey on human weakness .Part of the media franchise spanning anime and live action shows, this iteration is set in modern metropolis and concerns the attempts of Sword, the strongest Makai […]

Planetes Anime Review – 84/100

If there is one thing I have lost watching seasonal anime, it is patience. Every week I expect something to happen, some kind of payoff, to make watching that week worth it. Luckily, Planetes as brought that back to me. Its depth of writing, characters, and general structure belay an anime of a different age. […]

Goblin Slayer Anime Review – 60/100

The controversial nature of this shows opening episode may have many turning away from it due to believing it’s nothing but shock value but that truly isn’t what Goblin Slayer is. I will say that the manga may hold some truth to that statement but thanks to some tasteful censoring(Yes, sometimes censoring can be a […]