Anime Review: Kaze No Stigma (Stigma of the Wind)

knsGenre: Fantasy

Studio/Creator: Gonzo/Takahiro Yamato (Writer) & Hanamaru Nanto (artist)–light novels

Distributor: FUNimation

No of Episodes: 24

Suggested Age: 13+

My Rating: 5/10

Summary: Kazuma is a member of the Kannagi clan, experts in fire magic.  The heir to the clan is given Enraiha, a sword made of fire. But when his cousin Ayano defeated him, she became the heir instead and he was banished. Four years later, he gets a new name, Kazuma Yagami, and has now mastered wind magic. He is reunited with with Ayano and his younger brother, Ren, only to discover that some of his family has been murdered by a wind master. Now he must clear his name.

Review: I saw the trailer for this on my Last Exile boxed set and it looked awesome.  A woman wielding a sword made of pure fire and a guy using wind magic sounded awesome.

I now understand why Gonzo went bankrupt a few years back.  Sure, they made awesome stuff: Last Exile, the “Second Renaissance” shorts for the Animatrix, and Romeo X Juliet are my favorites. But then, stuff like this comes along.

The art and animation are great, especially during the magic fights.

Kazuma is like Spike Spiegel meets Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender. So what if he can’t use fire magic? He’s got wind blades! He can create force fields! He can shoot lightning! Who needs fire anyway?

Next is Ayano. She is fiery in more ways than one.  Not only does she have red hair and Enraiha, but dang, what a temper! You do not bring this scorned woman’s wrath upon you!

Ren practically worships Kazuma. But don’t let his pretty-boy looks fool you. By episode 10, he proves he can be just as cool as his hero.  He quickly became my favorite character.

Genma is Kazuma’s dad. I hate him so.  He banished Kazuma and even though later in the story he does manage to clear his name, the poor guy still gets no love! He was even willing to kill Kazuma right at the start of the story when the murders occurred.  Yes, I know you hate the wind clan, Genma, but this is your flesh and blood!

Catherine is from the USA, and she’s a riot.  She originally comes into the story because she wants to defeat Ayano, but sticks around because she falls in love with Kazuma. She can create spirit beasts and is so much fun because of her temper and constant bickering with Ayano.

Here’s my main problem–the show didn’t end!  This is the curse of the Internet Reviewer. Now, I know the writer of the novels died before the novels could be finished, but so what? You could make your own ending instead of leaving us hanging.

Sub/Dub: Both versions are great.

Music/Score: The opening song is just awesome.

Violence: (4/10) Some intense deaths as well as the elemental magic.

Language: (2/10)

Sexuality: (0/10)

Nudity: (3/10)–there’s a hot springs episode, so of course we get some nudity.

Religion: (2/10) In addition to the magic I’ve brought up, there’s a Tao practitioner. Catherine’s main spirit looks like an angel.

Related Media: Based on the light novels of the same name.

 

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