Anime DVD Review: Kaze no Stigma: The Complete Series

Kaze no Stigma: The Complete Series is a four-disc set that contains all 24 episodes of the series. The box contains two slimline boxes, and each slimline box holds two DVDs. The first slimline is labeled as “Volume 1 – Wind,” and the second slimline is labeled as “Volume 2 – Fire.” The first disc of each set contains seven episodes, while the second disc in each set contains five episodes and the extras. The episodes are available with both an English dub and the original Japanese language track with English subtitles.

Kaze no Stigma: The Complete Series
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Kazuma Kannagi, the main character of Kaze no Stigma, was seen as useless by his family because he could not use the power to control flames that has been passed down through the generations. Four years prior to the start of the anime, Kazuma was defeated by his relative, Ayano Kannagi, in a bout to decide the family heir. At that time, Kazuma’s father, Genma, banished him.

At the start of the series, Kazuma returns, but is now going under the name Kazuma Yagami; while he was away, Kazuma learned how to control the wind. When Kazuma’s family learned of his new talent, they were ashamed; the family that can control the wind have been subservient to the Kannagi family.

While he was away, Kazuma entered into a contract with Kaze no Seirei-Ou, the Wind Spirit Lord, which enables him to draw upon all the wind spirits in the atmosphere; by doing this, Kazuma can amplify his powers. After Kazuma’s return, members of the Kannagi family are murdered, and it is determined that the murderer is someone who can control the wind. Kazuma must prove to his family that he is not the murderer.

Ayano Kannagi is the heir of the Kannagi family. She has the power of the Crimson Flame (Kouen), and also has Enraiha, the Kannagi family’s sacred sword. Ayano is arrogant and irrational, and tends to take action on her own, even if it means not following orders. Ayano is also a reckless fighter. During the series, Ayano claims to hate Kazuma, but she ends up developing a crush on him.

Jugo Kannagi is Ayano’s father and the current head of the Kannagi family. He has been trying to stop the discrimination against those who can control the wind. He also regrets Kazuma’s banishment, and believes that Kazuma is essential to the Kannagi family. During the series, Jugo creates situations so Ayano and Kazuma can form a relationship.

Overall, I thought the series itself was actually quite good.  There was a bit of “fanservice,” especially in regards to a number of panty shots of Ayano; however, the fanservice really doesn’t distract from the story being told in the series. There is also some blood seen in the series, especially in some of the earlier episodes.

My one main complaint is the fact that the ending does feel a little rushed; however, the buildup to the ending is worth going through. I also appreciated how Kazuma’s younger brother, Ren, was treated as much as a main character as Kazuma and Ayano. Typically in anime, the “cute” younger siblings are relegated to supporting roles, so it was nice to see Ren break that stereotype.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the second disc in the first slimline has three extras. The first is labeled as “Ayano’s House Call: All-You-Can Eat Cakes”; there are three parts to this extra, which are videos that run for approximately 10 minutes each. The videos feature the Japanese voice actors for the characters of Ayano, Yukari, and Nanase; during these videos, you see them at a fan event and dinner, traveling through the streets of Kobe, and an “early morning ambush” at their hotel. These videos include Japanese audio with English subtitles.

It appears that these three voice actresses had an Internet show they did in Japan that had a connection with Kaze no Stigma, and that these videos were filmed and originally included on the Japanese DVD releases of the series. While I understand FUNimation wanting to include extras on this DVD release, I felt that including these videos on an American release was a bit of a stretch. Since I’ve never seen this Internet show, it was a little hard for me to entirely understand what was going on.

This disc also contains “Textless Songs.” The songs included in this feature are the opening, as well as both of the ending credits songs that appear in the series. The final extra on this disc is “Trailers,” which includes trailers for the properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this DVD set was released.

The second disc in the second slimline also has three extras. The first is parts four through six of “Ayano’s House Call: All-You-Can Eat Cakes.” All three of these parts focus on a “Reflect on our Errors Meeting” in Osaka, and the discussion that takes place in these parts deal with the aforementioned Internet show. The “Textless Songs” are exactly the same as what appears on the other disc in this set that has extras. This disc also has trailers for the properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this DVD set was released.

Personally, I would recommend Kaze no Stigma: The Complete Series to fans of the series, as well as to viewers who enjoy stories about magic users who can manipulate the elements.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Kaze no Stigma: The Complete Series that my husband bought for me as a gift.

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