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Kaze No Stigma, Season 1, Volume 1: Wind (ep.1-12)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Funimation Productions
  • Release Date: July 7 2009
  • Run Time: 288 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B0023S4A44
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,678 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Kaze No Stigma tells the story of Kazuma, a former member of the fire wielding house of Kannagi, and Ayano, the heir to the house of Kannagi, and their relationship in defeating ominous forces that threaten all of existence. The story kicks off years after Kazuma's banishment from the house of K, due to his innability to wield fire magic. From there he acquires the ability of wind magic, which is never fully explained, and becomes a contractor of the wind, known at some point as The Reaper.

Now I know what your thinking, contractors?, elemental powers?, codename Reaper?, unexplained pasts? that in this case stay unexplained? This all sounds somewhat familiar...Darker Than Black perhaps. Now don't get me wrong this series wasn't a bad attempt, aside from the whole unexplained past bit as well as a personal favorite of mine, an unending ending. And everyone enjoys series where three quarters of it focuses on the sexual tension and innuendo between the two main characters, except in this case, they were related. As for the action, there just didn't feel as though there was as much of it compared to the amount of odd episodes where Ayano's father tried to set her and Kazuma up, to what is assumed as him ensuring the future of his house. That paired with Ayano's school girl angst routine and fiery temper clashing with Kazuma's easy going nature, is mainly what makes the majority of this series.

All in all, aside from the unexplained bits, the story is fairly straight forward, action was decent (when there was any) and the English cast was a good fit . Unfortunately though, the unexplained bits are what the ending is mainly comprised of, where post final battle, the main antagonist pretty much just leaves Kazuma with a see ya later. On the bright side, there wasn't a common, rushed collage ending during the final credits. Instead, just a lame everyone relevant to the cast sitting down for a meal and laughing about how all is well, roll credits.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa683e240) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6873c0c) out of 5 stars A Great Action Mystical Anime Series Funimation Is Releasing June 18 2009
By Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've been watching this action packed series for a few months online and am greatly enjoyed that Funimation is finally releasing this series for us in America in two part packages. If you've see the series X/1999 or Shana here's another wonderful anime for your home. The series follows mostly on three characters you have Ayano Kannagi the heiress to the Kannagi clan a family of mystical warriors who control the element of fire to a powerful degree and are also the holders of a mystical weapon that allows the heir or heiress to elevate their power of fire, Kazuma Yagami Ayano's cousin and who was once also part of the Kannagi clan but because his elemental powers were not fire he was considered weak and after loosing the clan title match against Ayano was banished from the clan but it's later found out that he's a powerful wind user and has come back to Japan to find closure with his estranged former clan, and finally Ren Kannagi Kazuma's younger brother and Ayano's cousin who like Ayano is a fire user but has the potential to become much more powerful than even he realizes. The series has a nice mixture of action, drama, romance, and comedy(Though episode 12 will definitely be a real tear maker when you watch it) that makes watching the series from start to finish addictive and entertaining. While I've only heard it subbed which the voice cast are great in their roles I've found small clips of the English dubbed cast and they were pretty good too so if you like anime series like D-Gray man, Shana, X/1999, or Full Metal Alchemist here's another series for you home to get once it's out...
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa65bf948) out of 5 stars Highly Underrated Jan. 24 2010
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I'm not going to comment on price since I rent anime these days. Buying just gets too expensive. That being said...

I noticed that the editorial review of Kaze no Stigma is particularly scathing, and unnecessary in my opinion. Ayano and Kazuma's personalities fit their magic attributes quite nicely. She is far from being a Mary Sue, and his sarcasm is a large part of the humor in this series. I was wary of the "reluctant allies" aspect from the very beginning, and was worried that the characters, as well as the story would be too stereotypical. Upon Ayano's introduction, I had resigned myself to watching her being too headstrong for her own good. Concerning Kazuma, I thought he would be a jerk through the whole series, and to be honest, my first thought was "Oh great, he's going to be the Inuyasha type." To my delight, I was wrong.

The character interactions are really enjoyable. The story IS interesting, and not at all predictable, and not only that, it progresses nicely. The story starts out with the family rivalry theme, but doesn't dwell on it for long. It's only part of the story long enough to gain insight into Kazuma's past, and facilitate his first contact with Ayano. After dispatching with that aspect of the storyline (for the most part), the following episodes help progress the character relationships.

Romance fans will be thrilled that Kaze no Stigma actually has a fairly tangible romance between the main characters. It's not lovey dovey, but it's definitely an intended part of the story. The ending is very nicely wrapped up also. Some would probably say otherwise because the villain clearly has intentions of returning. However, I am certain Kaze no Stigma would have had a second season had the creator not passed away, so that argument is neither here nor there.

As far as the dub goes, Funimation does it again. The voice acting is fantastic as usual, although Ren's voice (Josh Grelle) is a little whiny sounding until you get used to it. Just wait for the character himself to show his maturity and it isn't so bad afterwards. There are special features at the end of the dvds with the Japanese voice actresses that are definitely worth watching as they are just adorable.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6870fb4) out of 5 stars Decent, but far too expensive Aug. 17 2009
By Peter Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
KnS will entertain most shonen fans, but doesn't rise above average TV anime. If teen sci-fi/fantasy action series aren't your type of show, then you will be very disappointed. In either case, the price is far higher than it should be for this series. Compared to KnS, Shana (Shakugan no Shana), is a masterpiece, and although Shana is one of my favorite shonen series and very entertaining, I don't rank it that high in terms of artistic achievement. Any number of series, both licensed and not, are better than KnS. You can buy the entire series box set of Shana for $50 retail, or $40 easily at discount. Familiar of Zero is also far better (as long as you never, ever turn on the English dub), again available in one box set for a reasonable price. Fate/Stay Night can be had for $40, and is again far better.

The full list of shows that are higher quality and less expensive to buy would be long, but Shana and Zero compare most closely to the characters and plot of KnS. Other flavors of shonen, such as Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, compare similarly, being a much better show for a much lower cost.

I don't dislike Kaze no Stigma, as I am a fan of such shows. Where someone else would feel it was a waste of time, I would think the same about Paradise Kiss or other highly-rated shows in genres that simply don't appeal to me (romantic drama). If you like Shana and Zero, you'll probably enjoy KnS for what it is. Just don't pay more for it than either of those shows if you can wait for the inevitable drastic price cuts. $100.00 is ridiculous, frankly, and is about what you would have paid for individual volumes with nice art, extras and inserts if the series had been released three years ago in the good anime economy. KnS should be selling for $39.95 for a complete box set. That would be a fair asking price considering its rank in the shonen catalog of anime.
HASH(0xa6b5c138) out of 5 stars Don't take it too seriously Feb. 7 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
WARNING: Don't take this show seriously or you won't really enjoy it! I'll admit I hated this show when I first watched it. There was some very serious stuff doing on, and it was quite dark. People were actually dying, international and clan political tension seemed to be mounting right from the beginning... but then the MC Ayano would come in and ruin it. She is loud, self centered, kind of stupid and obnoxious. Seriously, a building (full of innocent people mind you) collapses before her as she charges in to confront whom she thinks is the enemy and what does she think? "You think a building can stop me? Beware my power!"... and then she swings her sword pathetically. But once you take a step back and don't take the show seriously it can be very entertaining. Ayano can grow on you and the romance between her and Kazuma is cute. This show has some really good moments and heart from time to time so is worth the time it takes to go through it. I would recommend streaming this over buying of possible.
HASH(0xa67bb930) out of 5 stars great potential sad it won't be finished Sept. 2 2013
By Adrienne Palomo - Published on Amazon.com
I started to watch this out of boredom after watching Blood + and was attracted to it because it had swords. It was a nice surprise and not overly silly with girly themes as some new ones seem to be. It had good action and a good story to get started but it is unfortunately not going to be finished because the author passed away.