>> Kaze No Stigma: Season 1, Part 1 (Wind) (2009)

Show: Kaze No Stigma

Season/Volume: Season 1, Part 1 (Wind)

Genre: Anime

Studio: Funimation

Runtime: 290 minutes

Release Date: July 7, 2009

Format: DVD

Discs: 2

Rating: 3.78 (out of 4.00)

Grade: B+

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When Kazuma was just a child, he was banished from his family for disgracing them because he could not master the art of Fire. Now, four years later, he has returned only this time, he is a Wind user, and a powerful one at that.

Oddly, members of his family are being killed by a powerful wind user yet Kazuma claims it was not himself. When his younger brother, Ren, is kidnapped, Kazuma must team up with the one who holds the Enraiha; the sacred sword of the family granted to the successor. Together, Kazuma and Ayano must find and defeat this unknown enemy before it's too late an Ren is sacrificed in order to wake the powerful wind demon, Youma.

If this was the entire story for this DVD set, then it would have been amazing. The story was great and the characters, especially Kazuma, were very intriguing. Unfortunately, this arc only carried on for a handful of episodes and then went into more development between Kazuma and his family.

After that, my interest in the anime fell greatly. There simply wasn't that mystique found in the first half. Kazuma is definitely a strong character clouded in solitude. At times, he appears too powerful; a practically unstoppable force. He and Ayano are quite similar in that they are both cocky and proud in what they do. I guess that's why they are the perfect match for each other.

Normally I talk about how all the animes I've seen only have clean intro and ending sequences as bonus features but not this time. Kaze No Stigma actually has a featurette that follows around the voice actresses for a while as they go to a DVD event, shopping, and even fooling around with their own camera. It's quite weird to tell you the truth. Kazuma's head will randomly pop up to add some commentary but for the most part, it's three chicks fooling around Japan. 

Kaze No Stigma is fun to watch but it definitely could have been better. I wish they would have stretched out that initial storyline more. Still, I think it was enough to keep me interested in the series for when Part 2 comes out.

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