Amanda Liu September 26, 2007
When I think of Kaze no Stigma, I think of cake. That is,I think of a multi layered cake that has been sitting there for three weeks in the open made out of cheap store-bought cake batter and delicious icing coated on top. Because that’s what this show is. It’s cliché, dull, well-worn, and it fills you up with a whole lot of nothing. But once in awhile, we get a taste of what could have been good.
I’m looking back at my first impressions of Kaze no Stigma from way back when and I noticed that I’ve complained a lot about how it was disappointing. Well that never changed. I also complained about how the animation sucked because GONZO was focusing on Romeo x Juliet. Well that never changed either. But I also said that the “worst aspect of this show is Ayano”. That line amuses me because Ayano is my favorite character in the show. Well besides Kazuma of course ;).
While Kaze no Stigma suffers from many faults such as bad production values, lack of originality, lack of excitement, bad directing, retarded fanservice, and what the not character development was one thing that Kaze no Stigma wasn’t bad at. Well at least for the two protagonists. Ignoring whatever happened in the novel because I didn’t read it, a number of these characters came from a long way. Especially Ayano in particular. She grew from a hot headed, irritating bi0tch, to an idiotically weak girl with no confidence, to an admirably strong and confident girl who actually deserves to be the next head of the Fire Clan. I really grew to like her and she, along with Kazuma, brings this series to life. Kazuma is a refreshing character that is actually tough and has simple traits that most male protagonists don’t. His actions and logics defy a lot of actions and thoughts that most male protagonist such as “revenge for a dead loved one” and etc. He still manages to be a flawed character, but he is still a good realistic one nevertheless. The cruelty and bitterness of Emo Kazuma is astounding too.
As far as the consistency for Kaze no Stigma, well it had none. A constant mix of ups and downs, one episode could bore you to tears while the next could keep you screaming for the next. Interestingly, all the arcs seemed to lose steam throughout the middle which made me wonder sometimes if Kaze no Stigma should have been a one-shot series of “Pimp My Daughter”. Because indeed, the outlandish matchmaking humor was probably better than most of the serious conflicts within the series.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this series. I don’t exactly regret watching this series but if a second season came out I’d probably skip over it unless everything other series in the season really sucked. While Kaze no Stigma had the characters (along with their development, relationships, and antics) going for it, this series is still primarily a fattening mess. So unless you absolutely have no life or something along those lines, avoid this entrée of anime junk food.
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