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Kaze to Ki no Uta  
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Serge Battour is the son of a French viscount and a Romani prostitute, and despite his kind nature and academic talent, is shunned by his family and his peers due to the color of his skin. He begins to attend Lacombrade Academy, his father's alma mater, in the hopes that there he will find a place to belong.

Gilbert Cocteau is, like Serge, the orphaned son of a wealthy family, and is infamous at Lacombrade for his beautiful and delicate appearance, lack of dedication to schoolwork, and habit of prostituting himself to other students. He has no intention to connect with any of his classmates, instead devoting himself to his uncle Auguste.

Due to a shortage of living space, Serge and Gilbert become roommates even though Gilbert's antisocial nature has in the past made it impossible for him to room with anybody. Serge, being sociable and idealistic, is determined to be friends with Gilbert; Gilbert is only interested in either being able to manipulate Serge or push him away entirely. To the surprise of both of the boys, however, the two eventually form a deep, albeit generally dismal, bond that leads to a romantic connection.

In 1979, this series was awarded the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award for shounen/shoujo manga.

For those who don't like yaoi - this manga is more of shounen-ai and the sex scenes are nothing like the ones you can see in modern yaoi mangas. A bit of warning: "Kaze..." includes scenes of rape and child abuse (but no shota).


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Poem of Wind and Trees
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The Song of the Wind in the Trees

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Latest Release(s)
v.9 c.7 by The Artemis Project 9 months ago
v.9 c.6 by The Artemis Project 9 months ago
v.9 c.5 by The Artemis Project about 1 year ago
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Complete)
10 Bunkoban Volumes
4 Aizouban Volumes

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 3, Chap 4

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (122 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.09 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 5th 2017, 10:37am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Petit Flower (Shogakukan)
Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

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Weekly Pos #627 increased(+107)
Monthly Pos #1083 increased(+447)
3 Month Pos #2027 increased(+333)
6 Month Pos #2637 increased(+130)
Year Pos #2766 decreased(-36)

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On 484 wish lists
On 62 completed lists
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Amazing work.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Suiren-nyan
April 20th, 2013, 8:05pm


The ending is just... I feel like crying every time I think of this manga, yet I don't want to keep away.
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Kaze to ki no uta   
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by jolliapplegirl
September 5th, 2011, 6:28pm
I really did enjoy reading this even though i only got to vol 6. all in all, this is a great read. i havent felt this enraptured in a manga in a long time. To be honest, i really hope Gilbert, at the very least, has some good times with Serge. I was told that someone(i know who but dont want to spoil it for anyone else) dies but i still want to read it til the end. Gilberts life is, at the very least, screwed up. I dont know how he'd have ended up if he was alone all his life but... i really want him to be happy, even if its just for a second.
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If you want another simple BL story with sleek, happy ending don't read this manga.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by msbee
May 20th, 2010, 1:31am
You certainly won't find here unblemished characters, cute innocent eyes, idyllic relationship or explicit solutions...

Kaze to Ki no Uta is difficult to classify since it's absolutely outstanding representative of its kind. Its unconventional plot includes sexual exploitation, physical and mental violence, pedophilia, sadism, trap of poisonous/forbidden love, religious fixations, maturation problems, rigor of social rules, various addictions and many other difficult issues... All of them well balanced and presented with taste and sensitivity. Sophisticated game between literality and insinuation in conjunction with classical, gentle drawing style created extremely beautiful story that avoided moralizing or giving easy answers. I'm sure that KazeKi is able to give you great satisfaction but nothing's for free. It requires your attention and patience in return. I assure you it's certainly worth that slight sacrifice.

Takemiya Keiko sensei created brilliant story, trully entrancing and far away from a cheap drama. I simply love it. Although it's ambiguous, bitter and desperately sad. It captivated me much more than all other BL stories gathered together.

Splendid proposal for mature, exacting readers.

... Last updated on May 20th, 2010, 10:03am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Terpsichore
May 12th, 2009, 5:21pm
This story isn't so much about BL as it is about the characters and the twisted, unique and timeless story. I don't usually like tragedy at all, but this one is beautiful. Kaze to ki no uta leaves an imprint.

... Last updated on May 12th, 2009, 5:22pm
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Why isn't this licensed?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Tisiphone
December 2nd, 2007, 12:53am
This manga revolutionalized the BL genre with it's classical characters and fascinating storyline. Unlike most modern day yaoi mangas, this story draws out the plot in a breathtaking way, always compelling you to see what happens. It's also very realistic for it's time and age. Just a warning this story is very tragic and heart wrenching. If you like cute stories with a fairytale ending, this is not for you.
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Kaze to ki no uta   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by faerygoddyss
September 18th, 2007, 1:15pm
This is one of the more psychological twisted shonen ai mangas I've ever read. Its a long series with a lot of depth so if you're looking for a quick read this isnt it. It takes patience and probably an open mind while reading. It combines prejudice, racism, incest, rape, abuse, homophobia and more. I got more frustrated with Gilberts character than anything. I found myself hating him while trying to understand him. And even discovering his past I still ended up hating him in the end. It's different and a unique story in the shonen ai world. A must read for those tired of cliche plots and quick resolves.

It is a bitter ending between the two boys but rather fitting for the story. If you have the chance you can watch the movie made for Kaze through youtube. Be warned though, the anime DOES give away the ending of the manga, but its VERY SUBTLE about how it does it. So you might miss it...

... Last updated on September 18th, 2007, 3:52pm
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