Kaze no Stigma: The Complete Series is a four-disc set that contains all twenty-four 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 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 ten 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."
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. All of 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. The final extra is more trailers.
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.
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 this DVD set that my husband bought for me as a gift.
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Lesley Muir Aeschliman (ljaesch)
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