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->''"Gilbert Cocteau, you were the greatest flower to ever bloom in my life. In the faraway dreams of youth, you were a bright red flame, blazing so fiercely...You were the wind that stirred my branches. Can you hear [[TitleDrop the poem of the wind and trees?]] Can you hear the tumult of our youth? Oh, there must be others who so remember their own days of youth....''"

It is 1880 at Lacombrade Academy, an all-boy's boarding school in France. Serge Battour is a cheerful and kind [[NewTransferStudent new student]] who is trying to fit in with the rest of the student body, despite the taboo of his [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} Gypsy heritage]], made obvious by his dark skin. However, his roommate Gilbert Cocteau- who will sleep with anyone if he can manipulate them to his advantage by doing so- is not helping the situation, especially when he makes it his personal goal to bring about Serge's downfall. [[WillTheyOrWontThey The two boys may destroy each other or come closer together.]]

''Kaze To Ki No Uta'', also known as either "''The Song of Wind and Trees''" or "''The Poem of Wind and Trees''," is a 17-volume manga series by KeikoTakemiya that was written from 1976 to 1984. It was one of the first {{shoujo}} manga to focus on a homosexual relationship between boys and the first to have sex play a major role in the story; Takemiya, along with then-roommate and fellow mangaka MotoHagio, is credited with kickstarting the shounen-ai genre (Takemiya's earlier work, "''In the Sunroom''" was the first manga to have shounen-ai elements). The series, though controversial, was able to win the prestigious Shogakukan Manga award for shojo in 1979, as well as now being regarded as a classic.

The series was also adapted into a 60-minute OVA that more or less summed up the first three volumes of the series, as well as revealing what happens at the end. The OVA was targeted towards those who have already read the manga, [[CompressedAdaptation being quite fast-paced and skipping some story arcs]].

This is a great series for those seeking a more unique take on the male/male genre, interesting characters, and endearing storyline. And when watching or reading, [[TearJerker be sure to have some tissues ready.]]

Also has a [[Characters/KazeToKiNoUta character sheet]], so please help out with the blurbs!

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!!This series provides examples of:

* TheAce: Serge is smart, athletic, good looking and, among other things, a musical prodigy and an excellent equestrian.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Sebastien. Serge and Gilbert were those when they were younger.
* AnachronismStew: Pascal refers to Serge as ‘Manga/AstroBoy’ in jest, and there is an Astro Boy puzzle (when the story is told) and a bottle with a label that reads, ‘Hello Mr. Kizakura, how are you?’ in transliterated Japanese (in the flashback) in the pub where the {{Flashback}} of the infamous Gilbert incident takes place. (Kizakura, a sake company, was founded in 1951.)
* AnythingThatMoves: Gilbert, apparently. [[spoiler:He only sleeps with one girl in his entire life, though, in contrast with the sheer number of male partners he's had (willingly or otherwise); also, it seems like he only slept with Camille in order to get back at Serge.]]
* AristocratsAreEvil:
** Subverted with Rosemarine, who initially comes across as a self-important bully on an ego-trip (or even TheDragon) but [[HeelFaceTurn becomes far more sympathetic]] as the series progresses and eventually proves to be one of Serge and Gilbert's greatest allies.
** Completely averted with Serge and his father, who are two of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet.
* ArtEvolution: Compare the [[http://manga.animea.net/kaze-to-ki-no-uta-chapter-4-page-3.html art of the earlier volumes]] of the manga with the [[http://fuckyeahtakemiya.tumblr.com/post/11063627615/yomigaere-jules-bb-sometimes-there-are-things art of later volumes.]]
* AttentionWhore: Liliath is one of these.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Played straight in the OVA, but sometimes averted in the manga.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Patricia, although she really [[HollywoodHomely wasn't all that unattractive to begin with]].
* BerserkButton:
** Don't call someone 'dirty' when [[SonOfAWhore Serge]] can hear you.
** Don’t give Gilbert any orders.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Serge can have quite a temper, and may God help you if you hit his abovementioned BerserkButton.
* BiTheWay: Serge, [[IfItsYouItsOkay probably]]. Jules, more clearly.
* BigFancyHouse: The chateau 'Cherubin de la Mer' and the Battour estate.
* BishieSparkle: Gilbert has a pretty serious case of this.
* {{Bishonen}}: A good portion of the cast, but Gilbert and Rosemarine deserve special mention.
* BlueBlood: Almost everyone.
* BoardingSchool
* BookDumb:
** Gilbert is easily more intelligent than most of the boys in his class, yet has little, if any, academic merit to speak of (although this may simply be because he [[BrilliantButLazy just doesn't care]]).
** Subverted with Pascal, who has proven to be more than capable of doing well in classes, but has failed three years in a row because he prefers to spend his time studying more useful/interesting things (like knitting) [[spoiler:and because he wants to graduate with the very highest grade possible, as his dream is to raise a prodigy; he's willing to be held back a few years if it means he can build up the knowledge]].
* BookEnds: The titular 'poem' (see page quote) appears as both an opening and closing monologue.
* BoysLove: Quite possibly the TropeCodifier, for manga, anyway. (A lot of the core BL tropes were put in place by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mori_Mari Mari Mori]]'s "aesthetic" novels of the 1960's.)
* BreakTheCutie: Gilbert, although he was already [[DarkAndTroubledPast pretty broken to begin with]]. Serge, too, but to a lesser extent; he does go through some horrible things, but he also tends to be more resilient.
* BrilliantButLazy: This is Pascal in a nutshell.
* BrokenBird: Gilbert could probably count as one of those rare male examples. For comparison, have a look at another male example, Souma in the manga series ''SakuraGari'', which has a lot of similarities in style with ''[=KazeKi=]'', with both Souma and Gilbert having very similar backstories and behaviour (i.e. rape, trauma, death, and a ''lot'' of BreakTheCutie).
* [[spoiler: BuryYourGays/ DeathBySex: Poor Gilbert didn't have a chance, did he?]]
* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: Serge towards [[spoiler:Patricia]], it seems.
* CanisLatinicus:
** The text in Latin in chapter 3 is badly mangled, including nonexistent words and dialogue that has nothing to do with what the characters are allegedly saying. In the OVA, it sounds a little more like actual Latin, but the accent the characters speak with is very, very thick and almost impenetrable.
** The Latin Rosmariné speaks in the mass is actually taken random Latin text and has nothing to do with what he is actually said to be saying. The hymn they sing, however, is real (although mangled) Latin, not taken from anywhere else (according to Google), except the "Agnus Dei" part, which is actually... from Andrew Lloyd Webber's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Requiem_(Lloyd_Webber) Requiem]]''.
* ChickMagnet: Here's a challenge, find a female character who ''doesn't'' have a crush on Serge.
* ChildhoodFriends: Rosemariné and Jules; Serge and Angeline.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since it's set in a Catholic school in a predominately Catholic country.
* ClassRepresentative: Carl. His official title is "Student Director" but it amounts to the same thing.
* ClosetKey: Gilbert.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Gilbert's character design was based on actor Björn Andrésen (of ''Death in Venice'' fame).
* CondescendingCompassion: Gilbert interprets Serge’s initial kindness to him as this, and it really, ''really'' annoys him.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Gilbert's endless musings on why he hates/loves the wind.
* TheDandy: Rosemarine, at least in appearance.
* DarkAndTroubledPast / [[spoiler:RapeAsBackstory]]: Gilbert, Auguste, and Rosemarine, to different degrees. Gilbert [[TraumaCongaLine got the worst of it]].
* DefrostingIceQueen: Gilbert is a male example.
* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Koufuku no Hato'', the one-shot epilogue to the story, focuses on Rosemarine and Jules.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The seniors were infatuated with Gilbert as soon as he arrived in the school... when he was ''11''.
* DemotedToExtra: Sebastien, a reasonably significant character even early on in the manga, only appears twice in the OVA and doesn't do much. Patricia and Jules, who become important characters later on, don't appear at all.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Gilbert's drug addiction.]]
* [[spoiler:DiesWideOpen: Gilbert.]]
* DramaticWind: Plenty of it, fittingly enough.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Gilbert makes a few attempts at this, though none of them are successful. It says a lot when he first tried to drown himself when he was ''nine''.]]
* DrugsAreBad
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Rosemarine. If it wasn't for the story taking place at an all-boys school, it's a near guarantee you'd mistake him for a woman.
** Gilbert actually ''is'' mistaken for a girl a couple of times as a child. It's not a difficult mistake to make when he's 9-11 years old and wearing flimsy clothing.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** In Gilbert's first appearance, he's just finished sleeping with another boy for a written paper. He hits him when he tries touching him again, walks out of the room with his clothes undone, gets called by the principal, and sleeps with him too.
** Subverted with Rosemariné, whose first appearance involves him taking grave personal offence at an act of bullying done by some seniors to a junior. It soon turns out that his moral code allows plenty of other instances of bullying, including his own physically abusive treatment of Gilbert.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: It seems like nearly every male character would be willing to have sex with Gilbert, if they haven't already done so.
* EvilUncle: Auguste [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather or so we are initially led to believe]]]].
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Gilbert has no fewer than ''three'' of these over the course of the manga.
* {{Expy}}: If you watch the full-length ''TowardTheTerra'' anime, be sure to look out for Serge Starjon.
* FanDisservice: Most of the sexual content, [[spoiler:since so much of it is either dubcon or outright rape]].
* {{Fanservice}}: There's this as well, of course. Some scenes between Serge and Gilbert certainly qualify.
* FanServicePack: Serge matured rather nicely, didn't he?
* {{Filler}}: The {{backstory}} arcs are ''far'' longer then they needed to be and are shown back-to-back, meaning the reader is taken away from the main story for six ''continuous'' volumes. As nice as the chapters centred around Serge's parents are, the story could probably progressed just fine without them.
* FirstKiss: Gilbert comments on being Serge's FirstKiss. [[spoiler:He isn't. That would be Angeline.]]
* FlowerMotifs: Because it's just not a 70s shoujo manga without them.
* {{Foreshadowing}}
* FreudianExcuse: Auguste is ''seriously'' messed up in the head [[spoiler:no thanks to his much-older stepbrother]].
* FriendshipMoment: About 90% of Jules and Gilbert's interactions, especially in earlier volumes.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Gilbert was like this as a small child; he was once seriously injured trying to save a fox from a group of hunting dogs.
* {{Gayngst}}: Karl has a fair bit of this towards the beginning. Generally avoided with the protagonists, though (possibly because they're too busy having every other type of angst known to man)
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Patricia. Serge speculates that she [[PurelyAestheticGlasses never really needed them in the first place]].
* GoingCommando: Gilbert seems to do this near the start of the manga, once he's got clothes on at all.
* {{Gonk}}: The character designs of some of the extras are...interesting.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Auguste has some rather nasty scarring on his torso [[spoiler:from when his step-brother tried to [[KillItWithFire burn him]] after discovering Auguste was sleeping with his wife]]. On the good side, Angeline has some noticable burn-scarring on her face [[spoiler:following an incident where her hair caught alight on a fireplace when she was trying to save Serge from a punishment she thought he didn't deserve]].
* GorgeousPeriodDress: School uniform aside, Gilbert's ''entire wardrobe'' seems to consist of this.
* HatesBeingTouched: Rosemarine, by everyone except Jules and later Serge. [[spoiler:It's all Auguste's fault.]]
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Serge.
* HeelFaceTurn: Rosemarine.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Pascal says that Gilbert’s ‘illness’ is incurable, and one might risk sharing it if one tries to help him.
* HighClassCallGirl: Paiva.
* HotBloodedSideburns: Leo.
* HotGypsyWoman: Camille, [[spoiler:Serge and Gilbert's neighbour from the last two volumes]]. Technically Paiva, although she doesn't really fit the overall character type.
* {{Hypocrite}}: The treatment the student at the school give other students and the use of violence seems... erratic. They despise Gilbert and his affairs, but have no problem with Lilias, and while they protest vehemently Breaux’s violent advances on Gilbert, they are more than willing to lynch Serge for his presumed affair with Gilbert.
* HypocriticalHumor: Some of Gilbert’s classmates refer to Gilbert as ‘the school’s cancer’ and talk about how he ‘defiles’ the school, while referring to the private study room as ‘the Turkish bathhouse’, the classes as ‘the wilderness’ and the club as ‘the public bathhouse’.
* IllBoy: Aslan.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Jules de Ferrier.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Serge's father died of [[VictorianNovelDisease tuberculosis]].
* InternalMonologue: Lots of these.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Gilbert (jeel-behr), among others. [[JustifiedTrope To be expected]] since most, if not all, of the cast is French.
* JapaneseRanguage:
** [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Dren/Doren]] knocks out Serge with a bottle labelled ‘ETHEL’.
** This is one of the reasons Pascal’s ‘Ringua Ratina’ in the OVA is almost unrecognisable as Latin.
* KickTheDog: Pretty much everything Auguste does, and then some.
* KidsAreCruel: Particularly later in the series [[spoiler:once Serge and Gilbert have actually hooked up]].
* KissingCousins: Serge and Angeline.
* LookBothWays: [[spoiler:Gilbert didn't.]]
* LonelyRichKid: Serge's desire to befriend Gilbert is at least partly due to his belief that they have this in common.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Rosemarine and Jules.
* LoveBubbles
* LoveMartyr: Gilbert. He is clearly completely aware of the fact that Auguste goes out of his way to manipulate and hurt him, yet he is completely devoted to him anyway.
* LoveHurts: So very, ''very'' much.
* [[WifeHusbandry Lover Husbandry]]: what Auguste does to Gilbert as a child comes very close to this, manipulating, torturing and warping his mind so he'll be absolutely devoted to him, "his puppet" as he calls him. The only difference is that the "lover" part seems to have been initially unintentional, and that [[{{Shotacon}} Auguste didn't wait until he was an adult]]... or wait until he was even 10 years old. There's a lot of {{Squick}} in their relationship, to say the least.
* LewdLustChasteSex: While makeout scenes are drawn in great detail, (consensual) sex is all either highly symbolic or fade-to-black. [[spoiler:Interestingly, rape scenes tend to also be more explicit, presumably so they may [[FanDisservice thoroughly traumatize readers]].]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Auguste, Rosemarine, Gilbert. In that order.
* MediumAwareness: A couple of blink-and-you'll-miss-it instances of characters grabbing onto/hiding behind their own speech bubbles.
* {{Melodrama}}: It's a shoujo manga from the 1970s set in Europe in the 1880s. Were you ''really'' expecting anything else?
* MoneyToBurn / MoneyToThrowAway: Gilbert pulls this at one point, and Jules momentarily mistakes him for Rosemariné.
* [[spoiler: TheMourningAfter]]
* NewTransferStudent: Serge.
* OddFriendship: Deeply religious, straight-laced, hard working honour student Karl and rebellious, eccentric, BrilliantButLazy atheist Pascal. Serge strikes something of a balance between the two, but they were friends before they met him.
* TheOjou: Angeline.
* OjouRinglets: Rosemarine.
* OneGenderSchool
* ParentalAbandonment: Serge's parents died within a year of one another when he was very young. Gilbert's moved away without him [[spoiler:after his mother went a bit crazy and [[OffingTheOffspring tried to kill him]]... when he was still ''an infant'', no less]].
* ParentalIncest[=/=]VillainousIncest: [[spoiler:Gilbert and Auguste. Gilbert [[DrivenToSuicide does not take this revelation well.]]]]
* PeekABangs: Gilbert.
* PimpedOutDress: Paiva is first seen in one of these.
* PlentyOfBlondes: All but about three of the female characters are blonde, and a rather large number of the males as well. Possibly related to the PhenotypeStereotype.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The OVA has a lot of classical music pieces in their soundtrack.
* PurpleEyes: Rosemarine.
* QuestionableConsent: Most sex scenes involving Gilbert have this.
* ReallyGetsAround: Gilbert. Clearly established on the ''first page''.
* RegalRinglets: Angeline.
* RaceForYourLove
* RapeAndSwitch: [[spoiler:Gilbert and Auguste. The former was raped first by Bonnard and then by his own "uncle" when he was nine, and the latter was raped by his stepbrother at a young age.]]
* RapeLeadsToInsanity: [[spoiler:Gilbert and Auguste]], which is related to the RapeAndSwitch trope above. Needless to say, these incidents are the reason how the two guys became so screwed up, especially Gilbert.
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: Serge's mother Paiva and, by extension, Serge himself.
* RescueSex: [[spoiler: Jules and Gilbert.]]
* RomanticRunnerUp: Patricia.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Ususally justified by the setting, although not always (for example, characters are often shown in other clothes in the dorms, suggesting they're not mandatory outside of school hours, yet Serge and Gilbert still wore theirs for most of the summer vacation).
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Seemingly the only reason Gilbert hasn't been expelled despite the fact that he rarely goes to classes and engages in a lot of very un-catholic activities with other students.
* ShoutOut
** Serge's father was named Aslan, almost certainly in reference to ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.
** Also, near the end of volume one, Pascal remarks, ‘Bye, lil’ Manga/AstroBoy, ally of justice![[note]] Said to Serge, who was protesting an injustice.[[/note]]’ and in volume two, some boys are seen completing an ''Astro Boy'' jigsaw puzzle. [[MST3KMantra We'll just ignore how little sense that makes in 19th century France.]]
* SingleIssuePsychology:
** Rosemariné would be a lot more stable if he hadn't [[spoiler: been raped by Auguste]].
** Averted by Gilbert, for whom ''a lot'' of factors contributed to him being so screwed up.
* SlapSlapKiss: Gilbert and Serge take this to ''ridiculous'' levels.
* SlippingAMickey: If [[spoiler:Auguste]] offers you wine, drink it at your own risk.
* SlutShaming: Gilbert gets this from other students, making him a rare male victim. It also formed part of the discrimination against Serge's mother Paiva, which has lead to it becoming a BerserkButton for Serge himself.
* SmokingHotSex: Serge does this at one point in what is probably the closest thing the series gets to full-on {{Fanservice}}.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Gilbert, arguably.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: easy to miss, but some of those "random shôjo flower moments" actually read as this.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is the school named Lacombrade or Laconblade? Meanwhile, the headaches that the characters' names cause are covered on the character sheet; Gilbert's about the only one whose name is spelt consistently.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Takemiya's earlier oneshot ''Natsu e no Tobira'' (''The Door to Summer''), in that they both revolve around 14-year-old boys at a French boarding school.
* SpotOfTea: Tea seems to be involved in nearly all of Jules' scenes, and at one point he rambles about how much it means to him.
* StarCrossedLovers: Serge's parents, and for that matter, Serge and Gilbert themselves.
* StudentCouncilPresident: Rosemarine seems to be an entire AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil in and of himself.
* StupidSexyFlanders: Gilbert invokes this with Carl on purpose to get him to leave him alone.
* TeenGenius: Jules has actually already graduated but sticks around to keep his friend Rosemarine company.
** Also Pascal. Occasionally bordering on MadScientist.
* TeensAreShort
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Gilbert could ''desperately'' use one.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Michel, Pascal's younger half-brother.]]
* TroubledButCute: Gilbert, and how. In fact, it wouldn't be ''too'' inaccurate to call him a male BrokenBird.
* TsutomuKashiwakura: Carl's voice actor in the OVA.
* {{Turn Out Like His Father}}: Auguste [[spoiler: {{Luke I Am Your Father}}]]
* WideEyedIdealist: Serge, to a degree. [[BreakTheCutie Less so later on]].
* WillTheyOrWontThey: [[spoiler:They do]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Serge gets this quite a few times, especially in the 16th volume.
* WhenHeSmiles: Gilbert, as Serge comments on very early on in chapter 4.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback or, more accurately, ''six volume'' flashback, with three volumes devoted to [[{{Backstory}} Gilbert's childhood and three devoted to how Serge's parents met and his early life.]]
* TheXOfY
* {{Yandere}}: Gilbert and Auguste, but especially the latter.
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