Shounenai Anime (Tape 1)
"The Song of the Wind and Trees"
The anime based on Takemiya Keiko's revolutionary manga
series, the first to show love between boys. This is the story of
a boy's youth in a European boy's school, and his beautiful, dissolute,
and sadly doomed lover. The artwork and music are wonderful throughout
this fevered romance, the story and characters taking nearly a gothic tone.
Work on "The Song of the Wind and Trees" was made possible by the kind
financial support of "Jurii-san". Movie, 60 minutes. From the
long-out-of-print commercial tape, released in 1987. This is a shounenai
feature; absolutely NOT for children. "The Song of the Wind and Trees"
appears on the same tape as "Zetsuai 1989."
Revision 1, 9-25-97
("Kaze to Ki no Uta")
The acclaimed manga artist/author Ozaki Minami's passionate
duo, Koji and Izumi, meet for the first time, and their blood and tears
relationship takes its first steps. Important: this is the original
feature. Do not confuse it with "Bronze: Zetsuai since 1989", the
continuation of the story, so elegantly fansubbed by Lupin Gang Anime recently.
If you saw it, you did NOT see this, the original "Zetsuai 1989".
This is a shounenai
feature; absolutely NOT for children. Like "The
Song of the Wind and Trees" which appears with this feature on the
tape, "Zetsuai 1989" is an important feature historically, selling
well and firmly establishing the shounenai market as one capable of being
served commercially in Japan. Movie, 45 minutes. From the out-of-print
laserdisk released in 1992. Revision 1, 9-25-97
("Desperate Love 1989")
The fact that
these are shoujo titles is evident to me: their emphasis on feelings more
than actions (sexual or otherwise) is strong thoughout both stories; I
suspect that most homophilic males would find them uninteresting. I too
have read some of the essays on the appeal of shounenai to a female Japanese
audience, and can see how these stories fit the mold of presenting really
attractive men in romantic situations that are not, through identification,
threatening to the female reader/viewer. So it's not porn -- it's
"art", seen through the lens of both a different culture and a different
I finally had
the chance to watch your fansubs of Song of the Wind and Trees and Zetsuai
1989. While the tape was rewinding, all I could manage was a strangled,
"WOW." It's not very often that anything can engross me as much as
those two wonderful shows did. I just
had to send this to you to thank you for being dedicated enough to fansub
them. d:) Not only have they broadened my view of anime, but I think
it's quite safe to say I'll never look about me in the same way again.
Some of these shows contain "shounen-ai" or "yaoi"
material. "Shounen-ai" literally means "boy's love". This means
that it contains material in which two very attractive males are attracted
to each other. There may be romantic or intimate moments between
the two. One or both males may appear to be feminine or androgynous.
Such subject matters are common material in shoujo (for girls) anime.
They are not necessarily viewed as immoral at all, just "very interesting."
They deepen the characterization and provide a bridge between male characters
and feminine emotional subjects, thus creating a scenario with much story
potential yet remaining essentially a story for women, concentrating on
Because of its very strong Judeo-Christian cultural
roots, American/Canadian/British societal views of such material are negative,
and infused with a moral prejudgement, when in fact these story elements
were only intended to convey exotic interest, graphic beauty, and multi-faceted
charactizations. If you have strong negative feelings about viewing
such material, I recommend you stay away from shoujo anime. Virtually
all shoujo anime contains some kind of shounenai or bishounen or androgynous