Manga recommendation: Kaze to Ki no Uta by Keiko Takemiya (1976)
Kaze to Ki no Uta is one of the first shonen-ai manga. Published in 1976, it’s now considered a classic. Set in the 19th century, Kaze deals with subjects that manga nowadays rarely touch. These include racism, pedophilia, rape, and incest. It’s actually the only manga I’ve read that ever touches on racism–the main character’s mother is Roma and his father is a French viscount. The buildup of Gilbert and Serge’s relationship and both of their emotional baggage makes it a very emotional read. The manga ran for 17 volumes but only 8 of them are translated. Regardless, I think it’s an essential read for fans of both older manga and shonen-ai.
On June 25, Ai Shinozaki appeared in the live studio of MBC’s “Section TV” and responded to a question about her relationship with FTISLAND’s Lee Hong Ki.
The Japanese model and actress commented, “”I am friends with Lee Hong Ki. I did not contact him on this trip to Korea, but we keep in contact once in awhile.” The two had previously denied dating rumors back in 2015.