Fuyu no Semi

Alt title: Embracing Love: A Cicada in Winter

OVA (3 eps)
3.554 out of 5 from 1,680 votes
Rank #5,015

On the eve of Imperial rule in Japan in the mid-19th century, supporters of the Tokugawa shogunate and supporters of the imperial court clash over the country’s leadership and its place in world affairs. Despite being members of clans with opposing political and social views, Touma Kusaka and Keiichirou Akizuki find that they share an interest in foreign cultures and a vision of a more open and progressive Japan. What starts as a meeting of minds eventually blossoms into a romance, but bound by their clan ties and social positions, Kusaka and Akizuki struggle to find happiness as time, distance, political upheaval and the Boshin war conspire to keep them apart.

Content Warning

my anime:

User Stats

5,851 users are tracking this. to see stats.

If you like this anime, you might like...



This anime is a typical love story between two characters who can't be together. It is however different to the others that I have seen like this. Partly because it is yaoi and two men which doesn't seem to be explored in this sort of way, and I thought it had a generally more beautiful feel to it.   STORY: I watched all three episodes in one go, and they all flowed so well together. It was a bit like a Romeo and Juliet story (one of my favourite Shakespear plays). I loved the historical aspect to the story as well. SPOILERThe ending is so very sad but it was a perfect endingSPOILEREND.   ANIMATION: The animation was alright. It wasn't overly special but it wasn't bad either. I thought it worked with the story and I had no complaints about it.   SOUND; Once again, the sound was alright but nothing special. It seemed to go up and down in volume which is a bit annoying, but that may just have been my computer. The music is beautiful.   CHARACTERS; The main two characters are wonderul characters. They each have their own likailities, but they also have flaws, making them believable. They flow along with the story. The other characters are not really on screen too much, but you like who you are supposed to like and dislike who you are supposed to dislike.   OVERALL: Overall, the anime was very beautifully done, and I was very glad I watched it (not an easy show to find though). I thoroughly recommend it to anybody who likes shonen-ai or yaoi, or even anyone who doesn't mind about the yaoi but just likes a good romance or historical drama.


If you don't want a sad story, don't watch this. It's like a Japanese yaoi version of Romeo and Juliet.....only I don't remember the ending to Romeo and Juliet being that depressing!  Overall, this is a really good anime with a great story. It almost fits more in the shounen-ai genre than yaoi, but there is some sex. Like many animes set in the same time period, it's very informative and focuses on the setting, what was going on in Japan at the time and the important historical events, as well as the story, which in this case, was the love between two men on oposite sides of the war.  The theme of forbidden love is pretty common in yaoi since, well, it's guy on guy and that isn't always accepted by most of society although it is become less tabboo. However, this story almost completely ignores that part. Instead, the theme of forbidden love exists because one is from the Choshu clan and the other is part of the Bakafu army which were fighting during this time period. In fact, the other characters don't even seem to care at all about the gender. I don't think they really know what the relationship is but maybe they do. Anyway, I thought it was a nice change.  In three episodes, it's hard to develop the characters a whole lot. However, the characters were well developed for just three episodes and they changed a bit throughout. The story develops at a nice pace and kept me interested the whole time. It focuses more on the story than the sex and stuff which is fine. I like that it treats it more like it's no different than a guy and girl. If you like guys together and Japanese history or at least this particular time period, you really need to watch this. I enjoyed it even though the end had me trembling and made my heart feel like it was being torn apart. Now I am going to have to find something light hearted to watch before I go to bed...I guess I won't be sleeping till 5 a.m...... DAMN YOU FUYU NO SEMI FOR BEING SO SAD! I don't like sad things right before going to sleep! Not that anyone reading this review cares about my sleep. Seriously though, this is like the saddest yaoi I have ever watched.  The sound quality and animation quality are pretty good. It's definitely worth watching!


So you see, what happens when you bring the story of Romeo & Juliet to the era of samurais and ronins? Well picture a bit that but with men. Its an excellent drama if you like shounen-ai. A very sad story of a prohibited yet, kind love. The story has as protagonists two warriors from different clans and social status, that have a dream to finish the war and bringing a new open and peaceful era for Japan. However the issue as always is that their clans aren't very happy with each other. So it starts as a forbidden friendship that will eventually mature into prohibited love. Meanwhile the war continues and this time no side will stop until the other one is crushed. Even if predictable, the story goes through various moments when you don't know if their honor and pride is more an obstacle for their relationship that even the war. The sadness lurks in every moment and the hope that at least they can be happy in the end. The animation is quite similar to Haru wo Daiteta. Even I'm begining to think that even the characters are the same, and the porno actors are just making this film about two samurais in love... or maybe SPOILER after they died their souls ended in this era where they could be together END OF SPOILER or the animators are quite lazy. The music is quite similar to any other samurai series... but they use only the sad parts. Gladly instead of using some porno tune for when they are making love, they use some kind and romantic melody. The serie is quite short and good so I recomend it if you would like some real drama shounen ai

See all reviews


See all characters


See all staff


Custom lists

See all custom lists