Kaze No Stigma. This 26 episode anime from 2007 is based on the light novel series by the late Takahiro Yamato. The anime covers a few of the novels, with the main difference being the more gory elements left out, and Kazuma killing a lot less enemies.
The series follows Kazuma Yagami, formerly of the Kannagi clan, a family of fire magic users. Kazuma was not born with the ability to use magic, and was eventually kicked out of the household and disowned by his father. Years later, he has returned to Japan, now weilding the ability to use wind magic. He has become a Contractor, holding a contract with the wind spirit king, and can use its godlike power in times of great need. Kazuma takes on off jobs as a freelancer, and often works as a gun-for-hire, but also operating with his own agenda. He ends up having to work alongside his former family, including his younger brother Ren, and his distant cousin and future head of the Kannagi family, Ayano. Ayano and Kazuma, of course, butt heads, but they get closer as events unfold in the series that threaten not just them or the family, but the world.
The animation was decent. There was no large budget for the series, and it shows in a few shots, but the series overall held up well. The characters are a breath of fresh air. Most of them actually use common sense in situations, unlike a lot of other anime. Their designs and personalities are pretty good. The dub is actually really good. It’s on par with the Japanese audio. The music isn’t that memorable, unfortunately.
I’ll give this a 9/10. It actually surprised me how good the series is. I wish there was more, though I have no idea how for this anime went to the novels before the author passed away, not finishing the story. It does end in a pretty good spot, in any case, and well worth checking out.
The show has been released by Funimation on DVD, and has had a pretty affordable release. You can easily get this show for under $30, and it’s worth it.